NATIONAL SAWDUST ENSEMBLE
National Sawdust Ensemble, led by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, is made up of highly acclaimed artists who are or have been members of the Da Capo Chamber Players, New York New Music Ensemble, the Internationally Contemporary Ensemble, Imani Winds, Flutronix, and the Kronos Quartet. The players include Brandon Patrick George (Flute), Eric Umble (Clarinet), Blair McMillen (Piano), Miranda Cuckson (Violin), Jeffrey Zeigler (Cello), Sae Hashimoto (Percussion), Lucy Dhegrae (Mezzo Soprano) and Jazmine Saunders (Soprano). This instrumentally flexible group is an integral part of National Sawdust’s Mentorship Initiatives: playing, teaching and collaborating with emerging and professional composers from the Blueprint Bridge Fellowship with The Juilliard School, as well as the internationally renowned Hildegard Commission. The mission of the ensemble is to give composers and artists access to the high caliber of musicianship that is native to National Sawdust.