2019 New Music Workshop Fellows

Composers | Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble

Composition Fellows

ERIKA BELL is a Los Angeles-based composer drawn to intuition, preference, and the personal. She frequently derives from objects, found text, and sounds. She juxtaposes strict notation with elements of openness in the use of time and material. Her work often slowly and methodically unravels, placing an importance on pacing to allow for a full immersion to the audible phenomenon of beating, cyclical melodic/harmonic loops and washes of texture. Bell has had work performed at the Göteborg Art Sounds Festival (Sweden), and — in Los Angeles — the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Zebulon, The Dog Star Festival, the wulf., and Human Resources among others. | erikabell.com 

JORDYN GALLINEK is an American composer, educator, and bassoonist based in New York. She began studying music at the age of eight, discovering a passion for composition soon after exploring every instrument she encountered. Gallinek graduated from NYU with a BM in composition and an MA in music education, and is currently pursuing her master’s in composition at The Juilliard School studying with Christopher Rouse. Praised by Rouse as “a great talent” and her mother as “better than expected,” Jordyn’s works have been performed in the United States and Asia, notably by the Juilliard Orchestra, Oregon Wind Quintet, and Cassatt String Quartet. | jordyngallinek.com

BALDWIN GIANG (b. 1992, Philadelphia) is a composer whose music aims to empower communities of audiences and performers by creating concert experiences that are opportunities for collective wonder and judgment. His music has been heard in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Center, and Chateau de Fontainebleau, performed by groups including the Albany Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK quartet, Spektral Quartet, and Arditti Quartet. Giang is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and is currently a PhD candidate and Fellow at the University of Chicago. | baldwingiang.com

DANIEL McGEE is currently, pursuing his undergraduate degree at the New England Conservatory where he studies with Kati Agocs, as well as with composer / pianist Timo Andres (Norfolk ’04) in New York. Recently McGee was a recipient of a New York Youth Symphony First Music commission where his Piano Quintet received its world premiere at Carnegie Hall. Following this quintet is his Piano Quintet 2 which was premiered at Jordan Hall (Boston). Upcoming projects include a violin concerto and a new chamber work for Escape Ensemble through the Escape2Create program. | danmcgeemusic.com

NICHOLAS SHAHEED occasionally writes music. His music is sometimes electric, and sometimes acoustic. His music has been performed publicly, often at events with long names such as New Music On The Point, the Sō Percussion Summer Institute, and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States National Conference. In addition to music, he enjoys the cartoons of Don Hertzfeldt and sporadic attempts at recreational number theory. When he is not doing any of those things he can be found engineering software at Google Cloud in the Seattle area, where he moved after living in Lawrence, Kansas for twenty-four years. | nicholasshaheed.com

MAX VINETZ (b. 1996) is a composer whose recent work has drawn inspiration from the intersection between traditional, popular, and improvisatory forms and aesthetics. He recently graduated from Yale University, where he was the founder of the New Music Cooperative at Yale College and the Yale Undergraduate Chamber Orchestra. Vinetz is currently pursuing his Master of Music in composition at The Shepherd School of Music, where he teaches theory and ear training in the preparatory division as a Brown Fellow. In his spare time, he mostly watches Bon Appétit videos and thinks about his cats, Bentley and Nori. | maxvinetz.com


Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble

YU-TING CHENG is an award-winning clarinetist and composer. She has captivated audiences since 2003 after winning the first prize at Taipei Student Music Competition and the most prestigious national music competition Hsing-Tien Kong Young Artist Award. She was selected to be outstanding alumna by Taiwan Chapter Society of Peabody Institute Alumni in 2016. As a composer, Cheng’s Haya for solo clarinet and electronics was accepted by the 2016 Electronic Music Midwest Festival (KS) and the 2018 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. In 2016, she was invited to present a TEDx Talk on the composition process of Haya at Stony Brook University.

Violist BETHANY HARGREAVES has performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician across North America, China, Europe, and Israel. Hargreaves has participated in festivals including the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, and Taos School of Music. She has collaborated in concert with Itzhak Perlman, Peter Salaff, Donald Weilerstein, and members of the Cleveland Orchestra. Hargreaves is a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and regularly collaborates with the New York Classical Players and Noree Chamber Soloists. She has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Ms. Hargreaves is currently studying at the Yale School of Music with Ettore Causa.

From The Woodlands, TX, SCOTT LEGER is a first-year Horn Fellow at the New World Symphony. In addition to performances in Miami Beach at the New World Center, Leger has performed with the Omaha Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. He enjoys performing in a variety of capacities including as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral ensembles. As an arranger, Leger seeks to adapt old repertoire, shaping them for new ensembles and audiences. He received his Master of Music from the Yale School of Music and his Bachelor of Music in music education and performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. | scottlegerhorn.com

Named one of CBC’s (Canada) “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30,” violinist GREGORY LEWIS has appeared with the Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo, Thunder Bay, University of Manitoba, and Consortium Aurora Borealis symphony orchestras. His spring 2019 engagements include a recital at the Lincoln Center with the United Nations Chamber Music Society, a Carnegie Hall recital with the Yale in New York series, a Scandinavian tour with Juilliard415, and a fellowship at the Toronto Summer Music Chamber Music Institute. Lewis graduated from the Yale School of Music this spring, where he completed his Master of Music degree with Ani Kavafian as a George W. Miles Fellow.

JACOB SCHAFER is a violinist from Nashville, Tennessee. Now based in Houston, Texas, he is a Young Artist with Da Camera of Houston and a core member of Houston’s new music ensemble Loop38. In 2018 he was a New Fromm Player at Tanglewood Music Center, where he presented the American premieres of works by Julian Anderson and Oliver Knussen. Other composers he has worked with include Thomas Adès, Matthew Aucoin, John Harbison, and George Lewis. Schafer holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Music from Rice University where he is now pursuing doctoral studies with Paul Kantor. | jacobschaferviolin.com

Bassoonist ANDREW SLEDGE is currently pursuing a Master of Music at the Yale School of Music, where he studies with Frank Morelli. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where he studied with Peter Kolkay and Laura Hauser. While there he received the Vanderbilt Founder’s Medal for highest honors of his class. A passionate educator, Sledge serves as a teaching artist in the New Haven Public Schools through the Yale School of Music’s Music in Schools Initiative. When not playing the bassoon, he can be found honing his Guitar Hero technique.

Pianist YIFEI XU has been described as an “incredibly passionate and logical pianist” and “an amazing demonstration of prodigious skills.” She has participated / performed in Aspen Music Festival, Mostly Modern Festival, Amalfi Coast Piano Festival, and Merkin Concert Hall. Winner of Vivo International Music Competition, she has also received Roy M. Rubinstein Award and was honored by the Eisenberg / Fired Concerto Competition. Recent highlights include a contemporary chamber orchestra concert at Greenfield Hall and Fellowship to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Xu earned both a Bachelor of Music and an Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music where she is now pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts with Dr. Marc Silverman.