"Chamber music - a conversation between friends." ~ Catherine Drinker Bowen
In 2001, Tess and Melissa met as doctoral students at Michigan State University and decided to collaborate on a recital. Since then, they have collaborated on numerous performances. Both were co-founders of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation Summer Concert Series. This chamber music series has featured the duo for many years, allowing them to experiment with a wide-range of musical styles. After realizing the sonic potential inherent in such an extreme register distribution, they decided to seek more repertoire for the non-traditional pairing. After over a decade of performing in recitals, house concerts, school presentations, and sound healing events, Extreme Duality has acquired a large body of music consisting of arrangements of existing works as well as original compositions dedicated to the duo. Extreme Duality was recently featured on the disc Talking In My Sleep: Chamber Music of Murray Gross released on the Blue Griffin Recording label. In 2014, Tess and Melissa became certified as Music Practitioners through the Music for Healing and Transition Program™.
DURANT STREET WINDS
Founded in 2012, this Woodwind Quintet is named after the street that was home to many rehearsals. Their debut performance was on May 31, 2013, and they look forward to many more to come.
GREAT LAKES ART MUSIC ENSEMBLE
The Great Lakes Art Music Ensemble (GLAM) is a chamber music group that specializes in the performance of new music. It was formed in 2007 by composer/percussionist Scott Harding and flutist Tess Miller with the help of guitarist Andrew Bergeron and flutist Carmen Maret.
Their debut performance at the National Flute Convention in Kansas City, MO and 2010 CD release on the White Pine Label at Central Michigan University feature original works and arrangements from their Latin Dance Project.
GLAM most recently presented the world premier of Intrada for flute and tamboraca by Scott Harding at the 2017 College Music Society International Conference in Sydney, Australia.
Stay tuned for a new CD project featuring the works of Scott Harding with compositions inspired by Mackinac Island.
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