Addie Camsuzou is a composer and violinist from
the central coast of California. She holds a Bachelor of Music
degree in music theory/composition from Sacramento State
University, where she studied composition with Dr. Stephen
Blumberg, and violin with Ian Swensen and Anna Presler. She is
currently pursuing a Ph.D. in music composition.
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.
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 doctoral candidate in Music
Composition and Theory at the University of California, Davis,
and a former Mellon Public Scholars Fellow. His research
interests include music in U.S. social movements, morality in
music, and arts education in the U.S. criminal and juvenile
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.
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.
A Sacramento native, Ryan Suleiman was born to
Lebanese and American parents. His music aims to explore new
worlds both sonically and expressively, incorporating
“impressionistic textures and large melodic gestures” (SF
Classical Voice), resonant sonorities, and lively rhythms.
Ryan is deeply inspired by the wonder of natural world and the
tremendous beauty and complexity of everyday life.
Sarah Wald was born in Chicago. She
attended Columbia University in the City of New York for her
bachelor’s degree in music with a focus in
composition. While at Columbia, Sarah studied composition
with Tristan Murail and Arthur Kampela, as well as with Robert
Lombardo in Chicago. She also studied flute with Sue Ann
Kahn. Sarah then studied with Conrad Susa and David Garner
at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for her master’s
degree in composition. For her master’s thesis, she composed
and produced Elegy for a Lady: a Music Drama in One A
Hannah Adamy graduated in 2013 with a BA in Music from The
College of New Jersey and in 2015 with an MA in Performance
Studies from Texas A&M University. Her master’s thesis “Diva
Performativity: Female Body and Voice through Euro-Classical
Vocal Pedagogy” considers the image of the opera diva as it
relates to the process of operatic vocal training.
Esther DeLozier is a PhD student in
ethnomusicology. Her combined love of music and travel led
to this profession, in which she works to capture the
essence of a performance. Born in Venezuela, DeLozier holds
degrees in audio recording from the Indiana University School of
Music and in ethnomusicology, communication and film from North
Carolina State University. She has been a Recording Editor
and an Assistant Producer with Telarc Records, and for several
years managed the Audio Department for TNT Latin America, a
division of Time Warner.
Gillian Irwin has been a student of ethnomusicology at UC Davis
since Fall 2014. Before coming to Davis, she studied music and
English at Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) and served as a
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. At
Davis, Gillian specializes in Indonesian music with interests in
educational and cultural policy, national identity formation, and
the relationship of the region to the nation of Indonesia.
David A. Roby was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He started
studying piano at age 5, and has since become a professional
recording multi-instrumentalist. He is self-taught on mandolin,
tenor banjo, fiddle, trumpet, guitar, bass, accordion, tin
whistle, and bodhrán. David Roby is a member of the recording
project Dance the Bridge with long-time friend Damon
Gentry. Dance the Bridge has recorded two EPs and
LP, which is also available at iTunes.
Davin Rosenberg grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and is a
PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at University of California,
Davis. His research focuses on flamenco in the Americas wherein
he explores musicking in the social (re)creation of space and
sense of place; groove and performance temporalities;
intersensory modalities, and transnational musicocultural flows
Sun Ny Vang earned his bachelor’s degree in
Music Education (K-12 vocal/classroom) from The College of St.
Scholastica in Duluth, MN. There he was a McNair Scholar,
studying Hmong kwv txhiaj and lug
txaj (chant story) under cultural anthropologist and
ethnomusicologist Elyse Carter-Vosen. Vang currently studies
ethnomusicology with a designated emphasis in Native American
Studies. His research interests include Hmong and Indigenous
music/sound studies, poetry, storytelling, cultural expression,
language, and oral histories.
Elizabeth Campbell is a musicology Ph.D. student at the
University of California, Davis. She graduated from Indiana
University in 2017 with master’s degrees in musicology and
library science after completing a bachelor’s degree in music at
Luther college in 2014. Her research interests include
Renaissance vocal polyphony and amateur music making in the
United States, in particular the music of the early
twentieth-century women’s suffrage movement.
Melita Anastasia Denny is a student in the UC Davis Ph.D. program
in musicology. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree in viola
da gamba performance from Indiana University Jacob’s School of
Music, graduating with distinction in 2009. During her studies at
IU, she also did additional work in music history with research
interests centering on the history of music theory and imitative
counterpoint in Renaissance sacred polyphony.
Andressa Gonçalves Vidigal is a Ph.D. student in musicology at
the University of California, Davis. She is Brazilian and grew up
in the city of Maringá, Paraná. She holds a bachelor’s degree in
music from Universidade Estadual de Maringá and a master’s en
route from University of California, Davis. Her current
studies are funded by the Brazilian agency CAPES (Coordination
for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel); from whom she
received the esteemed Doutorado Pleno (Full Doctoral)
Jonathan Minnick is a third-year musicology PhD student at UC
Davis. Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music in trombone
performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
in 2016. At UNC, he performed in many ensembles across the campus
while also focusing on musicological studies, leading to an
honors thesis exploring Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony. This
thesis explores the Alpine Symphony in terms of its historical
origins, cultural influences, symphonic characteristics, and
extensive tone painting.
Leanny Muñoz received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts
with a concentration in Fine and Performing Arts and a minor in
Music Performance from the Louisiana Scholars’ College at
Northwestern State University of Louisiana. There she wrote
an undergraduate thesis, “Female Characters in Opera of the
Enlightenment through the Late-Romantic Era: Mozart, Beethoven,
Verdi, and Puccini.” Her primary research interests are in late
nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century Spanish
nationalism, especially as related to the work of Felipe
Pedrell and Manuel de Falla.
Serena Yang is a doctoral candidate in musicology at the
University of California, Davis. Her research interests include
twentieth- and twenty-first-century music, interdisciplinary
studies, cultural studies, and Asian music. Yang holds a
bachelor’s degree in violin from National Sun Yat-Sen University,
Taiwan, and a master’s degree in music history from the
University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (under
the supervision of
bruce d. mcclung).