short bio

Emerging composer Ella Kaale (b. 2003) writes music interested in historical lenses, geography, man & nature, and her personal relationships to these topics, described as “subtle and elegant, at times abrupt and wrenching”. Kaale is an alumna of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America’s Composer Apprenticeship, the New York Youth Symphony Composition Program, Dolce Suono Ensemble’s ComposerLab: Young American Composers, the MATA Jr. Festival, and the Curtis Institute of Music Young Artist Summer Program. She is also a two-time alumna of the American Festival for the Arts (AFA) Summer Composers Institute, where she participated in the Houston Ballet Academy Composer-Choreographer Collaboration. In addition to the Summer Music Festival, she has also participated in the AFA Film Scoring Program. Some of her honors include a YoungArts Merit Award, a Luna Composition Lab Honorable Mention, the Texas Music Scholar Award, the AFA Composition Faculty Excellence Award, the Parent-Teacher Association Reflections Fine Arts Competition National Award of Excellence, and an Honorable Mention for the NextNotes High School Music Creator Award. Kaale is currently pursuing her B.M. in Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where she studies with Christopher Trapani and Ted Hearne.

 

Houston Ballet Composer Choreographer Collaboration Documentary - AFA 2019

 

long bio

Emerging composer Ella Kaale (b. 2003) writes music interested in historical lenses, geography, man & nature, and her personal relationships to these topics, described as “subtle and elegant, at times abrupt and wrenching”. Under the mentorship of Sean Shepherd in her Composer Apprenticeship with Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, Kaale’s “Eyes Like the Morning Star” was read in the Performing Arts Center of Purchase College. Kaale received several performances through the New York Youth Symphony Composition Program, where she studied with Kyle Blaha and Jake Landau. Her solo flute piece “Falling Buffalos” was recently performed by Mimi Stillman for Dolce Suono Ensemble’s ComposerLab: Young American Composers. Kaale has participated in the MATA Jr. Festival, where she wrote a piece for the Bergamot Quartet under the mentorship of Anna-Louise Walton. She is an alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music Young Artist Summer Program, where she studied with composers such as Daniel Felsenfeld, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Wang Jie, David Ludwig, and Nina C. Young. She is also a two-time alumna of the American Festival for the Arts (AFA) Summer Composers Institute, where she participated in the Houston Ballet Academy Composer-Choreographer Collaboration and studied with Aaron Alon, Brian Herrington, George Heathco, and Richard Ford. In addition to the AFA Summer Music Festival, she has also participated in the AFA Film Scoring Program.


Her honors include a YoungArts merit Award, a Luna Composition Lab Honorable Mention, the Texas Music Scholar Award, the AFA Composition Faculty Excellence Award, the Parent-Teacher Association Reflections Fine Arts Competition National Award of Excellence and State Advance, and an Honorable Mention for the NextNotes High School Music Creator Award. Kaale is currently pursuing her B.M. in Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where she studies with Christopher Trapani and Ted Hearne. She will have a new piece read by Hub New Music in Fall 2022.


Additionally, Kaale has a passion for arts non-profit work, serving internships for the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra and the American Festival for the Arts. She made her percussion debut in 2022 under Dr. Michelle Blair in the AFA Symphony Orchestra at Moores Opera House in Houston, Texas.

Ella would like to note that her last name is pronounced “Kah-lee”.