The Boulder Altitude Directive (B.A.D. Ensemble) is a group of six of the College of Music’s elite/professional performers conducted by Prof. Carter Pann (through a gift to the Composition Department). The B.A.D. Ensemble will be premiering and recording the works of newly-commissioned student composers on our Pendulum New Music Series during the 2017/18 season. Listen to their most recent performance.
Carter Pann, Artistic Director
Hsing-ay Hsu, Administrative Assistant
Renée Hemsing Patten, Violin
Eric Haugen, Cello
Brice Smith, Flute
Conor Brown, Clarinet
Cecilia Kao, Piano
Parker James, Percussion
Carter Pann (2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Music) has written for and worked with musicians around the world, garnering performances by ensembles such as the London Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony, the Tchaikovsky Symphony in Moscow, many radio symphonies around Europe, the Seattle Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, the youth orchestras of New York and Chicago, and countless wind ensembles.
Conor Abbott Brown is a composer and clarinetist from Boulder, Colorado. As a performer, Brown is dedicated to promoting the works of living composers. He has been the guest principal clarinetist of the American Symphony Orchestra and of chamber orchestra Contemporaneous. Brown's Wordless Music Series performance of Osvaldo Golijov's The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind was featured on New York City radio station WNYC. Brown is currently pursuing a Master of Music in composition at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Renée Hemsing Patten is a member of Ajax Quartet, CU’s graduate Quartet-in-Residence, studying under Takacs Quartet. Renée earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of New Mexico under Cármelo de los Santos, her Masters at University of North Texas under Emanuel Borok, and baroque violin under Cynthia Roberts, in addition to studying with Paul Kantor & David Halen for four years at the Aspen Music Festival. Renée has performed in numerous professional orchestras and baroque ensembles throughout the US. Most recently, Renée appeared playing Cello da Spalla in the Boulder Bach Ensemble, as a soloist with Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and was appointed violinist of the Boulder Altitude Directive under the direction of Carter Pann.
Brice Smith has a deep passion for teaching and community engagement through classical music. He studies with Christina Jennings as a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder. He completed a Master of Music in Flute Performance and a Master of Music in Chamber Music with Amy Porter at the University of Michigan, as well as a Performer Diploma under the direction of Thomas Robertello at Indiana University. Brice completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Arkansas, with majors in Flute Performance, Violin Performance and German language. He has performed in many professional bands and orchestras, including the National Repertory Orchestra. As a soloist, Brice has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center, with the Arkansas Philharmonic and with the University of Michigan's Camerata Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed at the National Flute Association's Convention as a member of the Colorado Flute Orchestra. As a collegiate music instructor, Brice has taught at Siena Heights University and for the Crescendo Detroit Program for young students.