MARIA SCHLEUNING has been a member of the Voices of Change Modern Music Ensemble since 1996 and Artistic Director since 2009. An advocate of new music, she has worked with many of the leading composers of our day including the legendary Witold Lutoslawski, George Crumb, Aaron Jay Kernis, John Corigliano, Augusta Read Thomas, Sebastian Currier, Bright Sheng, Samuel Adler, Donald Erb, David Dzubay, Pierre Jalbert, and David Amram. She has premiered many new works, including Dream Catcher a solo violin work written especially for her as a gift by Augusta Read Thomas, and Partners a double concerto written for her and cellist Jolyon Pegis by David Amram; the world premiere was December 9, 2018 in Ann Arbor Michigan.
An active chamber musician, Ms. Schleuning has performed in venues such as New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art as well as at numerous festivals throughout the United States and Europe. She has been a faculty member and performer at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Idyllwild Arts, Bennington Music Festival, University of North Texas, and the Blackburn Academy. She has recorded with Continuum modern music ensemble in New York, and in Dallas with grammy-nominated Voices of Change and the Walden Piano Quartet; the most recent being all water has a perfect memory featuring the music of David Dzubay, to be released by INNOVA in October 2019.
In addition, Ms. Schleuning has served as principal second violin of the New York Women’s Ensemble and with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra. A member of The Dallas Symphony since 1994, she has been featured as soloist with the orchestra on many occasions. Other solo highlights include appearances with the Oregon Symphony, Seattle Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Abilene Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic, Bozeman Symphony (MT), Las Cruces Symphony(NM), and with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra on a tour of Eastern Europe including concerts at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and the Rudolfinuum in Prague, in addition to a tour of China in 2015. She studied with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, where she was awarded a Performer’s Certificate; with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School in London with a grant from the Myra Hess Foundation; and with Joel Smirnoff at the Juilliard School where she received her Master’s Degree.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Kurth Hall at Sammons Center for the Arts - 11:00 am
Congratulations to Jason Gerraughty for his winning entry, Get it Out of You!Jason advances to the finals in Atlanta next year, and we can't wait! Although the judges had a tough decision, and we think every single one of these entries is a winner. Voices of Change has presented the Grand Prize winner in the last two Rapido! cycles...can we do it again?
International Composers Competition / Semi-Finals
For several decades Voices of Change has commissioned numerous new compositions.