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 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 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. While working closely with the Program Director and the Director of Production, 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.
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.