Saltare: NEC CMA Honors Ensemble

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Each year, an audition committee of professional musicians and faculty selects a few exceptional student ensembles to represent the NEC Honors Ensemble Program. The ensembles work with a faculty coach and are given an opportunity to perform a spring recital in NEC's Jordan Hall.

This year
's CMA Honors Ensemble, Saltare, was coached by Hankus Netsky.


This is an in-person event with a public live stream. 

Watch Live from Jordan Hall

  • Mathias Kauffman, accordion
  • G Rockwell, banjo, mandolin, guitar
  • Carson McHaney, violin
  • Avi Randall, piano
  • Leo Weisskoff, bass
  • Hankus Netsky, coach
  1. The David Grismond Quintet | Fishscale

  2. Leo Ornstein (arr. Avi Randall) | from Piano Sonata No. 4 (1918)

    IV. Vivo

  3. The Foreignlanders/G Rockwell | Johnny’s Peacock/Salt Reel

  4. Avi Randall | Suite in G Minor

  5. Traditional Romanian (arr. Mattias Kaufmann) | Sirba

  6. Mattias Kaufmann | Canon in C Minor

  7. Traditional Romanian | Jocul Fericirii

  8. Christian Sedelmyer | Pushin' Through

  9. Alberto Ginastera (arr. Avi Randall) | Danza de la moza donosa, No. 2 from Danzas Argentinas, op. 2

  10. Nate Leath | Spider Shoe

  11. Felix Mendelssohn (arr. Carson McHaney) | Andante espressivo ma con moto - Mvt. III from String Quartet No. 3, op. 44

  12. Avi Randall | Demon Dance

  13. Saltare brings together musical and dance traditions from around the world and explores the many ways that dance music is shaped and understood. Saltare originally met in NEC’s Contemporary Musical Arts department, where they played in the Middle Eastern Ensemble. They have since moved into many other types of music, including Irish, Transylvanian, American Old Time, and Klezmer music, original compositions, and arrangements of European Classical Music. Each of their ventures explores the ways that rhythm, melody, and groove can create an immersive experience of energy and emotion, and express the joy from movement and dance.