defiance duo

defiance duo was founded in 2016 to expand the repertoire for marimba and voice and to 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
 
 

Jamie Kunselman has a BM in Composition and Percussion and a BME from Baldwin Wallace University. He is currently attending Indiana University for his DM in Composition, having earned his MM in Composition from IU in 2018. Jamie has studied with Sven-David Sandström, Aaron Travers, Claude Baker, Don Freund, PQ Phan, and Clint Needham.

His composing includes instrumental, choral, electronic, and visual media scoring works that have been performed on New Music Concerts, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Baldwin Wallace University, Indiana University, Cleveland State University by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Colorado College, and in Newport Beach, CA by Choral Arts Initiative.

Jamie is active in many different instrumental and choral chamber ensembles, including IU’s NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and has performed in Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in the Kennedy Center, and with the Cleveland Orchestra . Jamie co-founded the Defiance Duo with Kia Frank. The duo works to expand the soprano and marimba repertoire and encourages young musicians to create their own career path. For more information, check out defianceduo.com.

In addition to composing, he has coauthored a novel with Philip Brown and enjoys rock climbing, chess, puzzles, and cats.

 
Kia Frank, soprano


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Kia Marie Frank has an eclectic musical background with a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University, a Master’s in Early Music Vocal Performance from Indiana University and extensive experience in music of contemporary composers. She has served as a church musician, private vocal and piano teacher, and has worked with various education and musical organizations, most recently as the Media Director for Gamma Ut, an organization for students of early music.

Kia took part in the 2016 inaugural Dallas Choral Festival, and has performed with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Cleveland’s Baroque Ensemble – Apollo’s Fire, and IU’s choral ensembles NOTUS and Concentus where she often performed as a soloist. Kia returned to her undergraduate alma mater, BW, as a member of the Festival Chorus and soloist for the 2019 Bach Festival. She frequently collaborates with composers to perform, record, and premiere new works in choral and solo settings and she works as a recording artist at Aire Born studios in Indianapolis, IN. In 2016, Kia and her now husband, Jamie Kunselman, founded their marimba and soprano duo, defiance duo, in hopes to encourage the writing, performing and exposure of music of this unique genre.

Beyond the musical world, Kia enjoys reading, climbing, and spending time with her cats, Zorro and Emma.

 

Current Projects

Jamie’s doctorate. 🙂

 

defiance duo

defiance duo was founded in 2016 to expand the repertoire for marimba and voice and to 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
 

Jamie Kunselman has a BM in Composition and Percussion and a BME from Baldwin Wallace University. He is currently attending Indiana University for his DM in Composition, having earned his MM in Composition from IU in 2018. Jamie has studied with Sven-David Sandström, Aaron Travers, Claude Baker, Don Freund, PQ Phan, and Clint Needham.

His composing includes instrumental, choral, electronic, and visual media scoring works that have been performed on New Music Concerts, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Baldwin Wallace University, Indiana University, Cleveland State University by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Colorado College, and in Newport Beach, CA by Choral Arts Initiative.

Jamie is active in many different instrumental and choral chamber ensembles, including IU’s NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and has performed in Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in the Kennedy Center, and with the Cleveland Orchestra . Jamie co-founded the Defiance Duo with Kia Frank. The duo works to expand the soprano and marimba repertoire and encourages young musicians to create their own career path. For more information, check out defianceduo.com.

In addition to composing, he has coauthored a novel with Philip Brown and enjoys rock climbing, chess, puzzles, and cats.

 
Kia Frank, soprano


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Kia Marie Frank has an eclectic musical background with a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University, a Master’s in Early Music Vocal Performance from Indiana University and extensive experience in music of contemporary composers. She has served as a church musician, private vocal and piano teacher, and has worked with various education and musical organizations, most recently as the Media Director for Gamma Ut, an organization for students of early music.

Kia took part in the 2016 inaugural Dallas Choral Festival, and has performed with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Cleveland’s Baroque Ensemble – Apollo’s Fire, and IU’s choral ensembles NOTUS and Concentus where she often performed as a soloist. Kia returned to her undergraduate alma mater, BW, as a member of the Festival Chorus and soloist for the 2019 Bach Festival. She frequently collaborates with composers to perform, record, and premiere new works in choral and solo settings and she works as a recording artist at Aire Born studios in Indianapolis, IN. In 2016, Kia and her now husband, Jamie Kunselman, founded their marimba and soprano duo, defiance duo, in hopes to encourage the writing, performing and exposure of music of this unique genre.

Beyond the musical world, Kia enjoys reading, climbing, and spending time with her cats, Zorro and Emma.

 

Current Projects

Jamie’s doctorate. 🙂