Erin Alcorn |

vocalist

Praised for her “beautiful, limpid quality" and angelic singing, Erin Alcorn is a lyric soprano originally from Dallas, Texas and currently based in Philadelphia. Erin was a 2017 Vocal Fellow of the Music Academy of the West on full scholarship and a 2014- 2015 Dallas Opera outreach artist. She was recently seen at Carnegie Hall in Marilyn Horne's The Song Continues artist training series and as the soprano soloist in Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacemwith Reading Choral Society and Kutztown University Orchestra. 

Erin has performed as a soloist in concert and for various engagements with Reading Choral Society out of Philadelphia, Music Academy of the West in its chamber music concerts, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Puccini Society, Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, and Voces Intimae: The art of Song in several great halls including the Winspear Opera House with The Dallas Opera Orchestra, Meyerson Symphony Center with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, and the Murchison Performing Arts Center with the UNT Symphony Orchestra. 

Erin was most recently seen in the role of Elvira in scenes from i Puritani at Music Academy of the West, Adina in The Elixir of Love with The Dallas Opera Outreach program, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with the Oberlin in Italy Opera Theater,  Zerlina in UNT Opera's Don Giovanni, La Bergère in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges, and Casilda in The Gondoliers with the Oberlin Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She was also a chorus member in Opera Philadelphia's Turandot in 2017 and remains a substitute soprano chorister. 

 

On the contemporary side, Erin was invited to sing in Steve Reich’s
Music for 18 Musicians and David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. She performed the soprano role in the staged production of Exercices de Style by French- Canadian composer José Evangelista with Oberlin Opera Theater.

 

Erin holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance/ Opera from the University of North Texas.

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Michael McGuirk |

filmmaker

Mike is a filmmaker whose work ranges from narrative and documentary projects to pieces that explore the evolving notion of cinema.

 

Mike is an alumnus of Columbia College Chicago, where he studied theater and filmmaking with related programs at Goldsmiths, University of London. Mike is also a graduate of the Directors Guild of America Trainee Program. He is currently an MFA candidate at the David Lynch School of Cinematic Art.

 

Mike has worked on projects such as Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, Seth MacFarlane’s Ted & Ted 2 and dozens of other major motion pictures and independent films. Mike has also written several TV pilots including: PROVINCETOWN, the story of a blue-collar family coming to terms with the modern gender revolution.

 

Film screenings and exhibitions include: The Social Justice Film Festival, Washington; Festival de Cannes, France; Sarasota Film Festival, Florida; Woods Hole Film Festival, Massachusetts; Mitte Media Festival, Germany; Internationale Kurzfilmwoche, Germany; Film Festival Kitzbühel, Austria; Anthology Film Archives, New York; and IFP Lab, New York.

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David Sliski |

technologist/ producer

David is currently a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania in the Astronomy and Physics Department where he focuses on the development of new technology to find planets orbiting Earth’s nearest neighboring stars. He has long had a passion for asking questions and blending techniques from different disciplines to come up with new tools to address the questions in front of him.

Inspired by his parents’ work in photography and science, he always desired finding solutions to the scientific questions that also held beauty. Recognizing the struggle that many people have learning physics, David worked with Michael McGuirk to study narrative storytelling by writing a documentary on what our current possibilities for detecting life outside of earth might be. He has also worked with Michael on several short films, one of which was accepted to Cannes and educational content published by MIT.

Upon arriving in Philadelphia, David had the unique opportunity to learn about some of the classic art disciplines such as architecture and opera. The introduction to a number of art forms and a desire to support local and young artist inspired David to curate an evening, highlighting Philadelphia’s unique history of supporting the arts while trying to provide similar inspiration to fellow students.

 
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