Isaac Howell (b. 1993, Princeton, NJ) earned his M.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University in 2017, and his B.F.A. in Studio Art and Comparative Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. While studying at Washington University in St. Louis, Howell received the Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship and was a resident at the Yale Norfolk Summer School during the summer of 2014. Howell received the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship through the Fondation des États-Unis for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. During his time in Paris, Howell plans to make work inspired by Marxist-Leninist activist artworks from the May ’68 Revolution, as well as work inspired by Guy Debord and the Situationist International.
Jossalyn Jensen, American violist, began her musical studies at age 4. Her solo debut with orchestra was at the age of 9 and she has since appeared in concert across the United States and Europe in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Elbphilharmonie, and the Théâtre de Champs-Élysées. She can be heard on several American radio shows, including NPR’s From the Top and Performance Today. As a fellow, she has attended the New York String Orchestra Seminar (2012), the Aspen Music Festival and School (2009-2011, 2014), the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (2017), and the Verbier Festival Academy (2017). Ms. Jensen received her Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Jeffrey Irvine, where she graduated with honors and was presented with the Milhaud Award and the Arnold Award in Viola. She completed her Master of Music at The Juilliard School, studying with Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory, where she was a recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship and the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Artist Award. Ms. Jensen is a laureate of 2016-2017 Fulbright Grant to study with Jean Sulem at the Conservatoire National supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Jensen has participated in the Juilliard School Winter ChamberFest (2015), the Finckel-Wu Han Chamber Music Studio (2014), the Cleveland Institute of Music Intensive Quartet Seminar (2012-2013), and the Music Academy of the West String Quartet Seminar (2012). She has performed with members of the Cleveland Quartet as well as Darrett Adkins, Jorja Fleezanis, David Halen and Jerome Lowenthal in addition to appearances as a chamber artist at the Caroga Lake Music Festival, the Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence and Les Nuits Pianistiques in Aix-en-Provence.
Ms. Jensen is passionate about bringing the arts to those who have limited access to classical music and live performances. Since she was a child, she has performed in retirement centers, hospitals, libraries, parks, community centers, and public schools throughout her home state of Utah as well as Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon. She has been a frequent artist for Classical Revolution Cleveland, a member of the Cleveland Community Service Outreach Program and a recipient of the Gluck Community Outreach Fellowship from the Juilliard School.
As an advocate of new music, Ms. Jensen has participated in the New Music Ensemble at the Cleveland Institute of Music and most recently in projects with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Matthias Pintscher at the Lucerne Festival Academy (2017). She has commissioned works from emerging composers and is currently working on a project to commission six young American composers to write six new pieces for solo viola in homage to J. S. Bach.
Ms. Jensen began teaching violin at the age of 12 and has continued to become more and more invested in pedagogy and sharing what she has learned with others. She taught ear training and solfège as a Teaching Fellow at the Juilliard School and has continued in Paris.
She is honored to be a 2017-2018 Harriet Hale Woolley fellow and resident musician at the Fondation des États-Unis.
Sarah Clarice Ghandour, an honored recipient of a full five year scholarship, graduated May 2017 from Bard College and Conservatory with a Bachelor of Art in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance, having studied under Cellist Peter Wiley. An avid chamber musician, Sarah has collaborated with artists including Peter Wiley, Peter Serkin, Daniel Phillips, and Dawn Upshaw. As principal cellist of the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, she has performed in New York, Eastern Europe, Russia, and most recently in Cuba, including collaboration with Camerata Romeu, a female Cuban string orchestra. Sarah was a finalist in the 2016 Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition, and in May 2017 had the pleasure of performing the Korngold Cello Concerto with The Orchestra Now. Following her study in the Fall of 2015 at the American University of Paris, and cello studies with Xavier Gagnepain, at Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt, Sarah had the distinct pleasure of performing the Rachmaninoff Sonata for Piano and Cello, and the Brahms Clarinet Trio, at the Royal Castle of Warsaw, Poland on invitation by Bard Conservatory. Sarah has also delighted in participating in Music at Menlo, Yellow Barn, and Encore String Quartet Intensive Summer Chamber Music Festivals. After her 2017-2018 artist residency at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, France, Sarah will pursue a master’s degree at Stony Brook University, New York, under the tutelage of cellist Colin Carr.
Taylor Smith is an artist from Rochester, New York. After receiving a B.F.A. in Painting and a B.A. in Art History from Boston University in 2015, she completed an M.A. in Cultural Mediation at the École du Louvre in Paris in 2017, and was awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. She has participated in several group and solo exhibitions, primarily in Paris and in Boston, in addition to a mural project and residency at the Asociación Atlas in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Through her manipulation of natural processes (erosion, dripping water…) in addition to industrial and hand-made recycled materials, she investigates the perpetual conflict between nature and cultural production, addressing humans’ insatiable desire to “perfect” their surrounding environment. While in Paris, Taylor will work on a series of large-scale mixed-media works in collaboration with several scientists (including the oenologist Gérard Liger-Belair and PhD candidate at the Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure Nora Assendorp), and the American aerial photographer of polluted landscapes J Henry Fair, in order to combine microscopic and aerial imagery of nature destroyed and reconstructed by man into singular abstract compositions.
Vincent Trebossen is currently Psychiatry resident at the Université Paris-Sud. He completed his medical studies at the Université de Rennes, Britanny. Since moving to Paris in 2014 he has had the oppurtunity to work at several renowned hospitals such as the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital and the Centre Hospitalier Sainte-Anne. At Sainte-Anne, he was able to work with patients with several medical conditions, from schizophrenia to depression, and gain experience in psychotherapy and neurobiology. Vincent is interested in the mechanisms underlying mental health diseases and particularly its links with the immune system. This year, Vincent will be doing his Master degree in neurosciences at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.