The Kurt Rohde Emerging Composer Fund

The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble is grateful for the support of the Kurt Rohde Emerging Composer Fund in bringing new voices to the chamber music repertoire with the creation and performance of new works. This valuable resource for composers from all backgrounds allows young artists the opportunity to expand their output and work closely with a professional performing ensemble.


We are pleased to support the following
emerging composers:


josiah catalan

New Work: 2019-2020 season

Josiah Tayag Catalan is a Filipino-American born in New York City and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a degree from The Sacramento State School of Music where he studied composition with Stephen Blumberg and Leo Eylar and violin with Anna Presler and Ian Swensen. He is a recipient of the first prize of the NACUSA Young Composer's Competition and the Sacramento State Festival of New American Music’s Student Composer Competition, and a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Competition and the American Prize in composition. Josiah's music has been performed across North America by groups and individuals such as the Empyrean Ensemble, Dal Niente, the Arditti Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet, Ensemble Mise-en, The Iridium Saxophone Quartet, Chris Froh, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Jennifer Ellis, and Miranda Cuckson, Soo-yeon Lyuh and Ellen Ruth Rose.


Jamie Leigh Sampson

Waving Goodbye: 2019-2020 season

Jamie Leigh Sampson is a composer, bassoonist, author, and entrepreneur based in Western New York. She currently teaches music composition, theory, and entrepreneurship at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She is the Co-Owner of the publishing entity ADJ•ective New Music and Head of Engagement and Marketing for the Institute for Composer Diversity. Her first published resource, Contemporary Techniques for Bassoon: Multiphonics, documents thoroughly tested multiphonic fingerings for bassoon from the preexisting body of literature, identifying and eliminating those found to be unreliable, and presents 271 stable fingerings for bassoonists and composers.

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Addie Camsozou

“murmuration” 2018-2019 season: listen here

Addie Camsuzou is a composer and violinist from the central coast of California. She graduated magna cum laude from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory/Composition; while there, she studied music composition with Dr. Stephen Blumberg, and violin with Ian Swensen and Anna Presler. While studying at Sacramento State University, Camsuzou received several awards and honors. In 2014, she was awarded Honorable Mention in the FeNAM Student Composers Competition and received the Camerata Capistrano Scholarship. In 2015, she was awarded Best Arrangement in the CSUS School of Music Scoring and Arranging Competition and Best Composition in the FeNAM Student Composer Competition. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in music composition at University of California, Davis.  


jonathan favero

“Keep on movin’” 2018-2019 season: listen here

Jonathan Favero is a doctoral candidate in Music Composition and Theory at the University of California, Davis, and a former Mellon Public Scholars Fellow. His research interests include music in U.S. social movements, morality in music, and arts education in the U.S. criminal and juvenile justice systems. While many of Jonathan’s compositions have an ontological impetus—such as his second String Quartet, which contemplates violence as a seemingly inherent trait of human nature—recent works have celebrated the spirit of democracy, egalitarianism, and the power of collaboration, as well as challenge audiences to consider our society’s relationship to those principles.


Chris castro

"i-IV" 2017-2018 season: listen here

Chris Castro is a composer from Brooklyn, NY. He has a Bachelor’s in Music from the Juilliard School in both double bass and composition. He is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at the University of California, Davis. His recent composition projects include a work for the St. Louis Symphony, a piano duet for the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and a love song to drunkenness, Brooklyn Narcissus, a song cycle for soprano and mixed ensemble.


Phil Acimovic

"Reverent murmurs" 2017-2018 season: listen here

Phil Acimovic is a composer and performer living in Davis, CA. He has participated in the New Music on the Point, SICPP, and June in Buffalo summer festivals for new music. His chamber orchestra piece Quiet Streams was premiered by the St Louis Symphony as part of the Revision/s new music festival at UC Davis. In addition to composing he constructs sound installations, the most recent one called Speaking of Sound, an installation of meaningful sound memories from people’s lives. Phil is a devoted student of Javanese gamelan, having lived in Central Java for over two years. He studied closely with Bp. Wakidi Dwidjomartono and Bp. Darsono Hadiraharjo, along with several other prominent Javanese musicians. He currently studies composition at UC Davis.


aida shirazi

"Vestiges" 2017-2018 season: listen here

Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Aida Shirazi is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music.  Shirazi’s music is described as “well-made” and “affecting” by The New Yorker.  Her works for solo instruments, voice, ensemble, orchestra and electronics is often influenced by literature, language, and Iranian classical music. Shirazi is the winner of Diaphonia and XelmYa+, ACIMC and Bilgi New Music Festival calls for scores.  Her music has been featured in MATA, Klasik Keyifler, Sesin Yolculugu, Young Composers, Young Performers festivals in the United States and Europe, and performed by Andrew McIntosh, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Ryan McCullough, Alexa Renger, Ellen Jewett, Empyrean Ensemble, FOM (The Friends of MATA) and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Shirazi is a Ph.D. student of composition at the University of California, Davis and works with Pablo Ortiz. She has studied with composers Mika Pelo, Kurt Rohde, Yigit Aydin, Onur Turkmen, Tolga Yayalar, Hooshyar Khayam and Mark Andre. She holds her B.A. in classical piano from Tehran University of Art (Iran), and her B.M. in music composition and theory from Bilkent University (Turkey). Shirazi studied santoor (traditional Iranian dulcimer) with Parissa Khosravi Samani.


Julie Herndon

"writing the letter" 2017-2018 Season: listen here

Julie Herndon is a California-based composer and performer who describes melody and memory using graphics, text, electronics, and improvisation. By modifying, stretching, and transforming song, she creates space for performers and listeners to insert personal identity and content into ever-changing musical structures. Her compositions and installations have been featured in the U.S. and abroad at venues including Artistry Space in Singapore, soundSCAPE in Italy, Hot Air Festival in San Francisco, Megapolis Audio Art Festival in Oakland, and Zen Mountain Cloud Center in New Mexico. Julie is currently composer in residence for Voci women's vocal ensemble and is a doctoral fellow at Stanford University.


Jennifer jolley

"the lives and opinions of literary cats" 2016-2017 Season: listen here

Jennifer Jolley is a composer and sound artist influenced by urban environments and nostalgia. She is the co-founder of North American New Opera Workshop (NANOWorks Opera), a chamber opera company devoted to developing and staging short contemporary operas by emerging North American composers, and also authors Why Composer When You Can Blog? A web log about contemporary composing. She has been commissioned by ensembles and institutions across the United States, including the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, University of Texas at Austin, Bowling Green State University, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, The Canales Project, among others. Originally from Los Angeles, Jolley is an Assistant Professor of Music at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned her D.M.A. and M.M. at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and her B.M. at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. She teaches various music composition courses including computer music programming and sound art.