About the ensemble
Founded in 2010, The Fourth Wall has been inspiring and delighting audiences all over the country with their hybrid arts performances. The Fourth Wall was a featured ensemble at the 2010 National Flute Association's Annual Convention, performing at the Gala Concert honoring Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, Leone Buyse and Fenwick Smith. The ensemble was delighted to perform at the 2012 NFA Convention on the closing Gala Concert and the recital honoring Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Bonita Boyd and will return to the 2013 NFA convention to perform their audience interactive project, “Mixer.”
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.
The Fourth Wall continues their professional development in music, theatre and dance through involvement with the Indianapolis Symphony’s Community Partnerships programs, The Windfall Dance Company (Bloomington, IN), The Indianapolis Céilí (Irish) Band, The Bloomington Playwright’s Project, Indianapolis’s Phoenix Theatre, and several regional orchestras in Indiana and Kentucky.
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 a founding member and the flutist for the hybrid
arts ensemble, The Fourth Wall. Most recently, they have performed at the 2013 National Flute
Association’s Annual Convention where they hosted their audience-interactive
performance project, Mixer. They were also featured at the 2013
Indianapolis Fringe Festival, performing Fruit Flies Like a Banana, a hybrid arts sprint-triathlon variety show. In
addition to performing hybrid arts concerts, The Fourth Wall travels all over
the country (from Alaska to New York!) conducting workshops in the basics of
this genre, and encouraging participants to utilize music, dance and theater
techniques in their performances.
Hilary was the winner of the 2003 Eastman Nielsen Flute Concerto Competition, performing with the Eastman Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra in a gala concert honoring Professor Emeritus, Joseph Mariano. She was also the winner of the 2008 Houston Flute Club’s Byron Hester Young Artist Competition, a prizewinner at the 2008 Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition, and a silver medalist at the 2008 Fischoff Competition (with Trio Destino).
Passionate about teaching, Hilary was the Guest Artist at Floot Fire (Dallas, TX), choreographing over 100 young flutists in a performance of “I’ve Got Rhythm.” She is now on faculty at Floot Fire, the International Flute Symposium (with The Fourth Wall), and is co-director and Irish Flute teacher at the Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis.
Hilary is at home in the orchestra as well as in front of it. She has performed 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 will be premiering a new family show in November 2013 with The Fourth Wall and the Capitol City Symphony. Currently, she is the second flutist for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and solo piccolo player of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra.
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 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. A diverse performer, Neil’s performance credits
include roles in professional theatre productions, choreographing and
performing numerous pieces, and playing music with a variety of ensembles
including a disco orchestra.
As a collaborative performance artist, Neil has made a specialty of choreographing and directing musicians in interdisciplinary works. In addition to his work with The Fourth Wall, his collaborators include violinist Andrew McCann, percussionist Paul Fadoul, oboist Meaghan Heinrich, as well as numerous projects with flutist Zara Lawler and the interdisciplinary ensemble Asterisk.
Neil lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he has been involved with several productions at the Bloomington Playwrights Project. In 2009 Neil directed a staged reading of "Candide Does America," a new play by Donald C. Drake. In addition to directing all theatrical elements of this production, he served as Music Director, arranging an overture and incidental music to be performed on Civil War-era "Over the shoulder" brass instruments. The music was performed by Neil and his colleagues in the JET Quintet. In 2010 Neil was the Assistant Director and Choreographer for Jason Robert Brown's musical '13.' Written for and performed entirely by teens, this production of the BPP's Youth Musical Theatre Ensemble was the Indiana premiere of this new musical.
As a member of Windfall Dancers, a Bloomington-based modern dance collective, Neil has choreographed several original pieces, including a collaboration with the nationally-syndicated radio program A Moment of Science. "Dance of the Neurotransmitters" (2011) was research, written, and choreographed by Neil, narrated by radio hosts Don Glass and Yaël Ksander, and performed by Windfall Dancers on the science-inspired program DancE=mc^2.
Prior to relocating to Bloomington, Indiana, Neil spent nine years performing and creating works with Tales & Scales. National touring took him to thirty-six states, performing over 1,500 shows, includeding guest appearances with symphony orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, and the Oregon Symphony.
Neil is currently a member of Windfall Dancers, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, the Shepard Brass Quintet, and Asterisk.
Neil is also a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, Certified ART Provider, and YogaFit yoga instructor.
“Neil is like a rubber band with attitude.”
-Dr. Chris Grymes
Greg Jukes is a percussionist and narrator whose work brings together music, acting, and dance to create new experiences for audiences both young and old. Greg is a founding member of The Fourth Wall, a hybrid arts trio of flute, bass trombone, and percussion in which musicians are also actors and dancers. The Fourth Wall has been featured at Percussive Arts Society events in New York and Indiana, three National Flute Association conventions, is the ensemble in residence at the International Flute Symposium, and has performed and taught at universities from Alaska to Boston.
As an orchestral narrator, Greg has performed with several orchestras around the nation. So far, he has reached over 40,000 young people in twenty performances of Russell Peck’s “The Thrill of the Orchestra” with the National Philharmonic. In 2011, Greg created and performed a new script for Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite” and narrated Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” with the Delaware Symphony. He has also co-hosted and narrated young audiences shows with the Evansville Philharmonic and Columbia Orchestras.
Equally at home in front of an orchestra and in the back as a percussionist, Greg has performed as a soloist with the National Philharmonic and as a member of the “music-telling” troupe, Tales & Scales, presenting family concerts with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Greg is a member of the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras and the Orchestra Kentucky Bowling Green in their percussion sections. He also frequently performs with other orchestras around Indiana as an extra and has played on demo recordings for publishers including FJH and Hal Leonard.
Greg is a dedicated music educator committed to engaging young people in the arts. He has worked as an instructor for the Indianapolis Symphony’s Neighborhood Harmony program, teaches percussion privately and at schools in and around Indianapolis, and is a Young Audiences teaching artist with The Fourth Wall through Indiana’s Arts for Learning organization.
Greg graduated from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where he had the honor of studying 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 fellow hybrid artists Hilary Abigana, Jason Gresl, and C. Neil Parsons.