Boulder Altitude Directive

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
Joshua Hall, Flute
Conor Brown, Clarinet
Jieun Lie, Piano
Jake Henneford, 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 Altona, Colorado.  His music is informed by the sweeping prairies, big sky, and jagged peaks of the American West.  His compositions often feature complex, driving rhythms, sustained tension, and ornamentation inspired by folk music from around the world.  Brown has had works commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, groundbreaking amplified chamber orchestra Dogs of Desire,  clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer, the American Symphony Orchestra, Contemporaneous, Ars Nova Singers, the Colorado Children’s Chorale, and many others.  His work Early Winter Spires was recently released on the record Scenes From Home by clarinetist Kellan Toohey.  Brown's composition Ladun hiihan laulajille was presented at the Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C. in commemoration of the centenary of Finnish indepence and will receive repeat performances in Helsinki, Finland, and in New York City at Carnegie Hall in the Fall of 2018.  As a performer, Brown has appeared as the guest principal clarinetist of the American Symphony Orchestra, and currently holds the position of clarinetist with the Boulder Altitude Directive, a chamber ensemble dedicated to performing the works of living composers.  Brown holds an MM in music composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as a BA in dance and a BM in music composition from Bard College and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

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.