ICE's staff of twelve members each bring 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.
Vanessa Rose joined ICE as Executive Director in September 2015. A trained violinist, Vanessa's work in management has spanned from The Metropolitan Opera to San Francisco Symphony to The Knights. Her particular interests are in organizational strategy, development and innovative collaboration. She attended the Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music and Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Claire Chase, described by The New Yorker as "the young star of the modern flute," is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the world by building organizations, forming alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012.
Joshua Rubin is a founding clarinetist and the co-Artistic Director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), where he oversees the creative direction of more than one hundred 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."
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.
Meredith Morgan comes to ICE from Spiegelworld, where she managed circus theatrical productions in Las Vegas, New York, Canada, and Australia. Her background is in traditional and non-traditional theatre management, with credits on and off-Broadway as well as in the circus world. She graduated from Columbia Law School in 2010 and is a member of the New York State Bar.
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.
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. Called an "impressive solo bassoonist" by The New Yorker, she is tirelessly committed to collaborating with composers to expand the modern repertoire for the instrument.
Originally from Katowice, Poland, Maciej Lewandowski became a staff member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in mid-2013. He helps in coordinating administrative and performance schedules, concert planning, post-production related matters and oversees the ensemble's travel and accommodations logistics for all of ICE's performances throughout the season.
Flutist and soprano Alice Teyssier brings “something new, something fresh, but also something uncommonly beautiful” to her performances. She has appeared with the San Diego Symphony, the Palimpsest Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and is regularly featured on Los Angeles’ renowned Monday Evening Concerts series.
Brent Woodie comes to ICE with an expansive career in media, government and nonprofit sector. Starting his career as a staff writer for The Source Magazine, Brent developed an interest in writing about music and the evolving landscape music brings to daily culture. Moving on to positions that effectively used his professional experience for positive change, Brent worked as a Project Manager for The Fund for Public Advocacy, where he spearheaded fundraising and grant writing efforts for the 2013 GED Campaign to Finish. His passion to evoke change in society led him to be Legislative Aide in the New York State Assembly and Media Assistant at the Drug Policy Alliance.
Levy I. Lorenzo works at the intersection of music, art, and technology. His body of work spans custom electronics design, sound engineering, instrument building, installation art, free improvisation, classical percussion and electronic music performance.