Composer Kenji Bunch joins FearNoMusic as interim director of the Young Composers Project in 2013-14

Kenji Bunch

We are thrilled to announce that FearNoMusic will be joined by the celebrated and Portland-born composer Kenji Bunch as Interim Director of the Young Composers Project for the 2013-14 season! Bunch will direct the workshops and annual concert while founder and director Jeff Payne takes a year-long sabbatical.

“The FearNoMusic Young Composers Project is recognized nationwide as a model for engaging and encouraging young, creative composers. I’m really excited to return to my hometown and be able to contribute to this great program,” says Mr. Bunch.

“Having a composer of Kenji Bunch’s stature is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the amazing talents in the Young Composers Project,” says Payne. “The hands-on methods of the YCP coupled with Kenji’s skill, imagination, range and knowledge will open up great new vistas for the kids in the workshops and performances. The combination of this great mind and educator with the best professional musicians in the city of Portland to work with will be an unparalleled experience for our students.”

“It’s our great pleasure to welcome Kenji Bunch to FearNoMusic and the Young Composers Project,” says FNM Artistic Director and violinist Paloma Griffin. “The fact that Kenji is from Portland is a wonderful fit for a group like ours, as it is our mission to promote the work of Oregon and Northwest composers while fostering the education and advancement of the next generation. Our YCP students will surely flourish with Kenji as their mentor.”

To read more about Kenji visit his website at

Check out our special video featuring the Young Composers Project (originally made for the Willamette Week Give!Guide), and be sure to check out these audio excerpts from the brilliant young minds of the YCP at our recent Young Composers Concert.

About the Young Composers Project

Each year aspiring young composers from Oregon and Washington have precisely that opportunity. Under the direction of pianist and conductor Jeff Payne, the Young Composers Project is dedicated to developing the next generation of composers.

During the school year, through a series of workshops and a performance, the YCP gives students the opportunity to compose their own music and work with a professional ensemble rehearsing and performing that piece.

Participating students have won a lengthy list of awards including state, regional and national honors. KBPS Classical Radio has annually broadcast interviews with some of the composers along with their pieces and segments of the workshop have been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “ArtBeat.” Students have participated in master classes with Pulitzer Prize winning composer William Bolcom, and Indiana University faculty member David Dzubay.


Above, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom works with Jessica Hunt on her piece. (Images courtesy Oregon Public Broadcasting.)

Requirements, 2014-15 Schedule and Application Forms

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Photo Archive

YCP, 2013

2013 Young Composers, Photo by Darius Kuzmickas

2010-11 Young Composers Project

2011 Young Composers, Photo by Darius Kuzmickas

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