Monday, November 19th, 2018 | 7:00 pm
ShapeShifter Lab | 18 Whitwell Place | Brooklyn, NY 11215

Tickets: $20 online, $25 at the door
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MATA presents its fifth annual MATA Jr. Festival in partnership with the Kaufman Music Center’s teen new-music ensemble Face the Music on Monday, November 19th at 7:00 pm at ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Place). “When we conceived of MATA Jr. in 2014,” says MATA Director Todd Tarantino, we all agreed that pre-college composers — particularly those with limited exposure to compositional development programs — should have a chance to hear their music with real instruments, that performers should be their peers, and that mentors should act as guides, rather than teachers. We wanted a model of progressive education in which all participants were equal partners.” The culmination of a six-month mentorship process, the event will feature Face the Music performing newly composed works by six young composers ranging in age from eleven to eighteen selected from a global search together with music of their mentors, MATA-alumni composers Murat Çolak (MATA 2017), Molly Herron (MATA 2017), and Shawn Jaeger (MATA 2018). 


Newly Composed Works by selected Pre-College Composers:

Gabriel Crist of Durham, NC (b. 2003): Quartet
Tyson Davis of Winston-Salem, NC (b. 2000): Microludes
Abby Harris of Queens, NY (b. 2005) Pachyderm
Katie Jenkins of Pontypridd, Wales (b. 1999): Sleeping Silent
Winston Schneider of Omaha, NE (b.2007): Insect Suite
Emily Singleton of Gainesville, FL (b. 2002): Urban Miniatures

Works by MATA mentors:

Murat Çolak (MATA 2017): “Müselles Saz Semâisi”
Molly Herron (MATA 2017): Brew
Shawn Jaeger (MATA 2018): Neighbors 

The program will be performed without intermission and runs approximately seventy-five minutes.



About MATA Jr.

Founded in 2014 as the educational arm of MATA, MATA Jr. pairs pre-college composers selected from a free, global, call for submissions with emerging composers in a six-month mentorship program to create new works for performance by teen new-music ensemble Face the Music. While there are many programs that aim to assist young composers, MATA Jr. is unique in that all parties benefit from a collaborative learning process in which participants are both teacher and student.

Each winter, MATA holds an open call for submissions from pre-college composers to select several to receive mentorship and an eventual performance by Face the Music, the teen new-music ensemble based at New York City’s Kaufman Music Center. A jury consisting of MATA’s composer-mentors and Face the Music’s director meet to assess submissions. Selected composers are paired with one of three composer-mentors, who shepherd them through the development of a new composition from idea to score to rehearsal to performance.

MATA Jr. Alumni

Jack Bettigole (2017)
Evan Caplinger (2015)
Charlotte Costantino (2017)
Michelle David (2015)
Perrin Davidson (2016)
Emily DeLia (2014)
Elizabeth Egan (2016)
Rachel Jenna Epperly (2014)
Bram Fisher (2017)
Julian Fueyo (2014)
Jack Hamill (2016)
Andrew D. Herring (2014)
Hannah Ishizaki (2016)
Paris Lavidis (2016)
Mikael Lewis (2015)
Brandon Lincoln Snyder (2014)
Molly Monahan (2016)
Jonah Murphy (2017)
Shashaank Narayanan (2014)
Paul Novak (2016)
John Nydam (2014)
Nicholas Politi (2015)
Isai Rabiu (2017)
Daniel Saylor (2015)
Miles Shore (2017)
Renata Vallecillo (2014)
Christopher Yuan (2015)


The Call for Submissions for MATA Jr. 2019 will begin in January of 2019.