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Discover the myriad paths of modern music from the 20th into the 21st century. What defines new music? Join the Fellows for an intimate glimpse into their craft with these behind-the-scenes presentations on topics ranging from music appreciation to the historic contexts of composers and more. Audience members are encouraged to participate by asking questions and taking part in post-presentation discussions. Alexa Ciciretti, second-year Cello Fellow at the New World Symphony, has performed as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Eastman Philharmonia and Oberlin Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. She served as principal cellist in the Oberlin Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall concert and the Eastman Philharmonia’s concert with Itzhak Perlman. In 2014 she was a soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble on a concert featuring works by André Previn. She was also a finalist in the Oberlin Concerto Competition and has performed in masterclasses for Steven Isserlis and Ronald Leonard. An avid advocate for Baroque and Contemporary music, Ms. Ciciretti has performed with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra, Eastman Collegium Musicum, Rochester Christ Church Consort and Eastman and Oberlin Viola da Gamba Consorts. She performed with Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble at the DiMenna Center, Eastman’s Musica Nova on a concert featuring Irvine Arditti, and on the Bowdoin Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music. Ms. Ciciretti has won numerous prizes including the Eastman Anne Hayden McQuay Scholarship, Oberlin Ernest Hatch Wilkins Memorial Prize for Academic Excellence, Oberlin Pi Kappa Lambda Prize for Musicianship, Aspen New Horizons Fellowship, and the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestral String Fellowship. She has also attended Bowdoin International Music Festival, Orford Arts Center Academy and Meadowmount School of Music. Ms. Ciciretti received her master’s degree and orchestral studies diploma from Eastman School of Music (2015) and her bachelor of music degree with a minor in historical performance from Oberlin Conservatory (2013). She also studied at the NEC Preparatory Division (2006-09). Principal teachers include Steven Doane, Amir Eldan and Ronald Lowry. Other important influences include Darrett Adkins, Brian Alegant, Kathleen Kemp, Cathy Meints, Raphael Jimenez and Nancy Eaton. When not playing cello, she enjoys cooking, eating chocolate and enjoying the weather in her native New England.