Kari Watson

Kari Watson is a composer and sound artist currently based in Oberlin, Ohio. With a passion for narrative and musical drama, Watson works to create music that is energetic, tactile, and emotionally driven. Her work has been premiered in the United States, Europe and Japan by ensembles such as the Rosetta Contemporary ensemble, Ensemble MISE-EN, the Soli Chamber Ensemble and Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble under the direction of Tim Weiss. Most recently, Watson received the XART’s grant from Oberlin Conservatory to complete a collaborative multimedia project Silhouettes of a Sunburnt Country, and served as composer-in-residence with the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra for their 2018-2019 concert season. Upcoming projects include a commission from the San Francisco based Friction Quartet, and a commission from the Eschaton Contemporary Ensemble at Vanderbilt University for percussion quartet. She is co-founder of Oberlin’s women, trans and non-binary composer collective, the KOI Collective. Watson is a fourth year composition major and TIMARA minor (technology in music and related arts) at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studies under Aurie Hsu, Jesse Jones, Elizabeth Ogonek, and Stephen Hartke.



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