Composition Guests

Composition Guests

Visiting Artists

Composers and new music ensembles are a regular feature of the UNCSA experience. Coaching and recording new music, answering questions and enlivening the discourse on the nature of new music, these artists bring varied perspectives to the development of our students.

Caroline Shaw coaches an ensemble in Composition Seminar.

Recent guest composers include:

  • Caroline Shaw
  • Samuel Adler
  • Huang Ruo
  • Augusta Read Thomas
  • Steven Bryant
  • Danny Elfman
  • Mason Bates
  • David Maslanka
  • Mario Davidovsky
  • David Smooke
  • Mara Helmuth
  • David Sanford
  • Kenneth Amis
  • Tyson Davis
  • Kamala Sankaram
  • Robert Yekovich
  • Randall Woolf
  • Margaret Sandresky
  • Eleonor Sandresky
  • Jason Brett Klein
  • Charles Fussell
  • Arthur Kreiger
  • Loren Loiacono
  • Jeffrey Holmes
  • Jennifer Higdon
  • David Ludwig
  • Omar Thomas
  • Robert Chumbley

Composer Spotlight

Every year, the Composition Department focuses on a specific living composer in our Composer Spotlight feature. We study that composer's music, discuss specific works, then meet with the composer to get his or her insights directly. In recent years, we've spotlighted the following composers:
Vijay IyerChen YiKati AgocsAndrew NormanGabriel KahaneMissy MazzoliSteven MackeySarah Kirkland SniderDaniel Bernard Roumain

Guest Recording Sessions

Guest ensembles and soloists come for recording sessions of music by UNCSA students every year. Recent guest recording sessions have been with:

Eighth Blackbird with students

Eighth Blackbird with Composition students Alexander Umfleet and Zachary Mackey