'The Craig Michael Davis Ensemble (CMD-E)' was founded in 2015 with the dual goals of commissioning new works from living composers, and bringing them to performance in unconventional concert spaces. We began 2016 by commissioning 3 New York City-based composers to write works for The Craig Michael Davis Ensemble (CMD-E). In 2017, we are expanding worldwide. This year, we are pairing with members of the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, to exhibit a brand new works during our 9-hour-long Spring Marathon Concert. Composers from any nation, any age, and any background are welcome and encouraged to submit newly written works to the 'Breaking the Fourth Wall 1st International Composition Competition.' The winners will have there works performed and professionally recorded during this 9-hour marathon concert, by the Jacobs School of Music performers - ranked #1 music school in the United States in 2016.

2017 1st Place Winner: Dani Howard

2017 1st Place Winner: Dani Howard

Ostara by Dani Howard

          Dani Howard is a British composer who was born and raised in Hong Kong. She graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2015 where she received a first class BMus Honors Degree. She was a Rose Williams scholar supported by the Henry Wood Trust, and studied composition under Jonathan Cole, having previously been mentored by cellist Richard Bamping.

         She has had her compositions performed and screened internationally in countries including England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Netherlands, Romania, Brazil and USA (New York, California, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, Maryland, Nevada and North Carolina).

         Dani Howard was named winner of the 2015 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, and was recently invited as a composition fellow to the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, California. Recent competitions include the Alba Rosa Vietor Composition Competition, Netherlands. In 2014-15, she was named winner of the RCM Concerto Competition, and won the Royal Philharmonic Society/IdeasTap Sound:Vision Competition, as well as being awarded 3rd Prize among junior participants in both the 5th and 6th International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition, Prague. She was selected as one of seven finalists for the International A. Rendano composition competition, Italy, and was shortlisted for the British Section of the ISCM World Music Days Festival, Slovenia. Additionally she won 3rd Prize in the 10th International Cheng-du Sun River Composition Prize, China.

2017 Finalist: Ari Sussman

2017 Finalist: Ari Sussman

 Episodes of Emotion  by  ARi Sussman

         Praised for his “sophisticated  writing, lovely, appealing melodies, and intriguing rhythms” (GTM Press Release), award winning composer, pianist, conductor, and arranger Ari Sussman (b. 1993) is a composer of vocal, chamber, orchestral, choral, and film music in the Philadelphia and Boston areas. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Delaware Valley Jewish Choral Festival, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, the North American Jewish Choral Festival, the New England Conservatory Preparatory School Contemporary Music Festival, and numerous schools, colleges, churches, and synagogues in the metropolitan Boston and Philadelphia areas.

         Sussman has received many awards, fellowships, and scholarships from the American Composers Forum: Philadelphia Chapter: Young Composers Scholarship, The Harry and Martha Stern Fine Arts Memorial Award, Honorable Mentions for the 2014 and 2015 Guild of Temple Musicians Ben Steinberg Young Composers Award, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Young Composers Initiative, the ‘Shalshelet’ 6th International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music, a two-time winner of the New England Conservatory Honors Ensemble Composition Competition, the North American Jewish ChoralFestival, and ‘Inventio-music.’

2017 Finalist: Kevin Rose

2017 Finalist: Kevin Rose

Your Headphones by Kevin Rose

          Kevin is a contemporary classical composer based in the New York City area (Ridgewood, NJ). His works are often expressions of the ensemble, rather than any strict musical genre. Compositions are influenced by rock, jazz and film scores, as much as the ‘sound mass’ composers of the sixties and ‘post-minimalists’ eighties and nineties.

         With an interest in music education, Kevin has been an instructor at the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Center where he taught Composition and Recording.  He was commissioned by the Poly Prep Country Day School in New York to complete a trilogy of vocal works based on text by Walt Whitman, and has also been the judge for the University of Indianapolis Young Composer's Contest.

         Kevin received a Bachelor in Music in Composition from Indiana University, Bloomington, studying under Sven-David Sandström. Kevin continued with graduate studies in Film Scoring and Music Technology at New York University, and private composition study with Keith Fitch. He was the composer for the award winning documentary, "White Cane and Wheels” and his chamber works have been commissioned and performed by groups such as the Salome Chamber Orchestra, Sweet Plantain String Quartet, and the Third Wheel Trio.