Kinds of Kings is a collective of US-based composers: ​

Shelley Washington   United States

Gemma Peacocke           New Zealand

Maria Kaoutzani           Cyprus

Intern: Jobelle Mesa      United States


March 2022

cincinnati symphony + Eighth blackbird



We are focussed on amplifying and advocating for under-heard voices and producing immersive and inclusive work.


In 2019 we launched the Bouman Fellowship  program for early  career composers. As part of our Artist Residency at National Sawdust, we are teaching composition to middle school students in conjunction with El Puente in Brooklyn.

In March 2022 the Cincinnati Symphony and Eighth Blackbird will premiere a brand new piece we're writing for them.

Our 2019-2020 concert series,

Equilibrium and Disturbance, featured our friends:

Rubiks Collective (Melbourne, Australia)

~Nois saxophone quartet (Chicago)

Pianist Isabelle O’Connell (New York)

Nouveau Classical Project (New York), and 

Real Loud (New York)