Elise Brancheau is a soprano from New Jersey with an eclectic performance career singing operatic, art song, oratorio, folk, and choral repertoire. A strong proponent of new music, she has premiered numerous works by composers such as Melissa Dunphy, Martha Sullivan, Dennis Tobenski, Adam Cuthbért, and Jan Albert, and has lent her voice to the soundtracks of multiple short films. She currently serves as the executive director for C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, a New York City-based vocal ensemble that performs choral works composed in the last 25 years, where she regularly collaborates with composers of cutting-edge repertoire.
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. Sullivan’s works have been performed in New York, Chicago, Memphis, Vancouver, Valencia, and Cape Town. She holds a Master’s degree in Music Composition from SUNY Fredonia and a BA in Music from Amherst College, where her feminist musicology thesis was “Envoicing Eve: Femmes Fatales in Carmen, Salome, and Lulu.” Ms. Sullivan is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition at the University of California, Davis, where she is working on a musical theater project retelling fairy tales from the heroines’ points of view.
Mathias Coppens (1988) is a Belgian pianist-composer based in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with the highest distinction for piano and composition under the supervision of Levente Kende and Wim Henderickx at the conservatory in Antwerp and graduated in composition with ‘excellence’ at the conservatory of Amsterdam where his teachers were Willem Jeths and Wim Henderickx. Mathias graduated at the famous screen scoring department of the University of Southern California where his professors were Bruce Broughton, Christopher Young, etc. He is currently assistant of Aaron Zigman ('The Notebook', 'Sex and the City', etc.)
Celeste Oram is a composer and musician who grew up in Aotearoa New Zealand and is now living in San Diego. Celeste's works are scenarios which prompt performers and listeners to confront sonic and social histories, utopias, and quotidia. Encompassing instrumental writing, song & speech, electronics, visual media, theatre, and improvisation, Celeste’s work has been recognised by the 2017 CANZ Trust Fund Award, a nomination for the 2014 SOUNZ Contemporary Award, and the 2016 Kranichstein Composition Prize from the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music, whose jury described her work as ‘strangely entertaining... engaging with history in a striking manner’ and ‘utterly relevant’.
Eli Berman (they/she) is a composer-vocalist, improviser, and instrument builder from Pittsburgh, PA. She creates music that explores links between bodies, genders, ancestries, and environments using experimental vocal techniques in relation to western classical, Jewish cantorial, Yiddish, Slovak, and Appalachian singing traditions. She also makes music with her original Xibuccal Instruments, a collection of electro-acoustic extensions of the human vocal tract made of pipes, microphones, speakers, and delay pedals. Eli is currently completing an undergraduate degree in Music at Princeton University, where she studies composition with Dan Trueman, Steve Mackey, and Bora Yoon.
Driven by a constant curiosity, composer TIMOTHY PETERSON draws on a kaleidoscope of influences. Finding inspiration in sources ranging from impressionist, jazz, and classical Arabic styles to literature from the French- and Spanish-speaking worlds, he aims to welcome audiences into musical narratives of genre-crossing expressivity.Timothy holds a MM in Composition from the University of Southern California and undergraduate degrees in composition and comparative literature from the University of Michigan. He has also studied music in Mysore, Havana, and Tangier.