Meet Our Composers
Sam Adams is a multi-instrumental composer and performer currently based in Kentucky. He graduated from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky with a Bachelor’s of Music Education and currently works as a high school and elementary school orchestra director. Sam maintains a busy schedule as a teacher, guest clinician, composer, and performer, and lately, he has begun producing virtual content for students of all ages. In the last decade, he has written more than ten original pieces and over twenty arrangements for various instrumentations. His pieces have been played by high school and college groups across the country.
June Violet Aino is a composer, trombonist, and performer based in Hartford, CT. They recently
completed an undergraduate degree in Music Theory and Composition from Central Connecticut State University studying under Charles Menoche and Brian Kershner. There they began to amass an eclectic collection of works, constantly aiming to expand their musical and artistic scope.
National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR), and most recently was the beneficiary of a commission from Philadelphia’s Network for New Music. June is currently pursuing their
Masters in Composition from the Hartt School studying under Gilda Lyons and Ken Steen. There June also holds the position of Composition Teaching Fellow and Teaching Assistant for the
Composers Ensemble. Apart from composition, June plays piano and trombone with an incredibly active punk duo called Space Camp that has toured the continental US.
Sean Andres is an entrepreneur and freelancer in the music industry. His businesses are manifestations of his desire for healthier business practices within the industry. As a freelancer, Sean is a Multi-instrumentalist and works in Event Production.
Pyro Percussion L.L.C. is an instrument manufacturer that provides eco-friendly and sustainable alternatives to the exotic/endangered hardwoods that have been over-poached for decades. Eastern Hill Music L.L.C. is a sheet music publishing and distribution company disrupting the current standards in composer compensation rates, giving them a more fair financial return on their life’s work.
As a freelancer Sean has held various festival production roles including Production Technician, Assistant Stage Manager, Logistics Coordinator, and Production Intern for festivals such as the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts and the Breckenridge Music Festival.
Sean is an active musician, both as a solo artist and with his Pop-Punk band “Avenue K”. He has performed/recorded as a vocalist, guitarist, vibraphonist, and percussionist with various bands, orchestras, and wind symphonies across the Northeastern United States. Sean writes scores/theme music for animation, and other media, most notably the 2020 animated short film “Go Fetch” by David Coole. In the summer of 2019, Sean explored State and National Parks across the country to develop his compositional technique utilizing the unique landscape/environment to directly influence the music.
He is currently part of the AMS Music Entrepreneurship program at Carnegie Mellon University and has a B.M. in Music Business from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.
For more info, visit his website.
Spencer Bambrick is a composer, author, educator, and multimedia sound artist. His work crosses boundaries between a variety of disciplines from standard concert and chamber pieces to interactive multimedia and performance art. Much of his music is rooted in video games, where each performance actually requires player engagement in order to be fully realized. This thread of participatory art is the core of Spencer’s creative process, where he strives to redefine the roles of the composer and listener. His process makes use of a range of traditional and technological methods to create a uniquely immersive experience for listeners/participants, who are then inspired to reflect on society, justice, and on the sounds themselves.
Series of Animated Shorts), and additional music for the MOBA Paladins (Hi-Rez Studios). Spencer is the Game Audio Network Guild Northeast Regional Director and he has had speaking
engagements presenting his music as well as topics on game audio at GameSoundCon (2019, 2017), PAX Dev (2016), and MAGFest (2015). In 2020 he co-authored The Game Audio Strategy Guide,
a textbook on game audio used for coursework at NYU and Berklee, published globally by Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in music
composition at The University of Hartford (The Hartt School), where he is studying interactive music, music technology, and social impact art.
Matthew Curley is a music educator, percussionist, and musician currently residing in Connecticut. Matt is Currently a Middle School Band Director in Darien, CT. He has previously taught in schools of all grade levels in CT and TN. Matthew’s natural talent for teaching and unparalleled percussion performance capabilities provide great benefit to his students, no matter the age or skill level. In addition to his teaching positions, Matthew has performed in ensembles and concerts across the nation. He has performed in a multitude of ensembles including: Percussion Ensembles, Wind Ensembles, Salsa Bands, Symphony Orchestras, Jazz Ensembles, Pit Orchestras, Drum Corps and more.
Matthew earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. He studied under David Smith & Patrick Smith. After completing his Bachelor’s degree, Matthew went on to finish his Master’s of Music in Percussion Performance from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. At MTSU, he served as a GTA with the percussion & band departments. Matt studied with Lalo Davila, Julie Davila, Derrick Phillips, and other distinguished faculty at MTSU. Matthew proudly uses Innovative Percussion products.
Matthew’s compositions have been performed all over the United States and Europe. Many of his percussion ensemble pieces can be found on State lists such as Texas (UIL-PML) and Indiana. To find out more, visit www.mattcurley.com.
Winnipeg native Michael Cutler is a father, partner, composer, arranger, performer, choir director, organist, pianist, accompanist. impresario, amateur author, and video game speedrunner. His music reflects several of these interests.Mike was born in 1982, educated in public schools and by private music tutors, and graduated in 2005 from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music, earning an Associateship from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in piano performance in 2001 and becoming an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists in 2010. He has been a church organist (and sometimes choir director) for over twenty years.
A very fast-moving writer, Mike has written a great deal of music for a wide variety of instruments and choirs, but mainly focuses on the organ and piano (instruments he actually plays), music for church choir, and chamber music especially involving the flute. A great deal of his inspiration draws on the German romantics, especially Brahms, Rheinberger, and Reger, and more modern multimedia composers, such as Kenneth Arnold and Nobuo Uematsu.
Mike’s compositions are mainly performed by himself and whoever he can rope in to help out. Many of his church choir works are still in rotation in congregations where he hasn’t worked in years. If you’re interested in his music, he would love to hear from you.
Keeghan Fountain is a 2020 graduate from Ithaca College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition. He is an experienced percussionist and composer, and has had a number of commissions, premieres, and performances of his works throughout the United States. While at Ithaca College, Keeghan studied percussion under Gordon Stout, Mike Truesdell, and Conrad Alexander and Composition under Evis Sammoutis and Jorge Grossmann. Alongside his contemporary pieces, Keeghan has worked with NH high schools to arrange marching band shows in the fall and Indoor Percussion shows for the Winter/Spring seasons. His music can be heard in WGI and Nesba circuits throughout New England.
Eliza Gelinas’ recent music aims to create space for audiences to reflect deeply on issues of social justice, climate crisis and personal relationships. With the use of abstract forms, lush harmonies and layers of palpable texture, her music welcomes vivid imagery. Multimedia collaborations Eliza has written for include: underscore for a production of The Seagull performed by The Hartt School’s theatre department, animation, video, dance choreography, and art installation.
Electronic music has become her artistic medium of choice, and has studied at the SPLICE Institute during the summer of 2020. Upon graduating from The Hartt School, she hopes to continue working with sound design and the expansive possibilities of multimedia collaboration.
The music of Jon F. Howe (b. 1997) combines a natural, organic, approach to harmony and form as well as striking motivic gestures with an idiomatic approach to the instruments. Howe combines classical and traditional motifs drawing inspiration from his Irish heritage, as well as other folk music idioms with post romantic and impressionistic inspired techniques. Jon is the recipient of the 2018 Georey Gibbs and Sona Aronian Scholarship in Music Composition (University of Rhode Island), and the 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Student Fellowship (University of Rhode Island) where he composed Dullahan’s Ride, a short tone poem for orchestra.
A member of NAfMe, Jon is happy to mix education with composition and is more than happy to collaborate with educators, performers, and artists of all types. In addition to music, Jon has been a public speaker for events discussing the asexual orientation, which he personally identifies as.
Jon frequently draws inspiration from nature, going on frequent hikes across New England. Over time Jon developed a hobby of taking photographs of his experiences across his journeys. Many of these photos can be found on his Instagram, @jonowemusic.
Jon holds a Bachelors of Music in Composition degree from the University of Rhode Island and is currently pursuing a Masters of Music degree at The Hartt School. His major composition teachers have included Anthony R. Green, Elaine ABerdam, and Kirsten Volness, and he has studied horn with Elizabeth Gates, Jaime Thorne, and Cathryn Cummings. Jon’s works are self-published, with select works published by independent publishers.
Jon uses both he/him and they/them pronouns.
Matt Jacobson is a sound designer, composer, and recording/mixing engineer based in Montreal, Canada. He began playing the saxophone once upon a time many years ago and hasn’t been able to stop thinking about music since! Matt attended Carleton University for Jazz Performance, and most recently graduated with distinction from Concordia University with an electroacoustics and audio engineering degree. His obsession with sound began as far back as the mid 1980’s with his first NES games. When not working on (or listening to!) music, sound, or his ever-changing studio layout, Matt prefers to spend time with his wife and their giant dog and two cats.
Judith Katz was born and raised in New York City, where she was a product of the New York City School system. After graduating from the famous High School of Performing Arts, she attended Manhattan School of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance on the flute, and later on, a Master of Music Degree in Education. Her flute studies were with Abraham Silverman, Harold Bennett, Herbert Levy and James Politis.
Ms. Katz is a veteran of the New York City school system, retired from her full-time position as band teacher at Aviation High School. As a flutist and piccolo player, she played many concerts with both the Seuffert Band, and Staten Island Musicians Society Band. In addition, Ms. Katz is a member of the adjunct teaching staff of Hunter College, teaching beginning woodwinds, and mentoring student teachers through the joint Lincoln Center-Hunter program.. Ms. Katz’s mentoring duties also extend to the New York City Department of Education’s Arts Matters Program.
Judith is a composer and arranger as well, with works published by Imagine Music Publishing, Northeastern Music Publications, and Eastern Hill Music.
Arthur J. Michaels earned a bachelor of music degree in music education from the Eastman School of Music and a master of arts degree in teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has taught instrumental music in grades 4 through 12 in New York and in New Jersey. His concert band and string orchestra works have won contest awards and were selected in competition for performances. His published works include music for concert band, choruses, string orchestra, and instrumental ensembles. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Music Educators Association, and ASCAP.
Trish Torline is a multi-instrumental composer, singer/songwriter and performer currently based in Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky with a Bachelor of Music Education and received her Master’s in Music Education from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Trish was a middle school band director for 22 years. During this time, she noticed a lack of new music written specifically for the young musician in Solo and Ensemble performance. To correct this void, Trish started composing pieces for her students to perform. After retiring from teaching in 2019, at the urging of respected colleges, she started reaching out to music publishers in hopes of publishing the pieces she had written to make them available to more people. Her catalogue includes compositions for wind instruments, piano, guitar, and choir.
Trish’s compositions have been played by middle and high school musicians across the country.
Trish maintains a busy schedule as a private teacher, guest clinician, performer, and continues to compose fresh new music for today’s musicians in all levels of growth.
Joseph Turner is a freelance drummer, classical percussionist, and educator residing in Connecticut. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Business from Mansfield University where he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and served as drumline captain of The Spirit and the Pride! Marching Band.
Joseph has been one of the recent winners of Mansfield University’s concerto competition, and has been a featured soloist with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and the Endless Mountain Music Festival Orchestra, performing Avner Dorman’s Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! and Russell Peck’s The Glory and the Grandeur, respectively. He has also toured the east coast with multiple bands of varying genres, frequenting residencies in Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, Ohio, and more. His experience has led him to perform in notable venues such as the Orpheum Theater, Beacon Theater, and Carnegie Hall.
As an educator, Joseph has taught private drum set, percussion, and piano lessons; instructed various collegiate drum lines including Shippensburg University and Lock Haven University, and is the current percussion instructor at Bristol Eastern High School in Bristol, Connecticut.
Joseph has received additional instruction from The Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, under the direction of Benjamin Toth, receiving additional private instruction from Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Boccato, and vibraphonist Ted Piltzecker. Previous instructors include Adam Brennan of Mansfield University, Conrad Alexander of Mansfield University & Ithaca College, and Rich Thompson of The Eastman School of Music. He is the co-founder and current managing member of Eastern Hill Music, a publishing company devoted to the fair compensation and enhanced exposure of new music composers.
Joe proudly endorses Artifact Percussion.
Mike Neumeyer is a versatile musician, educator, and composer based in South Milwaukee, WI. As a composer, Mike has written with one unique focus being marimba and voice. One of Mike’s marimba and voice works, The Power of Music, was used in the documentary In Pursuit of Passion. Mike Neumeyer’s compositions have been published by C. Alan Publications, Heartland Marimba Publications, Eastern Hill Music and through self-publishing. His works have been commissioned by The UWSP Percussion Ensemble, The Oak Creek Percussion Ensemble, and The Adna Percussion Ensemble in Washington.
Mike’s work Mikayla for euphonium and marimba was recorded and released by euphonium artist David Abellan Garcia at Banda Municipal de Musica de Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain and newest work Emergent has been premiered by Don and DJ Palmire of The US Army Pershing’s Own. Mike’s catalogue of recordings includes an eclectic mix from relaxing meditative marimba and vibraphone solos to video game inspired electronic music. Lately, Mike has been prolifically performing online! He has recently been featured by Marimba One, Modern Marimba, Wisconsin Music Ventures, Vibesworkshop.com, ZIKSA – An Art Forum, and Desperate Housegeek Magazine!
Mike is on faculty at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), teaching music business, film scoring and percussion. He is the co- caption head with The Oak Creek Marching Knights (6 consecutive year State Champions) and works with the Oak Creek-Franklin School District as a percussion specialist. From 2014-2018 Mike acted as percussion coordinator of the UW-Milwaukee Youth Percussion Ensemble in accordance with UWM Youth Wind Ensembles.
In 2007, Mike graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he studied voice, percussion, and music education with Dr. Robert Peavler, Robert Rosen, and Dr. Judy Bond, respectively. During this time, Mr. Neumeyer also studied conducting with Dr. Brendan Caldwell and composition with Dr. Charles Rochester Young. In 2011, Mike earned a Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied with Dr. John Climer. While at UW-Milwaukee, Mike also studied percussion with Carl Storniolo and composition with Dr. Keith Carpenter and Steve Nelson-Raney. Mike is a Marimba One Educational Artist and endorses Saylers Percussion/Encore Mallets. http://www.mikeneumeyer.com
Composer and percussionist Benjamin Paden strives to create a unique style and language. His music portrays primal intensity and rhythmic complexity, while influenced by an eclectic taste in music, varying from the avant-garde to rock. Originally hailing from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Benjamin holds a masters degree for composition at The Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, where he studied under David Macbride, Dr. Robert Carl, and Ken Steen. Other education includes B.A in percussion performance and composition from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, studying under Dr. James Doyle, and Dr. Matthew Schildt. Benjamin is proud to be a co-founder of the Hart Beat Music festival, which is held annually in Hartford, Connecticut. Ben performs regularly with his band POSSM, Playing the drums.
Cole Reyes (b. 1998) is a Brooklyn-based composer, arranger, and performer. He seeks to encapsulate fragments of the human experience through the lens of contemporary classical music.
His music has been played by such as Unheard-of//Ensemble, the Momenta Quartet, Dashon Burton, and Lux Choir, among others. He has recently won accolades for his work by the Lux Choir, newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Huntsville Master Chorale, San Francisco Choral Artists, Six Degrees Singers, and the National Flute Association.
He completed his undergraduate studies in music and mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis where he studied with Christopher Stark and LJ White. He now resides in Brooklyn where he is pursuing a graduate degree in composition at NYU where he studies with Robert Honstein and Michael Gordon.
Ryne Siesky is a Miami-based composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. His music explores the intersections of art and music, bringing focus to the idiosyncrasies of music creation and sonic processes. His work has been described as “beautifully haunting” (Robert Avalon Competition), “patiently evocative” (George Lewis), and “attractively inventive” (Dorothy Hindman). His work has been performed by Hypercube, Braeburn Brass Quintet, Robert Black, Lindsay Garritson, and Laura Silva, among others. His music has also been featured at several festivals and conventions including the International Trumpet Guild, NYCEMF, and SEAMUS. Siesky is currently working towards his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Miami – Frost School of Music
Jordan Walsh is a percussionist, audio engineer, and educator based in Austin, Texas. A proponent of electronics and theater in music, he strives in his solo career to perform the most absurd music with the most genuine fervor. Jordan frequently commissions and performs new works in both chamber and solo settings, with upcoming premieres by composers including Elainie Lillios, Akshaya Avril Tucker, and José Martinez.
In addition to his performance career, Jordan maintains an active teaching schedule in the Austin area. His private students in both the Lake Travis ISD and the Leander ISD frequently place at Texas All-State and Region band auditions as well as in the PASIC High School Individuals Competition (2018). He acts as a chamber music coach at UT Austin, where his students placed third in the 2018 PASIC Chamber Competition.
Jordan is also an active audio engineer and producer, working independently as well as for the University of Texas at Austin. He acts as Supervising Audio Engineer for the Vista Ridge High School Marching Band (UIL Texas State Champions 2018), and is in demand as a live engineer in the Austin marching band community. Some of his production credits include Colin McCall’s Bloom, James Markey’s Psychedelia, Peter Steiner’s United, and Up/Down’s Roots. Beyond traditional audio work, Jordan is proficient in both the Max/MSP and SuperCollider audio processing languages, and is a composer and advocate of electroacoustic music. He has acted as Technical Director for the 2020 New Media Art & Sound Summit, New Music Co-Op “Listening In” series, and is the Director of newly minted DensitySOUND record label under Density512. His audio technology teachers have included Andrew Stoltz, Matthew McCabe, Russell Pinkston.
As a professional musician, Josh Walker has worked in the Carolina region for over 20 years, including as percussionist with the Charlotte, Charleston, and Union Symphonies. In this capacity he has performed with Andrea Bocelli, the Moody Blues, Manhattan Transfer, The Four Tops, Natalie Cole, and many other artists. Josh also frequently performs on timpani, drum set, jazz vibes, marimba, and ethnic and orchestral percussion.
In 2014 Josh recorded, produced, and released an album of his jazz-influenced arrangements of classic hymns. It is entitled Reimagined: Classic Hymns for a Modern Audience. He also writes music exclusively and non-exclusively for several music libraries.
Josh studied at Winthrop University where he earned a Bachelor of Music Performance in 1998 and a Master of Music Performance in 2001.
He and his wife, Michelle, live in Fort Mill, SC with their daughter.
Derek Young is a composer with his Bachelor’s in Music Technology from Mansfield University and soon his Master’s in Music Composition from Binghamton University. His primary instrument is piano, and he has accompanied various ensembles from university choirs and musicals to community theater productions. Over the past two years pursuing his Master’s, he has written a variety of music for mixed ensembles, orchestras, and solo instruments notably for piano. Recently, he digitally released an album of piano solos called “Tales from the Piano.” Other accomplishments include being a finalist for the 2020 SUNY PACC Prize from Performing Arts, Creation, & Curation. His compositional styles utilize a variety of influences from the Romantic era to the post-tonal world as well as Pop/Rock.