Music in the American Wild began as a celebration of the 2016 U.S. National Park Service centennial.


Eleven composers and eight performers came together to fill our country's grandest natural venues with a new opus of inherently American music. During the summer of 2016 our American Wild Ensemble toured seven celebrated national parks to premiere these new works in the amazing places that inspired them, supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. From caves and mountaintops, to forests and lakeshores, Music in the American Wild honored this major milestone in American conservation by letting new music ring out from sea to shining sea!

The Music in the American Wild initiative continues to celebrate the people, places, and ideas that have helped shape American history and culture. We focus on context-driven music that encourages our audiences to explore their environments through a different lens, engage with contemporary music in a new way, and foster the sense of community between performers, listeners, and the spaces that surround them.

Please check out our NEWS section for updates on our upcoming projects and performances!


Who We Are


Emlyn Johnson, director/flute

Daniel Ketter, co-director/cello



The American Wild Ensemble is a collective of musicians. Past and present performers have included:

Virginia Barron, viola

Lauren Becker, horn

Colleen Bernstein, percussion

Ellen Breakfield-Glick, clarinet

Emily Cantrell, viola

Andrea Donze, education

Tiffany DuMouchelle, soprano

Lynn Grossman, education

Molly Goldman, viola

Hanna Hurwitz, violin

Nikki LaBonte, horn

Molly McDonald, violin

Yuki Numata Resnick, violin

Jeremy Potts, violin


Commissioned Composers

Chris Chandler

Kevin Ernste

Ted Goldman

Tonia Ko

David Liptak

Caroline Mallonee

Aristea Mellos

         David Clay Mettens

         Jeff Myers

         Robert Morris

         Daniel Pesca

Adam Roberts

Aaron Travers