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  • Contemporary Music

    in Atlanta, GA

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  • Living Composers

    from Atlanta and across the Southeastern US

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• About Terminus Ensemble •

Terminus Ensemble of Contemporary Music was founded in 2011 to promote new classical music by composers based in Atlanta, Georgia. Terminus was the original name of Atlanta - it was the end of the line for the Western & Atlantic Railroad. But Terminus does not literally mean "the end." Rather, it means "boundary." Our ensemble focuses on music made by natives and residents of Atlanta, but we also seek to explore the boundaries of art music.

Artistic Board •

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Sarah Hersh is an Atlanta-based composer and new music advocate who is particularly interested in promoting the music of women composers. She holds a BA in music from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and her Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Florida. Her work has been performed in the United States and Europe by Duo46, Terminus Ensemble, Diagenesis, Out of Bounds Ensemble, the Florida Chamber Saxophonists, and the University of South Florida Wind Ensemble, as well as other performers and ensembles.
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Brent Milam has remained continually active as both performer and composer since 1986. His music, characterized by shifts of timbre, pointillistic textures, jazz-influenced harmonies, rhythmic complexity, and spectral manipulation, has won multiple contests and been featured at both regional and national conferences for professional composers. He has also performed and recorded professionally with jazz, blues, funk, and new music ensembles.

Brent Milam

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Adam Scott Neal (b. 1981, Atlanta) is a composer, video artist, and improviser. He earned a PhD at the University of Florida and previous degrees at Queen's University Belfast and Georgia State University. Adam has enjoyed over 100 performances of his music in 27 states and 8 countries. Besides Terminus, Adam is Program Director for the Charlotte New Music Festival (NC).

Performers •

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Pianist Ipek Brooks, a native of Turkey, studied at the M.S.U. Conservatory in Istanbul. Mrs. Brooks received her Master’s degree at SUNY Purchase where she became a faculty member for keyboard studies in 2007. She has performed many contemporary chamber compositions by such composers as Crumb, Wourinen, Xenakis, T Leon, Ricks and many others. She holds a DMA in piano performance from the University of Georgia and maintains a teaching studio, PianoAlpharetta.

Ipek Brooks


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Michael Brooks was born in Lexington, KY and began studying the violin at the age of 3. For his Bachelor's Degree he attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and for his Master's Degree attended SUNY Purchase. He has been a member of numerous orchestras throughout the country including Hartford Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Cleveland Pops, Charleston Symphony, Toledo Symphony, and the Columbus Symphony. In 2008, Michael decided to switch professional careers to Finance, and now resides in Atlanta as a partner of Sentara Capital.

Michael Brooks


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Nicole Chamberlain is a composer and flutist living in Atlanta, GA. Her works have been performed from Alias Chamber Ensemble in Nashville, TN to flutist, James Strauss in Recife, Brazil. Nicole received her Bachelors in Music Composition from the University of Georgia where she studied with Dr.William Davis, Dr. Leonard Ball, Dr.Lewis Nielson and Dr. Roger Vogel. Nicole, as a flutist, currently performs with various classical and jazz groups throughout Atlanta. Currently she balances her time composing, teaching students, performing, and as a music engraver.
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Brandon Dodge is a freelance percussionist, music educator, and composer/arranger based out of Atlanta, Georgia. As a performer, Brandon maintains an active involvement in several contemporary chamber groups in Atlanta, including Terminus Ensemble and Chamber Cartel, and the chamber-rock group The Clibber Jones Ensemble. Brandon holds a Master's of Music degree from Georgia State University in percussion performance, as well as a B.A. from Jacksonville State University, studying percussion and composition.

Brandon Dodge


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Adelaide Federici, is acting principal second violin with the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, concertmaster of the Johns Creek Symphony, violinist with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and frequently performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She also performs with the Atlanta Chamber Players under the auspices of Young Audiences of Atlanta, and the contemporary music ensembles Bent Frequency and Sonic Generator. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California, Ms. Federici has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Atlanta, Maryland, New York, Los Angeles, Colorado, Austria, Germany, and The Netherlands. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, two small children, and two big dogs.

Adelaide Federici


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Jean Gay is an active chamber musician, solo artist, and cello instructor currently based in Atlanta, GA. In 2013 she received an Artist Diploma from Georgia State University studying with Christopher Rex, in 2011 a Master’s degree from the College Conservatory of Performing Arts in Chicago studying with Wendy Warner, and in 2009 an Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University studying with Martha Gerschefski and Pamela Devenport.

Jean Gay


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Olivia Kieffer is originally from Appleton, Wisconsin. She earned her Master’s degree in percussion performance from Georgia State University, and her Bachelor of Music in percussion from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of music, where she studied with the Percussion Group Cincinnati. Ms. Kieffer has been on adjunct faculty at Reinhardt University since 2009, where she teaches private lessons and directs the Reinhardt University Percussion Ensemble. Olivia is bandleader for the chamber-rock group Clibber Jones Ensemble.

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Brandyn Taylor is a part time instructor of saxophone at Georgia State University where he assists Dr. Jan Berry Baker. In addition to duties at GSU, he is the private lessons coordinator and assistant director of marching band at the Wesleyan School in Norcross, Georgia. Brandyn holds degrees in music performance from Columbus State University(B.M. Performance) and Georgia State University(M.M. Performance). His primary teachers were Dr. Amy Griffiths, Dr. Alexander Pershounin, Dr. Jan Berry Baker, and additional studies with Mace Hibbard. He has performed in shows at the Brevard Music Center, the State Opera House of Georgia, and has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Dekalb Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Saxophone Quartet, Bent Frequency, Oglethorpe University Chamber Winds, Chamber Cartel, and the Atlanta Ballet.

Brandyn Taylor


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Isaac Anderson, percussion
Katie Curran, clarinet
Erin Ellis, cello
Tim Fitzgerald, clarinet
Robert Marshall, cello
Erin Palmer, piano
Jason Passmore, clarinet
Patrick Ryan, violin
Tracy Woodard, violin

Former players & Guests

Events •

Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 10, 2015 — with guests Transient Canvas
Kopleff Recital Hall, Georgia State University
5pm | FREE
For this event we will be presenting a concert of solo miniatures by regional composers

Previous Events

2/4/16 — Brenau University

1/15/16 — University of Georgia
Full-day residency: masterclasses during the day, concert at 8pm

12/6/15 at Eyedrum, Atlanta

10/23/15 at University of Tennessee, Knoxville

5/31/15 at 2nd Ponce de Leon Baptist Church

10/17/14 at Georgia State University

4/27/14 at 2nd Ponce de Leon Baptist Church

11/22/13 at Georgia State University

5/19/13 at 2nd Ponce de Leon Baptist Church

12/9/12 at Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library

3/4/12 at Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library

Composers we've performed:

David Brighton, Cody Brookshire, Zack Browning, Nicole Chamberlain, Nickitas J. Demos, Drew Dolan, Jason Freeman, David Kirkland Garner, Taylor J. Glanton, Mark Gresham, Sarah Hersh, Tim Jansa, Olivia Kieffer, Charles Knox, John Anthony Lennon, Salvatore LoCascio, Brent Milam, Adam Scott Neal, Darren Nelsen, Chris Owenby, Chad Powers, Dan Ruccia, Laurence Sherr, Andrew Sigler, Robert Tanner, Roger Vogel, Connor Way, Natalie Williams

Media •

Adam Scott Neal's dampers:

Playlist - 4/27/14:

Playlist - 11/22/13:

Playlist - 5/19/13:

Playlist - 12/9/12:

Playlist - 3/4/12:

Links •


ArtsCriticATL — Reviews and criticism
Bent Frequency — contemporary ensemble
Chamber Cartel— contemporary ensemble
Sonic Generator— contemporary ensemble
Clibber Jones Ensemble— chamber rock band
2nd Ponce de Leon Baptist
Georgia State University School of Music