Performed by:
New Morse Code, with Katie Hyun

Michael Compitello (Marimba)
Hannah Collins (Cello)
Katie Hyun (Violin)

Video: Four/Ten Media




A quick succession of light soft tapping sounds: the patter of rain on the rooftops. To move with light, softly audible steps: the patter of little feet around the house. A conversation heard faintly, through the door or the floor: the patter of sisters, friends or neighbors speaking quietly.


Celebrated for his “roiling, insistent orchestral figuration” (New York Times) and “glittery, percussive pieces” (Toronto Globe and Mail), composer Robert Honstein (b. 1980) is a composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music. His works have been performed throughout the world by ensembles such as the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, eighth blackbird, Ensemble ACJW, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Mivos quartet, the Del Sol Quartet, Concert Black, TIGUE, and Present Music, among others. He has received an Aaron Copland Award, multiple ASCAP awards and other honors from SCI, Carnegie Hall, and New Music USA. He has also received residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Copland House, the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center.



New Morse Code is devoted to bold and engaging performances of music worth sharing. Omnivorous, rigorous and inventive, Hannah Collins and Michael Compitello activate the unexpected range and unique sonic world of cello and percussion to catalyze and champion the compelling works of young composers. To Hannah and Michael, collaboration involves drawing upon mutual influences while generating and refining material together over an extended period of time. Through close work with colleagues, New Morse Code generates a singular and personal repertoire which reflects both their friends’ creative voices and their own perspectives.

New Morse Code serves as co-directors of the Avaloch Farm New Music Initiative, a summer residency program in Boscawen, New Hampshire designed to provide resources and support for performers and composers collaborating on new works.

Hannah and Michael teach at the University of Kansas.

Praised for her “sensitivity and top shelf artistry” (, violinist Katie Hyun is a winner of Astral’s 2016 National Auditions and was recently appointed concertmaster of NOVUS Trinity Wall Street. She has made solo appearances with the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Columbia Festival Orchestra, among others. Additional highlights include concerto performances with the Busan Sinfonietta and Incheon Philharmonic in South Korea. Katie was a founding member of the award winning Amphion String Quartet, which won Concert Artists’ Guild in 2011 and a spot on the roster of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two Program. The Amphion String Quartet’s debut CD was also featured on the New York Times’ ‘Best of 2015.’ Katie is the founder and director of Quodlibet Ensemble, a small chamber orchestra that has performed at the Shepherd Music Series in Collinsville, Yale British Arts Center, Drew University in Madison, NJ, and recently made its New York debut in March 2016 followed by an appearance at Rockefeller University in NYC. Quodlibet Ensemble also released its debut album in the spring of 2014.