Founder & Experience Curator
Experience Curator and D-Composed founder Kori Coleman, is a graduate of Spelman College with a degree in Philosophy, and a background in entertainment & lifestyle television production. During her TV career, she developed the luxury lifestyle brand The Chicagolite, which allowed her to gain deep insights in the Chicago event world.
Following her TV career, Kori entered the world of experiential marketing as a creative strategist at a brand experience agency. In her role, she has lead and assisted with the creative conceptualization and overall creative oversight for B2B and B2C activations and events. Her portfolio includes work with Fortune 500 clients such as Hilton Enterprise, Intuit, and nonprofits such as Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Chicago Children’s Museum. Her background in the experiential marketing space allows her to approach each event with strategy and intention.
After attending numerous luxury events across the city, Kori noticed the lack of fine art and luxury experiences catered to the black community. With this in mind, she sought out Artistic Director Danielle Taylor to bring a thematic, interactive series to life.
Kori invests much of her time to align the D-Composed experience with local and national partners. In addition, she also works to infuse unique and creative concepts that will redefine the classical music experience. She along with Danielle aim to create a space that is approachable and inclusive that emphasizes comfort for all to enjoy.
Fun fact: Kori is also a former violinist and oboeist who lost all her playing ability due to teenage rebellion.
Artistic director & Violist
Danielle Taylor is a Chicago based violinist, violist, and writer. A native of Oakland, California, Danielle began playing violin in the Oakland Public Schools. With academic and performance degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory, Danielle is currently finishing her Master’s in Violin Performance from Northwestern University, under the tutelage of Blair Milton (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), with mentors including Victor Yampolsky (Director of Orchestras, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University), and Camden Shaw (Dover Quartet).
In addition to completing her graduate studies, Danielle currently teaches in various capacities in the Chicago area. As an orchestral musician, in 2017 Danielle received a fellowship with the Grant Park Music Festival’s Project Inclusion program, and is currently a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion Ensemble. Danielle is a member of the Zafa Collective- a Chicago based, new music collective.
Outside of the performance field, Danielle is a content researcher and writer for Rachel Barton Pine’s Music by Black Composers series.