Kayla Cashetta, composer                                           


Education :

UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, M.A./Ph.D. Candidate in Music Composition, (September 2014 - Present)

Currently studying composition with: Ken Ueno (2014 - Present), Franck Bedrossian (2015 - Present), Cindy Cox (September 2014 - Present), Edmund Campion (2014 - Present)

SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY, Music Composition (Classical), September 2010 - May 2014 (Bachelor of Music)

Studied composition with: Du Yun (September 2012 - May 2014), Huang Ruo (September 2011 - June 2012), Laura Kaminsky (September 2010 - May 2011)

Studied conducting with: Ransom Wilson (September 2012 - May 2013)


Higher Education Work Experience :

Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley (August 2016 - May 2018)

Course: Music NOW (January - May 2018)

Course focused on listening, technology, and acoustics. Responsibilities include assisting during large lecture class, grading, and instructing 3 hour- long lab sections per week.

Course: Basic Musicianship (August 2016 - December 2017)

Course focused on the basics of reading music, solfege, and music theory. Responsibilities include grading, creating assignments and exams, and 3 hours of teaching per week.

Personnel Manager, UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (August 2015 - May 2016)       

Responsibilities include roster management, hiring professional musicians, managing funds, and attending 5 hours of rehearsal per week.

Freelance Composer (September 2010 - present)

Projects and collaborations in the fields of concert music, electronic music, film, and dance.


Instrumental/Performance Experience :

Percussion (Primary Instrument) - Concert/Classical - 8 years, Jazz Drumset - 2 years 

Studied with: Steven Paysen, Murray Houlliff, Jude St. George

Percussionist -  Purchase Symphonic Winds (September 2010 - May 2011)

Proficient with various musical hardware and recording equipment


Summer Festivals, Masterclasses, Private Lessons :

The Loretto Project (August 2016), Nerinx, Kentucky (1 week) in collaboration with Longleash, under the instruction of Suzanne Farrin

soundSCAPE Music Festival (July 2016), Maccagno, Italy (2 weeks) - under the instruction of Riccardo Zohn-Muldoon and Carlos Sanchez Gutierrez

Fontainebleau Summer Sessions (July 2015), Fontainebleau, France (4 weeks) - under the instruction of Allain Gaussin, Francois Paris, and Isabelle Duha

Atlantic Music Festival at Colby College - Waterville,  Maine, (July 2013 - 4 weeks)

Participated in workshops, masterclasses and/or received private lessons from Kaija Saariaho, Anssi Karttunen, Jason Eckhardt, Marcela Pavia, George E. Lewis, Eric Ewazen, Nils Vigeland, David Ludwig, Robert Cuckson, Eli Marshall, Robert Patterson, Steven Cabell


Awards/Honors :

Winner, Inaugural Hildegard Competition For Female Composers, National Sawdust (2018)

Nicola de Lorenzo Prize in Music Composition, UC Berkeley - 3rd Prize (2016)

Most Promising Classical Composer Award - 2011, Purchase College

NYSSMA All-State Festival- 2010 Honors in Classical Composition and Electronic Music Composition


Musical Computer Programs Experience :

Sibelius 6

Ableton Live 9 Suite

Logic Pro 9



List of Works:

Chamber Music:

VOID (2018)  in progress

for sinfonietta

Written for the Eco Ensemble

   Ca. 15 min.

To premiere Spring 2019 at UC Berkeley


knot (2018) 

    for Bb and Bass Clarinets, Bassoon, and Harp

    Written for the Eco Ensemble

   Ca. 8 min.


Toys (2017)

For Korg Volca Beats and Electronics

(Version for Korg Volca Beats, Percussionist, and Electronics to be premiered in Spring 2018)

Ca. 12 min.


Ray (2016)

For String Duo

Written for the Eco Ensemble

Ca. 10 min.


Everything is in flux (2016)

For Piano Trio

Written for Longleash

Ca. 8 min.


Noctilucence (2016)

For amplified guitar trio

Written for the soundSCAPE Festival

Ca. 10 min.


Veil (2016)

For solo Haegum

Written for Sooyeon Lyuh

Ca. 12 min.


Eidolon (2015)

For Piano Quintet

Written for the Eco Ensemble

Ca. 8 min.


Cinders (2015)

For solo Clarinet

Written for Matt Ingalls

Ca. 11 min.


Myhhr (2015)

For Viola and Piano

Written for the Fontainebleau Summer Sessions

Ca. 6 min.


Mirage (2014)

For Violin, Cello, and Piano

Ca. 11 min.


Motility (2014)

Solo Violin

Ca. 12 min.


Chypre (2014)

For Trombone, Marimba, and Piano

Ca. 12 min.


Delirium (2013)

For Chamber Orchestra

Ca. 7 min.


Slow falling of the mind (2014)
For Flute, Clarinet, and Piano
Ca. 6-7 min.


Intumesco (2012)
For Trombone and Percussion
Ca. 6 min.


Configurations I-IV (2012)

For Drumset, Viola, Double Bass, Electronics
Ca. 12 min.


Splendidly Advancing Colour 2012)
For Soprano, Alto Saxophone, Acoustic Guitar, and Piano

Ca. 9 min.


Submerged (2011)

For Flute, Trumpet, Piano, and Double Bass

Ca. 9-10 min. 

(Arranged for piano in 2014, ca. 5 mins)


Trio (2011)

For Violin, Cello, Piano 

Ca. 10-11 min.


Solitude for Two Flutes (2010)

For Flute Duo

5 min.


Music for Film:

Under (2015)

25 min.


Resurrection (2014)

10 min.


Safi (2014)

5 min.


Music for Dance:

If || Then (2015)

35 min.