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Alex is a Colorado composer currently pursuing his MA in Composition at the University of North Texas where he studies with Dr. Joseph Klein. Alex uses minimalist techniques, without being a "minimalist."His sense of harmonic stasis and variety is nicely fine-tuned and his sonic Imagination is vivid and really invites you in to an unfolding landscape. His breadth of harmonic language is nice and expansive; from single tones, to triads and more extended sound masses. Alex received his BME and BM in Composition at Colorado State University while studying with Dr. James David, Wil Swindler, and Greg Harper.

Clayton Simmons Davidson has been involved with different musical projects as a composer, guitarist, arranger and songwriter. His music has been performed around the United States, as well as in Europe. He is fascinated by tightly-integrated forms, polysemy, timbre, gesture, frames, and transcontextuality in his music.  Mr. Davidson is currently pursuing an MA in Composition at the University of North Texas.  Prior to coming to UNT, he previously studied composition with Michael Rothkopf at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, with additional instruction with Lawrence Dillon, Kenneth Frazelle and Shane Monds.

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.

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.

Kory Reeder’s music investigates meditative, atmospheric qualities, ideas of objectivity, place, immediacy, and stasis while maintaining activity and constant development of material. Kory has frequently collaborated with theater, dance, and opera programs, has been performed across North America, Australia, and Europe, and was awarded by The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He has been an ASCAP Morton Gould Award finalist, and artist-in-residence at Arts Letter and Numbers, and the Kimmel, Harding, Nelson Center for the Arts. Kory is currently pursuing a PhD. in music composition at the University of North Texas. 

Jacob (Jake) Thiede is a composer, saxophonist and current PhD student at the University of North Texas. 

Premieres and performances of Jake’s music have taken place in Italy and the United States including the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Washington. 

Honors and festivals include Electronic Music Midwest (2018), SCI Student National Conference (2018), the SCI National Conference (2018), NASA Biennial Conference (2018), Flute New Music Consortium (2017), BGSU Graduate Music Conference (2017), the NSEME Conference (2016 & 2017), the Electric LaTex Conference (2016 & 2017), New Music on the Point (2015), and the HighSCORE Festival (2014).

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'AmbrosioBrian Ciach, and John Fannin at Murray State and with Mark EngebretsonAlejandro 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. Jake studies composition with Panayiotis KokorasKirsten Broberg, and Andrew May as well as saxophone with Eric Nestler at the University of North Texas.

Mark Vaughn is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Music Composition at the University of North Texas. Originally from Southwest Montana, he studied composition and music technology at Montana State University with Dr. Jason Bolte and Dr. Linda Antas before moving to Denton, Texas to study composition. In his music, he is currently interested in the interactions between language, music, and subjective associations; perceptual continuity through disjunct sonic terrain; and the interaction between spatial patterning and variable rates of speed. His music has been performed in venues and concerts throughout the United States.