2018 New Music Workshop Fellows

Composers | Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble

Composition Fellows

NABIL ABAD is a composer of large ensemble and chamber music from Cleveland, Ohio. He is currently a student at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory working towards his bachelor’s degree in composition. His principal teachers in composition have been Clint Needham and Jonathan Sokol. Abad’s music has been performed by a number of ensembles including the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra, the Kenari Quartet and multiple chamber ensembles made up of various Baldwin Wallace Conservatory students. In 2018, Abad’s Seven Miniatures for Strings was awarded second place in the Cleveland Composers Guild collegiate competition.

EMIL ERNSTRÖM is a Swedish-American composer who writes music with instruments, computers, and found sounds. His work has been performed by Sō Percussion, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and The Copland House Ensemble, among others. Besides concert music, he also creates music and sound for film and theatre, working on productions of Endgame, Rhinoceros, and 4.48 Psychosis. He is a senior at Yale College where he studies composition with Konrad Kaczmarek and Kathryn Alexander. | emilernstrom.com

TYLER ESCHENDAL is a composer and percussionist originally from the suburbs of Detroit and now resides in Los Angeles, CA. A love for rhythm, pulse, and layering heavily influences his music, as well as an interest in introducing electronic sample-based procedures to acoustic and live instrumentations. He holds a BM in composition from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and an MM in composition at the University of Southern California studying with Ted Hearne, Sean Friar (Norfolk ’06) and Don Crockett. | tyler-eschendal.com

Composer SOOMIN KIM is currently in her third year at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music studying under the tutelage of Jesse Jones. Kim was composer-in-residence with the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra during their 2017- 18 concert season, for whom she wrote the 9-minute orchestra piece titled The Blue Marble. Her work has also been featured at the 2017 Alba Music Festival and the 2018 Young and Emerging Composers Project of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. In addition to the 2018 Norfolk New Music Workshop, she will be participating in the 2018 soundSCAPE Festival in Cesena, Italy.

LUCY MCKNIGHT studies composition with Andrew Norman (Norfolk ’08) and Ted Hearne at USC Thornton School of Music, but studied at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland in spring of 2018. In 2017, McNight’s choral piece Wir Juden was performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and she was Young Composer in Residence for Sunset ChamberFest. Transient Canvas, a bass clarinet and marimba duo, performed her wine-dark sea at the First Church of Boston in June 3, 2018. When not composing and studying, McNight enjoys hanging out with her cats Kaija and Arvo, and swimming in the ocean.

HARRIET STEINKE is a composer currently based in Detroit, Michigan. Her work has received performances throughout the US as well as recent international premieres in Ireland and Brazil. She has earned recognition by the American Prize and American Composers’ Forum as well as publication with Colla Voce Music and Hal Leonard. Steinke received a BM in composition from Butler University where she studied with Frank Felice, Ronald Caltabiano, and Michael Schelle. She pursued additional study at the European American Musical Alliance–Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris, France, as well as German language studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin | harrietsteinke.com

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ELI GREENHOE is a composer, guitarist, and songwriter from Brooklyn, New York. Fluent in a variety of different musical styles, and has performed with such performers as Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik, India Carney, and Lee Konitz. Recently, at the invitation of guitarist and pedagogue Benjamin Verdery, he was a featured performer-clinician at the 2018 New York Guitar Festival, an event held annually at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. He recently completed his MM in composition from the Yale School of Music, where he studied primarily with Martin Bresnick.

YOUNGKYOUNG LEE (Norfolk ’17) is a young percussionist who specializes in solo and chamber music performance. She received a BM degree while studying with Tom Freer and world-renowned contemporary musician Robert van Sice at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. Lee is currently continuing her studies with van Sice at the Yale School of Music pursuing an MM degree.


Saxophonist PERRY ROTH is an accomplished solo artist, chamber musician and educator. Roth holds the tenor saxophone chair in the Barkada Quartet, which he joined in the spring of 2017. Perry has performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony, Hartt Orchestra, JACK Quartet, American Modern Ensemble, and Third Coast Percussion. As an educator, Roth is on the faculty at The Hartt School Community Division where he teaches a full studio of pre-college students. Roth is currently a doctoral candidate at The Hartt School studying with Carrie Koffman and has earned degrees from University of South Carolina and Louisiana State University.

BRIAN VOELZ is a trumpet performer and educator from Boston. He directs ensembles and teaches private lessons at several public schools. In addition to teaching, Voelz is an active freelancer and is especially passionate about volunteering  his services to play “Taps” for military funerals. Voelz graduated from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with James Thompson. He will continue his studies at Boston Conservatory at Berklee with Tom Siders in the Fall. Aside from music, he is interested in fitness and nutrition and has two cats.

MILES WALTER, a pianist and composer from New Hampshire, is finishing a finishing a BA in music at Yale College. Next year he’ll start an MM in composition at the Yale School of Music, where he presently studies piano with Wei-Yi Yang and composition with Hannah Lash (Norfolk ’12). Walter is an eager collaborator, and an active performer of new music, old music, classical music, cabaret music, showtunes, jazz, and all the rest.


ROSS WIGHTMAN is a double bassist and electronic musician from New Jersey whose interests include integration of electronic preparations and adaptations to double bass in live settings. He was the recipient of the Robert Black Fellowship for Double Bass at the 2017 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. Wightman holds an MM degree from the New England Conservatory and is currently studying at the Yale School of Music with Donald Palma.