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The flute, viola and harp ensemble COSMOS was founded in 2004 by Katherine Borst Jones, flute, Mary Harris, viola and Jeanne Norton, harp. The three founding musicians are members of the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus with the common goals of exploring the music for this magical combination of instruments.

Inspired by the music of Debussy and Takemitsu, the trio has embarked on an ongoing schedule of commissioning of new music. COSMOS has premiered music by Libby Larsen, Andrew Boysen, Stephen Main and Stephen Paulus. COSMOS has performed on series at The Ohio State University, Miami University, Ball State University, Earlham College and the Columbus Art Museum. The trio performed its commissioned works in a featured concert in Kansas City at the National Flute Association's convention in August 2008. COSMOS was featured at the International Viola Congress in Cincinnati, June 2010, performing Libby Larsen‚€™s Trio, with the composer in attendance. In June 2014, COSMOS will perform many of its commissioned pieces at the 41st American Harp Society‚€™s Convention in New Orleans.

Katherine Borst Jones, Flute has been professor of flute at The Ohio State University (OSU) since 1985.She was awarded the 1995 and 2012 Distinguished Teacher Award and the 2008 Scholar Award in the School of Music. Jones is a Visiting Professor at China’s Shenyang Conservatory and was co-founder, teacher and coordinator for the Robert Willoughby Master Classes at the University of New Hampshire for eight years. In 1976, Jones created the annual High School Flute workshop program that continues at OSU. She has taught at Heidelberg College, Denison University, Emporia State University in Kansas, Oberlin Conservatory, Capital University and at the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and taught master classes in the United States and abroad.

Jones has twice been president of the National Flute Association, held a wide array of other leadership positions and was a member of the NFA’s delegation to the Soviet Union in 1989. She has performed at numerous conventions as a soloist and as the conductor of the OSU Flute Troupe and convention flute choirs.

Devoted to the creation of new solo and chamber music, Jones has commissioned works by Stephen Montague, Michael Ruszczynski, Mark DeVoto, Tom Duffy, Daniel Bukvich, Tom Wells, Dale Warland and Rudolfo Bubalo. She has performed for George Crumb, Vincent Persichetti, Donald Harris, Libby Larsen, William Bolcum, George Perle, John Corligiano, Bright Sheng and Michael Daugherty, and premiered works by Jean FranÁaix, Peter Schickele, Michael Daugherty and Dana Wilson, among others.

Jones is a founding member and co-principal flutist of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, principal flute and soloist with the Columbus Bach Ensemble, a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and principal flute of the New Sousa Band, which has toured Japan, China and the United States. She has recorded for CRI, d’Note and Summit and published with Southern Music. Jones studied with Keith Brion, Robert Willoughby, Kyril Magg, Donald E. McGinnis, and Julius Baker.

Jeanne Norton, Harp has been principal harpist and soloist with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus since 1979. She is harpist for Opera Naples and substitute harpist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra,and founder/director of HarpOhio performing ensemble for pre-college students.Norton is lecturer in Harp at The Ohio State University School of Music and instructor of Harp at Wittenberg University. She has recorded a CD, Paradise, with Katherine Borst Jones, and will soon release a new CD featuring newly commissioned works for COSMOS. Norton has served on the board of the American Harp Association (AHS) since 2008, is a past president of the AHS Hetuck Chapter in Columbus, Ohio, and was conference chair for the 1985 Salzedo Centennial conference. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Jeanne studied with Alice Chalifoux and with Marjorie Tyre of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera and Anna Bukay of the Cincinnati Symphony.

Mary E.M. Harris, Viola is professor of viola at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She was a member of the Oxford String Quartet at Miami from 1988 to 2005. A former member of the Dakota String Quartet and I Musici de Montreal, Harris has served as principal violist of the New American Chamber Orchestra, touring Europe extensively and performing at the Korsholm, Casals and other international festivals. Harris is principal violist of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio; the Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra; and former principal of the Echternach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg. She currently spends summers performing at the New Hampshire Music Festival and the Peter Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon. 

Harris is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, where she studied with Mimi Zweig and Georges Janzer. She completed her graduate studies at the Institute of Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where she also studied and performed with members of the Fine Arts Quartet and was heard live on WFMT-Radio in Chicago.

Katherine Borst Jones, Flute
Jeanne Norton, Harp
Mary E.M. Harris, Viola

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