Houston native, Dr. Chad Robinson is the Artistic Director and founder of Texas New Music Ensemble, a Houston-based, mixed chamber ensemble focused solely on the work of Texas composers. As a composer, he has worked with many other prestigious ensembles and soloists, such as: Ethel, Lontano, The Jack Quartet, The Parker Quartet, Musiqa, George Vosburgh, Mary Dullea, and Emma Steele. His music has been performed throughout North America, as well as in Europe and Turkey. He has received multiple awards and grants throughout his career, including: 1st Prize in the CMU Orchestral Composition Competition, 2nd Prize in the Louisa Stude Sarofim Composition Competition, KCL Music Research Grant, and the KCL Arts and Humanities Research Grant. Chad has learned from some of America’s and Europe’s most distinguished composers, including Marcus Maroney (University of Houston – BM), Leonardo Balada (Carnegie Mellon University – MM), and Rob Keeley (King’s College, London – PhD). He currently serves on the faculty of several Houston area colleges and keeps a private studio of piano and composition students. Additionally, he serves as a theory tutor for local high school and college students and offers distance composition lessons via skype.
A native Texan, Mr. Cole has spent the last decade of his professional career supporting and volunteering with arts-related organizations, most of which keep a Texas focus. With degrees from UH in Finance, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, as well as a business development role at a local oil and gas services firm, Sam is able to bring back-end support and advice for organizations. As an avid traveler, Sam is always searching for the next remote location on Earth to explore. One thing he always seeks out is local arts, both performing and visual, as a means to help understand their cultural dynamic and traditions.
In 2012 Sam joined the board of Flock, the young professionals group at the Houston Zoo. Since then he has overseen several events and fundraisers, which have resulted in a doubling of annual donation dollars and 75% growth in membership.
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Mr. Muña first found a passion for new music while studying the bassoon under George Sakakeeny at the Oberlin Conservatory, where he played in the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble and graduated with his Bachelor of Music. He then moved to Houston to further his bassoon studies under Benjamin Kamins at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where he graduated with a Master of Music. He also became a tenured member of the Houston Ballet Orchestra and a frequent performer with the Houston Grand Opera, with summer performances at Brevard Music Center, Music Academy of the West, and Spoleto USA.
After six years with the Houston Ballet Orchestra, Mr. Muña changed course (some might say to avoid playing The Nutcracker even once more) and moved to Austin to attend The University of Texas School of Law, earning his Juris Doctorate with honors. He has since held attorney positions at the Houston offices of two large law firms and is now an in-house attorney for an oil and gas company. He lives in Houston with his husband, composer and University of Houston professor Marcus Karl Maroney, and their two exuberant dogs, Bruce and Vienna.
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