Student Artists

2016-2017 Composition Studio

CU Boulder Composition Department

Top Row (L to R): Zachary Patten, Conor Brown, Andrew Blomfelt, Trevor Villwock, Aidan Cook, Carter Pann, Lukas Moldawsky, Dan Kellogg

Middle Row (L to R): Elena Specht, Drake Rutherford, John Clay Allen, Adrian Navarro, Andriy Sovetov, Kevin Michael Olson, John Drumheller, Egemen Kesikli, Sean Winters

Bottom Row (L to R): Danielle Griner, Nicole Schneckenburger, Jack Gaffney, Selena Wellington, Brian Lambert, Hsing-ay Hsu

 

Current Students

Undergraduates

Andrew Blomfelt

Degree pursuing: BM Composition - Freshman
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Musical influences and interests: Takashi Yoshimatsu, Steve Reich, Takemitsu, Barnes, Zimmer
Instrument(s): Clarinet
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Skiing and Hiking

Aidan Cook

Degree pursuing: BM Composition and Double Bass – Senior
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Musical influences and interests: Noise music, progressive metal, Japanese tea ceremony, trees, Mahler.
Instrument(s): Bass, shakuhachi
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: things in Boulder…..

Jack Gaffney

Degree pursuing:   BM Composition - Freshman
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Musical influences and interests: Rock, Blues, Classical (*minimalism,) pop, jazz
Instrument(s): Piano and voice
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hike

Danielle Griner

Degree pursuing:   BM Composition and Double Bass- Freshman
Hometown: Lakewood, CO
Musical influences and interests: too many to list
Instrument(s): Bass
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Go Down to Pearl Street

Brian Lambert

Degree pursuing:   BM Composition & Economics– Sophomore
Hometown: Imperial Palace, Alderaan (Air Force Brat)
Musical influences and interests: Roshanna Etezady, William Allbright, Kriten Kuster, John Adams, Steven Stucky, Radiohead, Bjork, Timothy McAllister
Instrument(s): Saxophone
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hiking

Lukas Moldawsky

Degree pursuing:   BM Composition – Sophomore
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Musical influences and interests: Electronic Music
Instrument(s): Guitar
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hiking, Exploring

Eric Mulhern

Degree pursuing:  BM Composition and Guitar Performance and Music Entrepreneurship Certificate – Senior 
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Musical influences and interests: Styles: glitch, djent, impressionism. Artists: edIT, The Contortionist, Schwantner, Messaien, Debussy, AxisAxis, Tesseract
Instrument(s): Guitar
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Windsurf  *sunglasses emoticon*

Adrian Navarro

Degree pursuing:  BM Composition - Freshman
Hometown: Miami, FL
Musical influences and interests: Tchaokovsky, Debussy, Psychedelic Rock, jazz, Romantic Period, 60's Anything, Progressive Rock, Folk
Instrument(s): Piano, Guitar, Banjo
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Get lost

Drake Rutherford

Degree pursuing: BM Composition and Computer Science - Freshman
Hometown: Golden, CO
Musical influences and interests: Classical (nice and specific, I know,) video games
Instrument(s): Piano, oboe/english horn
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: classes at CU Boulder

Nicole Schneckenburger

Degree pursuing: BM Composition – Sophomore
Hometown: Golden, CO
Musical influences and interests: Film music, Romantic, Medieval.
Instrument(s): 
Favorite thing to do in Boulder:

Andriy Sovetov

Degree pursuing: BM Composition – Senior
Hometown: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Musical influences and interests: Film music, Romantic Composers
Instrument(s): Piano, Euphonium
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hiking Flatirons

Trevor Villwock

Degree pursuing: BM Composition – Senior
Hometown: Austin, TX
Musical influences and interests: LutostawskiBartok, King Crimson, The Mars Volta, Steve Reich, noise, intersection of prog rock and contemporary classical music
Instrument(s): Piano
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hike!

Selena Wellington

Degree pursuing: BM Composition and BA Psychology – Junior
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Musical influences and interests: Crumb, Chopin, Caroline Shaw, Amanda Palmer, storytelling and interdisciplinary projects
Instrument(s): Piano and radio suitcase
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Blues dance

Graduates

Clay Allen

Degree pursuing: DMA Composition - 1st year
Hometown: Ruidoso, NM
Musical influences and interests: The music of Kaija Saariaho and Per Nørgård
Instrument(s): Piano
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hike

Conor Abbott Brown

Degree pursuing: MM Composition - 1st year
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Musical influences and interests: Kardeş Türküler, Meshuggah, Sigor Rōs, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Kryzstof Penderecki, Ivo Papasov, Valentin Clastner
Instrument(s): Clarinet
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hike, bakcpack, snowshoe, sing Georgian folk songs, boulder (in the gym.)

Egemen Kesikli

Degree pursuing and Degrees Earned: DMA Composition – 3rd year, MM Composition – UT Austin, BM Composition – St. Olaf College
Hometown: Turkey
Musical influences and interests: IPA’s, Double IPA’s
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: IPA’s AND Double IPA’s

Kevin Olson

Degree pursuing and Degrees Earned: MM Composition – 2nd year, BM Composition -CSU, BS Electrical Engineering  – University of Rochester, MS Electrical and Computer Engineering – Duke University
Hometown: Barneveld, NY
Musical influences and interests: George Crumb, Jean Michel Jarre, Xenakis, Ligeti
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Road Bike

Zachary Patten

Degree pursuing and Degrees Earned: DMA Composition – 2nd year, MA Composition – NYU
Hometown: LaGrange, GA
Musical influences and interests: Gerard Grisey, Arvo Pärt, other interests – nutrition, exercise science
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Explore- I’m new to Colorado

Jim Simmons

Degree pursuing and Degrees Earned: 
DMA Composition – 4th year,
BM Church Music, BME Choral Ed
MM Church Music, MM Music Composition – Baylor University
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Musical influences and interests: Meshuggah, Arvo Pärt, John Adams, Gorécki, Messiaen, The Contortionist, Ligeti, Johnny Greenwood, so many others
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Karaoke at the Dark Horse

Elena Specht

Degree pursuing and Degrees Earned: MM Composition – 2nd year, BM Composition – Vanderbilt University
Hometown: Manhasset, NY
Musical influences and interests: Music for wind ensemble + band, Copeland, Ticheli
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hiking

Sean Winters

Degree pursuing and Degrees Earned: DMA Composition - 1st year
MFA Composing for Film, Conservatorium Van Amsterdam; Holland, EU
BFA Integrative Music Studies, Concordia University; Montréal, CA
Hometown: Boulder, CO; USA; Planet Earth; Local Cluster; Multi-Verse
Musical influences and interests:  
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: anything

Sara Corry

Pursuing DMA, MM UT-Austin

Kurt Mehlenbacher

Pursuing DMA, MM ASU, BM University of Oregon