Josiah Tayag Catalan is a Filipino-American who was born in New York City and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a degree from Sacramento State, School of Music in Music Theory and Composition, where he studied with Stephen Blumberg and Leo Eylar and violin with Anna Presler and Ian Swensen. In 2012, he was chosen to represent the music department by composing a piece for the annual One World Initiative campaign, in which selected students and faculty engage, lead, and raise awareness in the community around a central global issue.
Samuel Clark-McHale (b. 1992) is an American composer currently residing in Davis, CA. His works have been performed by, among others, Ensemble Signal, Quartetto Indaco, and the Illinois Modern Ensemble at venues and festivals including June in Buffalo and the highSCORE New Music Festival. His piece metallic cocaine bebop for Pierrot ensemble was a 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Award Finalist.
Jonathan Favero is a graduate student in Music Composition and Theory at the University of California, Davis, and a Mellon Public Scholars Fellow. His compositions often have an ontological impetus, such as his second String Quartet, which contemplates violence as a seemingly inherent trait of human nature. His research interests include music in social movements, spirituality in music, and arts education in the U.S. criminal and juvenile justice systems. Additionally, Jonathan serves as Co-President of the UC Davis Music Department Graduate Student Association.