In A Winter Landscape

Program Notes
In a Winter Landscape was commissioned by Peter Sheridan and completed in 2011. It is an introspective composition intended to convey an austere Winter landscape, after a powerful storm. The storm, having cleared out the old growth, has made room for new life.

Biographical Sketch
Madelyn Byrne is an active composer of both acoustic and computer music. Her music frequently combines acoustic instruments with computer-generated sounds. Some compositions in this area include First Flight, Early Spring (commissioned by Peter Sheridan), For ANWR (commissioned by Yoon Jeong Heo), and Dream Tableaux (commissioned by Colin McAllister).

Madelyn's music has been performed on a wide range of new music festivals and recorded on CRI (New World), Innova, Everglade Records, and MOVE Records. She has also been a guest composer at Columbia University’s Computer Music Center. Madelyn is currently on the faculty of Palomar College.

Performer Biographical Sketch
Dr. Ashe is currently on the faculty of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as Adjunct Instructor of Flute at the Community Music and Dance Academy. She is also a freelance musician and appears across the country as a performer, lecturer, and masterclass clinician. A new music performer and collaborator, she has partnered with several composers and has performed at several festivals, including SPARK, SEAMUS and the Electroacoustic Juke Joint.

Dr. Ashe earned her Bachelor degree in Applied Music (flute) at the Eastman School of Music, where her principal teacher was Bonita Boyd. She earned both Master of Musical Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Missouri -Kansas City, studying with Dr. Mary Posses. In 1998, she was the only American and one of four flutists worldwide to be chosen for Trevor Wye's prestigious one-year course in Kent, England. Other major teachers have included William Bennett and Karl Kraber.

In 2007, Dr. Ashe collaborated with three composers, Christopher Biggs, Ryan Oldham, and Jorge Sosa to premiere three new pieces for flute. A recording project for the pieces is underway, with a release expected in 2010.

Dr. Ashe has performed recitals throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Latvia. In 2003, Dr. Ashe and pianist, Inara Zandmane, gave a recital at the Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia. Ms. Ashe was the first American flutist to perform a recital at the Academy, which was broadcast on national radio. She also gave a master class at the E. Darzins Academy of Music, the most prestigious preparatory music school in Latvia. Along with her recent collaborations, Dr. Ashe has premiered several pieces, including the Kansas City premier of Chen Yi's The Golden Flute, for flute and orchestra, in 2003, and Hsueh-Yung Shen's ...And Then Things Changed, for flute and piano. She has won several local and national grants and awards.