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Our ensemble goal is to promote and perform new music by living and contemporary composers. We aim to explore international dialogue through the creation and performance of music inspired by world music and cultures.

             About us

Ensemble members

 Li Tao        Director/Piano/Percussion/Conductor

Li Tao is a composer, percussionist, conductor and pianist from China. She is an honors graduate from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (CHN) and DePaul       University in Chicago (IL) with degrees in music composition. She is the recipient of the Charles A. and Jackie Swenson Scholarship, the Music Dean Scholarship and the Global Corner Scholarship from the University of Oregon. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Composition at the University of Oregon.

She was the winner of the 2013 Kleinman Composition Competition. Her pieces have been performed internationally by Fifth house Ensemble, the DePaul University Orchestra, the Oregon Percussion Ensemble, the TaiHei Ensemble, the Ova Novi Ensemble and Implosion Percussion Ensemble. Her music has been heard at several events including the Oregon Bach Festival Composer Symposiums 2014/16 (OR), the Music Today Festival 2017 (OR), Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology 2015 (TWN), the New Music on the Bayou 2016/17 (LA) and Kyiv Contemporary Music Days 2016 (UKR).

Chinese traditional culture profoundly influences her music. She often uses ancient Chinese ideology combined with contemporary Western techniques to create her own distinct musical language. Through these techniques, she attempts to deeply explore the inner connections between composer, performer and instrument. 

       Samuel Lord Kalcheim
       Director assistant/Violin/Viola
Samuel Lord Kalcheim is currently a doctoral student in music composition at the University of Oregon. Originally from New York City he previously attended the University of Miami (MM) and the University of Chicago (BA). He is an expert in the style and compositional practice of the Classical and Romantic periods. His compositions include one and a half symphonies, three string quartets and a one act opera as well as a good deal of musical theater songs. He wrote his first musical while in high school. In his free time he tries to study Ancient Greek, Plato especially. Samuel plays violin, and when not playing Bach to himself, he may found performing on student new music recitals. He has been recently learning to play the organ.
               Linda Jenkins
Linda Jenkins is a Master’s candidate at the University of Oregon where she studies with Molly Barth. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Music Performance under Dr. Conor Nelson and hails from Edmond, OK. Before coming to Oregon, Linda avidly competed in solo and chamber competitions in Ohio, placing in the COFA Solo Competition, the BGSU Concerto Competition, as well as the BGSU Chamber Music Competition. Linda’s focus at the University of Oregon has been collaborative in nature. She frequently performs contemporary chamber and solo works on Oregon Composers Forum events, and has premiered numerous works through collaborations with OCF. Linda also performs with orchestras in and around Eugene and enjoys working with the UO Flute Studio.
              Hendrik Mobley
Hendrik Mobley is a cellist and aspiring music educator at the University of Oregon. He began studying cello at the age of 9 through the school system in Salem, Oregon, and soon after took up private lessons. His involvement with cello and orchestra grew and by the end of high school, Mobley had performed in two state solo championships, multiple honors groups, and led the cello section of one of the best high school orchestras in the state of Oregon. Along with that, he served as cellist in two string quartets and helped conduct a string orchestra at his school. Mobley has premiered the works of many student composers, both from the University of Oregon and Western Oregon University and currently performs in the UO Symphony Orchestra and the UO Campus Orchestra. He resides in Eugene as he completes a degree in music education and can often be found with a score in his hands.

Concerts & Events

November 20, 2017

Result Announcement! - Recording Project - Call For Scores

Thank you everybody for your support and submissions! We have received so many wonderful music! Here is the result of this call, please make sure to like our Facebook page to keep track of our future calls!


Piece selected for Recording project:

Simon Hutchinson  TONGTOKKUNG for flute, clarinet, violin and cello.

Honorable mention (No particular order)

Rachel Whelan

Daniel DeLay 

Ian Evans Guthrie





TaiHei ensemble has a great opportunity to record a series of pieces in a professional studio with professional mixing and editing. We decided to announce a Call worldwide to provide this opportunity to more composers. The recording session will happen in the end of November. (Yes, quickly!) The DEADLINE for this call is November 12, 11:59pm PST, 2017. Please see application instructions below. This CfS is completely FREE though donations are greatly welcome!

If you want to make a donation, please contact us through email. 

Submission instruction below: 

1. The Call will give OCF members first propriety then to the composers outside of OCF. 
2. The music must be influenced by world music and culture. E.g. the music is influenced by the rhythmic pattern of the music from a ritual dance from the island of Indonesia. 
3. The age of composer may not exceed 40. 
4. The available instrumentation is: Flute, Clarinet, Violin/Viola (one person), Cello, Piano/Percussion (one person). Note: no keyboard percussion instruments. Pieces can be for all or any combination of the instrumentation including solos. 
5. Each applicant may not submit more than two pieces. 
6. The duration of the music should be 3 - 10 mins. 
7. We will select at least ONE piece to record, the composer will receive the recording and will be featured on all of our social media platforms; The selected piece(s) may be programmed on our future TaiHei concerts. 
8. Please send links of scores and recordings (not required but appreciated) on a streaming platform (dropbox, soundcloud, issuu, etc.) that doesn't require downloading the file to us at:
9. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to send us an email at

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