Chamber Music America Conference Presenters

We are excited to announce that Rose & the Nightingale will be session presenters at the 2015 Chamber Music America conference, held Jan. 15-18 at the Westin in Manhattan.  Our session is Saturday, Jan. 17 from 9:00-10:15 am.

Empowering Youth—Everything You Need to Know about Organizing a Community Workshop

Plan a community workshop infused with your ensemble’s unique programming themes, and give the participants (whether or not they study an instrument in school) the confidence to perform alongside you in a public concert. Key concepts: fostering creative collaboration in students and building positive relationships with community partners. Practical advice: lesson-plans for different-length workshops (one-hour, three-hour, multi-day, etc.), performing in nontraditional venues, scheduling age-appropriate workshop time, linking up with existing school curriculum, and streamlining documentation and feedback.

Moderator: Jody Redhage, Cellist/composer/vocalist, Rose & the Nightingale

Sara Caswell, Violinist/mandolinist, Rose & the Nightingale

Laila Biali, Vocalist/pianist, Rose & the Nightingale

Leala Cyr, Vocalist/trumpeter, Rose & the Nightingale

Speaker Bios

Cellist, composer, and vocalist Jody Redhage composes and performs in the chamber jazz ensemble Rose & the Nightingale, and recently toured to five continents as cellist and backing vocalist with 2011 Best New Artist Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding’s Chamber Music Society band. Redhage resides in the NYC area and is a passionate proponent of new genre-blending chamber music and grass-roots community organization through music.

Violinist Sara Caswell has amassed over a hundred awards in the jazz and classical competition worlds. In DownBeat‘s 2014 Critics’ Poll, Sara was named the No. 3 jazz violinist in the nation. Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, and now living in New York City, Caswell earned degrees from Indiana University and Manhattan School of Music.

Pianist/vocalist Laila Biali has toured with Suzanne Vega, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Paula Cole, and Sting. Widely known for challenging boundaries of style, she takes the best of pop, rock, classical and soul, informs it with her knowledge of jazz, and seamlessly weaves it all into her music.

Leala Cyr, voice and trumpet, is a rare “double threat,” known both as an outstanding vocal improviser and an instrumentalist with a warm, golden tone. She is a member of Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding’s Chamber Music Society and Radio Music Society bands, both as a vocalist and trumpeter.

Please visit to register for the 2015 conference.

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