New World Symphony Fellows embrace a wide range of topics for these monthly sessions. In this hangout, they speak with guest John Beder, percussionist and filmmaker, and director/producer of the documentary "Composed."
A bassoon fellow at the New World Symphony, Darren Hicks hails from small-town Nova Scotia. At ease both in the orchestra and in a chamber setting, Mr. Hicks has performed across Canada and abroad. His teachers have included Frank Morelli (Yale University) and Christopher Millard (University of Ottawa). Mr. Hicks was a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra (Verbier, Switzerland) from 2013 to 2015 and was the recipient of the Dean’s Prize at Yale’s Commencement 2014, the 2012 National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary, and a 2012 Nova Scotia Talent Trust Bursary
Cynthia Burton is a second-year Violin Fellow hailing from Banner Elk, North Carolina. Her passion for large ensemble playing has led to orchestral tenures including summers at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Spoleto Festival, as well as performances with the New Hampshire Music Festival. She has also performed with Bay Area ensembles including the California Symphony, Marin Symphony and San Francisco Academy Orchestra. She was an inaugural member of One Found Sound, an un-conducted chamber ensemble in San Francisco dedicated to intimate, casual performances and a democratic approach. Cherishing any opportunity to play chamber music, Ms. Burton has performed alongside members of the Ciompi and Wihan quartets, and has appeared in the San Francisco-Shanghai International Chamber Music Festival. From 2013-14 she also taught violin and coached chamber ensembles in the Community Programs Division of the Crowden School in Berkeley, a nationally recognized elementary school combining musical and academic curricula.
Most recently, Ms. Burton studied with Dan Carlson, Principal Second Violin of the San Francisco Symphony. She earned her master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Wei He and Catherine Van Hoesen, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she was awarded a full scholarship from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust. While studying with the late Dr. Richard Luby at UNC-CH, she developed a special appreciation of historically informed performance
Filmmaker of "Composed" documentary