Posted on: July 29, 2022 Posted by: AKDSEO34 Comments: 0

Three up-and-coming musicians and composers are bringing their unique talents to Louisville as the inaugural group of Creator Corps, a groundbreaking initiative from Louisville Orchestra that is changing the way composers collaborate with symphony orchestras in the 21st century.

Calling it a “grand experiment,” Music Director Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra previously announced the new project they hope will elevate Louisville as a global center of creative music-making. 

Lisa Bielawa, TJ Cole, and Tyler Taylor have been announced as the inaugural class. The Louisville Orchestra Creators Corps will employ and house the three full-time composers, called “creators,” to represent all musical genres. In return, the creators will regularly present new music for both the Louisville Orchestra and the community. 

“I was overwhelmed by the diverse talent of the 186 applicants for the initial year of the [Louisville Orchestra’s] Creators Corps. I believe this reflects the widespread desire for artists to build deeper and more impactful relationships with civic institutions and the communities they represent,” Abrams said in a news release. “Lisa, TJ, and Tyler are examples of consummate 21st-century artist-leaders; their musical talents match their intellects and they all share a remarkable sensitivity to the needs of the world beyond the boundaries of contemporary musical composition.”

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“I like the idea of deploying artists for a real purpose,” Abrams said previously, “getting them involved in a way that involves a deeper collective vision, like the Peace Corps.”

Meet the Creative Corps 2022-23 composers:

Lisa Bielawa

Creators Corps member Lisa Bielawa

Composer, producer, and vocalist Lisa Bielawa is a Rome Prize winner in musical composition and has established herself as one of today’s leading composers and performers by consistently executing work that incorporates community-making as part of her artistic vision. She has created music for public spaces in Lower Manhattan, the banks of the Tiber River in Rome, on the sites of former airfields in Berlin and in San Francisco, and to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. She is a co-founder of the MATA Festival, which supports young composers and served as artistic director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus.

Bielawa was born in San Francisco into a musical family, where she played the violin and piano, sang, and wrote music from early childhood. She moved to New York two weeks after receiving her B.A. in Literature in 1990 from Yale University and became an active participant in New York musical life.

TJ Cole

Creator Corps member TJ Cole

TJ Cole is an American composer, originally from the suburbs of Atlanta. They have been commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Nashville in Harmony and Play On Philly, among others.

TJ has also been a singer-songwriter, producer, and engineer in the fully electronic synth-pop band Twin Pixie, which focuses on making music at the intersection of queerness, pop culture, and the supernatural. They have been involved with music-related community outreach projects including a collaboration with bassist Ranaan Meyer as an orchestrator on his project “The World We All Deserve Through Music,” and with First Person Arts by co-curating and performing in a musical story slam.

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TJ received their Bachelor’s degree in composition from the Curtis Institute of Music and studied at Interlochen Arts Academy.

​Tyler Taylor

Creator Corps member Tyler Taylor

Tyler Taylor is a Louisville native and a composer-performer whose work explores the different ways identity can be expressed in musical scenarios. Common among these pieces is a sense of contradiction ― sometimes whimsical, sometimes alarming ― that comes from the interaction of diverse musical layers.

He recently held fellowships at the National Orchestra Institute and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. During these residencies, he had several works performed, including two premieres, and worked alongside Marin Alsop, Derek Bermel, Andreia Pinto Correia, and many other distinguished artists. His work has been recognized by awards including the BMI Student Composition Award (2019) and the Howard Hanson Ensemble Prize (2017, 2016), and has been featured during the College Orchestra Directors Association Convention (2022) and more.