Meet the Directors

Stefan Freund, Artistic Director

Stefan Freund received a BM with High Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music and an MM and a DMA from the Eastman School of Music.  His primary composition teachers included Pulitzer Prize winners Christopher Rouse and Joseph Schwantner as well as Augusta Read Thomas, Frederick Fox, and Don Freund, his father.  He studied cello with Steven Doane, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Peter Spurbeck, among others.  He is presently Professor of Composition at the University of Missouri.  Previously he was Assistant Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music.

Freund is the recipient of two William Schuman Prizes and the Boudleaux Bryant Prize from BMI, five ASCAP Morton Gould Grants, twelve ASCAP Plus Awards, a Music Merit Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Howard Hanson Prize.  He was selected as the 2004 Music Teachers National Association-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year.  In 2006 and 2013 he was awarded Outstanding Faculty Research and Creative Activity Awards from MU.  Freund has received commissions from the New Spectrum Foundation, the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the Lincoln Center Festival, the New York Youth Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Verdehr Trio, Town Hall Seattle, Sheldon Concert Hall, and SCI/ASCAP.  His music has been performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, and the Kennedy Center as well as by ensembles such as the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Phoenix Symphony.  International performances include the Berliner Philharmonie, the Moscow International Performing Arts Center, Glinka Hall (St. Petersburg), Queen's Hall (Copenhagen), the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, and concert halls in seven other European countries, Canada, and Mexico.  His works have been recorded on the Albany, Innova, Crystal, and Centaur labels.

Active as a performer, conductor, and producer of new music, Freund is the founding cellist of the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound.  His cello performances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Met Museum, Merkin Hall, Millennium Park, Disney Hall, the Barbican (UK), the Hermitage Theatre (RU), the Muzikgebouw (ND), the World Financial Center, Culture Station Seoul (Korea), and the Beijing Modern Music Festival.  He has recorded on the Nonesuch, Cantaloupe, Tzadik, and I Virtuosi labels as well as Sweetspot Music DVD.  In addition, Freund is the Artistic Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative and the Music Director of the Columbia Civic Orchestra.


Jacob Gotlib, Managing Director

Jacob Gotlib is a composer, musician, educator, and administrator who is dedicated to the creation and promotion of contemporary music. As a composer, his works explore patterning, repetition, and concepts informed by electro-acoustic music. He has written works for instrumental ensembles, electronics, and multimedia that have been performed throughout the United States in Europe by Ensemble Surplus, Ensemble Linea, Schlagwerk Den Haag, and others. His works have been recognized with grants and awards by the Acht Brücken Festival, ASCAP/SEAMUS, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Ossia, and the Kentucky Arts Council.

As an administrator, Jacob has worked to build communities for new music in the cities where he’s lived. In 2007, he was a co-founder of the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA), whose mission was to promote experimental music of all types across the Kansas City area. Jacob was also a member of the Buffalo, NY-based new music collective Wooden Cities and was a co-artistic director of the Louisville, KY-based Mothership Ensemble. In addition, he was the host of Muddle Instead of Music, a weekly radio program dedicated to contemporary music on Louisville’s ARTxFM station. Currently, he is the Managing Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative at the University of Missouri. 

Jacob received his BM from the Oberlin Conservatory, an MM from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a PhD from the University at Buffalo.


Bret Bohman, Assistant Director

Bret Bohman is a composer of acoustic and electronic music. With a background in dance music production and jazz guitar improvisation, his concert works meet somewhere in the cross-section of these influences and the modernist and postmodernist traditions of Western concert music. Themes of therapy, liminal spaces, and art as a vehicle for healing are all central ideas to his recent work.

Mr. Bohman's compositions have been heard throughout the United States at various venues and festivals including National Sawdust, New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University, Strange Beautiful Music X in Detroit, New Music Gathering 3, Aspen Music Festival, New York City Electronic Music Festival at Abrons Playhouse, 73rd Wellesley Composers Conference, Trinosophes, Toronto International Electronic Symposium, SCI National Conference, SEAMUS National Conference, Electronic Music Midwest, Atlantic Music Festival, Society for New Music, 3rd Annual TUTTI Festival, and more. His music has received awards and recognition from the Society of New Music (Brian Israel Award), the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition, Robert Avalon Composition Prize, ASCAP, and the Michigan Music Teachers Association.

In 2015 he co-founded the Khemia Ensemble, a chamber music group dedicated to commissioning and presenting diverse selections of contemporary voices in innovative ways. The ensemble will perform at Strange Beautiful Music X in Detroit in September. The ensemble has performed at New Music Gathering at Bowling Green State University and the Latin IS America Festival at Michigan State University. They have held residencies at the University of Michigan, the National University of Bogota, Colombia, and the National University of Cordoba, Argentina. In the summer of 2017, they were in residence at Avaloch Farms for the second year in a row.

Mr. Bohman teaches in the composition area at the University of Missouri. He also recently held lecture positions at the University of Michigan in the Comparative Literature Department and taught Electronic Music Seminar as a Graduate Student Instructor. He received his Doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2014. His primary teachers and mentors have been Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Paul Schoenfeld, and Brian Bevelander.


Carolina Heredia, Assistant Director

By exploring the merging of music and visuals, Argentinean composer Carolina Heredia’s current research is invested in the production of interactive audiovisual works. Her compositions have been commissioned and performed in the United States and South America by esteemed musicians and ensembles such as JACK Quartet, Derek Bermel, Alarm Will Sound, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Duo Cortona, and the Argentinean Cordoba State String Orchestra among others.

Her music has been featured on the SONIC Festival NYC, Aspen Music Festival and School, Bowling Green New Music Festival, the Mizzou International Composers Festival, TIES Toronto International Electroacoustic Festival, SEAMUS, Strange Beautiful Music, New Music Gathering, Crested Butte Music Festival, and 3rd Cordoba Composition Biennial, among others. Heredia received a 2015 Harvard University Fromm Music Foundation Commission for the creation of her work Ausencias/Ausências/Absences, for string quartet, electronics, dance and interactive video, that was premiered by the JACK Quartet in March 2016. Her work Virgina (2015), for solo alto and mixed choir, was awarded the Brehm Prize in choral composition and is currently published by the Hal Leonard company.

In 2016, she was awarded a one-year fellowship at the University of Michigan Institute of Humanities to dedicate to develop and extend her dissertation into a multimedia work that was premiered on March 2017 at the Duderstadt Center Experimental Media Lab. In 2017 she completed her Doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Michigan, studying with Michael Daugherty and Evan Chambers. She recently founded the Khemia Ensemble, a contemporary music ensemble who strives to create innovative audiovisual concert experiences involving interactive technology. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Missouri School of Music.