UCSC Music Department
ISIM Festival


Ed Sarath, ISIM President

Professor of Music and Director of the Department in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at The University of Michigan School of Music. Also Director of the Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies at UM. His most recent CD release is New Beginnings, featuring the London Jazz Orchestra performing his large-ensemble compositions. Performer, composer, educational reformer and theorist.

Karlton Hester, ISIM Vice President and UCSC Festival Director

hesteria@ucsc.edu    http://www.karltonhester.com

Karlton E. Hester, Ph.D. (composer/flutist/saxophonist), began his career as a composer and recording artist in Los Angeles where he worked as a studio musician and music educator. He received his Ph.D. in composition from the City University of New York Graduate Center and is currently Director of "Jazz" Studies at the University of California in Santa Cruz. Hester specializes in premeditated, spontaneous and electro-acoustic composition. A performer on both flute and saxophone, his formal study included Harry Nelsova and Paul Renzi on flute, Joe Henderson and John Handy in "jazz" improvisation, composition with Bruce Saylor and Robert Starrer, as well as lessons with Frank Chase and Bill Tremble on saxophone.

Kathryn Olson, ISIM Conference Director

Kate Olson has been involved with ISIM in many different capacities since the first annual conference in Ann Arbor, MI. She graduated with her MM Improvisation from the University of Michigan in spring of 2008. She currently teaches and gigs in Ann Arbor. Kate looks forward to serving ISIM this year as conference and administrative director.