John Adams Young Composers Program Workshop Summer Concert Watch Party

Students in our John Adams Young Composers Program Workshop showcase their works with world premieres of their compositions performed by professional musicians. Join our virtual audience and hear the pieces our students have composed over the summer 2021 workshop.

This summer our young composers honed their creative voices composing for voice and cello. Over the two-week intensive they explored facets of choosing and setting text for voice and writing for solo cello, composing solo and duo works for our talented guest artists.


Featuring premieres composed by:
Martin Bielecki-Calvo
Benjamin Burleson
Sina Kalkan
Lukas Moy
Harlan Olsen
Jake Song Schnitzler
Dominic Storella

Performances by:
Molly Mahoney, voice
Doug Machiz, cello

John Adams Young Composers Program Workshop Summer 2021 Faculty:
Danny Clay (director)
Mario Godoy

Watch the concert online broadcast on our YouTube channel here:

This concert is free to the general public, no tickets or RSVP required.


The John Adams Young Composers Program was founded in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams, who has a long association with Crowden, on the occasion of his 60th birthday. The heart of our mission is to guide and mentor our students through the formative stages of their creative growth as composers.

About the Performers:

Molly Mahoney, voice
Molly Mahoney is a stylistically diverse performer who sings opera, musical theater and jazz. She made the Bay Area her home after earning her Masters at the San Francisco Conservatory. Molly has performed with Bay Area companies including West Edge Opera, West Bay Opera, Ars Minerva and the Lamplighters. You can hear Molly in-person in October with the Livermore Valley Opera.

Molly champions the Great American Songbook, singing with Big Bands since the age of ten. Her soulful, honest portrayals of familiar favorites and rare gems from this musical era can be heard on her debut album, Two for the Road. Her one-woman cabaret show, Mischief! highlighted music from this era on its 2019 world tour.
In her vocal studio, WaveMakers, Molly helps people develop the capacity to express deep empathy in their lives through a holistic singing practice. It is a supportive studio of inquisition and collaboration, where gentle exploration, expansive growth, and silliness can coexist.

Doug Machiz, cello
A native of Washington, DC, Doug Machiz resides in Oakland where he is co-founder and cellist of Friction Quartet. With Friction, Doug has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, New Music For Strings Festival in Denmark, and Lunenburg Academy of Music in Nova Scotia. His quartet is dedicated to expanding the audience and repertoire for contemporary music. They have won grants from Chamber Music America and the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and won second prize at the Schoenfeld Competition in Harbin, China. Friction’s recordings appear on National Sawdust Tracks, Albany Records and Pinna Records. They recently released their debut full length album, Resolve. As a San Francisco Symphony Adventures in Music Ensemble for the past two years, Friction has performed in every San Francisco public elementary school. They also regularly perform in schools through partnerships with KDFC, Noe Valley Chamber Music and other chamber music presenters. Friction frequently visits University and Conservatory composition departments to perform new student works and give seminars on writing for string quartet. Doug has been on faculty at Interlochen Summer Camp and Velocity Music Academy in Austin, TX, and he has maintained a small private studio throughout his seven years in the Bay Area. Doug earned his Bachelors at Boston University where he studied with Mike Reynolds, his Masters at UT Austin where he studied with Bion Tsang, and his Professional Studies Diploma at San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jennifer Culp.


May 22 2021


6:30 pm
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