Composer and pianist Robin McLaughlin has had work performed throughout the United States and Canada, and has been recognized by ASCAP and the American Composers Forum. Drawing musical inspiration from metaphor and the sacred, her music is imaginative and energetic. Robin recently held a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Other recent projects include a piece for flute and lighting design for Krisztina Dér’s flute/light project, a Rosie the Riveter-inspired work for the Greensboro-based Women’s Wind Ensemble, and and a saxophone and fixed media piece for Emily Loboda. Robin presented at Nief-Norf’s Genre Lines summit this last June, and her work has garnered performances by numerous ensembles, including the Bechtler Ensemble, Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, the Ancia Saxophone Quartet, Present~Continuous, the Oraia Reed Quintet, the Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, and the Houghton College Philharmonia. As a pianist, Robin is a founding member of the Catchfire Collective. She teaches composition and theory at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she also received her Masters in Music Composition. Her primary instructors have been Alejandro Rutty, Mark Engebretson, Sarah Hutchings, and David Davies. Upcoming projects include a clarinet/tape piece for clarinetist Kyle Kostenko, and a new large-scale sacred work. In her free time, Robin loves to read and bake, and has nearly perfected the art of sourdough bread.
Allison McIntosh is a Midwest-based composer originally from the Pacific Northwest. McIntosh graduated with a Master of Music in composition from the New England Conservatory, where she studied under Michael Gandolfi. She also graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in music. In 2018, McIntosh began a Doctorate of Music at the University of Kansas. McIntosh has attended festivals such as the Walden School Creative Musician’s Retreat and the Wyoming New Music Festival, and her music has been performed by many talented musicians including the Washington Masters Chorale and members of the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra. She has attended workshops with many brilliant composers, including Sofia Gubaidulina, Thomas Ades, and Joan Tower. She has also taken lessons with composers Christopher Theofanidis, Malcolm Peyton, and John McDonald. McIntosh’s music often involves influence from literature, and she is particularly interested in interpreting poetry through art song. Her music also often connects her passion for music history to her interest in innovation and experimentation. She has seen her works performed at Boston Symphony Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, and the National Presbyterian Church, as well as many other venues throughout the country.
Ben Robichaux (b.1991) is a dedicated composer whose interest for expanding his compositional style has always been a top priority. His chamber works have been featured at the Alba International Music Festival in Alba, Italy, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the 2018 Society of Composers, Incorporated Student National Conference, the SEAMUS 2018 National Conference, the 2017 Electronic Music Midwest Festival, the 2017 Atlantic Music Festival, the Electrobrass II Conference, the 2017 Society of Composers, Incorporated Region IV Conference, the 2016 NACUSA/SCI Snapshot Conference, and the 2016 Society of Composers, Incorporated National Conference among others. His choir music has been performed by the Academy of Voices of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Dekalb Choral Guild of Atlanta, Georgia and the Repertory Singers of the University of Georgia. As a recipient of a James E. Croft Grant for Young and Emerging Wind Band Composers, his wind ensemble works have been performed nationally. He was selected as a participant in the National Band Association Young Composers and Conductors Mentor Project, which includes a recording and performance with the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C. While participating in this project, his principal mentor will be renowned composer Frank Ticheli. While a student, he was appointed to the Society of Composers, Incorporated student council where he helped implement initiatives that increase student member involvement across the United States.
He received a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia in 2018. He received a Master's Degree in Music Composition at the University of Georgia in 2016. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana in 2014. He has studied composition with Natalie Williams, Leonard V. Ball, Peter Van Zandt Lane, Adrian Childs, and Emily Koh. Additionally, he has been involved in masterclasses and private lessons with Jesse Jones, Melinda Wagner, Paul Koonce, Ben Hjertmann, David Ludwig, Pierre Jalbert, Ken Ueno, Nils Vigeland, Donald Crockett, George Tsontakis, Hannah Lash, Robert Cuckson, Jennifer Jolley, Joseph Dangerfield, Elliott McKinley, Luke Dahn, Robert Paterson, Xi Wang and Mari Kimura. He is published by Noteworthy Sheet Music, LLC and is affiliated with BMI. He currently teaches music technology and audio engineering at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Andriy Sovetov is an instrumental composer. He focuses on writing concert music as well as writing for various forms of media including films, commercials, trailers, and podcasts. He has an BM in Composition, and will be receiving his MM in Film Composition this next school year. He also records as pianist, this year recording a number of works including Chopin's Etude Op 10 No 1, Rachmaninoff's Prelude No 2, and Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata. Over the next month, he will travel to Vienna, Brno, and Charlotte, NC for premieres and recordings of his own works. These works, along with a selection of solo piano recordings, will make the first full disk he plans on releasing in July.
New York/Venezuelan experimental musician, Xi.me.na Borges is an extremely eclectic composer and performer. Armed with an array of digital and analogue technologies, Xi.me.na uses her voice to blend the music of disparate times and places, creating alluring sonic collages and migrating confidently between avant-garde opera and electronic pop.