Golden Hornet
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Golden Hornet Project, Inc. (now known as Golden Hornet) is an Austin, Texas based 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 1999 by composer-bandleaders Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopchinski. 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 also play in bands. In 1999 this independent classical movement barley existed. Now it’s thriving in cities around the world.



As part of the movement to reinvigorate new classical music for the 21st century, Golden Hornet seeks to combine the best rock music practices with the best of the traditional concert hall through fostering composers, commissioning new music and presenting works in concert.


Core Staff

Artistic Director – Graham Reynolds
Executive Director – David Lobel
Managing Director – Cassie Shankman

Board of Directors

Board President & Treasurer – Blake Trabulsi
Artistic Director & Board Secretary – Ron Berry (of Fusebox Festival)
Student Board & Representative – Noah Simon
Executive Director – Ann Hume-Wilson (of KMFA)
Board Member – Tim League (Founder and Owner of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas)
Board Member – Josh Robbins (Co-founder and Bandleader of Invincible Czars)
Board Member – Kathyrn Blackbird
Board Member – Adrian Quesada (Producer-Musician, Brownout, Grupo Fantasma)
Board Member – Madge Darlington (Co-producing Artistic Director of Rude Mechs)

Advisory Board

Graham Williams (Owner-Partner of Transmission Entertainment), Eugene Sepulveda, Peter Bay, Cookie Ruiz, Michelle Schumann

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

The ambition and invention of instigators Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski range from symphonies, soundtracks, to improvised superrock. Their recordings are a catalog of their adventures crossbreeding classical futurism and punk esprit.
–Rolling Stone