Jacob Lane is a composer, pianist, and educator who lives in
Oakland, California. He is the pianist for the chamber groups
Sl(e)ight Ensemble and Portato Portato. A member of The Music
Teachers’ Association of California, Jacob teaches piano
performance and music theory at The Alameda School of Music and
New World Music Academy. Jacob holds degrees in music performance
from Mills College in Oakland, CA (MFA), and Northern Vermont
State University in Johnson, VT (BA).
Joseph Donald Peterson (b. 1995, he/him) is a performer,
composer, and occasional violin maker. He received his Bachelor’s
degree in viola performance from The Juilliard School, where he
studied with the violist Samuel Rhodes and the composer Justin
Dello Joio. During his time there, he was runner-up in the
Juilliard School viola competition, contributed to the
student-led newspaper, The Citizen Penguin, and co-led several
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Composition and Experimental Sound Practices , CalArts
Paul Engle is a musician from Los Angeles, where he spent much of
his musical life as a guitarist and songwriter. His formal music
training began at Los Angeles City College with an emphasis in
jazz guitar and composition. Paul holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts
in Composition and Experimental Sound Practices from
CalArts, where his teachers included Andrew McIntosh, Wolfgang
von Schweinitz, and Marc Lowenstein. His recent works embrace
nuanced differences of sameness and invite interactions of
procedural austerity with will and intuition.
Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University and a Master’s degree in composition from Istanbul Technical University, Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM)
Orkun Akyol (b. 1992) is a composer from
Istanbul, Turkey. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial
Engineering from Bogazici University and a Master’s degree in
composition from Istanbul Technical University, Center for
Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM), during which he studied with
Jeremy Woodruff, Pieter Snapper, and Reuben de Lautour. His
latest interests include harmonic series, jazz music, and machine
learning tools developed for music composition. His music writing
is nourished from his diverse experiences as a jazz pianist and
as an engineer.
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.
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.
Trey Makler (b. 1994) is a musical
storyteller. His music creates dramatic, poignant
narratives that take the listener on unexpected journeys through
memories of hope, play, struggle, and triumph. Aside from
composing, he enjoys writing poetry, doodling, and
organizing concerts. He is a doctoral candidate in composition
and theory at the University of California, Davis, and holds
degrees from the Juilliard School and the University of
Missouri. His primary teachers have included Mika Pelo,
Melinda Wagner, Stefan Freund, and W. Thomas McKenney.
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
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 the natural world and
the tremendous beauty and complexity of everyday life.
Master’s in music composition, SUNY FredoniaBA in music, Amherst College
Emily Joy Sullivan (b. 1987) is a composer,
educator, and choral director based
in Northern California. Her music is animated by
the spirit of song, dance, and storytelling, and
is grounded in various vernacular traditions. Ms.
Joseph Vasinda is a composer and music educator based in the
Sacramento area and is attending school to earn a PhD in
music composition and theory. As a composer, he is deeply
interested in creating works that resonate with performers.
Whether through performer input on the musical material,
performer feedback on the experience of playing through the
piece, or by using improvisational elements, Joseph writes pieces
that he hopes performers will find enjoyable or rewarding.
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 Luna DeLozier is a Ph.D. candidate in
Ethnomusicology. Currently, she is conducting ethnographic
research examining the value of the live music experience. During
her time at UC Davis, she has cultivated her desire to promote
access to and community in the arts by spearheading community
outreach programs in the music department. As a Mellon Public
Scholar, she collaborated with the California Arts Council
reviewing their public arts grant-making programs. She previously
worked as a recording editor and an assistant producer with
Telarc Records and managed the Audio Department for TNT Latin
America, a division of Time Warner. Ecomusicology, social
anthropology, and public policy concerning the promotion of the
arts through community engagement are among her main interests.
Master’s degree in musicology from Taipei National University of the Arts, Institute of Musicology
Hsiang-Yu Mark Feng is a Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology. He
holds a Master’s degree in musicology from Taipei National
University of the Arts, Institute of Musicology. His master
thesis, “The Persistence and Adaption of Hakka Mountain Songs:
Hakka Blues of Sangoudahousheng,” studies the transformation of
traditional music under Taiwan’s postcolonial tendency after the
1990s. Mark also published in Formosan Journal of Music
Research in 2019; this paper tackles a methodological
paradox in current methods of analyzing Hakka popular music.
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.
Jennifer Sherrill has been a musician and teacher in the Chicago
region for the past twenty years. She holds a bachelor’s and a
master’s in vocal performance and vocal pedagogy from Northern
Illinois University and North Park University. She has served as
cantor and youth choir director for Saint Gregory the Great on
the north side of Chicago and has introduced countless young
students to the joys of piano, ukulele, and singing.
BA, Music Education (The College of St. Scholastica) MA, Ethnomusicology (UC Davis)
Sun Ny Vang belongs to Moob Leeg
Moob Xais Nyab (Blue Hmong people from Sainyabuli
Province, Laos), but was born and raised on Dakota lands
(occupied by the city of St. Paul, MN). His undergraduate
experience was routed through Anishinaabeg lands (occupied by The
College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN). There he was a McNair
Scholar, studying kwv txhiaj and lug
txaj (Hmong vocal genres of poetry and storytelling)
under the mentorship of ethnomusicologist Elyse Carter-Vosen.
MA, Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts
Currently enrolled at UC Davis pursuing a PhD in musicology,
Carla Bond has a Master’s degree in musicology from Rutgers
University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Also a performer,
she specializes in early liturgical music.
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’sfrom 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
Sarah Miller is a Ph.D. student in musicology at the University
of California, Davis. She received her Master of Music in voice
and her Master of Arts in musicology at Butler University in
Indianapolis, Indiana. Her research interests include
eighteenth-century opera, gender, sexuality, cross-dressed
performance, and taiko. Over the summers, Sarah enjoys teaching
voice and general musicianship skills to elementary aged students
with UC Davis Youth Programs Summer Camps.
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 her Master of Music
from Louisiana State University; there she completed her master’s
thesis, “Homenajes: Finding Spanish Identity in Falla’s
Orchestral Suite.” She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal
Arts with a concentration in Fine and Performing Arts and a minor
in Music Performance at the Louisiana Scholars’ College at
Northwestern State University of Louisiana.