Innovation and Impact: Past Projects

Dear Commonwealth Winter Tour

Project Description

We plan to use this money to promote our recently recorded album and to fund a U.S. east coast tour at the end of January. We will use the tour to practice efficiently reaching audiences and marketing our product, and also to lay the foundation of an effective brand.

About Dear Commonwealth

Boris Popadiuk, OC ’14, is a native of Portland, Oregon and studies cello with Darrett Adkins. Boris began playing cello at age eight and has fostered a diverse relationship with music in the 12 years since. As principal cellist of the Portland Youth Philharmonic and a Chamber Music Northwest Young Artist Fellow, Boris developed a love for classical performance in high school. This love initiated an effort to expand artistically, culminating in the formation of the folk-bluegrass trio, Boa Saida, in 2010 and his decision to join Dear Commonwealth in the Spring of 2012.

Jacob Flaschen, OC ’14, is a trumpet performance major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has performed in China, Singapore, Boston, and New York as a member of Oberlin ensembles. Apart from being a skilled trumpeter, Jacob is truly passionate about the art form of music. He has taken secondary lessons in composition and is currently continuing his studies with Josh Levine. He has performed exceptionally well in music theory and as a result is a tutor of the subject at Oberlin.

Daniel Lobb, OC ’13, is a Louisville, Kentucky native pursuing an Environmental Studies major at Oberlin College. Alongside his interest in community-based solutions to environmental and social challenges, Daniel has taken advantage of the opportunity to develop his passion for the guitar and songwriting. In addition to collaborating with musicians on campus, Daniel has interned with professional musicians and music managers during his winter terms in order to acquire the skills necessary to play music professionally post-graduation. He hopes to synthesize his interests into a new model of sustainability within the world of popular music.

Joshua Rosner, OC ’14, is a Jazz Studies major in the Conservatory and a Music Cognition and Perception major in the College. Raised in Houston, Texas, he began his conservatory studies as a jazz guitarist, but since that time his studies have shifted from performance to composition. Joshua currently studies with jazz faculty, Robin Eubanks and Jay Ashby, and classical faculty, Josh Levine.

Duncan Standish, OC ’13, originally from Portland, Oregon, currently studies American history. In high school he was involved with many local music programs, including the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra of the American Music Program, which was recently featured on Esperanza Spalding’s album Radio Music Society. With these and other groups, he has shared the stage with such national jazz luminaries as Javon Jackson and Terrell Stafford, and he has had the privilege of studying percussion privately with Mel Brown, Alan Jones, and Billy Hart.

Cory Todd, OC ’14, is a bassist originally from Washington, D.C. Since picking up the instrument at the age of 16, he has explored many genres and many musical environments. He is currently studying at Oberlin Conservatory under the instruction of Peter Dominguez and Robin Eubanks. Oberlin has allowed Cory the pleasure of working with such incredible musicians as Billy Hart, Jamey Haddad, Paul Samuels, Dennis Reynolds, Dan Wall, and Bobby Ferrazza.