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Kenneth Riehman: A native of New Jersey, Ken earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University and Master of Music degree in orchestral performance from Temple University.  He has performed with the Orchestra society of Philadelphia, Lancaster Symphony, Haddonfield Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and the Chatauqua and Verbier Festival Orchestras.  Riehman has performed in Germany, France, Switzerland, Russia and South Korea, and under notable conductors James Levine and Helmuth Rilling.

 

 

 



Peter J. Saleh: 
Peter is an active composer and educator in the greater New York region. In 2009, he presented his solo program, Mostly Multi, along with clinics and masterclasses throughout Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and Seoul, Korea.  Peter has performed with notable artists Matthews Barney, Bob Becker and Tigger Benford, and conductor Eugene Corporon. He has worked extensively in improvised music as a modern dance musician with NJPAC and ACDFA, and has scored choreography by Christian Von Howard and Raegan Wood.  As a composer, Saleh's music has been performed by ensembles throughout the country including New Jersey's Helix! ensemble, at Lincoln Center, and he was awarded second place in the 2007 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest.  He is published through Row-Loff Productions, Keyboard Percussion Publications, Innovative Percussion, and Drop6 Media, and he authored the pedagogic text, "A Percussionist’s Handbook."   As an educator, Saleh has placed students into some of the best college programs in the country.  He founded and directed the Central Jersey Youth Percussion Ensemble and has also guest-lectured for BAM, Juilliard pre-college, and Rutgers University the University of North Texas. Peter holds degrees in percussion and composition from Rutgers University and the University of North Texas.

 



Britton Matthews: Britton Matthews is an established freelance percussionist active in contemporary chamber music across the United States, especially throughout New York and New Jersey. She specializes in keyboard and contemporary orchestral percussion. Currently, Britton is on faculty at Molloy College and serves as the principal percussionist for New York City’s critically acclaimed Metropolis Ensemble and Lost Dog New Music Ensemble. She is regularly featured at the historic Players Theatre in New York, with the Literally Alive Musical Theater Company.  Britton has more than ten years of teaching experience across Texas, New Jersey and New York, including two years on the instructional faculty of the Leigh Howard Stevens Pre-College Summer Marimba Seminar. She previously served on the faculty of the Wharton Music Center in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, and is currently a teaching artist at the Children's Specialized Hospital of Fanwood, New Jersey, where she works with special needs children.  Britton received her Master of Music degree from Rutgers University, and her Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University. She has studied with many notable percussionists, including Bob Becker, She-e Wu, Chris Deviney, Todd Meehan and the late Dr. Larry Vanlandingham. 

 


Mike Ramsey
Mike is an active performer and educator who works in both Western and non-Western musical idioms.  In addition to his work with Exit 9, he is a member of AZAGUNO, an exciting multi-ethnic performance group dedicated to the performance of traditional and contemporary expressions of the culture of Africa and the Diaspora. With his teacher, AZAGUNO director Dr. Paschal Yao Younge, Mike has traveled all over the globe to study and to perform, including four study tours of Ghana, West Africa, and a study tour of Cuba. He recently returned from a two-year engagement as Visiting Professor of Percussion and World Music at Chung Ang University, South Korea.  Mike has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Seoul Philharmonic, and The Seoul Philharmonic Pops. He has performed all over the world, including the 2002 World Cup Opening Ceremonies held in Korea and the 2004 Montreal Jazz Festival. He is now active as a freelance musician in the NYC/NJ area.