Composer Kari Watson has a passion for narrative, and 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 Sinfonietta under the direction of Tim Weiss. She is currently serving as composer-in-residence with the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra for their 2018-2019 concert season with an upcoming premier of her piece “Morning Music for Fish”. Kari was recently received the Ruth Crawford Seeger Award and is co-founder of Oberlin’s women, trans and non-binary composer collective, KOI Collective. Upcoming projects include a commission from the San Francisco based Friction Quartet as part of their 2nd commissioning initiative, and a commission from the Eschaton Contemporary Ensemble at Vanderbilt University for percussion quartet. Kari is a third year composition student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studies under the tutelage of Jesse Jones, Elizabeth Ogonek, and Stephen Hartke. In her free time she enjoys playing accordion and cooking.