defiance duo

defiance duo was founded in 2016 to expand the repertoire for marimba and voice and present a variety of musical styles to the audience. In addition to performances, defiance duo is available to clinic with aspiring musicians, provide reading sessions for composers, and premiere new pieces. We encourage composers to test the medium and write pieces for us!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or ideas.

Jamie Kunselman, marimba

11709352_713314325439306_3063552559391922957_nJamie Kunselman is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Composition, Percussion Performance, and Music Education.

His composing/arranging consists of both chamber and large ensemble works that have been performed on New Music Concerts, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Baldwin Wallace University, and Cleveland State University by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. He has completed multiple transcriptions and commissions for works ranging from voice and piano to wind ensemble. He has conducted both his own pieces and other works on student recitals and ensemble concerts, as well as on the concerts of the Shaker Heights Middle School and High School bands, and a local summer orchestra for multiple performances.

In addition to composing, Jamie frequently performs in large ensembles, chamber groups, and as a soloist. He has performed in almost every instrumental ensemble at Baldwin Wallace and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on two occasions. He also has experience in pit orchestras, jazz combos, non-western percussion, and choral singing.

Outside of music, he is currently coauthoring a novel with Philip Brown and enjoys rock climbing, chess, and a good glass of lemonade.

He has studied composition with Clint Needham, John Sokol, Mara Gibson, & Loris Chobanian. He has studied percussion with Ryan Korb and Josh Ryan. He will be attending Indiana University for a Masters in Music Composition.

Kia Frank, soprano

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is a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelor’s degree in music education. As a student at Baldwin Wallace, she participated in the Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association, served as an intern for multiple outreach programs and worked as a student teacher at the Cloverleaf Elementary and High Schools. She was also an active performer in choral ensembles, chamber groups, new music groups and as a soloist. While in Cleveland, Ohio, Kia worked as a private voice and piano teacher and served local churches as a soloist, choral intern and children’s choir director.

Kia continues to perform as a soloist and choral singer and has recently performed Howell’s Requiem and works by Ockeghem, Stephen Paulus and others at Baldwin Wallace with Les Chrysalides. In January 2016, Kia was a part of the inaugural Dallas Choral Festival and performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at Dallas’s Meyerson Symphony Center. Kia is now singing with the Indianapolis Symphony Choir and will be joining Apollo’s Fire for their performances of Handel’s Messiah this December.

Beyond the musical world, Kia works as a guest service coordinator at Go Ape USA! and as a newborn photographer with Mom365. She also enjoys reading, climbing, photography, and learning more about web design.

Current Projects

Songs of the Earth – Jamie Kunselman (listen here)

Songs of Almah – Andrew Beall

Five Songs for Soprano and Marimba – Lynn Glassock

 

And arrangements of the following –

Oh, Danny Boy – traditional English folk song

Ich folge dir gleichfalls – J.S. Bach (St. John Passion)

You Matter to Me – Sara Bareilles (Waitress)

Flow My Tears – John Dowland

 

defiance duo

defiance duo was founded in 2016 to expand the repertoire for marimba and voice and present a variety of musical styles to the audience. In addition to performances, defiance duo is available to clinic with aspiring musicians, provide reading sessions for composers, and premiere new pieces. We encourage composers to test the medium and write pieces for us!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or ideas.

Jamie Kunselman, marimba

11709352_713314325439306_3063552559391922957_nJamie Kunselman is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Composition, Percussion Performance, and Music Education.

His composing/arranging consists of both chamber and large ensemble works that have been performed on New Music Concerts, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Baldwin Wallace University, and Cleveland State University by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. He has completed multiple transcriptions and commissions for works ranging from voice and piano to wind ensemble. He has conducted both his own pieces and other works on student recitals and ensemble concerts, as well as on the concerts of the Shaker Heights Middle School and High School bands, and a local summer orchestra for multiple performances.

In addition to composing, Jamie frequently performs in large ensembles, chamber groups, and as a soloist. He has performed in almost every instrumental ensemble at Baldwin Wallace and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on two occasions. He also has experience in pit orchestras, jazz combos, non-western percussion, and choral singing.

Outside of music, he is currently coauthoring a novel with Philip Brown and enjoys rock climbing, chess, and a good glass of lemonade.

He has studied composition with Clint Needham, John Sokol, Mara Gibson, & Loris Chobanian. He has studied percussion with Ryan Korb and Josh Ryan. He will be attending Indiana University for a Masters in Music Composition.

Kia Frank, soprano


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Kia Frank is a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelor’s degree in music education. As a student at Baldwin Wallace, she participated in the Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association, served as an intern for multiple outreach programs and worked as a student teacher at the Cloverleaf Elementary and High Schools. She was also an active performer in choral ensembles, chamber groups, new music groups and as a soloist. While in Cleveland, Ohio, Kia worked as a private voice and piano teacher and served local churches as a soloist, choral intern and children’s choir director.

Kia continues to perform as a soloist and choral singer and has recently performed Howell’s Requiem and works by Ockeghem, Stephen Paulus and others at Baldwin Wallace with Les Chrysalides. In January 2016, Kia was a part of the inaugural Dallas Choral Festival and performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at Dallas’s Meyerson Symphony Center. Kia is now singing with the Indianapolis Symphony Choir and will be joining Apollo’s Fire for their performances of Handel’s Messiah this December.

Beyond the musical world, Kia works as a guest service coordinator at Go Ape USA! and as a newborn photographer with Mom365. She also enjoys reading, climbing, photography, and learning more about web design.

 

Current Projects

Songs of the Earth – Jamie Kunselman (listen here)

Songs of Almah – Andrew Beall

Five Songs for Soprano and Marimba – Lynn Glassock

And arrangements of the following –

Oh, Danny Boy – traditional English folk song

Ich folge dir gleichfalls – J.S. Bach (St. John Passion)

You Matter to Me – Sara Bareilles (Waitress)

Flow My Tears – John Dowland