Young Composer Showcase Selectees

2022 YCS selectees

Ubiquitious Luminiferous”




Clint Bleil is a composer and saxophonist from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Clint has degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance from Slippery Rock University, and a master’s degree in Studio Jazz Writing from the University of Miami. Clint has received numerous awards in composition and arranging, including a SONIC Award for his jazz ensemble piece “It Matters,” which was performed at the 2019 International Jazz Composers’ Symposium. He also has received a DownBeat Student Music Award in 2019 for his arrangement of “I’ll Remember April,” and the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award in 2021 for his jazz ensemble work “Continue On.” Clint has composed, arranged, and transcribed for multiple different groups and ensembles, including Live From Here with Chris Thile, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, and Bob Reynolds. Clint also has experience in the recording studio, where he served as an additional engineer on John Daversa’s three-time Grammy award-winning album American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom. Clint is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Washington & Jefferson College, where he teaches multiple lessons and classes as well as leads the Jazz and Wind Ensemble. 

“Her Colors”



Kate Hamann is a trumpet player, vocalist, and composer based in Miami, FL. Originally from Omaha, NE, she attended the Interlochen Arts Academy studying classical trumpet, and is now a senior at the Frost School of Music. While pursuing a degree in Studio Music and Jazz, she has studied with Brian Lynch, Etienne Charles, John Daversa, Stephen Guerra, and is a member of the Frost Concert Jazz Band. In December 2020, she released her debut EP, “When I Grow Up” which features four original compositions centered around themes of childhood, relationships, and self-discovery. Inspired by the artistry of Camila Meza, Braxton Cook, and Marquis Hill, Kate creates music that is enjoyable by all types of listeners regardless of “genre”.

Projectile Dysfunction



Stephen Philip Harvey is a composer, musician, and educator based in Salisbury, MD. Harvey performs original compositions and arrangements with his jazz orchestra and jazz octet. His next album, Smash!, is slated to be released in 2022. He is an alumnus of Seton Hill University (2014) and Youngstown State University (2016).

Fantasy in C Minor



Josh Karas is a dynamic, versatile pianist and composer based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is currently pursuing a degree in Jazz Studies with a minor in Business from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. At Vanderbilt, he studies jazz piano with Bruce Dudley and composition with Ryan Middagh. Karas is a member of the school’s Downbeat-award winning Blair Big Band and top jazz combo directed by Jeff Coffin. This past year, Karas composed, arranged, and recorded an album of original jazz compositions called The Root of the Thing. The record is available on streaming platforms everywhere and studio videos can be found on YouTube. He recently performed a sold-out album release show at Nashville’s premiere jazz venue, Rudy’s Jazz Room, to promote the compositions on the record. Looking forward, Karas is excited to begin his freelance career as a pianist and composer in Nashville, Tennessee.

What? Why?



Skylar Tang is a fifteen-year-old trumpet player and composer. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where she currently attends Crystal Springs Uplands School. Skylar’s journey with music began when she started playing classical piano at the age of four. She picked up the trumpet for the first time when she was nine. After attending a Stanford Jazz Workshop summer camp two years later, she found her home in jazz. Since then, she has played in various ensembles including both the California All-State Junior-High and High School Jazz Bands, and has been a recipient of the Jazz at the Ballroom Scholarship. Currently, Skylar is a member of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Big Band and Combo and both the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and Next Generation Women In Jazz Combo. In 2021, Skylar was selected to attend the prestigious Vail Jazz Workshop, giving her the opportunity to study with jazz legends such as John Clayton, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, and more. In her free time, Skylar enjoys going on walks and curating her collection of hats.

Bill’s Board



Gary (Kaiji) Wang is a composer originally from Beijing, China. Gary is the recipient of both 2021 and 2020 ASCAP‘s Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards as well as the winner of 2018 Downbeat SMA in the Jazz Arrangement Category, Outstanding Jazz Arrangement Award for 2021 Downbeat SMA. He has done arranging works for notable musicians such as Toninho Horta and Alan Ferber.

previous ycs selcetees

  • Michael Clement – University of North Texas – “Evading Karmacities”
  • Hatsune Hirakura – Berklee College of Music – “Dear M”
  • Lola Miller-Henline – San Francisco Conservatory of Music – “Mind of Its Own”
  • Katelyn Vincent – Phoenix, AZ – “Unfinished Business”
  • Nathan Poehlke, University of Oregon — “Feeling Sleepy”
  • Maya Keren, Princeton University – “Wyndmoor”
  • Phillip Ryan Goss, New England Conservatory – “Untitled No. 1”
  • Annie Booth, University of Colorado – “Jolly Beach”
  • Gabriel Severn, Loyalsock Township High School – “Canção Para Fina”
  • Andrew Saliba, San Diego – “Silent Minority”
  • Eri Chichibu, Berklee College of Music – “The Sea – Seven Years Voyage”
    • Paulo Santos, University of Texas Austin – “Twisted Voyage”
    • John Sturino, New York, New York – “Tip City”
    • Yoko Suzuki, Berklee College of Music – “Cat Tricks”
  • Bryann Kennard, University of Miami – “Let The Wild Rumpus Start”
  • Martina Liviero, Berklee College of Music – “Pasajeros”
  • Brian Martin, University of Massachussetts – “Lookin’ Forward”
  • Sam Ross, University of Michigan – “Portuguese Bend”
  • Jameson Scriver, Indiana University – “The Good Fight”
  • Elliot Turner, University of Northern Colorado – “What Are You?”
  • Tracy Yang, Berklee College of Music – “Yes and No”
  • HONORABLE MENTION Ethan Moffitt, University of Southern California – “Step by Step”
  • Lucas Fonseca, Berklee College of Music – “Colloquio”
  • Takumi Kakimoto, Berklee College of Music – “Find Phrygiayn”
  • Kyle Myers, University of North Texas – “Tomorrow Morning”
  • Zachary Rich, University of Northern Colorado – “Community”
  • David Rogers, Vanderbilt University – “Sivan”
  • Gregory Weis, University of Northern Colorado – “Liquid Descent”
  • Aida Demoya, Berklee College of Music – “TC For Leo”
  • Anna Jelkéus, University of North Texas – “Above”
  • Heui Lam, Berklee College of Music – “The Unknown Bell”
  • Tobias Meissl, Berklee College of Music – “Deep Tree Fission”
  • Chang Su, University of Northern Colorado – “Forbidden City Garden”
  • Casio Vianna, University of Northern Colorado – “For The Rise Of A New Day”
  • Mike Conrad, University of Northern Colorado – “Gerry’s Timepiece”
  • Andrew D. Herring, Shenandoah University – “27”
  • Nacho González Nappa, Berklee College of Music – “Candombe Juno”
  • Matt Shugert, Indiana University – “Madeline”
  • Tom Amend, University of Northern Colorado – “What Do You Say?”
  • Keith Karns, University of North Texas- “The House At The End Of High Street”
  • Chase Morrin, Harvard/NEC – “Three Brahmin”
  • Drew Zaremba, University of North Texas – “Blues For Gabe”
  • Lucas Apostleris, University of Massachusetts – “September Again”
  • Enrico Bergamini, Berklee College of Music – “Convergence”
  • Raphael DeLima, Frost School of Music (University of Miami) – “Quebra Cabeças”
  • C. Tyler Dennis, San Francisco, California – “What Would Thad Do?”
  • Aaron Hedenstrom, University of North Texas – “Honeybee”
  • Carter Brodkorb, Toronto, Canada
  • Jose Gurria, USC
  • Laila Smith, San Jose, California
  • Dave Stamps, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2012 Young Composer Showcase Selectees
  • Socrates Garcia, University of Northern Colorado
  • Brett McDonald, Rutgers University
  • Emily Merrell, University of North Texas
  • Tyler Mire, University of North Texas
  • Chase Morrin, Harvard University/New England Conservatory
  • Kate Skinner, University of Northern Colorado