Maya Johnson is a composer, improviser and arts administrator based in southeast Michigan. They are a graduate from the University of Michigan ‘20 and Baldwin Wallace Conservatory ‘18 with degrees in composition (B.M., M.M.) and viola performance (M.M.). Currently, they serve as Director of Operations and Community Engagement with the Community Music School of Ann Arbor. As an administrator, they develop equitable and community-driven programs that emphasize systemic growth for disenfranchised groups. As a creator, they work in genres of afro-futurism and funk with themes that challenge the status-quo. In the future, they intend to produce their own works and the works of their queer peers.
Emily Alison Zhou
Emily Alison Zhou is a composer and writer currently working toward a BFA in Performing Arts Technology at the University of Michigan. She was the lighting and stage designer for Grey Grant’s 2019 opera Michigan Trees and is now the Technical Director of Fifth Wall Performing Arts, where she will oversee staging, lighting, and sound for new works. She lives in Ann Arbor. In her free time, she writes fiction and makes noisy synthesizer music.
GREY GRANT (she/they) is a composer, performer, and librettist, whose work frequently involves a transdisciplinary, collaborative effort between herself and other artists. Much of her current work revolves around identity, the environment, and place. Her music: “[Crafts] a work that is moving, evocative and, by the end, exhausting (in the best sense)” and writes “demanding music with precision and nuance.” (Michigan Daily). Grey is the co-founder and a creative producer of Fifth Wall Performing Arts alongside Karl Ronneburg. North Carolina born; she currently resides in Michigan.
Karl Ronneburg is a composer, percussionist, and multimedia/performance artist based in New York City and Seattle. Winner of the University of Michigan’s Brehm Prize for Composition and the Mannes College of Music’s Dean’s Award, Karl has worked with artists and companies including Radiolab, Meredith Monk, the Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors’ Lab, and New Music Detroit. He is a teaching artist with the nonprofit Musicambia, Seattle’s Vivace! Chamber Players, and additionally works in Carnegie Hall’s Education Wing, facilitating events and performing with their LinkUp Orchestra. His work has been played by bell towers, rock bands, orchestras, arcade machines, and people dressed in squirrel costume, among others.