Kristen Dye is a freelance flutist based in Boston. A native of New York, she has been an active performer in New England and Colorado. She is a co-founder of the Aquila Summer Concert Series in Greeley, CO which ties contemporary music in with local businesses. Currently, she teaches elementary band in North Reading, MA.
A strong advocate for contemporary music, Kristen has been a fellow with both the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) in 2014 and the Cortona Sessions for New Music in 2011. She was a founding member of the By the Numbers Soundpainting Ensemble, which has performed throughout the Front Range of Colorado. Kristen also presented her paper, "The Greek Influences in Andre Jolivet's Chant de Linos," at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society in 2013.
As a performer, Kristen was a finalist and winner of the Angie Southard Competition in 2011 and 2012, respectively. She earned her BM in Music Education and Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a MM in Performance and an MM in Musicology from the University of Northern Colorado. Kristen has participated in master classes with Brooke Schoenwald, Carol Wincenc, and Roger Reynolds. Her principal teachers include Christopher Krueger, James Hall, and Jonathan Bellman.
Dr. Tim Davis brings a variety of management and contemporary concert music experience to his role as president of The Boston New Music Initiative. Tim’s motivation in founding BNMI reflects his long-standing commitment to furthering the careers of composers and musicians. Tim earned his doctorate in composition from the University of Iowa in 2009, and also holds degrees from Boston College and the University of Massachusetts. In addition to his ongoing projects in composition, he has served as a judge for composition competitions with PARMA Recordings, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and on judging panels for BNMI's Calls for Scores. He provides private composition instruction throughout New England, and previously worked as an instructor of theory and aural skills at the University of Iowa.
Tim works full-time as a Project Manager at GreenPages Technology Solutions in Kittery, Maine. He resides on the seacoast in New Hampshire with his wife, soprano Erin M. Smith, and their children Caroline and Jack.
Tom Scahill joined BNMI when he moved to Boston in August 2012. He currently serves as the Director of Networking and Professional Development. In the spring of 2012, Tom completed a Master of Arts in Music Theory from University of Wisconsin-Madison where he also served as the Composition Co-chair for the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium Conference. Tom also holds degrees from Nazareth College of Rochester (BM, 2010), and Finger Lakes Community College (AS, 2008).
Dan Langa is a composer, producer, and arranger fusing elements of the music most important to him to create image-provoking sounds.
His work is deeply influenced by his background as a jazz trumpeter and training as a pianist. He holds a particular fascination with electroacoustic music and how to incorporate elements of the natural world into his work. Growing up in Ann Arbor, MI placed him between the vibrant electronic, soul, and hip-hop scenes of Detroit, the strong folk music community in Ann Arbor, and the classical music concerts presented through the University of Michigan. This eclectic mixture has come to inform how Dan listens to and writes music.
Dan’s work spans a variety of contexts. His chamber pieces have been selected to be read or performed by groups such as the JACK Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet, Zodiac Trio, and Wet Ink Ensemble. He was selected to participate in the 2017 Fresh Inc Festival hosted by the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble where he studied with composers Dan Visconti and Stacy Garrop. His catalog includes arrangements covering styles from big band jazz to a cappella.
Dan earned his BA in Music from Amherst College graduating magna cum laude with highest departmental honors. He was awarded the Eric Edward Sundquist Prize for excellence in musical composition and performance. His senior honors thesis, entitled The Passion of Joan of Arc, was an 83-minute live scoring performance to the 1928 silent film classic of the same name for which he acted as both composer and conductor. He conducted the Amherst Symphony Orchestra as soloist, Patrick Williams performed Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1. At Amherst, he studied under Eric Sawyer, John McDonald, Bruce Diehl, Eric Wubbels, and Ryan Vigil.
Dan is currently based in New York City where he is pursuing his Masters in Music Theory and Composition at New York University where he has studied with Julia Wolfe and Robert Honstein.
Beth Ratay is a versatile composer who is able to craft music using a wide variety of styles and techniques. From music possessed of a quiet, understated grace, to music based on mathematical concepts, to emotive and hilarious opera, Ratay's music is engaging, charming and beautiful.
Dr. Ratay received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Composition from the University of California, Santa Cruz, her Master of Music in Music Composition from Arizona State University, and her Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her musical research has focused on the music of Harrison Birtwistle as well as text setting, poetic interpretation and the relationship of language to music, especially in Czech, German and English. She has studied with composers David Evan Jones, Paul Nauert, James DeMars, and Michael Theodore.
Erin M. Smith | Artistic Director Emeritus and Board of Directors
Erin Smith a founding member of BNMI and served in the position of Artistic Director from 2009-2014. She is a vocal interpreter of opera, oratorio, musical theater, new music, and art song in the Boston area. She has performed with Opera Providence, Cape Code Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, MetroWest Opera, Boston Metro Opera, The Boston New Music Initiative, Opera del West, The Falmouth Chorale, The Newton Community Chorus, and the Paul Madore Chorale, among others. In addition to performing, Erin is also an experienced voice teacher and music educator, and currently teaches voice as part of The Prodigy Program at Westwood Public Schools and at the Bedford Youth Performing Company in Bedford, New Hampshire. She also teaches elementary classroom music as a Teaching Artist of the Metropolitan Opera Guild's Urban Voices program Erin holds a Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude in Music Education and Voice Performance from Western Michigan University, and earned Pi Kappa Lambda honors and a Master of Arts degree in Voice Performance from the University of Iowa.
Nathan Lofton | Artistic Adviser and Board of Directors
Nathan Lofton enjoys an active career as a conductor, composer, and singer. Nathan has served on the musical staffs of the Boston New Music Initiative, the New England Conservatory Contemporary Ensemble, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. Also a composer and arranger, Nathan’s arrangements have been performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the United States Navy Band, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Canadian Brass. As a professional singer, Nathan has performed with the Boston Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestras at Carnegie Hall, the Lucerne and BBC Proms Festivals, and on PBS’s Great Performances. A native of San Francisco, Nathan is a graduate of the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, the New England Conservatory, and Temple University. Nathan has studied composition with Michael Gandolfi and Scott Wheeler, and conducting with Paul Rardin, Charles Peltz, and Hugh Wolff. Nathan has participated in conducting masterclasses sponsored by the American Choral Director’s Association, Chorus America, and the Oregon Bach Festival with Simon Halsey, Helmuth Rilling, and Robert Spano.