2020 composition faculty



Jessie Marino

Jessie Marino is a composer/performer/media artist from New York. Her current work explores the repetition inside common activities, ritualistic absurdities, and the archeology of nostalgic technologies. 

Jessie is the co-founder of the experimental performance duo ON STRUCTURE with Natacha Diels, and is co-artistic director, composer, and cellist for the composer-performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse. Jessie's work has recently been commissioned by Darmstadt Summer Course (DE), Borealis (NO), G((o))ng Tomorrow (DK), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Transit Festival (BE), SPOR Festival (DK), TAK Ensemble, SCENATET, and We Spoke Percussion. She was an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Foundation for the Arts (CA) and is currently a 2018/19 Rome Prize Fellow in Music Composition at the American Academy in Rome.


Sam Pluta

Sam Pluta is a composer and electronics performer whose work explores the intersections between instrumental forces, reactive computerized sound worlds, traditionally notated scores, improvisation, audio-visuals, psycho-acoustic phenomena, and installation-like soundscapes. Since 2009, Sam has served as Technical Director and composing member of Wet Ink Ensemble. He has also received commissions and written music for groups like Yarn/Wire, Ensemble Dal Niente, International Contemporary Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Mantra Percussion, Spektral Quartet, TAK, and the New York Philharmonic. Laptop improvisation is a core part of Pluta’s artistic practice. Performing on his custom software instrument, he has toured internationally with Rocket Science, the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, and the Peter Evans Quintet. Sam appears as a composer and performer on over thirty albums of new music and jazz, many of which are released on his label, Carrier Records. Prof Pluta is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Chicago, where he teaches composition and directs the CHIME Studio.