apply for CoLab - a collaboration for young composers in NE Ohio!

Application guidelines available HERE. Due November 1, 2019.

CUSP strives to give a voice to adventurous creators and performing artists of diverse backgrounds. In an effort to minimize the gender gap in music composition, we recently launched CoLab, which will provide professional opportunities and mentorship to young female and non-binary composers in the Northeast Ohio region.

We’ll be selecting two high school age participants to compose new works in 2019-2020 for Cleveland-based percussionist Torrell Moss. By workshopping their music with Moss in a rehearsal setting, CoLab participants will receive in-depth experience collaborating with professional musicians. The project will culminate in a world premiere performance at Re:Sound, CUSP’s annual four-day new music festival that will take place June 4-7, 2020 at venues throughout Cleveland.  


Torrell Moss, percussionist

A newcomer to the Cleveland music scene, percussionist and timpanist Torrell Moss grew up in Buffalo, NY where his love of music first developed. He began his musical studies as a cellist at 8 years old before ultimately choosing to study percussion at the ripe age of 18. He performs regularly with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, fp Creative, and Cleveland Opera Theatre.

In 2015, Moss was the winner of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) Orchestral Training Program for African-American Musicians fellowship. Subsequently, he spent two years performing alongside and studying with the members of the PSO percussion section. Moss used much of this time to perform outreach programs and teach in Pittsburgh city schools. Now a Cleveland resident, he continues to teach through the Rainey Institute, an El Sistema-based after-school music program designed to serve the underprivileged communities in Cleveland.

Moss earned his Artist Diploma from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, his Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and his Bachelor of Music from SUNY Fredonia. His primary teachers have been Dr. Kay Stonefelt, Richard Brown, Matthew Strauss, Andrew Reamer, Chris Allen, and Svetoslav Stoyanov.