Danny Clay, composer (January 2019)


Danny Clay is a composer and teaching artist from Ohio, currently based in San Francisco. His work is deeply rooted in curiosity, collaboration, and the sheer joy of making things. His projects often incorporate musical games, open forms, found objects, archival media, toy instruments, classrooms of elementary schoolers, graphic notation, digital errata, cross-disciplinary research, and the everything-in-between.

Recent collaborators include Kronos Quartet, Third Coast Percussion, Eighth Blackbird, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Sarah Cahill, Phyllis Chen, the Living Earth Show, Friction Quartet, choreographer Robert Dekkers and printmaker Jon Fischer. As a teaching artist specializing in composition with kids, he builds original, through-sung operas with 3rd-5th graders at the after-school program Little Opera and teaches private lessons for the John Adams Young Composers Program at the Crowden School in Berkeley.



Liz Hayes, voice/Theatre (march 2019)


Liz Hayes is a performing and teaching artist, dialect coach and recent transplant to NYC from Boston. Her most recent performing credits include Into the Woods with Fiasco Theater (Roundabout Theatre Co. and Menier Chocolate Factory in London), the New England premiere of George Brant’s Grounded (The Gamm Theatre), Informed Consent (Gulfshore Playhouse), and she has appeared with many Boston-based companies, including New Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, the Lyric Stage, Gloucester Stage, Central Square Theater, Stoneham Theater, Boston Playwright’s Theatre and the Elliot Norton Award-winning Orfeo Group, of which she was a founding artist. Liz currently teaches voice & speech and dialects in the MFA Acting Program at Brooklyn College and in the BFA Acting & Musical Theater Programs at Pace University and has served on the faculties of Syracuse University’s Tepper Semester, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Emerson College and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She has vocal and dialect coached for numerous theater companies and institutions in both Boston and NYC, including the Huntington Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons and the Juilliard School, and was the on-set dialect coach for Sony Pictures’ Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.  Liz is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and VASTA, holds an MFA in Classical Acting from GWU/The Shakespeare Theatre Company, and is a graduate of Brown University.



Kevin McFarland (January 2019)

Kevin McFarland recently ended a run of eleven years as founding cellist of the world-renowned JACK Quartet in the fall of 2016. After incredible experiences traveling across five continents, collaborating with a diverse array of composers, and performing up to seventy concerts a year with JACK, he decided it was time for a change of pace. He quasi-recently relocated from Brooklyn to Denver where he now lives with his longtime partner and two dogs. His current musical focus gravitates around composition, electronic music, and solo performance.

Past guest performances include appearances with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, Talea Ensemble, and Wordless Music Orchestra. Kevin's composition works have been premiered by vocalist Abigail Fischer, Hutchins Consort East, the Deviant Septet, as well as performed by JACK. Recent solo performances include a residence with the Harvard Group for New Music and a show at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Kevin holds a Bachelor's Degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied cello with Steven Doane, and composition with Robert Morris, David Liptak, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and Steven Stucky. His first published essay appears inPerforming Xenakis from Pendragon Press, which was quoted on Alex Ross's blog once.

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Zach Pulse, Oboe/composer (March 2019)


Zachary Pulse is a performer, teacher, and promoter of music that encompasses a wide range of styles. Zach strives to challenge musical conventions and connect with audiences in unexpected ways. Some of his recent performance spaces have included a butterfly sanctuary, a 15-century Italian pasta mill, and a redwood forest.

As an orchestral musician, Zach served as principal oboist of the American Youth Symphony for three seasons and has held positions with Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra, the Young Artist's Symphony Orchestra, and the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra. Zach enjoys exploring the relationship between the oboe and the human voice and pursues chamber music collaborations with vocalists. His duo, So Much Hot Air, and his trio, Poor Puppet, have commissioned several new pieces for this unusual instrumentation and performed at the San Francisco Center for New Music and on the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project series.

Zach serves as Adjunct Professor of Oboe at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, WI. Previously, he taught at Esperanza Azteca Orchestra Los Angeles, an orchestral program that provided children aged 7-17 across L.A.’s Eastside with free instruments, individual and group music instruction, and performance opportunities around Southern California.

Zach earned his Master of Music degrees in Oboe Performance and Chamber Music Performance at the University of Michigan under Nancy Ambrose King. While at Michigan, he played principal oboe with the University Symphony Orchestra in the Grammy-nominated recording of Darius Milhaud’s operatic trilogy, L’Orestia d’Eschyle—the premiere recording of the complete work. Zach currently lives in Madison, WI where he is pursuing his doctoral studies as a Graduate School Fellow at the UW-Madison. His research interests include acoustics/psychoacoustics, the intersection of race and music in American culture, and electro-acoustic composition.

When he isn't playing or teaching music, Zach enjoys reading, backpacking, and taking road trips.



Andy Akiho, steel pan and composer (July 2013) 

Matt Albert, violin and viola (May 2014)

Jason Charney, composer and electronics (August 2015, December 2017)

Conrad Freiburg, singer and multi-instrumentalist (August 2015, January 2017)

Jon Irabagon, saxophone and composer (January 2017)

Lisa Kaplan, piano and composer (July 2013, January 2015)

Juraj Kojs, composer and electronics (January 2016)

Kerrith Livengood, flute and composer (January 2015)

Craig Marks, guitar and composer (August 2014)

Ryan McMasters, guitar and composer (March 2018)

Jenny Perlin, animation and film (December 2017)

Zach Pulse, oboe (March 2017)

Adam Tendler, piano and composer (March 2017)

Diana Wade, viola and composer (March 2018)

Keve Wilson, oboe (January 2016)

Jennifer Woodrum, clarinet (August 2014, March 2017)