CAPA Antithesis is a recently-formed new music ensemble based out of Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts High School. The group was formed to give a select group of students the chance to explore and perform new concepts in composition, improvisation, and notation.  As part of their debut recital in March 2006, the group played works by such vanguard composers as Anthony Braxton, Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, Terry Riley, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Sun Ra, as well as premiering new works composed by members of the ensemble. 

   The ensemble:

   Gabe Antkowski: flute
   Richard Dannenberg: cello
   Emily Hawkins: mallets, percussion
   Vincent Lane: clarinet
   Jeff Morgan: bass, percussion
   Laura Santoro: bassoon
   Natalie Somerville: viola
   Alyssa Weisensee: flute 

Rick McNerny, faculty director for CAPA Antithesis. 

Rick is a 2000 graduate of Duquesne University, with a BA in sound recording technology and jazz guitar performance.  He is a partner and engineer at Epigram 154 L.L.C Recording Studio, and has engineered and produced a variety of CD releases. At CAPA High School, he teaches recording technology, sound design, and live sound technology. His current creative work included playing, composing, and even singing with the Dirty Sunshine, G-Sus and the 12-Tone Apostles, and Transcending Angers Rudimentary Desire. 
Ben Opie, faculty director for CAPA Antithesis. 

Ben has a long history of creative involvement in Pittsburgh's music community. Active as a saxophonist and composer, his current ensembles include Thoth Trio, OPEK, Syrinx Ensemble, and Dust & Feathers. He has previous played, recorded and toured with Water Shed 5tet and Coal Train, among others. In 1996, he was awarded the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Creative Achievement Award, for his work as composer and player. His composition commissions included a debut by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He is currently on staff at CAPA High School and Carnegie Mellon University, teaching music technology, electronic music, scoring, and avant-garde techniques.