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Rob Scheps • Composition • Portland, OR • Aug 16, 2003 - Aug 27, 2003

Rob Scheps


Location: Portland , OR

Dates of residence: Aug 16, 2003 - Aug 27, 2003

James Arthur • Composition • Seattle, WA • Aug 2, 2004 - Aug 28, 2004

James Arthur


Location: Seattle , WA

Dates of residence: Aug 2, 2004 - Aug 28, 2004

Stuart Hyatt • Composition • Indianapolis, IN • Mar 7, 2005 - Apr 2, 2005

Stuart Hyatt


Location: Indianapolis , IN

Dates of residence: Mar 7, 2005 - Apr 2, 2005

Arnold Wolf • Composition • Wester Springs, IL • May 30, 2005 - Jun 11, 2005

Arnold Wolf


Location: Wester Springs , IL

Dates of residence: May 30, 2005 - Jun 11, 2005

Joseph Kudirka • Composition • Ada, MI • Oct 31, 2005 - Dec 10, 2005

Joseph Kudirka


Location: Ada , MI

Dates of residence: Oct 31, 2005 - Dec 10, 2005

Andrea Clearfield • Composition • Philadelphia, PA • Oct 30, 2006 - Nov 24, 2006

Andrea Clearfield


Location: Philadelphia , PA

Dates of residence: Oct 30, 2006 - Nov 24, 2006

Stefan Weisman • Composition • New York City, NY • Jan 2, 2007 - Jan 12, 2007

Stefan Weisman


Location: New York City , NY

Dates of residence: Jan 2, 2007 - Jan 12, 2007

A graduate of Bard College (BA 1992) and Yale University (MM 1997), and is currently a PhD candidate at Princeton University. Presently, he is on the faculty of the Juilliard School's Music Advancement Program. He is a recipient of a 2006 Bang on a Can "People's Commission." Among his other commissions are works for Sequitur, the Gay Gotham Choir, and the Oregon Bach Festival which commissioned a piece in honor of George Crumb's 75th birthday. His orchestral music was included in the American Composers Orchestra's 2005 Underwood New Music Readings. He was the first-prize winner in the Roger Wagner Center's Choral Composition Competition, and he won the Chicago Ensemble's 2005 Discover America Competition. Anthony Tommasini (New York Times) called his opera DARKLING "personal, moody and skillfully wrought." DARKLING, commissioned by American Opera Projects, was included in the Guggenheim Museum's "Works & Process" series, and premiered in New York City in March 2006.

James Woodward • Composition • Phoenix, AZ • Jan 29, 2007 - Feb 23, 2007

James Woodward


Location: Phoenix , AZ

Dates of residence: Jan 29, 2007 - Feb 23, 2007

Donald Chamberlain • Composition • Mt. Vernon, IA • Apr 30, 2007 - May 25, 2007

Donald Chamberlain


Location: Mt. Vernon , IA

Dates of residence: Apr 30, 2007 - May 25, 2007

Donald J. Chamberlain is a composer and guitarist living in Mt. Vernon IA. He composes and performs in many styles and genres. Lately, he has been writing music for the stage including songs and music for the Riverside Theatre's (Iowa City, IA) 2006 Shakespeare Festival production of The Tempest. He received a BA in Jazz Performance (Berklee College of Music) and a MM and DMA in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently teaches at Cornell College.

Simon Fink • Composition • Chicago, IL • Jul 3, 2007 - Jul 28, 2007

Simon Fink


Location: Chicago , IL

Dates of residence: Jul 3, 2007 - Jul 28, 2007

A Chicago-based musician whose interests include composing chamber music, electronic music, multimedia collaborations, and rock'n'roll. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, studying with Marta Ptaszynska, Shulamit Ran, and Kotoka Suzuki. His original compositions have been performed in concerts and festivals by renowned groups, such as Eighth Blackbird, across the country and in Berlin. As a singer/songwriter and band leader, he has performed extensively in clubs, bars, and festivals in many parts of the country as well.

Simon earned a BM in Music Composition from Rice University in 2002. After graduating, Simon coordinated an NEA-funded arts education program, traveling across Texas and collaborating with the state's best traditional musicians such as Alvin Crow and Santiago Jimenez, Jr. He has collaborated on multimedia projects with the NYC arts groups Uniondocs, Counts Media, and Peter Stuyvesant's Ghost, and his works have been played on radio stations across the country.

Keith Kirchoff • Composition • Jamaica Plain, MA • Aug 6, 2007 - Aug 17, 2007

Keith Kirchoff


Location: Jamaica Plain , MA

Dates of residence: Aug 6, 2007 - Aug 17, 2007

Keith Kirchoff, 26, is a pianist and composer, who works towards enhancing the status of classical music in American culture by educating audiences before and during performances, lecturing internationally, and stressing the importance of modern music to keep classical music alive and current. His programs focus on unusual and neglected works and his repertoire ranges from the 18th to the 21st centuries. As a composer, he has received commissions from tuba player Jeffrey Meyer, organist Mathew McConnell, and soprano Christine Keene. As a pianist, Kirchoff has played in New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Portland, as well as major cities throughout Italy and The Netherlands.

Kirchoff has two CDs in pre-production: an album collecting his chamber pieces, the composer at the piano (Albany Records), and a solo piano album featuring the work of Frederic Rzewski (Bridge Records). He has also recorded for Mode Records and Zerx.

"As a pianist and composer, I work towards enhancing the status of classical music in American culture by educating audiences before and during performances, lecturing nationwide, and stressing the importance of modern music to keep classical music alive and current. My programs as a pianist focus on unusual and neglected works and my repertoire ranges from the 18th to the 21st centuries. As a composer, I strive for a new, unique, and original sound that breaks new ground while simultaneously incorporating elements from older musical traditions: my music is influenced by the counterpoint of the 18th century (Bach), the expressionism and virtuosity of the 19th century (Liszt), and the avant-garde use of extended technique (Cage).

I believe in the importance of a unique musical voice, while keeping the music accessible to the general listener. I also seek to challenge the players of my music: both physically and technically, as well as emotionally and mentally. My work frequently asks the performer to leave their "comfort zone" and engage in unorthodox performance techniques (for example, playing multiple instruments at once, using all parts of the instrument body as an instrument, or preparing a piano (placing screws and bolts between the strings) and then striking the preparations with mallets). However, all sounds created are always for the betterment of the music itself - never sound simply for sound's sake. I plan to work on the composition of my musical Passion The Death and Resurrection of Christ. The work is scored for string quartet, organ, four soloists, and amateur chorus (SATB). To the best of my knowledge, there are few (if any) major liturgical choral works that could feasibly be performed by the average modern-day church choir. They are much too difficult for the average church singer and few churches have the resources to hire a full orchestra. This is a piece that is designed for the practical performance by amateur ensembles. The choral parts will be generally simple; not silly or trite--likely not even tonal--but steeped in the "classical" tradition of Bach, Liszt, and Messiaen. Furthermore, this is a piece that can be presented on a reasonable budget. Aside from the choir, only nine professionals are required: a string quartet, an organist (often onhand at most churches), and four soloists.

Stanley Charkey • Composition • Brattleboro, VT • Sep 24, 2007 - Oct 19, 2007

Stanley Charkey


Location: Brattleboro , VT

Dates of residence: Sep 24, 2007 - Oct 19, 2007

Stanley Charkey was born in Brooklyn N.Y. in 1948. He holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music and the University of Massachusetts. For the past twenty-five years he has been a member of the faculty at Marlboro College in Vermont where he teaches Music Theory, Composition, and History. His compositions include works for a variety of chamber ensembles, including the Apple Hill Chamber Players, cellist Paul Cohen, pianist Luis Batlle, and violist Michael Tree. In addition, he has written works for dance, theater, and television (PBS). He is a winner of the 1998 Renée B. Fisher Composer Award, 1997 VMTA Composer of the Year, and a frequent Fellow at the Ragdale Arts Foundation in Lake Forest Ill. His 3 Small Inventions for Piano have been recorded by Michael Arnowitt.He is also well known as a lutanist, who has performed extensively in the United States and Europe and can be heard on a number of recordings.

"Cellist Paul Cohen has asked me to write a work of about 15 minute duration to be performed on a series of concerts of new music for solo 6 String Electric Cello. I have also been asked to write a work for the Claremont Duo. The duo consists of Cello and Guitar. The duo performs regularly in Germany and the United States. The work will be performed during their 2008-2009 season. If there is remaining time, I hope to finish a work for Soprano, Baritone, Clarinet, Strings and Percussion on alternating texts of Troubador verse and contemporary (21st century) poems by women. This work was requested by Soprano Jane Bryden in 2000 but never completed. As a professor at a small liberal arts college with an intensive teaching schedule, I have little time, except for summers for my composition projects. I am on sabbatical in the Fall of 2007 and hope to use this time to sustain writing begun during the spring semester or during the summer 2007. This residency would guarantee uninterrupted creative work and give me the opportunity to finish some projects and develop some new paths for my compositions."

Jeff Harms • Composition • Chicago, IL • Dec 31, 2007 - Jan 25, 2008

Jeff Harms


Location: Chicago , IL

Dates of residence: Dec 31, 2007 - Jan 25, 2008

Jeff Harms is an actor and musician from Chicago and Seattle. He's a co-founder of Four Birds Pictures and a teacher of drawing and art history at Westwood College. He has toured nationally over the past two years promoting his first album Big Amazing Songs with Naivete Records and is planning a European tour for next year for his 2007 album The Myth of Heroics, on the DRP label. In 2007 Jeff also produced and starred in the film A Thing As Big As the Ocean (currently in post-production), and toured film festivals with his animated short, The Bite. Jeff received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, his BFA in painting from The University of Washington, and a Post-Bac in sculpture from Brandeis University.

Koji Nakano • Composition • Boston, MA • Feb 4, 2008 - Mar 14, 2008

Koji Nakano


Location: Boston , MA

Dates of residence: Feb 4, 2008 - Mar 14, 2008

As a composer and an educator, Mr. Nakano's musical activities have included community service and outreach to help bridge Western and Eastern musical cultures together. His recent works show the merging of both musical traditions, and also makes reference to theatre, philosophy, rituals and spiritualities in a series of compositions entitled Time Song. Mr. Nakano received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees with the highest honors in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Lee Hyla and John Harbison. Later, he studied with Dutch composer Louis Andriessen in Amsterdam and at the Royal Conservatory of Hague as the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program Artist. He received his Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at San Diego, where he studied with Chinary Ung. In addition to being the first recipient of the Toru Takemitsu Award in Composition from the Japan Society of Boston, Mr. Nakano has also received composition awards, fellowships and grants from the Tanglewood Music Center, the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs, the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the American Music Center, ASCAP, the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, the New School University, the New England Conservatory and the University of California at San Diego. During Mr. Nakano's residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in 2008, he is planning to compose a new piece for the Cambodian Pin Peat ensemble with one or two Western instruments and his second chamber opera (as yet untitled) for Toshiaki Murakami, conductor of the Hanover State Opera. This music theater piece will be based on the sensuality and ritualism found in his native culture such as Ikebana (flower arrangement), various metrical arts, and the Shinto and Buddhist ceremonies. Mr. Nakano is a member of the American Music Center, the College Music Society and ASCAP.

Karen Siegel • Composition • Astoria, NY • Apr 21, 2008 - May 2, 2008

Karen Siegel


Location: Astoria , NY

Dates of residence: Apr 21, 2008 - May 2, 2008

This past spring Karen was a winner of the Manhattan Choral Ensemble Commissioning Project Competition. The resulting work Saguaro, evoking the landscape of the Tucson desert, was premiered by the ensemble in June. Karen has also received commissions from the vocal group Trio Eos and the mixed instrumental group The Matrix Music Collaborators. Her compositions for voice and chamber ensemble won the 2004 NYU Chamber Music Award (Carmen) and the NYU Chamber Ensemble Competition (Rose Dear).

Karen is an accomplished soprano, specializing in new music and frequently performing her own works. Her performing activities include singing with, conducting, and composing for the composers and conductors choral collective C4, of which she is a founding member. Karen also is a cellist with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra.

Currently, Karen is a PhD candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center, where she studies with Tania León. She is also adjunct faculty in music at City College. Karen holds a MA in music composition from NYU's Steinhardt School, where she studied with Marc Antonio Consoli, and a BA in Psychology from Yale University. Additional studies include Juilliard Evening Division coursework in composition with Conrad Cummings.

Stephen Yip • Composition • Houston, TX • May 19, 2008 - May 30, 2008

Stephen Yip


Location: Houston , TX

Dates of residence: May 19, 2008 - May 30, 2008

Stephen Yip was born in Hong Kong, and currently lives in Houston, Texas. He obtained music degrees, DMA (2001) and MM (1997) from Rice University, with mentors Arthur Gottschalk and Ellsworth Milburn and BFA (1996) from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with mentors Law Wing-fai, Clarence Mak and Yip Wing-sie (conducting). He has attended music festivals such as: the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado; the Asian Composers' League, Philippines; the California E.A.R. Unit Composer Seminar, the June in Buffalo, New York; the Music X Festivals, Ohio; the 13th International Summer Program, Czech Republic, the IMPULS Ensemble Akademie, Austria, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraka.

Yip's works have been performed in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Israel, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, China, and Philippines. He was the finalist in the 2001 Composition Competition of the international New Music Consortium, and the Foundation Orchestra Association's International composition Competition; received "Honorable Mentions" in the 1st International EPICMUSIC Composition Prize, and 2004 International Biennial Competition, by the Debussy Trio Music Foundation and won the "Haifa International Composition Prize", Molinari Quartet's Third International Composition Competition, the 2006 NODUS/New Music Miami Festival Composition Competition, the Accent/Music05 composition competition, "ERM Masterworks" composition prize, the 2007 St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Emerging Composers Competition, ALEA III composition Competition.

His works are recorded in the label of ERM-Media compact disc series, "Masterworks of the New Era" and the ATMA Classique label performed by Molinari Quartet. His music has been selected in the program of several major music conferences and festivals such as: National Society of Composers Conference, College Music Society International Conference, CMS South Central Annual Meeting, Los Angeles Chapter, the National Association of Composers/USA, New Mexico Composers' Symposium and SCI Region VII conference, ISCM World Music Days 2005, in Zagreb, Croatia and 2005, 2006 Musicarama new music festival, Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Art Festival.

Yip is a member of the Hong Kong Composers' Guild, Society of Composers, College Music Society and the American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers. Yip has served as music director and organist at catholic churches in 1999 to 2005. He has also served as the music panelists for the Cultural Arts Council of Houston in 2001 to 2003. Currently, he serves music faculty at Houston Community College.

During the residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in 2008, he is planning to compose a new piece for a large western ensemble.

Jen-Kuang Chang • Composition • Lincoln, NE • Jun 2, 2008 - Jun 13, 2008

Jen-Kuang Chang


Location: Lincoln , NE

Dates of residence: Jun 2, 2008 - Jun 13, 2008

Jen-Kuang Chang, a native of Taiwan, received his B.M. from Berklee College of Music, where he studied with distinguished jazz educators George Garzone and Fred Lipsius, and his M.M. from Emporia State University. He is currently pursuing his D.M.A. in music composition under the guidance of Randall Snyder at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mr. Chang is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Harold Durst Graduate Research Award, the Ida M. Vreeland Award in Music, the Diverse Practice Composition Competition Award, I-Park Artists' Enclave Residency Award, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Residency Award, and the Music Omi International Musicians Residency Award. His thesis, "Charlie Parker: the Analytical Study of Twenty-two Performance Versions of Now's the Time," was named the winner of the Laurence C. Boylan Thesis Award. In the 5th edition of the Yorgos Foudoulis Composition Competition in Volos, Greece, Mr. Chang's "Bodhisattva" was named the First Prize winner in the orchestral ensemble category and his "Karma" was named the Second Prize winner in the music technology category. His "Drishti II" was named the winner in the international audiovisual category for the CLIC Foundation Digital Art International Contest. His "Chakra" was named the Second Prize winner of the JIMS International Composition Contest for Improvised Chamber Music "Stadtpfeifer" in Salzburg. His music has been featured in the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, the SMart Multimedia Art Festival, the Transhift08 Festival, the SCI Region VI Conference, the DMI Electroacoustic Juke Joint Festival, the Vox Novus 60x60 Midwest Minutes Mix, the "War & Peace" Electroacoustic and Fixed Media Concert at La Salle University, the 11th Biennial Symposium for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College, the GVSU Free Play 10: Listening Chamber, the Orquestra del Caos: Zeppelin Sound Art Festival in Barcelona, the Summer Studies for Jazz & Improvised Music Salzburg, the International Acousmatic and Multimedia Festival "Sonoimágenes" in Buenos Aires, the Expo Brighton 2008 in the United Kingdom, the ElectroMediaWorks '08 Festival in Athens, the ArtSway Multichannel 2008, FONLAD'08 Digital Arts Festival in Portugal, the Open Ear in Cardiff 2008, Sguardi Sonori Festival 2008, the International Festival of Digital Art FIAD in El Salvador, the Signal and Noise Festival in Vancouver, the Australasian Computer Music Conference 2008 in Sydney, and the ASTAS ROMAS International Electronic Art 404 Festival in Trieste, Italy.

Ushio Torikai • Composition • , NYC and Japan • Jun 30, 2008 - Aug 22, 2008

Ushio Torikai


Location: , NYC and Japan

Dates of residence: Jun 30, 2008 - Aug 22, 2008

Ushio Torikai started a concert series of her own music in 1979 in Tokyo, and was invited to the Paris Biennale in 1982. Concerts of her music have since been presented in major cities in Europe, North America and Japan, including at Georges Pompidou Center (Paris), the Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and Japan National Theater (Tokyo).

Her compositions vary considerably in instrumentation, ranging from Western to traditional Japanese instruments, computer/electronics to reconstructed ancient Asian instruments, and Western Choir to Japanese Buddhist monks' chants. Ms. Torikai has received commissions from Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), the Modern Art Sextet Berlin, the City of Los Angeles, the Kronos Quartet, Ensemble Continuum (New York), the Canadian Electronic Ensemble, and the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, to name only a few. Commissioned pieces range from works for concert music and opera to a permanent music installation in a public park.

Her music has been performed in many different venues in North America, Japan and internationally, including major cities in Europe and East Asia. Her career is also characterized by a diversity of multidisciplinary collaborative activity as composer in theater, dance and multi-media projects. Ms. Torikai's album, GO WHERE?, the compositions on which were realized at IRCAM (the computer-oriented musical research center in Paris), and A UN, a seventy-five-minute work for a choir of forty Japanese Buddhist Monks, were released by JVC. Her newest album, Son Bou no Toki, featuring a Native American's poem, "Many Winters," and dedicated to the victims of the wars and terrorism since September 11th, was also released by JVC.She occasionally writes about Japanese social phenomena and music for Japanese newspapers. The New York Times has written: "Ms. Torikai has a wide ranging musical imagination.....[Her] music was exuberant, radical and dense...."

Bevin Kelley • Composition • Providence, RI • Aug 25, 2008 - Sep 5, 2008

Bevin Kelley


Location: Providence , RI

Dates of residence: Aug 25, 2008 - Sep 5, 2008

Blevin Blectum (born Bevin Kelley) is an electronic musician, composer and sound designer. Recently relocated from industrial Oakland, California, to the humid lovecraftian greenery of Providence, Rhode Island, Blevin releases her fourth solo album, GULAR FLUTTER, on an unsuspecting public via the AAGOO label (New York) on July 2nd 2008. Live performances of GULAR FLUTTER incorporate live electronic music (Blevin Blectum) and accompanying video (Blevin Blectum and Ryan Junell).

Bevin also performs and composes as one half of the recently reunited groundbreaking digital duo Blectum From Blechdom (with Kristin Erickson), recipients of the 2001 Ars Electronica Award of Distinction in Digital Musics (for their album "The Messy Jesse Fiesta"). She moonlights with audio/video band SAGAN alongside her husband and fellow e-musician Lesser, keyboardist Wobbly, and video artiste Ryan Junell. She has released numerous CDs/DVDs/Vinyl with Blectum from Blechdom and with Sagan.

Bevin produces continued electronics "with a more oblique slant on the basic BFB sensation of things-not-quite-right-here, clanking, creaking grooves and anti-grooves as a coal-powered spacecraft from some sonic-space steampunk parallel universe potentiality, puffing and straining as it struggles to reach escape velocity, chopped, noise-reduced and timed/diluted/stretched to the breaking/boiling point".

Bevin holds degrees in English and Violin from Oberlin College/Conservatory, and a masters in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College. She is a licensed and registered veterinary nurse specializing in avian medicine. She was the recipient of a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, California. She has toured extensively through the USA and Europe since 1998. In 1999 she was the winner of the 1999 New Langton Arts Music award for her first solo CD "Pirate Planets" on the Phthalo label (Los Angeles). Her second and third albums, "Talon Slalom" (2004) on Deluxe Records, and "Magic Maple" (2006) on the Praemedia label, were greeted with much critical acclaim.

Michael Remson • Composition • Houston, TX • Sep 8, 2008 - Sep 19, 2008

Michael Remson


Location: Houston , TX

Dates of residence: Sep 8, 2008 - Sep 19, 2008

Michael Remson is a composer/librettist, author, educator and serves as Executive and Artistic Director of the American Festival for the Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching young people through music. Dr. Remson's works have been performed in the United States and in Europe by New York City Opera, the Foundation for Modern Music, Houston Grand Opera, the Rhode Island College Choruses, Bulgarian Composers Collaborative, Abilene Collegiate Opera, Eastman's EROI Festival and by numerous performers and performing organizations. Recent and upcoming performances include performances by Houston Ballet, Texas Tech University Opera, Stages Repertory Theatre, the Lawndale Arts Center and Lone Star Lyric Opera Theatre. He has received grants, commissions and fellowships from Americans for the Arts, American Music Center, Houston Arts Alliance and the Irish Arts Council. Dr. Remson is currently on the faculty of the UH Moores School of Music, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and the Houston Ballet Academy. Dr. Remson is an alumnus of New York University, the University of Houston and Carnegie Mellon University. His primary instructors and mentors include Carlisle Floyd, Robert Nelson, Nancy Galbraith and Edward Albee.

Heera Kim • Composition • , Germany • Sep 22, 2008 - Oct 31, 2008

Heera Kim


Location: , Germany

Dates of residence: Sep 22, 2008 - Oct 31, 2008

Heera Kim is a Korean composer who has produced a range of orchestra, chamber ensemble and vocal music including electronic music. She began to take an interest in music at the age of five, when she began to learn to play the piano. Lessons on violin, flute and harp followed. She studied composition and music theory in Kyung-Hee university in Seoul, afterwards with Prof.York Hoeller(Komposition) and Prof. Hans Ulrich Humpert (electronic composition) at College of Music, Cologne, Germany.

She was winner of "Forum Ost&West Prize"(2001), composition competition of ensemble for new music Zurich(2007), "Walter Witte Preis"(2007),"BMW composition prize" of Musica Viva in Munich(2007).

She has awarded a scholarship "Stipendium des Freundeskresises Karlsruhe"(2008) and participated Workshops among other Young Composer Meeting(2006) in Apeldoorn, Holland and darmstaedter Ferienkurse (2006),Germany.

She is currently studying composition with Dr.H.C. Prof. Wolfgang Rihm and music theory with Michael Reudenbach at College of Music Karlsruhe,Germany.

Travis Austin • Composition • Austin, TX • Jan 5, 2009 - Jan 30, 2009

Travis Austin


Location: Austin , TX

Dates of residence: Jan 5, 2009 - Jan 30, 2009

Janis Mercer • Composition • San Francisco, CA • Feb 2, 2009 - Feb 13, 2009

Janis Mercer


Location: San Francisco , CA

Dates of residence: Feb 2, 2009 - Feb 13, 2009

Janis is an American pianist/composer living in San Francisco. She was the founder and former artistic director of schwungvoll, a new music chamber ensemble, with whom she performed for several years. She performed Anthony Braxton's solo piano music in California, Illinois, and New York through lectures at colleges and in public concerts. She has a strong interest in the music of the Second Viennese School but also performs living composers and has commissioned solo works. Her compositions have been mostly for single instrument, chamber music and/or voice, and use serial techniques and structured improvisation, but now she is composing more electro-acoustic works. Some of her compositions feature social and leftist political views in their structuring. Ms. Mercer holds artist residencies at Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts (California), Ragdale (Illinois), and Centrum (Washington). Her current compositional projects involve new works for piano and tape, as well as the release of her first CD on Centaur Records ( Ms. Mercer has performed solo piano concerts of new music throughout the United States. As a result of her concert on the New Music Circle Series, her performance of Paul Rudy's Church Keys appears on the New Music Circle's Season Highlights Volume I: 2002-04 CD. Her recording of Brian Belét's Four Proportional Preludes appears on SCI's Chamber Works CD, available on Capstone Records. Her most recent chamber piece, Beloveds, is featured on einklang records. Her percussion solo, Air is published by Media Press. Daniel Adams featured the composition for his paper on drum set works, published in the American National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal, Spring, 2004 No. 3. Her piano teachers include Blanche Leigh, Albertine Votapek, Robert Thomas, Ian Hobson, and Bill Sorenson. Her composition teachers include Zack Browning, Herbert Brün, Salvatore Martirano, David Liptak, Sever Tipei, Morgan Powell, and David Sheinfeld.

Matthew Barnson • Composition • New York City, NY • Mar 2, 2009 - Mar 27, 2009

Matthew Barnson


Location: New York City , NY

Dates of residence: Mar 2, 2009 - Mar 27, 2009

Matthew Barnson is emerging as an exciting new voice in both the United States and Europe. His work was featured at the 2007 MATA Festival and the 2006 ISCM World New Music Days in Stuttgart at the special invitation of Wolfgang Rihm. He has been in residency at Acanthes (2005-2007), Aspen (2004-2005), June in Buffalo (2005, 2007) and Ostrava Days (2007). His works are performed by top veteran new music ensembles, venerable orchestras and some of the most exciting emerging artists, including the Arditti String Quartet, Quator Diotima, the Manson Ensemble, the Knights, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre national de Lorraine, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Yale Philharmonia, the Janacek Philharmonic, the New York Virtuoso Singers, Seraphic Fire, singers Nicole Cabell, Ian Howell and Erin Morley, violist John Graham, cellist Jason Calloway and conductors Simon Bainbridge, Peter Eötvös, Sarah Hicks, Shinaik Haim, Roland Kluttig, Jacque Mercier and Zsolt Nagy. After winning several minor competitions, he became the youngest recipient of a Barlow Commission at the age of 22; in 2007 he received his second Barlow Commission. He was recently awarded a 2008 Jerome Commission. His teachers have included Joseph Schwantner, Augusta Reid Thomas, Christopher Rouse, Steven Stucky and in extensive masterclasses: Wolfgang Rihm, Kaija Saariaho and Toshio Hosokawa. He studied at the Eastman School of Music, the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a doctorate at Yale with Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, David Lang and Ingram Marshall. A native of Salt Lake City, he currently lives in New York City. Up and coming projects include a major new work for Third Coast Percussion, a song cycle for countertenor Ian Howell, a percussion solo for James Dietz, a large triptych of violin sonatas, and a collection of sacred music.

Daniel Christian • Composition • Tecumseh, NE • Apr 6, 2009 - Apr 17, 2009

Daniel Christian


Location: Tecumseh , NE

Dates of residence: Apr 6, 2009 - Apr 17, 2009

Out of Nebraska comes a singer-songwriter who blends jam-band trends with Beatle-esque pop/rock sensibilities. Nashville recording artist Daniel Christian (BMI) has toured the nation in a number of performing groups, allowing him to share his music in many great U. S. cities including: Minneapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, New Orleans, Phoenix, Denver and Los Angeles. Daniel has entertained large audiences at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, Knotts Berry Farm, the Warner Brothers cruise line, the Omaha Summer Arts Festival, several Comstock Windmill and Harvest Festivals, and in the Bahamas and Mexico. His diverse experience with a variety of music projects has allowed him to open shows for many internationally acclaimed acts such as: The Fixx, Chris Cagle, Andy Griggs, Gary Allan, Sawyer Brown, Devon Allman's Honeytribe, and Martina McBride.

Daniel Christian was playing drums as soon as he could hold sticks. His father played drums with local cover act Mayberry Express (which rehearsed in their home), exposing Daniel to a broad range of classic and modern hits. Musical seeds were probably planted by his father, who, in addition to drumming, sang and played trumpet. His mother would tell you she plays the radio.

Years later, like many elementary school students, Daniel's parents "forced" him to take piano lessons, which he dreaded until he quit, then missed them, and started again on his own. Melodies and lyrics were in Daniel's head as early as age 7, but by age 16 he began writing them down. In high school, he formed a cover band with friends, who taught him to play the guitar. This instrument proved to be a fortunate skill in college, since no drum sets and pianos were allowed in campus dorm rooms. Although Daniel did study music in college, he graduated with a B. S. ed. in English and Humanities, and even spent 5 years teaching high school. He has worked with choirs, country singers, and rock bands, and now creates and shares his own music with a variety of audiences.

Daniel was awarded 1st place in the "Miscellaneous" category at the 32nd Annual National Country Music Festival, where he was also 1/3 of the festival's Best Vocal Group. Daniel is a founding member of Nebraska's chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). He penned "No-Money Fun" for Sheila Greenland, once the most-requested song at KNCY-FM in Nebraska City. The Nebraska City News-Press calls his writing "refreshing" and "adventurous."

Recently, Christian composed the school song for newly formed high school Johnson County Central in his hometown of Tecumseh, NE. The Lincoln Journal-Star says that the new school song creates "a unity between the school and its community of patrons. The lyrics pay homage to what had been but also focuses on what is now - and what will be. It focuses on unity, loyalty and pride in the new school."

On his album, i am merely sand, Christian can be heard singing (of course), and drumming (his first love), as well as playing guitars, percussion, and keyboard instruments. He is joined on guitar by Nashville session player Pat Bergeson, protégé of legendary guitarist Chet Atkins. Formerly with Alison Krauss, Bergeson has been heard most recently with Lyle Lovett, and Randy Travis.

Another session professional, Charlie Chadwick, performs bass guitar responsibilities, and engineers the album. Chadwick, who has been heard with Pam Tillis, Crystal Gayle, Steve Earle, John Jorgenson, and David Lee Roth (to name a few), has just earned his second Grammy® Award for his work on Peter Frampton's Fingerprints project. Daniel Christian's i am merely sand is available now at CD Baby and on iTunes.

Suzanne Sorkin • Composition • Wynnewood, PA • May 18, 2009 - May 29, 2009

Suzanne Sorkin


Location: Wynnewood , PA

Dates of residence: May 18, 2009 - May 29, 2009

Suzanne Sorkin is active as a composer and educator. She has received awards and commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation, Third Millennium Ensemble, counter)induction, ASCAP, and others. Her work has been programmed on Piano Spheres in Los Angeles, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, Denison University New Music Festival, Chamber Music Quad Cities, Florida State University Festival of New Music, and Vassar Modfest. She has been a composition fellow at the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Ernest Bloch Composers Symposium, the Advanced Masterclasses in Composition at the Aspen Music Festival, and the Oregon Bach Composers Symposium. Residencies include Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, I-Park, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. She received her Ph.D. in composition from the University of Chicago, and is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

David Macdonald • Composition • Ossining, NY • Jun 8, 2009 - Jun 19, 2009

David Macdonald


Location: Ossining , NY

Dates of residence: Jun 8, 2009 - Jun 19, 2009

David Macdonald holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Manhattan School of Music, an MFA degree from SUNY Purchase and a BA from St. John's College. His composition teachers have included Nils Vigeland, David Noon, Charles Jones and Joseph Webber. He is a co-director of the Locrian Chamber Players contemporary music ensemble. He has been a fellow at June In Buffalo and has participated in master classes with Lukas Foss, George Crumb, Roger Reynolds and others. Commissioners of his music include: The Elements Quartet; The Queen's Chamber Band; the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet and Zero Gravity. His works have been performed by: The Chappaqua Orchestra; Collegium Westchester; on The Hartford Commissions Concert (in Merkin Hall); Genealogies (in Rock Hall, Philadelphia); and on recitals in Chicago, Santa Fe, Israel and Taiwan. He regularly contributes music to productions of The Actors' Company Theater in New York, most recently their critically acclaimed off-Broadway revival of "Home" by David Storey in 2006. He teaches at The Manhattan School of Music in the Theory and Composition Departments.

Anthony Green • Composition • Boulder, CO • Jul 13, 2009 - Aug 7, 2009

Anthony Green


Location: Boulder , CO

Dates of residence: Jul 13, 2009 - Aug 7, 2009

Anthony Green photo on the right

Anthony Green (b. 1984) holds a Bachelors of Music in theory and composition from Boston University (summa cum laude), and a Masters of Music in composition from the New England Conservatory (magna cum laude). As a pianist, he has performed at Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, and other places throughout New England and Long Island. He has played works by David Liptak, Berg, and Crumb with the Time's Arrow New Music Ensemble, he has premiered and performed in many solo and chamber pieces of colleagues, and also participated in the world premiere of Moirologhia by Theodore Antoniou. Recently, he performed James Tenney's Chromatic Canon with the Callithumpian Consort, and Steve Reich's City Life with the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble for the composer. Additionally, he has been active as a church musician, playing in both gospel and traditional styles, and he accompanies singers in numerous genres, including musical theater and Israeli folk music. Future performances as an improvisational vocalist and pianist will take place in Providence, Boston, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Stanford, CA. He also maintains a private piano studio, with students ranging from 6 to 50, as well as a private tutoring studio, teaching music history, theory, and basic composition.

As a composer, he has had readings, commissions, and performances across the country by pianists Elaine Rombola and Daniel Holt, violists Greg Williams, Sarah Darling, and Ashleigh Gordon, sopranos Yael Handelmann, Rebekah Alexander, and Ceceilia Allwein, the Laurel String Quartet, the Callithumpian Consort, the Playground Ensemble, the Tasman String Quartet, the Apple Hill Chamber Players, ALEA III (with Gunther Schuller conducting), and Alarm Will Sound, among others. He is a recent inductee into Mu Phi Epsilon, where he is the recipient of the "Ellen Jane Lorenz Porter Grant for Composition". He was recently composer-in-residence with the Providence String Quartet for their 2008 - 9 season, funded by a grant from the Argosy Foundation, and he is the recent winner of the 2nd Ossia International Composition Prize for his work 3 Groups. He has given lectures funded by a Meet the Composers grant about his string quartet Chance, which was recently featured in the 14th Bienniel New Music Festival at Florida State University, and also performed by the Playground Ensemble in Denver, and the Zukofsky Quartet in New York City at Symphony Space. Radio broadcasts include Chance on Radio 1190 KCBU Boulder/Denver in Colorado and on Bowed Radio (an online podcast), 4 works and an interview on KGNU in Boulder/Denver on the show "Present Edge," and the last movement of Dona Nobis Veritatem: a setting of American text on Radio Papesse in Florence, Italy. Future performances include a commission for a chamber piece by the Playground Ensemble in Denver, Colorado, and performances in Italy and the United States by Italian clarinetist Guido Arbonelli of Ahnungen for solo clarinet, among others. Past teachers include Martin Amlin, Richard Cornell, Theodore Antoniou, Lee Hyla, and Robert Cogan for composition, and Maria Clodes-Jaguaribe for piano. He has also participated in masterclasses with Lukas Foss, Joshua Feinberg, Michael Finissey, Walter Zimmermann, Jonathan Harvey, and Michael Daugherty. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he teaches Introduction to Music Technology, and is the first recipient of the university's Atlas Fellowship. He will study composition with Carter Pann in the fall.

Christopher Jette • Composition • Goleta, CA • Aug 10, 2009 - Aug 21, 2009

Christopher Jette


Location: Goleta , CA

Dates of residence: Aug 10, 2009 - Aug 21, 2009

Christopher Jette graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 1998 with a B.A. in violin performance and 2005 with a M.M. in music composition from the New England Conservatory. He began a Ph.D. in composition at UCSB in 2006 with a projected graduation in 2010. His compositions, both electronic and acoustic are concerned with the various roles of cognition in the perception of sound. An intuitive inquiry, composition serves as a venue for the exploration and consideration of issues and concerns important to the modern situation. Christopher won the 2007 Corwin Chamber Music Competition, the 2005 New England Conservatory Piano Departments Contemporary Music Competition and has been the recipient of various scholarships. Christopher participated in the Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz Austria in 2007. Christopher is active as both an educator, teaching assistant to Curtis Roads in the 2007-2008 academic year and as a concert organizer.

Michael Remson • Composition • Houston, TX • Sep 14, 2009 - Oct 9, 2009

Michael Remson


Location: Houston , TX

Dates of residence: Sep 14, 2009 - Oct 9, 2009

Michael Remson is a composer/librettist, author, educator and serves as Executive and Artistic Director of the American Festival for the Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching young people through music. Dr. Remson's works have been performed by such organizations as New York City Opera, the Foundation for Modern Music, Houston Grand Opera, Texas Tech University Opera, the Rhode Island College Choruses, Houston Choral Society, Abilene Collegiate Opera, Eastman EROI Festival and by numerous performers and performing organizations. Recent performances include premieres with Houston Ballet, the Nucleus Ensemble and the Cappelletti-Chao Duo. He has received grants, commissions and fellowships from Americans for the Arts, American Music Center, Houston Arts Alliance, the Irish Arts Council and numerous artist in residence programs. Dr. Remson is currently on the faculty of the University of Houston Moores School of Music and the Houston Ballet Academy. The author of several articles, including recent articles for the new edition of Amerigrove and the Journal of Film Music, Scarecrow Press published his biography of nineteenth-century American songwriter Septimus Winner and an annotated volume of Winner's popular songs. Dr. Remson attended New York University, the University of Houston and Carnegie Mellon University. His primary instructors and mentors include Carlisle Floyd, Robert Nelson, Nancy Galbraith and Edward Albee.

Tyler Gilmore • Composition • Denver, CO • Nov 9, 2009 - Dec 18, 2009

Tyler Gilmore


Location: Denver , CO

Dates of residence: Nov 9, 2009 - Dec 18, 2009

Tyler Gilmore is traversing a new landscape in big band and chamber composition. Influences ranging from composers of the 20th century to the electronic innovators of today combine with his own musical personality to form his aural output. He has been honored with the ASCAP/Columbia College 2009 Commission in Honor of Hank Jones, the 2008 & 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's Awards, and a 3.5 review in Downbeat Magazine.
Tyler has been writing and playing music since he was nine years old. He grew up in rural Wyoming, where he discovered music on his mother's upright piano and found inspiration in a number of great teachers in the area. He is now based in Denver, Colorado, where he is currently pursuing various artistic goals with his jazz large ensemble 9th+lincoln, as well as other groups. His music has been featured and reviewed in Downbeat Magazine, The Colorado Music Buzz, Westword, Cadence, and His charts can be found at UNC Jazz Press as well as his own publishing company, Minor Ninth Music. Though he has never had a steady composition teacher, he has had lessons with John Hollenbeck, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Maria Schneider, Loren Stillman, Art Lande, Mike Holober, Alf Clausen, Jack Smalley, David Hansen, Cuong Vu, and Paul Chihara. His music has been performed by The Chicago Jazz Ensemble led by Jon Faddis, The University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab I, The Colorado State University Jazz Ensemble I, The University of Kansas Jazz Ensemble I, The University of Kansas City Missouri Jazz Ensemble I, The Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, The James Madison University Jazz Ensemble I, The South Nine Ensemble based in Miami, The Henry Mancini Institute Overture Orchestra, the HMI Garage Orchestra, and his own ensembles. In addition, he has been commissioned by Dr. Richard Mayne for the Univ. of Northern Colorado, Art Bouton at the Lamont School of Music, A Cappella group Groove Society, and Shawn Constantino for the Harvard-Westlake School in Hollywood, CA. Tyler has formed a jazz large ensemble called "Ninth+Lincoln" featuring some of Colorado's top jazz performers. The group has made a name for itself as the top progressive composer's orchestra in the region. They have performed to sold out crowds, to rooms of more than 2,500 people, and feature new music by Tyler and other members of the band.

Kyong Mee Choi • Composition • Chicago, IL • Feb 22, 2010 - Mar 5, 2010

Kyong Mee Choi


Location: Chicago , IL

Dates of residence: Feb 22, 2010 - Mar 5, 2010

Kyong Mee Choi, composer, organist, painter, and visual artist, has received several prestigious awards including John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Robert Helps Prize, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, ASCAPLUS Awards, the first prize of ASCAP/SEAMUS Award, the second prize at VI Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo, mention for Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges among others. Her music can be found at CIMESP, SCI, EMS, ICMC, ERM media, SEAMUS, Détonants Voyages. She received a D.M.A. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a M.M. at Georgia State University and a B.S. in chemistry and science education at Ewha Womans University, and studied Korean literature in a master's program at Seoul National University in South Korea. She is an Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Roosevelt University in Chicago where she teaches composition and electro-acoustic music. She writes for chamber, electro-acoustic, interactive, and multi-media work.

Timothy Eshing • Composition • Kansas City, MO • Mar 23, 2010 - Apr 3, 2010

Timothy Eshing


Location: Kansas City , MO

Dates of residence: Mar 23, 2010 - Apr 3, 2010

Koji Nakano • Composition • Boston, MA • Apr 3, 2010 - Apr 18, 2010

Koji Nakano


Location: Boston , MA

Dates of residence: Apr 3, 2010 - Apr 18, 2010

Awards: Jurors Residency Award

Composer Koji Nakano's works reflect the relationship between beauty, form and imperfection through the formality of music. In addition to being the recipient of The American Artists and Museum Professionals in Asia Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council, Koji is also the first composer to receive the S&R Washington Award Grand Prize from the S&R Foundation, which is awarded annually to the most talented young artist (in the fields of fine arts, music, drama, dance, photography and film), for his/her contributions to U.S.-Japanese relations. Koji received his Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at San Diego, where he studied with Chinary Ung. He is a member of the American Music Center, ASCAP, and currently serves as a Fellow Council member of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Koji is also a co-founder of The Asian Young Musicians' Connection, which promotes new music by commissioning compositions from emerging Asian composers along side with worldwide professional musicians for its regular concert in Asia and North America.

Ivan Elezovic • Composition • Sunny Isles Beach, FL • Jul 5, 2010 - Jul 30, 2010

Ivan Elezovic


Location: Sunny Isles Beach , FL

Dates of residence: Jul 5, 2010 - Jul 30, 2010

Ivan Elezovic (DMA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) studied composition, music theory, and electronic music at the University of Manitoba, McGill University, and the University of Illinois working with Michael Matthews, Randolph Peters, Zack Settel, Alcides Lanza, Guy Garnett, Erik Lund, and Scott Wyatt. After receiving the Presser Award in 2001, he went to IRCAM where he studied with Brian Ferneyhough and Marc-Andr' Dalbavie. A year later, he was accepted at the Internationales Musikinstitut in Darmstadt, Germany working with Isabel Mundry, Tristan Murail, Robert HP Platz, and Valerio Sannicandro. His compositional output ranges from acoustic to electroacoustic works including mixed media, and has been recognized by numerous competitions and festivals in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Elezovic's compositional approach, honed and refined in North America, has demonstrated both good craftsmanship and an interest in pursuing innovative conceptual goals. He was teaching composition, music technology, and music theory courses at the University of Manitoba, University of Illinois, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. Presently, he is teaching at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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