Music in the American Wild began as a celebration of the 2016 U.S. National Park Service centennial.


Eleven composers and eight performers, all affiliated with Eastman School of Music, came together to fill our country's grandest natural venues with a new opus of inherently American music. During the summer of 2016 our performers toured seven celebrated national parks to premiere these new works in the amazing places that inspired them. From caves and mountaintops, to forests and lakeshores, Music in the American Wild honored this major milestone in American conservation by letting new music ring out from sea to shining sea!

Check back soon for updates about our upcoming endeavors. Hope to see you in the wild!

Music in the American Wild's 2016 tour was supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment of the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

Who We Are


Emlyn Johnson, flute/director

Ellen Breakfield-Glick, clarinet

Lauren Becker, horn

Hanna Hurwitz, violin

Jeremy Potts, violin

Emily Cantrell, viola

Daniel Ketter, cello/assistant director

Colleen Bernstein, percussion



Chris Chandler

Kevin Ernste

Ted Goldman

Tonia Ko

Aristea Mellos

         David Clay Mettens

         Jeff Myers

         Robert Morris

         Daniel Pesca

Adam Roberts

Aaron Travers