Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory

As part of the movement to reinvigorate classical music for the 21st century, 
Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory seeks to combine the best rock music practices with
the best of the traditional concert hall by fostering composers, commissioning new music, 
and presenting adventurous works in concert, often in unusual or non-traditional settings.

Golden Hornet has premiered over 70 works by more than 60 composers rooted in wildly different
musical backgrounds, with a special focus on composers who have experience in the collective, collaborative, creative culture of bands. In 1999, when composer-bandleaders Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski founded this 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, this independent classical movement barely existed.
Now it's thriving in cities around the world. 

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 espirit.
— Rolling Stone

Core Staff


Graham Reynolds
Artistic Director


David Lobel
Managing Director

Kate Murray
Production and Community Engagement Manager


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
Executive Director

Josh Robbins, Co-Founder & Bandleader of Invincible Czars
Executive Director


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

Golden Hornet Project is supported and funded in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department - Cultural Arts Division

Golden Hornet Project is supported and funded in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department - Cultural Arts Division

Thank you for your interest in Golden Hornet! Please feel free to contact us if you have any inquiries.

Reach Out


David Lobel, Managing Director

(512) 628-0171

david (at) lobelarts (dot) com