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Willem de Koch
Trombonist, Co-Founder, The Westerlies

Willem de Koch is a trombonist, composer, educator, and arts activist. He is co-founder of The Westerlies, the new music brass quartet whose explorations of jazz, chamber music, and American folk have received praise from the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, NPR Music and NPR Fresh Air, and Downbeat. He has performed and recorded with artists across the musical spectrum, including Big Red Machine (Aaron Dessner + Bon Iver), Fleet Foxes, Odesza, Common, Feist, Wayne Horvitz, Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas, George Duke, and Wycliffe Gordon.

Willem has performed in a range of venues, from the world-renowned Carnegie Hall and Hollywood Bowl, to NPR’s celebrated Tiny Desk, to hole-in-the-wall jazz clubs and living rooms around the United States. He strives to break down the barriers of genre in order to create a more integrated and inclusive musical landscape, build community and promote civic engagement through music, and use music education as means of self-empowerment and a tool for social justice. 

Willem is a faculty member at the College of Performing Arts at The New School in New York City.

Jordyn Davis
Grant Programs Associate, Chamber Music America

Jordyn Davis (b. 1995) is a bassist, composer, songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist from Inkster, MI. In May 2019, Davis became the first African-American woman to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from Michigan State University as well as the first Michigan State student to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition and Jazz Studies concurrently. Since recently completing a Masters’s Degree in Jazz Studies at Michigan State University, she has moved to Brooklyn, NY & is the Grant Programs Associate at Chamber Music America, one of two inaugural Jazz Leader Fellowship recipients from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and is a teaching artist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

She has composed & arranged over 20 works for film, various contemporary classical chamber ensembles, symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, as well as various jazz ensembles including octet, and big band. She has also performed and worked with artists such Rodney Whitaker, Micheal Dease, Bruce Barth, Wycliffe Gordon & The Black Excellence Trombone Choir, Ingrid Jensen, Rick Roe, Etienne Charles, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Maria Schneider & Melanie Charles. Additionally, she is the proud leader of her own band “Jordyn Davis & Composetheway”.

Mason Bynes M.M. '21
Composer, Career Services Advisor, Berklee College of Music

Mason Bynes (she/her) is a composer, vocalist, and multimedia artist from Houston, Texas, and she currently serves on the film/tv composition team at Raging Cloud Studios. She formerly worked as a graduate assistant in employer relations at the Berklee Career Center. Her goal in creating music and art is to bridge the gap between genre, performance setting and venue, synthesizing genres, sound aesthetics, and visual curations to bring listeners together. 

Her curiosity fuels her pursuit of collaboration in a myriad of artistic mediums, including film, dance, spoken word, music for acoustic performance, and even the culinary arts. Her passion for bringing people together has sparked a variety of commissions with various ensembles and composer-led initiatives, including the Westerlies and Festival of New Trumpet Music, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Ex-Aequo, Bass Players for Black Composers, and New York’s Parlando Chamber Orchestra. Recently, her music has been featured with the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, the International Society of Bassists, Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, among others. She has also appeared in different interviews with CBS, NBC-DFW, and Fox 4 News.  

She holds a B.M. in composition from the University of North Texas and an M.M. in composition from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She's passionate about helping students to achieve their life, career, and educational goals using a holistic approach. By encouraging students to diversify their interests and experiences, she helps them align their goals to attract fulfilling work and overall success.

Andy Clausen
Trombonist, Co-Founder, The Westerlies

Andy Clausen is a New York-based trombonist, composer, and educator. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Clausen has served as Artistic Director for Jazz at New York Youth Symphony since 2016. Clausen is a founding member of The Westerlies, an acclaimed new music brass chamber ensemble with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along.

An in-demand performer and arranger across genres, Clausen has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Fleet Foxes, Big Red Machine, Theo Bleckmann, Gabriel Kahane, Nico Muhly, Samora Pinderhughes, Common, Kate Davis, Celisse, Haley Heynderickx, Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye, Dave Douglas, Wayne Horvitz, John Zorn, and The American Brass Quintet, and appeared at such diverse venues as Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks, Coachella, The Kennedy Center, Newport Folk Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and The Stone. An active composer for film, television, radio, and podcasts, Clausen has contributed original music to The Michelle Obama Podcast, NBC, MSNBC, The New York Times, Bloomberg TV, Carnegie Corporation, The Whitney Museum, Freedom House, and NPR.

Jonathan Bailey Holland - Moderator
Chair, Composition, Contemporary Music, and Core Studies, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Jonathan Bailey Holland joined the Conservatory in 2014 and is chair of composition, contemporary music, and core studies.

Holland's works have been commissioned and performed by numerous orchestras, including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Minnesota, National, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Springfield, St. Louis, and South Bend Symphony orchestras, as well as the Auros Group for New Music, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Transient Canvas, Boston Opera Collaborative, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, and many others. A recipient of a 2015 Fromm Foundation commission, he has received honors from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Music Center, ASCAP, the Presser Foundation, and other institutions.  

Holland has served as composer-in-residence for the Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota (Vocal Essence), Ritz Chamber Players, Detroit and South Bend symphony orchestras, and the Radius Ensemble. His music has been recorded by the Cincinnati Symphony, the University of Texas Trombone Choir, trumpeter Jack Sutte, and flutist Christopher Chaffee. Upcoming recording releases are scheduled by the Radius Ensemble and pianist Sarah Bob. Recent highlights include the premiere of Equality for narrator and orchestra with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, based on poetry by Maya Angelou, and premieres by Transient Canvas, the Radius Ensemble, and Curtis on Tour in celebration of the centennial of the National Park Service. Holland received his B.M. from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied composition with Ned Rorem. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he studied with Bernard Rands, Mario Davidovsky, Andrew Imbrie, and Yehudi Wyner. He is also a founding faculty member in the music composition program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and has served as professor of composition at Berklee College of Music.

What does it take to pull off a successful commission and artistic collaboration? Hear the insights on how a chamber music group developed a commissioning project with a composer through grants from Chamber Music America.