Portrait by Deirdre Huckabay
Alissa Voth is a Chicago-based composer and visual artist. She writes contemporary classical concert music exploring musical and narrative capacities, echoing woven and submerged experiences of the present. She also creates paper and mixed media collage, which explore overlapping realities, utilizing paper weaving and gel transfers.
Her music has been premiered by performers such as Charles Lilley, Sarah Brady, Antonina Styczén, Lucy Yao, the LoadBang ensemble and the Unheard-of ensemble. Her music has been premiered and performed at festivals and venues such as at the UT Contemporary Music Festival, Constellation’s Fequency Series, the New School of Music, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, the Isador Bajic School, the deCordova Sculpture Museum, the Boston New Music Initiative, and the North American Saxophone Alliance
Upcoming premieres include new works for the Unheard-of Ensemble, clarinetist Timothy Hanley, and marimbaist Steph Davis; the latter will be performed in Portland Oregon as part of the New Music Gathering 2023.
Voth's visual art is primarily shared on social media- her TikTok account collages.etc has 21k followers and 2.4M likes and counting. Her paper weaving and collage art has been featured on the websites society6 ("Curators Digest 9.10: Weekly Trends and Artist Spotlights from our Curation Team") and Apartment Therapy ("'Collage Weaving' Is the New Technique Taking over TikTok"). Her commissioned work include album art for Ben Zucker's Fifth Season, Stephen Ryan Jackson, Apply Triangle, and others; she has also created poster art for Chicago's Frequency Series. Her collages have been displayed on the "Thrilled to Announce" zine and the "Community through Collage" exhibit, curated by the Chicago Collage Community.
As an educator, Voth has taught composition at the Boston Conservatory's High School Composition Intensive, private music lessons, and adaptive music classes for disabled students in Boston Public Schools.
Voth is pursuing a PhD at Northwestern University, where she focuses on academic interests in using music cogntion research to remove the barriers of music composition education. A summary of her project "Ludens" was published in Special Interest Group for Computers and Society. She has presented on the same project at the “Teaching Composition Conference” at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and will present again at the Northwestern University New Music Conference in April 2023.Her teachers and mentors include Marti Epstein, Felipe Lara, Hans Thomalla, Danuta Mirka, Alex Mincek, and Jonathan Bailey Holland. Her hometown is Tulsa, Oklahoma.