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Education

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Ph.D. in Music Composition, 2023

Master of Arts in Music Composition, 2017

Composition teachers: Ken Ueno, Franck Bedrossian, Myra Melford, Edmund Campion, Cindy Cox

Masterclasses with Natasha Barrett, Jlin, and Kaija Saariaho

 

State University of New York at Purchase College, Purchase, NY

Master of Music in Music Composition, 2013-2015

Bachelor of Music in Music Composition Cum Laude, 2011-2013

Composition teachers: Du Yun, Huang Ruo, Suzanne Farrin. Studied conducting with Ransom Wilson

Masterclasses with Jason Eckardt, Alvin Lucier

Percussionist in the Symphony Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Purchase New Music Ensemble

Conductor in the Purchase New Music Ensemble

Additional non-degree research studies at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music (AMKP) in Kraków, Poland, 2021-2023

Teaching

Recipient of the UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for Excellence in Teaching

Official TEFL/TESOL Certification (20+ Hours)

University of California, Berkeley, CA, Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) | 2016-Present

2021 Summer: MUS25A: Introduction to Music Theory for Non-Majors        

2021 Spring: MUS53A: Harmony I for Music Majors  

2020 Fall: MUS53A: Harmony I for Music Majors  

2020 Summer: MUS25A: Introduction to Music Theory for Non-Majors    

2020 Spring: MUS53B: Harmony II for Music Majors

2019 Summer: MUS25A: Introduction to Music Theory for Non-Majors   

2018 Fall: MUS25A: Introduction to Music Theory for Non-Majors   

2018 Spring: MUS53A: Harmony I for Music Majors  

2017 Fall: MUS53A: Harmony I for Music Majors  

2017 Summer: MUS25A: Introduction to Music Theory for Non-Majors    

2017 Spring: MUS25A: Introduction to Music Theory for Non-Majors   

2016 Fall: MUS25A: Introduction to Music Theory for Non-Majors    

SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY, Graduate Assistant | 2013-15

2015 Spring: Composition lessons                                                                                                           

2014 Fall: Composition lessons; Music theory tutoring for music majors

2014 Spring: Composition lessons; MTH1420: Ear Training II    

2013 Fall: Composition lessons; MTH1410: Ear Training I  

Scholastic Marching Percussion Instructor, Music Arranger                                                                                           

2009-15: Division Avenue High School Marching Band, Levittown, NY

2013-15: Port Chester High School Marching Band & Indoor Percussion, Port Chester, NY

2013-14: The Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps, Brentwood, NY

2012-14: Walt Whitman High School Marching Band, South Huntington, NY

2009-10: Copiague High School Marching Band, Copiague, NY

 

Fellowships & Awards

September 2022 – July 2023: Kosciuszko Foundation Graduate Studies and Research Program Fellowship

Selected to compose my dissertation Febrile Swing at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland.

Studies with Marek Chołoniewski.

October 2021 – July 2022: Fulbright Research/Study Award

Selected to compose SONOR at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland.

Studies with Marek Chołoniewski.

March 2021: ASCAP/SEAMUS Commission Competition

Awarded the 2nd prize commission for Choose your identity provider.

June 2020, 2022: Alfred Hertz Memorial Travel Scholarship

Awarded a scholarship in pursuit of musical studies in Kraków, Poland.

April 2020: Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

Received in recognition for outstanding teaching of undergraduate students.

May 2019: Nicola de Lorenzo Prize for Outstanding Musical Composition

Received recognition for Nystagmus.

May 2016: Nicola de Lorenzo Prize for Outstanding Musial Composition

Awarded the 2nd prize for Gyre.

May 2015: SUNY Purchase Outstanding Graduate Student Award

For the area of academic music studies.

2013-15: SUNY Purchase College Scholarship                                                                                             

Received an annual scholarship to pursue a Master of Music graduate degree from SUNY Purchase College.

March 2015: One Quiet Plunge Call for Scores

Selected to premiere On a Mountain for soprano Lucy Dhegrae and cellist Nicholas Finch.

Festivals, Conferences, & Events

April 20th, 2023: 35th Kraków International Festival of Composers “Electronic Cocktail” at MOCAK, Kraków, Poland

            Public performance of Memoryscapes (audio and video).

February 13th, 2023: Strefa 223, Centrum Sztuki, Kraków, Poland

            Public premiere of Memoryscapes (audio and video).

December 17th, 2022: A Difficult Room to Visit

Collaborative art installation, centrALT, Kraków, Poland.

November 24th, 2022: Audio Art Festival, HEVRE, Kraków, Poland

            Live acousmatic performance of 11-tone mashing.

September 26th, 2022: Convergence Conference, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

            Live acousmatic performance of Choose your identity provider.

July 12th, 2022: Radio Art Zone, FM Radio Broadcast in Luxembourg

Selection of field recordings broadcast on Luxembourg FM radio and on the internet as part of the “Inside Broadcast: A Day in Other People’s Ears” 22-hour show, curated by Chris Cutler.

April 24th, 2022: 34th Kraków International Festival of Composers “Electronic Cocktail” at HEVRE, Kraków, Poland

            Live acousmatic performance of Ognistych Wici.

May 13th, 2022: Strefa 522, Centrum Sztuki, Kraków, Poland

            Live acousmatic performance of Meeting halfway.

April 13th, 2022: Strefa 422, Centrum Sztuki, Kraków, Poland

            Live acousmatic performance of Son of a Glitch.

April 7th, 2022: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Presentation & masterclass for Dr. Nick Virzi’s Electronic Music Composition class.

March 30th, 2022: SEAMUS, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Live acousmatic performance of Otchłań.

February 18th, 2022: Berkeley New Music Project

            Live acousmatic performance of Otchłań at UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall.

February 13th, 2022: Strefa 222, Centrum Sztuki, Kraków, Poland

            Live acousmatic performance of Prismatic daydream.

January 20th, 2022: Electroacoustic Music Studio, AMKP, Kraków, Poland

            Presentation for Prof. Jarek Płonka’s electroacoustic music class “Contemporary Music in the US.”

January 14th, 2022: Electroacoustic Music Studio, AMKP, Kraków, Poland

            Presentation for Prof. Marek Chołoniewski’s electroacoustic music class, “Ableton Live: A Composer’s View.”

January 13th, 2022 / January 20th, 2022: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

            Presentation on my music and a masterclass for Dr. Nick Virzi’s sound design seminar.

November 30th, 2021: Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków, Poland

Presentation for Prof. Joanna Kaiser’s visual arts class, “Digital Synesthesia: How Computers Enable Us to See Sounds.”

November 18th, 2021: Audio Art Festival, HEVRE, Kraków, Poland

            Live acousmatic performance of Otchłań. Received a positive mention in Glissando Magazine.

October 13th, 2021: Spektrum. Conference & Concert, AMKP, Kraków, Poland

            Live acousmatic performance of Choose your identity provider.

October 7th, 2021: Novalis music+art Festival, Osijek, Croatia

Commissioned to compose Barrage for flute, violoncello, and percussion. World premiere was broadcast live on Croatian National Radio (radio.hrt.hr). Performaed by Ana Batinica, Luis Camacho Montealegre, and Vid Veljak.

June 26th, 2021: NYCEMF

            Virtual performance of Choose your identity provider.

April 24th, 2021: SEAMUS

Virtual performance of Choose your identity provider; 2nd prize winner of the ASCAP/SEAMUS Commission Competition.

April 25th, 2021: NSEME

            Virtual performance of Choose your identity provider.

February 5th, 2019: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Public lecture on my music at CCRMA

March 2018: Ukho Ensemble Composition Academy

Studied composition with Stefano Gervasoni and Luis Naón. Premiered Nystagmus.

March 14th, 2018: Sea of Ferns, UC Berkeley, CA.

World premiere by Ensemble Proton Bern.

November 2017: University of California, Berkeley, CA

Lecture on my music for the UCB Undergraduate Composers Club

July 2017: ilSuono Academy for Young Composers (Half-Active)

Studied composition with Nicolas Tzortzis and Simone Movio. Workshop with Suono Giallo.

July 2017: International Divertimento Ensemble Academy (IDEA)

Studied composition with Franck Bedrossian and Stefano Gervasoni. Premiered December.

June 2016: Nief-Norf Summer Festival (NNSF), University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Studied composition with Christopher Adler and Christopher Burns. Premiered Agitato etereo.

May 9th, 2016: Homage to James Tenney, UC Berkeley, CA

West coast premiere by the ECO Ensemble.                            

May 4th, 2016: Hidden in Grains, Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA

World premiere by Sooyeon Lyuh.                              

December 14th, 2015: Gyre, UC Berkeley, CA

World premiere by the ECO Ensemble.                                                          

December 9th, 2015: Skewness, CNMAT, Berkeley, CA

World premiere by Matt Ingalls.                                                 

May 3rd, 2015: Homage to James Tenney, The Stone, NYC

Alex Fortes, violin; DJ Cheek, viola; Michael Nicolas, cello; Logan Coale, contrabass.

June 14th, 2015: On a Mountain, Hudson Valley, NY. at Bard College. Lucy Dhegrae, Nicholas Finch

Performance by Lucy Dhegrae, Nicholas Finch. Christ Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie, NY.

June 13th, 2015: On a Mountain, Hudson Valley, NY

World premiere by Lucy Dhegrae, Nicholas Finch. Christ Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie, NY.

July 2013: Wintergreen Summer Music Academy, Charlottesville, VA

Studied composition with Larry Alan Smith, Robert Carl, and Samuel Zyman. Premiered String Quartet no. 1.

Performances

October 17th-20th, 2023: Memoryscapes (audio and video), public installation, Do Kiosku, Kraków.

September 8th, 2023: Memoryscapes (audio and video), Миколаїв Art Week MEMORY, Mykolaiv, Ukraine.

April 20th, 2023: Memoryscapes (audio and video), KICF35, MOCAK, Kraków, Poland.

February 13th, 2023: Memoryscapes (audio and video), Strefa 223, Centrum Sztuki, Kraków, Poland.

November 24th, 2022: 11-tone mashing, HEVRE, Kraków, Poland.

September 26th, 2022: Choose your identity provider, Convergence Conference, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

May 13th, 2022: Meeting halfway, Strefa 522, CSW Solvay, Kraków, Poland.

April 24th, 2022: Ognistych Wici, KICF34, HEVRE, Kraków, Poland.

April 13th, 2022: Son of a Glitch, Strefa 422, CSW Solvway, Kraków, Poland.

March 30th, 2022: Otchłań, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

February 18th, 2022: Otchłań, University of California, Berkeley.

February 13th, 2022: Prismatic daydream, Strefa 222, CSW Solvay, Kraków, Poland.

November 18th, 2021: Otchłań, HEVRE, Kraków, Poland.

October 13th, 2021: Choose your identity provider, Academy of Music Chamber Hall, Kraków, Poland.

October 7th, 2021: Barrage, Cultural Center, Osijek, Croatia. World premiere by Ana Bratinica, Luis Camacho Montealegre, and Vid Veljak.

March 31th, 2018: Nystagmus, Plivka Arts Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine. World premiere by Ukho Ensemble.

March 14th, 2018: Sea of Ferns, UC Berkeley, CA. World premiere by Ensemble Proton Bern.                                                                                         

July 16th, 2017: December, Bobbio, Italy. World premiere by Divertimento Ensemble.                                                            

May 8th, 2017: Agitato etereo, UC Berkeley, CA. West coast premiere by the ECO Ensemble.                                                   

April 14th, 2017: Mellarium #1, Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA. World premiere by Mivos.                                    

June 16th, 2016: Agitato etereo, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. World premiere by players of the Nief-Norf Summer Festival.

May 9th, 2016: Homage to James Tenney, UC Berkeley, CA. West coast premiere by the ECO Ensemble.                               

May 4th, 2016: Hidden in Grains, Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA. World premiere by Sooyeon Lyuh.                       

December 14th, 2015: Gyre, UC Berkeley, CA. World premiere by Hrabba Atladottir and Ben Kreith.                                                       

December 9th, 2015: Skewness, CNMAT, Berkeley, CA. World premiere by Matt Ingalls.                                                        

May 3th, 2015: Homage to James Tenney, The Stone, NYC.

June 14th, 2015: On a Mountain, Hudson Valley, NY. World premiere by Lucy Dhegrae, Nicholas Finch.

June 13th, 2015: On a Mountain, Hudson Valley, NY. World premiere by Lucy Dhegrae, Nicholas Finch.

Additional Projects

Audio Engineer for Michael Downs | 2022

Recorded, edited, mixed, and mastered the audiobook-turned-podcast "Isn't it fun how we shine?" and its abridged version "Neighbors Gathered" for Baltimore-based author Michael Downs

Drummer for Hackable Animals | 2020–21

Recording drums and arranging strings for a forthcoming EP by songrwriter/guitarist Christopher Rispoli (AKA Hackable Animals).

Mixing engineer for Annah Sidigu | July 2020

Mixed and mastered the single Lonely Onez by Oakland-based songwriter and poet Annah Sidigu.

Drummer for Chroma, Long Island, NY

Performances: September 18th, 2021 at One Eye Jack's (Bethpage, NY). February 25th, 2020 at Revolution Bar (Amityville, NY).

Drummer for Bela Bela, Berkeley, CA

Recorded drums at the Contra Costa College recording studios for two songs by songwriter Jaren Feeley (AKA Bela Bela).

Drummer for Future Partners, Berkeley, CA | 2019

Sound Ecology | 2018

Along with collaborators Brian Cook and Nick Virzi, I visited two scenic UC Nature Reserves and captured audio field recordings.

Drummer for Steilacoom, San Francisco, CA                                                                                        

Performances: January 19th, 2018 at Neck of the Woods (SF). Feb 25th, 2019 at El Rio (SF).

Drummer for Saidtheanimals, Oakland, CA                                                                                          

Recorded drums for six songs at Shine on Studios. Performances: November 5th, 2018 at El Rio (SF).

Drummer for the Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective, UC Berkeley, CA | 2017–18

Performed under the direction of Myra Melford.

Drummer for the Improvisation Collective, CNMAT, Berkeley, CA | 2017

Performed under the direction of Myra Melford.

Percussionist, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY | May 11th, 2013

Performed a demonstration of a new electronic mallet percussion instrument built by long-time collaborator Brian Cook for the students and faculty of the graduate Electronic Arts program, including Pauline Oliveros.

Drummer for Elijah & the Moon, Woodstock, NY | 2013-15

Performed at the ninth and tenth annual Mountain Jam festivals, embarked on a month-long U.S. tour, and opened up for many renowned artists as Laura Marling, The Lumineers, Bela Fleck, Aimee Mann, and others.

Grant Writing

Student Technology Fund  

Awarded a grant to support the purchase of an interactive stage lighting system for UC Berkeley composers’ concerts. | 2020

Awarded a grant to support upgrading the graduate composers’ Max/MSP licenses to Max 8. | 2019

Awarded a grant to purchase analogue synthesis equipment for educational, artistic, and research purposes. | 2019

UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly  

Awarded a grant to support a professional recording session with Splinter Reeds wind quintet. | 2020

Awarded a grant to support Radical 2 percussion duo in residence at UC Berkeley. | 2019

Awarded a grant to support Quatour Tana in residence at UC Berkeley. | 2018

Awarded a grant to support Ensemble Proton Bern in residence at UC Berkeley. | 2018

Townsend Center for the Humanities

Awarded a grant to support a residency with Splinter Reeds wind quintet. | 2019

Awarded a grant to support a residency with string quartet Quatour Tana. | 2018

Awarded a grant to support a residency with Ensemble Proton Bern. | 2018

Services & Professional Affiliations

Music composition, arranging, drum kit and percussion, audio engineering and mixing, classroom teaching and private lessons.

Member of ASCAP, ACF, SCI, and SEAMUS.

Diril Cymbals endorsing artist.

CNMAT Users Group (CUG) Grantwriter | 2018-20

Fundraised nearly $20,000 in pursuit of CNMAT concerts, education, and equipment acquisition.

Berkeley New Music Project (BNMP) President | 2018-20

Overseeing CUG-related activities, assisting with event scheduling, procuring funds.

CNMAT Users Group (CUG) Vice-President | 2017-18

Overseeing CUG-related activities, assisting with event scheduling, organization.

Graduate Student Readership (GSR) at CNMAT | 2017-19

Assisting CNMAT staff with cataloging equipment, handling website data, and general maintenance and organization.

Music Audition Assistantship, SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY | Spring 2013

Assisted in organizing the Conservatory of Music audition process.

Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY | Winter 2012-13

Intern for engineer Ryan Streber. Assisted in recording sessions of Michel Galante, Jacob Greenberg, Talea Ensemble, Rand Steiger, the JACK Quartet, Claire Chase, Dan Lippel, and others.

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