Lisa Coons at the Young Composers Project

Sunday, March 8 | 4:30 pm
The Hartt School
200 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117

2015 Composer-in-Residence Lisa Coons will present her music to the students of the Young Composers Project @ Hartt and then will give feedback on student compositions.

This event is open only to Hartt Community Division families and prospective Young Composers Project students/parents.  Email Jessica Rudman if you are interested in attending.

About Lisa Coons

2015 Composer-in-Residence Lisa Renee Coons is a composer and sound artist with a special affinity to noise composition, collaboration, and experimentation.  She is dedicated to progressive art and focuses on partnerships with other artists and musicians as a means of developing innovative new works.  Presently an assistant professor of music composition at Western Michigan University, Lisa Renée received her PhD in Composition from Princeton University, her Master’s from SUNY Stony Brook and studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City during her undergraduate degree.  Before joining WMU she was a Jackie McLean Fellow and visiting professor at the Hartt School in the University of Hartford.  Her portfolio includes music for acoustic and electronic instruments, turntables, traditional ensembles, and her own welded percussion sculptures.  She has received awards and support from the Other Minds Festival (a 2011 Composer Fellowship), ASCAP (Morton Gould Young Composer Award 2005/Honorable Mention 2009), and Meet the Composer, among others.  Recent commissions include an evening-length work for The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and pieces for The California E.A.R. Unit, The Machine Project for the Hammer Museum of Los Angeles, the Violin Futura Project, and Dither Electric Guitar Quartet.  Lisa Renée is a founding member of the bicoastal composers collective called, simply, The Collected (

About The Young Composers Project

The  Young Composers Project inspires 7-12 graders to express their musical ideas through composition. The program provides each student with the skills to develop his or her own voice as a composer. Students work in small groups with faculty composers in 20 one-hour long classes. They learn to use notation or MIDI sequencing and digital audio software to communicate their musical ideas and study compositional techniques. The small class size allows students to spend a considerable amount of time on individual projects.  While the YCP program is designed for middle and high school students, its young participants benefit from collaborations between the Hartt college division and visiting guest composers from around the country.