Selected Alumni Bios

Dawn Avery

Dawn Buckholz Avery (M.A. Cello Performance, 1992) was cellist and vocalist on the 1998 Grammy-nominated album, Breath of Heaven by Grover Washington and has been touring and recording around the world as a soloist and with her critically acclaimed group, CELLOVISION! Along with master percussionists, major newspapers have written that her “engaging style and incredible talent delights and enchants audiences, drawing beautifully sonorous tones and equally different sound effects from her cello while singing with a powerful and mesmerizing style. Dawn successfully combines elements of world, jazz, folk and classical into in a style all her own.”

Dawn has worked professionally with David Darling, Phillip Glass, Sting, John Cage, John Cale, Ornette Coleman, Reza Derakshani, Luciano Pavarotti, Glen Velez, Baba Olatunji, Sussan Deyhim, Charles Wuorinen, Elliott Sharp, Tania Leon (M.A. 1975 NYU, Music Composition), The NJ Symphony, The New York City Opera and The Soldier String Quartet. Her work as a composer and performer has been featured all over the world including: Lincoln Center Outdoors Festival, Merkin Hall, Gschwendt Musikwinter Festival, Amsterdam Festival, Musicales Visuales, New Music Across America, Montreux and Helsinki Jazz Festivals, Prague, Saalfelden and Banlieu Bleu Festivals, the Shakespeare Project, Knitting Factory Festivals, SohArts Festival, New Directions Cello Festival, the Bottomline, the Bitterend, and throughout NYC. She has recorded on numerous countless labels, movies and radio programs. Awards include: Meet the Composer Grants, ADF Composer Award at Duke University, New Dramatist Theatre Fellowship, NYU New Music Excellence Award, Mu Phi Epsilon Excellence & Scholarship, The Yard Residency, along with hundreds of commissions.