Winners of the 2018-19 Composition Fellowship will receive a paid stipend, three performances of their works, audio/video recordings of the premiere performance, plus rehearsals and workshops with Transient Canvas.
This year's fellows were chosen by an independent panel of composers: Dan VanHassel, Victoria Cheah, and Daniel T. Lewis.
This fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Amphion Foundation and by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, Administered by the Mayor’s office of Arts and Culture.
Jen Wang (b. 1980) is a Los Angeles-based composer. Her past commissions include works for Wild Rumpus, Spektral Quartet, Talea, Rootstock, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Firesong, the Iktus Percussion Quartet, the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, Coro D’Amici, NeXT Ens, flutist Janet McKay, and carillonist Tiffany Ng; she has also been performed by Gloria Cheng, Lucy Shelton, the California EAR Unit, Del Sol String Quartet, SoundGEAR, Onix Ensamble, the Eco Ensemble, the New Spectrum Ensemble, and the percussion ensembles of Mannes College, SUNY Purchase, and the University of California, Davis. Her first installation work, Black Cloud (for streaming data and electronics), premiered as part of Panorama, an evening-length multi-media performance featuring choreography by Merce Cunningham and Lisa Wymore.
In 2012, Jen received a Staubach Honorarium from the Internationale Musikinstitut Darmstadt to compose Valence for large ensemble, premiered by Talea at the Internationales Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. She has also attended and had works featured at the UC Davis Composition Workshop, the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Bang On A Can Summer Institute, the Other Minds Festival’s Composer Fellowship Program, the International Computer Music Conference, the California EAR Unit Residency at Arcosanti, and the MusicX Festival. She has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony for the Arts.
Jen is the founder and former executive director (2011-2016) of Wild Rumpus, a San Francisco-based chamber ensemble dedicated to new music. Founded in 2011, the ensemble has commissioned dozens of new works and has been supported by Chamber Music America, the American Composers Forum, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Columbia Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. She has also served as a curator for the Center for New Music, San Francisco’s contemporary music community center. Currently, she is an associate director of People Inside Electronics, a Los Angeles-based concert series dedicated to electroacoustic music.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M.) and Carleton College (B.A.), Jen is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, where she has been awarded the Eisner Award in Music, the Nicola de Lorenzo Prize, and the William V. Power Graduate Award. In her spare time, she sings with the Pasadena Master Chorale, and sometimes attempts to play clawhammer banjo, hammered dulcimer, and viola da gamba.
Heather Stebbins is an internationally performed composer of acoustic and electroacoustic works with a background as a cellist. At the core of her music is a deep fascination with the inner structures and intricacies of sound. Whether they emanate from an instrument, an object, or a computer, Heather uses sounds that strike her viscerally and intellectually as the germinating elements of her music.
Heather’s music has been performed at festivals and conferences in North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe, including SEAMUS, FEMF, NYCEMF, ICMC, BEAMS, MANTIS, and the Third Practice Festival, where she has been a technical assistant since 2005. She has worked with ensembles such as eighth blackbird, loadbang, Ensemble U:, the JACK Quartet, the Wellesley Chamber Ensemble, Dal Niente, Sound Icon, Ensemble L’Arsenale, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and the SUNY Purchase Percussion Ensemble.
Heather's principal teachers include Benjamin Broening, Joshua Fineberg, and Helena Tulve, with whom she studied during a Fulbright Fellowship to Tallinn, Estonia, from 2014-2015.
Heather completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2016 at Boston University, where she was a Center for New Music Doctoral Fellow, and taught classes in electronic music, MaxMSP, and aural skills. Heather graduated from the University of Richmond with degrees in Music Theory /Composition and Cello Performance in 2009. She has participated in masterclasses with such composers as Beat Furrer, Tristan Murail, Philippe Leroux, Salvatore Sciarrino, Olga Neuwirth, and Mario Davidovsky.
Heather currently splits her time between composing and teaching mathematics and digital music making at a college prep high school in Boston, MA. In addition to composing and teaching, Heather enjoys running, yoga-ing, reading, knitting, and exploring new places and spaces with her partner Mike, their son Elliott, and their four-legged companion, Rowan.