Programming Committee Bios

Linda Dusman’s compositions and sonic art explore the richness of contemporary life, from the personal to the political. Her work has been awarded by the International Alliance for Women in Music, Meet the Composer, the Swiss Women’s Music Forum, the American Composers Forum, the International Electroacoustic Music Festival of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Ucross Foundation, and the State of Maryland in 2004, 2006, and 2011 (in both the Music: Composition and the Visual Arts: Media categories). Her compositions Dream Prayer Lullaby (2018) and Mother of Exiles (2019) both reflect on the refugee crisis, and Corona Bagatelles (2020) on the global pandemic. Her frequent collaborations with the Trio des Alpes have resulted in multiple commissions, including Thundersnow and Dancing Universe for piano trio. Former holder of the Jeppeson Chair in Music at Clark University, Dusman is currently Professor of Music at UMBC. Complete info at


Composer-pianist Daniel Pesca has premiered over one hundred works. Among Dr. Pesca’s recent compositions are Walk with me, my joy for Constellations Chamber Concerts and New Examples of Confusion for the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition. Other works have been supported by the NEA and New Music USA. He is pianist of the Grossman Ensemble and co-director of the Zohn Collective. An assistant professor at UMBC, Dr. Pesca holds a doctorate from Eastman.


Jessica Rudman’s music inspires empathy through stories of myth, magic, and the modern world. Described as a “new music ninja”(Hartford Advocate), she uses lyrical melodies, sensual harmony, and vibrant color to draw the audience into her dramatic narratives. Dr. Rudman is an Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of Utah, and she previously was the director of The Hartt Preparatory Academy.


Composer Ingrid Stölzel has been described as having “a gift for melody” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Her compositions have been commissioned by leading soloists and ensembles, and performed in concert halls and festivals worldwide. Stölzel’s music has been recognized in numerous competitions, including the Ettelson Composer’s Award, Red Note Competition and Avalon International Competition. Stölzel is Associate Professor of Composition at the University of Kansas School of Music. For more information:


Dr. Yesook Suh, a Korean-American composer, is an educator, pianist, and composes for traditional ensembles, solos, and operas, as well as compositions incorporating electronic media. Suh was the Chair of the Kirov International Spirio E-Piano Competition and Director for the Kirov Academy’s Gifted and Talented Program in Washington, DC. She is currently a board member of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra and the National Chamber Music Society. As an active international education consultant, she works with the Goyang Arts High School and YSL Classic Young Artists Management in Seoul, Korea. Suh is a full-time faculty member at Broadneck High School’s Apex Arts Magnet Program where she teaches piano, music history, music theory, and composition.