Tarik ‘Konshens the MC' Davis is a hip-hop artist, songwriter, educator and youth advocate. A Washington D.C. native, he is an active community member providing writing workshops, rap masterclasses, and career coaching to students at local schools. He’s a Grammy Museum and Global Wildlife Conservation Teaching Artist and has been a featured speaker on conflict resolution, the role of arts education for special needs children, and using spoken word and hip-hop as a means of self-expression, empowerment, and creativity.

As an artist and innovator, Konshens the MC stands at the forefront of the evolution of hip-hop. He was the first hip-hop artist to perform at Grand Canyon National Park, and he is the MC of Classically Dope, a fusion of classical music and hip-hop. In the progression of hip-hop, the Classically Dope collaboration brings diverse audiences together through the universal language of music.

In addition to being Velocity Magazine’s “Entertainer of the Year” and the recipient of the Grammy Community Appreciation Award, he has been nominated for Roundglass Music, Independent Music, and DMV Music Awards. He is currently a Governor on the Grammy Chapter Board, Voting Member of the Grammy Recording Academy, and U.S. Cultural Ambassador (State Department). He has won residencies with Halcyon House and S&R Foundation and has been a featured performer for the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, & Entertainment, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Museum of American History, FOX, ABC, CBS, Circa Media, One Love Massive, Washingtonian Magazine, and more.

Konshens the MC views life as a constant evolution and is a firm believer in the famous quote by Frederick Douglass that says, “without struggle, there is no progress.” Visit www.konshens.com for more.

Konshens the MC, rapper

Derek Maseloff earned his bachelors degree from Cornell University as a China and Asian-Pacific Studies Major (CAPS). In 2015, Derek was accepted into the Cornell in Washington program, where he studied privately with Abel Pereria of the National Symphony while interning at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Derek's research at the Wilson Center culminated in a joint publication with Dr. Marvin Ott in the East-West Center Asia-Pacific Bulletin. Derek's thesis at Cornell in Washington focused on the intersection of Western Classical music and diplomacy in the US-China relationship from 1987-1993.

In Ithaca, Derek studied with Ilze Brink-Button and performed regularly with the Cornell Symphony, including a recent performance of Mahler's Sixth Symphony in Neuquen, Argentina. A lover of opera, Derek makes regular appearances with the Berks Opera Company in Reading, PA.

This past summer, Derek participated in the inaugural concert tour of the National Youth Orchestra of China as a resident advisor, finally combining his passion for music with his Chinese language training.

A jazz pianist and composer, Derek composes and arranges music for Classically Dope.

Derek Maseloff, horn

Natalie Groom is a freelance clarinetist in Washington, D.C. and substitute clarinetist of the Annapolis Symphony, Annapolis Opera, and Huntington Symphony. She is the artist-in-residence at Collington Retirement Community, and she serves as a Junior Board member of Washington Performing Arts. This year she performed a joint concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, won a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, published two event reports in the International Clarinet Association journal, and performed at multiple by women conferences.

Natalie was a featured soloist with the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra and has performed at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, New World Center, Phillips Collection, and Goethe-Institut. Her festival and conference performances include Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Darkwater Women in Music, Clarinetfest 2018 in Belgium, Henri Selmer Clarinet Academy, Miami Music Festival, Orford Centre d’Arts, and the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival.

Natalie Groom earned her D.M.A. at the University of Maryland (graduating 2020), M.B.A. and M.M. at the University of Arizona, and B.M. at Kent State University where she studied with Robert DiLutis, Jerry Kirkbride, Dennis Nygren, Amitai Vardi, Jackie Glazier, and Joseph Minocchi. Visit www.nataliegroom.com for more information.

Natalie Groom, clarinet

Brandon Felder is a multifaceted musician and passionate educator. Felder earned his undergraduate degree from Howard University in Music Education and Master's Degree from University of Maryland College Park in Music Education where his thesis project was published.  Felder was recently recognized in 2018 as one of the Forty under 40 in Prince George's County within the area of Arts and Humanities. 

 

Felder previously served as Performing Arts Department Chair at Largo High School where the program earned distinctions such as 2015 GRAMMY® Signature School Award Semifinalist, 2016 GRAMMY® Grant Recipient and 2017 NAMM® Music Merit School Awardee. Felder was also executive producer for the Largo High School Choir album project "Rejoice!" (November 2017) and made history as the first high school to reach #7 on Billboard Gospel Music Charts and presented a CD release concert at the Kennedy Center for 1150 attendees (December 2017). 

 

Felder actively serves within the community, through his private piano instructional studio and has served the sacred music community holding posts at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Alfred Street Baptist Church, Reid Temple AME Church, Woodstream Church and First Baptist Church of Glenarden. 

 

Felder is a Governor on the GRAMMY Recording Academy Washington DC Chapter Board and serves as the DC Education Committee Chairperson on the GRAMMY Board.  Felder has been afforded the opportunity to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra, Shania Twain, the late Marvin Hamlisch, Richard Smallwood, Walter and Edwin Hawkins, and many others. Felder performed for President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter and Oprah Winfrey and served as musical director for the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia for Black History Month (February 2013). Brandon is the devoted husband of LaTanya Felder, and they are the proud parents of two daughters Cadence and Olivia.

Brandon Felder, piano

Thomas J. Wible has been a concerto soloist throughout the United States and Europe, including appearances at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany; Dvorak Hall in Prague, Czech Republic; Franz Liszt Hall in Budapest, Hungary; Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA; and the Maurice Guzman Concert Hall in Miami, FL. He gave his Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut in October of 2011.

Recent awards include First Prize Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition, First Prize Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition, First Prize Longy School of Music Concerto Competition, First Prize Music Teacher’s National Association Woodwind Competition, Second Prize New York Flute Club Competition, Second Prize National Flute Association Piccolo Artist Competition, Semi-finalist in the Concert Artist Guild International Competition, and winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Major Artist Competition. As First Prize winner of the 33rd Annual James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition, he was presented in a solo recital at Boston’s Jordan Hall.

As a recitalist, Mr. Wible has presented solo concerts at the Yamaha Piano Salon, Carnegie Mellon University’s Kresge Auditorium, the Boston Public Library’s Rabb Auditorium, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, Memorial Church at Harvard University, Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center, and Seully Hall at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He has been a guest artist clinician at universities throughout the United States and has performed at the National Flute Association Conventions held in Nashville, TN; San Diego, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Pittsburgh, PA; and Anaheim, CA.

Active as a chamber musician and orchestral player, Mr. Wible has performed at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC and, in the summer of 2008, held a Teaching Assistant Fellowship at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC. He recently completed a three-year position with The Orchestra Now (TON), a professional orchestral training academy in New York, performing regularly at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, and other venues across New York City. He can be heard on the Hyperion Records label, accompanying Australian pianist Piers Lane as Principal Flute of The Orchestra Now. Additionally, he has performed as a substitute flutist with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Discovery Ensemble Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Chamber Virtuosi. In the summer of 2018, Mr. Wible will travel to Grafanegg, Austria performing as a member of The Grafanegg Music Festival Academy Orchestra.

Thomas is currently a first year doctoral student at the University of Maryland, where he studies with Dr. Sarah Frisof. He holds a Master of Music from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, Artist Diploma from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, Graduate Performance Diploma from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Thomas J. Wible, flute

Oboist and optimist Lydia Consilvio is a first year doctoral student at the University of Maryland, where she studies with Mark Hill. Consilvio graduated with her Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music under Stephen Taylor. She served as the Marshal for the Master of Music candidates at Commencement, a reflection of her artistic and academic achievements while attending Yale. In 2016, Lydia was nominated to attend the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, an all-paid trip to San Francisco where she where she wrote and workshopped performance reviews with esteemed music critics. Simultaneously, she and a team of four other Yale colleagues were awarded a $1,000 grant from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute to launch their startup, an online community of musicians who could share and improve their practice methods through live stream. Earlier in the year, Consilvio recorded for Naxos as part of the Yale in New York series. Lydia was the grateful recipient of the 2017 Philip Francis Nelson Prize at Yale, which went to "a student whose musicianship is outstanding and who demonstrates curiosity, talent, and the entrepreneurial spirit in many dimensions of the music profession."

Prior to Wavelength, Lydia was oboist of the Videnia Quintet at Yale. The ensemble spent their summer of 2016 at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute. They competed in the semifinals at the 2016 Fischoff Competition and were given the opportunity to present an hour-long recital on the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center in 2015.

Lydia spent the summer of 2017 as a resident artist at the Atlantic Music Festival. In 2016, she attended the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in British Columbia, where she performed a double-oboe concerto alongside the Vancouver Symphony’s Roger Cole.

Consilvio completed her Bachelor’s degree as a Rogers Scholar at the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, she studied with Richard Killmer and received an Arts Leadership Certificate, graduating with high distinction in 2015. Her arts leadership work included an internship with Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, for which she was interviewed by National Public Radio.

A seasoned Boston-area freelancer, Lydia has also played with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and looks forward to exploring the musical scene in Washington, D.C. with her recently acquired vintage English horn and upcoming rosewood oboe, both hand-crafted by Laubin. In October, she will be competing in the semifinals of the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition in New York.

Consilvio’s positive attitude and creative outlook make her an unconventional musician and an easygoing collaborator in both large and small ensembles, and across musical genres. Her instructing style is equally spirited, open-minded, and accessible. In addition to performing and teaching, Consilvio enjoys singing, songwriting, and exploring the vast and unusual terrains for the oboe. Connect with Lydia at www.oboestudio.com.

Lydia Consilvio, oboe

Qun (Jimmy) Ren, a native of Zhengzhou, China, began taking bassoon lessons with the local Opera Theatre’s principal bassoonist, Haiquan Yan, at the age of 8. Mr.Ren started his education at the Music School attached to the Central Conservatory of China in the fall of 2007 with the school bassoon teacher as well as the principal secretary of the China Bassoon Association, Jun Zhu. Qun moved to Oberlin, Ohio in 2011 and completed the rest of high school study, then a Bachelor of Music at Oberlin Conservatory with Professor George Sakakeeny.

Qun is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the University of Maryland School of Music, which has awarded him a Woodwind Quintet Fellowship. Qun has been placed 2nd in the Seventh International Winds Competition in Memory of Mravinsky in St.Peterburg, Russia. He has performed with the China Youth Wind Orchestra, the China Youth Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, and at festivals including the Interlochen Summer Music Camp and the Eastern Music Festival.

Qun Ren, bassoon

As the son of a minister, Ronald Lee Ward Jr. from an early age was blessed with a gift for music. From his first piano recital, it was apparent to see that he was extremely talented. Growing up in the hip hop/new jack swing and those familiar with the DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia) Go-Go era, a musical foundation was solidified, and thus a musician was born. His sound is a fresh blend of old school and new incorporating elements of Vintage Soul, Gospel, R&B and Jazz. Ron is an extraordinary songwriter, producer, pianist and a talented singer. Currently, Ron is the Minister of Music at his home church.

Ronald Ward Jr., piano