MEET THE COMPOSERS
Mason Bynes (b. 1997) is a composer and trained vocalist from Sugar Land, TX. In a post- modern tradition, she pulls from various stylistic sources, blurring the line between traditionalism and modernism. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of North Texas, with a Bachelor of Music in Composition. Currently, she is completing her masters degree in composition at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Mason dedicates herself to curating immersive listening experiences for her audience - considering their senses, emotions and environment. In addition, Mason’s experience as a performer informs her composing and her process of collaboration. Through writing music and designing these sounds and visuals, Mason encourages her listeners to transcend.
To purchase copies of The House or some of Ms. Bynes' other works visit
MUSIC & MEDIA | Mason Bynes Composer
Arturo Fernandez is a native of Miami, Florida currently living in Boston. He has had his compositions performed by groups such as the Ludovico Ensemble, the Fifth Floor Collective, and the Boston Conservatory orchestra under the direction of Yoichi Udagawa. He has also had compositions premiered at various summer music festivals, Atlantic Music Festival, Sienna Summer Music in Italy, and Art Song Lab 2014 and 2018. He is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, and is currently active as an opera critic for Schmopera and the violist of Trio Menagerie.
To inquire about a full list of works by Arturo Fernandez please visit
- Works and Repertoire (arturo-fernandez.net)
Keyboardist James J. Myers is in demand as vocal coach, recitalist, lecturer and adjudicator. In addition to sharing the stage with leading artists of our age, he has collaborated with composers Tom Cipullo, Jake Heggie, and Philip Glass. Since 2012 he’s enjoyed an affiliation with Boston Lyric Opera as Coach/Pianist and Lecturer at venues throughout New England on topics including Vienna’s Musical Modernism in the Age of Klimt and Schiele, Music of Matisse, Tonadilla and Zarzuela, Architecture and Acoustics, Enlightenment Austria, Beaumarchais’s Figaro, and most of BLO’s pre-performance lectures. James is engaged at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is Assistant Professor of Opera at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Mr. Myers holds degrees with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover, Germany, where he was awarded a Rotary Graduate Fellowship.
Dan Shore’s most recent opera, Freedom Ride, premiered this year to critical acclaim at Chicago Opera Theater, directed by Tazewell Thompson and conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya. The composer and playwright’s many works for the stage include The Beautiful Bridegroom, An Embarrassing Position, Works of Mercy, Travel, and Anne Hutchinson. An alumnus of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, a Fulbright scholar, and a two-time winner of the National Opera Association’s Chamber Opera Competition, Dan holds a B.M. and M.M. from the New England Conservatory and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. Former faculty at Xavier University of Louisiana, Baruch College, and Emerson College, Dan is an Assistant Professor at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and serves as an accompanist for the Boston Ballet School. He is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild and is also the official page turner of Opera del West.
To purchase Five Songs from Anna Berkowitz in the soprano or medium key visit https://www.danshoremusic.com/purchasemusic/p/five-songs-from-anna-berkowitz
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WHAT IS CULTURAL WASTELAND?
Cultural Wasteland aims to create immersive productions using local artists of all disciples in an intimate format. From classical music and opera to cabaret, musical theatre and new music Cultural Wasteland’s goal is to create memorable concerts and opportunities for like minded artists to collaborate with one another and take creative risks as an ensemble.
Cultural Wasteland’s Mission is…
To push artistic limits and challenge the status quo in opera and classical music
To provide artists mentorship that is honest and meaningful
To compensate artists promptly and fairly for their talents
To foster collaboration between multidisciplinary artists
To provide opportunities to talented artists who do not fit the mold and need a platform
To promote lost or seldom performed works and composers
To present concerts that see old music in a new light
To break down the Fourth Wall between artists and audiences
To continue to work towards engaging the total artist
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