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Composer Takeover 01
September 6, 2009, 1:38 pm
Filed under: Composers



Sang Mi Ahn

Born: 1979

Current Location: Bloomington, IN


Sang Mi Ahn received her BM from Yonsei University, Korea and MM from Indian University.  She has studied with Cheong Mook Kim, Jie Sun Lim, Claude Baker, and Don Freund.  Her Psalm 30 for Chamber Orchestra received honorable mention for the Libby Larsen Prize at the 2009 Competition of The International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) and has been performed at the 2009 Midwest Composers Symposium at the University of Michigan.  Her choral anthem Let Us Hope When Hope Seems Hopeless was selected as a finalist for the 2008 Contemporary Vocal Ensemble Choral Music Competition at Indiana University.  In 2003, her chamber works have been chosen to represent Yonsei University at Nong 21, a joint composition recital organized by Seoul National University and the Korean National University of Arts.  Sang Mi is a pianist and has performed in most of her composition recitals.  She is currently a doctoral student in composition at Indiana, where she studies with P.Q. Phan.

Music copyright 2009 by Sang Mi Ahn


Ryan Carter

Born: April 13, 1980

Current Location: New York, NY



Praised by the New York Times as “imaginative…like, say, a Martian dance party,” Ryan Carter’s music has been performed throughout Europe and North America by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Nieuw Ensemble, NOW Ensemble, Margaret Lancaster, and many others.  Recent commissions have come from Carnegie Hall, Present Music, The Milwaukee Children’s Choir and the Calder Quarte, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer.  Recent awards include the Lee Ettelson Award, the Aaron Copland Award, and several ASCAPlus Awards; Ryan was also a finalist for the 2005 Gaudeamus Prize.  Ryan holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and SUNY – Stony Brook, where his primary teachers included Richard Hoffmann, Pauline Oliveros and Daniel Weymouth.  Ryan spent 2007-2008 studying with Louis Andriessen and Gilius van Bergeijk at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (the Netherlands) and is currently pursuing doctoral work as a MacCracken Fellow at New York University.

Music copyright 2009 by Ryan Carter


Ryan Jesperson

Born: 1981

Current Location: Kansas City, MO



Ryan Jesperson (1981) is a composer whose music is steeped in the modern  practice of blurring genres and skewing expectations.  With a taste for eccentric rhythms  and dissonant chord progressions, Ryan’s music alludes to his jazz and rock roots while  still staying firmly ensconced in the modern classical tradition.  Ryan holds an MM and  an AD from the University of Hartford, and a BM and BA from Washington State  University.  Currently, Ryan is pursuing his doctorate at the University of Missouri-  Kansas City where he is a Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellow.  His principal compositions  teachers include Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Larry Alan Smith, Robert Carl, Stephen Gryc,  Charles Argersinger and Gregory Yasinitsky.  Ryan is currently studying with James  Mobberley.

Ryan’s compositions have been performed across the country and abroad, with  performances at multiple SCI and NACUSA concerts, the CMU New Music Festival, the  Nebraska at Kearney New Music Festival, and the ReJoyce Festival among others.  His  chamber opera, Words for the Dead, was premiered in 2004 at Washington State  University.  Recent performances include Violin Sonata by Sarah Washburn and Tamila  Azadaliyeva in New York City, fragments and memories by Radu Clipa in Bucharest,  Romania, Farbenmusik by Kari Johnson at the CMS Great Plains Conference, and  Concerto for Flute by Sophia Tegart and the UMKC Orchestra in Kansas City, MO.   Upcoming performances include Birdsongs at the Nebraska at Kearney New Music  Festival, the premiere of Euphonium > Plutonium by Nate Gay in Kansas City, MO, and  a performance at the Kalv Festival in Kalv, Sweden.  Ryan is also currently working on  his first CD release with the vocalist Ashly Evans.  His compositions Humanity Divine  and Birdsongs will be featured on the upcoming disc.

The winner of the 2009 British Trombone Society Composition Contest, the 2008  UMKC Orchestra Composition Competition, and honorable mention in the 2008  NACUSA Young Composer Awards, Ryan has also won awards from the College Music  Society, the Lional Hampton Jazz Festival, FASR, and Phi Beta Kappa. His list of  commissions include the Honors String Quartet, the Miklos Quartet, trumpeter Chris  Belluscio, violinist Sarah Washburn, vocalist Ashly Evans and trombonist Radu Clipa.   Also an educator, Ryan was a member of the music faculty at the Hartford Conservatory  and taught at the University of Hartford.  Ryan is published through Sound Music  Publications and Warwick Music, as well as his own imprint, Jazzperson Music.  You  can find out more at

Music copyright 2009 by Ryan Jesperson

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Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick


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