American Contemporary Ballet Lincoln Jones Theresa Farrell 2014

Lincoln Jones, Artistic Director and Choreographer

Lincoln Jones was born in Fullerton, California, and began dancing at the age of nineteen. He was awarded scholarships to the Joffrey, San Francisco, Pennsylvania, Milwaukee and Los Angeles Classical Ballet schools. At twenty-three, Lincoln joined the Columbia City Ballet in South Carolina, then moved to New York City where he taught ballet at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, DanceSpace, and danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.

In 2004, Lincoln founded American Contemporary Ballet in New York City and developed various ballet projects, which included the production of live ballet performances, ballet films, an apprentice company and a training program. Looking to expand the company and give it a permanent home, Jones chose Los Angeles. In 2011, Jones conceived a groundbreaking partnership with The Da Camera Society in MUSIC+DANCE:LA, combining Da Camera’s long experience with music and presentation with Jones’ approach to ballet as a musical art form.

In 2012, under Jones’ directorship, ACB performed its first full season, which included six new works by Jones, a performance with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and two different programs of MUSIC+DANCE:LA. featuring some of LA’s most prominent musicians. Los Angeles Magazine said Jones’ 2012 ballet Serenade in A was ‘…a multifaceted snapshot of beautiful choreography crisply integrated with music’ and The Los Angeles Times called MUSIC+DANCE:LA ‘a welcome new series’.

Lincoln has also given talks on the subject of ballet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and The Da Camera Society, and choreographed ballet in commercials for Facebook, Virgin Mobile and BSI Bank.

Theresa Farrell, Associate Director

Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Theresa trained at Ballet Regent, American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey School of Ballet, New York State Summer School of the Arts, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Theresa graduated high school from the ballet program at North Carolina School of the Arts.

After high school, Theresa joined ACB as a dancer, and soon began working behind-the-scenes in planning and development. With ACB Artistic Director Lincoln Jones she established ACB in its permanent home – Los Angeles, heading up development and business operations.

As a dancer, Theresa has created principal roles in several new ballets with ACB, including Suite for Violin and Piano, Josquiniana, Serenade in A, Apotheose de Corelli, Gli Uccelli and Septet -Theme and Variations, and performed solo with violinist Hilary Hahn at the Skaneateles Music Festival. Theresa has also performed with the Los Angeles Opera, and has appeared as a dancer on television in Glee and House, and in commercials and print campaigns for Fruit of the Loom, AT&T, Fountainbleau Hotels, BSI Bank, FX’s American Horror Story, Beatles’ Rock Band, and Virgin Mobile. She has appeared as a model for Katy Rodriguez, Riser-Goodwin, in a commercial for Ford Automobiles, and was the face of Joe’s Jeans’ ballet-inspired international Stretch Legging campaign.

Peter Myers and Luanne Homzy, Music Directors

Peter Myers is internationally known as a chamber musician praised for the warmth of his sound and range of color,.  The founding cellist of the Saguaro Piano Trio, which placed first in the 2009 International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg (with the jury headed by Menahem Pressler), he has concertized with them from Germany to Japan to Australia and New Zealand.

Peter has performed often at the Marlboro Music Festival (including appearances on tour with Musicians from Marlboro), as well as at festivals including Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), Bari (Italy), and La Jolla (USA).  Mr. Myers studied at the Colburn Conservatory with Ronald Leonard and completed his graduate studies with Ralph Kirshbaum at the University of Southern California, and also holds a Master of Chamber Music degree from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Germany.

Passionate about cultural awareness and spreading enthusiasm for classical music, he has performed in musical outreach programs in Mongolia, Laos, and Japan (with violinist Midori), and Pakistan (with Cultures in Harmony).  Since 2013, he has been a Young Artist in Residence of the Da Camera Society (Los Angeles).

Luanne Homzy is highly sought-after for her technical facility, sensitive musicality and expansive versatility. She has brought home First Prizes in international and national competitions and has performed concerti with orchestras such as the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and the Colburn Chamber Orchestra.

Having served as concertmaster for the Colburn Orchestra, the American Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, she has worked closely with masters such as Gustavo Dudamel, James Conlon, Kent Nagano, John Williams, and Sir Neville Mariner.

Luanne has collaborated with renowned artists such as Arnold Steinhardt, Martin Chalifour, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, Franklin Cohen, Ani Kavafian, Niklas Schmidt, Richard Lester, Steven Dann, Paul Neubauer, the Tokyo String Quartet, and the Kiel Ballet.

As a founding member of the Saguaro Piano Trio —First Prize winner of the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg in 2009 — she has toured Germany, New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Canada and Japan. She has recorded an album with the Saguaro Trio on Fontenay Classics, live solo recitals and studio sessions for Radio-Canada and major motion pictures. Equally at home in many genres, whether it be jazz, classical, gypsy or Eastern European folk music, Ms. Homzy performs world wide with crossover supergroup Trio Dinicu, hailed as “dazzling” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

She has collaborated with musical activists such as Street Symphony —a non-profit run by members of the L.A. Philharmonic and TED senior members that delivers on-site concerts for greatly underserved members of the community. Luanne has also organized and presented community engagement performances and workshops in the U.S, Canada, Japan and New-Zealand. She also composes and arranges classical, jazz, popular and world music for diverse ensembles.

Luanne is based in Los Angeles. She studied with Robert Lipsett and Arnold Steinhardt on a full scholarship at the prestigious Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles and later obtained her Masters from the Hamburg Hochschule in Germany.