Conductor, pianist, and songwriter Nathan Fifield is currently the music director of the Tulsa Ballet and a guest conductor at San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Houston Ballet. Nathan is the lyricist and arranger for the songs on his latest album, “Something Tells Me,” which features music written by the late jazz composer, Joseph Fifield. He is currently working on a new album of original songs with Houston based electronic artist Dubgeist. An active opera conductor and coach, Nathan has conducted many operas and musicals including West Side Story, Into the Woods, Carmen, and Le Nozze di Figaro, working with such companies as Utah Festival Opera, Opera in the Heights, Chelsea Opera, and One World Symphony. He was one of three finalists selected by Michael Tilson Thomas to conduct the New World Symphony for the orchestra’s conducting fellowship. His compositions for ballet can be heard on several recordings released by world renowned dance teacher David Howard.
Rising star Annie Ellicott is a vocalist of uncommon versatility. Equally at home in both traditional and experimental jazz, Ellicott specializes in subtle lyrical interpretation, as well as fantastic flights of vocal improvisation. In 2009 in addition to her new album with Nathan Fifield, she released “Ask Me Now,” an album of standards with a funky twist. The album features front man Brian Haas and three other members of the internationally renowned Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, with whom she regularly performs. A native of Tulsa, OK, Annie is a favorite daughter of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and can be seen performing most weeks with her own Annie Ellicott Trio.