Guest Artists

Ryan Ingebritsen is a composer, sound designer, sound artist, electronic musician, and sound engineer whose artistic activities spill over from one world to another. Through all of his artistic activities, he collaborates with musicians, dancers and live performers to create interactive and site specific solutions that enhance expressive possibilities of sound through modes of interaction and utilize spaces and sound systems as instruments in an ensemble. Ingebritsen has distinguished himself as an artistic partner in all of his collaborations and has become an integral part of the new music scene that has exploded in Chicago over the past 10 years. His work has taken him to Europe, Asia, and Australia and he has worked and had his work presented in premier venues throughout the US such as the Park Avenue Armory in New York and the J Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago working with groups such as eighth blackbird, International Contemporary Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion, and choreographers such as Erica Mott, Ginger Farley, and Sarah Shelton-Mann.

Formed in 2009, the Elysian Trombone Consort continues with its passion for trombone chamber music. The consort has performed recitals at the University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), University of Southern California, Mesa College (San Diego), the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Elizabethtown State Theatre (KY) and the historic Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church in Baltimore. They have also performed featured recitals at the 2016 American Trombone Workshop, the 2013 International Trombone Festival, and the 2012 College Music Society National Convention in San Diego.

Timothy Anderson, Brett Shuster, & Nathan Siler, trombones
Chad Arnow, bass trombone 

Heidi Decker is a playwright known for creating unique and compelling characters. Her work has been performed across the United States, as well as Great Britain, Australia and South Africa. Excerpts from her plays can be found published in several theatrical anthologies.

Ms. Decker is also an accomplished artist, concentrating in abstract expressionist paintings. Learn more about her work at and Heidi lives near Boston, Massachusetts.