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MadVox Live @ The Falcon. Photo Credit: Stephen Jablonsky

"What on earth is a music ensemble made up of a bassoonist, an oboist, a pianist, a singer, and a percussionist? Pleasure. That's what it is; Pleasure."

Uel Wade,


Congratulations to David Gluck on making the quarterfinal round for the 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator Award. A total of 290 music teachers from 264 cities across 41 states were selected as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. In total, more than 3,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Way to go Dave! 

Congratulations to Keve Wilson on another successful LADIES FIRST Concert, on October 2, 2016 along with her colleagues Lynn Bechtold and Milica Paranosic. LADIES FIRST is a collective highlighting female artists in multiple genres. Musicians and composers come together with artists, founders of non-profits, authors, and filmmakers, to create an evening of music and purpose. With the intention of women empowering other women through art, the event is a celebration of local and global accomplishments. They are already planning the next concert, so stay tuned and visit their support page!

Madera Vox voice, Kelly Ellenwood and violinist Kathleen Bosman premiered a new song by composer Debra Kaye at the dedication of an historical marker honoring American journalist and women's rights advocate Margaret Fuller (1810 - 1850) on May 21, 2016 in Beacon, NY.  The piece, "Freedom and Truth" written for Soprano and Violin was commissioned by BeaconArts for the event in collaboration with the City of Beacon.  The text was taken from a poem written by Fuller, who wrote her groundbreaking women's rights book Woman in the Nineteenth Century while staying in the then Fishkill Landing Village area of Beacon.  

You can also catch Kelly performing with a new ensemble, SAINT RITA in local venues in 2017, with colleagues Kathleen Bosman and Stephen Clair.  They have taken up where Madera Vox left off, focusing on new arrangements of the music of Kurt Weill, as well as other cabaret-inspired classics and new compositions.

Cornelia McGiver's new venture Panther Creek Arts, was inspired by her upbringing in the tiny hamlet of West Fulton, NY.  Cornelia purchased the old Grange Hall in West Fulton (featured in the MadVox video "Seeing the Elephant") a few years back, and is now regularly presenting theatre and music performances along with amazing food.  For more information and for tickets to upcoming events, go to