Composed of faculty members of the University of Georgia's Hugh Hodgson School of Music and guest artists, MOD[ular] Ensemble debuted in the Spring of 2014 as a group dedicated to the creation of new works in unique, mixed chamber ensemble settings. The core instrumentation is clarinet, saxophone, trombone, piano, and percussion. The instrumentation is modified according to the imaginations of individual composers the ensemble commissions and the guest performers the ensemble invites. MOD[ular]'s upcoming season is set to premiere works by Athens composers, including Peter Van Zandt Lane, Adrian P. Childs, Cody Brookshire, Fernando Deddos, and John Hennecken. The group has also performed pieces by Mark Mellits, Steven Rush, and Cameron Britt.
TIm Adams, Percussion
Timothy Adams Jr., the Mildred Goodrum Heyward Professor in Music, was named Chair of the Percussion Department at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music in fall 2010. Prior to joining the faculty at UGA, Mr. Adams held the post of Principal Timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for fifteen years and was Professor of Music at Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Adams has performed under the batons of Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Elliott Carter, Trevor Pinnock, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Williams, Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez, and many others. As a soloist, Adams has appeared with the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Hartford, Knoxville, and Asheville symphony orchestras, as well as the Florida Philharmonic. Adams is also a prolific composer, having written solo, and chamber works for percussion published under Mostly Marimba Publications. In 2008, Adams premiered his composition, Kyoto duo concerto for percussion and violin with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Andrés Cardénés as violin soloist.
Josh Bynum, Trombone
Dr. Joshua L. Bynum is Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Georgia and trombonist with the Georgia Brass Quintet. He is a founding member of Resonant Projection, a professional trombone quartet dedicated to promoting new and undiscovered works. In the summers, Bynum serves as trombone faculty for the Festival of Vale Veneto, in the Rio Grande de Sul region of Brazil. Josh performs regularly with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of Augusta. Bynum is a graduate of Temple University, the University of Iowa, and Jacksonville State University. He currently serves as the Journal Advertising Manager for the International Trombone Association and is an Artist & Clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company.
Connie Frigo, Saxophone
Saxophonist Connie Frigo is an internationally accomplished soloist, chamber musician, teacher, speaker, and founder of numerous festivals. Highlights of her career include six years with the premiere U.S. Navy Band, Washington, D.C., a position she won as a junior in college; seven years touring nationally as the baritone saxophonist with the New Century Saxophone Quartet; and faculty positions at the Universities of Tennessee, Maryland and Ithaca College before arriving to UGA in 2011, where she serves as Associate Professor of Saxophone. Frigo has commissioned and premiered many solo and chamber works by leading American composers such as Bang on a Can composer David Lang, Ben Johnston, John Fitz Rogers, and Dutch composer JacobTV. Connie is a Henri Selmer Paris and D’Addario artist. She is a Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands and a graduate of Ithaca College (BM), U. of Illinois (MM), Conservatorium van Amsterdam and U. of South Carolina (DMA).
Heather Gozdan-Bynum, Clarinet
Heather Gozdan-Bynum is a freelance clarinetist and teacher in the Athens, GA area. Prior to her move to Georgia she served as the Clarinet Instructor at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and as second clarinetist with the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra. She is an active teacher and performer balancing roles as soloist, chamber musician and private instructor. Recently Dr. Bynum has performed at the NASA Regional Convention in Dallas, TX. She has given master classes at local Arkansas and Georgia schools and worked as a clinician for the annual Arkansas Clarinet Day. In addition to her role as an educator she is one of the founding members of Trio di Risata, a professional chamber group dedicated to promoting new works for flute, clarinet, and percussion.
Greg Hankins, Piano
Pianist Greg Hankins maintains a versatile performing career as a collaborative pianist. His recital partners have included members of the Canadian Brass, Metropolitan Opera, Atlanta Opera, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Sao Paulo Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Knoxville Symphony and various international solo artists. He holds piano performance degrees from the University of Georgia (M.M.) and James Madison University (B.M.). Greg leads The Whitehall Jazz Collective, an 8-piece group specializing in contemporary jazz for which he is the primary writer and arranger. He spends his summers serving on the faculty of the New York State Summer School for the Arts School of Choral Studies.
Jaclyn hartenberger, conductor
Jaclyn Hartenberger serves as the Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Georgia where she conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches undergraduate conducting. Dr. Hartenberger received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied with Jerry F. Junkin. She has also served as a visiting conductor for the West Point Band in New York, the University of Missouri Wind Ensemble in St. Louis, and the Festival International de Inverno da USFM in Brazil. Dr. Hartenberger has presented at professional workshops/clinics that focused on ensemble concepts for the developing performer at the Missouri State Music Educator’s Annual conference, for Texas Independent School District In-Services, and at the National Association for Music Education–Southwest Division Conference. Her professional affiliations are the College Band Directors National Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education.
John Hennecken, Composer in residence
John Hennecken’s music has been performed in the United States, France, Italy, Belgium, Poland, and Japan by ensembles such as Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Takarazuka City Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Southern Symphony, Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra, Atlanta Wind Symphony, Wet Ink and The Trombones of The St. Louis Symphony. He has worked with conductors Shizuo Z. Kuwahara, Adrian Gnam, Cliff Towner, Jennifer Morgan Flory, and Amy Wilson. His music has been recorded under the EMPiRES label, and broadcasted on Georgia Public Radio. Select honors and awards include Symphony No. 1 Call for Scores Nominee, Morton Gould Young Composers Award Finalist, Joliet Symphony Orchestra Competition Third Prize, International Trumpet Guild New Music Concert selection, American Prize semifinalist in orchestral, chamber and choral music, Olin Parker Composition Competition winner, and Southeastern Composers League Philip Slates Memorial Composition Contest winner. Hennecken is an instructor both at the University of Georgia and Georgia College. His principal teachers have been Adrian P. Childs, Leonard V. Ball Jr., and Douglas O’Grady.
Luca Lombardi, String Bass
Luca Lombardi holds degrees in Double Bass Performance from the Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” of Milan, Italy, and is currently, earning his DMA at The University of Georgia. He has attended Masterclasses with Branford Marsalis, Massimo Moriconi, Paolo Costa, Alberto Bocini, Klaus Stoll, Francesco Siragusa, Giuseppe Ettorre, Thomas Martin, Thierry Barbè, Jeff Bradetich, Timothy Cobb, and Davide Botto. He has regularly performed with several ensembles and orchestras including MOD[ular] Ensemble, Ensemble ‘900, Theatre “La Scala” (Cameristi), “Universita’ degli studi di Milano” Orchestra, “Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana”, “Pomeriggi Musicali”, “la Scala Accademy” Orchestra, “G. Verdi” Orchestra, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, and Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with orchestras that backed up artists such as Herbie Hancock, Lang Lang, Shlomo Mintz and others and he has played under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. Lomabardi has recently been performing with Jazz artists such as Steve Dancz, Louis Romanos, Dave D'Angelo, Rand Lines, Jeremy Roberts. He is an active performer in Italy, Argentina, France, Switzerland, Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan and the United States of America.
David Zerkel, Tuba
David Zerkel is Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Georgia. His students have distinguished themselves by winning international and national competitions and attaining positions with professional performing organizations. David has performed with many orchestras, to include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. He is also a proud member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek. He began his performing career as a member of the United States Army Field Band and The United States Army Band, both located in Washington, D.C. David has performed as a featured soloist at many workshops, including the Leonard Falcone Festival, several International Conferences, and the United States Army Band Tuba Conference. His first solo CD, Something Old, Something New: American Music for Tuba, was selected as the recipient of the inaugural ITEA Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording. David has served as President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association.