Guest Artists

Visiting scholar Susheel Bibbs will perform along with Jacqui Hairston, a composer and arranger who has worked with Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman on spiritual arrangements, on Friday, September 12 at 7:00pm. Susheel Bibbs, a critically acclaimed touring classical singer and filmmaker and winner of the coveted Laid Foundation Award in voice, holds a Masters in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory and did her undergraduate training at Boston University's College for the Arts in Opera.

Ms. Bibbs debuted at Boston's Jordan Hall and appeared in leading and supporting on the roster of the Opera Company of Boston for three years; she then sang opera and did concert tours internationally to acclaim for over 20 years. Bibbs currently tours nationwide presenting original one-woman musical and dramatic programs and master classes on black classical song.


Guest saxophonist John Sampen will perform on Monday, September 15 at 8:00pm, along with Mark Bunce, composer/electronics. As one of America's leading concert saxophonists, John Sampen is particularly recognized as a distinguished artist in contemporary literature. He has commissioned over eighty new works, including compositions by Babbitt, Bolcom, Cage, Rands, and Rzewski and has premiered saxophone versions of music by Lutoslawski, Stockhausen, and Tower. As recipient of NEA and Meet the Composer grants, John Sampen has been involved with commissions and premieres of new music by Albright, Babbitt, Martino and Subotnick. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and is currently on the faculty of Bowling Green State University.