Allison Makenzie Hughes
Allison Makenzie Hughes is a flutist and piccoloist currently in her first year of graduate study at The Hartt School, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in flute performance under Janet Arms. She is a member of Hartt’s prestigious 20/20 Honors Chamber Music Program with her duo partner, classical guitarist Joseph Van Doran.
Passionate about the flute as a solo instrument, Allison recently performed the Liebermann Flute Concerto with the Hartt Orchestra. An equally avid chamber musician, Allison has performed in numerous chamber music settings, but appears most frequently with Duo Alterity, her flute and classical guitar duo with Joseph Van Doran. Together, they have been given the honor of performing at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, the Governor’s Mansion in Hartford, CT, and most recently, Carnegie Hall. Duo Alterity won first place in both the 2016 Vivo International Music Competition and the 2016 Hartt Chamber Music Competition.
Ms. Hughes has performed in masterclasses for notable flutists Amy Porter, Judith Mendenhall, and Jonathan Keeble; award-winning ensembles Lions Gate Trio, the Imani Winds, and the Chiara String Quartet; and for classical guitarists Oscar Ghiglia, Antigoni Goni, and Richard Provost. She has been coached by renowned classical guitarist Christopher Ladd, double bass virtuoso Robert Black, and has collaborated with conductors Glen Adsit, Edward Cumming, Arthur Arnold, Daniel D’Addio, and Adam Glaser, and composers Frank Wallace, Robert Carl, David Macbride, Stephen Montague, and Frank Ticheli.
During her third year of undergraduate study Allison began teaching a technique class for flute performance majors, and she looks forward to sharing her passion for music and life with students, collaborators, and audiences alike.
Joseph Van Doran
Rising classical guitarist, Joseph Van Doran, is currently pursuing his Master of Music at the Hartt School as a member of the prestigious Performance 20/20 Honors Chamber Music Program, under Christopher Ladd. He received his Bachelors at the Hartt School, and is also a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, where he studied under acclaimed guitarist, Mark Delpriora.
Through collaborations with the New England Guitar Ensembles Festival, Mr. Van Doran has presented the world premieres of “Hemingway,” by Andrew York in 2013, “4 Moods and Coda,” by Roland Dyens in 2014, and “Never Forget Atahualpa,” by Carlo Domeniconi in 2015. He also premiered “A Growing Absence,” a monumental guitar quartet by Lisa Coons, as a major part of the 2016 Women Composers Festival of Hartford.
He was awarded the opportunity to perform at the GFA New York Regional Symposium at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Other notable performances include Carnegie Hall, The Bushnell Performing Arts Center, and the Governor’s Mansion in Hartford, CT.
Mr. Van Doran has performed in masterclasses for world-renowned guitarists including Jason Vieaux, Oscar Ghiglia, Antigoni Goni, Benjamin Verdery, Richard Provost, and Christopher Ladd.
While a strong soloist, he is deeply dedicated to the collaborative nature of chamber music. He has performed in large ensembles, guitar quartets, mixed ensembles, and, most notably, in Duo Alterity with flutist, Allison Makenzie Hughes.