Synchromy is a musician’s collective producing engaging new music events shaped and influenced by our home county of Los Angeles. We prioritize collaboration to present cutting edge music with an interdisciplinary approach in order to highlight the art, creating an entry point that deepens the audience’s understanding of the music’s intended impact. Our directors bring a wide range of knowledge, experience, and expertise to every project we present, the end result being a profound audience and performer experience unique to Synchromy.


Elizabeth Huston

Executive Director

Elizabeth Huston is dedicated to fostering accessibility and appreciation for contemporary music. With a passion for creating entry points into modern compositions, Elizabeth draws inspiration from diverse artistic expressions, ranging from theater and dance to performance art and visual art. Through her observation of audience responses across these mediums, she crafts immersive experiences that resonate deeply, inviting individuals to connect with the intended meanings while weaving contemporary music into the fabric of their own life narratives.

A harpist by training, Elizabeth began her journey into championing new music with her desire to expand the repertoire for her instrument. She embarked on a mission to both enrich the harp world but also to support emerging composers. Recognizing the challenges faced by composers in navigating the transition from academia to professional careers, Elizabeth is committed to providing them with the resources and platforms they need to thrive.

Originally from Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Elizabeth has lived and worked in Washington, Pennsylvania, California, and the Netherlands.

Jason Barabba

Associate Director

Composer Jason V. Barabba’s work has been called “deeply meditative” by Fanfare Magazine. His music has been performed by such diverse musicians as the Arneis Quartet, Janaki String Trio, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, the California E.A.R. Unit, and Chicago's Quintet Attacca. Reviews of the 2011 premiere of Barabba’s work “Diddling: Considered as One of the Exact Sciences,” said “Barabba’s ‘Diddling’ was plain evidence of this composer’s tremendous talent and ability to evoke laughter from the listener – not an easy task.” After receiving a B.A. in Latin American Studies at Occidental College, Mr. Barabba studied music composition at the University of Chicago, University of California at Irvine, and UCLA. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Recordings of Barabba’s music have been commercially released on the Yarlung Records, MMC Recordings and Navona Records labels. For more information, please visit his homepage.

Vera Ivanova

Artistic Director

Vera Ivanova is a Russian-born composer currently based in Los Angeles and Orange County, where she teaches at Chapman University and The Colburn Academy for Young Artists. She graduated from the Moscow Special Central Music School, Moscow Conservatory, Guildhall School in London (M.M.), Eastman School (Ph.D.). Her works have been performed worldwide and released on five different CDs.

Ms. Ivanova is a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards at 28th Bourges Electro-Acoustic Competition, 8th International Mozart Competition, International Contest of Acousmatic Compositions Métamorphoses 2004, ASCAP Morton Gould Award, 8th International Piano Competition at Orleans. For more information, please visit her homepage.

Ethan Braun

Artistic Director

The music of LA-based composer Ethan Braun has been described as a “diaphonous haze,” offering “a heady taste of pure weightlessness,” (New York Times), “a sound that these ears – raised on Thurston, Lee et al. – find irresistible” (The Johnson Rambler). Braun has written music for such ensembles as the Shanghai, Albany, and New York Youth Symphonies, the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, and Ensemble Klang (Netherlands). Upcoming projects include an opera commissioned by the city of Berlin with visual artist/​choreographer Adam Linder, and an opera with Contemporaneous (NYC), in addition to commissions for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ensemble Klang, and the Aaron Copland House CULTIVATE program. Braun penned theses on spirituality in the music of John Coltrane, and self-presentation and aesthetics in Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Trans, and has presented on the intersection of pedagogy at NYU and in the Harvard University community. He achieved doctoral candidacy at the Yale School of music in 2017. For more information, please visit his homepage.

Dante De Silva

Artistic Director

Dante De Silva is a Los Angeles-based composer. He holds degrees from UCLA (Ph.D.), UC Santa Cruz (M.A.), and Humboldt State University (B.A.), and he is currently teaching at UCLA. Recent works have been premiered by soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, the CSU Bakersfield Concert Band, and pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough. His string quartet, Hungry, written for Lyris Quartet, is the 2019 winner of the American Prize (instrumental chamber music – larger ensembles). For more information, please visit his homepage.

Juhi Bansal

Artistic Director

“Radiant and transcendent,” the music of Juhi Bansal weaves together themes celebrating musical and cultural diversity, nature and the environment, and strong female role models. Her music draws upon elements as disparate as progressive metal, Hindustani music, spectralism and musical theatre tradition to create deeply expressive, evocative sound-worlds. As an Indian composer brought up in Hong Kong, her work draws subtly upon both those traditions, entwining them closely and intricately with the gestures of western classical music.

Current projects include Waves of Change, a digital experience on womanhood, identity and clash of cultures inspired by the story of the Bangladesh Girls Surf Club; and Edge of a Dream, an opera about Ada Lovelace, daughter of infamous poet Lord Byron and a 19th Century pioneer in computing commissioned by Los Angeles Opera. Recent seasons have included commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Beth Morrison Projects, New York Virtuoso Singers, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, AIDS Quilt Songbook 20th Anniversary project and more. Her music is regularly performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia and available on the Naxos, Albany and Roven Records labels. For more information, please visit her homepage.

Anuj Bhutani

Director of Community Engagement

Anuj Bhutani is a quickly emerging composer/performer. Described as “a force multiplier with more talents than time” (PATRON Magazine), whose music is “alternately celestial and dark” (John Schaefer, WNYC New Sounds), he’s won an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Grant, 1st prize in Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble’s Emerging Composer Competition, Verdigris Ensemble’s ION Composer Competition, 3rd prize in the American Prize in Choral Composition Competition, and was a Finalist in the VOCES8 Composer Competition. He’s been selected for NewAm Composer’s Lab, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute and Atlantic Center for the Arts (2x). His music has been commissioned or performed by Ashley Bathgate, Raleigh Civic Symphony, Metropolis Ensemble, the Allen Philharmonic, Andrew Tholl of Wild Up, Lauren Cauley Kalal of Switch~ ensemble and more. He earned his master’s degree from USC and his bachelor’s from University of North Texas.

David García Saldaña

Director of Composer Engagement

David García Saldaña is a homegrown Los Angeles Chican@ composer, writer, and singer (ASCAP, NACUSA-LA, ACF-LA, DG). He collaborates frequently with dance and theater, creating content ranging from incidental music to new musical theater works. He performs throughout the Los Angeles area with different vocal groups and, at times, on live-electronics.


Jason Barabba

Scott Graff

Tom Flaherty

David García Saldaña

Ann Noriel

Aaron Reihs