Zachary Green

FOUNDEr, co-director

Zachary Green is a Madison, WI-born composer and administrator. After graduating from Oregon High School in 2011, Zachary received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Joseph W. Polisi Prize for exemplifying Juilliard's values of the "artist as citizen.” He founded the Madison New Music Festival in 2016 with the dream of sharing and celebrating high-quality new music with the Madison community. As a writer, Zachary has interviewed musicians including Huang Ruo, Leon Fleisher, and Leonard Slatkin for The Juilliard Journal. As a teacher, Zachary has served as an Ear Training Teaching Fellow at Juilliard, a Morse Teaching Artist Fellow in New York City’s P.S. 11, and has taught theory at the Brevard Music Center. His chamber, vocal, and dance compositions have been performed around the United States by organizations such as Fifth House Ensemble, Periapsis Music and Dance, pianist Robert Fleitz, The Phoenix Concerts, and members of the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra. Recent projects include commissions from the New York Choreographic Institute, the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra, and the Rogue Trio.

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Caitlin Mead


Soprano Caitlin Mead is a native of Madison, WI and made her debut as Third Spirit in the Madison Opera Company's production of The Magic Flute at age 15. Most recently, Ms. Mead appeared in the iSING International Festival, singing Chinese language concert repertoire in the Jiangsu province of China. Other recent productions include the premiere of composer Daniel Felsenfeld's "Presidential Address" on the Cabinet of Wonders, Center for Contemporary Opera's World Premiere of Louis Karchin's Jane Eyre (School girl/Diana cover), which was recently recorded under the Naxos label, Mannes Opera's production of Mark Adamo's Little Women (ghost voice/Beth cover), and Opera Company of Brooklyn's productions of Idomeneo (Ilia) and Fidelio (Marzelline cover). In 2015, Ms. Mead won the Alsop Entrepreneurship Award for her combination art gallery and recital entitled "Utopian Dream," which centered around Luciano Berio's Folk songs. She is a graduate of Mannes School of Music- The New School (MM) and Northwestern University (BM).


Kristina Teuschler

co-Director (2018, 2020 Festivals)

Clarinetist Kristina Teuschler grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Middleton High school, and played with WYSO from 2005-2009, winning the concerto competition in 2009 performing Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and her master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music. Her primary teachers were Mark Nuccio, Steven Cohen, and J. Lawrie Bloom. Kristina is an active freelance musician in New York, performing regularly with a variety of ensembles of varying genres. She has performed with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, New World Symphony in Miami, and the West Point Military Band. She enjoys performances that are politically and socially engaged as with The Dream Unfinished, as well as experimental and genre-bending in collaborations with indie-chamber-pop project, twig twig. Kristina received Orchestra of St. Luke’s first-ever Community Liaison Fellowship from 2017-2018, and helped the orchestra become more accessible by producing their education & community concerts and programs, forming new community partnerships, and working to deepen their existing actions plan surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is passionate about molding the classical music world to be more reflective of the mixed American culture, and works to be a force of encouragement for musical institutions to use their programs as a vessel for progressivism and social change.