Houston native Dr. Chad Robinson is the Artistic Director and founder of Texas New Music Ensemble, a Houston-based mixed chamber ensemble focused solely on the work of Texas composers. As a composer, he has worked with many other prestigious ensembles and soloists, such as Ethel, Lontano, The Jack Quartet, The Parker Quartet, Musiqa, George Vosburgh, Mary Dullea, and Emma Steele. His music has been performed throughout North America and in Europe and Turkey. He has received multiple awards and grants throughout his career, including 1st Prize in the CMU Orchestral Composition Competition, 2nd Prize in the Louisa Stude Sarofim Composition Competition, KCL Music Research Grant, and the KCL Arts and Humanities Research Grant. Robinson has learned from some of America’s and Europe’s most distinguished composers, including Marcus Maroney (University of Houston – B.M.), Leonardo Balada (Carnegie Mellon University – M.M.), and Rob Keeley (King’s College, London – Ph.D.). He currently serves on the faculty of several Houston area colleges.