Ernestine Ruben

Ernestine Ruben is known through extensive exhibitions, private collections, publications, and workshops in the United States and internationally. She has had retrospective exhibits at La Maison Europeene de la Photographie in Paris, University of Michigan Museum of Art,  Rutgers University Mason Gross Galleries, and one-woman exhibits in St. Petersburg, Russia, China, International Center of Photography in New York,  Lincoln Center Library of the Performing Arts, University of the Arts in Philadelphia,  Houston Fotofest, the Philadelphia Museum, Museum of Modern Art and Baudoin Lebon Gallery in Paris and Stanford University Art Museum, Princeton University, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. 

Her work has been widely published, and In Human Touch, published by Nazraeli Press, received the highest award for a Photography book by the International Press Association. She is the recipient of a New Jersey State Arts Council fellowship. She has had 8 monographs published. 

Her life has been focused on art: growing up in an active art environment, and studying the history of art. Her workshops take place internationally and address issues connected to the development of careers in the arts.   

Ruben’s constant challenge is to apply concepts that are unique to photography to other art forms She aims to convert her photographic images into three dimensions, sound and movement. She is currently studying the relationships between architectural construction and space, sound and the visual image.       

Her multimedia works have been performed and installed in Lausanne, Toulon, New York, Washington, DC, The American Dance Festival, Princeton, SPE Conference, Paris for the Month of Photography, and Arles at Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie.

Stephen Hartke

Winner of the 2013 GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, Stephen Hartke is widely recognized as one of the leading composers of his generation, whose work has been hailed for both its singularity of voice and the inclusive breadth of its inspiration. Born in Orange, New Jersey, in 1952, Hartke grew up in Manhattan where he began his musical career as a professional boy chorister.

Hartke's output is extremely varied, from the medieval-inspired piano quartet, The King of the Sun, and Wulfstan at the Millennium, an abstract liturgy for ten instruments, the blues-inflected violin duo, Oh Them Rats Is Mean in My Kitchen, and the surreal trio, The Horse with the Lavender Eye, to the Biblical satire, Sons of Noah, for soprano, four flutes, four guitars and four bassoons, and his acclaimed full-length opera, The Greater Good. Major commissions have come from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Harvard Musical Association, eighth blackbird, the Fromm Foundation, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Meet The Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Most of Hartke's music is available on commercial CDs released by Albany, Bridge, Cedille, Chandos, CRI, Delos, ECM New Series, EMI Classics, Naxos American Classics, New World Records, and Soundbrush Records.

Noah Getz

Hailed as a “highly skillful and an even more highly adventurous player” (Washington City Paper) with “virtuosity, sensitivity, and beauty of tone” (Fanfare), Noah Getz has performed and lectured worldwide, including appearances at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Carnegie Hall, Zilkha Hall, The Phillips Collection and the 2012 Polish Woodwind Festival in Wolsztyn, Poland.  An avid chamber musician, Getz received a first-round Grammy nomination with the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet and has performed with the National Gallery New Music Ensemble, The 21st Century Consort, and the Empyrean Ensemble.  His albums Crosscurrents, exploring the intersection of jazz and contemporary classical music, and Still Life were released to rave reviews and are available through Albany Records.

Getz is committed to commissioning and premiering new works for saxophone, including recent collaborations with Aaron Jay Kernis, David Amram and Ken Ueno.  His premiere of in every way I remember you in 2011 at the National Gallery of Art was acclaimed as “spectacular and wonderfully provocative” (Washington Post).  He has presented masterclasses, recitals, and lectures at universities and events across the country, including at Peabody Conservatory, Mannes-The New School of Music, and the Aaron Copland School of Music.  He is a Musician-In-Residence at American University in Washington, DC.

Seth Bernstein

Seth Bernstein is a lighting and video artist/designer based in New York. His longtime collaborations with visual artist Mary Hamill have been shown at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Danforth Museum, Harvard University, Brandeis University and other venues. Commercially, Seth works with brands such as Nike, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin and others to design large scare installations at major events and venues such as The Superbowl, Basketball All-Star Game, World Cup and New York Fashion week.

Seth lives in Brooklyn with his partner Michael and dog Bruno.