Composers Direct!


JCM strongly advocates the writing of new chamber music and the collaboration between composers and musicians. Through the Composers Direct! program, students have the chance to work one-on-one with the composers!


2015-2016 SEASON


JCM@UCLA Composition Department: Pin Hsin – Tango for flute, violin, and piano- to be premiered by JCM–Conejo Valley


Lyrical composer Pin Hsin Lin (林品妡) tells stories through her music. To establish a beautiful soundscape, she likes to combine both Eastern and Western musical cultures into her music.


Her music has been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Bridges East and West Music Festival of University at California Los Angeles, “Music Of Taiwan 2013” of the Taiwanese American Sinfonia Organization, SUONO MOBILE USA, University of Illinois Percussion Ensemble, Turks Head Knot (featuring horn soloist Adam Unsworth), VEM Quartet, Sound Exchange Musical Festival at National Taiwan Normal University, and Indiana State University. Her music has been performed at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the St. Magnus Festival, the Bard Festival, the Centrum Chamber Music Festival, and at Roosevelt University. She has also given lectures regarding composition analysis at the Aspen Composers’ Conference, Murray State University’s Athena Festival, University of Central Missouri’s New Music Festival. She is also the recipient of two Peabody Career Development Grants, two New Music USA Composer Assistance Grants, as well as scholarships from the Centrum, Bard, Bowdoin and St. Magnus festivals. She has also received the Henry Mancini Fellowship, the Powell Bucknell Scholarship, the Herbet H. Wise Scholarship, and Honorable Mention by the Minnesota Orchestra.


Ms. Lin’s interests in composition also extend into experimental and collaborative works. In 2008 she composed Conceptual View of Complexity, in cooperation with dancers and computer scientists. This work, where the artist juxtaposed several layers of sonorities, was designed to help the physically disabled safely regain strength. This project culminated in a performance at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts titled Tele-immersive Environments for Everybody (TEEVE). Dancers worked in a 3-D virtual reality to her composition—their movements were recorded on a video for patients. In the same year, Ms. Lin was selected to participate in the St. Magnus Festival in Orkney, Scottland where her melodic piece Soaring Journey, inspired by Emily Dickinson’s “Hope Is Something With Feathers,” premiered. Her visit to the English countryside during the St. Magnus Festival resulted in her next piece, Orkney Sunrise, which was performed by the Trio Capriccio at the Oro Valley United Church in Arizona.


She is currently a PhD candidate in composition at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the recipient of 2016 Edna and Yu-Shan Han Scholarship of Music Department. With the support of this award, she aims to complete her dissertation. In the progress of research, she plans to make a further exposure about how different tones coming from various tessituras produce the colorful sounds, and how those sound resources reflect in different sizes of space. In addition, she will continue studying further about cross-cultural hybrid music works.


Before joining UCLA, she received her MM in Composition at The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and her BM in Composition at Roosevelt University. Her composition teachers include Ian Krouse, David Lefkowitz, and Richard Danielpour, Nicholas Maw, Samuel Adler, and Claude Baker.


Lin grew up in Kaohsiung and Taipei, Taiwan. She is member of BMI and MTAC. Currently, she is Teaching Associate of music theory and appreciation courses at UCLA. She also teaches at the Lee’s Music in Arcadia. Her formal teaching position was at the OrchePia School of Music in Orange County, CA. After graduation from UCLA, her future goal is to become a university professor and professional composer.


2014-2015 SEASON

UCLA Composer: Kate Bacich – Tango de Ronda for flute, violin, and cello



2013-2014 SEASON


Commissioned Piano Sextet by Jeremy Cavaterra


Jeremy Cavaterra was born in New York City in 1971. His music has been performed by soloists, chamber groups, and orchestras internationally. As a pianist he has appeared as both soloist and collaborative artist with ensembles, instrumentalists, and singers, often performing his own work. He studied piano with Tania Agins and Robert Turner in Los Angeles, and composition with Giampaolo Bracali at Manhattan School of Music. Read more about Jeremy and his compositions.





OC Students performed with Salastina Society's Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper a newly commissioned work by Jeremy Cavaterra on the Irvine Valley College's Keyboard Series.


Piano Sextet by Jeremy Cavaterra
Maia Jasper, professional violinist
Sydney Mariano, violin
Kevin Kumar, professional violist
Iona Batchelder, cello
Ashley Bui, piano

Jake Platt, double bass



UCLA Composer: Jamie Theirman – Piano Trio


Jamie Thierman received her BM from the University of Oregon, where she explored world music, such as African drumming, East European folk music, and Balinese Gamelan. She received her MM from UCLA studying film, classical, and world music composition with David Lefkowitz, Ian Krouse, Roger Bourland, and Paul Chihara. Jamie has collaborated extensively with the UCLA animation department, composing music for a number of short films, many of which have won awards such as the Brandon Bloch Award, Audience choice awards, and Groening awards. Jamie received the Jerry Goldsmith Award in June 2011. Read more about Jamie and her work.