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Sean Doyle is a composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and educator. He writes music for the concert stage, collaborative works for theater and dance, songs that live on record, and music for commercial media.


His work Letters from Zelda for soprano and chamber orchestra was described by the Washington Post as a “vivid, eventful score… brilliantly written, full of the anything-goes spirit of the Jazz Age”. Recent projects include music for a multimedia dance installation titled "already there" premiered at the Kennedy Center in October 2021, a new work for vocal quartet and mixed choir premiered by the American University Chamber Singers on their international tour to Greece, and a concert-length song cycle titled Detachment, premiered in May 2022 by Baltimore-based chamber group Pique Collective. Sean’s music has been performed internationally and featured on concert series and festivals including June In Buffalo, the Parma Music Festival (NH), and New Music Gathering.

Among his collaborators are the Bowling Green New Music Ensemble, the Maryland Choral Society, the Great Noise Ensemble (Washington, DC), Lunar Ensemble, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the ANA Trio (Buffalo, NY), and the Choir of St. David’s Church, Roland Park, MD. His music has also been featured in segments on VICE News Tonight.

From 2015 to 2022 he served on the full-time faculty of American University (Washington, DC), where he also served as director of the Music Program. Prior to this, he taught in the composition and theory areas at the State University of New York at Fredonia. In addition to offering private instruction in composition, orchestration, and songwriting, Sean’s classroom teaching ranges from theory, ear training and musicianship to seminars on analysis, choral arranging, the Music of Britten, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Sondheim, and the 21st century indie classical scene. He has presented guest lectures and workshops across the country. 

In 2023, Sean led the founding of Elseways Media, gathering a group of passionate, versatile composers seeking to support and advocate for their work in a fresh, authentic way. 

Sean earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Institute (Johns Hopkins University), studying with Kevin Puts, and Bachelor of Music & Master of Music degrees from the SUNY Fredonia, where he studied with Donald Bohlen.

Originally hailing from Long Island, NY, Sean currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.



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Uniting a “sense of creative imperative” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) with the “ability to get under the skin of [the music’s] core material,” (The Scotsman), Douglas Buchanan cultivates cross-disciplinary careers as composer, conductor, performer, and educator.

Recognized for “clear, personal music,” Buchanan’s works are “filled with terrific orchestral color and weight, not to mention feeling“ (The Baltimore Sun), wherein his cross-disciplinary musicianship is evident. Most recently, the National Opera Association awarded Buchanan and librettist Caitlin Vincent the 2024-2025 Dominick Argento Prize in Chamber Opera for Bessie and Ma, an opera addressing issues of racism and sexism by exploring the lives of Bessie Coleman, the first female pilot of color in America, and Ma Ferguson, the first female governor of Texas; Bessie and Ma previously won the 2017-2019 Sackler Prize. As 2016-2018 Composer-in-Residence with the Dallas Chamber Symphony, Buchanan composed Crossroads, a chamber symphony featuring the Dallas Street Choir—an ensemble particularly welcoming to those experiencing homelessness—with poetry written by the Street Choir’s members addressing life on the street.


Buchanan’s compositional work has been recognized with grants and awards from The Arts Community Alliance, New Music USA, the Symphony in C Young Composers Award, the Peabody Dean’s Incentive Grants Program, the Macht Prize, and the American Prize; supported by residencies with the Dallas Chamber Symphony, the Broken Consort, the LUNAR new music ensemble, and the Shin Pond Artist’s Residency; and by commissions from the University of Connecticut, the Houston Grand Opera, the Occasional Symphony, Symphony No. 1, the Annapolis Opera, Rhymes with Opera, and noted poet and Shostakovich collaborator Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Composition teachers includes Michael Hersch, Nicholas Maw, Jack Gallagher, and Peter Mowrey, with additional study with Libby Larsen, Chen Yi, Sally Beamish, Melissa Hui, Alasdair Nicholson, and masterclasses with Christopher Rouse, Christopher Theofanidis, and Karel Husa.

As a choral conductor and music director, Buchanan brings his devotion to new music to the choral stage, eliciting “assured, nuanced singing” from the ensembles he leads, inspiring a “keen sense of mood, dynamics, and pacing” (The Baltimore Sun). Through commissioning and recording he passionately advocates for the works of emerging composers and the diversification of the choral canon. Dedicated to helping all people realize their own musical potential, Douglas co-founded Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope with his brother, Benjamin. Voices Rise partners with the outreach agency Paul’s Place and particularly invites those experiencing homelessness and financial distress to make music in a safe and inviting environment. He has served as music director for a Johns Hopkins study focusing on the positive impact on patients with dementia rehearsing and performing music with their caretakers. He has worked closely with the Dallas Street Choir, and is a founding member of the National Alliance for Music in Vulnerable Communities.

Buchanan serves as Artistic Director of the Maryland Choral Society, and as Director of Music at St. David’s, Baltimore, where he leads the Concert and Evensong series, oversees the Ensemble-in-Residence and Composer-in-Residence programs, and the Baltimore Bach Marathon. He teaches musicology at Peabody Conservatory, where he received his doctorate, and has previously taught at Dickinson College and at Towson University. He is fortunate to have many opportunities to make music with his family: his spouse Kelly, a mezzo-soprano; his daughter Marianne, who enjoys singing about sea creatures; his brother Benjamin, also a pianist, composer, and multi-disciplinary artist; and his black lab, Grover, who purportedly enjoys microtonal interspecies improvisation.


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Equally at home in a variety of settings, Paul Coleman enjoys a multi-faceted career as a composer, sound engineer, and teacher of composition, electronic music, and theory.

As the Sound Director for the New York based Ensemble Signal, Paul has appeared performing or running front of house sound at venues including The Shed, NPR's Tiny Desk, Carnegie Hall, The Library of Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Big Ears, Lincoln Center’s Appel Room, Ojai Music Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, (le) Poisson Rouge, and Miller Theatre. Paul has engineered and directed sound or recorded for a wide variety of Signal’s large-scale productions working closely alongside composers and artists such as Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, Helmut Lachenmann, Irvine Arditti, Jonny Greenwood, and Kaija Saariaho. Of Paul's live sound direction The New York Times has said "...the sound mixing was more creative than usual. When the score's textures were at their thickest, combinations of instruments were deployed to different speakers around the room, creating interesting spatial effects..."

Paul’s own compositions have been performed at festivals and venues including the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), John Zorn's NYC venue The Stone, as well as in multiple tours of historic carillons throughout Europe. His work Into Winters' Grey for soprano and large ensemble, was premiered by the Eastman School of Music's Musica Nova, with Conductor Brad Lubman and Soprano Soloist Tony Arnold.

Paul is currently on faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia where he is Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition, Electronic Music, and Music Theory. He is also on faculty at the Eastman School of Music, teaching courses in composition and theory in the Community Music School, and has served twice as the Acting Director of The Eastman School of Music's Computer Music Center as a sabbatical replacement. In the summer of 2009, Paul was a guest faculty member of the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, where he was the head sound engineer and taught electronic music techniques to composition fellows. Paul Coleman is currently a PhD Candidate (ABD) at the Eastman School of Music.



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Praised for her "individual and strong voice" (Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine), composer Natalie Draper explores character and evocative sound-worlds in her music. Recent projects include a wind ensemble piece for Syracuse University's tour of the United Kingdom, a marimba solo for Mark DeMull, and a piano solo for Mark Stevens. Draper is currently working on an album of organ and organ+ works for Anne Laver. She has written music for a variety of ensembles and performers, including Albany Symphony's Dogs of Desire, Beth Willer and Peabody Institute's NEXT Ensemble, and Grammy-nominated pianist Kara Huber. Her music has been performed in many concert spaces, events, and festivals, including the Albany Symphony's American Music Festival, the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Spectrum, Roulette, Strange Beautiful Music, the Tanglewood Music Center, and more. Draper's music can be found on albums by pianist Mirna Lekić, Akropolis Reed Quintet, soprano Danielle Buonaiuto, and Symphony Number One. She has been featured in articles in Vox Humana, I Care If You Listen, and Van Magazine. 


Her music has received honors and recognition--Timelapse Variations garnered positive reviews from Lydia Woolever in Baltimore Magazine ("dissonant melodies that build into a unified spiral"), Tim Smith in The Baltimore Sun (a "tense, darkly colorful churn"), and Mark Medwin in Fanfare Magazine ("...polyrhythm bolstering gorgeous pantonal harmonies and shards of chromatic counterpoint," while  "...items burst forth, in a way that might make Mahler smile..."). In 2018, Draper remixed excerpts from Timelapse Variations for the background music of a short NASA film featuring the research of glaciologist Joe MacGregor. This video can be viewed in a variety of places, including Smithsonian Magazine. Her song cycle "O sea-starved, hungry sea," which was released on Danielle Buonaiuto's album "Marfa Songs" in August 2020, was praised by Phyllis Bryn-Julson, who notes that the music allows you to really "'see' the waves and desolate shores," with a final movement that is "simply gorgeous."


Draper has held residencies and fellowships at the Ucross Foundation, the Tanglewood Music Center, the I-Park Foundation, Yaddo, and St. David's Episcopal Church in Baltimore, MD. Recent musical projects have been financially supported by Syracuse University, the San Francisco Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Special Projects Grants, the Indianapolis American Guild of Organists Mozingo Endowment, the New York Council of the Arts (NYSCA), and CNYArts, among others. She is a graduate of Carleton College, University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied for several years with composer Oscar Bettison and earned her doctorate. She is an assistant professor in the music theory and composition department at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.


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Alan Hankers is an award-winning composer, sound designer, and pianist writing music for film, video games, advertisements, and concert halls.


Driven by a passion for storytelling through sound, Alan has become a sought-after collaborator known for his broad stylistic range. Equally at home in front of an orchestra and in the studio, Alan has created captivating scores for films and video games. He has also collaborated with global brands such as Google and Mercedes-Benz, shaping their sonic identities in commercial advertisements.


Among his notable projects is Blue [Preymaker; dir. Robert Petrie], which garnered multiple awards, including Best Original Score from the Independent Short Awards. Additionally, he has scored the short films Star Dreaming [David Yurman; dir. Thurman Martin Jr.] and A Magical Menagerie [David Yurman; dir. Lauren Indovina].


Alan is currently composing the music for a feature-length animated film and is working on the video game Heroes Suck [Dawning Light Studios], as both composer and sound designer.


His concert music has been performed throughout the US, Europe, and Asia by ensembles such as the Pacific Chamber Orchestra (Dream American Fellowship, 2021), Ensemble Edge (Composer-in-Residence, 2017-2019), the South Carolina Philharmonic, and others. Upcoming projects include commissions by Ensemble Edge to be premiered in Denmark and an interdisciplinary collaboration that will be announced in late 2024. 


As a pianist/keyboardist, Alan has toured North America with several bands, and has been featured in Metal Hammer (UK) and Prog Magazine. He currently plays with the American progressive metal band JIA.


Alan currently teaches courses in composition, media scoring, and music theory as an Assistant Professor of Composition at West Virginia University. He has previously taught at Montclair State University and Stony Brook University (where he earned his Ph.D in 2021). He's also the Founder and CEO of Ethos Audio, a company focused on creating highly detailed and expressive virtual instrument libraries. Ethos Audio will release its first library, 'Spectral Cello,' in early 2023, and will be playable in Native Instrument's Kontakt Player.

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