The Eugene Difficult Music Ensemble performs and commissions underrepresented experimental works in order to open ears and minds. We work to expand the definition of what music can be and what music is capable of achieving, as well as who is capable of achieving it.

Secretary  Milton Fernandez

JP Lempke is a composer and creator of bizarre things, many of which have been performed by individuals and groups like unassisted fold, Kanae Mizobuchi, and WasteLAnd. A winner of the American Guild of Organists Student Commissioning Project and a nominee for the Destellos Foundation Electroacoustic and Video-Music Competition, his works have been featured throughout the United States, Europe, and South Korea. In February 2020, he became executive director of the Eugene Difficult Music Ensemble, and he started up the Eugene Garbage Project that same year. He is currently getting a DMA in Data-Driven Instruments from the University of Oregon.

Originally from Dominican Republic, pianist Milton Fernández began his musical studies at an early age at the Dina Music Academy in his home country. He holds a BM in Piano Performance summa cum laude from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and MM and Performance Artist Certificate from Stephen F. Austin State University. Fernández has performed as a soloist with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Santo Domingo, the Camerata Washington Heights, and the Camerata Mozart Caribe. In 2015, he was accepted as a member of the American Association of Musicians of Honor. He is currently attaining a DMA and MA in Arts Administration at the University of Oregon. His teachers include Dr. Andrew Parr, Dr. Dean Kramer, and Dr. Claire Wacther.

Executive Director  JP Lempke
Treasurer  Kathie Hsieh

Kathie Hsieh is a percussionist, educator, composer, and arts administrator currently residing in Eugene, Oregon. Kathie’s mission as an artist is to help promote equity and inclusion in the arts through collaborating and creating new works with other artists. In addition, she believes in providing equal access to the arts for all communities.

Morgan is a trumpeter, educator, and musicologist. As dual master's degree student at the University of Oregon, Morgan serves as a graduate employee in the musicology department and is a member of the Oregon Brass Quintet. From playing orchestral music with the Oregon Mozart Players and Rogue Valley Symphony to performing experimental electronic duets with dog toy squeakers, Morgan is committed to exploring the full spectrum of performance possibilities with and without the trumpet in hand. Morgan's current musicological work explores vocality, embodiment, and subjectivity in Janelle Monáe's Dirty Computer. Morgan is also an avid paint-by-number enthusiast, camp song specialist, vocalist, and proud sibling/parent to three dogs: Louis, Raina, and Riley.

Public Relations  Morgan Bates

Rebecca is a Colorado native, working on her doctorate in oboe at the University of Oregon. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and her Master of Music at the University of Northern Colorado. During her master’s, Rebecca was a part of the Uncommon Ensemble, the university’s contemporary music group. While a member of this group, she experimented with graphic scores and was able to play various works by contemporary artists and composers. A notable performance was the commissioned work by Ken Uno at the TANK, a venue for the Sonic Arts in Rangely, Colorado.

Development  Rebecca Keller

Lee Pembleton has been composing and performing music for over forty years. The bulk of that time has been spent investigating sound environments and performative installations. He has been a member of several contemporary music/performance ensembles, jazz bands and the occasional rock, psychedelic and folk group. He has performed at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum, Roulette Intermedium, Issue Project Room, Mills College’s Littlefield Concert Hall, Milk of Burgundy, 55 Bar, Czar Bar, Flux Factory, Old Nick's, and many other obscure venues.

Administrative Assistant  Lee Pembleton
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