High School Division Faculty
Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists. Additional faculty and guest artists will be announced periodically.
|Joshua Modney, Violin|
|Managing Director, Wet Ink Ensemble; founding member, Mivos Quartet; MM, Manhattan School of Music; BM, Ithaca College|
Violinist Joshua Modney, a specialist in contemporary music, has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. His solo performances have been hailed as “superb” and “flamboyant” (New York Times), and his work as a member of Wet Ink Ensemble lauded as “combining striking stylistic and aesthetic assurance with technical perfection” (Torsten Möller, Dissonanz). Joshua is violinist and Managing Director of the NYC-based Wet Ink Ensemble, and is a founding member of Mivos Quartet. Comfortable as a performer across many styles, Joshua has been featured as a soloist on repertoire ranging from Mozart to Schnittke, Zappa, and Ferneyhough, and is also active as a Just Intonation/Noise improviser. Joshua is deeply committed to engaging openly with composers on the creation of new work, developing new material over many months. Joshua has worked in this fashion with composers including Eric Wubbels, Sam Pluta, Robert Pierzak, Matthew Hough, Patrick Higgins (ZS), and Guggenheim laureates Alex Mincek and Kate Soper, among others.
As a member of Mivos Quartet, Joshua has appeared on concert series including Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Darmstadt, Germany), Asphalt Festival (Düsseldorf, Germany), Concerti Aperitivo (Udine, Italy), HellHOT! New Music Festival (Hong Kong), Edgefest (Ann Arbor, MI), and Aldeburgh Music (UK), where Mivos was invited to work with the Arditti Quartet and Helmut Lachenmann for a week-long masterclass intensive. Mivos was one of five groups selected for the Young Ensembles Fellowship at the 2012 Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, where they were awarded a Fellowship Prize for Interpretation. Mivos returned to Aldeburgh Music in January 2013 for a two-week residency, where they performed several concerts featuring repertoire by British and American composers, and recorded their upcoming album featuring music by Alex Mincek, Felipe Lara, David Franzson, and Wolfgang Rihm.
Joshua also enjoys regular touring with Wet Ink Ensemble. Wet Ink has performed at venues across the US including UC San Diego, Mondavi Center (Davis, CA), FeNAM (Sacramento), and Walden Creative Musicians Retreat (Northampton, MA), and recently completed a week-long recording residency at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) in Troy, NY. Wet Ink is currently engaged in its second year as ensemble in residence at Duke University (Durham, NC), where the ensemble has continued to work with graduate student composers and present concerts featuring Duke and Wet Ink composers. As an extension of Wet Ink in the 2012-13 season and beyond, Joshua will be touring with pianist/composer Eric Wubbels as a duo (Wet Ink: Violin and Piano), focussing on two concert programs featuring work by Mathias Spahlinger, Alex Mincek, Eric Wubbels, Rick Burkhardt, and Ludwig van Beethoven.
As a recording artist, Joshua can be heard on Wet Ink’s recent release for septet, RELAY (Carrier Records), Katharina Rosenberger’s solo album (hat[art]) and Ned Rothenberg’s latest album with Mivos Quartet (Tzadik Records), as well as George Lewis’ solo album with Wet Ink Ensemble (Tzadik), Alex Mincek’s solo album (Carrier Records), Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “Penelope” with Signal (New Amsterdam Records), and on Wet Ink Ensemble’s debut album (Carrier Records). Upcoming releases with Mivos Quartet include their debut solo album, Reappearances (Carrier Records), Patrick Higgins String Quartet No. 2 (Words and Dreams), Sam Pluta’s solo album (Carrier Records), and two releases of works by Bojan Vuletic (feat. Nate Wooley, Ignoring Gravity Records).
Joshua is also active as an educator and has conducted workshops and masterclasses at Ithaca College, UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Sacramento, Santa Clara University, CUNY Graduate Center, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Duke University, Harvard University, SUNY Fredonia, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), Hong Kong Art Center, and MIAM University (Istanbul).
Joshua was a member of the first class to graduate from the Masters Degree in Contemporary Violin Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, a program which is unique in the United States. He studied at MSM under Curtis Macomber. Joshua holds a Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from Ithaca College, where he studied with Susan Waterbury.