2017 PQA Composers

Jessica Meyer

With playing that is “fierce and lyrical” and works that are “other-worldly” (The Strad) and “evocative” (NY Times), Jessica Meyer is a versatile composer and violist whose passionate musicianship radiates accessibility, generosity, and emotional clarity. Ms. Meyer’s compositions explore the wide palette of emotionally expressive colors available to each instrument while using traditional and extended techniques inspired by her varied experiences as a contemporary and period instrumentalist.  Her solo show has been featured at iconic NYC Clubs such as Joe’s Pub and SubCulture, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and across the pond at Sunset Sunside in Paris. Recent commissions include a work for the Nautilus Brass Quintet as the composer in residence at the 2016 Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and soprano Melissa Wimbish for her Carnegie Hall debut. Upcoming commissions include works for counter)induction and NOVUS NY of Trinity Wall Street under the direction of Julian Wachner.

The music of award winning composer Xian Wang has been played by a variety of international performing ensembles, and has been acclaimed by audiences in Asia, North America and Europe. Dr. Wang has been awarded prizes in a variety of competitions in China, the United States and abroad. These include the 2nd prize in the 6th Rivers Awards International Composition Competition (Shanghai, China) and 3rd prize in the Jurgenson International Composers Competition (Moscow, Russia). She was also a finalist in the Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition (Belgium). As an electronic musician, Dr. Wang’s has written a variety of fixed, live and improvisatory worksHer electronic music has been performed in China, France and USA. She holds a bachelors degree in Music Composition and Theory from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China, where she graduated in 2011. She later went on to earn Master of Music in Composition and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music with a full scholarship 

The music of Steven Snowden has been described as “Beguiling… combining force with clarity” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “Wonderfully dynamic” (Interlude Hong Kong), “Rustic, red-blooded” (New Music Box), and “Marvelously evocative” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Writing music for dance, theater, multi-media installations, and the concert stage, he is equally at home writing acoustic and electro-acoustic music and has taken a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and live electronic audio manipulation as a tool for improvisation.

Snowden’s work often deals with concepts of memory, nostalgia, and the cyclic nature of historical events as they pertain to modern society. While his musical influences are deeply rooted in bluegrass, folk, and rock, he utilizes non-traditional techniques and processes to compose works that don’t squarely align with any single genre or style.

A native of the Ozarks countryside, he began composition studies in 2002 at Missouri State University and subsequently earned his Masters degree at the University of Colorado and Doctorate at the University of Texas. In 2012-2013 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal, researching and implementing motion tracking technology as a means to facilitate collaboration between music and dance. In 2013-2014, he was a visiting professor and composer in residence at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is the co-founder/director of the Fast Forward Austin Music Festival. He currently works as a freelance composer and is on an eternal quest to make the perfect breakfast taco.