Ash Stemke (b. 1991) "…simply composes music he wants to hear, because it is beautiful…and manages nonetheless to avoid the too-well-known and trite." (Steven Kruger, New York Arts). Ash’s music is unified through elements of symmetry (proportion, balance, and self-similarity) and trajectory (teleology, argumentativeness, and transformation). In 2020, his commissioned film score Launch Sequence (written in 2014 for Georges Méliès’ Le Voyage dans la Lune) will be sent on a literal trajectory—a 238,900-mile journey to the moon (!)—as part of Carnegie-Mellon University’s MoonArk project. Ash recently won first prize in the San Francisco Choral Artists’ New Voices Project and was honorably mentioned by the MidCities Chamber Singers and the Uproar Duo. His music has been performed by yMusic, the Boston New Music Initiative, Duo per se, the Tallis Chamber Orchestra, and Present~Continuous, and has been featured at events such as New Music on the Bayou, NSEME, DIGITECH, the FSU Festival of New Music, numerous SCI conferences, and the Schoenberg Academy in Vienna, Austria.
Ash is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Murray State University. He holds a Doctor of Music from Florida State University, a Master of Music in Composition and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Music with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.