The 2015 Composer Participants

Meet the 2015 Loretto Composer Participants!

George Katehis

Born in Manhattan in 1991, George Katehis grew up immersed in the arts, and went on to pursue composition at the collegiate level, receiving his B.A. in composition from the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University magna cum laude, where he studied with Nicolas Scherzinger and Andrew Waggoner, and his M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Reiko Füting. A recipient of the 2013 Brian Israel Prize in composition, among other academic achievements, Katehis also maintains himself as a performing classical guitarist, lutenist, baroque guitarist, and theorbist. Katehis has studied classical guitar with Kenneth Meyer, and early plucked strings with Charles Weaver. In 2014, he received the first student commission prize from the American Guild of Organists for a solo organ piece (to be premiered in 2015), and Tókso was featured in the Society of Composers’ 53rd annual journal of scores.

Chris Kincaid

Chris Kincaid, a native of Kentucky, is a composer and performer of acoustic and electronic music. His music has been described as contrapuntally dense, full of tension, and timbrally rich. Chris was awarded the Warren Babb scholarship while completing his Bachelor of Music under the guidance of Steve Rouse, and the Moritz von Bomhard Fellowship while completing his Master of Music under the guidance of Marc Satterwhite and Krzysztof Wolek, all at the University of Louisville. He has had lessons and participated in masterclasses with renowned composers, including Essa-Pekka Salonen, Louis Andriessen, Michel van der Aa, Bent Sorensen, Brett Dean, Simon Bainbridge, Sydney Hodkinson, Chen Yi, and Djuro Zivkovic. His music has been commissioned and performed by a variety of groups and soloists including Talea Ensemble, Thompson Street Opera Company, Mothership Ensemble, Jakob Kullberg, Joey Molinaro, and Jari Piper. Find out about upcoming works and listen to his music at www.chriskincaid.com

Zongyun We

Born in South Korea, Zongyun WE started playing music at an early age, taking classical piano lessons since she was 6 years old. She began composition at the age of 18 and entered Seoul National University, where she received her first Bachelor’s degree in composition. In 2008, she started working in film and TV documentaries as a composer and arranger with her contribution of score to Like You Know It All. Some directors she has worked with are Sang-Soo Hong, Woo Seong Lim, and Jae-Han Kim. After moving to the United States in 2010, she began her studies in film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and received her second bachelor’s degree in 2013. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music in composition at Manhattan School, studying with Reiko Füting, and Richard Danielpour.