David Ross Lawn
David ross lawn is a scottish-born composer and performer in the field of solo piano music. their piano collections have been featured in national television and high fashion media campaigns. david's debut release 'songs of the sun' was released in early 2018 via indie record label kning disk. the 4 tracks were featured on television for 'the people's history show' and 'coaltown coffee,' as well as 'marysia resort' fashion campaign. their second release 'nocturnes' was composed in the midst of the covid pandemic, and achieved over 1 million streams on streaming platforms. david also composes vocal music and has published choral works via GIA Publications, and will often accept commissions across the states and beyond to compose for various vocal settings. they were most recently commissioned by the Verdigris Ensemble in Dallas TX for a work as part of the Soluna Festival. their training in music includes a bachelors in performance from the university of aberdeen, scotland, and a masters in theory & composition from westminster choir college, princeton. david is also an emerging content creator (with over 520k followers on tiktok and 120k on instagram) they regularly livestream piano improvisation, and integrates their compositions into their visual presence.
Visual / Vocal Artist
Amanda Austin is a visual and vocal artist. Described as a “supple soprano” (San Diego Story) with a “luminous presence”(Operawire), Amanda performs opera, art-song, musical theater, and interdisciplinary performance art. Amanda’s visual artwork is inspired by music. To make tangible “recordings”, Amanda creates visual artworks that serve as “sets” for live musical performances. During the performance, the artwork is completed with the objective of imprinting the story, color, and texture of the music. This performance experience, RECORDS, has been described as a “Transformative experience for all.” (Mira Prives, The Morris Museum, Smithsonian Affiliate) With a passion for empowering artist's uniqueness and collaborative work, Amanda founded and serves as the President of OmniARTS, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the creation of interdisciplinary art.
Ms. Zilbert, aka Gilbert Diego Sanchez is a queer cabaret performer and actor based in Brooklyn New York. Past creations include: Cats: The Other Cats Musical and Me and My Good Judys.
Mary-Angela T. Granberry
Mary-Angela Granberry is an interdisciplinary performer and dance choreographer. With a background in dance, music, acting, and visual arts. This versatility has enabled her to engage in various collaborations as a performer. Notable dance credits include The Tonight Show, Beyoncé, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, ELSCO Dance (artistic dir. Ellenore Scott), Lollapalooza Music Festival, various music videos and commercial acting credits. As a choreographer, she has presented at Harlem Dance Festival and the AAPI Dance Festival - “We Belong Here” produced by J.Chen Project and Midheaven Network. Mary-Angela is a graduate from the Meisner conservatory program at Terry Knickerbocker Studio of which she was named a recipient of their “Excellence Scholarship” and notable student. She is thrilled to be a Core Collective Member with The Why Collective this season!
"Elizabeth Gartman is a composer and soprano currently based in Berlin, Germany. Her compositions call attention to the implications behind the vocal instrument paired with the physical body. In addition, her work explores themes of process in performance, as well as active listening and response. Elizabeth’s music has been commissioned by companies such as New Chamber Ballet, the NYC Virtuoso Singers, Beth Morrison Projects, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Chemie, and InfraSound Ensemble, and received performances at festivals and venues including National Sawdust, Mark Morris Dance, New Music on the Point, and Songfest. Accolades include being named Runner Up of Beth Morrison Project’s 2022 Next Gen Cycle 2, the William Schuman Prize for Most Outstanding Score in the BMI Student Composer Awards (2021), twice recognition as a finalist in ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer Competition (2021, 2019), the Karl Canter Prize for Orchestral Composition (2021), and the Giampaolo Bracali Composition Award (2021), among others. As a performer, Elizabeth is dedicated to the contemporary dramatic stage, with a background in classical voice and a current emphasis on new works. Elizabeth holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M. in Composition, 2021) and the University of Illinois (B.M. in Composition and Vocal Performance, 2019). "
Peter Ver Brugge
Tinkerer turned artist turned engineer turned artist turned engineer/artist. Exploration is the spice of life and life is too short to only do one thing. I was born in Albuquerque, NM, had a stint of 7 years in Tulsa, OK, and now live in Seattle, WA. My formal artistic background is music and I started on the upright bass at age 12 and studied classical and jazz, played and recorded in a band, and still play occasionally today. I turned to the visual arts about 8 years ago and have been working in acrylics as my main medium.
Timothy Peterson’s music has been performed in the US, Europe, and Australia at venues ranging from galleries and distilleries to Times Square (Anita’s Way), National Sawdust, and Lincoln Center. His vocal works have been featured at events such as BMP: Next Gen (Beth Morrison Projects), the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, Hartford Opera Theater’s New In November, and One Ounce Opera’s Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera. Recent projects include an art song co-commissioned by the Cincinnati Song Initiative and National Association of Teachers of Singing that features poetry by Catherine Pond. Upcoming events include the premiere of a song cycle commissioned by the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music’s Composing Earth initiative for countertenor César Aguilar, which will feature text by author-illustrator Shaun Tan. Timothy holds a MM in Composition from the University of Southern California and undergraduate degrees in composition and comparative literature from the University of Michigan.
mezzo-soprano (+ dancer)
"Franco-American mezzo-soprano Sophie Delphis has performed for Beth Morrison Projects, Opera Parallèle, National Sawdust, SongFest as a Stern Fellow, American Opera Projects, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, UMS (University Musical Society), Bronx Opera, Opera on the James, Bare Opera, City Lyric Opera and the iSING Festival, among others. Her operatic roles include: Félicie/Adélaïde (La Belle et la Bête, Glass), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Giunone (La Calisto), Carmen and Mercédès (Carmen), Flora (La Traviata), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Cenerentola and Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Concepción (L’heure espagnole) and Elle (La voix humaine). An avid recitalist, Sophie regularly produces recital programs and fundraiser concerts for musical and cultural organizations in the United States and China. Recent and upcoming works include: Ravel's Chansons madécasses and Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, Bolcom's Cabaret Songs, Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten and Messiaen's Harawi. Along with classical repertoire, she enjoys collaborating with composers, improvisers and theater artists on new works. Sophie can be heard as the Mother/Witch in the original English cast recording of Matti Kovler’s Ami and Tami and as a soloist on the Grammy Award-nominated Naxos recording of Milhaud’s Oresteia trilogy, produced by UMS in association with the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance. In addition to performing, Sophie is passionate about writing, linguistics and non-musical art forms. She teaches French language and poetics, as well as interpretation of mélodies repertoire. She currently resides in New York City, where she is pursuing a doctoral degree in voice performance at the Graduate Center CUNY."
Norm Mattox is a retired educator whose poetry tells a story of love and resilience in these times of challenge, struggle, and transformation. Norm's first chapbook, Get Home Safe, Poems for Crossing the Community Grid, was published in 2016. Nomadic Press published his second chapbook, Black Calculus, released February 2021, as well as the audiobook by the same title, in July 2021.
Doori Na, a San Francisco native, took up violin at the age of four and made his debut with The San Francisco Symphony in 2018 performing Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Itzhak Perlman and Michael Tilson Thomas. Currently living in Brooklyn, Doori plays with numerous ensembles in NYC including Argento New Music Project, New Chamber Ballet, Central Chamber Series, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and more.
Julian Wild:@actualjullan (FB, IG, TW) Gilbert Sanchez Ms. ZilbertMs.Zilbert Sydney Anderson Sophie Delphis Chelsea Helm:@chelseahelmsoprano Ashtyn Brown:@skittish.sapphic on Instagram, Ashtyn Brown on Facebook David Ross Lawn Carla Fortmann Doori Na:IG: @findingdoori_ Titilayo Funda Cizmecioglu Tanner Stegink Patrick Thompson Lucy Mcknight:Instagram: @lucifer_mcknight Kennedy Taylor Dixon:@kenndix (insta) Mary-Angela Granberry:IG: maryangela_terumi Brooklyn Motion Capture Dance Company:https://www.instagram.com/brianellissound/ Dicky Dutton:@dickydutton Laura Dearman:Instagram: @lauradearr Legs Akimbo Quaba Venza Ernest@quaba_ernest @venzadance Norm Mattox Bryce McClendon:"IG: @the.bryce.is_wrong Twitter: @Bryce_McClendon TikTok: @thebryce.iswrong" Sir Dominique Jordan* The Prolific One:@SirDominiqueJordan on Instagram, Sir Dominique Jordan on Facebook Alberto Medero Peter Ver Brugge:Bryce McClendon Amanda Austin
Elizabeth Gartman:Instagram: @lizafer_lemon ***Bloom Sound Collective ***Derek Weagle:Instagram @dweagz ***Molly Rabufo Bloom Sound Collective:@bloomsoundcollective @mollyrabuffo @dweagz Timmy Peterson Jorge Sosa Akshaya Tucker:IG @akshayatucker ; FB @akshaya.avriltucker Writers / Poets Lynn Lane Hannah Mae Sturges Elemen2al:@elemen2althepoet Sam Waits Kit Wren:"instagram: kitwrenaway twitter: kittalkssports" Vayl Larkin:@vayllarkin IG Chen-Yi Wu:Instagram: @chenyiwu_film Frogg Corpse:@froggcorpse (Instagram) FroggCorpseOfficial (FB) Shockie G The Poet:@Shockieg_the_poet ig &tiktok Katya Bormotina Alexa Letourneau:"@composingbyalexa - Instagram Alexa Letourneau, Composer - Facebook and Youtube @alexaletourneau and/or @mosaiccomposers - Tiktok" Charles Kreidler:@charleswilliamk_ Painters and Sculptors Angela Wei:"https://www.instagram.com/theangelawei/ https://twitter.com/theangelawei" Varvára Fern Tala Abunuwar:@kittaba Sheldon Kleeman Pamela Marino:"Instagram: @pamela.artist Instagram: @artteachermarino Etsy: @pamartshop Redbubble: @pamelarmarino Facebook: @PamArtShop TikTok: @pamela.artist " Nate Lanasa:@nathaniellanasa Sydni Peeler Emilie Karl Carlos Bortoni / n33fti:Instagram (@n33fti) Visual Artists (Digital) Kamini Avril (also physical art) John Boudreau:@johnboudreauartist Jared Schwartz Jairo Dealba Nionda Torriell:@neoforgiven, @neoforgivenart Kaylee Hernandez Nena Christeina Emma Sue Ewing: