2017 New Music Workshop Fellows

Composition Fellows

James Bundich

JAMES BUDINICH  composes music inspired by minimalism, Croatian folk traditions, and American popular music. He has written for orchestra, voice, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and electronics; past collaborators include the Momenta Quartet, Yarn/Wire, and the Lontano Ensemble. James currently studies privately with Gregory Spears and will begin his Ph.D. in composition at Duke University this fall. He earned his MM from Binghamton University, where he studied with Daniel Thomas Davis.  Visit: jamesbudinich.com.

Chen Jin KohSingaporean composer CHENG JIN KOH also performs on violin and Yangqin (a Chinese hammered dulcimer). Currently based in New York, her music is inspired by musical cultures present in the cosmopolitan vibrancy of Singapore. She has written works for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, T’ang Quartet and other ensembles. She attended summer composition programs at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin Conservatory. Currently, she is a second year undergrad at The Juilliard School.

SOOSAN LOLAVARSOOSAN LOLAVAR is a British-Iranian composer whose work has been performed in the USA, Canada, UAE and across the UK. Her music has been broadcast on BBC television in both the UK and Iran as well as played several times on BBC Radio 3. Having studied Iranian classical music, with the help of a Fulbright Scholarship 2015-16, her music draws on ideas from both Western and Iranian traditions.


CONNOR ELIAS WAYCONNOR ELIAS WAY is a composer based in Baltimore, Maryland. He’s written for a number of groups including the NeoPhonia New Music Ensemble, Chamber Cartel, Terminus Ensemble, Trio Phoenix, Omnibus Ensemble, and Now Hear This. Connor is currently finishing a Master’s Degree at the Peabody Institute where he studies with Kevin Puts. In the Fall of 2017 he will begin his PhD at Princeton University as a Roger Sessions Doctoral Fellow. Visit: connoreliasway.com


Benjamin Webster

Boston based composer and clarinetist

BENJAMIN WEBSTER is currently studying composition and performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. His music has been performed by a variety of ensembles including the Frost Symphonic Winds, Transient Canvas, and has been included in reading sessions involving the Frost Wind Ensemble, the Passpartout Duo, and members of the Cleveland Orchestra. His teachers include Lansing McLoskey, Howard Frazin and Margaret Donaghue.

Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble

Raised in Centreville, VA, cellist ERIC ADAMSCHICK has studied music for the majority of his life. In 2007, he was accepted as a National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellow, studying under Loran Stephenson. Eric attended the Meadowmount School of Music twice, and earned a BA in both Violoncello Performance and Composition/Theory from Boston University.  Having just received his MM from Yale University, he is returning in the fall to pursue an MMA under Aldo Parisot.

Clarinetist GIOVANNI BERTONI is currently a first year Masters student at the Yale School of Music. He earned his BA from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Richard Hawkins. Bertoni is a winner of 2017 Backun International Clarinet Competition, held in Nashville.  This past season he has substituted in the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. During 2015/16, Bertoni was selected by the Oberlin Conservatory to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and has toured with the Oberlin Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble. Bertoni has participated in the Musica Riva Festival, soundSCAPE Festival, Round Top Festival Hill Institute (Texas), Cleveland’s Stars in the Classics concert series and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. His other major teachers include Ricardo Morales, David Shifrin and Corrado Giuffredi.

NYC-based pianist ERIKA DOHI is a multi-faceted artist with an eclectic musical background that ranges from classical to jazz, free improvisation and contemporary music. She has recently performed with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. With her new-music duo RighteousGIRLS, she has performed at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Theater, and Wadada Leo Smith at The Stone. Erika is finishing her doctoral piano studies with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl at Stony Brook University. Visit: erikadohi.com

FELICE DOYNOV is a dynamic flutist pursuing her MM at the Yale School of Music. Felice performed in the New York Philharmonic’s 2016 Biennial of new music, was a semi-finalist at the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, performed a recital at the Kennedy Center, and won the 2017 Yale Chamber Music Society Competition. In previous summers, Felice attended the Sarasota Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, receiving the Barbara and David Jacobs Scholarship and a Performer’s Certificate. Her instructors include Ransom Wilson, Thomas Robertello, and Michael Gordon.

YOUNGKYOUNG LEE is a  percussionist specializing in solo and chamber music performance. She completed the BM program studying with Tom Freer and the world-renowned contemporary musician Robert van Sice at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. Ms. Lee is currently continuing her studies with Prof. van Sice at the Yale School of Music pursuing a Masters of Music Performance Degree.

Violinist LAURA PARK has been featured as a soloist with orchestras worldwide, including the Houston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Filarmonica Paul Constantinescu. Park holds prizes from many competitions such as the Lipizer International Violin Competition, Cooper International Violin Competition, Ima Hogg Young Artists’ Competition, and Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and currently studies at the Yale School of Music with Ani Kavafian. Visit: laurapark.net.