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Maya Johnson

Maya Johnson (they/them) is a composer, improviser and arts administrator based in Lebanon, PA. 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.). 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.

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GREY ROSE GRANT (she/they) is a composer, performer, and librettist, whose 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’s recent work includes Little Histories, a folk opera in four acts and Glitter Orgy, a dance theatre work in three acts. Their opera, Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region (2019) received a BMI Student Composer Award in 2021. Grey has received commissions from the Regenerate! Orchestra, Contemporaneous Ensemble, the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, Tesla Quartet, The Detroit Women’s Chorus, and more. She is a co-founder and creative producer of Fifth Wall Performing Arts, an artist-led experimental performing arts organization based in MI and NYC. North Carolina born, they currently reside in Ypsilanti, Michigan. For more information, visit

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Karl Ronneburg

KARL (he/him) is a composer, percussionist, and performance artist based in New York City, where he is the Associate Dramaturg at the Metropolitan Opera, helping to shape commissions and new works from their inceptions to their premieres. He is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Fifth Wall Performing Arts with Grey Grant, and has worked with artists and companies including Radiolab, Meredith Monk, Carnegie Hall, Nico Muhly, Sō Percussion, Elliot Cole, Alkemie Early Music, Missy Mazzoli, Contemporaneous, New Music Detroit, Anthony Davis, Christopher Rountree, Joyce DiDonato, Metropolis Ensemble, Jeanine Tesori, and the Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors’ Lab. KARL is a teaching artist in incarcerated communities with the non-profit Musicambia and is also the inventor of the Snaxophone, an electric Pringles can instrument. He hosts annual Fluxus-inspired parties and his work has been performed by bell towers, rock bands, orchestras, arcade machines, and people dressed in squirrel costumes, among others.


Zoe Marie Hart

ZOE MARIE HART (they/them) is an “adorable” (Superconductor) NYC-based soprano, arts administrator, and organizer. Mx. Hart sang in the NYC premiere of trans opera "Michigan Trees" with Fifth Wall, workshopped the ungendered role of Florestan in "Ghost Variations", and sang Denise and Lady 1 in the lesbian opera "Sweets by Kate" (Griffen Candey) at the historical Stonewall Inn. Most recently, they debuted at Rockwood Music Hall in an all-queer Handel’s Messiah. Mx. Hart worked for years in arts management in client services, organized with the SUNY Graduate Student Union, and organizes with the NYC DSA Queer Caucus.

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