Who We Are

The Michigan Recital Project creates a dialogue between vocal musicians, composers, and listeners by bringing newly written vocal chamber music to a broad audience in Michigan and beyond.  Its purpose is to grow the repertoire of music that celebrates Michigan’s culture and heritage.
Wondering where we’re from?  Take a look:
Emily Marvosh headshot

Emily Marvosh, contralto, has been gaining recognition for her “flexible technique and ripe color,” and “smooth, apparently effortless vocal display.” Following her solo debut at Boston’s Symphony Hall in 2011, she has been a frequent soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society under the direction of Harry Christophers. Other recent solo appearances include the Charlotte Symphony (Messiah), L’academie (Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus), Back Bay Chorale (Magnificat), the Brookline Symphony (Sea Pictures), the Chorus of Westerly (Mozart’s Requiem), the White Mountain Bach Festival (Vivaldi’s Salve Regina), Opera Boston (La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein), and Boston Lyric Opera (Rusalka); she is often featured on the Marsh Chapel Choir Bach Cantata Series. 2013 awards include the prestigious Adams Master Class Fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival, and the American Prize in the Oratorio and Art Song divisions.

Her contributions to 21st century repertoire and performance include world premiere performances with Juventas New Music and Intermezzo Chamber Opera, and in 2013, Miss Marvosh created the roles of Viviane and the Mother in the world premiere of Hugo Kauder’s Merlin with the Hugo Kauder Society. She is a founding member of the Lorelei Ensemble, which promotes new music for women.  Of a recent Lorelei performance, one critic wrote, “Marvosh, whose stage presence was a joy to behold, offered a tone that had the velvety soulfulness of a cello…and lent a refreshing pious solemnity to this more joyful of Mass texts.”

Ensemble appearances in the past and upcoming seasons include the Oregon Bach Festival under the direction of Helmut Rilling, the Bachakademie Stuttgart, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Artists, Boston Camerata, the New York Virtuoso Singers, the Yale Choral Artists, and Cambridge Concentus. A regular member of Miami-based Seraphic Fire, Miss Marvosh can be heard on their recent GRAMMY-nominated recording of Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem. She holds degrees from Central Michigan University and Boston University.  http://www.emilymarvosh.com

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Soprano Margot Rood, hailed for her vocal “luminosity and grace” by The New York Times, can be heard performing a wide range of repertoire. Most recently, Ms. Rood performed Johanna in Sweeney Todd with St. Petersburg Opera, Ramiro in Helios Early Opera’s production of Cavalli’s Artemisia, and performed as soloist in The Indian Queen with Handel and Haydn Society. Other recent appeareances included her debut with Boston Modern Orchestra Project performing as soloist in Kati Agocs’ Vessel and as soprano evangelist in Arvo Pärt’s Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem, as Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Green Mountain Opera and singing the world premiere of Christopher Trapani’sPast All Deceiving in New York City with Argento Ensemble. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in the world premiere of Shawn Jaeger’s Letters Made with Gold, under the direction of Dawn Upshaw, and her Boston Symphony Hall debut as soloist in Israel in Egypt with conductor Harry Christophers. In addition to her solo work, Ms. Rood performs regularly with top ensembles around the country including Seraphic Fire, Tucson Chamber Artists, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Handel and Haydn Society, Skylark Ensemble and Lorelei Ensemble. Engagements in 2013-2014 include singing the role of Emily Webb in Rorem’sOur Town at Monadnock Music Festival, as soloist in Mozart’s C Minor Mass with Tucson Chamber Artists, and as soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass and Vivaldi’s Gloria with Handel and Haydn Society.

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Pianist Joseph Turbessi is active in the greater Boston area as a solo and collaborative pianist, organist, and chamber musician.  He is a regular recitalist and has performed piano recitals at the Boston Conservatory and on the Jamaica Plain and Equilibrium concert series. As an ensemble performer, he has appeared with Boston-based ensembles Lorelei, the Boston New Music Initiative, the Fifth Floor Collective, and Juventas. He is a strong advocate for the music of living composers and has performed in new music festivals in Oregon and Italy.

Mr. Turbessi is a staff accompanist at the Boston Conservatory, the accompanist for the Harvard-Radcliffe chorus, and director of music at the First Parish of Sherborn (UU).  He currently lives in Medford, Massachusetts.

 Daniel Doña, violist, has distinguished himself as an active performer and pedagogue. Daniel serves on the faculty of Boston University, where he serves as Assistant Chair of the String Department, Coordinator of String Chamber Music, and Lecturer of String Pedagogy and String Literature. Dr. Doña is violist of the prizewinning Arneis Quartet.

Performances with Arneis include appearances at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Music on Main (Vancouver) and Stanford University’s Lively Arts series. Daniel’s performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio 2, WGBH and WCLV. Dr. Doña also performs regularly with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, is Principal Violist of the Marsh Chapel Collegium and Assistant Principal Violist of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. He is also on the faculty of the Dana Hall School of Music and coaches chamber music for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and Project STEP. He has presented guest masterclasses at the University of Connecticut, Northwestern University Music Academy and Miami University.

Daniel pursues interdisciplinary projects with a passion; as a member of the Banff Festival Quartet he performed in collaboration with dancers, presenting Hans van Manenʼs Grosse Fuge and a world premiere of Heather Myersʼs Dedications. He has coached with members of the Muir, Juilliard, Brentano, Emerson, and St. Lawrence string quartets, as well as Donald Weilerstein and Raphael Hillyer. An enthusiastic advocate of new music, he has commissioned and premiered works by Aaron Travers and Orianna Webb. He has attended programs at the Banff Centre, Aspen Music Festival, Juilliard Quartet Seminar, Deer Valley Music Festival, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and ENCORE School for Strings.

Dr. Doña received his AB in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, where he was awarded the inaugural David Fulton Award for excellence in instrumental performance. He received his MM in Viola Performance from the University of Oklahoma where he studied with Matthew Dane (viola) and Felicia Moye (violin). At Boston University he studied with Michelle LaCourse, Steven Ansell and Ed Gazouleas. He received his PD and DMA from BU and was a two-time recipient of the String Department Award.

A versatile cellist, Patrick Owen is in high demand as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral player in New England. As an orchestral musician Mr Owen has worked as the Assistant Principal Cellist for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as well as Assistant Principal and Principal Cellist of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder, CO. In New England he is a frequent guest performer with the Boston Philharmonic, BMOP, Boston Lyric Opera and Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Having a keen interest in new music, Mr. Owen worked closely with Anthony De Ritis on his composition “Sheng” for solo cello and electronics, a recording of which will be released shortly. Other recent premieres include works by William Thomas McKinley and DJ Sparr. Recent recordings include a jazz cd with Cedric Hanriot, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci and Ben Powell on Harmonia Mundi called “French Stories” and a Klezmer based soundtrack for the documentary film “Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem”Mr Owen holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music, a Masters of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Boston University. He has held teaching positions at the South Shore Conservatory and Northeastern University.

Emma Shubin, Flute

Flutist Emma Shubin has been joyfully making music since the age of six. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied music, creative writing, and photography. During her Conservatory studies at the Longy School of Music in Boston, Emma became interested in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a holistic method of teaching music through movement. She now teaches Dalcroze inspired classes to young children throughout the Front Range. She has appeared as a guest lecturer at the Metropolitan State College of Denver, and as clinician for the Cantabile Singers of Boulder, Suzuki string institutes, and throughout the Boulder Valley School District.

Emma received her BM in flute performance as a student of Christina Jennings at CU Boulder and was a pupil of legendary flutist Robert Willoughby at the Longy School of Music in Boston. She maintains a private flute studio ages 6-48, and can be heard giving concerts from Boulder to Boston, and Japan to Switzerland. She regularly performs with her jazz quartet in Louisville, CO and is the founder and director of the Meet the Composer concert series focused on an in-depth exploration of one composer per performance, and Among Friends, a mixed media concert series dedicated to combining visual and musical mediums in performance. She is always looking for ways to share her love of great music, masterful composers, mixed media, and the performers who bring their mediums to life, with diverse audiences throughout the Front Range. Emma just received her BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from CU Boulder and is completing her Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. She is the Eurhythmics Chair and Co-chair of the Music Fundamentals Program at Dana V. Music in Louisville and teaches flute at the Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts.

Emma is the co-founder and co-executive director of the Colorado based non-profit Integral Steps which is an institute devoted to supporting the integrative and balanced development of children, families, and communities, through music, movement, psychotherapy, science, and creative arts. Emma is currently pursing her Masters of Music in flute performance as a student of Marco Granados, while completing her Licensure to teach Dalcroze Eurhythmics to adults with Lisa Parker at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston.

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Flutist Dr. Tess Miller is a freelance performer, flute instructor, and clinician from the mid-Michigan area.  She has performed in Master Classes for many prominent flutists, including Linda Chesis, Bonita Boyd, Carol Wincenc, Jim Walker, Sebastian Bell, and Timothy Hutchins.

In 2004, Dr. Miller received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University where she studied with Richard Sherman.  Her dissertation, Why Did It Sound Better in the Practice Room? dealt with the causes of music performance anxiety and how musicians can improve or enhance performance skills through journal writing.  She has been invited to present her ideas at various colleges and conferences throughout the country including the College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter Conference, the Central Michigan University Flute Day, the University of Southern Mississippi Flute Day, and the Michigan State University Flute Weekend among other colleges and universities.  She is currently a CD and sheet music reviewer for the National Flute Associations publication, The Flutist Quarterly.

 Dr. Miller is an avid chamber musician. As a member of the Red Cedar Wind Trio, she performed as a semi-finalist at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.  Her quartet, the Great Lakes Art Music Ensemble, recently released a CD on the White Pine Record Label.  The Latin Dance Project consists of newly composed and arranged music for two flutes, guitar, and percussion.  This ensemble was invited to perform on the MAJIC Chamber Music Series in Grand Rapids, MI as well as at the 2008 National Flute Association Convention in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Miller has most recently been collaborating with Dr. Melissa Straus (Double Bass) as Extreme Duality  and with the Durant Street Winds, a new Woodwind Quintet.  Both ensembles perform throughout mid-Michigan.

In the summers, Dr. Miller has performed for the Mackinac Island Community Foundation Summer Concert Series for which she was a Co-Artistic Director.  This series features many up and coming Michigan chamber musicians and works to promote concert art music while also educating audiences about a variety of music styles.  Miller has been on the summer faculty for the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Adult Flute Choir, the Interlochen FIne Arts Camp, and the Michigan State University Community Music School Middle School Band Camp.  Dr. Miller has also been the Managing Director for the Mackinac Island Flute Festival.

In addition to chamber music performance, Dr. Miller is also a distinguished orchestral musician. She currently plays second flute with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and is an active freelance performer with the Lansing, Jackson, and Midland Symphony Orchestras.  Miller has performed as a featured soloist with the MSU Philharmonic Orchestra, the MSU Symphony Band, the Meridean Concert Band, the Albion College Orchestra, Alma College Orchestra, and the Mott Community College Band.

Dr. Miller is the adjunct flute instructor at Albion College and Visiting Instructor of Flute at Alma College.  She also maintains an active private studio at the Michigan State University Community Music School.  Dr. Miller is also working on an Internship through the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP™).  This is a certification program that trains musicians to provide live, prescribed therapeutic music at the bedside of the ill and dying.  Once certified, Miller hopes to provide therapeutic music at a variety of facilities including hospitals, hospices, nursing home facilities and wherever these services are needed.

She lives in St. Johns, MI with composer husband Scott R. Harding and daughter Roslyn.

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