Roster of Composers-in-Residence


2018-19 Composers-in-Residence

TAYLOR BROOK creates music for concert, film, theater and dance. Described as “gripping” and “engrossing” by the New York Times, his compositions have won numerous awards and prizes.

DANIEL FISHKIN’s ears are ringing. Composer, sound artist, and instrument builder. Completely ambivalent about music. Daniel studied with composer Maryanne Amacher and with multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart.

KATE GENTILE is originally from Buffalo, NY. Her music explores unconventional and often complex harmonic and rhythmic material, as well as the intersections of acoustic and electronic sounds, while equally valuing improvisation and composition.

ELORI SAXL KRAMER is a musician, composer, and filmmaker whose work explores how new technology affects our relationship to land, our patterns of communication, and our capacity for empathy. Her work often blends acoustic instruments with electronic instruments and processed field recordings.

ANNA WEBBER is a New York-based flutist, saxophonist, and composer whose interests and work live the overlap between avant-garde jazz and new classical music. With her Simple Trio, featuring drummer John Hollenbeck and pianist Matt Mitchell, she has released two critically acclaimed albums on Skirl Records: Binary (2016) and SIMPLE (2014).

ALEX WEISER was born and raised in New York City. Weiser creates acutely cosmopolitan music combining a deeply felt historical perspective with a vibrant forward-looking creativity. Weiser has been praised for writing “insightful” music “of great poetic depth” (Feast of Music), and for having a “sophisticated ear and knack for evoking luscious textures and imaginative yet approachable harmonies.” (I Care If You Listen).

2017-18 Composers-in-Residence

Edward Wellington Hardy is a critically acclaimed violinist, violist and composer. He performs as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the United States and abroad. His music composition and performance in the smash hit show The Woodsman has received rave reviews from critics. “Edward W. Hardy…plays the violin superbly.” – The New York Times.

Saxophonist and composer, Remy Le Boeuf often employs literary elements to fuel his compositions as in his recent collaboration with Le Boeuf Brothers + JACK Quartet entitled imaginist. He has received commissions and awards from organizations such as Chamber Music America, the Jerome Foundation, and the American Composers Forum. As a saxophonist, Le Boeuf has performed with the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Donny McCaslin Saxophone Quartet, Linda Oh, Alexis Cuadrado, and Dayna Stephens.

Arun Luthra is one of New York’s leading saxophonists and composers, an exponent of the art form of konnakol (South Indian classical music vocalized rhythms) and leader of the Konnakol Jazz Project. Luthra is a faculty member at The New School’s renowned School of Jazz in New York.

Javier Moreno Sanchez is a composer and bass player. His work has premiered in festivals and venues around the word such as: Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, Cornelia Street (Café NY), Ars música Festival (Brussels), Sunset Sunside (Paris), The New York Flamenco Festival, and the Duke Theater of New York. He has been awarded with prizes such as: Spanish Royal Academy in Rome (Roman Prize for Composition) (Spain- Italy), Artex Fellowship for International Projects (Spain).

Mike Sayre is a film composer working in New York, NY. Mike’s music combines contemporary film scoring with elements of sound design and acousmatic music. Mike holds a Bachelor’s in Music for Digital Media from Ball State University and a Master’s in French horn performance from Rutgers University. In addition to composing, he is active as a freelance French Horn player.

2016-17 Composers-in-Residence

Doug Balliett is a composer, instrumentalist and poet based in New York City. The New York Times has described his poetry as “brilliant and witty,”his bass playing as “elegant,” and his compositions as “vivid, emotive, with contemporary twists”.

Lea Bertucci is a sound artist, composer and performer whose work describes relationships between acoustic phenomena and biological resonance. Her work often incorporates multi-channel speaker arrays, electroacoustic feedback, extended instrumental/vocal technique, and tape collage.

Volker Goetze is a New York-based composer, trumpeter, filmmaker and media artist. His work fuels cross-cultural dialogue, incorporates multiple disciplines and utilizes cutting edge technology.

Tidtaya Sinutoke is a Thai born, NYC-based composer, writer, and musician. Her works include themes of self-discovery, gender issues, travel, social injustice and companionship.

Kathleen Tagg, a 2014-15 Composition Fellow of the Dramatist Guild, is a pianist, composer and producer. Her work has been performed by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, Jewish Culturefest Vienna and New Century Chamber Orchestra.


2015-16 Composers-in-Residence

Skip La Plante
invents, builds, composes for, performs on and teaches with musical instruments built from trash and found objects.

Jeffrey Dennis Smith is a composer, percussionist and conductor focusing primarily on music for the stage.

Leaha Maria Villarreal is a co-founder and artistic director of contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant and a Teaching Artist Associate for the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Bridge Program.

Anthony Vine is a composer, guitarist, and executive director of the Columbus // NYC New Music Exchange [CNX].

Conrad Winslow’s buoyant, hard-edged, and deeply architectural music,“remains tautly controlled and coherent, but bursts with variety both harmonic and gestural” (Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia…).


2014-15 Composers-in-Residence

Richard Carrick is a composer, conductor, pianist and the co-artistic director of the critically acclaimed contemporary music ensemble Either/Or. He also writes multi-media works integrating video and live performers.

Juan Pablo Contreras is “one of the most prominent young composers of Latin America” (El Informador). His music has been performed by major orchestras such as the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico.

Kento Iwasaki is a composer and koto player born in Tokyo, Japan. He studied music composition at Temple University and Manhattan School of Music, opera composition from Libby Larsen, John Corigliano and William Bolcolm and is currently developing operas that utilize traditional Japanese instruments.

Mary Kouyoumdjian is a first generation Armenian-American whose music draws on her heritage, interest in folk music, and background in experimental composition. Her projects range from concert works to multimedia collaborations and film scores and she has received commissions from Kronos Quartet and Carnegie Hall.

Eric Lemmon is a violist and composer whose works have appeared in venues ranging from (le) Poisson Rouge and SubCulture to the FIGMENT arts festival on Governor’s Island and been featured on WQXR’s Q2.

Matt McBane is the violinist and composer for his Brooklyn-based band, Build and has been described as “a natural composer, a fresh voice” by the Los Angeles Times. He is Founder and Director of the Carlsbad Music Festival and has appeared at venues and series including Carnegie Hall, the Bang on a Can Marathon, and (le) Poisson Rouge.

Ian Ngs music has been performed at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, Symphony Space and NY City Center. He has composed music for the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and JACK Quartet and has collaborated with American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Marcelo Gomes.

Nina Siniakova is a pianist, composer, and a music manager whose newly-launched Metis Music Management, presented its first project at Carnegie Hall in 2013. She is the winner of the Melodia Women’s Choir NYC commission competition and her music has been performed throughout Europe and Japan.


2013-14 Composers-in-Residence

Gustavo Casenave is a pianist/composer and a 2012 Latin Grammy Award Nominee.

Christopher Cerrone is a Brooklyn-based composer who has been hailed as “a rising star” by The New Yorker.

Rima Fand is a Brooklyn-based musician and composer with a love for multidisciplinary performance.

Brian Krock is a jazz musician and classical composer who has played in many legendary New York venues.

Chris Parrello is a New York-based guitarist and composer who has performed at the Blue Note, the Mercury Lounge, and Carnegie Hall.

Robert Vuichard has been hailed by The New York Times as “exuberant,” and a composer of great “clarity, rhythmic precision, and passion.”

Joelle Wallach composes music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo voices and choruses.

Sam Willmott is a musical theater composer/lyricist and winner of the 2012 Fred Ebb Award.

2012-13 Composers-in-Residence

Guy Barash is a musician-composer-arranger-curator-performer, who has won awards from ASCAP, the Jerome Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Jeff Fairbanks is a composer/arranger/trombonist/bandleader who leads the 17-piece Project Hansori in a fusion of Jazz and East Asian folk music.

Patrick Grant composed and produced the acclaimed “Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars,” arguably the first electric guitar parade ever, throughout the streets of Lower Manhattan for the inaugural Make Music Winter New York.

Gabrielle Herbst is a Brooklyn-based composer and vocalist whose compositions have premiered at Roulette, The Stone, Cabinet Magazine’s Exhibition Space, Club Helsinki, Zebulan and HERE Arts Center.

Molly Herron composes in a wide array of styles. Past projects have included pieces for the JACK Quartet, The Cygnus Ensemble, The NYU Contemporary Ensemble and arrangements for the The Great Republic of Rough and Ready.

Elizabeth Lim has collaborated with the Albany Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Juilliard Orchestra, and her music has been heard in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, and the Eastman Scoring Stage in Hollywood.

Theodore Metz is a percussionist/composer from Alabama. He has performed with Wires Under Tension, Slow Six, Mimi Goese and Ben Neill, Christopher Tignor, North Jersey Orchestra and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble.

Jeff Myers work has been performed by New York City Opera, L’Orchestre National de Lorraine, American Composers Orchestra, and American Lyric Theater.  His work The Angry Birds of Kauai was performed and recorded by Hilary Hahn.

2011-12 Composers-in-Residence

Raphael Fusco is a composer, collaborative keyboardist, and conductor, with a catalog of over 80 compositions of vocal, chamber, and orchestral music.

Joshua Green has worked on music in films for Martin Scorsese, Peter Jackson, and David Cronenberg, and has written orchestral arrangements for The New York Pops.

Paul Yeon Lee is a Korean-American composer. He was named one of “25 Contemporary Composers Helping to Push String Music to New Heights” by international Strings Magazine in 2012.

Kamala Sankaram’s music has been praised as “strikingly original” by the New York Times.  As a performer, she has collaborated with and premiered pieces by the Philip Glass Ensemble , the Wooster Group, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, and eighth blackbird, among others.

Danielle Eva Schwob is a London-born NYC-based composer, songwriter, guitarist and singer who writes avant-garde pop/rock. Her music has been featured on NPR, NY1 and MNN.

Demetrius Spaneas is an award-winning composer/performer who travels the world as a musical ambassador, connecting classical, jazz, and traditional music.

Ron Tucker is a percussionist and founder of  et al., a Brooklyn-based pseudo-classical percussion ensemble.

Nicholas Urie was born in Los Angeles in 1985, and was a recipient of the first annual ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award at the age of 17. He currently teaches arranging at  the Berklee College of Music.

Special Event: Exploring New Composers, a two-night festival at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center featuring 2011-12 composers-in-residence

2010-11 Composers-in-Residence

Joseph Di Ponio has composed music for concert performance, theater, art installations, and silent films. Often inspired by the visual arts, his work is concerned with issues of aural history and temporality and is influenced greatly by contemporary thought on time and being.

Evan Mazunik is a composer/performer raised on the prairies of Iowa, and fluent in Soundpainting, a sign language for live composition. Mazunik is composer/director for ZAHA, his experimental chamber ensemble.

Steven Rosenhaus’ music has been called “clever, deftly constructed and likable” by The New York Times. Dr. Rosenhaus has over 150 original compositions and arrangements in print and his works are recorded on the Capstone, Musical Tapestries, and Richardson.

Judith Sainte Croix’s music has been performed at Lincoln Center, the Kitchen, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Art Museum, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Dia Art Foundation, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Elebash Recital Hall, the Steinway Co., New York University and Merkin Concert Hall and the Americas Society.

Helen Sung is an award-winning jazz pianist and composer, who  has worked with Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Steve Turre, Regina Carter and Wayne Shorter.

Octavio Vazquez music has been performed throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, and has been recorded on NAXOS, Marquis Classics, and Chrystal Records.

2009-10 Composers-in-Residence

Matt Schickele has written songs, electronic music, and chamber music for the stage, ensembles, bands and recordings for over two decades.

David Schober is a composer and pianist whose work has been recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Nivedita ShivRaj is a composer, vocalist, veena player and teacher of carnatic music. She was the first Indian musician to be featured in the Spiral Music series of the Rubin Museum of Arts.