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.
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 (he/him) is a German-American composer, percussionist, and multimedia/performance artist based in New York City. 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 at Sing Sing Correctional Facility with the nonprofit Musicambia, and the assistant for the Dramaturgy and Commissioning Program at the Metropolitan Opera. His work has been played by bell towers, rock bands, orchestras, arcade machines, and people dressed in squirrel costume, 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.