Season 1 Music

As part of our mission to include diverse voices in our scholarship, SMT-Pod aims to showcase a variety of music in our podcast. We encourage SMT members and non-members alike to submit their compositions for both theme and bumper music. All music will be credited verbally on the episode and in writing here.

The following composers and performers are featured in Season 1's episodes (updated as episodes are released):

Credits for individual episodes can be seen on our Season 1 episodes page.

Musician Biographies

Theme and Closing music composers are listed first, followed by other composers and performers listed in alphabetical order by last name.

SMT-Pod Theme Music Composer: Zhangcheng Lu

Run Up Studio Website
Piece Title: "BGM Scales"

Uen. L is a multi-talented musician. Piano player with 20 years of experience and a passion for improvisation. On the rise as a composer, arranger, mixer and established multi-instrumentalist. He created his own band in 2018. He experimented with various styles of music and later developed a passion for ACG music. Due to his love for anime, creativity, and jazz. Now he is working as a music producer and mixer at Run Up Studio, creating music for ACG & OST.

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SMT-Pod Closing Theme Composer: David Voss

Composer Website's
Piece Title: "hnna"

David Voss is an award-winning composer who the Pi Kappa Lambda Composition Award described as “a composer…whose artistic concepts are complex and multi-faceted.” He was a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and the Sarasota Orchestra EarShot residency. His works have been performed all over the country and have been recorded by such ensembles as Yarn/Wire and Singer Pur. He attended the Atlantic Music Festival, Nief-Norf Summer Festival, and the Fresh Inc Festival, where he worked with a number of respected composers, including Anna Thorvaldsdottir, David Ludwig, Hannah Lash, and Ken Ueno, to name a few. He has been commissioned by individuals and arts organizations like the International Double Reed Society and continues to enjoy writing music for his friends.

He graduated with his Master of Arts in composition from Stony Brook University, where he worked with Perry Goldstein and Daria Semegen, and received his Bachelor of Music in music theory/composition from Lawrence University, studying with Asha Srinivasan and Joanne Metcalf.

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Jamie Allen

Composer's Website
Untitled work featured in Episode 1.1

Former co-director of the Dallas Recorder Society, and current member of the Rhode Island Recorder Society, the Boston Recorder Society, and the Boston Recorder Orchestra, Jamie Allen has over 30 years of experience as a composer, conductor, performer, and music educator.

He has won awards for his work, and has been a frequent presenter, educational consultant, and conductor for many arts organizations, including the Santa Fe Opera, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Opera. Under his guidance as Education Director from 2006-2020, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s award-winning educational programs reached over 50,000 children and adults each year via concerts, innovative instruction programs, in-school & community performances, pre-concert lectures, open rehearsals, web sites, master classes and more.

Allen now composes full-time, and has recently received commissions from the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, renowned trombonist Angel Subero, the American Recorder Society, and others.

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Han Chen

Artist's Websites
Performance of Aaron Copland's "Night Thoughts" in Episode 1.2

Pianist Han Chen is “impressively commanding and authoritative” (Gramophone) and has “a graceful touch”, “rhythmic precision” and “hypnotic charm” (New York Times). After winning the Gold Medal at the 6th China International Piano Competition in 2013, Chen has released three solo albums under the Naxos Records (music by Liszt, Rubinstein, and Thomas Adès, respectively). These albums have won him acclaims from critics around the world. As a soloist, he has performed with numerous orchestras and worked with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Karina Canellakis, and Nicholas McGegan. As a new music advocate, Chen has premiered works by composers such as Unsuk Chin, Molly Joyce, Jonah Haven, among others. In 2021, Chen launched Migration Music, a series of interviews and performances featuring immigrant composers. Born in Taiwan, Chen now resides in New York. After graduating from The Juilliard School (with Prof. Yoheved Kaplinsky) and the New England Conservatory (with Prof. Wha Kyung Byun), he is now a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY under the guidance of Prof. Yoheved Kaplinsky and Prof. Ursula Oppens.

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Anthony Esland

Composer's Website
Untitled work featured in Episode 1.1

Anthony is an award-winning British composer for the stage and screen. He studied composition and musicology as an organ scholar at Cambridge University, conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and has an MA in Composing for Film and TV from the National Film and Television School.

Anthony has written scores for films, TV shows and games and composed concert music for a variety of soloists, choirs and ensembles. His choral music has been performed by choirs such as the BBC Singers in the UK and Cincinnati Camerata in the USA, and his chamber music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Anthony has worked with many eminent musicians and ensembles, including Ólafur Arnalds, Judith Weir and the ORA Singers, and won prizes in international composition competitions. He has received numerous awards and bursaries for his work, from organisations such as PRS for Music, the Bliss Trust and Sound and Music.

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Liam Hynes-Tawa

Composer's Soundcloud
Untitled work featured in Episode 1.1

Liam is a music theorist from Amherst, Massachusetts, currently teaching at Yale University, with specializations in modern Japanese and Renaissance European forms of tonality. This research usually involves trying to figure out how irreconcilable ways of thinking about pitch have dealt with each other, as well as the entertainingly vexing question of what modes and keys even are. Liam also plays cello; some amount of guitar, piano, and voice; and enjoys learning new languages and notation systems, both musical and verbal. Writing music, mostly in antiquated idioms, has been a favorite pastime ever since meeting an E-sharp in high school orchestra. Liam has publications in the Analytical Approaches to World Music and Intégral journals, and has a few translations of too-little-known old texts on the way.

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