A Professional New Music Ensemble Based in Charlotte


Brief bios of founding members and list of featured guest performers.

Founding Members:

Tomoko Deguchi: began her career as a pianist while in Japan, focusing on contemporary music. She has been a featured performer at numerous concerts including the 20th Century Piano Music series, the Young Artist Concert series, Kobe Art Conference Competition concert, and the Buffalo Contemporary Ensemble Concert series. She was one of the six finalists in the Crane Festival of New Music, National Student Performers Competition. She was the 1998 Concerto Competition winner at the University of Wyoming. In the same year, she was invited as a guest performer at the Northern Illinois University, where she did a recording for her first solo piano album “Syncopated Lady,” which was released in June 1999 from Capstone Records. Her performance is also included in the CD “Music of Laurel Firant.” She continues to perform for contemporary composers concerts and new music concerts around the region. Dr. Deguchi is currently an associate professor of music theory at Winthrop University.

Geoff Whitehead: A native of England and Australia, Dr. Geoffrey Whitehead began his teaching career in Western Australia as an instrumental music teacher, band director, and choir director. In 1989, he was appointed principal tuba in the Western Australia Arts Orchestra and occupied that position for three years. Geoffrey received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Western Australia and completed the Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University in 1999. His book, A College Level Tuba Curriculum, was published by the Edwin Mellen Press in 2003. This text is used throughout the USA by tuba professors at the collegiate level. Dr. Whitehead is currently the Principal Conductor and Music Director for the Charlotte Civic Orchestra and principal conductor of the Out of Bounds Ensemble. He also teaches at Central Piedmont Community College, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, and Gardner-Webb University.

Craig Bove: Composer/performer Craig Bove earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern’s School of Music and completed his formal training with a PhD at SUNY Buffalo, studying under such New Music luminaries as Morton Feldman, LeJaren Hiller, Donald Erb, and Bernard Rands.  His compositions have been performed throughout the country in both live performances and radio broadcasts.  He has served as the conductor of the Middlebury Wind Ensemble and has performed, conducted and presided over concerts of new and standard repertoire including performances at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, the BOCA Art Center in New York, KPFA Radio in San Francisco, and NPR Radio affiliates in New York, Vermont and California. His most recent works have taken as their sources the model of a perpetually evolving psychological narrative as an associate/guide to the persistence of nascent sound. He has written for orchestra, various combinations of chamber groups, and vocal ensembles. At CPCC, Bove teaches Music theory, Music History, Composition and has directed the CPCC Opera Theater Orchestra. He also serves as chair of the music department.

Leonard Mark Lewis: Composer Leonard Mark Lewis (b. 1973, Great Yarmouth, England) (D.M.A., Composition, University of Texas) specializes in new music.  Lewis is the recipient of awards from ASCAP, B.M.I., Columbia University, Voices of Change and MACRO. As faculty at the University of Missouri, Lewis was named Missouri’s Composer of the Year. His Concerto for Orchestra was read by American Composers Orchestra and conducted by Dennis R. Davies.  He has been commissioned and performed by an array of ensembles including the North/South Consonance, Truman State Orchestra, AURA, Symposium for New Band Music, UT Composer’s Orchestra, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, New Music Camerata, NACUSA, Concordia Trio and Hyperion Ensemble and has had premiers at The Kennedy Center and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Ronald Keith Parks: Composer Ronald Keith Parks’ output includes orchestral works, instrumental and vocal chamber music, choral music, electroacoustic music, and interactive computer music. His works have been featured worldwide at numerous professional conferences, performers’ recitals, and ensemble/orchestra concerts. Recent commissions have come from the Bechtler Ensemble, the Blue Ridge Players, the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Next Ens, Force of Nature, and the South Carolina Music Teacher’s Association. Recent awards include the Aaron Copland Award, the Winthrop Outstanding Junior Professor, and honorable mentions in the Minnesota Forum and the Shepard Composer contests. His music is available on the EMF,  ERM labels, Parma, and Albany Records. He received the BA from NC School of the Arts, MM from University of Florida, and Ph.D. in composition from the University at Buffalo. He is currently full professor of music composition and technology and Director of the Winthrop Computer Music Lab and Studio at Winthrop University.

Featured Guest Performers:

  • Nick Lampo – cello
  • Reese Manceaux – clarinet, saxophone, flute, oboe
  • Judy Windstrom Meister – violin
  • Amy Orsinger Whitehead – flute/piccolo
  • Lorraine Gorrell – voice
  • Gina Gutierrez – voice
  • Tatiana Karpova – violin
  • Jill O’Neill – flute
  • Kristen Wonderlich – voice
  • Bill Tyler – French Horn
  • Mark Dulin – trumpet
  • David Kulma – oboe
  • John Thornton – trumpet
  • Scott Bauer – trumpet
  • Julie Shrom – french horn
  • Ken Davies – trombone
  • David Mills – tuba
  • David Hodges – trumpet
  • John Brooks – trumpet
  • Sarita Maxwell – tuba
  • Mark Richards – trombone
  • Brendon Bushman – oboe