Scholarship recipients


Tyler Capp

Tyler has been interested in composing since the age of 8, and has since then steadily worked towards his DMA at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. 

Tyler CappHe has an impressive composing record, and his professor point to his “excellent orchestrational skills as well as his analytical mind particularly in the area of pitch construction and its relation to form.” Tyler submitted his piece “Clang” which in his own words “is one of my most successful pieces in a polystylistic idiom and represent in many ways everything I am interested in as a composer.” We wish Tyler continued success and we predict a very successful future for this very talented young composer.

Tyler Capp: “Clang”



Kenji Kuriyama

Kenji Kuriyama, born in Costa Rica in 1987, has both Japanese and Costa Rican roots and is currently pursuing his DMA in composition at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he recently received his M.M. While in Indiana he has studied with composers Don Freund, Claude Baker, and P.Q. Phan. He has participated in several summer music programs such as the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina where he studied under composers Robert Aldridge and Kevin Puts. He also attended the European American Music Alliance in Paris where he received intensive training in musician ship and counterpoint under composer Phillip Lasser.  Kuriyama’s music has been performed by several ensembles including the Louisiana Sinfonietta, LSU New Music Ensemble, the LSU Tiger Glee Club, and has received commissions from the LSU Clarinet Choir Ensemble, Roider-Bartholic duo, and several other musicians. He was awarded the 2010 Musical Arts Youth Orchestra Composition Award, was the winner of the Indiana Music Teachers Association Opus Festival Composition’s Young Artist Division and also  won 2nd prize in the MTNA National Composition Competition. Kenji KuriyamaDescribing his music Kuriyama says:
“My goal is to bring audiences into a moment where they can have an experience, and I believe that moment has the power to change lives, bring meaning to their lives, and simply bring encouragement. My music deals strongly with these “moments” in music. A composer named Augusta Read Thomas once told me that “every composition needs a ‘magical moment’”.  I have kept this simple, but powerful idea in mind since, and it has greatly shaped the way I think about music and communication in general”. About his composition Redemption:

“Redemption tries to depict the struggle of sin in a person’s life, and the need of redemption for freedom. The composition is programmatic. There are two motives that are constantly trying to gain control and rule. Purity is disturbed by temptation, but it keeps trying to escape from it. Temptation, however, becomes sin after it takes over, and once it’s fully grown, it becomes death. That is when redemption takes place and at the end purity reigns.”


Nick Barchetto

Nick’s current area of research is in mathematical assisted musical composition, and the mathematical modeling of compositional process. He currently teaches music composition, theory, and analysis in a private setting and aspires to teach at the university level in the future. Nick BacchettoHis long term goals include stabilizing himself as a composer/performer who focuses on the creation, presentation, and understanding of new musical trajectories and trends.  As a graduate student at San Francisco State University, he currently assists with the music departments harmony classes, and has done so since he was finishing his undergraduate degree in 2008 and 2009.  In addition to his activities as a composer he is also an active participant in the SFSU Contemporary Music Ensemble, a group which presents two concerts a year of new and recently composed music. His current compositional projects include the creation of music games (utilizing game theory) and the use of networks to model his own musical tastes and improvisational decisions.


Yu-Chun Chien

Yu-Chun Chien is in her second year of Master of Music in Classical Composition at Manhattan School of Music. She was named to the Dean’s list for the 2012 spring semester and fall 2011 semester. She graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts in 2010 (Bachelor of Music Composition).
YuChun Chien_smallShe has received diverse and numerous  awards and scholarships such as Second Price, Orchestra Composition, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and a full scholarship for ASCAP/ NYU Film scoring workshop.Her composition “Sunny Rain” combines east/west influences and she says “ I attempted to mix Western and Eastern style music, not only instrument and tune, but also the cultural spirit, and to introduce and spread the unique Taiwanese contemporary music to the world.”