Evangeline Werger, piano

Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, Evangeline Werger is an effervescent, multidisciplinary, and socially active pianist and sound artist who focuses on chamber music by living composers, particularly those who are lesser-known and underrepresented. She has performed on piano, organ, harpsichord, synthesizer, toy piano, and melodica throughout North America and Europe and has had the opportunity to perform alongside ensembles such as Yarn/Wire, Fifth House, JACK Quartet, and members of the DeCoda, Wet Ink, Alarm Will Sound, and NOW ensembles. Evangeline recently received full funding to travel to Vienna, Austria to study with composer-pianist Nancy Van De Vate and recently presented a lecture-recital for her senior thesis which proposed a plan to diversify her conservatory’s approach to musicology and performance practices. Additionally, Evangeline just released her first album of solo piano works written by composer Isaac Meyhew titled Why Can’t the World Be Poetic. Currently completing her undergraduate with a degree in both Piano Performance and German Studies from Lawrence University and Conservatory in Appleton, Wisconsin, Evangeline studies with Dr. Michael Mizrahi and Katherine Handford. In the past three years alone, she has commissioned and performed the world premieres of 14 solo and chamber pieces across the United States. Her recent performance highlights include Philip Glass’s opera Hydrogen Jukebox, Andrew Cole’s Song Birds in Winter: A Young Person’s Guide to the Impending Mass Extinction Event, Julius Eastman’s Stay On It, and Kate Soper’s Voices from the Killing Jar. As a long-term goal, she is planning a country-wide chamber initiative focused on pairing up under-represented or under-funded young performers with representative composers in order to bring together at-odd communities. In her spare time, Evangeline loves teaching herself about electronic music, practicing sound art and Fluxus, cooking spicy food, and jamming with her friends in her melodica band, the Melodikids.