Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 Visiting Artists

Spring 2022

Shelby Banks

Shelby Banks is an American soprano from New York who has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad in operas, concerts and recitals. She is a successful entrepreneur, as well as a business and creative consultant to individuals and organizations. With more than twenty years of small business expertise in infrastructure, credit solutions, strategic planning and development, Shelby has worked for such companies as Chase, PNC Bank, Dow Jones and Bank of NY, and helps to secure over five million dollars annually in lending, sponsorships and grants for individual artists and business owners. Shelby is an Adjunct Professor with the City of New York and the host of “The Business Savvy Artist Series”. 

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Franck Vigroux

Franck Vigroux is a multifaceted artist whose works range from experimental electronic music to modern composition and music theatre. Franck Vigroux‘s music is made of tectonic tensions, beats, electronic textures and a very personal approach to sonic exploration. He is equally prolific as a solo artist and as a collaborator, he has worked with musician such as Elliott Sharp, Mika Vainio, Reinhold Friedl, Ars Nova... Vigroux’s uniqueness comes from his artistic approach that integrates new media and performance arts. He designs transdisciplinary shows and audiovisual concerts, collaborating with visual artists such as Antoine Schmitt and Kurt d’Haeseleer.

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Sage Lewis

Alumni of 2008 MFA Music Composition presents new release called OMNI. This project began as a piano, synth, and vocal album that became a multi-sensory transmedia collection of 12 drawings, a 45-minute experimental film, a short story, a vinyl record, an art book, and a journey through scent. The various pieces of media fit together in different ways to tell a science fiction story about climate collapse and the Metaverse. The next evolutions in development for OMNI are an NFT collection, XR experiences, and series.

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Jace Clayton

Jace Clayton is an artist and writer based in New York, also known for his work as DJ /rupture. His book Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. You can purchase physical or e-book copies from Bookshop, the publisher, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore. His most recent writing is a tribute to Jamaican musician Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, published in Pitchfork. This fall Clayton is co-teaching the Graduate Critical Practice Seminar at the Yale School of Art.

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Juhi Bansal

“Radiant and transcendent”, the music of Juhi Bansal weaves together themes celebrating musical and cultural diversity, nature and the environment, and strong female role models. Her music draws upon elements as disparate as progressive metal, Hindustani music, spectralism, musical theatre and choral traditions to create deeply expressive, evocative sound-worlds. As an Indian composer brought up in Hong Kong, her work draws subtly upon both those traditions, entwining them closely and intricately with the gestures of western classical music.


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Seth Parker Woods

Recipient of the 2022 Chamber Music America Michael Jaffee Visionary Award and hailed by The Guardian as “a cellist of power and grace” who possesses “mature artistry and willingness to go to the brink,” cellist Seth Parker Woods has established a reputation as a versatile artist straddling several genres.

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Kiara Ana Perico

Kiara Ana is a freelance violist, violinist and yoga teacher based in Los Angeles. She graduated from Boston University's School of Music in 2011 and moved to LA after living in Brooklyn for a year where she began her freelance career. She has toured with Ariana Grande, Adele, Yoshiki and Panic! At the Disco and has really enjoyed performing and collaborating with artists including Gwen Stefani, Tori Kelly, Halsey and Imagine Dragons. She has been offering yoga and meditation guidance in studios, on tour and virtually for the past 4 years. Kiara is so proud to be the founding violist of Orchid Quartet, an all female powerhouse quartet who performs, records and tours as featured and supporting artists.

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