Artistic Directors

Dannielle McByran, Composer

Dannielle Comp HeadshotOboist and composer Dannielle McBryan enjoys performing many different kinds of musical styles and ensembles, but her favorite is chamber music. Dannielle is the recipient of two chamber music Fellowships; one from the Yale School of Music’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the other from the Bowdoin International Music Festival. She has performed chamber music in such venues as Quebec at Orford Centre d’Arts, Symphony Space, Christ & Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the National Arts Club, and Weill Hall. One of her upcoming performances include appearances with Ensemble Modern, performing a Zelenka opera from February-March, 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany.

She has performed as a guest with Ensemble Connect, a bridge program between Carnegie Hall and the Julliard School, both at their fall 2016 residency at Skidmore College and at a Carnegie Hall Notables concert at the French Consulate. She is also a two time winner of the Annual Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition at the Manhattan School of Music. Dedicated to outreach, she performs at retirement communities with her duo, Air Vite.

In addition to chamber music, Dannielle is an active soloist. In 2014, she performed two pieces for oboe and English horn by cross-genre composer Alec Wilder with the Chamber Jazz Orchestra of the Manhattan School of Music. In 2016, Dannielle was named winner of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and will be performing the Martinu Oboe Concerto during their 2017-18 season. Additionally, she performed Laura Kaminsky’s Oboe Concerto with the Purchase Contemporary Ensemble in May 2017.

As an advocate of new music, Dannielle composes original works for both solo oboe and chamber ensembles. She began composing music at age 7, and has performed on numerous recitals and concerts in both Europe and North America showcasing her works. In addition to her own performances, Dannielle’s pieces have been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Western Pennsylvania and Ottawa, Canada.

Dannielle was named a 2017-18 recipient for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant in Germany, where she will continue her oboe studies with Christian Hommel. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Stephen Taylor and just completed the first year of her Master’s degree at the State University of New York Purchase with James Austin Smith.

Anneke Belman, Choreographer

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Anneke Belman began her dance training at the age of three at her local home studio Ballet Tech Ohio. After many years of training, she moved to North Carolina to study in the conservatory program of the Charlotte Ballet. Under the tutelage of Patricia McBride and Mark Diamond she discovered and developed her love of ballet and choreography. In her time there she choreographed and presented three works on the Charlotte Ballet trainees and conservatory students. Anneke spent the year following her high school graduation dancing with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s second company in Dayton, OH, performing such works as William B. McClellan Jr.’s Transference, Shonna Hickman-Matlock’s Literary Landscapes as Juliet, and excerpts of Exit 7 by Ronen Koresh. Currently, Anneke is continuing her studies at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. She has performed with Purchase Dance Company in Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Merce Cunningham’s Change of Address and worked as student rehearsal assistant for Norbert de la Cruz III’s Talsik. Anneke has continued to choreograph at Purchase completing three original works during the 2016-17 year: Already Was, Odette’s Crown, and To Build and Protect It. Dedicated to community service, Anneke serves as co-producer of Purchase Cares, a program designed for using dance to raise awareness and support for AIDs. Anneke continues to work on future installments for the Avant Projekts company as she works towards receiving her BFA in Dance with a Concentration in Composition from Purchase College.