Alex Weiser
Artistic Director

Broad gestures, rich textures, and narrative sweep are hallmarks of the "compelling" (New York Times), "shapely, melody-rich" (Wall Street Journal) music of composer Alex Weiser. Born and raised in New York City, Weiser creates acutely cosmopolitan music combining a deeply felt historical perspective with a vibrant forward-looking creativity. Weiser has been praised for writing "insightful" music which is "of great poetic depth" (Feast of Music), and for having a "sophisticated ear and knack for evoking luscious textures and imaginative yet approachable harmonies" (I Care If You Listen). An energetic advocate for contemporary classical music and for the work of his peers, Weiser co-founded and directs Kettle Corn New Music, an "ever-enjoyable," and "engaging" concert series which "creates that ideal listening environment that so many institutions aim for: relaxed, yet allowing for concentration," (New York Times) and was for nearly five years a director of the MATA Festival, the "the city’s leading showcase for vital new music by emerging composers" (The New Yorker).

Chris Rogerson
Artistic Director

Hailed as a "confident, fully-grown composing talent" (The Washington Post), a "big discovery" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) and a "confident new musical voice" (The New York Times), composer Chris Rogerson’s music has been performed by orchestras across the United States, including the San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Esteemed performers such as Anthony McGill, Ida Kavafian, Anne-Marie McDermott, David Shifrin, Benjamin Beilman, Peter Wiley, and Steven Tenenbom have championed his work at venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, and Symphony Center in Chicago. His 2017-2018 season includes commissions for Yo-Yo Ma, the Kansas City Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and the Attacca Quartet. A Theodore Presser Career Grant recipient, Mr. Rogerson has received awards and fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Copland House, ASCAP, BMI, Chamber Music America, and New Music USA. Mr. Rogerson is represented by Young Concert Artists and attended the Curtis Institute, Yale, and Princeton; he now serves as Co-Artistic Director of Kettle Corn New Music and on the Musical Studies Faculty at the Curtis Institute.

Emily Cooley
Publicity Director

Emily Cooley is a Philadelphia-based composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music described as "dramatic, forceful, and filled with reverberation" (Sioux City Journal) and "a journey using multiple tonalities but ever-evolving styles... with a beautiful delicacy" (Vermont Today). Her orchestral works have been performed by the Minnesota, Louisville, Milwaukee, Berkeley, Sioux City, and Eastern Connecticut symphony orchestras; the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra; and numerous university orchestras. She has been a fellow at the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, Norfolk New Music Workshop, CULTIVATE at Copland House, and Cabrillo Conductors/Composers Workshop, among others. In 2015, Emily was honored with a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Upcoming projects include commissions from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Michael Steinberg and Jorja Fleezanis Fund, as well as the release of a multi-track cello album in collaboration with cellist Ashley Bathgate of the Bang On a Can All-Stars. A native of Milwaukee, WI, Emily is a graduate of Curtis, USC, and Yale.

Loren Loiacono
Development Director

Lauded by the New York Times as "plush, elusive" and "alluring," the music of Loren Loiacono (b. 1989) has been performed at Carnegie Hall's Stern and Zankel Halls, Minneapolis's Orchestra Hall, the DiMenna Center, St. Petersburg's Small Hall, and on WSHU and WQXR's Q2 radio. A native of Stony Brook, New York, she is currently pursuing her Doctorate in composition at Cornell University, where she is a student of Steven Stucky. She previously received her M.M. and B.A. from Yale University. Her works have been performed by such ensembles as the Minnesota Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, 5th House Ensemble, Argento Ensemble, and many others. She has received awards from ASCAP's Morton Gould Awards (2013, 2005), New York Youth Symphony's First Music Commissioning Program (2014), Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute (2015), and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (2006), and been a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, and Copland House's CULTIVATE, among others.

Ryan Harper
Technology Director

Ryan Harper is a musician and app designer/developer working at the intersection of art and technology. He graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Literature and Music and received a M.M. in Composition from the USC Thornton School of Music. His music has been performed by groups such as Fifth House Ensemble, HOCKET, and New Morse Code, and he has developed mobile apps for Condé Nast, iHeartMedia, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and WebMD. His music has also been included in the feature films "Año Uña" and "Last Night" and supported by Meet the Composer. Harper is currently a Product Director at Condé Nast Entertainment where he focuses on next generation video technologies and The Scene, a video network featuring content from Condé Nast brands and partners.