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Ursula Kwong-Brown

Ursula Kwong-Brown (b. 1987) is a composer and media artist from New York City. Described as “atmospheric and accomplished” by The New York Times, her work has been performed in diverse venues including Carnegie Hall, le Poisson Rouge and the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center in NYC, St Paul’s Chapel and Miller’s Theatre at Columbia University, and the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Awards include an ASCAP Honorable Mention, the Chicago Ensemble’s “Discover America” Composer Award , the Bowdoin Festival Composition Prize, and Columbia University’s Sudler Arts Prize.

Ursula received her B.A. from Columbia University in 2010, graduating with honors in music and biology. She worked for two years as a laboratory manager for Dr. Darcy Kelley, studying the musical intervals in the vocalizations of African clawed frogs. In 2012, she changed direction and started a combined M.A./Ph.D. program at the University of California in Berkeley with generous support from a Mellon-Berkeley fellowship. After earning her M.A. in Music Composition in 2014, she expanded her focus to include New Media studies at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. Ursula plans to graduate in 2018 with a Ph.D. in New Media & Music. More info about her work can be found at