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Fuse Trio

The Fuse Trio formed in 2014 with the purpose of commissioning/premiering and performing “cross-over” works for saxophone, clarinet, and piano.  The group made its debut at the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, premiering upon finding absence by Christian Ellenwood.  In 2015, Fuse premiered pieces written for them by Phil Woods and Paquito D’Rivera at the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France.  Other performances have taken the group throughout the Midwest and to the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2017 in Orlando, FL.  Future projects and concerts include new commissions by Victor Goines (Jazz at Lincoln Center) and David Bixler (NYC).


Saxophonist Matthew Sintchak has performed throughout North America, Asia, and Europe.  As an avid supporter of contemporary music, Sintchak has commissioned and premiered over 100 new works for the instrument, including pieces by Libby Larsen, Joan Tower, Jacob TV, Phil Woods, David Amram, Yehuda Yannay, Roscoe Mitchell, David Dramm, Gunther Schuller, and Yoshihisa Hirano.  Besides solo performances, he is a member of the Ancia Saxophone Quartet, the Fuse Trio (saxophone, clarinet, piano), the Vent Trio (saxophone, flute, clarinet), the Sonict Duo (saxophone, electronics, video), and Present Music.  As an orchestral musician, Sintchak has worked with the Hartford, Portland (Maine), Rochester, Milwaukee, and Madison symphonies. Sintchak studied at the Eastman School of Music (DMA, MM, Performer’s Certificate), the Paris Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory of Music (BM). Currently the Professor of Saxophone at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Sintchak is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren artist/clinician and has recorded for the Naxos, Innova, Albany, Zimbel, and the University of Iowa Composers’ labels.


David Gould is the bass clarinetist with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra in New York City.  He has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the National Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, L’Orchestre National de France, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  He has played clarinet, e flat, Basset clarinet, basset horn, bass clarinet, and contrabass clarinet.  Gould has given master classes, concerts, and lectures at many prestigious schools such as the Boston Conservatory, the Colburn School, the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, and the University of Michigan.  David Gould is a graduate of the Juilliard School and was awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, to study music in France.  He is a unanimous first prize winner from the Conservatoire National de Region de Versailles in France.  He studied with Michel Arrignon, Philippe Cuper, Stanley Drucker, Jacques Lancelot, and David Weber.  David Gould is a performing artist and clinician for Buffet Crampon and Vandoren Paris.


Pianist Clara Christian is Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Piano Program at College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, Missouri) where her students have won both state and national awards. Dr. Christian has performed throughout North America, in St. Petersburg, Russia and in Strasbourg, France. She received her DMA at Northwestern University with Alan Chow; she earned a M.M. with Ellen Mack at the Peabody Institute and a B.M. at Wheaton College with Daniel Horn. Recent performances include the Franz Liszt Festival and International Competition, guest artist concerts throughout the U.S., and a solo appearance with the Missouri Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2022 she was named a finalist in the Professional Solo Division for the American Prize in Piano Performance. In addition to solo playing, she is a frequent collaborative artist and a has given several chamber music premieres. For more information, visit

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