The ensemble Gifts from Over Sea explores music that tells stories. Having performed extensively in the southern California region, the duo offers a scholarly approach to folk music and a lively perspective on classical music. Their music continues the ancient human tradition of storytelling through song. Katina Mitchell and Ines Thomé met in the Thornton Baroque Sinfonia early music ensemble at the University of Southern California. They connected immediately over mutual interests in languages and music. "Gifts from Over Sea" is the title of a folk song about two sisters sending and receiving gifts across the sea. Katina and Ines are originally from two different continents and their transatlantic repertoire draws on traditions from their roots in Europe and the United States. Their original arrangements of folk songs for guitar, harp and voice have been among their most popular pieces, and their musical interests range from art music of the 20th century to beloved classical art songs to early music for lute and voice. The ensemble is currently the Resident Chamber Ensemble at the Thornton School of Music as winner of the university-wide chamber music competition

Arven is special. And special it should be from the very beginning, so the vision of founder and songwriter Anastasia: special and professional. A metal band with five females up front, the only male influence is restricted to the drums. Together since 2007, Arven’s professionally educated musicians bring various influences to the music of the band. But above all they share a strong passion for melodic metal. That Arven implement in a brilliant way. Carina Hanselmann’s nightingale-like vocals are the priority for the band giving Arven its unique sound. All in all the sound appears powerful and dynamic, filled with all kinds of dreamful and catchy melodies. Heavy guitar-riffs, accompanied by a double-bass thunderstorm, and groovy head banging-parts are masterly combined with both orchestral and medieval instruments. Résumé: Arven is the insider's tip for fans of ambitious symphonic metal ŕ la Nightwish or Within Temptation and a band you will surely hear more of in the future.

The Nocturnal Duo, sopranist Maren Fischer and classical guitarist Ines Thomé, specializes primarily in the music of John Dowland and Benjamin Britten. Their aim as a duo is to develop programs which remain thematically consistent, yet stay open to the contrasts inherent in concert literature of the past five centuries. For both musicians it is essential to have a concert repertoire that underlines the intimacy of the instrumentation of each work. Ines Thomé and Maren Fischer are both recent graduates of the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany. Since graduating, the duo frequently performs concerts in Southern Germany.