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Michael Frazier

Michael Frazier is a Black and Latino composer specializing in acoustic, electronic, and electroacoustic music who is invested in exploring a kind of music that has a connection to a broader history of Black creative artistry. Heavily influenced and inspired by his love of jazz and hip-hop music, Frazier’s compositional style incorporates a dense, expansive tonal language juxtaposed with freer approaches to melody and structural organization often born in the expression of musical improvisation in various forms.

Adolphus Hailstork

Adolphus Hailstork received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University, where he was a student of H. Owen Reed. He had previously studied at the Manhattan School of Music, under Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond, at the American Institute at Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and at Howard University with Mark Fax. Hailstork has written numerous works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, various chamber ensembles, band, orchestra, and opera.

Nathalie Joachim

Nathalie Joachim is a Grammy-nominated flutist, composer, and vocalist. She is co-founder of the critically acclaimed duo, Flutronix, and comfortably navigates everything from classical to indie-rock, all while advocating for social change and cultural awareness. Her authenticity has gained her the reputation of being “powerful and unpretentious.” (The New York Times) Joachim, a United States Artist Fellow, is the former flutist of the contemporary chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird.

George Lewis

George Lewis is the Professor of American Music at Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin. Lewis’s work in electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, and notated and improvisative forms is documented on more than 150 recordings.

Patrice Rushen

Patrice Rushen is a classically trained pianist who originally found success in the 70’s and 80’s with her signature fusion of jazz, pop and R&B. Rushen is a four-time Grammy nominee who has composed scores for movies and television. She has been the first female musical director for many of the entertainment industry’s top award shows, which include the Grammy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the People’s Choice Awards, the NAACP Image Awards and HBO’s “Comic Relief V.”

Pamela Z

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist making works for voice, electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She has composed scores for dance, film, and chamber ensembles (including Kronos Quartet and Eighth Blackbird).