Mark Snyder is a composer, performer, producer, songwriter, video artist and teacher living in Fredericksburg Virginia. Mark’s multimedia compositions have been described as “expansive, expressive, extremely human, ….Snyder’s compositions attract performers who resist to works with electronics as well as audiences who don’t think they want to hear computer processing.” Dr. Snyder is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Jacksonville University teaching courses in music business and production. He earned his D.M.A. from the University of Memphis, an M.M. from Ohio University and a B.A. from Mary Washington College. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and is the Conference Recruitment Officer for the Society of Electroacoustic Musicians in the United States (SEAMUS).
Becky Brown is a composer, harpist, artist, and web designer, interested in producing intensely personal works across the multimedia spectrum. Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate in composition at the University of Virginia, is the Technical Director of the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, and recently worked as a Music Technology Specialist at the University of Richmond. Her music has been performed at SEAMUS, SCI National/Regional, Third Practice New Music Festival, Ball State New Music Festival, and in Beijing, China. Hold Still, her work for live art and electronics, will be released on the SEAMUS label in August 2017. She is a 2015 Music and Computer Science graduate of the University of Mary Washington, studying electroacoustic composition with Dr. Mark Snyder, and harp performance with Dr. Grace Bauson.
Stephen Hennessey, programming director
Stephen Hennessey earned his B.A. in Music from The University of Mary Washington in 2014. There, he established and led the UMW Composers’ Ensemble during its inaugural year, studied classical guitar performance with Bruce Middle, earned the Patricia P. Norwood Scholarship for excellence in musicological research, and studied composition with Mark Snyder. Recent performances include Root Signals 2015, SEAMUS 2015, SCI Region VI 2015, and the West Fork New Music Festival. He currently resides in Central Virginia, pursuing an oneiric aesthetic that confuses the boundary of human and computer/raw audio and synthesis, while serving EABD as Programming Director since 2014.
Austin O’Rourke is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, electronic music producer and recipient of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award in 2015. He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia and is a recent graduate from Mary Washington, having studied music composition with Mark Snyder.
Drake Dragone is a composer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist from Richmond, Virginia. His works have been described as “fascinating textural creations, which invoke introspective feelings and senses of ethereal wonder.” Drake is currently studying at the University of Mary Washington where he will graduate with a BA in Music in the Spring of 2019.
Caroline Flynn is a composer, songwriter, self-taught multi-instrumentalist, and performer studying music composition with Mark Snyder and psychology at the University of Mary Washington. Her music has been described as “sophisticated and complex, with its ability to return to a basic gesture in a variety of contexts.” She plans to enter the field of music therapy and clinical psychology.
Jeremiah Matthews, graphic design
Jeremiah is a freelance designer, illustrator, musician, teacher, and all around fun guy (*finger guns*). He spends his days designing stuff for the Memphis Flyer and Memphis Magazine and spends his nights performing music as “The Ellie Badge,” a one-man-band style thing with lots of live-loops and fun stuff. It’s depressing! Jeremiah also enjoys just chillin’, ya know? Fun fact: Jeremiah also gets a lot of anxiety from writing his own bio.
After three years Jeremiah received his MFA in graphic design from the University of Memphis in 2016 where he currently teaches Typographic Design I. Jeremiah really enjoys teaching and hopes to do more in the future. While attending Delta State University Jeremiah was vice-president and then president of GrammyU and Art Director of the Kappa Pi Art Fraternity. He graduated in 2013 with a BFA with a concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in Printmaking.
Jeremiah is an avid and unironic fan of Star Wars, superheroes, The Legend of Zelda, pop music, Overwatch, not-so-pop music, pizza, Magic: The Gathering, and cartoons.
Jeremiah also has a cat named Tokyo Lunchbox who he is very fond of and you too can become fond of Lunchboy by following Jeremiah on instagram at @DrChompChomp.