Nikki Krumwiede is a composer currently residing in Moore, Oklahoma. She earned an MM in composition in Spring 2019, and is currently working toward a DMA from the University of Oklahoma. She serves as a graduate assistant to the composition area at OU and directs the New Century improv! Ensemble.
Manjing Zhang(b1991) is a Chinese composer and pianist currently based in Minneapolis, USA. Began to study piano at the age of four, and then composition at fourteen, Zhang holds degrees from Central Conservatory of Music (BA ‘15) and Carnegie Mellon University (MM ‘18), and is currently a Ph.D. fellow at University of Minnesota. She studies with, among others, Wenchen Qin, Shuai Zhang, Xiaogang Ye, Alex Lubet and Reza Vali. Zhang also currently teaches Rock Music
at University of Minnesota as a lecturer.
Axel Retif (Puebla, Mexico, 1992)
He began his studies at the Center for Research and Musical Studies (CIEM) where he took composition classes with Ana Paola Santillán. Currently, he prepares the LLCM - Licentiate in Music Composition (London College of Music) and LmusTCL (Trinity College) under the tutelage of Vincent Carver. He has taken composition seminars with José Luis Hurtado and Marcelo Toledo. He has participated in the XL New Manuel Enriquez International Music Forum, Contemporary Expressions Festival, National Aires Festival and Armando Luna Festival. Have collaborated with ensembles such as Arcano String Quartet, Ruvalcaba String Quartet, Iberoamerican Windquintet , independent artists and the UACH Symphony Orchestra.
A young composer whose compositional work has been described as “a great spiritual experience,” John Baxter seeks to explore the tense and mercurial chasm between musician and listener. After his time as an undergrad at Yale University, John earned a Masters degree in Theory and Composition at NYU. He is currently a DMA candidate in composition at the Frost School of Music, studying with Dr. Lansing McLoskey. He stays an active member of the new music community, often exploring the pathos of the late romantic period through the paradigm of new techniques and complexity.
CODY RAY is a freelance composer, conductor, performer, and educator from Kalamazoo Michigan. Cody is the founder and Executive/Artistic Director of N.E.O. SOUND, a new music organization in North East Ohio. His works have been read and performed by numerous ensembles including the Grammy Award winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Western Michigan University Wind Symphony, The Oberlin Conservatory Brass Ensemble, The University of Akron Brass Choir, and The University of Akron Symphony Orchestra to name a few. His primary composition teachers have included Dr. Richard Adams, Dr. Nikola Resanovic, Dr. Robert Brownlow and Dr. Daniel McCarthy.
Daniel Godsil's music, which has been described by the San Francisco Classical Voice as having an “intense dramatic narrative,” draws from such eclectic influences as science fiction, thrash metal, and Brutalist architecture. His more recent work draws inspiration from the natural beauty of Northern California, his current home. Winner of the 2019 League of Composers/ISCM Gerber prize, Godsil's music has been played by Spektral Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Daedalus Quartet, Lydian String Quartet, Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis, and the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, among many others. His choral works are published by Alliance Music and NoteNova Publishing.
William F Montgomery is an internationally performed composer based in Louisiana. William received his Master’s degree from the University of Nevada-Reno, where he studied with James Winn and Jean-Paul Perrotte, and his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University where William studied with Mara Gibson and Dinos Constantinides. William was a semi-finalist in The American Prize Composition Competition Student – Orchestra Division and has won numerous composition competitons. He participated in the EAMA/Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris in 2017 and recently co-authored a paper presented at the ICMC/NYCEMF in New York City. In 2018, William had a premiere of his piano piece, Dreamscapes, in Krakow, Poland.
Brent Lawrence is a composer and musical aestheticist from North Carolina. While a classically trained composer and scholar, jazz and folk traditions underpin his approach to music-making. His genre-bending compositional style is defined by its melodicism and close attention to harmonic color. Scholastically, Brent’s research has focused on the folk traditions of his native Appalachia. In particular, harmony singing and metrical flux found in the music of the Carter Family. Brent is currently a PhD candidate in music composition at the University of Oregon. He teaches at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC and is a member of Landscape Music, a nature-inspired composer collective.
Josh Harris is a percussionist and educator from Pasadena, TX. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Lamar University under the direction of Dr. Francisco Perez, Joe MacMoran, Dr. Matthew Holm, and Travis Fife. During his time at Lamar, he has performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band as principal for the 2017-18-year, Jazz Band, and Percussion Ensembles. Prior to Lamar, Josh completed his first two years of college at San Jacinto College Central under the direction of Michael Mizma and Joel Fulgham. Josh has had the privilege to perform in the Orpheus society for composers. Josh was a member of the Guardians Drum and Bugle in 2016 and a member of Monarch Independent in both 2017 and 2018. As a teacher, he has taught in various schools in Texas including Vidor HS, Dobie High School, Ross S Sterling High School, Cedar Bayou Junior High, and Gentry Junior High. Josh is a current member of the Texas Music Educators Association.
Jonah Elrod is a composer who researches cycles and signals from the Earth and incorporates them into his music. His works are inspired by and engage with issues surrounding our environment and human perception of the natural world. His music has been performed at many new music festivals including the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, the New Music on the Bayou Festival, the New Music Gathering, and the New Gallery Series in Cambridge, MA. He is currently a visiting assistant professor of music at Luther College and is a board member of the Iowa Composers Forum.