ICE employs a full-time staff of six, each of whom brings a different and complementary background in the performing arts. This lean administrative team is highly collaborative, with marketing, outreach, fundraising, and artistic programming functions shared, and major strategic decisions reached through conversation and engagement with the ICE musicians. The result of this model is a structure that encourages risk-taking and innovation, channeling individual energies and ideas into a collective mission.
Claire Chase is active as a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and arts entrepreneur. Over the past decade Claire has given the world premieres of more than 100 new works for solo flute, many of them tailor-made for her, and she has produced and curated more than 500 concerts of contemporary music. First Prize Winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Claire has given solo recitals recently at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and throughout the US. Claire released her debut solo album in October 2009 on the New Focus Recordings label featuring world premieres by emerging composers, which was named one of the Top Ten Releases of the Year by TimeOut Chicago
Joshua Rubin is a founding clarinetist and the Program Director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), where he oversees the creative direction of more than sixty concerts per season in the United States and abroad. As a clarinetist, the New York Times has praised him as, "incapable of playing an inexpressive note."
Pianist Jacob Greenberg’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has earned worldwide acclaim. As a longtime member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), he has performed throughout North and South Americas and Europe. His solo concert series, Music at Close Range, shows his equal commitment to classics of the repertoire.
Jonathan Harris joined the staff of ICE as its business manager in June 2012. For the past 15 years, he has worked as an arts management and development professional for myriad prominent cultural institutions throughout New York, with an emphasis on fundraising, strategic planning, general management, and business development. In addition to his work at ICE, Jonathan studies theory, musicianship, and composition at The Juilliard School, studies the double bass privately with Kurt Muroki, and performs with Camerata Notturna.
Praised for "superb" performances by The New York Times as well as his ability to "show off the instrument's malleability and freakish extended range as well as its delicacy and refinement" by The Chicago Reader, Ryan Muncy is a saxophonist who performs, commissions, and presents new music.
Praised for her “flair” and “deftly illuminated” performances by the New York Times, Bassoonist Rebekah Heller is a uniquely dynamic chamber, orchestral and solo musician. Equally comfortable playing established classical works and the newest of new music, Rebekah is a fiercely passionate advocate for the bassoon. An "impressive solo bassoonist" (The New Yorker), she is tirelessly committed to collaborating with composers to expand the modern solo and chamber music repertoire for the instrument.
Ross Karre is an experimental percussionist and intermedia artist who collaborates with a variety of performers, composers, and artists throughout the world. Ross has presented his own works and interpreted the works of countless composers in Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Canada, and throughout the United States.
A Chicago area native, Forrest graduated from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in May 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in viola performance. As the assistant to the Artistic Director/CEO, he organizes travel logistics, financial data, and scheduling, acts as a switchboard between administrative staff, artists, collaborators and the public, and gets to hang with Claire on the regular.