fivebyfive is a “Rochester success story...for its musical excellence (and) also its imagination...”
— David Raymond - CITY Newspaper
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fivebyfive is a Rochester NY-based quintet formed in 2015 with a mission to engage audiences in the collaborative spirit and creativity of modern chamber music by commissioning, arranging and performing a wide range of works for its instrumentation. The group performs works of today’s leading composers, supports emerging composers from around the world, and collaborates with artists across the disciplines. Through its workshops and educational concerts, fivebyfive aims to spark young people’s unlimited creative potential and inspire a deeper understanding of today’s chamber music. With a commitment to accessibility, fivebyfive performs in a variety of settings, offering affordable or free programming and sensory-friendly events. The winner of the 2018 Eastman/ArtistShare New Artist Program and a New Music USA grant recipient for its commissioning project for new works inspired by the stained-glass artist Judith Schaechter, fivebyfive recently was awarded a second New Music USA project grant for an upcoming collaboration with the George Eastman Museum, commissioning new works inspired by photographer James Welling’s collection “Choreograph.”

fivebyfive became a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in 2017.

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Laura Lentz (flute)
Marcy Bacon (clarinet)
Sungmin Shin (electric guitar)
Eric J. Polenik (bass)
Haeyeun Jeun (piano)

Board
Marcy Bacon (Secretary)
Laura Lentz
Eric Polenik (Treasurer)
Mona Seghatoleslami
Sungmin Shin (President)
Marc Webster

Advisory Board
Pier Giuseppe Albano
Terry Bacon
Jim Doser
Larry Francer
Mary Hadley
Petar Kodzas
Anthony Mangione
Evan Meccarrello
Melissa Moody

Fall 2019 Eastman School of Music Intern
Emma Gierszal

About the musicians:

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Flutist LAURA LENTZ returned to her home state of New York in 2011 after studies and eight years of living abroad in Rome, Italy. She earned a MM in flute performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BM in flute performance from the Crane School of Music. Lentz continued studies in Italy and also spent a year working with Carnegie Mellon flutist Alberto Almarza.

An advocate for new music, Lentz received funding from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council to attend the performer-composer exchange with the ensemble eighth blackbird in Blonay, Switzerland in 2011. In 2015 Lentz co-founded the modern chamber quintet fivebyfive (Rochester NY) after hearing Missy Mazzoli perform in Michigan with her ensemble Victoire at the Detroit Institute of the Arts. In addition to performing with fivebyfive, Lentz is an active freelance flutist in the Rochester area collaborating with a wide range of musicians and artists.

A dedicated pedagogue, Lentz teaches a large studio of students of all ages as Adjunct Professor of Flute at the Rochester Institute of Technology and at her home studio in Brighton.

Photo credit: Dan Gross



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Clarinetist MARCY D. BACON serves as clarinet instructor for the Hochstein School of Music and Dance and Nazareth College of Rochester, as well as maintaining a home private studio. An active performer, Bacon is the clarinetist for the Wilmot Wind Quintet, Fem Vindar [a woodwind quintet], and contemporary music quintet fivebyfive. She has played with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society Orchestra, Rochester Lyric Opera, ensemble.twenty.21 and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra. Bacon has presented sessions on wind quintet literature with her Wilmot Wind Quintet colleagues at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference and the NAfME All-Eastern Conference. She has also presented sessions on the topic of audiation as it pertains to both early childhood and instrumental applications at the NYSSMA Winter and Summer conferences.

Bacon holds a DMA in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, an MM from Michigan State University, and a BM from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining the faculty at Nazareth, Dr. Bacon taught applied clarinet and clarinet methods at SUNY Fredonia for seven years. She has taught general music in the Jamestown City School District and for the Diocese of Rochester. Bacon can be heard on the Oregon Catholic Press label playing sacred music and compositions by Jacob Avshalomov.

Photo credit: Dan Gross

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Bassist and composer, ERIC J. POLENIK, is based out of Rochester, NY where he has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005. Polenik first started learning the bass at age 16, falling in love with the instrument’s low sounds, after hearing Beethoven’s 5th Symphony for the first time in a general music class. Four years later he performed the piece with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra as its Principal Bass player. Polenik is a member of the ensemble fivebyfive, a mixed-quintet dedicated to promoting new music and improvisation, and regularly performs with the Rochester Lyric Opera, Rochester Oratorio Society and the Slee Sinfonietta at the University of Buffalo.

As a former member of the chamber group Gibbs and Main, Polenik has been featured on Rochester’s classical music station WXXI, performing on Backstage Pass and Live from Hochstein. The group’s latest album, Terra Nova, has been featured as well. Gibbs and Main premiered several of Polenik’s compositions including Winter Crickets, Night Beats, and Going for Glory. Polenik came to Rochester to study at Eastman School of Music after earning his Bachelor of Music from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Photo credit: Dan Gross

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Korean American guitarist and composer SUNGMIN SHIN maintains a vigorous schedule divided between performing and teaching in a wide variety of musical settings. As a musician, Shin finds a unique balance between his classical training and deep roots in popular guitar styles. This combination drives his curiosity to seek new modes of expression through performance, improvisation, and composition. Shin has been acknowledged through numerous awards, grants and scholarships, and has been invited to perform and present workshops, masterclasses, and lectures across the U.S. and Canada. A frequent collaborator with various musicians and ensembles, he is a member of the internationally acclaimed guitar ensemble Tantalus Quartet and the Rochester-based contemporary quintet fivebyfive.

Shin is a devoted educator and shares his passion for music with students of all ages and levels. He is currently on the faculty at The University at Buffalo (SUNY) where he teaches classical and electric guitar and directs the UB Guitar Ensemble. Also, he works with private students at the Eastman Community Music School, Music & Arts (Pittsford, NY), and in his home studio (Penfield, NY). He has been invited to teach, present, and adjudicate for festivals and guitar programs around the US and Canada including Arkansas State University, Bloomsburg University, Eastman School of Music, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Potsdam, Great Lakes Guitar Festival, Guitar Foundation of America, New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival, UofL Guitar Festival & Competition (Louisville, KY), and more. During the summers, he serves on the faculty of Guitar Workshop Plus in Toronto, ONT. For full bio and more information, please visit - http://sungguitar.com.

Photo credit: Dan Gross

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A native of Korea, HAEYEUN JEUN, has gained recognition as an accomplished performer in both the United States and Korea. Her impressive lists of achievements include silver medal at the 2013 Seattle International Piano Competition, second prize in the 12th Osaka International Piano Competition, first prizes in the Eastman-Hamamatsu, Piano Society of Korea, the Nanpa, and the Music Association of Korea competitions as well as many other awards and scholarships. In 2006, she was chosen by the piano faculty at Eastman to be the schoolʼs representative at the 2007 Hamamatsu International Piano Academy in Hamamatsu, Japan. As a soloist, she made her orchestral debut at age nine with the Busan Philharmonic and Chanwon Philharmonic Orchestras. She has performed with other prestigious orchestras including the Prime Phil Orchestra and Vio-LINK-oto Ensemble and in numerous solo recitals and chamber music concerts in Korea and the United States.

Jeun completed the doctor of musical arts program in piano performance and literature as a scholarship student of Dr. Douglas Humpherys at the Eastman School of Music where she also earned the master of music degree. She received her undergraduate degree in piano performance at Seoul National University. She is currently on faculty at the Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY and serves as organist and accompanist at Greece United Methodist Church.

Photo credit: Dan Gross