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.
Born and raised in central Illinois, Daniel Godsil (b. 1982) is a composer of chamber, orchestral, vocal, electronic, and film music, currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Composition and Theory at the University of California, Davis. He holds an MFA in Music Composition from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he studied with John Fitz Rogers, John Mallia, and Jonathan Bailey Holland. He also holds a BM in Music Composition from Webster University.
Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Aida Shirazi is a Ph.D. student in composition and works with Pablo Ortiz. Shirazi’s music is described as “well-made” and “affecting” by The New Yorker.
She holds her B.A. in classical piano from Tehran University of Art (Iran), and her B.M. in music composition and theory from Bilkent University (Turkey). She studied santoor (traditional Iranian dulcimer) with Parissa Khosravi Samani.
Fang-Wei Luo is a Taiwanese composer who holds his master’s degree in music from Taipei National University of the Arts and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in music composition at UC Davis. Fang-Wei is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, and his pieces have been performed in many cities in Asia and North America. His music focuses on the balance between the simplicity of musical materials, intricacy of acoustic atmosphere, and implications of the composer’s innermost feelings, depicting the solitude, dreams, and suffering of disadvantaged minorities. In recent years, he has placed emphasis on writing pieces for specific political issues or unjust treatments, particularly Taiwan’s independence and arduous situation, which are entangled with his belief in music writing.