Announcing the Panelists for the 2018-19 EtM Con Edison Composer Residencies

Katie Cox



We are happy to present the panelists for the tenth round of the EtM Con Edison Composer Residencies. These experts evaluated 95 applications for the six residency slots, and reviewed over 180 work samples from composers.  The panels took place at EtM’s office at 205 Lexington Avenue on June 28th & 29th, 2018.

Thank you to our wonderful panelists for your hard work and expertise in choosing an exciting group of composers.


2018-19 EtM Con Edison Composer Residencies Panelists: 


GELSEY BELL Described by the New York Times as an “imaginative” “winning soprano” whose performance of her own music is “virtuosic” and “glorious noise,” Gelsey Bell is a singer, songwriter, and scholar. Her performance creations have been presented internationally and she has released multiple albums. She is a core member of thingNY, Varispeed, and the Chutneys. In 2017, she received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award and was an artist-in-residence at Roulette in 2015/16. Recently she appeared on Broadway as Princess Mary in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. She has a PhD from NYU in Performance Studies.

Native New Yorker JUSTINE F. CHEN has been commissioned and performed by New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, Juilliard, NYFOS, and Washington Ballet.  Her music has been described by the NY Times as “propulsive, emotionally resonant…” and “lyrical, atmospheric… striking… balanc[ing] despair and humor.” She is presently working on a full-length opera based on the life of Alan Turing, commissioned by American Lyric Theater. Recent activities include performances by the JACK Quartet, grants from American Composers Orchestra, the Jerome Fund, Frances Goelet Charitable Lead Trust, Opera America, and appearances on WBAI and WNYC.

MOLLY HERRON is a composer whose music is inspired by the complicated, messy sounds of our every day environment and the energy of interaction. She has composed for a broad range of instruments from full orchestra to flower pot and includes work for film, theater, and dance. Her work has been supported by MATA, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Brooklyn Arts Council and the Copland Fund. She has had residencies with Exploring the Metropolis, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, La Pietra Forum, and the School of Making Thinking; and her work has been presented on the MATA Festival, American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival, the Fast Forward Austin Festival, and the Berlin Film Festival. She works frequently with baroque instruments and everyday objects and collaborates with instrument inventors to find new avenues for sound.

Described as “sleek, new” and “hyper-fluent” by the New York Times, PASCAL LE BOEUF is a Grammy-nominated composer, pianist, and electronic artist whose works range from modern improvised music to cross-breeding classical with production-based technology. He is widely recognized for his polyrhythmic approach to chamber music and hybridization of disparate idioms. Recent projects include commercial recordings and videos with JACK Quartet, Nick Photinos (Eighth Blackbird), Jessica Meyer, Dave Eggar, Shattered Glass, and Sarah Goldfeather. As a keyboardist, Pascal has played as support for D’Angelo’s “Black Messiah” tour and Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” tour with Australian pop artist Meg Mac. He actively tours with jazz vocalist Allan Harris, the Friction Quartet, Le Boeuf Brothers, Jesus On the Mainline, and his piano trio “Pascal’s Triangle” featuring bassist Linda Oh and drummer Justin Brown.


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