The Collective

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Kenzie Slottow flute, beatbox,  dancer, composer, electronics,
nature enthusiast

Fusion Flutist and composer Kenzie Slottow is technically based in Austin but wanders more often than not. When Kenzie was 5 she wrote the Slottow family hit song "When I was a little girl, I forgot my scissors in the bathtub." A graduate of music programs at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin, Kenzie is an active proponent of contemporary, electroacoustic, and beatbox music for the flute.


François Minaux flute, vocals, lyricist, composer, educator

François Minaux is co-founder of Leaf Chimes, a free improvisation project based in Austin, TX. He is the owner and operator of Wired Flutes, a flute studio dedicated to teaching flute lessons and producing professional studio albums to its students in Austin, TX. François Minaux can be heard in “Daniel Carr: Works Volume 2 – Flute and Piano” released by MSR Classics-Discover label as well as Leaf Chimes' self-released digital album: "Shine".


Ben Stevenson composer, oboe, english horn, oboe d'amour

Benjamin Stevenson is a composer and oboist studying at the University of Texas at Austin. He enjoys writing for any medium and has a wide variety of musical interests—spanning orchestral and wind ensemble music, film music, music for dance, and chamber music. His music has been showcased by the UT New Music Ensemble,  C.L.U.T.C.H., Density512, Sound in Sculpture series, and the Cohen New Works Festival.


Chris Padilla
saxophone, bookworm, operations manager

Chris Padilla is a saxophonist, educator, and music administrator from Houston, TX. He is guided by bringing people together to share in the creation and admiration of beauty. In those efforts, Chris works in front of and behind the scenes with Density512, teaches saxophone in the Austin area, and shares contemporary chamber music as a member of the saxophone quartet MODUS. Two of Chris' favorite things are dark roast coffee and dark chocolate ice cream.

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Nick McNamara
personnel manager

Nicholas McNamara is a saxophonist who has performed as a soloist, orchestral musician and as a member of large and small chamber ensembles at venues including Carnegie Hall, Shermerhorn Symphony Center, Tenri Cultural Institute, The Kimmel Center, and SPECTRUM NYC.  Nicholas is a passionate advocate of new music, always premiering and commissioning new works with MODUS Saxophone Quartet and programming almost exclusively modern and contemporary music in his own recitals.


Nicholas P. Clark
composer, conductor, bassoon, Executive Director and

co-Artistic Director
Nicholas Perry Clark is a conductor, composer, and bassoonist from Rainier, OR currently studying composition with Donald Grantham, conducting with Peter Bay, and bassoon with Kristin Wolfe Jensen. He co-founded the Lab Orchestra at UT as well as his professional endeavor, Density512, a contemporary chamber orchestra in Austin, TX. He also conduct’s UT’s Engineering Chamber Orchestra and enjoys working on new and exciting projects in the arts whenever they spring up at him.


Ben Carroll
horn, trumpet,
any metal tube, electronics

Ben Carroll is a brass musician and educator in Austin, Tx. Ben has been a substitute horn with the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Austin Civic Orchestra and Waterloo Brass Quintet. During the summer Ben is on the road working as brass instructional staff for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corp's in Denver, Colorado. Having marched and soloed with the Santa Clara Vanguard A corps and the Santa Clara Vanguard International Corps,  Ben also works closely with the electro-acoustic group Chic-A-D, based out of Austin, Tx.

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Zach Morgan
horn, multiphonics whiz, whirly tube,
music librarian

Zach Morgan has been the head librarian for Density512, as well as a horn player for many of its shows. In addition to his work with Density, Zach holds two positions in libraries on the UT campus and plays with several local orchestras and chamber groups in the Austin area. A strong supporter of contemporary music, Zach finds particular joy in helping to put together programs for Density512, and also spends a great deal of his free time learning and performing (and commissioning!) contemporary works for the horn. Currently, Zach is in the process of obtaining a Masters degree in Horn Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and expects to graduate in 2019.


Jacob Schnitzer
conductor, horn,
composer, co-Artistic Director

Jacob Schnitzer is a conductor, composer, educator, and horn player in Austin, TX. An avid champion of collaboration, Jacob is a conductor and community leader for Density512, the UT Lab Orchestra, the Engineering Chamber Orchestra, and Con Moto Brass Ensemble. Jacob teaches orchestra and music theory at the University of Texas String Project, the university's Suzuki teacher training program, and maintains a private horn studio. Aside from his interest in music, Jacob enjoys hiking, camping, wandering around Austin, umpiring baseball games, and eating tacos. 


Casey Martin
trumpet, composer, gamer

Casey Martin is a trumpet player, composer, and educator from Long Beach, CA. His compositional output spans a wide variety of genres and mediums, including chamber music, large ensemble concert music, fixed media electronic music, short film scores, and music for table-top RPG's. Casey received Bachelor's Degrees in Performance and Composition from California Sate University, Long Beach in 2013 and a Master's Degree in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. He currently maintains an active private studio in and around the Austin area and keeps up a busy writing schedule. 

Luke Berringer
bass trombone, conductor, logistics manager

Luke Berringer is a Bass Trombonist from Austin, Texas. He has performed with several prestigious ensembles, including the Marrowstone Festival Orchestra, UT Trombone Choir, The TMEA Honor Choir, and The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. Luke studies at The University of Texas at Austin, in pursuit of a degree in Music Education. He maintains an active teaching schedule as an assistant marching band instructor, and a private trombone studio. Upon graduation, Luke wishes to pursue graduate studies in orchestral conducting, with aspirations to become an orchestral conductor.


José Martinez
composer, percussionist

I am a composer of oddly influenced music, ranging from salsa, heavy metal, modern music, and electroacoustic sonic explorations. My hands learnt the skills of percussion, although they are quieter now. I am looking to master musical programming to make this world more interactive. 

An alumnus of National University of Colombia as both a percussionist and a composer, he pursued an MM in composition at the University of Missouri, is currently a DMA composition student at UT Austin.


Robert McDonald
piano, toy piano,
diva-in-residence, Austin pollen-count informant

Robert has performed with Density512 three times over the last two years, playing Messiaen's Oiseaux Exotiques, Aaron Jay Kernis' Toy Piano Concerto and the first concerto by Joan Tower. His regular gigs include teaching privately and for Paula Wong at her piano academy, playing house concerts around town and in Dallas, and trying to put the most Schubert into every wedding for which he is hired.  When he's not practicing or teaching, you can probably find him in a coffee shop discussing theology with friends, or eating loaded fries at Alamo Drafthouse. 

Q Langman
pianist, violinist, conductor, programmer, pro wrestling superfan

Q Langman is an undergraduate pianist at the Butler School of Music at UT.  He is a director of the BSOM Lab Orchestra, a rehearsal accompanist for the Butler Opera Center, a pianist for the New Music Ensemble, and organizer of a semesterly concert series featuring the classical-jazz fusion works of Nikolai Kapustin. In his free time, Q is an avid professional wrestling fan, most notably of the ATX-affiliated promotion, Lucha Underground.


Laura Crabbe
vocalist, conductor, events coordinator, cat lover

Laura Crabbe is a vocalist, conductor, and educator from San Antonio who grew up singing since she could walk! She had great experiences and mentors in middle school and high school choir, leading her to go to UT Austin for a B.M. in music education. Laura sang with the UT Chamber Singers in college, as well as Ars Longa for it’s inaugural concert. She spent a year teaching middle school in San Antonio, but missed Austin and now works in Hays CISD. Laura currently lives in central Austin and has an orange tabby cat named Max. In her free time, she enjoys singing, playing piano, going on runs, and reading science fiction books.

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Ellen Piazza
violin, social media and marketing

Ellen Piazza has been the Social Media and Marketing Manager for Density512. When she’s not planning content for Density512, she’s working full-time as a Social Media Community Manager for Main Street Hub and working as a freelance violinist. Ellen graduated with a degree in Orchestral Violin Performance in May 2017 and loves all things cats, bread, and Law and Order: SVU. Bonus fact: she can talk your head off about The Bachelor.


Akshaya Tucker
composer, cellist, dancer

Akshaya Avril Tucker is a composer, cellist and Odissi dancer, who is inspired by the music and dance traditions of South Asia. 
She is the Programs Manager at Shastra Music, the central hub for musicians who are creating meaningful connections between the great musical traditions of India and the West. Akshaya is currently pursuing her Masters in Composition at the University of Texas at Austin and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Music from Brown University. 


Andy Rogers
bass, drums, 
all-around awesome guy

Andy Rogers believes in the unifying power of music.  He enjoys performing and teaching the double bass, while making the time to drum in a few bands in Austin, Tx.  When he is not immersed in music, you can find him hiking at the Greenbelt or biking at the Veloway.