A native of New York City, John Stone studied composition with Max Lifchitz during his years at Vassar College where he graduated in 1992 with honors in philosophy and English literature. While at Vassar, he was commissioned to compose a score for a ballet exposition at the Bardavon Opera House, and later continued his collaboration with choreographers including Brian Brooks, Kun-Yang Lin, Elizabeth Higgins, and Rachel Cohen. He is Artistic Cofounder and Music Director of the modern dance group Ariane Anthony & Company. Jennifer Dunning writes, “As always, the music composed by John Stone, [Ms. Anthony’s] invaluable collaborator, provided just the right blend of evocative melody and nutty dissonances” (The New York Times, 2002). Since 2004, Mr. Stone has been Composer and Music Director for the Paper Bag Players with whom he performs 130 shows per year throughout the Northeast. Stone’s chamber works have toured nationally and internationally, with recent works commissioned by the viol consort Parthenia and the Queen's Chamber Band who performed his work at Merkin Concert Hall in 2007. He has received grants from Meet the Composer as well as the prestigious W.K. Rose Fellowship of Vassar College to complete a book on J.S. Bach’s last fugue.
Soprano Amy Bartram is a versatile professional singer based in NYC who has sung music ranging from ancient Greek chant to premieres by emerging composers, jazz, and more. She has performed lead roles in Baroque and contemporary operas, and her oratorio solo credits include works by Bach, Fauré, Handel, Mozart, and Vivaldi. She sings with the Clarion Music Society Choir, Musica Sacra, and Vox Vocal Ensemble. For several years she appeared in broadcast concerts with REBEL baroque orchestra at Trinity Church, Wall St. She can be heard as a soloist on the bestselling Naxos CD, Christmas at Trinity. A specialist in early music, Amy gives frequent recitals covering a wide range of styles and eras. With lutenist Ekko Jennings, Amy has performed more than fourteen programs of lute songs on several series in NYC. She is the founder and artistic director of Machicoti, a medieval ensemble, with which she also plays medieval lute. www.amybartram.com