Warwick Davis played the title characters in Willow and the Leprechaun film series, the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi and Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films.
Andrew Stock (b. 1994) is a composer and violist. His recent music displays minimalist influence (largely via a specific attention to process) along with outgrowths of an artistic engagement with improvisers, experimental musicians, and specialist performers of contemporary music. His work has been performed and commissioned by soloists and groups including the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, members of the St. Louis Symphony, cellist Sharon Robinson and violinist Jinjoo Cho.
Laura Schwartz is a composer and horn player who grew up in Southern California. She attended the University of California, Davis (B.A. in Music 2013) where she studied primarily with Laurie San Martin, Sam Nichols, and Ross Bauer. Laura is interested in action-based music that explores visual movement as a foundation element of the compositional process.
Patrick O’Malley (1989) is an emerging composer currently living in Los Angeles and completing his Master’s degree in composition at the University of Southern California. He grew up in Indiana, where he cultivated an interest in composition from the music at the local orchestra, his parents’ record collection, film scores at the movie theater, and even MIDI compositions for videogames being written at the time.
Composer and saxophonist Anna Meadors is one of the founding members of Baltimore-based ensemble Three Red Crowns; working with composer and bassist John Paul Carillo, the ensemble (amplified string quartet, sax, bass, drums, voice) plays their original compositions. She has performed her music at Baltimore's NOVO Festival, Artscape 2011 and 2012, and at New Music Greensboro 2013 and 2014. She is also lead soloist in the jazz-rock trio Joy on Fire, which tours actively along the East Coast and will be the ensemble-in-residence at the Winery at St.
José Martínez – Composer and Percussionist. José’s music incorporates a wide range of influences from Colombian folk tunes to avant-garde Western art music, while borrowing from Latin music, heavy metal, and progressive rock. All these sounds find a place to interact in his music and create his personal sound palette. His body of works includes pieces for a variety of ensembles including orchestra, string quintet, saxophone quartet, pierrot ensembles, and solo and electronics.
Jennifer Hill is a composer, cellist, and sound enthusiast earning her B.M. in Composition at the University of North Texas. She is an active member of the Composers Forum of North Texas and the UNT Steel Band. During her time at UNT, Jennifer has studied with Drs. Panayiotis Kokoras and Andrew May and has had her music performed across the United States. Jennifer also writes and performs pop music with her Denton-based band, *~~.
Guo Wei, was born in 1990 in China's Shandong Province, in the city of Qingdao. She started learning the piano at age five and the cello at age 11, attaining the tenth level performance certificate in cello. She played cello in the Qindao Youth Orchestra and also participated in the high school orchestra for the school's anniversary celebration. In elemantary school she started learning music theory and taking ear-training classes and in the sophomore year of high school she started learning composition with professors from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Natalie Dietterich is an American composer from Harleysville, Pennsylvania. Her music has been performed at the 21st Annual Young Composers Meeting (Apeldoorn, the Netherlands), the highSCORE Festival (Pavia, Italy), the Charlotte New Music Festival (North Carolina), Spectrum (New York), and was recently featured on Q2 Music (WQXR, New York). She is a winner of two Philadelphia Composers' Ink call for scores: "Airs of Other Planets” (2014) and “Songs of Metamorphosis” (2014), and will be attending the So Percussion Summer Institute this July.
Emily Cooley (b. 1990) 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, and others.