CEMI Director

Panayiotis Kokoras (Greece, 1974) studied composition with I.Ioannidi, K. Varotsi, A. Kergomard and classical guitar with E. Asimakopoulo in Athens, Greece. In 1999 he moved to England, for postgraduate studies where he completed his MA and PhD in composition with T. Myatt at the University of York with funds from Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) and Aleksandra Trianti Music Scholarships (Society Friends of Music) among others. His works have been commissioned by institutes and festivals such as FROMM (Harvard University) IRCAM (France), MATA (New York), Spring Festival (The University of York), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), ZKM (Germany), IMEB (France), and regularly performed in over 400 concerts in 70 cities around the world. His compositions have received 40 distinctions and prizes in international competitions among others Prix Ars Electronica 2011 (Austria), Métamorphoses 2010 & 2000 (Belgium), Giga-Hertz Music Award 2009 (Germany), ECPNM 2009 (Sweden), Bourges 2009, 2008 and 2004 (France), Gianni Bergamo 2007 (Switzerland), Pierre Schaeffer 2005 (Italy), Musica Viva 2005 and 2002 (Portugal), Look and Listen Prize 2004 (New York), Gaudeamus 2004 and 2003 (Holland), Jurgenson Competition 2003 (Russia), Seoul international competition 2003 (Korea), Takemitsu Composition Award 2002 (Japan), Noroit Prize 2002 (France), CIMESP 2002 (Brazil). Moreover, they have been selected by juries at more than 100 international call for score opportunities.


Ermír Bejo is a contemporary troubadour, a composer-errant. He chanced upon his present occupations after attending classes in world cultures and art history at the United World College of the Adriatic (Duino, Italy). Subsequently, after completing his B.A. (Saratoga Springs, NY) he pursued a master's degree in composition with Marc Satterwhite and Krzysztof Wolek (Louisville, KY), receiving additional lessons and guidance from James Dillon. Since September '13 he is pursuing doctoral studies (Ph.D.) in composition at the University of North Texas.

Miguel Espinel (b. 1986) is a Venezuelan composer based in the United States. Espinel obtained his BA in Music and German from Texas A&M University, where he received composition lessons from Peter Lieuwen and worked on different composition projects with Jeff Morris, Marty Regan and David Wilborn. He is currently working on a MA in Music (Composition) at the University of North Texas, where he's had composition lessons with Andrew May and Panayiotis Kokoras. At UNT, he had the chance to work in the largely collaborative intermedia installation Nanogalactic (2015), directed by David Stout. He has also had the opportunity to participate in UNT's Nova, Gamelan, and Chinese music ensembles; directed by Elizabeth McNutt, Ed Smith, and Yuxin Mei, respectively. Espinel currently performs in the electroacoustic improvisation duo Monte Espina, along with fellow Venezuelan improviser and visual artist Ernesto Montiel. 

Louise Fristensky (b. 1987) is a composer with projects ranging from acoustic solo and chamber ensemble to electroacoustic experimental composition. Her compositional voice ranges from sparse, cell-based explorations to lush, atmospheric and playful lyricism. Louise has had pieces performed by soprano Pamela Stein Lynde, the Nouveau Classical Project, glass armonica & percussionist Chui Ling Tan, and percussionist Greg Riss, among others. During the summer of 2016, she was a fellow of the nief-norf Summer Festival (nnSF16) during which her piece The Audacity for mixed ensemble and live electronics was premiered. Current projects and commissions include a commission for percussionist Chui Ling Tan, an evening-length dramatic work, and an album of electronic works.

Qi Shen born and raised in China, is currently a doctoral composition student at the University of North Texas. She has earned degrees from Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the University of Montana, where she studied Composition and Music Technology with Yao Zhuang, Charles Nichols, and Simon Hutchinson, and Music Theory with Xiaoge Ma, Zhengya Zhou, and Nancy Cooper. At Jiangsu Institute of Education, she taught the college level classes in Computer Music. She composes acoustic and electronic music, for large and chamber ensembles, and fixed media, accompanying animation, interactive music. Her works have been presented at conferences and festivals, such as the International Computer Music Conference, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States National Conference, Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, MUSICACOUSTICA-BEIJING festival, Mountain Computer Music Festival.

Michael Sterling Smith is a composer and guitarist based in Denton, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Delaware and a Master of Music from the University of Florida. His works have recently been performed by the Quanta Quartet on their Australian tour, at the SCI conference at EKU, the NASA conference, the International Saxophone Symposium, the Westfield New Music Festival, and by the Dissonart ensemble in Greece. In 2010 he was awarded with an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Michael also maintains an active performing career, consisting heavily of contemporary music. Michael has studied composition under Jennifer Barker, Paul Richards, James Sain, and Paul Koonce. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of North Texas.

Jacob Thiede is a composer, saxophonist and current PhD student at the University of North Texas. Recently, his music has been championed by the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, the 15.19 Ensemble, STACKS Duo, and pianist Kris Carlisle. He received his BME at Murray State University and MM in music composition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has studied with Mike D’Ambrosio, Brian Ciach, and John Fannin at Murray State and with Mark Engebretson, Alejandro Rutty, and Steven Bryant at UNCG. As a saxophonist, he has studied with Scott Erickson and Steven Stusek. Current interests are grooves and rhythms in metal music, glitch, and the manipulation of sine tones.

Mark Vaughn is a composer of acoustic and electronic music currently seeking a Master’s degree in Music Composition from the University of North Texas. Originally from Southwest Montana, he studied composition and technology at Montana State University with Dr. Jason Bolte and Dr. Linda Antas, graduating with highest honors in 2014. In his music he often explores the ground between language and music, overarching cyclical rhythmic and formal structures, and density in texture. His music has been performed throughout the United States, most recently at Electronic Music Midwest 2016 and LaTex Festival 2016. 

Bihe Wen Bihe Wen was born in China in 1991. In 2010 he began studying at Central Conservatory of Music, majoring in electroacoustic music at the Center for Electronic Music of China. While there he studied electroacoustic music with Prof. Xiaofu Zhang and Dr. Peng Guan. His works include instrumental and electroacoustic music and have been performed at concerts and festivals in China, Italy, Brussels, France, Vienna, Sweden, America and Switzerland. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in composition at the University of North Texas. 

Jinghong Zhang is a very enthusiastic composer, conductor, singer and dancer who created his own unique multi-media interactive computer music and dance art form. Because of the unique and intuitive beauty of his arts, he calls himself ‘Human Perception Engineer/Artist’. He is currently a Ph.D student of Composition at the University of North Texas. He studied composition and computer music in Wuhan Conservatory of music back in China for 5 years before he went to U.S. in 2013. At the same time, he received the Artistic Excellence Fellowship from Jacobs School of Music and finished his Master Degree of Computer Music Composition there in 2015. Within the first two years of his graduate career in U.S, his creative multi-media computer music have been performed in Jacobs School of Music, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, SEAMUS, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, IRCAM, ICMC and Electronic Music Midwest.

Faculty Affiliates

Joseph Klein holds degrees in composition from Indiana University (DM, 1991), University of California, San Diego (MA, 1986), and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (BA, 1984). His composition teachers have included Harvey Sollberger, Claude Baker, Robert Erickson, and Roger Reynolds. He is currently Distinguished Professor at the University of North Texas College of Music, where he has served as Chair of Composition Studies since 1999. Klein’s compositions for various media have been performed and broadcast internationally, and he has been a featured guest composer at academic institutions, performance venues, conferences, and music festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. His recorded works are available on the Innova, Centaur, Crystal, and Mark labels. 

Composer, violinist, and computer musician Andrew May was CEMI director from 2005-2016. He is best known for his interactive computer music; he also writes many purely acoustic works. His compositions have been performed in at least a dozen European and Asian countries and throughout the United States. He has performed internationally as a violinist, conductor, and improviser. 

Flutist Elizabeth McNutt is a leading interpreter of contemporary repertoire, and electroacoustic music in particular. She has premiered over 150 new works and performed widely in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Her solo CD pipe wrench, on the Electronic Music Foundation Media label, has been described as "astounding" (Flute Talk), "high-octane" (Musicworks), and "a delightful listen" (SEAMUS Newsletter). Her other recordings are on the CRI and SEAMUS labels. Her writing has been published in Organized SoundMusic Theory Online, and Flutist Quarterly. McNutt holds a DMA in contemporary music performance from the UC San Diego.McNutt is on the faculty of the University of North Texas, where she teaches flute and directs the new music ensemble Nova.

Jon Christopher Nelson (b. 1960) is currently a Professor at the University of North Texas where he serves as an associate of CEMI (Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia) and also the Associate Dean of Operations. Nelson’s electroacoustic music compositions have been performed widely throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He has been honored with numerous awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright Commission. He is the recipient of Luigi Russolo and Bourges Prizes and was recently awarded the Bourges Euphonies d'Or prize. In addition to his electro-acoustic works, Nelson has composed a variety of acoustic compositions that have been performed by ensembles such as the New World Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, ALEA III, and others. He has composed in residence at Sweden's national Electronic Music Studios and at IMEB in Bourges, France. His works can be heard on the Bourges, Russolo Pratella, Innova, CDCM, NEUMA, ICMC, and SEAMUS labels. 

David Stout is a performance director, installation artist and live cinema performer exploring the capabilities of new media to forge collaborative communities, synthesize evolving ecological systems and compose dramatic interactive visual-music works on a symphonic scale. He is a professor in the newly formed iARTA research cluster, where he works with students and faculty from across the arts, sciences and engineering.

Ruth West is an artist-scientist – a creative catalyst. She envisions a future in which art + science integration opens new portals of imagination, invention, knowledge, and communication across cultures to create breakthrough solutions for our most pressing global problems. Ruth directs the xREZ Art + Science Lab and is an associate professor at the University of North Texas cross-appointed in the College of Visual Art and Design (New Media Art & Design), College of Information (Information Sciences), College of Engineering (Computer Science) and College of Arts and Sciences (Biological Sciences). Utilizing emerging technologies her work builds resonant connections between the arts and sciences to create new ways of seeing and knowing. Bridging high-dimensional data and metadata, information visualization and sonificaiton, virtual reality, augmented and/or mixed reality, 3D fabrication, and social and mobile participatory media with domains such as urban ecology, neuroscience, genomics, astronomy, fiber arts and digital remix culture, Ruth explores avenues for achieving works with multiple entry points that can exist concurrently as aesthetic experiences, artistic practice or cultural interventions and serve as the basis for artistically-impelled scientific inquiry and tools. This work results in new knowledge and insight, technology R&D, novel artworks, large-scale public engagement and entertainment experiences, cross-disciplinary educational and research opportunities and industry-academic-community partnerships. She has authored over 70+ peer-reviewed exhibitions, publications, conference presentations and public talks, and has received several million dollars in grants and corporate sponsorship. Her work has been presented in venues including: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, FILE 09 Sao Paulo, SIGGRAPH, WIRED Magazine’s NextFest, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, IEEE Visualization, SPIE/IS&T ERVR, Leonardo and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Affiliated Organizations

The Foundation Destellos is created in 2007 in Mar del Plata, Argentine, by initiative of Dr Elsa Justel. It is a private and independent organization with juridical status. Conducted by an Administration board and a relevant team of Argentine and foreign artists and searchers.

After an intensive trajectory as composer and video artist, Dr Justel assumes the responsibility of this Foundation on behalf of the artistic creation, the sciences and technologies of art, in order to stimulate and sustain all those initiatives tending to the development of culture and human knowledge. The Foundation has as priority purpose to hold the new generations of artists, searchers and technicians whose objectives are oriented in this sense.

Former Directors

Composer Larry Austin studied with Violet Archer at North Texas State University, with Darius Milhaud at Mills College, and with Seymour Shifrin and Andrew Imbrie at the University of California in Berkeley. Austin taught at the University of California at Davis, the University of South Florida, and in 1978 began teaching at the University of North Texas, where he co-founded CEMI and established the computer music studios. In 1966, Austin founded SOURCE magazine, which became the primary house organ for avant-garde music-making in America until 1971. In 1986, Austin founded CDCM (the Consortium to Distribute Computer Music) which, through Centaur Records, has released more than 20 compilation discs of computer music, including some of Austin's own. Although much of Austin's computer music is considered groundbreaking, and some of his conventionally scored music, such as the zany piano piece Tango Violento (1984), has elicited positive comment, Austin is best known for a work he didn't compose -- his edition of Charles Ives' "Universe" Symphony. Austin began in 1974 through attempting to realize Ives' Life Pulse Prelude utilizing the verbal description in Ives' Memos; his realization of the complete symphony was presented for the first time by the Cincinnati Philharmonia in 1996. Austin has received the coveted "Magesterium" prize from the International Electroacoustic Competition in Bourges for his work BluesAx (1996), the first ever awarded to an American composer.

Thomas Clark, born 1949 in Detroit, earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Michigan in 1976. He studied composition with Pulitzer Prize winner Leslie Bassett and was trombonist for Contemporary Directions, Michigan’s Rockefeller Foundation supported new music repertory ensemble. He has also studied trombone with virtuoso trombonist Stuart Dempster. His compositions have been performed at festivals throughout the U.S.A., in Canada and Japan, three times at “Moravian Autumn” the Brno International Music Festival in the Czech Republic, and at the Festival Internacional Alfonso Reyes in Monterrey, Mexico. Several of his works, affiliated with BMI, are published by Borik Press (based in North Carolina) and recorded on Centaur Records. His writing has appeared in Perspectives of New Music, In Theory Only, Computer Music Journal, New Groves Dictionary of American Music, and Contemporary Composers published by St. James Press. Co-author with Larry Austin of Learning to Compose (1989), Clark also wrote an aural development textbook, ARRAYS, published in 1992.After teaching at The University of Michigan, Indiana University, Pacific Lutheran University, and for 10 summers at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, in 1976 Dr. Clark joined the music faculty of the University of North Texas. There he developed the New Music Performance Lab and served as Chair of the Doctor of Musical Arts program and Director of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia. He went on to serve eight years as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and one year as Interim Dean of the UNT College of Music. In those administrative roles, he helped found the Texas Center for Music and Medicine, the Center for Shenkerian Studies, the Artist Certificate in Music Performance program, and the “ASPIRE” programs promoting academic success and student retention. He retired from UNT in 2004 and holds the title Professor Emeritus at that institution.

Composer, violinist, and computer musician Andrew May was CEMI director from 2005-2016. He is best known for his interactive computer music; he also writes many purely acoustic works. His compositions have been performed in at least a dozen European and Asian countries and throughout the United States. He has performed internationally as a violinist, conductor, and improviser. 

Jon Christopher Nelson (b. 1960) is currently a Professor at the University of North Texas where he serves as an associate of CEMI (Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia) and also the Associate Dean of Operations. Nelson’s electroacoustic music compositions have been performed widely throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He has been honored with numerous awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright Commission. He is the recipient of Luigi Russolo and Bourges Prizes and was recently awarded the Bourges Euphonies d'Or prize. In addition to his electro-acoustic works, Nelson has composed a variety of acoustic compositions that have been performed by ensembles such as the New World Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, ALEA III, and others. He has composed in residence at Sweden's national Electronic Music Studios and at IMEB in Bourges, France. His works can be heard on the Bourges, Russolo Pratella, Innova, CDCM, NEUMA, ICMC, and SEAMUS labels. 

Joseph Butch Rovan is a composer/media artist and performer on the faculty of the Department of Music at Brown University, where he co-directs MEME (Multimedia & Electronic Music Experiments @ Brown) and the Ph.D. program in Computer Music and Multimedia. Prior to joining Brown he directed CEMI, the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, at the University of North Texas, and was a compositeur en recherche with the Real-Time Systems Team at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. Rovan worked at Opcode Systems before leaving for Paris, serving as Product Manager for MAX, OMS and MIDI hardware. Rovan has received prizes from the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition, first prize in the Berlin Transmediale International Media Arts Festival, and his work has been performed throughout Europe and the U.S. He frequently performs his own work, either with various new instrument designs or with augmented acoustic instruments. Rovan's research includes new sensor hardware design and wireless microcontroller systems. His research into gestural control and interactivity has been featured in IRCAM's journal "Resonance", "Electronic Musician", the Computer Music Journal, the Japanese magazine "SoundArts," the CDROM "Trends in Gestural Control of Music" (IRCAM 2000), and in the book "Mapping Landscapes for Performance as Research: Scholarly Acts and Creative Cartographies," (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Philip Winsor was professor of music and co-founder and director of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia. Winsor, who worked at UNT from 1982 to 2010, earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master’s from San Francisco State University. He completed postgraduate work at the University of California at Berkeley, Milan Conservatory of Music and the University of Illinois. He also taught at DePaul University and National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. His musical compositions were performed at Carnegie Hall, Radio Cologne, Radio Tel Aviv, Warsaw's Poland Conservatory, the Korea National Institute of the Arts in Seoul and Korea National Education University in Cheong-ju. Other works were commissioned by experimental cinematographers and modern dance companies, and he also exhibited traditional and experimental photographic prints. He held many guest composer residencies, including at the University of Michigan, Amherst University and Electronic Music Plus Festival in Nashville. His honors and grants included the Prix de Rome, a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Composition Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center Artist Residency and a Ford Foundation for Electronic Music Fellowship. Memorials may be made to the Phil Winsor Scholarship Fund in the College of Music.

Former Faculty Affiliates

David Bithell, former Assistant Professor of Composition Studies, creates work that explores intersections between the performing and visual arts. He is the founding coordinator for the UNT Research Cluster, Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA).

Former CEMI Staff

Greg Dixon completed his doctorate in composition at University of North Texas specializing in computer music in 2012. Currently, he is an adjunct professor of music at Grayson College in Denison, TX, where he teaches audio engineering and music appreciation. His compositional research focuses on electronic music and interactive music systems for acoustic instruments, sensor technologies, and human interface devices.

Jason Fick is a composer, a collaborator, and an educator originally from Baltimore, Maryland who completed a PhD in Music Composition at UNT in 2013.  His recent work explores relationships between computer-influenced networks and human behaviors.  In particular, he is inspired by movement and has worked extensively with dance.  Recent compositions and intermedia have been featured at the International Horn Symposium, the College of Music Society conference, The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States conference, Electronic Music Midwest, LaTex Festival, Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX), The American Colleges Dance Festival, and events sponsored by the Greater Denton Arts Council. Jason teaches courses in music technology at the Art Institute of Dallas and at Collin College.

Timothy Harenda is a pianist and composer of both acoustic and electro-acoustic music. He received his B.M. in Composition from Cedarville University, having studied composition with Steven Winteregg and Roger O'Neel, and piano with John Mortensen. He received his M.M. in composition at Bowling Green State University, studying with Burton Beerman, Andrea Reinkemeyer, Marilyn Shrude, and Christopher Dietz. Mr. Harenda is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of North Texas. Prior to that, he held a position as an adjunct instructor at Bowling Green State University. His compositions have premiered at festivals such as SEAMUS, ICMC, and EMM, the World Saxophone Congress, and others. His work has been featured in concerts by groups such as VERGE ensemble and the Tuscaloosa New Music Collective. In 2012, he was awarded grand prize by the Tuscaloosa New Music Collective in their composition competition.

Jonathan Jackson is a sound and media artist interested in installation, improvisation, and interdisciplinary collaborations. His current work explores a range of diverse practices including sound installation, multi-channel video work, robotics, and live performance. As a performer, he is cofounder of anteroom, an ensemble committed to the nurturing and delivery of experimental text-based scores. As a percussionist, he has performed with many improvising musicians, video artists, and dancers. He completed an MA in Music Composition UNT in 2012.

Ben Johansen is curious. His intense drive to understand, experience, and absorb all that he can greatly shows in his work. Johansen completed his Bachelor’s in Music Education with a saxophone emphasis and Master’s in Music Composition at Baylor University (BU). He completed a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Composition Specializing in Computer Media and minoring in Installation Art in 2012. He is a CEMI staff member and a TA for Intermedia Performance Art at UNT as well as an adjunct professor of electronic music at BU. Teaching and inspiring others about music, electronics, and art are among his most significant ambitions.

Stephen Lucas is best known for his strikingly abstract computer audio/video works; he also writes many works involving live performers. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States but he strives to embrace online audiences. His other interests include electronics, cybernetics, and metaphysics.

Joseph Lyszczarz is a composer whose music combines traditional aspects of form, narrative, and hierarchy with the extended harmonic possibilities of the present day. He strives to meld a rich gestural language with clear motivic development in a way that is simultaneously engaging, challenging, and accessible. Most recently, his work his work has been heard at the VIII International Saxophone Festival in Szczecin, Poland, and the 2011 Region II North American Saxophone Alliance Conference in Las Vegas. Lyszczarz was a recipient of a BMI Student Composer Award in May, 2012 for his work Tracing Shadows. He holds a BM from SUNY Potsdam and MM from Bowling Green State University, where he has studied with Mikel Kuehn, Elainie Lillios, Christopher Dietz, Gregory Wanamaker, and Paul Siskind.

Born in Sydney, Australia in 1983. Mark Oliveiro's music has been performed by the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Sydney Eclectic Composer Society, Sydney University Musical Society, the Greenway Quartet, Nexas Sax, the Song Company, Chronology Arts, Altera Veritas and the BIT 20 Ensemble. Mark served as composer in residence at the Wells-Metz theatre 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2010-11 seasons and recieved the IU Dean's Prize for Electronic Music in 2008 and 2010. Mark has recently received commissions from the Bourbaki ensemble, Soprano Jane Sheldon and the International Horn Society.

Patrick Peringer has received honors and awards nationally and internationally. He won the Juan Bautista Comes Choral Composition Competition in Segrobe, Spain, selected for performance at the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, and Electronic Music Midwest, as well as placing honorable mention two years in a row at the Bowling Green State University Concerto Competition. He has degrees are from the University of Idaho and Bowling Green State University where his teachers were Marilyn Shrude, Elainie Lillios, Burton Beerman, and Daniel Bukvich. Some his musical inspirations are Toru Takemitsu, Joseph Schwantner, and Jonty Harrison among others.

Christopher Poovey (b. 1993) is a composer based in Denton Texas who strives to create music which utilizes formalized structures and processes in order to enhance its emotional and poetic goals. Christopher has had his music played by Indiana University's New Music Ensemble, So Percussion, Indiana University Brass Choir, and members of Cleveland Orchestra. He has also been recognized by the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, the International Computer Music Association, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Voices of Change New Music Ensemble, the National Music Teachers Association, the National Student Electronic Music Event, and Texas Music Teachers Association for his work. He has taken courses at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique as well as at Princeton University in the Só Percussion Summer Institute.

L. Scott Price completed a PhD in Music Composition at UNT in 2012. His work reflects an overall interest in the expressive potential of sound, focusing especially in the areas of acousmatic/fixed media composition, synthesis, sound processing, spectral composition, just intonation, algorithmic composition, and both human and computer improvisation.

Brad Robin is a composer of both acoustic and electro-acoustic music. Compositions have included strictly acoustic instrumentation as well as live electronics for ensembles of various sizes from large chamber ensembles to solo pieces. Noise and timbre has become a greater focus of recent works such as Cycles, Chakra and Lament and the Growl. Brad is currently enrolled in the doctoral program in Composition at University of North Texas, having completed his Masters in Composition at De Paul University in Chicago. Brad Robin has also performed numerous concerts as a pianist including a series of interactive improvisational concerts. Seasons of the Mind, an interactive improvisational dance/music exploration, features Brad Robin on piano in a collaboration with artistic director Joshua Lee Foist in Seasons of the Mind, an interactive improvisational dance/music exploration on March 12th in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater.

Ilya Y. Rostovtsev completed a Master's in Music Composition at the University of North Texas and focuses on creating narratives within the abstract medium of musical expression. Prior to his studies in composition, Ilya received his Bachelors of Science in Applied Math from Texas A&M University, following his move from Russia to the United States.

Seth Shafer is a native of Southern California with interests in traditional composition, film scoring, and interactive electronic music. His music was recently performed in the 2013 La MaMa Spoleto Open Festival in collaboration with South Korean director Byungkoo Ahn. His sound installations have been shown at the Long Beach Museum of Art’s Pacific Standard Time Exhibit and the Long Beach Soundwalk. Seth previously taught courses in music technology, audio production, and film scoring at Cypress College, and he holds a BM and MM from California State University, Long Beach. His other interests include astronomy, modular synthesis, and backpacking with his wife in the Sierra Nevadas.

Benjamin Shirey is an American composer currently residing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He received a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition in 2010 from University of North Texas and is currently pursuing a MA in Music Composition from the same university. His compositional work explores acoustical phenomenology, art teleology, and the epistemology of music itself, expressed through a variety of forms such as installation art, experimental opera, textural counterpoint, and intermedia performance.

Zachary Thomas draws on his training as performer, theorist, and educator as well as his experience as programmer and technician to explore the consequences of diverse philosophical positions and psychological states in (primarily musical) media with a methodology heavily informed by J.T. Fraser's chronosophical paradigm, the musico-semiotic tradition initiated by E. Tarasti, and contemporary advancements in acoustics and computation―a plethora of influences that explain his extensive use of stochastic processes, algorithmic schemes, extended instrumental/notational techniques, and alternate tuning systems; his interest in multimedia installations; and, above all, his dedication to electroacoustic composition. Mr. Thomas received his MM (2012) and BM (2010) in Theory from the University of Louisville while studying composition with Krzysztof Wolek and musicology with Jean Christensen, with additional lessons and masterclasses from Esa-Pekka Salonen, Per Nørgård and Louis Andriessen.

 Dan Tramte is currently working towards his PhD in music composition with a specialization in computer music media at the University of North Texas. He also holds degrees in percussion performance (BM) and Composition (MM) from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). His primary teachers have included Elainie Lillios, Mikel Kuehn, Andrew May, and David Bithell. His music has been programmed on numerous computer music conferences and can be heard on the CDCM computer music series, vol. 38.

Robert Trusko, a Philadelphia native, completed a Master's degree at University of North Texas in Music Composition in 2014. Robert’s main focus is creating and performing music that is both artful and accessible. In addition to composition, Robert plays electric bass and double bass in a wide variety of genres including gospel, jazz, r&b, hip-hop, new music, classical, and South Indian Karnatik music. He also has completed work as a film composer, songwriter, engineer, arranger, sound designer, and producer.

Chaz Underriner (b. 1987) is a composer/guitarist interested primarily in interdisciplinary collaboration, experimental music and improvisation. His recent work includes composing and directing a multimedia opera, collaboration with numerous filmmakers, pieces for chamber ensemble(s) and collaborations with choreographers. As a guitarist, Chaz has performed the works of many living composers including Sofia Gubaidulina, Mark Applebaum and Michael Pisaro both as a soloist, in a chamber setting as well as performing in numerous music festivals internationally. He is currently pursuing a PhD in composition at the University of North Texas.