The _____ Experiment, LLC (pronounced “the blank experiment”) is a new music chamber ensemble consisting of harp, clarinet, and saxophone. We originate from Flint, Michigan and all met as students at the Flint Institute of Music where we each studied prior to college. As three performance majors. we wanted to create music together and be active in commissioning new works for our newfound ensemble since there is nothing else that exists like us. We are not defined to our tiro but also perform works in smaller settings, such as duos for saxophone and harp, clarinet and harp, clarinet and saxophone, and more. As musicians, we want to push the boundaries of moving away from the standard instrumentations seen in classical music and create something fun, energetic, and unusual in our field.
MEET THE ENSEMBLE
Michelle Myers is a clarinetist from Swartz Creek, Michigan. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Music Performance at Michigan State University. She has performed regularly in the Michigan State Symphony Band and multiple chamber music groups during her undergrad. Michelle studied with Dr. Guy Yehuda.
As a student, she has traveled to various countries throughout Europe performing in multiple ensembles. She was a member of the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project in Schladming, Austria in 2014, performed in the 2015 International Clarinet Festival in Madrid, Spain with the MSU Clarinet Choir, and performed both solo and chamber music repertoire in Todi, Italy in 2017. In 2015, Michelle performed with the Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy in Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles as part of a summer intensive program at Fresno State University.
Michelle marched alto saxophone two years in the Spartan Marching Band in the 2013 and 2014 seasons and served a year on the physical operations team in 2015. She also instructs multiple band camps in the summers working with clarinets, saxophones, and drum majors.
She is also a brother of the honorary band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi.
A co-founder of The _____ Experiment, she helped the ensemble achieve a second place $1000 prize at the Michigan State University Running Start Business Competition and was an active part of the entrepreneurship programs at MSU, including The Hatch. She also enjoyed being a manager and employment training specialist at MSU’s on-campus coffee chain.
As a designer, Michelle has photographed many musicians and designed various posters and brochures for performances and for corporate businesses. She currently works at a B2B industrial manufacturing company as a full-time marketing graphic designer.
Natalie Pate is currently an undergraduate student studying Harp Performance under Chen-Yu Huang at Michigan State University. Natalie has performed with several of the major ensembles at MSU, and also performs various chamber works with smaller ensembles, such as harp duos and string ensemble. Natalie is the harpist for “The _____ Experiment,” a newly launched contemporary chamber ensemble consisting of a collegiate saxophonist and clarinetist, in addition to harp.
In addition to the academic realm, Natalie has experience performing at many different types of events and venues, such as weddings, religious events, corporate gatherings, and holiday parties, and has gigged regularly in the greater Flint area for several years. Natalie has a passion for outreach, and has spent time performing and sharing the harp with audiences in non-traditional settings, as well as giving harp demonstrations for schools and children’s music classes.
Before college, Natalie studied harp with Brittany DeYoung at the Flint Institue of Music, where she was also part of the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra, touring France in 2012 and Ireland in 2014. Throughout high school, Natalie was regularly awarded merit scholarships toward her harp studies, and participated and placed in local competitions.
ANDREW J. HOSLER
Andrew J. Hosler is a saxophonist from Swartz Creek, Michigan. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts where he studies with Distinguished Artist Professor, Dr. John Sampen. He previously studied with Professor Jeffrey Price at the Flint Institute of Music. In addition, Andrew has performed in masterclasses with notable saxophonists such as with Dr. Frederick L. Hemke, Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, Professor John Nichol, Professor Joseph Lulloff, Dr. Jan Berry Baker, Dr. Jeffrey Heisler, Dr. Randall Hall, and Dr. Connie Frigo.
An advocate of contemporary music, Andrew promotes the creation of new music for the saxophone by commissioning and premiering new works. He has commissioned and premiered over 40 works by composers such as Alexis Bacon, Jonathan Annis, Gregory Wanamaker, and Jamie Leigh Sampson.
As a member of the Bowling Green State University Saxophone Ensemble, he gave the North American premiere of Benjamin Attahir’s Nouvelle Sous Ecstacy at the 2017 New Music Gathering. He also performed the world premiere of Marilyn Shrude’s Quietly Revealed at the 18th World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb Croatia, and the American premiere at the 39th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival. Andrew also performed works for solo saxophone at the 2017 and 2018 BGSU ArtsX festival. He was selected as a winner of the 2017 Bowling Green State University Undergraduate Competition in Music Performance with Walter Mays’ Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Ensemble which he performed with the Bowling Green Philharmonia in February 2018. Andrew is also a 2018 Fellow of the Cortona Sessions in Cortona, Italy.
Andrew is a current member of many ensembles including the Bowling Green State University Wind Symphony, The ___ Experiment, and the Fifth Circle Reed Quintet. Andrew has performed with the BGSU Wind Symphony at the 37th, 38th, and 39th Bowling Green New Music Festival as well as performing at Orchestra Hall in Detroit, Michigan. The BGSU Wind Symphony will be releasing a CD featuring works by composers such as David Biedenbender, Jennifer Jolly, David Dzubay, among others with Mark Records in 2018. The __ Experiment has performed recitals of new music at Michigan State University’s College of Music, Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, and the Flint Institute of Music. In the summer of 2018, The ___ Experiment recorded a CD comprised of works by young composers such as Emily McPherson, Josh Trentadue, Brendan Sweeney, and others with Sly Pup Productions from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Fifth Circle Reed Quintet recently won second place in the 2018 Undergraduate Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition, they have also performed at the Wildwood Manor House, and live on WGTE 91 FM Toledo Public Radio.
Soprano: Selmer Paris Series 3, Selmer Concept mouthpiece, copper Ishimori ligature, 3.0 Legere signature series reed
- Soprano: Selmer Paris Series 3, Selmer Concept mouthpiece, copper Ishimori ligature, 3.0 Legere signature series reed
- Alto: Selmer Paris Super Action 80 Series 2, Selmer Concept mouthpiece, solid silver Ishimori ligature, 3.5 Legere signature series reed
- Tenor: Selmer Paris Series 3, Selmer Concept mouthpiece, copper Ishimori ligature, 3.75 Legere signature series reed
- Bass: Selmer Paris Super Acton 80 Series 2, Selmer S80 mouthpiece, 3.0 Legere classic reed