Katherine Balch, 25, a PhD student at Columbia, is the new composer in residence at the California Symphony.
It’s a good jumpboard. Previous residencies have been held by Kamran Ince (1991-92), Christopher Theofanidis (1994-96), Kevin Puts (1996-99), Pierre Jalbert (1999-2002), Kevin Beavers (2002-05), Mason Bates (2007-10), D.J. Sparr (2011-14), and Dan Visconti (2011-17).
Balch, originally from San Diego, has received commissions from the Ensemble Intercontemporain, FLUX Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and more.