S. Wellington (they/them) has many names. Including but not limited to Silen, Charlie, Renn, Damian, Xavia Astra, and sweet prince. They were born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1995 and currently reside in Boulder, Colorado. They have undergraduate degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder in Music Composition and Psychology.
Silen has premiered works internationally from Hyderabad, India to Boston, Massachusetts with ensembles such as wind symphony, orchestra, solo instruments, electronics, string quartet, clarinet choir, sax quartet, and various other chamber ensembles. From 2015-2018 they were the recipient of the Pete Smythe Scholarship, the Peter and Julianne Steinhauer Scholarship, the Richard Toensing Undergraduate Composition Scholarship, the James M. Grossi Composition Scholarship, the Undergraduate Composition Award, and the Spark Undergraduate Electroacoustic Music Award, the Evan Wolfson LGBT Writing Prize, and the Dorothy Martin Scholarship, all from the University of Colorado Boulder. The have won competitions from professional ensembles and organizations such as Ars Nova, the Playground Ensemble, SEAMUS Allen Strange Award, and received commissions from solo performers and ensembles such as Resonance Women’s Chorus and Phoenix: Colorado’s Transgender Community Choir. They have studied composition with Patricia Burge, John Drumheller, Daniel Kellogg, Carter Pann, and Nathan Hall.
In addition to composing, Silen has played piano from the age of 6 and has studied with Elizabeth Jaeger, Patricia Burge, Doris Lehnert, and Jennifer Hayghe.
Avidly interdisciplinary, Silen also writes poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction and has received numerous prizes for their work, often weaving spoken word into their performance art.