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URSULA KWONG-BROWN COMPOSER & MULTIMEDIA ARTIST

E-mail: ursulakb@berkeley.edu | Website: www.ursulakwongbrown.com

EDUCATION
University of California, Berkeley: Ph.D. in Music Composition & New Media ABD; Expected June 2017
University of California, Berkeley: M.A. in Music Composition (2014)
Columbia University: B.A. in Music and Biology, cum laude with honors in Music (2010)
Royal College of Music in London: Exchange Program in Music Composition (2007-08)

COMPOSITION TEACHERS
UC Berkeley: Myra Melford, 2014-Present; Ken Ueno, 2012-14; Edmund Campion, 2013
Columbia University: Tristan Murail, 2009-10; Sebastien Currier, 2006
Royal College of Music in London: Huw Watkins, 2007; Kenneth Hesketh, 2008
Private Studies: Justin Dello Joio, 2007-12, Mika Pelo, 2006, Howard Frazin, 2000-05
Masterclasses: Mark Andre, Franck Bedrossian, Elvind Buene, Cindy Cox, Brian Ferneyhough, David Ludwig,
Bernard Rands, Simon Steen-Anderson, Kaija Saariaho, Augusta Reed Thomas, Stewart Wallace, Yehudi Wyner

AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS


UC Berkeley George Ladd Prix de Paris Prize, 2016-17
Composers, Inc. Matthew Paul Finnegan Commissioning Prize, 2016
New Music For Strings Festival Fellowship, 2016: Emerald Meditations
UC Berkeley Nicola de Lorenzo Composition Prize, 2016: Unwinding
!BAMM! Student Composers Competition, 2015: Sonnet XX
Bowdoin International Music Festival Composition Competition, 2014: Sonnet XX
Mellon-Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study, 2012-Present
Participant in the Kaija Saariaho and Anssi Karttunen Workshop at Carnegie Hall, 2011
Directors Prize for the Longfellow Chorus Solo Song Competition, 2011: The Day is Done
Columbia University Sudler Arts Prize, 2010
Columbia University Charles Huebschman Prize in the Biological Sciences, 2010
Honorable Mention from the New York Composers Circle, Honorable Mention, 2010: Sapphic Songs
Columbia University Dolan Prize, 2009
Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, Honorable Mention, 2009: cross-fade
Chicago Ensemble Discover America Composer Award, 2007: La Poesa

FESTIVALS & RESIDENCIES


Ars Electronica Linz, Austria, 2016
New Music for Strings Aarhus, Denmark, 2016
Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency with Myra Melford Florida, 2016
Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency with Stewart Wallace Florida, 2015
Florida State University New Music Festival 2015
Donaueschingen New Music Festival Germany, 2014
Darmstadt New Music Festival Germany, 2014
Etchings New Music Festival Auvillar, France, 2014
Atlantic New Music Festival Colby College, ME, 2013
June in Buffalo Festival New York, 2013
Acanthes New Technologies Workshop IRCAM, Paris, 2012
Bard University Composers Conducting Institute New York, 2007

URSULA KWONG-BROWN COMPOSER & MULTIMEDIA ARTIST


E-mail: ursulakb@berkeley.edu | Website: www.ursulakwongbrown.com

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN MUSIC


Stanford University: Lecture on my music to the graduate composition seminar, 2016
University of California, Berkeley, 2012-2016:
Graduate Student Assistant for Music Now with Prof. Edmund Campion, 2016
Taught 3 weekly computer laboratory sessions for a total of 90 undergraduate students, and graded exams
Guest lecturer on Neuroscience & Music to the entire class of 300 undergraduates
Graduate Student Instructor for Basic Musicianship, 2015
Developed original content for a 30-person course for undergraduate majors from all majors
Substitute Lecturer for the Advanced Composition undergraduate seminar: discussed Theatricality in Music
Assistant Director for the University Chorus with Prof. Marika Kuzma, 2013- 2014
Instructed a 90-person choir; Coordinated rehearsals and performances; Conducted one-on-one coaching
Co-Director of Lab Run with 3 other graduate students in the theatre department, 2012
Worked with a group of 10 undergraduates 5 days/ week for 2 months to develop an installation theatre work

TEACHING & WORK EXPERIENCE IN SCIENCE


TREK Therapeutics: Operations & Development Manager, Part-Time, 2015- Present
Assist with document and database management, research software and compiling expense records
UC Berkeley: Mentor for Women of Wikipedia, Fall 2015
Taught Wikipedia editing skills to high school girls
Columbia University: Laboratory Manager & Research Associate, 2010 -2012
Conducted independent research, created analysis programs and mentored undergraduates

SERVICE & ARTS ADMINISTRATION


UC Berkeley: Composer & Producer of multimedia theatre work Souvenir, 2016
UC Berkeley: Music Department Graduate Assembly Delegate, 2015-2016
UC Berkeley: Composer & Assistant Director of installation work Un-Homed, 2012
Columbia University New Music Group: variously President, Vice-President & Treasurer over 2005-2010

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
UC Berkeley: CNMAT (Center for New Music & Audio Technologies), 2012-2016
Latest projects: designing laser-cut brackets to mount transducers and using the SPAT spatialization tools
UC Berkeley: Mechanical Engineering Department/ Rosenman Institute/ UCSF collaboration, 2016
Worked with clinicians at UCSF on Raspberry Pi audio/ visual playback that can be triggered by patients

PUBLICATIONS
Hall, I., Kwong-Brown, U., Woolley, S.M.N., Kelley, D.B.; Sex differences and endocrine regulation of auditory-evoked,
neural responses in African clawed frogs (Xenopus). Journal of Comparative Physiology. 2015.
Kwong-Brown, U., Tobias, M.L., Elias, D.O., Kelley, D.B.; Musical qualities in the songs of African clawed frogs:
phylogenetic signals and laryngeal mechanisms. In prep.

SOFTWARE PROFICIENCY
Audio: Max/MSP, Logic Pro, Adobe Audition, SPEAR (Sinusoidal Partial Editing Analysis and Resynthesis)
Video: Jitter, Isadora, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere
Research & Design: MATLAB, R, Autodesk Fusion 360, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign

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E-mail: ursulakb@berkeley.edu | Website: www.ursulakwongbrown.com

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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
ACF American Composers Forum
ASCAP American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
IAWM International Alliance for Women in Music
NACUSA National Association of Composers/ USA

LIST OF WORKS
Solo
Reflections on Rothko (2016) for solo viola with live electronics and video 8 min
Premiere: May 9, 2016 by Ellen Ruth Rose in Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
Sonnet XX (2014) for solo cello 8 min
Premiere: May 12, 2014 by Leighton Fong in Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
Catch (2007) for clarinet in B, 4 min
Premiere: Henry Cameron-Penny at the National Portrait Gallery in London

Small Ensemble
IMPACT (2016) for brass quintet 6 min
Premiere: TBD
Unwinding (2016) for violin, viola and cello 10 min
Premiere: March 14, 2016 by members of the EarPlay ensemble at the ODC Theatre in San Francisco
A girl like you (2015) for flute, viola and harp and tape 8 min
Premiere: May 11, 2015 by Stacey Pelinka (flute), Ellen Ruth Rose (viola) and Daniel Levitan (harp) in Hertz Hall, UC
Berkeley
Awakenings IV (2014) for flute, viola and harp 6 min
Premiere: July 12, 2014 by Keiko Murakami (flute), Garth Knox (viola) and Virginie Tarrte (harp) at the Etchings Festival
Awakenings I (2013) for piano, clarinet and video 6 min
Premiere: August 3, 2013 by Gleb Kanasevich (clarinet) and Ilya Filshtinskiy (piano) at the Atlantic Music Festival
Emerald Meditations (2013) for string quartet 6 min
Premiere: May 13, 2013 by members of the Eco New Music ensemble in Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
Adunamentum (2012) for violin, viola, cello, double bass and live electronics 9 min
Premiere: Participants in the Kaija Saariano/ Anssi Kartunnen workshop at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
Coming Attractions (2010) for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano and Tape 5 min
Reading: April 2010 by the Counter Induction Ensemble at Columbia University

Vocal
The Day is Done (2011) for soprano and piano with text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 4 min
Premiere: February 27, 2011 by Tania Mandzy (voice) and Jesse Feinberg (piano) at the Longfellow Choral Festival
Coraao Numeroso (2010) for mezzo and piano with text by Carlos Drummond de Andrade 7 min
Premiere: November 5, 2010 by Diana Daniel (voice) and Djordje Nesic (piano) at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall
The Fall (2008) for soprano and piano with text by Cammy Thomas 4 min
Premiere: May 2008 by Rosie Coad (voice) and Antoine Francoise (piano) at the Royal College of Music in London

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Cante Jondo (2008) for mezzo and piano with text by Federico Garca Lorca 6 min
Premiere: April 2008 by Sarah-Jane Lewis (voice) and Antoine Francoise (piano) at the RCM in London
La Poesa (2005) for soprano, violin, cello and piano with text by Pablo Neruda 10 min
Premiere: April 2005 by Alice Tillotson (voice) and the Yanvar Trio at the Longy School of Music in Boston

Large Ensemble
The First of Love (2009) for soprano solo, womens choir, 15-instrument ensemble, live electronics and dancers 50 min
Premiere: April 18, 2009 by members of Columbia New Music, Columbia Classical Performers and the Columbia Ballet
Collaborative at Miller Theater, Columbia University
The Children (2006) for mixed choir and chamber orchestra with text by Cammy Thomas 12 min
Premiere: April 8, 2006 by the Columbia Musicum Collegium in St Pauls Chapel

Orchestral
Awakenings II (2013) for orchestra (2.2.2.2 2.2.2.1 timp, 2 perc, strings) 4 min
Reading: August 2013 by the Atlantic Music Festival orchestra
cross-fade (2008) for orchestra (2.2.2.2, SATB sax, 4.2.2.1, timp, harp, celest, strings) 2 min
Reading: March 2008 by the Royal College of Music in London orchestra

Dance & Theatre


Rondo Variations (2016) for solo cello with electronics and dancers 14 min
Premiere: April 21, 2016 by Jo de Mars with the choreographer Lisa Wymore in UC Berkeleys Zellerbach Playhouse
Reflections (2010) for cello, percussion and dancer, with live electronics and video 10 min
Premiere: June 7, 2010 by Andrew Yee (cello), Alex Lipowski (percussion), Emery LeCrone (dancer) and Daniel Iglesia
(media artist) at le Poisson Rouge in New York City.
Surya Namaskara (2010) for Amplified Alto Sax, Cello, Percussion, 2 dancers and live video 14 min
Premiere: March 27, 2010 by Joshua Dickinson (sax), Brooks Frederickson (perc), Lydia Walker and Philip Askew
(dancers) at the Columbia University Blackbox Theatre
Passacaglia (2010) for cello and dancers, choreographed by Emery LeCrone 5 min
Premiere: November 2010 by Andrew Yee (cello) at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center

UPCOMING & RECENT PERFORMANCES (2012-2016)


November 7, 2016 - Unwinding for string trio
Terrie Baune (violin), Ellen Ruth Rose (viola) and Thalia Moore (cello) in Sacramento
September 29, 2016 Emerald Meditations for string quartet
Friction Quartet (Otis Harriel, Kevin Rogers, Taija Warbelow & Doug Machiz) at the Center for New Music in SF
August 30, 2016 Emerald Meditations for string quartet
Friction Quartet (Otis Harriel, Kevin Rogers, Taija Warbelow & Doug Machiz) at Skt. Lukas Kirke, Aasrhus, Denmark
May 9, 2016 Reflections on Rothko for solo viola with live electronics and video
Ellen Ruth Rose in Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
May 7 & 8, 2016 Souvenir (2016) for prepared piano, cello and live electronics

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Jo de Mars (cello) and Ursula Kwong-Brown (piano) with poet Aimee Suzara at CNMAT, UC Berkeley
April 21-23 & 28-30, 2016 Rondo Variations (2016) for solo cello with electronics and dancers
Jo de Mars with the choreographer Lisa Wymore in UC Berkeleys Zellerbach Playhouse
March 16, 2016 - Unwinding for string trio
Terrie Baune (violin), Ellen Ruth Rose (viola) and Thalia Moore (cello) at the ODC Theatre in San Francisco
March 14, 2016 - Unwinding for string trio
Terrie Baune (violin), Ellen Ruth Rose (viola) and Thalia Moore (cello) at the Mondavi Center, UC Davis
January 26, 2016 Sonnet XX for solo cello
Jo de Mars at the Center for New Music in San Francisco
May 9, 2015 Sonnet XX for solo cello
Jo de Mars at Art Share in Los Angeles
May 11, 2015 A girl like you for flute, viola, harp and tape
Stacey Pelinka (flute), Ellen Ruth Rose (viola) and Dan Levitan (harp) in Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
May 9, 2015 Sonnet XX for solo cello
Leighton Fong (cello) at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley
January 30, 2015 Emerald Meditations for string quartet
Eppes String Quartet (Jia-Rong Gan, Sophia Han, Razvan Berindean, Meghan Carey) at the FSU New Music Festival
July 31, 2014 Sonnet XX for solo cello
Nan-Cheng Chen (cello) at the Bowdoin Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music
July 12, 2014 Awakenings IV for flute, viola, harp
Keiko Murakami (flute), Garth Knox (viola) and Virginie Tarrte (harp) at the Etchings New Music Festival
June 9, 2014 Sonnet XX for solo cello
Leighton Fong (cello) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
June 8, 2014 Sonnet XX for solo cello
Leighton Fong (cello) at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley
May 12, 2014 Sonnet XX for solo cello
Leighton Fong (cello) in Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
May 12, 2014 Awakenings I for clarinet and piano
Bill Kalinkos (clarinet) and Ursula Kwong-Brown (piano) in Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
May 13, 2013 Emerald Meditations for string quartet
Hrabba Altadottir, Dan Flanagan (violins), Ellen Ruth Rose (viola) and Leighton Fong (cello) in Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
August 3, 2013 Awakenings I for clarinet and piano
Gleb Kanasevich (clarinet) and Ilya Filshtinskiy (piano) at the Atlantic Music Festival
March 12, 2012 Adunamentum for violin, viola, cello, double bass and live electronics
Sarah Saviet (violin), Emily Deans (viola), Paul Dwyer (cello) and Tony Flynt (bass) at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall