Praised as “mesmerizing and inspiring,” Stratus Ensemble (Joanna Goldstein, flute and Shane Jones, percussion) has quickly become known for their engaging and dynamic programming for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The duo has performed at a variety of venues such as the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, the Ann Arbor District Library, the Gifts of Art Performance series at the UM Hospital, and Canterbury House. Dedicated to commissioning and promoting new works, Stratus Ensemble has regularly been a part of consortiums with composers such as Wally Gunn and Valerie Coleman. In 2016, Stratus Ensemble was awarded the University of Michigan EXCEL Enterprise Grant to create a state of the art video recording of their newly commissioned work Hair, Cloth and Thread which can be viewed on their website.



Stratus Ensemble seeks to engage and inspire diverse audiences through dynamic performances and educational programs, commissioning and promoting new chamber music to strengthen community values.


Core Values

  • Commissioning new chamber works to expand repertoire and develop the art form. 
  • Engage with audiences of all ages and skill levels to facilitate the understanding and creation of music within the community. 
  • Achieving the highest level of artistry through captivating performance and innovative programming


First Concerto for Flute and Percussion - Lou Harrison

Devil Dance - Payton MacDonald

Flute Piece No. 1 - Alec Wilder

'Histoire du Tango - Astor Piazzolla

Crashing Through Fences - Timo Andres

Hair, Cloth, and Thread - Valerie Coleman

Bare White Bones - Wally Gunn

Gymnopedie No. 1 - Eric Satie

Correspondence V - Yasuo Sueyoshi

Intertwined - Kevin Good

Dreams from a Bayou - Michael Udow