Trey Makler (Composer/Let Them Eat Cake)
Composer Trey Makler (b. 1994) approaches his music through emotion. He enjoys drawing from a broad spectrum of techniques, influences, and experiences to craft deeply moving and expressive pieces ranging from tonal to experimental. This eclecticism allows Makler a flexible approach to creating, with his process constantly changing from piece to piece. He especially enjoys collaborating closely with musicians and artists from all disciplines in an effort to break from the traditional solitude that comes with being a composer. His current projects include a collaboration retelling the Orpheus myth with pianist Lucy Yao and dancers Moscelyne ParkeHarrison and Barry Gans.
Makler is currently pursuing an MM in Composition at the Juilliard School, where he studies with Melinda Wagner, and is a teaching artist fellow with the Office of Community Engagement. His duties include assisting composition faculty with Juilliard’s conservatory- style Music Advancement Program and teaching an arts integration curriculum focused on composers from diverse backgrounds to fourth and fifth graders at George Jackson Academy in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
When he isn’t making music, Makler enjoys reading, visiting museums, taking not-too- strenuous hikes, and seeking out the best happy hour deals that New York has to offer.
Sam Wu (Composer/The Rat King)
Sam Wu’s music deals with the beauty in blurred boundaries. From Shanghai, China, Sam (b. 1995) attends The Juilliard School for his M.M., after receiving an A.B., with honors, from Harvard University. His teachers include Tan Dun, Robert Beaser, Chaya Czernowin, Derek Bermel, and David Conte.
Winner of Harvard’s Robert Levin, Francis Boott, John Green, MacColl, Wister Prizes, Ensemble Ibis Competition, Oklahoma City University’s Project21 Prize, Interlochen Fine Arts Best Composer Award, and finalist for the Cortona Prize and ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, Sam was also a participant in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s Young Composers’ Initiative.
Sam’s music has been performed in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Portugal, Australia, Japan, China, and Indonesia. His collaborators include the Melbourne Symphony, Suzhou Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghai International Arts Festival, Sydney University Confucius Institute, Asia Society, Parker Quartet, Callithumpian Consort, Juventas Ensemble, Princeton Pianists’ Ensemble, Antioch Chamber Ensemble, Radcliffe Choral Society, Harvard Ballet Company, and pipa master Wu Man. As arranger, Sam has written for the Italian, Moscow Philharmonic, China National, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Xi’an Symphonies, as well as Xinjiang musician Alimjan.
Sam has also been featured on the National Geographic Channel, Business Insider, Harvard Crimson, Harvard Arts Blog, Asahi Shimbun, People’s Daily, China Daily USA, SinoVision, CCTV, ICS, among others.
Matthew Liu (Composer & Librettist/Mr. Lee Takes The Silver Bullet)
Matthew Liu is currently studying composition at Juilliard with Dr. Robert Beaser where he also serves on staff as a teaching fellow to Ear Training department head Wayne Oquin. His works have been performed at venues such as David Geffen Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Luzhou Concert Hall and have won him numerous NJMEA, NAfME, and National YoungArts awards. A violinist and pianist, Matthew is active in NYC’s musical theatre scene, serving as engraver, transcriber, orchestrator, conductor, and music director under names such as Frank Wildhorn, Michael Mott, R.C. Staab, Melissa Li, Osh Ghaminah’s Broadway for All, and Broadway Dreams. Matthew serves on keys and vocals as worship leader at Every Nation NYC, appearing on television through Trinity Broadcast Network for Every Nation’s annual Worship Night. Recently Matthew music directed Marc Acito and Amy Englehardt’s hit off-Broadway run at the cell theatre of the rock musical Bastard Jones and the York Theatre Workshop Reading of Jeffrey Stock’s Dutch Master the Musical. Mark. 10:29-30. Soundcloud: matthew-liu-17
Joshua Abraham Getman (Composer/Oedipus in the District)
Joshua Abraham Getman (b.1993) is a Composer, Producer, and Sound Designer in New York. His career began at age 13 when he signed up for middle school concert band having never before picked up an instrument. A week later, he bought his first bass and began teaching himself how to play and compose. Four years later, he was studying composition, working as a freelance bassist and regularly performing in every style in over 10 ensembles, both in and out of school. By the age of 18 he had been accepted into Juilliard’s composition program, where he graduated with Scholastic and Artistic Distinction in 2016. Since then, Joshua has been the creator of multiple large orchestral works, chamber pieces, and projects written for the recording studio. Recent work includes collaboration on an interactive live theater project: The Winter’s Tale, and a scene from an opera: Oedipus in The District.
Chason Goldschmitz (OperaComp Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director, Composer & Conductor/Becoming Hawk)
Chason Goldschmitz is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Opera-Composer Collaborative Project in New York City, and former Co-Artistic Director of the SPEAKmusic Ensemble. His music has been performed and recorded by renowned artists and ensembles across the United States, Poland, and Italy, including the Juilliard Orchestra, the Daedalus String Quartet, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Goldschmitz is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School, where he studies music composition with Robert Beaser and is a Teaching Fellow in Music Theory under the guidance of Behzad Ranjbaran. At Juilliard, he has been the proud recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, the Adrian Weller and Kountz Scholarships, the Gretchaninoff and Steuermann Memorial Prizes, and a winner of the Juilliard Orchestra Composers Competition.
Goldschmitz has additionally received composition awards from the Minnesota Orchestra, Tribeca New Music, Dolce Suono Ensemble, and ASCAP, and commissions from the 92nd Street Y and principal musicians of the Tampere Philharmonic and the Colorado Symphony. He has been a featured composer on NPR’s From the Top!, WFMT (Chicago), WWFM (Princeton, NJ), and Polskie Radio II (Warsaw, Poland), and has given guest lectures in composition at Chopin University (Warsaw, Poland) and the American Harp Society National Conference. Outside of music, Goldschmitz has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at Columbia University and led scientific research studies at the Columbia University Medical Center and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He currently lives in the New York City area with his wife and librettist collaborator, Ronny Goldschmitz. For more information, please visit www.goldschmitz-cube.com/chason.
Aaron Severini (OperaComp Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director, Composer/Echo & Narcissus)
A recipient of The Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship, Aaron Severini is a composer and avid educator committed to developing communicative skills between artists of multiple disciplines. Prior to receiving his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in composition from The Juilliard School, Mr. Severini trained at the School of American Ballet and enjoyed an eleven-year career dancing with the New York City Ballet. His concert works have been performed at Alice Tully Hall (NYC), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco, CA), and premiered by today’s leading musicians, including three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn. Mr. Severini collaborates regularly with choreographers and has composed original scores for the New York City Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, The Juilliard School, and the New York Choreographic Institute. His music for filmmakers and videographers includes works for PBS documentaries, iPad/iPhone applications, and promotional campaigns for Cartier, Squarespace, the New York City Ballet, and others. Mr. Severini is currently scoring an hour-long theatrical production of Narcissus as part of a commission from the New York based artist group, Satellite Collective. The production is set to premiere in the fall of 2018 at The Brooklyn Academy of Music (NY). Please visit aaronseverini.com for more information.