Erin Busch - Founder and Artistic Director
Composition and Theory
Erin Busch is a composer and cellist currently pursuing a Ph.D in Music Composition at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies with Anna Weesner and James Primosch. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Young Women Composers Camp (YWCC), a two-week summer composition camp for girls ages 14–19 at Temple University. Erin was previously an adjunct professor of music theory and composition at Temple University from 2015–2018, where she also received her bachelors and masters degrees in Music Composition and Cello Performance.
Erin has studied composition with Maurice Wright, Jan Krzywicki, Cynthia Folio, Adam Vidiksis, and Richard Brodhead, and has studied cello with Jeffrey Solow and Yumi Kendall. Erin has had her works performed across the United States, Europe, and South America, and her commissioned work Grow for choir and orchestra was recently premiered at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
Erin has participated in several summer festivals, including the European American Music Alliance (EAMA) in Paris, France; the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, Maine; the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria; the Orchestra of the Americas Nordic-Baltic tour; and the Festival Napa Valley. She performs with orchestras such as the Allentown Symphony, Symphony in C, and the Philly Pops. Erin recently graduated from the YOA Global Leaders Program, a nine-month certificate program in Civic Leadership, Teaching Artistry, Cultural Agency, and Social Entrepreneurship that included on-site music program development and teaching in southern Chile and Belize City.
For more information on upcoming events, please visit www.erinbusch.com.
Julia Alford - Administrative Director
Julia Alford is a composer, educator, and accordionist. Her music combines strains of texture, serialism and klezmer music with a firm commitment to melodic importance. It stems from spurts of improvisation that is often mixed with a series of numbers (each representing a given pitch, sometimes using 12, sometimes less, never more) that are rearranged over and over again.
She received her education at many fine institutions, the most recent being Temple University in Philadelphia, where she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the mentorship of Matthew Greenbaum in the spring of 2013. Her music has been performed in many exotic locales including Philadelphia, New York, Kansas City, Kalamazoo, Boca Raton, Aspen, and Piadena, Italy.
Dr. Alford teaches composition and theory and is the administrative assistant for the Department of Music Studies at Temple University, where she wrangles faculty, schedules, and students alike. In her spare time she plays accordion and assists in tune writing in the American Gothic-esque, Northern Arms.
Cynthia Folio – Faculty Director
Composition and Theory
Cynthia Folio is Professor and Chair of Music Studies at Temple University, where she was honored with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1994 and the Creative Achievement Award in 2012. She received her Ph.D. in music theory and Performers Certificate in flute from the Eastman School of Music. Cynthia’s compositions have been described by reviewers as “confident and musical in expressing ideas of great substance,” “intriguing and enjoyable,” and “imaginatively scored.” She has received commissions from such organizations as Network for New Music, the Relâche Ensemble, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and the National Flute Association. She has had residencies at The American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In the summer of 2011, the National Flute Association featured an entire concert of her music on its annual convention, and in 2015 it featured her new double flute concerto, Winds for Change, performed by the flute duo ZAWA! and the Serafin String Quartet. Cynthia’s pieces are recorded on many CD’s, including a 2014 release, Inverno Azul, featuring nine of her compositions, on the BCM+D label; a 2007 release by the Relâche Ensemble, Press Play, by Meyer Music; and a 2006 release of Flute Loops: Chamber Music for Flute by Centaur Records, featuring eight of her compositions. She also recorded a jazz CD, Portfolio (Centaur Records), which includes four original compositions.
Composition and Theory
Dr. Sabrina Clarke is an full time instructor of theory and composition at West Chester University’s Wells School of Music. She completed her Ph.D. in Music Studies at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music. Her research mainly involves twentieth-century music and includes issues of temporality and narrative in the twelve-tone work of Luigi Dallapiccola and the relationship of female agency and nature imagery in the piano works of Amy Beach. She recently delivered a paper at the Music by Women Conference at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Clarke is passionate about showcasing the work of composers marginalized and underrepresented due to their gender, race or identity and is dedicated to presenting their work in both classroom and performance. An active composer, her work has been performed internationally and frequently explores the intersection of personal narrative and identity. For more information, please visit www.sabrinaclarkemusic.com.
SPLICE Academy Director
Adam Vidiksis is a composer, conductor, percussionist, improviser, and technologist based in Philadelphia whose music often explores sound, science, and the intersection of humankind with the machines we build. Critics have called his music “mesmerizing”, “dramatic”, “striking” (Philadelphia Weekly), “notable”, “catchy” (WQHS), “magical” (Local Arts Live), and “special” (Percussive Notes), and have noted that Vidiksis provides “an electronically produced frame giving each sound such a deep-colored radiance you could miss the piece's shape for being caught up in each moment” (David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer). His work is frequently commissioned and performed throughout North America, Europe, and China in recitals, festivals, and major academic conferences. Vidiksis’s music has won numerous awards, including recognition from the Society of Composers, Incorporated, the American Composers Forum, and The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. His works are available through HoneyRock Publishing, EMPiRE and SEAMUS Records, and PARMA Licensing. Vidiksis currently serves as composer in residence for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for the entirely of its 2017-2018 season, and was recently in that position at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology in Zürich. Vidiksis holds degrees from Drew, NYU, and Temple University, culminating in a doctorate in music composition. Vidiksis serves as an Assistant Professor of music technology and composition at Temple University, and as a performance and composition faculty at the SPLICE Institute. He is conductor of the Temple Composers Orchestra and Ensemble N_JP, and director of the Boyer Electroacoustic Ensemble Project (BEEP). [www.vidiksis.com]
Marianne Gruzwalski is Director of Choirs at Central High School in Philadelphia well as a conductor of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir. She studied music education at University of Michigan and completed her masters in choral conducting at Temple University. Marianne has taught K-12 in the Philadelphia area and has previously worked as a church pianist, church choir director, and adjunct professor of music at Manor College. Marianne has been selected to participate in conducting master classes with Helmuth Rilling, Craig Hella Johnson, Simon Carrington, and Robert Spano of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Writing for Voice & Contemporary Opera
Sarah Williams is the New Works Administrator at Opera Philadelphia. A savvy producer, she commissions, develops, and explores New Works of the highest artistic aesthetic for the national and international stage by presenting innovative programming that broadens and diversifies the audience. She identifies extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, to create their most imaginative and inspired work.
“Sarah Williams radiates good-humored dedication to her work, which in large terms includes expanding on the traditional demographics of opera’s creators and practitioners as well as its audiences” – David Shengold, OPERA magazine.
Sarah took on the role of overseeing the New Works Program at Opera Philadelphia prior to the company commissioning and has since cultivated eight World Premieres in three years, not to mention co-commissions. Those projects have included Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, ANDY: A Popera, Breaking the Waves, We Shall Not Be Moved, Elizabeth Cree, The Wake World, Cycles of My Being, Sky on Swings, and more. Opera News said Breaking the Waves “is among the best produced operas of the 21st Century”, was nominated for an international Opera Award and won “best new opera” from the Music Critics Association of North America. We Shall Not Be Moved was listed as one of the best classical musical performances of 2017 by the New York Times and The Wake World won “best new opera” from the Music Critics Association of North America. Sarah also has the privilege of being responsible for Opera Philadelphia’s Composer in Residence Program, the nation’s first comprehensive operatic program for today’s most promising composers.
Prior to joining Opera Philadelphia, Sarah held the position of Interim General Manager at the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. During her time there and working closely with JoAnn Falletta, the VSO commissioned and programmed an array of New Works to great acclaim.
Sarah is known for her close collaborations with many artists including Esperanza Spalding, Missy Mazzoli, Lawrence Brownlee, Kevin Puts, Jennifer Higdon, Wayne Shorter, Jason Kim, Bill T. Jones, Tyshawn Sorey, Terrance Hayes, David T. Little, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Hannah Moscovitch, Andrew Norman, and Daniel Bernard Roumain.
An accomplished singer, she holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Westminster Choir College. She serves as a member of ECHO, a working group of music-theater professionals from Europe and the United States who seek to address issues troubling contemporary music-theater production.
Jessica Rae Huber
Jessica Rae Huber is a film and television composer who has written music for projects such as The Walking Dead, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Outlander, Black Sails, 60 Days In, and Constantine. She is an in-demand independent film composer and is frequently recruited to write additional music for other composers.
Jessica is one of the original composers chosen for The Future Is Female: a Concert for Women in Film where she conducted her original piece for a sold-out crowd. She previously worked as an Assistant Composer and Scoring Manager for a major music production company and has become a highly sought-after consultant who has recruited, built, and maintained scoring teams and workflows for multiple composers.
She holds a degree in film and video game scoring from Berklee College of Music. During this period she also learned the art of not freezing to death and being the only woman in a room.