A Thousand Hands A Million Stars. 

The artists of A Thousand Hands have taken inspiration through survivors’ experiences and stories, contributing to personal narratives of their journey in, through and out of human sex trafficking in hopes of providing visibility to the invisible victims and the power of recovery and healing.

 
 

Artists

 

Denise Ritter

Denise is Associate Professor of voice and opera at the University of Radford in Radford, Virginia. Denise appears on both the concert, musical theater and opera stage in music of many periods. She is known for her ability to sing a variety of styles, her brilliant high notes, pure tone, communicative warmth and musical intelligence. She has been a performer Internationally and throughout the US with extensive Oratorio experience. She has performed with orchestras such as The New York Pops, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Symphony of Bartlesville, Oklahoma City Symphony, Roanoke Community Choir and Charlottesville Community Choir as well as many other symphonic and choral organizations. Denise’s operatic roles include First Lady in Magic Flute, Mother in Amahl and The Night Visitors, Violetta in La Traviata, the title role in Suor Angelica, as well as Gilda in Rigoletto. Denise has been a soloist in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and is a sought after recitalist performing in London, England, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia and at the Certosa di Garegnano in Milan, Italy as well as a performance of her one-woman classical cabaret in Leibnitz, Austria where she performed for the International University of Global Theater to an audience representing 32 different countries.

In addition to being an active performer, Dr. Bernardini is also a sought-after clinician, teacher, presenter, and author. Denise is a recital and cabaret specialist and has a published book entitled: A Stylistic Guide of Classical Cabaret: A Stylistic and Historical Glimpse with selected songs by Satie, Poulenc, Schönberg, Weill, Britten and Moore, (Amazon) as well as a presenter/clinician at national and international voice conferences. Denise has presented at The Voice Symposium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden, the Great Lakes Regional conference of College Music Society and Indiana Music Educators Convention, as well as several NATS regional and state level clinics. Denise has taught for summer programs internationally and in the states.

Denise is currently involved in a project focused on bringing awareness to human trafficking. A THOUSAND HANDS A MILLION STARS is an all female artists collaboration and involves poetry, music, dance and art. This unique one of a kind performance piece is set to premier in Toledo Ohio at the annual Conference for Human Trafficking and at the city’s premier arts showcase MOMENTUM in September of 2019. After this the project will be touring through out the United States.


Carla Ciuffo

Ciuffo is a New Yorker transplanted to Nashville and has lived in the south for the last nine years. Her work lies somewhere between illustrative narrative, photography, and collage.

Moving from 2D art into 3D, AR, and experimental animated film, her first animated short A Magic Lantern premiered at Aggregate Space Gallery's 2nd annual film festival winning Most Seductive Animation. The Human Element received Honorable Mention in the 2018 IPA’s International Photography Awards. She debuted her installation of Portals, a solo show displaying alternative modes of artwork including video and augmented reality at Tinney Contemporary in January 2019.

Ciuffo has produced a number of installations including portraiture of iconic and contemporary artists that are now a part of the permanent art collection at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. Other select installations include a profile of Girl With a Scar at Tennessee’s Custom’s House Museum, several large format public works at Nashville’s International Airport and most recently an interactive animated alcove at Pittsburgh’s UPMC Children’s Hospital.
 
As a visiting artist at Harvard University Ciuffo has collaborated with the Disease and Biophysics Group, creating abstract artwork using a ground breaking nanofiber technology. The collaborative series is entitled Nano.Stasis Cosmic Garden. A recipient of the Woman Art Award 2017, for the Women’s Essence Show, Espace Cominnes, Paris, France, Ciuffo’s work can be found in collections and corporate installations throughout the United States and Europe.

Carla is responsible for creating the artwork for the A Thousand Hands project that ranging from 2D to augmented reality and a short film that tells survivor stories through poetry, dance and vocals. A Thousand Hands will be premiering at the Museum of Art and the annual Conference for Human Trafficking in Toledo in September of 2019 and a national tour will follow.

Jane Mills Atwood

Inspired by her father Dr. Lloyd Mills, professor emeritus at Kent State University and poet, Ms. Mills Atwood is a published poet and continues to creatively write. Her works thematically focus on the self as other, loss, otherworldliness, nature, the human condition, separation and unity. As an artist, Ms. Mills Atwood believes in the unisection of disciplines and experiences, where apophenia, synesthesia, and a single voice that may never be heard intimately combine to touch, stir, and motivate others to understand, contribute, and express something unique within themselves.

An artist and singer, she often incorporates musical aspects of words in her writing. Ms. Mills Atwood holds degrees from Kent State University, including a Masters in Vocal Performance. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at The University of Toledo, maintaining a private voice studio.


Andreea Lee

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Andreea performed a variety of chamber music and solo recitals in churches, concert halls and private venues in Paris, Venice, Rome, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, Liege, Brussels, Nagoya and Boston, with a repertoire that ranged from Baroque era to Contemporary. She performed live and recorded on several occasions for National Television and Broadcast Radio of Romania, Arte Belgique, and WGTE in Toledo. 


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Rebecca Hoback

A Wisconsin native, Becca trained at the Milwaukee Ballet School and the UNC School of the Arts. She worked as an apprentice with the Montgomery Ballet before moving to Nashville to work as a second company member at Nashville Ballet. There, she began work with Banning Bouldin and joined New Dialect in June 2013.

Becca has participated in the Netherlands Dance Theatre summer intensive, the Gaga intensive, the chuthis Movement Intensive, and Springboard Danse Montreal. She works as an assistant to choreographer Banning Bouldin, and has performed in works by Roy Assaf, Peter Chu, Bryan Arias, Fernando Melo, Léon & Lightfoot, Marco Goecke, Rebecca Steinberg, Yin Yue, Erin Kouwe, Alex Ketley, Idan Sharabi, David Flores, and Belinda McGuire.

PHOTO Martin O’Connor Photography

PHOTO Martin O’Connor Photography

Brandy A. Rogers

Brandy A. Rogers has studied various forms of dance since the age of 3. From Ballet to House, she loves to learn is constantly evolving in her own movement language. She is currently dancing second season with Blue Moves Modern Dance company of Nashville, TN.

Her love for “movement” extends across her love for the next generation. Her work with youth fuels her desire to grow as an artist. Her love for collaboration and connection her focus of her current project “Project 24” as she will dig deep into the exploration the human need for relationships. As a multi-disciplinary artist and choreographer, the stage is her second home. Follow her at @brandyaartistry on Instagram.

H. Gerrey Noh

H. Gerrey Noh is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Hugh A Glauser School of Music, Kent State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in aural skills, music theory, music theory pedagogy, and special topics courses that explore diverse aspects of music analysis.

Her Ph.D. degree in music theory and composition is from Kent State University, where she studied with Thomas Janson, Richard Devore, and Ralph Lorenz. She also holds a and M.A. in music theory and M.M in piano performance from Kent State University and B.M. in piano performance from The Harid Conservatory where she studied piano with Roberta Rust and Thomas McKinley. Dr. Noh also has taught courses in music theory, composition, piano, chamber music, and eurhythmics at various institutions including Cleveland Institute of Music, Youngstown State University, Piano Institute at Kent State University.


Andreea Lee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the National University of Music from Bucharest, Romania and a Master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Toledo. There, she also completed a graduate assistantship in the Department of Music as a regular accompanist for The University of Toledo Opera Ensemble Productions. 

 She competed in international piano competitions, winning awards such as “Maryse Cheilan” in Hyeres, France, “Konzerteum International Competition” in Athens, Greece. In Salerno, Italy, she received the “Cava di Tirreni” trophy and a special award for the best Mozart performance.

As an active collaborative pianist, Andreea accompanied singers and instrumentalists in competitions and recitals in the last 15 years in Europe and the United States. Being versed in several languages, she has assisted opera students in the subtleties of foreign expressions and accents. Currently she accompanies the Toledo Choral Society, Terra State Choral Society and she is on the faculty of Defiance College.