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Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra

The Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (“gCO”) was founded in October 2000 by its artistic director and conductor Chih-Sheng Chen. The gCO has since matured into an ensemble of both technical and artistic proficiency. A strong musical ...read full profile >>

Shih-Hui Chen


陳⼠惠 A citation accompanying Shih-Hui Chen’s Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters states: “Among the composers of Asian descent living in the U.S.A., Shih-Hui Chen is most ...read full profile >>

Kurt Stallmann


Kurt Stallmann is a composer whose approach to sound is inclusive and integrative. His compositions include works for acoustic instruments, electroacoustic combinations, environmental sounds, and synthetic sounds. He also enjoys frequent collaborations with artists ...read full profile >>

Steve Duke


Known for his improvisation and multi-styled performances, Steve Duke has performed throughout North America and Europe. Allan Kozinn of the New York Times wrote, “Stephen Duke played the music with a gorgeous tone and moved easily between, say, the ...read full profile >>

Karl Blench


Karl Blench is a composer and conductor who holds Bachelor’s degrees in education and music theory from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree and DMA in composition from Rice University. His music has been performed throughout the ...read full profile >>

Paul Carey


Paul Carey studied composition with Alfred Blatter, Herbert Bruen, Ben Johnston, and Eugene Kurtz, and harp with Shirley Blankenship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Carey's graduate studies were at Yale University where he studied with David ...read full profile >>