9/18 Ambrosia Trio

The Ambrosia Trio

Alexandra Aguirre, Nathaniel Berman, and Brielle Frost

 

Flutist and piccoloist Alexandra Aguirre is an active soloist and chamber musician. She performsregularly with the Madera Winds Duo, the Ambrosia Flute Trio, and the Bealine Trio. She hasperformed with the Las Cruces Symphony and St. Paul's United Methodist Orchestra, and wasa soloist with the New York University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Gunther Schuller. She alsowon the National Flute Association's Jazz Flute Big Band Competition, performing in Charlotte,North Carolina alongside jazz flutists Ali Ryerson and Holly Hoffman.As a member of Madera Winds, a woodwind duo, she won the 2008 The Great Southwest FluteFest's Chamber Music Competition and was featured on the Gala Concert held at the University ofArizona. The duo co-commissioned and premiered a double concerto for flute and alto saxophonewith the Mesilla Valley Concert Band, have performed at the North American Saxophone AllianceNational and Regional conferences in South Carolina, New Mexico, Georgia and Nevada, theInternational Saxophone Symposium, Washington D.C., and at the National Flute Association inNew Mexico and Anaheim.

She is also a dedicated educator and presented a masterclass demonstrating new practice techniquesusing the Nintendo Wii at the National Flute Association Convention in New York City.She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Arts with an emphasis in chamber music from the Universityof Northern Colorado. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in flute performance from NewYork University.

Nathaniel Berman holds a Master of Arts in music performance with a specialization in chambermusic from New York University and a Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University inwoodwinds.

Along with the Ambrosia Flute Trio, he performs with Madera Winds, which won the GreatSouthwest Flute Fest chamber music competition in 2008, and has engaged in numerouscommissioning projects.

He has performed at National Flute Association Conventions, the North American SaxophoneAlliance National and Regional Conferences, and at the International Saxophone Symposium.He has also been a guest artist on contra-bass saxophone at Northwestern University and was afeatured soloist at the Lake Placid Flute Seminar.He was selected as the winner of the NYU Concerto Competition in 2005, garnering him theopportunity to solo with the NYU Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Fletcher. He hasparticipated in the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the NYU Wind Ensemble, the NYUSymphony and Community Orchestras, the Manhattan School of Music Saxophone Quartet andWind Ensemble, and many musical theater productions including Off-Off Broadway, the SteinhardtSchool at NYU, the Fashion Institute of Technology, various community theaters, and with nationaltouring companies.

Teachers have included Dr. James Hall, Lauren Jacobson, Dr. Andrew Dahlke, Bil Jackson, RobertDick, Dr. Paul Cohen, Richard Sherman, Frank Ell, Joseph Lulloff, Ron Blake, Andrew Speight, andDr. Leroy Borchert.

Currently working on her Doctorate in flute performance at the University of Northern Colorado,Brielle Frost has held the graduate flute assistantship position from 2010 to 2012. She received aBachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Music degree andArtist Certificate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her teachers have includedAngeleita Floyd, Torleif Ander, Mary Posses, and James Hall.

An active musician and teacher, Brielle has performed throughout the United States, Italy, andCosta Rica. She has performed at festivals and conventions such as the Puccini Festival, MahlerFest,the Atlantic Music Festival, the Aquila Summer Concert Series, the Rocky Mountain RegionalMeeting of the American Musicological Society, and the National Flute Association Convention.Currently principal flutist of the University of Northern Colorado Orchestra, Brielle has performedas a substitute flutist/piccoloist with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra and the Midland-OdessaSymphony Orchestra. In 2011 she taught at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and performed with theBlue Lake Faculty Orchestra. Brielle has performed in masterclasses with William Bennett, CarolWincenc, Brook Schoenwald, Nicole Esposito, Claudia Anderson, Jill Felber, Michael Gordon,Stephanie Jutt, Nestor Herszbaum, and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.