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The MMSF artist-faculty members are internationally known performers and educators. The main goals is to inspire, encourage and create an intellectual and emotional exchange with each musician. Creative teaching and collaborating with all our participants is the foundation of success of this SummerFest.

Announcing our Guest Artists for 2019! These phenomenal dancers and choreographers will be featured in a series of collaborative performances. See more info at

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Brendan is a Los Angeles native who is a rising senior at the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Brendan has had the opportunity to perform works by Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Jiri Kylian, Barak Marshall, Paul Taylor, and Dwight Rhoden. Brendan has attended intensives in Montreal, Italy, Massachusetts, and the Netherlands and is passionate about music, visual art, choreography, and traveling.

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Alyssa is from Los Angeles where she recently graduated from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance with a BFA in dance. Over the past four years at university, Alyssa worked with some of the most outstanding choreographers or their work including William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, Jermaine Spivey, Jiri Kylian, Alejandro Cerrudo, Sonya Tayeh and Aszure Barton. Alyssa also partakes in the commercial dance world and is thankful to have been a part of the Country Music Awards 2019, and Billie Eilish’s ‘Watch’ music video of 2018. Alyssa has received several awards in dance including the Spotlight Music Award, YoungArts Merit Scholarship and the Dizzyfeet Foundation Award. 

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Born in Rome, Italy, Sophia grew up in Monte-Carlo, where she studied dance, music and languages.  After moving to Los Angeles, she attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. She was accepted into the inaugural class of the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California, training in Forsythe technologies, Hop Hop/Street dance, Ballet, Contemporary, and Composition. She has attended Springboard Montreal for two years in a row and continues to experiment with choreography for film and stage. She is passionate about art, literature, music and dance. 

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Michael Price

Artist Michael Price and his mesmerizing presentation: The natural colors of the Renaissance.

Michael Price is a New York-based, British artist who is renowned for his informed and visionary approach to figurative painting. In Price’s works human figures are transformed by the artist’s brush into powerful, psychologically complex archetypes. In his work since the mid 1990’s, Price’s figures are further augmented through the artist’s development of his own colours from mineral pigments produced by crushing and grinding rocks and crystals. Intense, decade-long study of the material and compositional strategies of the Old Masters inform Price’s inspired, magical realist paintings.

Price was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England in 1951. He attended London’s Central School of Art and Design from 1971-1974, where he graduated with honors. He started out painting with a then-fashionable abstract, process-based approach. By the middle of the 1970s he began to feel that he had exhausted the mode and decided to shift in a more figurative, classically-motivated direction. In 1976 he moved from London and took up residence for nine months in Rotterdam, Holland, before moving to Munich the following year where he was resident for the next twenty-two years. 

At the end of 1999, Price moved to New York and in 2000 he published his first journal article on the preparation of azurite for use in oil binding mediums. In addition to regularly exhibiting his work, Price is trusted as an expert on the preparation of natural and mineral pigments, authoring and co-authoring numerous papers, conferences, and publications on the subject which culminated in 2017’s two-volume masterwork, Renaissance Mysteries. The artist’s paintings must be experienced first-hand as digital reproduction only poorly replicates the colors used, and the chromatic experience achieved. 

A look back at the Inaugural 2018 season

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