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Elizabeth Kowalski

Founder & Executive Artistic Director

Elizabeth Kowalski headshotA multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Elizabeth is experienced in composing music for film, dance, & mixed media.  The influence of world folk music can be heard in her music and she has a passion for creating electro-acoustic works paired with visual art.

In 2012, Moon Garden (for guitar and clarinet) received third prize in the National MTNA Composition Competition. Another piece composed for cello, electronics, and dance,Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, won the Dance Magazine award and was performed at the Kennedy Center in May of 2012.

Aside from composing music, Elizabeth is a freelance performer, teaches at a local college, and gives private lessons in Piano, Flute, and Music Composition.

M.M. in Composition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; B.A. Music, UNC-Charlotte.


Drew Dolan

Program Director, Composers Workshop

Drew Dolan headshotDrew Dolan’s activities as a composer have involved instrumental compositions, performance, improvisation, and interdisciplinary collaboration.  As a composer, he has received performances in America and Europe from artists and ensembles such as the Clibber Jones Ensemble, 15.19 Ensemble, the University of Akron Men’s Chorus, pianist Kristofer Rucinski, Kennesaw State Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Cartel, Terminus Ensemble, pianist Michiko Otaki, and neoPhonia.

His experiences as a percussionist have seen numerous performances in solo and chamber settings with a focus on new works by living and emerging composers, having given several world and local premieres.  He also frequently performs in improvisatory settings using a diverse array of instruments and multimedia tools, which have included accordion, didgeridoo, laptop, and robots.

Dolan completed doctoral studies in composition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; he also holds degrees from Bowling Green State University and Georgia State University.


Adam Scott Neal

Program Director, Composers Workshop

Adam Scott Neal headshotAdam Scott Neal (b. 1981, Atlanta) is a composer whose work ranges from chamber music to video to tinkering with toys and homebrew electronics. Described as “exquisitely crafted” (Creative Loafing), his pieces reflect a fascination with objects and technologies – namely, their capabilities, limitations, and shifting cultural meanings. Adam’s music is relatively minimal, encouraging listeners to focus on the little details that make instruments unique and beautiful. Groups for whom he has composed include Bent Frequency, Beo String Quartet, Chamber Cartel, Guidonian Hand, Iktus Percussion, and loadbang. His work regularly appears on acronymic festivals such as EMM, IHS, LAC, NACUSA, NYCEMF, SCI, and SEAMUS. Adam has produced numerous concerts of contemporary, electroacoustic, and free-improvised music, most notably as co-founder and Artistic Director of Atlanta-based Terminus Ensemble and as Program Director of the Composers Workshop at the Charlotte New Music Festival. Adam earned a PhD at the University of Florida and previous degrees at Queen’s University Belfast and Georgia State University. He currently works at East Carolina University.


 David Schneider

Program Director, Max Workshop

David Schneider headshotDavid Schneider is a musician with a wide range of interests. A composer by training, with degrees from Indiana University and the University of Southern California, David has also been active as a singer, pianist, teacher, and music copyist. His thoroughly eclectic compositions have explored many styles, from Medieval polyphony to 1970s R&B, and many sources of inspiration, from classical Latin poetry to skiing. He is currently working to integrate his latest obsessions, electronic music and alternative tunings, into his musical language, which up until now has been almost exclusively acoustic and equal-tempered. A fifth-generation Californian by birth, David has been quite the nomad lately, having lived in Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, and Washington State in the past five years. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife and two cats.


Lowell Fuchs

Production Manager

Lowell Fuchs headshotLowell Gerard Fuchs (b. 1993, Atlanta) is a composer who currently resides in Greensboro, NC.  An explorer of unique extramusical concepts, Lowell’s curiosity shepherds his compositions in various directions.  From graphic art notation constructed from oil stains, to multimedia works conceived from theories in neuroscience on reality and consciousness, a fascination of human perception, social movements, and sense of community are the cornerstones to many of his compositions.

His music has been heard at New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Atlanta’s SoundNOW Contemporary Classical Music Festival, Boston’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, Charlotte New Music Festival, the XXII Festival Eduardo Mata in Oaxaca, Mexico, and elsewhere.

Currently, Lowell is working with the Charlotte New Music Festival as Production Manager while attending the University of North Carolina Greensboro for a Masters of Music in Music Composition.  \ Lowell received his B.M. degree from Georgia State University and held a University Assistantship at GSU’s School of Music and was awarded Lucille Allen Memorial Scholarship (2013-2015).  His principal composition teachers include Mark Engebretson (2016), Mischa Salkind-Pearl (16-17), Alejandro Rutty (2017), Robert Scott Thompson (2014-2015) and Brent Milam (2013-2014).


Shawn Milloway

Program/Production Assistant

Shawn Milloway headshotShawn received a BM in Composition from Appalachian State University, and is currently pursuing an MM in Comp. at UNCG.  He also studied for a year at Peabody with Dr. Oscar Bettison. Shawn’s most recent music seeks to blend the harmonic language of atonalists and spectralists with the rhythm, forms, and force of proggressive rock, disco, and funk.
Alongside his compositions, Shawn has done live sound, recording engineering, and audio engineering for various acts, notably Turkish rock star Demir Demirkan.  Furthermore, as an APPalPie Scholar at Appalachian State University, he did professional engraving work for the estate of the composer Tui St. George Tucker.

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