About the ensemble
Founded in 2010, The Fourth Wall has been inspiring and delighting audiences all over the country with their hybrid arts performances. As winners of the 2014 Savvy Musician in Action chamber music competition, The Fourth Wall was featured as performers and workshop leaders for the innovative music entrepreneurship retreat. In 2013, they traveled to Alaska to be ensemble in residence for the University of Alaska, Fairbanks New Music Festival. The trio has been featured on the National Flute Association's annual conventions in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014 with gala performances, recitals, and their audience interactive project, "Mixer." Outside the realm of classical music venues, The Fourth Wall as been spreading contemporary chamber music to new audiences at Fringe Theatre Festivals in Indianapolis, Rochester, and Houston. Collaborating with conductor Victoria Gau, The Fourth Wall created an orchestral hybrid arts performance, soloing with the Capital City Symphony in 2013.
In the spirit of collaboration and to promote new music, The Fourth Wall performed the inaugural concert of the Boston Composers' Coalition - a collaborative organization dedicated to the creation, performance, education and dissemination of new American music. Each of the six composers in the core group plus a student composer wrote a new piece especially for The Fourth Wall, which was then performed at several venues in the Boston area and was broadcast on a live feed on the internet.
As strong advocates of education, The Fourth Wall also offers workshops that teach students how to incorporate interdisciplinary performance techniques into their performances. Members of The Fourth Wall have shared their work with students of the Boston University Academy, Houston Youth Symphony, Texas State University – San Marcos, University of Houston, University of Alaska – Fairbanks, Indiana University, New York University, The Eastman School of Music, Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the Flute Society of Kentucky, and the New York and Indiana Percussive Arts Societies. The Fourth Wall is Ensemble-in-Residence for the International Flute Symposium and are teaching artists for Indiana’s Arts for Learning program.
Members of The Fourth Wall have attended The Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Ohio University and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. They would like to thank the multitude of teachers and mentors who have taught, inspired, and pushed them to new heights.
Hilary Abigana is at home in the orchestra as well as in front of it. She has performed as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras with the "music-telling" ensemble, Tales & Scales; with the Evansville Philharmonic in a performance of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4; and was the winner of the 2003 Eastman Nielsen Flute Concerto Competition, performing with the Eastman Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra. Before moving to Boston with The Fourth Wall, she held positions as the second flutist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and solo piccolo player of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. Hilary was the first-prize winner of the 2008 Houston Flute Club's Byron Hester Young Artist Competition, was a silver medalist at the 2014 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil Céílí Band Competition, and a silver medalist at the 2008 Fischoff Competition (with Trio Destino). Passionate about teaching, Hilary is on faculty at Floot Fire in Texas, the International Flute Symposium (with The Fourth Wall), co-founded the Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis, and continues to inspire young flutists with her hybrid arts performances.
Hilary received her Bachelor of Music degree with Distinction from The Eastman School of Music, where she also was awarded the Performer’s Certificate in Flute. She received her Masters Degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where she studied with Leone Buyse. Together with previous teachers Bonita Boyd and Timothy Day, these three musicians have been the greatest influence on her playing.
C. Neil Parsons
C. Neil Parsons has been performing for as long as he can remember, appearing in his first professional theatre production at age three. Extensive touring as taken him to 40 states, with performance at major performing arts centers such as the Kennedy Center, residencies at numerous universities, and solo engagements with symphony orchestras, including the Boston Symphony. His creative output runs the gamut of music, theatre, and dance production: from solo to chamber to orchestral music (including symphony, pit, and disco orchestras); from Shakespeare to musical theatre to outdoor drama; and from modern to tap to site-specific dance pieces. Neil also has experience with aerial silks and clowning.
Neil graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and received his Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied bass trombone with Ray Premru. While at Oberlin, he combined his interests in music, dance and teaching by designing an individual major: Interdisciplinary Performance and Education. He then continued his studies with trombonist Tony Baker and at the Ohio University School of Dance.
Greg Jukes is a percussionist and narrator whose work focuses on blending music, acting, and dance in hybrid arts performances. He has created and performed concerts for young people with the Delaware Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, and Columbia Orchestras and is the narrator for the National Philharmonic's second grade concerts, which reach over 10,000 second grade students every year. Greg performed at the 2013 Percussive Arts Society International Convention on a concert featuring theatrical works in which the percussionists are required to both act and play. He has been a member of the percussion sections for several orchestras in Indiana and Kentucky; plays in pit orchestras and recording sessions; and teaches percussion privately, at schools, and with the Indianapolis Symphony's outreach programs.
Greg graduated from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Robert van Sice, Svet Stoyanov, Tom Freer, and So Percussion. He has collaborated with conductors David Amado, Ken Lam, Jason Love, and Piotr Gajewski; directors Gary Race, Diane Brewer, and Bryan Fonseca; and choreographers Mariel Greenlee, C. Neil Parsons and the Windfall Dancers.