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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.