New Music Festival

Featured Composers


DAVID MAKI is a composer and pianist living and working in the Chicago area. His music has been performed widely at regional, national, and international venues by many diverse artists and ensembles. Maki’s music has been described as “fresh and unusual” by All Music Guide, “vivid, languid, introspective” by American Record Guide and “meditative and beautiful” by Fanfare. He has performed as a solo artist, as duo pianist with Ashlee Mack, and as a collaborator with many other artists and ensembles. Maki serves on the faculty of Northern Illinois University, where he is Associate Professor in the School of Music. He holds degrees in composition from Northern Illinois University (B.M.), the University of Iowa (M.A.), and the University of Michigan (D.M.A.). More information is available at


ASHA SRINIVASAN draws from her Western musical training and her Indian heritage to create her compositional language. Her music has been presented at various national and international venues including SEAMUS, ICMC, June in Buffalo, SCI, and the National Flute Convention. She won the Ruam Samai award at the 2011 Thailand International Composition Festival and was selected for the 2012 Mizzou International Composers Festival. She has also won national commissioning competitions, including the BMI Foundation's Women's Music Commission and the Flute/Cello Commissioning Circle. Several of her works have been released on CD by Ablaze Records, Mark Records, Beauport Classical, and SEAMUS CD Series (vol. 22). Her studies include a DMA from the University of Maryland, College Park, an MM from the Peabody Conservatory, and a BA from Goucher College. Ms. Srinivasan is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Lawrence University.


KIRSTEN VOLNESS is a composer and pianist from Providence, RI. Her acoustic and electronic music is often inspired by nature, myth, science, spirituality, and environmental and sociopolitical issues. She has received commissions from the BMI Foundation, ASCAP/SEAMUS, World Future Council, and various notable performers and new music ensembles. When not writing electro/acoustic music, she plays piano with Hotel Elefant, collaborates with Awesome Collective and Meridian Project to create site-specific multimedia performances, writes and performs with homeless advocacy group Tenderloin Opera Company, serves on the board of directors for the Boston New Music Initiative, and is an affiliate artist of Sleeping Weazel theatre company. She holds composition degrees from the Universities of Michigan (DMA, MM) and Minnesota (BA summa cum laude), and teaches privately and at the University of Rhode Island.

New Music Festival is made possible with support from the Performing Arts Society and the School of Music.