Schwartz Artists in Residence

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Foundation Artist-in-Residence program at Emory seeks to increase substantially the depth, diversity, and profile of performing arts education in the Emory and greater-Atlanta communities by providing opportunities for meaningful contact with performing artists, composers, and art scholars from throughout the world.

2021–2022 Programs

Schwartz Artist-in-Residence programs include residencies with up-and-coming and established artists in the world of music, literature, and dance. Programs with classes or performances open to the public will be listed on the calendar of events below. 


Geneva Lewis by Donald van Hasselt
Geneva Lewis, violin
November 11-12, 2021
Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, violinist Geneva Lewis has performed throughout the United States and Europe, recently winning the grand prize at the 2020 Victor Elmaleh Concert Artists Guild Competition. As a soloist, Lewis has performed with the Pasadena Symphony, Symphony New Hampshire, Diablo Symphony Orchestra, Culver City Symphony, Sierra Summer Festival Orchestra, among others. During her residency, Lewis will work with Emory students, the community, and present a concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 12. Pianist Chenny Gan joins Lewis for the Friday concert. Public events may be found in the calendar listing at the top of this page.
Choreographers Xan Burley and Alex Springer
Xan Burley and Alex Springer
Emory Dance Company Fall Concert
Choreographers and dance duo Alex Springer and Xan Burley are creative and life partners whose work is inherently and essentially collaborative. Since 2008, their cohesive efforts have taken shape as dance performance for the stage and camera, interdisciplinary work, site-specific performance, durational exhibition, and community engagement. The duo's work has been presented in NYC and elsewhere by the American Dance Festival, NDA’s Performance Mix Festival, the Joe’s Pub Festival, and the 92Y, among others. Burley and Springer will be in residence at Emory in October 2021 to create a new work for Emory Dance Company and conduct a public master class. Public events may be found in the calendar listing at the top of this page.
Photo of jazz guitarist Raul Midón
Jazz Fest 2022
Raul Midón, guitar with the Gary Motley Trio
Dubbed “an eclectic adventurist” by People magazine, Raul Midón has released 10 studio albums as a solo artist and collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, along with contributing to recordings by Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s She Hate Me. This Grammy Award–nominated artist takes the stage with the Gary Motley Trio to kick off Emory University’s Jazz Fest 2022 on Friday, February 4. The general public is also invited to observe free master classes with the artists before Jazz Fest 2022 comes to a close on Saturday, February 5 with the Emory Big Band, led by Gary Motley. Public events may be found in the calendar listing at the top of this page.
Timuçin Sahin by Adam Mirza
Compfest 2022
Flow State, featuring Timuçin Şahin, composer
Guitarist and composer Timuçin Şahin has been recognized as one of today’s truly unique voices of contemporary jazz music by publications including San Francisco Bay Guardian, All About Jazz, Jazzwise, and Jazz-Times. Drawing upon an eclectic range of musical influences, Şahin integrates avant-garde, post-Bop, modernist, electronic, and non-Western practices in a rigorous exploration of the human condition and its potential for collective imagination. Şahin visits Emory as a Schwartz Artist in Residence during CompFest 2022. As part of this residency, he will work with Emory music students on improvisation, electronic music, and composition, and he will present two concerts under the title Flow State. All CompFest and residency events will be free and open to the public.
Alan Chow, pianist
2022 Emory University Young Artist Piano Competition
with Guest Juror, Alan Chow
A Steinway Artist, Alan Chow has performed to critical acclaim in recital and in concert in such major venues as New York’s Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall and Chicago’s Symphony Center and Ravinia and with orchestras throughout the United States and Asia. With a long history of conducting master classes and serving as a juror for piano competitions throughout North America and Asia, Chow will be in residence on March 4–5 to work with Emory students and serve as a juror for Emory’s annual piano competition. Public events may be found in the calendar listing at the top of this page.
Emory University Symphony Orchestra
Emory University Symphony Orchestra
2022 Guest Composer Commission
The Emory University Symphony Orchestra (EUSO) presents students and audiences with diverse ways to engage with great repertoire, renowned artists, and our communities. As the orchestra prepares for its centennial anniversary in 2023, the Schwartz-Artist-in-Residence program is helping support a guest composer commissioning program. For the 2021–2022 season, the artist will be chosen from an international pool of accomplished composers and selected by a jury of Emory faculty and guest adjudicators. The world premiere of this new work will be featured in the EUSO and Emory Choirs concert on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Emerson Concert Hall. Public events may be found in the calendar listing at the top of this page.