Follow us!

An accomplished soloist and accompanist, Julianne Shepard has premiered a variety of contemporary works, ranging from solo piano, small ensembles, and works for two pianos and two percussionists. A native Oregonian, she has been a student of Alexandre Dossin for eight years, also earning her Bachelors and Master's degrees in piano performance at the University of Oregon. As a member of the American Liszt Society for several years, Julianne has participated in a variety of projects and concerts relating to the Annual Liszt Festival. She has performed pieces such as Prokofiev sonatas, Shostakovich Piano concerto no.1, Liszt transcendental etudes, and a Liszt opera transcription, around various venues in Oregon and Washington, and live radio in Seattle. 

Tyler Kemp

Abigail Marie Johnson

Jacob Miller Smith (b.1992) holds a B.M. and M.M. in Music Composition from the University of Alabama and is currently earning his D.M.A. in Music Composition from Arizona State University. He has studied composition with C.P. First, Amir Zaheri, Peter Westergaard, James DeMars, and Jody Rockmaker, as well as conducting with Amir Zaheri. He is an active collaborator with student performers and groups, and has had performances across the US, South America, Canada and Europe. He is a member of SCI and ASCAP. More information can be found at 

Nathan Scalise

Tai Kuang Chao

Houston native, Justina Chu, is a freelance flutist and private instructor, who is grateful for the diverse opportunities she has had in her musical career. In 2017, she was principal flutist of the Whistler Institute Orchestra in Vancouver, BC and was a member of the Whistler Wind Quintet. She organized and performed in Houston's first Groupmuse that same year in a flute, viola, and harp trio. A lover of music from all time periods, Ms. Chu has performed with Loop38 New Music Ensemble, and spent the summer of 2016 performing on Baroque flute in various early music festivals. As a soloist, she was awarded a top prize in the 2015 Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition. Ms. Chu holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Houston and the Longy School of Music, respectively. She is proud to have studied under the tutelage of Peggy Russell and Robert Willoughby. 

Connor Gibbs

Alan Mackwell

Timothy Beattie is a graduate of the University of South Alabama (Bachelor of Science in Music Education), Troy University (Masters of Science in Music Industry), and L.S.U. (Ph.D. Music Composition). Mr. Beattie has studied composition with composers Robert W. Smith (Troy University), Dinos Constantinides (L.S.U.) and Clifton Callender (F.S.U.). His work has been played by multiple ensembles: Marimba Concertino Shortcut (University of South Alabama 2011), Autumnal Equinox for Wind Ensemble (winner of 2014 L.S.U. composition contest, premiered by L.S.U. Symphonic Winds 2015), and the third movement of his Marimba Concerto was premiered by the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra (2018).  

Connor Gibbs is a composer, singer, and music educator working in Massachusetts. A recent graduate from Wagner College, Connor composes music to explore complex feelings and to tell stories. Such stories have been told around the world with music performances in New York City, and professional recordings made in London. Every day, however, Connor teaches high school choirs in Springfield, MA and performs musical theater, jazz, and classical repertoire, aiming to inspire the next generation of musicians.

New Zealander - American,Alan Mackwell has been described as "not yet 20 and already an original composer with new ideas and a command of complex symphonic writing" (-BroadStreet Journal).  He soon showed talent in music and was encouraged to begin composing by his piano teacher. Alan is a three-time winner of the Texas Young Composer's Competition, placing 2nd in 2015 and 2016, and was the grand prize winner of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's inaugural composer's competition in the spring of 2017. In the summer of 2017, Alan was announced as one of the finalists of the Todd Corporation Young Composer's Award and had a piece performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in November 2017. He is currently pursuing a BM in Music Composition at the Boston Conservatory of Music. 

Steve Sharp

Nathan Mays is an active musician and versatile composer from the Gulf of Texas, who has collaborated with numerous musicians, dancers, and painters, to explore the artistic bounds of modern music. He began studying composition in 2009 at San Jacinto Community College, finishing his Bachelors of Music in Composition at Sam Houston State University in 2013 and Masters of Music in Composition at Texas State University in 2016. An avid supporter of rock and jazz music, these styles always find a place in Nathan's works, as he continues to search for the  balance between popular and classical genres

Abigail Johnson is a composition and music history major at Baldwin Wallace University. During her time there she has studied under Dr. Clint Needham and Dr. Jonathon Sokol for composition, and Dr. Danielle Kuntz for music history. At Baldwin Wallace she is a member of the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra. She has a very diverse musical background; classically trained at CIM, attending folk music festivals, co-founding an electric orchestra, playing in numerous pit orchestras, and playing in a Gamelan ensemble during her time studying abroad in Ireland.  

2018 Space City New Music Festival - Participants

Paige Madden is an undergraduate student at the University of Oregon, pursuing a degree in Percussion Performance. She has played in the Northwest Percussion Festival, as well as in numerous master classes with esteemed artists such as Steve Hearn, Galen Lemmon, and Third Coast Percussion. Paige performs in a wide variety of local ensembles, including the debut performance of an all-female chamber ensemble at the "Marginalized Voices" Platform Festival. Paige also plays in the UO Drumline, and teaches numerous high school drumlines. She has played with the UO Marching Band at countless in- and out-of-state events, including the Alamo Bowl and Las Vegas Bowl. 

Justina Chu

Nathan Scalise (b.1993) is a composer who cares if you listen. His music has been performed professionally by artists including the Momenta Quartet, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Dolce Suono Ensemble, Out of Bounds Ensemble, and Orchestra 2001, and at festivals including Charlotte New Music Festival and Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. A composer with many stylistic interests, his works include church music, jazz ensemble pieces, and musical theater, performed by a range of large and small amateur and student ensembles. Additionally, Nathan performs frequently as a trombonist, pianist, and drummer, and is a second year masters student in composition at SUNY Binghamton. 

Juliane Shepard

New generation composer Tai-Kuang Chao sees himself as a musical storyteller and sonic painter. His muses and inspirations can be traced habitually to a diverse scope, ranging from aboriginal /folk tunes from native Taiwanese, literature, paintings, and installations. Chao endeavors to picture the abstract spheres via a personal musical language to demonstrate his illusionistic emotions and stylistic diversity. He attempts to employ notes fused with acoustic timbres to blend his musical pigments onto the palette, which becomes the paintbrush that leads the audience’s imagination to create an image within the realm of their fantasies. 

Nathan Mays

Jacob Miller Smith

Mathew Roy Huston

Paige Madden

Tyler Kemp is a composer, arranger, and educator from the Midwest. His compositions are performed at various festivals and concert venues across the United States. In the summer of 2017, Tyler made his international debut at the Talis Festival in Saas-Fee, Switzerland with the premiere of his multi-movement piano quintet, Dvóje Lubki. Tyler’s stylistic process is a synthesis of various compositional traditions. He believes this approach is one of the primary ways for new music to progress toward an innovative future while still holding on to the expressive and emotive qualities of past musical eras.

Jakub Polaczyk (b. 1983) is a Polish composer and pianist living in New York City. Jakub obtained his Artist Diploma in Composition at Carnegie Mellon University (2013) as a full scholarship recipient studying under Dr. Reza Vali. Jakub completed his postgraduate studies in computer, audiovisual and film music at the Music Academy and Film School in Lodz, Poland (2011). He obtained his Master in Music Composition from the Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland (2010), where he studied under M. Chyrzynski, M. Choloniewski and K. Penderecki. In 2009 he graduated with M.A. and B.A in Musicology from the Jagiellonian University of Cracow. 

Timothy Beattie

Matthew Huston explores themes of inclusion and separateness in pieces for piano and small chamber ensembles. His works have received premieres at the Mansion at Strathmore and the Composers Society of Montgomery County. He has twice attended the Summer Composition Intensive at Saint Mary’s College. Matthew is currently pursuing graduate studies in composition at the James Madison University School of Music. His principal teachers are Jonathan Kolm, Eric Guinivan, and Jason Haney.

Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. He is a licensed civil engineer, his professional career focusing on planning and design of transportation infrastructure. He is also a certified yoga instructor. 

Steve Sharp is a trumpeter, composer, and bandleader based in Oregon, known for his work across a variety of genres. His performing credits include the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, The Paperboys, and as lead trumpet with Power of Tower (a T.O.P. tribute band). After receiving a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, Sharp attended soundSCAPE new music festival in Italy in 2015 as part of EDGES Duo with percussionist Crystal Chu. He also attended the School for Improvisational Music at NYU in summer 2013. Sharp composes primarily programmatic music for jazz ensembles and has arranged for the Daddies and the University of Oregon Gospel. Sharp holds a Masters of Jazz Composition from the University of Oregon and bachelors degrees in Trumpet Performance and Music Theory from the University of Kansas. 

Jakub Polaczyk