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Stephen Taylor


Stephen Andrew Taylor composes music that explores boundaries between art and science. His first orchestra commission, Unapproachable Light, inspired by images from the Hubble Space Telescope and the New Testament, was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra in 1996 in ...read full profile >>

Andrew Staupe


Pianist Andrew Staupe is emerging as one of the distinctive voices of a new generation of pianists. Andrew has appeared as soloist with many of the top orchestras throughout the world, including the Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Houston Symphony, Minnesota ...read full profile >>

Jeff Kaiser

Music Technologist, Composer, Trumpet Player

Jeff Kaiser (Ph.D. in Music, Integrative Studies, University of California, San Diego) is a music technologist, trumpet player, composer, conductor, and scholar. Classically trained as a trumpet player, Dr. Kaiser now views his traditional instrument as hybrid with new ...read full profile >>

Kathleen Ginther


Kathleen Ginther

The works of Chicago-based composer Kathleen Ginther have been described as ‘music of ethereal delicacy’ and ‘otherworldly rapture’; they are searching and contemplative, often with a streak of playfulness and whimsy. Her music has ...read full profile >>

sonic apricity

Violin & Viola Duo

sonic apricity is a new-music duo comprised of violinist Erik Rohde and violist Jacob Tews.  The group is dedicated to uncovering and commissioning new works by living composers for violin and viola, and performing them in stand-alone ...read full profile >>

Daniel Zajicek


Daniel Zajicek is an American composer and artist, whose creative output has been described as both “significant” and “unsettling.” Works by Daniel include installation and video art, as well as electronic, orchestral, operatic, vocal, ...read full profile >>

Chris Anderson


Dr. Christopher Anderson is currently on the faculty of Richland Community College in Decatur, IL, where he teaches music theory and music history courses. Additionally, Dr. Anderson maintains a private studio of nearly 40 saxophone and clarinet students in the ...read full profile >>

Benjamin Krause


A Chicago-based composer and pianist with interdisciplinary engagement across a wide range of media, Benjamin Krause is a recipient of a Copland House Residency Award, Houston Symphony Emerging Composer Award, a Presser Award, the American Conservatory at ...read full profile >>

Sean Harold


Sean Harold

Sean Harold is a composer and guitarist currently working in Illinois. As a composer, he seeks to create a distinct new language through a constantly evolving dialogue with the past. His materials, often drawn from the Western canon, are filtered through the voice of an ...read full profile >>

Jay Needham

Artist & Musician

Jay Needham is an artist and musician who utilizes multiple creative platforms to produce his works, many of which have a focus on sound and site specific field research. He is a practitioner who strives to affect positive change through collaboration, ...read full profile >>