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The Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair

Since 1995, the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair has appointed exceptional artists to create some of the season’s most exciting series of events. Each chair is a captivating creator with a strong musical point of view, and each residency introduces audiences to a wide range of music that reflects the chair’s unique artistry, inspirations, and influences.

2022–2023 Season

Claire Chase smiles in a performance, holding two pieces of wood.
Claire Chase

Tirelessly creative flutist and innovator Claire Chase presents the continuation of Density 2036, “one of the great musical undertakings of our time, a singular project by a singular artist” (The New York Times).

2021–2022 Season

Julia Wolfe
Julia Wolfe

Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe creates music that is emotionally charged, viscerally powerful, and socially aware, bringing unsung histories to life in riveting musical tableaux.

Past Artists

Andrew Norman

Andrew Norman

Jörg Widmann

Jörg Widmann

Chris Thile

Chris Thile

Philip Glass

Philip Glass

Steve Reich

Steve Reich

Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet

Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk

David Lang

David Lang

Osvaldo Golijov

Osvaldo Golijov

Kaija Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho

Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau

Louis Andriessen

Louis Andriessen

Elliott Carter

Elliott Carter

Thomas Adès

Thomas Adès

John Adams

John Adams

Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

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