Celtic with a Twist

Celtic with a Twist combines the tunes you love with flute & violin playing like you’ve never heard (or seen) before!

Juilliard graduates Shawn Wyckoff and Maria Millar have soloed at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.  Their double-lives as Celtic musicians, however, have taken them down an entirely different path: Maria has toured the world as the dancing fiddler in Riverdance, and Shawn’s been spotted skiing, rollerblading and dancing across stages while playing Ireland’s most beloved jigs & reels.


Celtic with a Twist unites classical virtuosity with Celtic groove, featuring singalong favorites “Danny Boy” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” Bach woven into hyper-instrumental renditions of trad tunes “Rocky Road to Dublin” and Riverdance‘s “Mason’s Apron,” audience-driven improvisation, and fiddle-inspired American classics such as “Chicken Reel.”

Maria and Shawn take your breath away as they transform the flute & violin into a Celtic symphony of sounds – you have to see it to believe it!  Hear your favorites as though for the very first time; experience Celtic with a Twist.

Click here for videos, with background stories, of works featured in Celtic with a Twist!


Around the World
(K-12 Educational Outreach Show)

The flute and violin are two of the world’s most beloved instruments, and their likeness can be found in virtually every culture’s music.  In this program, Shawn and Maria perform a rich blend of classical and world music from Germany, Ireland, Japan, China, the Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Uruguay, the United States and Canada.  Audience participation through dancing, clapping, enacting, sharing stories and Q&A is greatly encouraged!

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Prep, Pitch & Perform: How to Build a Music Career You Love
(University Workshop Series)

Sonic Escape is truly a one-stop indie shop.  What makes their hundreds of performances across 30 North American states & provinces so unique is that they create everything from scratch – their tours, compositions, videos, dance moves, audience interaction, and most notably, their signature, hyper-instrumental sound.  In Prep, Pitch & Perform, Maria and Shawn synthesize years of lessons learned into a simple-to-follow plan for building a career you love.  Here’s how…

Part 1: The Prep is a master class that answers, “Why should people come see you live?”  With topics including stage presence, audience engagement, speaking and movement, Sonic Escape works on how to make your performance stand out and how to use video & audio documentation to take your craft to the next level.

Part 2: The Pitch is a workshop about getting booked.  Sonic Escape provides insight into the booking cycle, approaching buyers, leveraging your network, establishing internet presence and securing venues to perform (and get paid)!  Whether you want to play in orchestra, teach, self-manage or be managed, understanding how to get booked is essential for building a career on your own terms.

Part 3: The Performance is a brainstorming session that transforms Part 1 & 2 into a plan of action.  As a musician, there is no better way to crystallize your goals than to produce, present and evaluate your own concert.  Sonic Escape guides you through a step-by-step process that results in a blueprint – unique to your aspirations, skills and resources – for making your next concert a career-driving success.


5-Day Community Project

Sonic Escape presents a 5-day residency with workshops and masterclasses on chamber music playing, improvisation, collaboration, research and presentation.  The activities culminate in a concert for the local community by Sonic Escape and residency participants!

Click for example of past residency