2018 Fellows

Rafailia Bampasidou (composer) Rafailia is an award-winning classical and film composer.She has participated and won many composition competitions in Russia, Serbia, Prague, Italy. Her works including works with dancers and other artists have been performed in Russia, Austria, Greece, Ireland, England. She has received the "Garry Schyman Scholarship" and Film music foundation scholarship.

Ashlee Booth (cello)  Ashlee currently resides in Knoxville, TN, where she works with her partner, percussionist Adam Lion in their cello/percussion duo “Two Way Street". Ashlee studied with Greg Sauer and Dr. Wesley Baldwin and is an avid lover of podcasts, cooking shows, gardening, and hiking in East Tennessee.

Luke Carbon (clarinets) Luke is a Melbourne-based clarinet and woodwinds player with an interest in extending what's possible on the bass clarinet. An avid chamber musician and fluent improviser, he also has an interest in the middle ground between confluent musical disciplines.

Máire Carroll (piano) Irish concert pianist, Máire Carroll, loves to delve into the world of Bach and the equally alluring world of new music. She is thrilled to be joining this years Bang on a Can Music Festival and plans to be as adventurous as possible! 

Molly Collier-O’Boyle (viola) Molly is a Melbourne based multi-instrumentalist who is currently studying viola at the Australian National Academy of Music. Through working as an educator, curator, composer and performer she hopes to bend and mix genres together whilst combining different artistic mediums in a variety of projects and concert experiences

Sofie Thorsbro Dan (violin) Danish violinist Sofie Thorsbro Dan lives in Berlin and performs internationally as an interpreter of contemporary music. She studied in Aarhus, Vienna and Graz with professors such as Michelle Makarski, Ernst Kovacic and Klangforum Wien. Sofie is a current member of the Black Page Orchestra (Vienna), Vierhalbiert (Vienna/Innsbruck) and was a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy from 2016-2017. 

Brooks Frederickson (composer) Brooks is a composer whose work makes large sounds out of small ideas. Currently a Ph D candidate at Duke University, Brooks lives in Durham with his cat Guinness and a rotating crop of house plants.

Eli Greenhoe (composer) Eli is a composer, guitarist, and songwriter from Brooklyn, New York. His music has been recognized by such groups as Earshot, ASCAP, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he recently graduated with his M.M. in composition from the Yale School of Music.

Juan Herrera (percussion) Juan is a freelance percussionist and educator based in New York City. An avid learner, Juan has studied many different styles of percussion including West African, Balinese, Middle Eastern, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Venezuelan, Colombian, contemporary, orchestral, jazz/Latin jazz, improvisation, ragtime, and musical theatre.

Guusje Ingen Housz (composer) Trained as a composer/music-producer at the school of Music & Technology (NL), Guusje creates poetic electro-acoustical works, songs and visual projects. Prepared for unexpected treasures, she never leaves the door without recording equipment.

Samn Johnson (composer) Samn is a Brooklyn-based composer and electronic music producer whose work often combines historical material from early music with contemporary classical and popular electronic music. He has studied composition at the Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Michigan, and most recently New York University, where he worked with Julia Wolfe and Robert Honstein. Other interests explored in his music include historical linguistics, classical poetry, astronomy and science fiction.

Shoshana Klein (oboe) Shoshana is an oboe player who is interested in and open to playing music of almost any genre, particularly if it has a compelling relevance to current events or involves some type of social commentary. She recently completed a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Music Performance, as well as a performance certificate at Carnegie Mellon University.

Rebecca Lawrence (bass) Rebecca is a recent graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music and a bassist who's musical interests span genre and time period. In addition to playing the bass she enjoys writing songs, hiking, eating eggplant and doing the crossword.

Alexis Letourneau (flute) Alexis is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she studied flute with Angela Jones-Reus. She is an active teacher and performer in the Atlanta and Athens areas, and is co-founder of the Athens-based new music ensembles Incongruency and Safety Second.

Yi-Chun Lin (violin) A native of Taipei, Taiwan, violinist, violist, and pianist Yi-Chun received her doctorate from the University of Michigan, and has served as concertmaster of orchestras worldwide. With a curious mind, and with a passion towards collaborating with other artists, she constantly looks for new dimensions in music and seeks opportunities to immerse herself in various genres of musical styles and musical explorations.

Stephanie Liu (violin) Stephanie is from North Carolina and enjoys playing all genres of music, from classical to contemporary to folk. She now lives in New York, where she is finishing a Master's degree at Stony Brook University and performs and works as an arts administrator for new music ensembles.

Kyle Miller (guitar) Kyle Miller is currently working toward his Bachelor of Arts in Classical Guitar Performance with a Concentration in Composition, at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College.  Outside of formal academic studies, Kyle is a founding member, guitarist, and primary composer of the NY, Progressive-Experimental group, Omnea.

Stephanie Orlando (composer) Stephanie is an emerging composer and pianist based in Toronto. Her music is filled with traditional, contemporary, and pop culture influences.

Fei Nie (piano) Danish/Chinese pianist Fei Nie discovered to new music six years ago, and ever since she has been on a journey of no return. She likes that new music can bring her unexpected surprises, finding new patterns in the non-traditional melody, which allows her to have the freedom to share her own fantasy world with the audience. As a contemporary pianist/performer Fei had performed as a soloist with conductor Jean Thorel, she has also performed in several new music festivals such as, Klang Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival; Nordic Music Day; Pulsar-Festival of contemporary music. Currently, Fei keeps herself busy with her new ensemble NEKO3, working closely with composers from the Danish new music scene and commissioning new pieces.

Claire Niederberger (violin)  Pittsburgh native Claire Niederberger is a master's student in violin performance at the University of Houston, where she studies with Kirsten Yon. She began performing contemporary music during her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, and she has been granted many opportunities to premiere chamber and orchestral works in the U.S. and Canada.

Riley Palmer (percussion) Riley is a drummer/percussionist currently living in New York City. Other than playing music, he enjoys long walks on the beach, coffee, and making pancakes.

Mika Persdotter (viola) Mika is a violist and active musician within many different genres. She is originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, but currently lives in Copenhagen where she works freelance mainly with early music, contemporary music and free improvisation. She is a member of the string quartet Halvcirkel and the music collective Damkapellet.

Timothy Peterson (composer) Driven by a constant curiosity, composer Timothy Peterson draws on a kaleidoscope of influences. Finding inspiration in sources ranging from impressionist, jazz, and classical Arabic styles to literature from the French- and Spanish-speaking worlds, he aims to welcome audiences into musical narratives of genre-crossing expressivity.

Shannon Reilly Steigerwald (violin) Shannon is a violinist and teacher who performs contemporary and traditional classical music. She studied with Charles Castleman and Reneé Jolles, and graduated with her Masters from Eastman in May 2018. Her YouTube channel is called SteigerwaldViolin.

Daniel Rhode (composer) Daniel is a DC-based composer and educator, and co-founder of the record label/collective slashsound. His work explores the connection between music and movement through combinations of digital and organic sounds.

Ailie Robertson (composer)  Ailie is a multi-award winning Scottish composer and harpist whose work crosses the boundaries of traditional and experimental music. She has received commissions, awards and residences from Creative Scotland, the CCA, Culture Ireland, Celtic Connections, EIFF, and CALQ Montreal amongst others, worked with ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, was awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship and was winner of the ‘Achievement in New Music’ prize at the inaugural New Music Scotland Awards.

Thea Rossen (percussion) Thea is a percussionist, creator and educator based in Melbourne, Australia. She is the Director of the Ad Lib Collective, an ensemble of musicians and composers who explore new avenues of performance and music outreach, and half of the bass clarinet and percussion ensemble Enyato Duo with Luke Carbon.

Ryan Schmidt (clarinets) Ryan comes from Grand Rapids, MI where he plays bass clarinet and clarinet in the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, and can be heard on their recent album “Return”. He studies both Music and nonprofit administration, and his career goals include collaborating with composers, performers, and organizations to address societal and environmental topics in a nonaggressive way.

Cara Search (voice) Cara is a vocalist and improviser based in New York City. She has sung in multimedia opera projects with Anonymous Ensemble, Fresh Squeezed Opera, and as a cover with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

Philip Snyder (flute) Philip is interested in the experimental pursuit of performance as a process. He is a founding member of the North Carolina ensemble earspace, the founder a co-director of the non-profit music presenting group Wired Music, one half of if/else duo, and works in admissions for the University of South Carolina School of Music.

Yuzhe Song (percussion) Yuzhe was born in Qingdao, China and received her Bachelors of Music in performance from Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Since then, she has been pursuing post bachelor degrees in music performance at Queens College and performs regularly with Gamelan Yowana Sari, the Unsemble, and the New York Chinese Opera Society. Her musical interests lie within contemporary percussion and orchestral masterworks

Susan Summers (saxophone) Susan is a soloist and collaborative artist based in the Baltimore region. Susan earned BM and MM degrees from the Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Gary Louie.

Megan Thibeault (piano) Megan is an Atlantic Canadian pianist, originally from Gander, Newfoundland. She is passionate about exploring new ways to present, perform, collaborate and create music that reflects our current society.

Emily Thorner (voice) Emily is a Boston based stratospheric soprano, and has performed in the US, Canada, Vietnam, Italy, and Germany. She has recently performed with Boston Musica Viva, Sound Energy, Sound Icon, Hub New Music, and has been featured at the New Music Gathering.

Jennifer Timmins (flute) Jennifer is a freelance flutist and educator with a passion for contemporary New Zealand and Australian chamber music. She has performed with a number of professional ensembles including Orchestra Victoria and Opera Australia and is completing a Master of Music Research at Griffith University, Queensland that investigates strategies for optimising practice efficiency and maintaining a healthy approach to practice.

Joyce To (percussion) Joyce is based in Brisbane, Australia who is currently completing her final year in her undergraduate studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of music under the direction of Vanessa Tomlinson. She is passionate about performing new works and supporting emerging Australian creatives, actively commissioning, collaborating, recording and producing with local composers and filmmakers.

Alicia Jane Turner (composer) Alicia Jane is a composer, violinist and performance artist working across theatre, live art, noise music and contemporary classical music. Her practice focuses on the visceral affectivity of sound and experimental music in performance, using compositions and immersive sound design to ask questions about physicality, identity and intimacy, and explore the relationship between the internal and external body.

Dylan Ward (saxophone) Praised by Classical Voice of North Carolina as “brilliant…interacting with keen enthusiasm,” Dylan is a New York based saxophonist who specializes in contemporary music and interdisciplinary collaborations. Dylan has appeared as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, Georgia Philharmonic, and Raleigh Symphony, and as a chamber musician in venues such as Lincoln Center, Mesa Arts Center, and Interlochen Center for the Arts, among others.

Kieran Welch (viola) Kieran is an Australian violist, curator, DJ, teacher, writer, and co-director of post-genre concert series Dots+Loops. He combines this diverse, yet complementary set of skills with a passion for presenting a wide range of musical genres to varied audiences, and a thorough training in classical viola performance."

Will Yager (bass) Will is a bassist/improviser interested in finding new sounds and playing the music of living composers. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Iowa.

Gloria Yehilevsky (percussion) Gloria has appeared internationally as a performer and educator, and is especially interested in multi-disciplinary and contemporary collaboration. She performed with the World Percussion Group in its 2017 European tour, plays in the percussion duo Enamta with Liz Kung, and was a prizewinner in the Italy PAS International Vibraphone and Musical Merit Foundation competitions. Gloria is currently in post-graduate study at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and holds a BM in Performance from Morehead State University.