Chip Crotts performs alongside Guthman competitor

Atlanta Musicians

Atlanta Musicians

Since 2020, we've invited local Atlanta artists and musicians to perform alongside our Guthman Musical Instrument Competition finalists in concert. Our resident artists include professional musicians as well as members of the Georgia Tech community. 

Meet this year's partnering musicians. 

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Katie Young

Katherine Young uses expressive noises, curious timbres, and kinetic structures in her electroacoustic music and sonic art. Relationship building is central to her practice. She has worked closely with Yarn/Wire, Wet Ink, Dal Niente, Ensemble Nikel, Linda Jankowska, Olivia De Prato, Weston Olencki, and others. The LA Phil, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Third Coast Percussion, the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, and others have commissioned sounds. Katherine has documented her work as a bassoonist and improviser on numerous recordings, including duos with Anthony Braxton and Sam Scranton as Beautifulish. She teaches at Emory University and was a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition.

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Monique Osorio

Monique Osorio is a musician and educator based in Atlanta, Georgia. They graduated in 2018 with degrees in Music Composition and Psychology from the University of Georgia. Monique is a private voice teacher, informed by the The Lovetri Method: Somatic VoiceworkTM, as well as the founder of the Atlanta Improvisers Chorus. Monique has performed with such groups as the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson Singers, the Atlanta Improvisers Orchestra, Mick Mayer, and BAS Relief, and is a permanent member of the Atlanta-based quintet, Mute Sphere. In 2021, Monique was a Distinguished Fellow in residence at The Hambidge Center.

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Ben Shirley

Benjamin Shirley is a musician, composer, educator, and organizer based in Atlanta, GA. He has sought to incorporate his love of avant-garde jazz, old-time string music, and experimental classical traditions into a dynamic, creative, and personal vernacular.  As a cellist, he has performed in hundreds of concerts across the U.S. and Europe with groups such as Faun and a Pan Flute, Mute Sphere, BASrelief, Whispers of Night, Artifactual String Unit, Atlanta Improvisers Orchestra, Bent Frequency, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, Benjamin founded the Past Now Tomorrow record label to document and foreground the creative music happening in Atlanta and beyond.

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Milk + Sizz

MILK+SIZZ, a Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning duo, redefine music with genre-blending creations in TV, film, and Fortune 50 ads. Renowned for behind-the-scenes magic, their onscreen debut on Aspire TV's JAM SESSION was a game-changer, showcasing dynamism and an innovative approach to music.

Beyond music, their commitment extends to education, creative advocacy, and artistic enrichment, seen in founding DRFT Farm—a 10-acre retreat fostering a holistic approach to creativity. At the farm, they merge music, agriculture, and global perspectives, incorporating elements like EarSketch into a comprehensive STEAM curriculum for the next generation of creatives.

When not immersed in farm life, MILK+SIZZ take their captivating blend of cultures and sounds to creative communities worldwide.

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Matthew Zhou

Matthew Zhou is a third year undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science with threads in Intelligence and Systems & Architecture and a minor in Mathematics. He has taken piano lessons with Mr. David Kuperstein since the age of five and throughout high school. He has won various international piano competitions, and as the winner of the Howard County High School Concerto Competition, Matthew performed Beethoven’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2019. Most recently, he was the winner of the 2022 GTSO Concerto Competition, and performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra.

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Lauren McCall

Lauren McCall is a composer and music educator from Atlanta, Georgia, studying for her Ph.D. in music technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Lauren enjoys collaborating with technologists, musicians, and artists through programs like the A.M. Collaborative and with ensembles like the Fifth House Ensemble. Along with composing, Lauren enjoys playing classical music and jazz on the clarinet and piano, spending time in nature, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

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Jeremy Muller

Jeremy Muller ( is a percussionist, composer, and multimedia artist. He’s been described as “highly creative” by Take Effect and has performed as a featured soloist at many venues throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia including International Computer Music Conference, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Transplanted Roots, MoxSonic, NYCEMF, ZeroSpace, Southwest Electroacoustic Festival, Jacksonville Electroacoustic Music Festival, IEEE VIS conference, Art on the ATL BeltLine, Balance-Unbalance International Conference, the Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, and PASIC. He has given world premieres of works by many composers including Matthew Burtner, Alexandre Lunsqui, Cristyn Magnus, and an evening-length tour de force solo work by Stuart Saunders Smith. Jeremy released his debut solo percussion album on Albany records which includes several world premieres, and his music can also be heard on Arcomusical’s third album “Emigre & Exile.”

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TeAiris Majors

TeAiris Majors started out as a music education student at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University studying percussion and composition, while creating original pieces and performing at prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall. He continued at the University of Florida, obtaining a Master of Music in Percussion Performance. Majors later transitioned to teaching, also leading through master classes for middle/high school and collegiate events.

Majors is currently pursuing his studies in Music Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a focus on the development of interactive applications and innovative hardware/software solutions. His primary goal is to make music education and creation more accessible and immersive for everyone.

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Alexandria Smith

Praised by The New York Times for her “appealingly melancholic sound” and “entertaining array of distortion effects,” Alexandria Smith is a multimedia artist, audio engineer, scholar, trumpeter, and educator that enjoys working at the intersection of all these disciplines. Her creative  practice and research interests focus on building, designing,  theorizing, and performing with wearable electronics that translate  embodied, biological data into interactive sonic and visual environments. To explore how electronic music is embodied through  practice, she has been experimenting with ways to integrate biofeedback  training and sensor observation into her electronic music, build  controllers that go beyond keyboards and drum pads, and perform with  interactive visual environments. Her research in this interdisciplinary  area was recently published in Arcana Musicians on Musicians X and presented at MOXsonic.

In Fall 2023, Alexandria Smith will be joining the faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor of Music Technology. She recieved her Ph.D. from  the University of California, San Diego, and holds an M.M. and B.M. from  Mannes the New School for Music.

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Caleb Herron

Caleb Herron is an energetic performer born with an ear for unique sounds. He feeds this intrinsic sense through his passion and exploration of contemporary music. Caleb has commissioned more than twenty works from composers such as Marc Yeats, Anthony Donofrio, Drew Baker, Carolyn Chen, Christopher Adler, and Michael Vincent Waller. Caleb is a founding member and Artistic Director of Chamber Cartel, one of Atlanta’s premiere New Music ensembles ( He has been fortunate to study under Dr. Stuart Gerber and Dr. Morris Palter. Caleb teaches percussion at Georgia State University, Perimeter College and Morehouse College.