residency at ohio state university: march 2017

We'll be spending several days in the Midwest! Excited to perform and teach students at Ohio State, and to share our music in a place we've never been before! 

21CM Emerging ARtist Competition FInals: Sept. 9-11

We are really excited to have been selected as one of 5 finalists for the 21CM Emerging Artists Competition 2016! We will give two performances for the finals of the competition on Sept. 9 and 10 at DePauw University. Details about the competition and info about all the finalists can be found here:

Final Shows, Collaborative SOngwriting Residency

Check out our amazing, absolute rockstar students from Fienberg-Fisher, on May 25/26 for their final shows (FREE)! 

Details here:

Wed, May 25, 7pm: The Art Center South Florida, 2nd Floor Gallery

Thurs, May 26, 7pm: New World Symphony, Donor's Lounge, 6th Floor, Reception to follow 



News Feature in the Miami Herald, APril 2016:



Show at Wnywood Yard, Miami: Feb 27th, 2pm

Join us for our show at Wynwood Yard, an awesome new outdoor spot in Miami with a full bar, foodtrucks, sunshine, and great company! 2-3pm, Feb.27th. 


Nov 30 2015 Press release

Middle School Students to Write Their Own Songs In New School Residency Program

11/30/15 - MIAMI BEACH – Fienberg-Fisher Middle School students will learn to write their own songs when The alt Default, a band comprised of three New World Symphony Fellows, teams up with the school’s rock ensemble for an innovative afterschool residency. A portion of the funding for the Collaborative Song-Writing Residency comes from a matching challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.  The matching funds will be raised through a Kickstarter Campaign. The alt Default is comprised of Nathaniel Wolkstein (violin, guitar, and vocals), Hannah Nicholas (viola and vocals), and David Connor (acoustic and electric bass).

“This project provides an opportunity for a creative outlet for our talented students that would never be available to them otherwise,” Mary Murphy, assistant principal of Fienberg-Fisher K-8 Center, said.

A dozen workshops will explore each step of the song writing process, including composition, writing lyrics, performance, and recording.  Ten to 15 students will participate in the after-school program, which will emphasize modes of creative expression. The five-month residency will culminate in May with three free concerts in which students will play alongside their mentors. The students will also make professional quality recordings of their songs, using recording equipment that will be purchased and donated to the school at the end of the residency.  

“For today’s musicians, the expectation of artistic excellence is a given. They also need to learn to engage people off and on the stage, to become part of the fabric of their communities. The alt Default project is a perfect example of musicians sharing their talent and enthusiasm for the art form in innovative ways with the next generation of artists.” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation.

About The alt Default

The alt Default is an eclectic trio that plays everything from alternative and folk influenced original songs to Middle Eastern music. Formed in 2014 when its members began playing together at the New World Symphony, The alt Default seeks to strengthen communities through their music.

 About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit


The alt Default: 

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Marika Lynch,