Drawing on the collaborative spirit of rock bands and the composer-led nature of classical music, Golden Hornet commissions new music, fosters young and emerging composers, and presents adventurous works in non-traditional settings.


Our Current Programs Include

String Quartet Smackdown IV

String Quartet Smackdown is a bracketed, NCAA March Madness style competition which brings original string quartet compositions head-to-head in front of a live, participatory audience.

Over 170 composers worldwide submitted new music for a chance at the champion's prize at our fourth annual Smackdown, taking place on February 10, 2018. Local quartet Invoke will perform. Get tickets now!

Guidelines for Submissions 
to prepare for our next rendition.

Young Composer Concert 2018

Our Young Composer Concert invites Austin- area youth ages 12-18 to create original pieces of music for a live concert under the guidance of seasoned mentors. A professional ensemble performs their pieces, and the event is produced by the collective team of students.

The third annual concert will take place on March 25, 2018. Join us to celebrate the life & legacy of Leonard Bernstein.

Guidelines for Participation
for interested young composers.

The Sound of Science

The Sound of Science will be a concert and album presenting eight pieces of music written by seven celebrated composers for amplified cello and electronics, to be performed by world-renowned cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, long time member of Kronos Quartet. Premiering in New York City, Austin, and Mexico City beginning in Fall of 2018, the works will celebrate the life and work of eight influential scientists, from botanists and physicists to climatologists and mathematicians.

Find out more about each piece and the composer & scientist pairs here

The ambition and invention of Golden Hornet range from symphonies,
soundtracks, to improvised super rock. Their recordings are a catalog of their adventures crossbreeding classical futurism and punk esprit.
— Rolling Stone

your support makes it possible.

Core Staff


Graham Reynolds
Artistic Director 



David Lobel
General Manager


Kate Murray
Managing Director

Board of Directors, Advisory Board, & Other Staff

Blake Trabulsi, Owner of Zocalo Design
Board President

Ron Berry, Executive & Artistic Director of Fusebox Festival
Board Secretary

Ann Hume Wilson, President & General Manager of KMFA
Board Member

Josh Robbins, Co-Founder & Bandleader of Invincible Czars
Board Member


Noah Simon
Student Board Representative

Graham Williams, Owner of Margin Walker Presents
Advisory Board Member

Michelle Schumann, Artistic Director of Austin Chamber Music Center
Advisory Board Member

Eugene Sepulveda, CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation
Advisory Board Member


Peter Bay, Conductor & Music Director of Austin Symphony
Advisory Board Member

Cookie Ruiz, Executive Director of Ballet Austin
Advisory Board Member

Karin Richmond, Principal of Intelligent Incentives, Inc Advisory Board Member

Alexandra Galewsky, Owner of Red Glass Photography
Official Photographer


Thanks to Our Supporters

Golden Hornet is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, as well as private donations and grant sources.