Prize winning composition starts duo ~, is commissioned for multiple new projects, and releases new pieces

Maya Miro Johnson (’19, composition) started a new performance art duo with Sarrah Bushara, called ~ [pronounced two]. They are working on both their first large commission with Zeitgeist and a digital concert performance with Fidget.

Johnson was admitted as one of the youngest students ever selected for a conducting fellowship at Aspen Music Festival (deferred to 2021 due to Covid-19), awarded both the William Schuman Prize (for most outstanding score) and the Carlos Surinach Prize (for youngest winner) in the 2020 BMI Student Composer Awards.

Upcoming projects also include an evening-length commission from London-based conductor Toby Thatcher for his project, Zeitgeist, a new piece for the ensemble loadbang, a work for violinist Johnny Gandelsman of Brooklyn Rider, a commission premiered by the 2021 Sarasota Music Festival and Jeffrey Kahane, and a collaboration based on the work of Simone Weil with director/videographer/visual artist David Michalek.

Upcoming releases include a piece on HOCKET’s #What2020SoundsLike album, and a world premiere commissioned by Inna Faliks for her Master and Margarita Project album, to be released on Sono Luminus in 2021