Composer Kyle Vanderburg (b. 1986) grew up in southeast Missouri where the Ozark foothills meet the Mississippi River valley. Raised on southern gospel and American hymnody, his music tries to walk the line between eliciting nostalgia and devising innovative sonic worlds. His electronic works often play with familiar sounds in new contexts; his acoustic works feature memorable melodies and a very fluid sense of time.
Vanderburg's music has been heard abroad at conferences and festivals including the International Computer Music Conference, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, the Symposium on Acoustic Ecology, the North American Saxophone Alliance, ClarinetFest, and at other events across Europe, Australia, and the Americas.
He holds an AB from Drury University, an MM and DMA from the University of Oklahoma, and a certificate in publishing from North Dakota State University, studying under composers Carlyle Sharpe, Marvin Lamb, Konstantinos Karathanasis, and Roland Barrett. He is currently Assistant Professor of Practice and Composer in Residence at North Dakota State University.
Jon was born at a very young age, and won't update his bio.
Percy is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts.
Carlin is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.
Mari is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.
Hannah is a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.
Owen Cary is an Instrumental Music Education and Music Composition double major from St. Michael, MN. He plays percussion and piano. He started writing music at the age of 10 in apps such as GarageBand. He eventually wrote his first piece entitled "Dance of The Fairies" for solo Piano when he was only 14 years old. He has written many works for wind band, as well as some works for chamber ensembles as well.
Hailing from Duluth, Minnesota, Jonathon is an undergraduate at North Dakota State University following a Bachelor of Science in Music as well as Public History. Jonathon got his start in music at a young age by taking piano lessons, a path inspired by his time sitting with his Grandmother behind the organ at church and their mutual bonding over the art. Later in life, Jonathon began playing clarinet for his high schools band. After a short break and returning to school, Jonathon learned that he had a hidden love for composition, in which he cites his largest influences as Koji Kondo and John Williams.
Visit Jonathon at www.jonathonerickson.com.
Nick is a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Art.
Emma Winje is a senior at NDSU studying piano performance under Dr. Tyler Wottrich. Prior to college she studied under Jan Herr, Karen Okerlund, and Dr. Grigor Khachatryan. Winje is the winner of the 2021 Dorothy Sewall Hector Scholarship Competition, the 2019 FM Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition, the 2018 and 2017 Iva Fillebrown Scholarship Competition, and the 2017 Popplers Music Competition. She has participated in numerous recitals, collaborative music camps (North Star Chamber Music Festival and Northern State University Piano Duet Camp), worship services at her church, and many other wonderful opportunities that have helped to shape her as a musician. She has performed with Minnesota Orchestra Principal Clarinet Gabriel Campos-Zamora, FMSO Concertmaster Sonja Bosca-Harasim, and cellist Meta Weiss at previous NDSU Chamber Music Festivals. She is currently instructing four piano students and regularly performs at local nursing homes with her sister through their business, West Beaton Conservatory. Outside of music, Winje loves to be outdoors, travel, ski, organize, and spend time with her family.