Tania León, Artistic Director

Tania León
photo by Michael Provost

Tania León (b. Havana, Cuba), founder and artistic director of Composers Now, is highly regarded as a composer, conductor, educator, and advisor to arts organizations. In 2021, her orchestral work Stride, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Other recent commissions include works for Los Angeles Philharmonic, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Grossman Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, and pianist Ursula Oppens with Cassatt String Quartet.

Appearances as guest conductor include Philharmonic Orchestra of Marseille, Gewandhausorchester, Orquesta Sinfonica de Guanajuato, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuba. 

Upcoming premieres feature commissions for the NewMusic USA Amplifying Voices Program, The Musical Fund Society in Philadelphia to celebrate their 200th anniversary, and The Crossing chamber choir with Claire Chase, flutist. 

A founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, León instituted the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series, co-founded the American Composers Orchestra's Sonidos de las Américas Festivals, and was New Music Advisor to the New York Philharmonic. 

Honors include the New York Governor's Lifetime Achievement, awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the ASCAP Victor Herbert Award, among others. She also received a proclamation for Composers Now by New York City Mayor, and the MadWoman Festival Award in Music (Spain). León has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Colgate University, Oberlin and SUNY Purchase College, and served as U.S. Artistic Ambassador of American Culture in Madrid, Spain. A CUNY Professor Emerita, she was awarded a 2018 United States Artists Fellowship.

David Bridges, website management

David T Bridges
photo by Olivia Heaton

Composer and clarinetist David T. Bridges' music is often driven by motivic transformations and unifies extended techniques with classic and narrative structures to provoke a visceral response.  Bridges' compositions have been internationally performed, featured on festivals, and released on Navona Records.  He earned degrees in Music Theory and Composition from the CUNY Graduate Center, Queens College, and Hofstra University.

Bridges' multifaceted career includes teaching music theory at Brooklyn College, designing and teaching a composition series at Buckley Country Day School, and performing new music on clarinet.  He currently manages venue sales and client services for Merkin Hall and is on the Board of Directors for The Astoria Choir where he directs collaborative programs and commissions fostering the interaction of regional composers with the ensemble, audiences, and non-traditional venues.

 

Marcello Di Russo, development and technical assistance

Marcello Di Russo

Marcello Di Russo is an Italian composer, educator, and administrator based in Brooklyn, New York. A music lover since his teenage years, Marcello earned an A.A. in Liberal Arts - Music option from LaGuardia CC, a B.Mus in Composition with a minor in Music Recording Technology from the Brooklyn College-Conservatory of Music, and he is currently pursuing an M.A. in Arts Administration at Baruch College. Since 2018, he has been the president and an active member of the Brooklyn Composers Collective. 

Outside the music world, Marcello has an ongoing career as a basketball coach after spending over 10 years coaching youth and professional basketball teams in Italy.

Amy Roberts Frawley, programs and initiatives consultant

Amy Roberts Frawley

Amy Roberts Frawley has held positions including: Director of Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center where she created a series hosted by Terrance McKnight, co-curated and produced the Ecstatic Music Festival with Judd Greenstein, produced 10th anniversary performances of Laura Kaminsky's groundbreaking chamber opera As One, and managed day-to-day operations for the Hall; Executive Vice President of Concert Artists Guild, where she produced concerts in non-traditional venues including LPR and Barbes, main stage series at Zankel and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and galas at venues including Anthropologie at Rockefeller Center, the Yale and University Clubs, and Christie's, created marketing and development campaigns, oversaw CAG Records and the annual competition, and mentored more than a generation of performers including Claire Chase, the Brasil Guitar Duo, Imani Winds, Soyeon Kate Lee, Michael Brown, Kono Michi, and the Parker Quartet; Performing Arts Curator for Wave Hill where she curated and produced indoor concerts, a summer outdoor series, and most recently returned to the Garden in summer 2021 to production manage performances for the Trisha Brown Dance Company with dancers and audience traversing the grounds for site-related works.

Her current clients are Da Capo Chamber Players, Composers Now, and Mr. McKnight.

Over the decades she has negotiated commissions for artists and ensembles including: Sybarite Five (Joao Luiz); Speculum Musicae (Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky); and Tanya Bannister (David Del Tredici, Suzanne Farrin). She is the chair of Claire Chase's Pnea Foundation and served on the board of directors of the Look + Listen Festival.

Béatriz Hernández, production

Béatriz HernándezHaving had experience internationally and across genres, Béatriz Hernández is an award-winning TV, Film and Music Producer, who has collaborated extensively with Celia Cruz, Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill & the Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. Additionally, her other projects include the following GRAMMY award-winning and nominated recordings: Chico O'Farrill: Heart of a LegendPaquito D'Rivera Presents: Las Hermanas MárquezPaquito D'Rivera Tropicana Nights, Celia Cruz La Negra Tiene TumbaoChico O'Farrill: Heart of a Legend. As a producer, Ms. Hernández oversaw, researched and developed the concert and documentary Tribute to Paquito D'Rivera: 50 YearsEl GranFellové: A Documentary, Jazz at Lincoln Center: Afro-Cuban Fiesta. As a consultant, she produced concerts for delegates for the Spanish Ministry of Cultural Affairs as part of the cultural celebrations of the General Assembly of the United Nation.

She has produced concerts at the United Nations General Conference with the flamenco artist Enrique Morente, Vicente Amigo and Cuarteto Simon Bolivar. Recently she has produced and managed American Songbook: Raúl Esparza at Lincoln Center, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and the Opéra de Lausanne.

She has had extensive and diverse experience as a human rights activist, in Geneva, Switzerland for the ICRC (International Committee for the Red Cross) and other NGOs in the United Nations.

Ms. Hernandez has a Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College (CUNY) with a Thomas Hunter Special Honors Degree in Political Science, Latin American Affairs, Anthropology and Humanities. 

Andrés Vera León, technical direction

Julia Moss, social media

Julia Moss

Julia Moss is a composer and violist based in Boston, Massachusetts and originally from Laguna Niguel, California. Julia is the founder of Classical Declassified, a research-based podcast that dissects the historical origins of classical music's most pressing issues.  She currently assists musicologist Dr. Douglas Shadle in publishing a biography of composer Florence Price as well as digitizing the works of forgotten 19th-century American composers. Julia is also the artistic director of the Lowell Chamber Orchestra. 

Driven by the belief that music has the potential to offer vast educational, emotional, and mental health benefits, Julia's outlook as a musician has always been community-oriented.  She has designed and taught music curriculum to people ranging from young children to senior citizens, as well as created her own after-school orchestra program at a local middle school.  In the summer of 2019, Julia worked in a music cognition lab at Boston Children's Hospital to investigate whether musical experience correlates with enhanced cognitive abilities and literacy skills in children with dyslexia. 

Julia recently graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University, where she studied viola with Anna Griffis and composition with John Mcdonald. While at Tufts, Julia held principal positions as a violist in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Tufts Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and the Tufts Klezmer Ensemble. This last summer Julia attended the Atlantic Music Festival as a composer and she plans to pursue further education in composition.

Andrew Porter, stage management


Deborah Steinglass, development strategies consultant

Deborah Steinglass

Deborah Steinglass is a lifelong musician and an arts administrator and leader for more than 30 years. She currently provides coaching for artists and arts leaders, as well as strategic planning and advisory services to small and mid-sized arts organizations, many of which are artist-led.

Prior to launching her new set of offerings to the field in 2020, Deborah was at New Music USA for seven years, where she served as Development Director and Interim CEO. She also served as the Executive Director of The Jazz Gallery from 2009 to 2013. Earlier in her career, she worked as Program Director and Director of Development at the American Music Center, Director of Development for Concert Artists Guild, and Director of Development for Creative Arts Team of the City University of New York. Deborah wrote the start-up grant proposal for the national radio program From the Top and subsequently served as their Director of Development from 2000 to 2003.

 

Composers Now gratefully acknowledges the assistance of:

Breeanah Breeden, videography; Isabelle Deconinck, public relations for Ms. León; Alexey Gorokholinskiy, videography; Nan Melville, photography and videography; Martha Mooketechnology; Ivonne Paredes-Burton, social media; Gerard Schmidt, videography; Austin Shadduck, development and technical assistance; Chris Snyder, Chxo Internets, website programming and hosting; Tatyana Tenenbaum, videography; Stuart Wolferman, Unfinished Side Productions, publicity