Lucy McKnight is a senior at Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles, where she is the principal cellist of the Symphonic Orchestra and a member of the Chamber Choir. Lucy’s string quartet in the Colburn Chamber Music Institute, coached by Maia Jasper White, is learning Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8. Lucy sang the leading role in a collaboratively written oratorio, “Woman at the Window,” produced by LA Master Chorale’s “Voices Within” program, in February, 2016. She was first exposed to contemporary classical music at age 9 when she heard Kaija Saariaho’s “Sept Papillons” performed by Elinor Frey. Annual family pilgrimages to the Ojai Music Festival allowed her to hear works by her favorite composers, including John Luther Adams, Bela Bartok and Morton Feldman. She explored composition at the Walden School of Music in 2015, studying with Evan Williams, Sky Macklay, Osnat Netzer and Derek David. Lucy is a current member of the LA Philharmonic’s Associate Composer Program, studying with Sarah Gibson. This summer she will study composition with Ofer Ben-Amots and Jan Jirasek at the International Summer Academy of Music in Ochsenhausen, Germany.