gRANT o'bRIEN, artistic Director
GRANT O'BRIEN is a conductor, composer and arranger, brought up in Houston, Texas. Having studied conducting and composing at the Eastman School of Music (Class of 2018) he joined the Empire Film ensemble in August of 2016 as Personnel Manager in which time he arranged and conducted for many EFME performances.
His recent accomplishments include producing, conducting and arranging Songs of the Valiant, a benefit concert for the Wounded Warrior Project and guest composing/conducting in web series STAR TREK CONTINUES. Grant has also recieved a performers Certificate from the Eastman School and has performed as a soloist with the Eastman Wind Orchestra. Grant has contributed most of his talents to the Empire Film Music Ensemble, student film projects and ensembles such as the Eastman Tuba Mirum and the Upstate Brass Band. His hobbies include playing guitar, seeing live shows, and listening to folk music.
Claire Caverly, Production DIRECTOR
From Wilmington, Delaware, CLAIRE CAVERLY is a rising senior at Eastman School of Music studying voice performance in the studio of Katherine Ciesinski. She has been working with Empire Film Music Ensemble for 2 years as the Production Manager, and “Echo Chambers” is her compositional debut. Claire has enjoyed a varied performance and production career throughout the northeastern United States. Her performances range from baroque to new music, performing as a soloist with Eastman Collegium Musicum, Ossia New Music Ensemble, and Eastman Chorale. Her past roles include Flora in Eastman Opera Theatre’s 2016 production of Turn of the Screw, and Claire is honored to have won the Music Teachers National Association Senior Voice Competition and The Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition both in 2015. In production work, Claire has remained largely theatre-based, working with Rochester City Ballet, Geva Theatre Center, Eastman Opera Theatre in their stage management, costume, and scenic departments.
Max berlin, head composer
Born and raised in the metro-Detroit area, MAX BERLIN (Head Composer 2018-- ) has performed and written professionally for several kinds of ensembles and musical genres, orchestras and quartets alike. As a pianist, he has led three piano trios and regularly performs with professional and touring jazz orchestras. As a composer, he has also scored several films and live-stage productions, including the award-winning RIT short film, Into the Microscope (2015). Most recently, Max received an IMDb credit in 2017 for his work as contractor and guest composer on the award-winning web series Star Trek Continues produced by Vic Mignogna. Max is currently studying under Bill Dobbins and Gary Versace at the Eastman School of Music as a jazz pianist with an emphasis in composition.