Barbara did the first part of her medical studies in Saint-Etienne (Loire), where she received her Master 1 degree in reproductive biology and bioethics. She has been an intern in psychiatry in Paris since november 2012. Her research interests include bipolar disorders. She is doing a Master 2 degree in Neuroscience (UPMC) and will work in a leading research center for magnetic resonnance imaging and spectroscopy : the Saclay CEA, where she will join the UNIACT team. Barbara is Vice-President of the ANOVA-psy association, which aims to open a dialogue between the general public and mental health professionals. The association also supports interns in psychiatry who want to publish for the first time. Barbara will organize 3 conferences in the framework of the Fondation des Etats-Unis Medical Cultures program.
Embracing his penchant for improvisation alongside his passion for the classical and contemporary repertoire, pianist John Kamfonas has given performances around the world, from Italy to India, Beijing to New York, which have been described as possessing ``a grandeur that lifted the music into the sublime...and a delicacy that took one's breath away.`` (National Herald, New York). Mr. Kamfonas’ unpredictable concerts comprise works by composers ranging from Bach and Brahms to Rachmaninoff and Debussy interweaved among spontaneously conceived improvisations.
Mr. Kamfonas gave his New York debut at Merkin Hall in 2012 sponsored by the Hellenic American Cultural Foundation and has since split his time performing in France as a resident musician at the Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris and at various festivals in the U.S. Just this summer he was a guest performer for a fourth year at the Greencastle Music festival in Indiana and a resident fellow of the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine participating in its annual summer chamber music series.
Mr. Kamfonas holds a bachelors of arts in music and economics from Columbia University and a masters in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied under Phillip Kawin. As a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar of the Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris, Mr. Kamfonas is currently pursuing a graduate diploma at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris under the guidance of Marian Rybicki and Jean Fassina.
Vandoren Regional Artist Jenny Maclay is quickly establishing her career as a clarinet soloist, recitalist, orchestral player, and chamber musician. Ms. Maclay is the recipient of the 2015 Harriet Hale Woolley Award to study music in Paris, where she will attend the Versailles Conservatoire in the class of Philippe Cuper. She has achieved a number of other notable musical honors, including selection as a semi-finalist and finalist for such international competitions as Astral Artists and Concert Artists Guild. Most recently, Ms. Maclay was the first prize winner of the 2014 National Society of Arts and Letters Regional Solo Competition. During the past season, she performed with the Florida Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony, Ocala Symphony, and the Gainesville Orchestra. She made her solo debut at the age of 16, as first prize winner of the Huntsville Symphony Young Artist Competition. She was the only North American high school student invited to participate (on a full scholarship) in the inaugural year of the Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy. Additionally, she was the first prize winner of the 2009 Ocala Symphony Young Artists Competition. Ms. Maclay attended the University of Florida where she graduated summa cum laude and was a Fulbright Scholar finalist. Her teachers include Mitchell Estrin, Donald Dowdy, Todd Waldecker, and John Cooper. She has performed in the master classes of noted clarinetists Stanley Drucker, Yehuda Gilad, Jon Manasse, and Charles Neidich, at such venues as the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest and Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. She was the youngest presenter of refereed research at the 2014 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest. This season, Ms. Maclay presented recitals and master classes at the University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, University of Southern Mississippi, and was a featured soloist at the keynote ceremony of the 2015 Alabama Music Educators Association Conference. Her students are regularly selected to perform in the Florida and Alabama All State bands. Her first book, an examination of unaccompanied clarinet repertoire, is currently in publication. Ms. Maclay performs exclusively on Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures.
Ren Martin-Doike is an innovative performer on a mission to captivate audiences worldwide, both on the streets and in the concert hall. She has toured and performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia as a soloist and as a member of the Curtis Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the Benny Rietveld Jazz Quintet, and the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi. As an orchestral player, she performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has served as principal viola of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and the New York String Orchestra. While principal viola of the Curtis 20/21 Chamber Orchestra, she performed with Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo as a part their Two x Four Project, which also resulted in a Grammy nominated album on the Cedille label. A Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award winner, Ms. Martin-Doike has performed on NPR's From the Top and has also been featured on Garrison Keillor's Prarie Home Companion. She is also the recepient of the Prix de la Musique de Chambre Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau, and two grants from the Williamson Foundation for Music. Recently graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, Ren is currently pursuing her Master's Studies at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
Luke Rogers is an artist from New Haven, Connecticut. He recently completed the Painting and Printmaking MFA program at Yale University, where he was awarded the Al Held Travel Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome during the summer of 2015. He completed his BFA in Painting at Boston University's College of Fine Art in 2012. That year he was a Stephen D. Paine Award finalist. As a Woolley Fellow he will be continuing his studio practice in Paris, where he will be researching the work and writings of André Breton, André Masson, Georges Bataille, and Francis Picabia. He is interested in the surrealists' use of technological processes to generate new kinds of images. Rogers situates his work within this history of painting as technology and the ways in which technological processes can condition new ways of seeing the everyday. There will be a solo exhibition of his work at the Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris in the spring of 2016.
Before coming to Paris and the Fondation des Etats-Unis, Micah was living in Oakland, California. He moved out to the West coast to escape the Midwest region of the United States, where he was originally living. Before coming to California, Micah did his undergraduate studies at a Quaker college in Indiana. He was born on a farm in Iowa, and moved to Indiana at an early age. In college, he studied art and peace and global studies. He left the Midwest for sunny California. After a few years of not being in school, he went back to school to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts at California College of the Arts, in studio art. In school he focused on painting, sculpture, and dance performance as well as writing his Masters thesis on the work of Gustave Courbet and Georges Bataille, and which he will continue studying in Paris. A few of Micah’s hobbies include hiking, surfing, art history, finding small, tiny, restaurants that have delicious food, and being a “flaneur” in a new city.``