Student, 25, becomes orchestra’s composer in residence

Student, 25, becomes orchestra’s composer in residence


norman lebrecht

March 14, 2017

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.


  • John Borstlap says:

    Sensitive process music:

    She should cling to the l in her name, though.

    • jaypee says:

      God, you’re tedious…
      Get a life, Bortstlap and stick to imitating Ravel! No one cares for your judgement on modern music!

      • Scott Fields says:

        It does appear as though Borstlap is to contemporary music what Trump is to social justice.

        • John Borstlap says:

          My PA is clutching her pearls on reading this reaction…. I think she’s even weeping a bit.

          • Scott Fields says:

            The weeping is an overreaction to what some would consider a compliment. Good to keep track of her pearls, though.

  • Steven Ovitsky says:

    Katherine was a participant in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s Young Composers String Quartet Project and it was the Festival that commissioned her to write for the FLUX Quartet.