Josiah Tayag Catalan is a Filipino-American born in New York City and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a degree from The Sacramento State School of Music where he studied composition with Stephen Blumberg and Leo Eylar and violin with Anna Presler and Ian Swensen. During his studies at The Sacramento State School of Music, he was chosen to represent the music department for the annual One World Initiative campaign to raise awareness around current global issues.
Born and raised in central Illinois, Daniel Godsil (b. 1982) is a composer of chamber, orchestral, vocal, electronic, and film music, currently pursuing his PhD 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 PhD 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.