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Collective Bio


The seven composers of the CodaChrome Collective create music in a variety styles and genres, ranging from contemporary classical to video game music. They have received recognition from organizations such as ASCAP, the American Prize, the ACO’s EarShot Readings, and the Barlow Endowment. They are driven by a passion for music and a desire to connect with their audiences through their compositions. The collective is dedicated to expanding the reach of contemporary music and composition, especially for young players.

Individual Bios


Samantha Hogan

Samantha Hogan is a composer based out of The Twin Cities, MN. Fueled by coffee, compassion, and a combustible imagination, her music is influenced by a variety of styles from Classical, Rock, Jazz and Video Game music. Her works encompass chamber, solo, multimedia, and large ensemble pieces.

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Joe Jaxson

 Joe Jaxson is a composer whose music challenges the familiar and connects with his audience while pursuing versatility in writing in numerous styles and genres ranging from Contemporary Classical to Cinematic Screen Scoring.

Graduated from James Madison University in Spring 2022, Joe is currently studying on fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin for his Master’s in Composition.

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Joseph Jones

Composer and conductor Joseph Jones studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and
has been a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and Allentown Symphony. He has
also been an assistant or apprentice conductor with the New York Youth Symphony,
National Music Festival, and Gulf Coast Symphony. He’s guest conducted the Color of Music
Festival orchestra and with the Trilogy Opera Company. In 2015 he founded Orchestra
Amadeus, a New York City based project whose mission is to promote social justice through
classical music.
As a composer, Mr. Jones’ works have been performed in the United States and Europe. His
catalog includes more than 100 pieces including art song, solo instrumental, chamber music,
choral, concertante, chamber, string, and full orchestra, oratorio, ballet, and opera. He was
the first prize-winner in the call for scores held by Music Of the Unsung America in Miami,
giving the premiere of his Second Symphony for String Orchestra in April, 2021, and a 2021-
2022 NATS fellow/mentee.
Mr. Jones has studied violin, viola, percussion, and voice and has performed as an orchestral
and chamber musician, chorister, and soloist. He studied composition with Nicholas Maw at
Peabody and Dr. Samuel Adler at the Bowdoin Festival.
Mr. Jones is a native of Rhode Island, where he was raised on a farm in a small town. He
currently lives in New York City.

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Michael Mitchell

Michael Paul Mitchell (b.1984) is a composer who lives in Bear Lake Idaho. His music has been performed by the Louisiana Sinfonietta, Bear Lake High School and Davidson High School in Mobile, AL.


Michael enjoys writing music for middle and high school ensembles, as well as chamber music for winds.


Michael currently teaches music at Bear Lake Middle and High Schools in Montpelier, Idaho. Courses he teaches are Beginning Band, Advanced Band, High School Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Introduction to Music, Guitar and Coding. Michael also conducts the Bear Lake Community Summer Band. These performing groups frequently receive high praise from the community.


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Joseph Sowa

Founder of the Wizarding School for Composers, Joseph Sowa draws on diverse influences — from linguistics to plainchant to American football — to create music focused on detailed textures and vivid colors. His music has been performed by professionals and amateurs alike, including groups such as Collage New Music, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Genesis Chamber Singers, the Ludovico Ensemble, and the PRISM Quartet, and middle and high schools across North America. He has received awards from ASCAP, the American Prize, and the Barlow Endowment and holds a PhD in Music Composition and Theory from Brandeis University.

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Lori Sutherland

Lori Archer Sutherland is a composer and clarinetist. She earned a BMus in Theory and Composition from Ohio State University and an MLIS from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has composed and arranged pieces for solo instruments and a variety of ensembles, including concert band, clarinet choir, and chamber groups. She performs regularly in several music ensembles, leads the Knock on Wood Clarinet Choir, teaches private lessons, and hosts the Tonal Diversions Music podcast.


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Sakari Vanderveer

A From Foundation Composer Fellow and a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra EarShot New Music Readings alum, Sakari Dixon Vanderveer (b. 1992) seeks to incorporate her collaborators’ unique artistry in each of her compositions. Her latest premieres include works for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Derek Bermel, HOCKET, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition.

Her desire to empower youth also catalyzes much of her work. As a Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Composer Teaching Artist Fellow, she founded the You(th) Can Compose! Summer Workshop, which is a personalized, intensive online program for beginners. 

Vanderveer’s aim is for children from all walks of life to gain access to contemporary music and composition and to thereby develop a better appreciation and understanding of both new and old concert music so that they can cherish and engage with it throughout their lives.


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