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Current Composition Fellows

Profiles of some current fellows in Composition:

Matt Anderson received his bachelor of music from Temple University and his master of music from the University of Cincinnati in music composition.  As well as doing graduate work at Rutgers, Anderson is a public school choral director at the Rahway Academy Of Arts And Sciences in Rahway, NJ. He is also an adjunct music theory professor at Felician College, in Lodi, NJ, and the music director for Central Unitarian Church in Paramus, NJ. As a composer, Anderson has written production music for TV and independent film as well as art music for choruses, chamber music, and solo piano.  Anderson is an alumni of the BMI Lehman Engel Music Theater Workshop and has composed music for various off and off-off Broadway music theater productions.  Anderson has two children, Nicholas and Christopher, and lives in North Arlington, NJ.

Joshua BoothJoshua Booth is a PhD candidate in composition/theory. His current music is generated solely by a system of sequences he built in Max/MSP. The system allows him to pre-compose sequential orderings of musical material in various parameters and then trigger them to create musical form. Under the moniker "J. Boo" he has performed at various clubs and galleries including Aperture Foundation, for Rinko Kawauchi's "Ametsuchi" exhibition; the Stone, curated by Toby Driver; and Knitting Factory. He has also worked as a producer with the hip hop group dälek since 1998. Visit his Facebook page here or his Soundcloud here.

Born in South Korea, Seoul, composer, theorist, and accompanist Yunhee Cho studied at Chung-Ang University where she earned a bachelor of music degree in composition. She received her master of music degrees in music theory and composition from Ewha Womans University and Mannes College of The New School for Music. Cho has composed orchestral, chamber, solo, and choir music. Many of her choral works were published and recorded professionally. Cho was awarded in the 5th Jean Schneider Goberman Composition Competition and the 44th Seoul Composition Festival. She is also a winner of Mannes Orchestra Composition Competition in 2010. Her orchestra piece was premiered by Mannes Orchestra during the Mannes Contemporary MusicFestival. Cho is pursuing her PhD in composition and theory at Rutgers, New Jersey State University under the tutelage of Professor Charles Fussell.

Michael Seth Cudd is a composer, conductor, performer and music educator. He has studied composition with William R. Hull, Charles Chapman, James Faulconer, Kenneth Fuchs, Charles Fussell and Tarik O’Regan. While working on his masters degree at the University of Oklahoma, he received the Alice and Albert Kirkpatrick Scholarship in Composition. In addition, Cudd has studied saxophone in great detail and is knowledgeable in both classical music and jazz. He also has training as a conductor, and in 2010 he received a Fund for Teachers Fellowship which allowed him to travel to London and participate in the London Conducting Workshop. As an educator, he has taught band, jazz, guitar, saxophone, elementary music and composition. Visit his website here.

Chung Eun Kim, a native Korean composer, is currently pursuing her doctor’s degree program at Rutgers, where she studies under Tarik O'Regan. She studied with Gerald Chenoweth, Charles Fussell, Robert Cogan, Pozzi Escot and Seung Hyun Youn. She is also a pianist and organist. She received her master of music degree at New England Conservatory in Boston and her bachelor of music and master of music degrees at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea. 

Jonathan Kotler has composed a wide variety of works utilizing instrumental, vocal and electronic resources. Recent performances include The House on the Hill for vocal and string quartets, Dance for violoncello, Three Songs for soprano and chamber ensemble, Scherzo for orchestra, as well as the music for Hamlet: Now I Am Alone at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Kotler earned his B.M. in Music Composition from Northwestern University. During his undergraduate years, he also earned a Diploma in Audio Engineering from SAE Technology College in London, England. Later, Kotler earned his master of music degree in music composition from Mannes College. While at Mannes, he was a winner of the CIRCE Competition and the Orchestral Performance Award. In addition to his compositional activities, Kotler has worked as an audio engineer and sound designer for numerous television and film clients.

Brian Landrus is a PhD composition candidate. Landrus is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator. Focusing on the low woodwinds, Landrus has toured internationally as a leader and sideman, and has performed on several Grammy®-winning recordings. Brian has released eight albums as a leader, with four of them on his BlueLand Records label. He has composed over 150 works for diverse instrumentation ranging from solo instrument to full orchestra. Landrus has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, The Boston Globe, Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Times, Jazzwise, and has been voted a Rising Star in Downbeat Magazine's International Critics Poll for the past five years. Landrus has a bachelor of the arts from the University of Nevada Reno, and two master of music degrees from The New England Conservatory, where he was awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal. Visit his website here.

Jinsil Lee, a native Korean composer, has worked with many national civic choirs and orchestras in South Korea. Specifically, she has been active in the choir publishing field and in theater music. She is a orchestrator and keyboardist, and is currently pursuing a master of the arts degree in composition studying with Dr. Robert Livingston Aldridge at Rutgers University. She received her Bachelors of Music at Chongshin University in Seoul, South Korea. She has her own music publishing company in South Korea. 

Anqi Liu, a native Chinese composer, received her bachelor of the arts degree from Xiamen University. She is currently pursuing a master of music degree in composition at Rutgers University, where she studies with Gerald Chenoweth, Charles Fussell, and Robert Aldridge. Liu started playing the piano at the age of four, and when she was in her undergraduate program traveled around China collecting Chinese folk music in distinct minorities areas. During her time in the US, she has been influenced by various acoustics elements in contemporary composition. She creates music that fuses elements from both Eastern and Western traditions. Her music has been performed by Nouveau Classical Project, Rutgers Percussion Ensemble, and Helix! New Music Ensemble. She has collaborated with a number of choreographers and her music has been used in the 2013 and 2014 BFA Senior Solo/Duet dance concerts. Listen to her music at soundcloud.com/anqiliu

The New York Times described Patricio Molina as “a gifted young artist” when they heard his performance in the Symphony Space’s “Wall-to-Wall Stravinsky” program. At the age of four Molina was invited to attend The Chilean University on a scholarship by Amigos del Teatro Municipal. Molina’s compositions embrace a variety of works, from a set of easy piano pieces for piano beginners to a fully orchestrated three-act ballet titled Chiloé and a fully orchestrated three-act opera titled La Sargento de la Concepción. Other works by Molina include choral and chamber music. Molina completed his master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Dr. Marc Silverman and is now attempting the only and first double-doctorate, a PhD in composition under the guidance of Dr. Robert Aldridge, and doctorate in musical arts with Professor Paul Hoffmann at the Mason Gross School of the Arts in Rutgers University.

 

Angelique Mouyis graduated with a master’s degree in music composition at the University of the Witwatersrand and a master of fine arts in musical theatre writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she studies composition with Dr. Robert Aldridge. She and Mkhululi Z. Mabija were commissioned to write a short opera as part of Four: 30 – Operas Made In South Africa, produced by Cape Town Opera, which premieres in November 2015. Mouyis is the recipient of a Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) post-graduate studies scholarship as well as the Ernest Oppenheimer Overseas Scholarship for the Performing Arts. Productions include Forget this City (Enthuse Theatre) and The Boy Who Never Grows Up (Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute). She is the author of Mikis Theodorakis: Finding Greece in his Music (Kerkyra Publishers, 2010). For more, visit her website here.

Casey Mullen is currently working toward a PhD in composition at Rutgers University. He received his master of music degree in composition from NYU where he studied with Elodie Lauten. Originally from the Midwest, Mullen attended Miami University in Ohio where he received a degree in piano and composition. Mullen is especially interested in collaborating across artist fields and has composed music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, dancers, fashion shows and performance art. His research and musical interests center around the tradition of American avant-garde composers beginning with the New York School centered around John Cage and continuing the with minimalist and post-minimalist composers today. An album of Mullen’s electronic music can be found on iTunes under the moniker Planes and Angles and more of his music and be heard at his Soundcloud. He is also currently working on an album of compositions for his doctoral thesis.

Since debuting on his own Purple Cow Records label in 1998, composer Chris Opperman has been carving his own niche in today’s pop-saturated music world, having released five full studio albums including 2010's The Lionheart, an EP and a digital single called "Aphrodite Nights" (2011), which was composed on the gourd tree, a unique instrument invented by Harry PartchOpperman has also performed with and/or orchestrated music with many industry luminaries, such as Grammy®-award winning guitarist Steve Vai. His association with Vai resulted in two Grammy-nominated recordings: 2006's "Lotus Feet" and 2008's "The Attitude Song" with Holland's Metropole Orkest. Opperman's orchestration of Vai's seminal piece "For the Love of God" has over fifteen million views on YouTube. He also has over a dozen years of experience working in the major music industry, holding positions at Universal Music Publishing Group and GSO Business Management, a financial management firm for high-profile musical artists.

Gregg Rossetti is a multi-instrumentalist and composer of many styles of music, currently pursuing his PhD. His interest in composition began at a young age; he would write music for school projects, self-made video games and rock bands. The positive response influenced him to pursue a musical career. While at college, Rossetti had some of his first concert pieces performed; the Jazz Improvisation Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra, played his works. While pursuing his master of arts degree, he wrote two compositions for large orchestra and several chamber pieces, including a microtonal piece for the Harry Partch Ensemble. After finishing the first leg of his education, he worked intensively at his music production facility, recording his own music but also working with artists from opera singers to rappers. From 2010-2013, he worked as the sole composer for a web-comic; the music ranged from avant-garde/ambient/electronic to hard rock to orchestral.

Martin Sedek is a first year PhD student at Mason Gross studying with Tarik O'Regan. Sedek has a bachelor of music degree and master of music degree in composition from Berklee College of Music and Montclair State University. Also an accomplished conductor, he serves as music director and conductor for Choral Art Society of NJ and is on the choral and theory faculty at the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. 

Martha Sullivan (MA/PhD) is exploring how music shapes narrative. At Rutgers, she has worked with the dance department to provide music for student choreographers, and this semester she is music directing Cyrano de Bergerac for the theater department, composing incidental music and helping the cast shape their performance of it to serve the story. She also explores text and narrative by performing song repertoire with the collaborative piano program. An experienced singer and composer for the voice, she believes that opera provides the richest and most complex interplay of song and story, so composing in that genre and researching and writing about it comprise the main focus of her work at Rutgers.

Stefan Swanson is an award-winning composer for concert and film, with over 40 scoring credits and over 50 concert works. He recently scored the award-winning dramatic film Stop, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It has since been acquired by Condé Nast Entertainment. In 2011, the dramatic feature film Gun Hill Road, starring Esai Morales (NYPD Blue, La Bamba) and Judy Reyes (Scrubs, Hawthorne), along with Swanson's score, enjoyed tremendous success at that year’s Sundance Festival and later was released in theaters worldwide. (It is currently available on Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon). Swanson’s scores for the award-winning dramas Stone Cars, Premature, and Cuts, have aired on HBO, Cinemax, and BET. His recent concert commissions include Aria and Allegro for Bass Trombone and Piano for bass trombonist JJ Cooper, and The Wind, commissioned and premiered by the Harmonium Choral Society under the direction of Anne Matlack.

David Wolfson

David Wolfson: Recent premieres include Ruck, for saxophone quartet, by the Dave Noland Sax Quartet at Marble Collegiate Church; Recurve, for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, by the Gotham Ensemble on the Classical at Cornelia series at the Cornelia Street Café; Twinkle, Dammit!, for toy piano and toys, by Margaret Leng Tan at the 1st International Toy Piano Festival; Deep Woods: The Unicorn Sings to Memory for soprano and string orchestra on a text by Peter Beagle on a concert of the Blacksburg Community Strings; and Rapture, a short opera, on the Pocket Opera series at Hunter College in New York City. A film version of another short opera, Maya’s Ark, was produced by Ardea Arts in 2012. Discography includes the CD “Seventeen Windows” from Albany Records, featuring piano suite Seventeen Windows, performed by Jenny Lin. His music has also been recorded by pop singer Tamra Hayden, soprano Karen Jolicoeur and cellist Suzanne Mueller.