Alex Weiser
Artistic Director

Broad gestures, rich textures, and narrative sweep are hallmarks of the "compelling" (New York Times) music of composer Alex Weiser. Born and raised in New York City, Weiser creates acutely cosmopolitan music combining a keen ear and deeply felt historical perspective with a vibrant forward-looking creativity. Running the gamut from dramatic visceral power to thoughtful introspection, Weiser's compositions often employ a colorful tonal language and repetition to create a discourse which is at once rich and abstract, and yet lucid and grounded. An energetic advocate for contemporary classical music and for the work of his peers, Weiser co-founded Kettle Corn New Music, a series acclaimed for capturing "all of the prestige" that contemporary classical music has to offer, with "none of the pomp," (Feast of Music) and is currently 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 by the Washington Post as a "confident, fully-grown composing talent," and the New York Times as a "confident new musical voice," Chris Rogerson’s music has been praised for its "virtuosic exuberance" and "haunting beauty" (New York Times). Ensembles such as the Atlanta Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, New World Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic have performed his work at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, and Symphony Center in Chicago. His collaborators in chamber music include the Brentano, Dover, and Attacca Quartets, artists such as David Shifrin, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Ida Kavafian, as well as distinguished members of the Guarneri and Orion Quartets. Rogerson's music has won awards and fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Copland House, Aspen Music Festival, ASCAP, BMI, and the Theodore Presser Foundation. Rogerson is represented by Young Concert Artists and attended the Curtis Institute and Yale; currently he serves as the Composer-in-Residence of the Amarillo Symphony and is a doctoral candidate at Princeton University.

Emily Cooley
Publicity Director

Emily Cooley is a composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music that ranges from delicate intensity to a pulsing, energetic sound described as "dramatic, forceful and filled with reverberation" (Sioux City Journal). In 2015, Emily was awarded a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her music has received additional awards and recognition from the National Federation of Music Clubs, Tribeca New Music, ASCAP, the Renée B. Fisher Foundation, PARMA Recordings, and others. Emily has received commissions and performances from ensembles including the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, the JACK Quartet, the Fifth House Ensemble, and Music from Copland House. She has been a fellow at the Norfolk New Music Workshop, the Wellesley Composers Conference, CULTIVATE at Copland House, and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. In the summer of 2015, Emily will attend the Lake Champlain Music Festival's Young Composers Seminar, and she will be in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, collaborating with LA-based piano duo HOCKET on a new piece.

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 Senior Product Manager 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.