Composers/Arrangers (A - B)


ALEXANDER ABBOTT (b. 1950)

Alexander N. Abbott began playing the flute in 1967 as a self-taught musician and has nurtured his hobby by playing in local flute choirs. Alex enjoyed playing in these ensembles, but he noticed that the music written for flute choir was limiting and did not allow the players or the ensemble to reach their full potential. He continued to develop his talent as principal flutist in the Bathgate Amateur Orchestra and performed publicly with several other musical groups. 

In 1973 Alex began conducting flute choirs and arranging music he thought better suited the ensembles. Since then, he has arranged hundreds of works for flute choir and composed several original pieces, many of which received awards at Scotland's annual flute band competitions. He also serves as an adjudicator at various competitions and advises and composes for flute choir in Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

Alex has just recently moved from Northern Ireland back to his native Scotland and is currently devoting his time to composing for various flute ensembles. He has recently composed several new works for flute choir and also his first solo flute works for flutists in the Chattanooga, TN area.


JOHN LUTHER ADAMS (b. 1953)

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Called "one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century" (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), John Luther Adams is a composer whose life and work are deeply rooted in the natural world. Adams composes for orchestra, chamber ensembles, percussion and electronic media, and his music is recorded on Cold Blue, New World, Mode, Cantaloupe, and New Albion.

A recipient of the Heinz Award for his contributions to raising environmental awareness, Adams has also been honored with the Nemmers Prize from Northwestern University "for melding the physical and musical worlds into a unique artistic vision that transcends stylistic boundaries."

JLA's music is heard regularly all over the world. The Chicago Symphony, the Radio Netherlands Philharmonic, and the Melbourne Symphony have performed his Dark Waves for large orchestra and electronic sounds. Inuksuit for up to ninety-nine percussionists has been performed in New York City's Morningside Park and at the Park Avenue Armory, as well as many other outdoor venues throughout the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Adams is the author of Winter Music (2004), a collection of essays, journal entries and reflections on his life and work in Alaska. The subject of his second book is The Place Where You Go to Listen (2009) his installation at the Museum of the North that translates geophysical data streams into an ever-changing environment of sound and light. The Farthest Place (2012), a book-length critical study of JLA's music, includes essays by Kyle Gann, Steven Schick, Glenn Kotche and many other prominent musicians and scholars.

Adams has taught at Harvard University, the Oberlin Conservatory, Bennington College, and the University of Alaska. He has been composer in residence with the Anchorage Symphony, Anchorage Opera, Fairbanks Symphony, Arctic Chamber Orchestra, and the Alaska Public Radio Network, and he has served as president of the American Music Center.

Born in 1953, Adams grew up in the South and in the suburbs of New York City. He studied composition with James Tenney and Leonard Stein at the California Institute of the Arts, where he was in the first graduating class (in 1973). In the mid-1970s he became active in the campaign for the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and subsequently served as executive director of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.


KAREN ALMQUIST (b. 1954)

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Karen Almquist is a harpist and soprano performing for all occasions: weddings, funerals, receptions, corporate or private parties.  She's recorded three CD's with flutist Jennifer Grady. The duo is known as HarpSong.   


CLAUDIA ANDERSON (b. 1949)

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Claudia Anderson’s brilliance and originality as a solo performer (“Flute playing of the highest echelon” - New York Concert Artists Guild; “Vast range of sonorities” - Giornale di Sicilia) have graced audiences throughout the U.S., Europe and Brazil.  A Fullbright scholar to Italy, Ms. Anderson was subsequently principal flute of the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo in Palermo.

After returning to the U.S., she was solo piccolo for ten years with the Cedar Rapids Symphony and is presently principal flute with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony in Iowa.  During the summers she teaches at Rocky Ridge Music Center in CO, where she is also Program Director for the Junior Student Seminars.

Receiving degrees from the Universities of Michigan, Massachusetts and Iowa, Dr. Anderson is a guest artist and clinician at many colleges and music series around the country.  She also performs with flutist Jill Felber in the innovative duo ZAWA!  Her work with ZAWA! reflects the drama/theatricality of new music and the operatic stage, with their unconventional staging, lighting and costumes.

Faculty positions include Grinnell College, Universities of Iowa and Northern Iowa, Ithaca College and the University of California at Santa Barbara.


DEBORAH ANDERSON (b. 1950)

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Deborah Anderson grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and began composing as a small child.  Her studies over the years have included piano, voice, the Arabic ‘oud and the English lute, as well as seven foreign languages. She earned her B.A. in French (Lawrence University ’73, magna cum laude) following a year and a half in France. From 1975-1977 she served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia. After completing her M.A. in French (University of Washington, ’79) she taught on the college level.  World-wide travels have influenced her music, and she especially enjoys the challenge of writing for unusual combinations of instruments. To date, almost thirty pieces have been published - many by ALRY - and Anderson’s work has placed in three competitions.  Visit her web site at www.deborahjanderson.com


REBECCA TRYON ANDRES (MAGG) (b. 1950)

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Rebecca Tryon Andres is Principal Flutist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. She is a member of the DPO Woodwind Quintet and the Baroque Arts Trio. A faculty member at Xavier University, she has taught at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati; Northern Kentucky University; and the University of Dayton. A Life Member of the National Flute Association, she has served as Secretary, Copy Editor of the Flutist Quarterly, and has chaired the Young Artist Competition. She has performed at the Columbus, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Dallas conventions. 


MICHAEL ANNICCHIARICO (b. 1953)

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Michael Annicchiarico is active as a composer, arranger, teacher, and performer. He has composed and arranged works for orchestra, band, chorus, chamber ensemble, and jazz band. His music has been performed by such groups as the Ohio State Wind ensemble and the Jazz Heritage Orchestra of Cleveland, Ohio, and has been recorded by the Concord Chorale, femme m’amie, and the University of New Hampshire Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Annicchiarico is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the University of New Hampshire.  


ARMANDO TORRES ARELLANO

Aventurero and Sonador are among Armando Torres Arellano’sfirst publications. Currently, he is writing for wind ensemble and smaller chamber groups. He is active in scoring short films and animation projects in the Los Angeles area.


J. BRUCE ASHTON

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Born in central Ohio, Bruce Ashton was privileged to grow up in a very musical family, developing pianistic and accompanying skills early on. His B.Mus. (Capital Univ.), M.Mus. (American Conservatory), and D.M.A. (Univ. of Cincinnati's CCM) are all in piano performance. Each level of study also included training in composition with such teachers as Stella Roberts and T. Scott Huston.

For nearly 40 years, Dr. Ashton was Professor of Music at Southern Adventist University (near Chattanooga), teaching Piano, Music Theory, Music History, Form and Analysis, Orchestration and Arranging, and Music Appreciation. In retirement, he continues teaching, as he invests more of his time in composition.  With Southern's fine symphony, he has performed many of the standard piano concerti: Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven, Liszt, Rachmaninoff. He is a frequent recitalist, and is in constant demand in the area as an accompanist for concerts and recitals by local artists, colleagues and students.

Most of Dr. Ashton's composing and arranging has been to supply specific events, often for unusual combinations of instruments, and most often for religious services. His works are characterized by strong and effective voice-leading, but never so pedantically as to inhibit a convincing aural impact. His music is warm and compelling, lyric, harmonically interesting, and above all accessible. 


WILLIAM AVERITT (b. 1948)

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William Averitt is the composer of numerous works which have received performances throughout the United States and in Western Europe, Russia and Asia. He has received several composer fellowships, grants and commissions from a wide variety of sources such as the National Endowment for the Arts (twice), VMTA/MTNA (five times), Meet the Composer and the Atlanta Chamber Players. Recent commissions have been completed for Texas Lutheran University (The Deepness of the Blue, From Dreams and Scenes, premiered in 2012), Choral Arts of Seattle (The Dream Keeper, premiered in 2009), VMTA (The Memory of Shadows, premiered in 2007), organist Dudley Oakes (The Seventh Seal, premiered at the Washington National Cathedral in 2006), the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh (Lacrymae, premiered in 2003), Opus 3 Trio of Washington, DC (Harmonia, premiered in 2001) and Murray State University Concert Choir and Shenandoah Conservatory Chamber Choir (both for a cappella Latin motets for Spring 2001 tours of Italy).

Mr. Averitt also has been active as a conductor. He was Founder and, for ten seasons, Music Director of WInchester Musica Viva, a community-based professional-level chamber choir. In December 1988, he was presented the first annual “Artie” Award for Excellence in Music by the Shenandoah Arts Council as a reflection of his work with this ensemble in the Winchester area. In the late 1970s, he conducted several seasons with the Front Royal Oratorio Society. He was Founder/Music Director of Consort of Voices in 1995-96. From 1981 to 1987, he was Conductor of Orchestras and Opera at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University.

Averitt, a native of Paducah, Kentucky, received the B.M. in Composition with highest honors from Murray (KY) State University and the M.M. and D.M. in Composition from the Florida State University through an N.D.E.A. Fellowship. In addition, he did summer studies at Tanglewood (Bruno Maderna Memorial Fellowship); Yale (Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship); the Haydn Performance Seminar in Eisenstadt, Austria; the Wolf Trap - American University in Washington, DC; Bach Performance Seminars in Stuttgart, Germany and Brattleboro, Vermont; and at the N.E.H.-sponsored “Seminar in Editing Music of the Classic Period” at the University of Maryland. His composition teachers included James Woodard at Murray State, John Boda at Florida State and Betsy Jolas at Tanglewood.

Dr. Averitt is Professor Emeritus of Music and formerly Coordinator of Composition at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia where he was on the faculty from 1973 to 2012. In the Spring 2000, he was presented with the Wilkins Appreciation Award for Faculty Excellence by the University.


DENNIS AVEY

Dennis Hugh Avey studied composition at Morehead State University and Ohio State University. He has composed a number of choral and vocal works. Mr. Avey is currently employed by a large printed music establishment in Columbus, Ohio.


BJORN AXELSSON (1943-2012)

Bjorn Axelsson graduated from the Malmo College of Music in Sweden in 1971, and has been teaching flute at The Culture School of Kalmar since 1974. He is a recipient of the Culture Prize of Kalmar and is a published composer of flute music in Sweden. In 1991 he won a scholarship from The Associated Board of Music in England and studied at the Royal College of Music in London, where he received a Licentiate of Royal Schools of Music. Axelsson has played in the Malmo Symphonic Orchestra and has recorded Swedish flute music for radio, especially flute sonatas by the Swedish baroque composer Johan Helmich Roman (1694-1758).


MICHAEL AXTELL

Michael Axtell served eighteen years as principal piccolo and principal flute with the English National Opera Company. Before that he was principal flute with the Ballet Rambert and Festival Ballet companies and the English Sinfonia Orchestra. Mr. Axtell has also served as guest principal flute with the Northern Sinfonia, B.B.C. Welsh, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Sidney Symphony and Sinfonica de Evskadi orchestra of Spain. He has done extra work with the B.B.C. Symphony, B.B.C. Concert, London Sinfonietta, English Chamber and Welsh National Opera Orchestras. Michael Axtell has been a player/director with various chamber music groups performing at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Barbican and Fairfield Halls.


JOSEPH BABER (b. 1937)

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Joseph Baber was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1937. A graduate of Eastman, he has played in a number of major orchestras and taught at several universities. He is well-known for his vocal music, especially the three operas written in collaboration with the novelist John Gardner, Frankenstein, Rumpelstiltskin and Samson and the Witch. At present, he is Composer-in-residence at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where he lives with his wife, the singer Melissa Kelley, and their three children.


LINDA BADAMI

Linda Badami graduated from Bryant and Stratton Business Institute in Buffalo, New York. For the past twenty years, she has been employed by the University of Rochester. Mrs. Badami has studied flute with Donald A. Hartman (SUNY Fredonia), Mardelle C. Marcellus and Mary Krustenjerna (Eastman). She has played flute since the age of 11 and her musical activities include participating in two community orchestra, University of Rochester Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra and the Perinton Concert Band. Linda is proud of the Silvertones Flute Choir, which she organized, coordinated, and has guided since 1983.


PAUL BASLER (b. 1963)

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One of the most performed composers of his generation, Paul Basler’s music has been presented throughout the world and recent compositions have received performances at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, the Spoleto Festival, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Aspen Music Festival, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Sydney Opera House and in Shanghai by the Shanghai Philharmonic. Basler is currently Professor of Music at the University of Florida where he teaches horn and composition. 


SARAH BASSINGTHWAIGHTE (b. 1967)

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Sarah Bassingthwaighte is an award-winning flutist and composer, receiving accolades in both of these roles in Europe, Russia, and the United States. Her solo and chamber music performances have been especially lauded for their convincing and polished interpretations of contemporary music, including many premieres. She performed Jacques Ibert’s Concerto with the Seattle Symphony at the age of 18, which was the beginning of performances with many magnificent musicians. Her CDs of solo 20th Century flute music include Stalks in the Breeze and Flute Meets Machine. Her solo recordings of music for flute and electronics have also appeared on the Centaur and CCMC labels. She has received wonderful reviews, including the British journal Pan Magazine which acclaims her “hypnotic and rich sound” and goes on to say “The tone quality is full of depth and power. Bassingthwaighte seems to have a particular talent for communicating the message of contemporary pieces,” which are “performed with polish and virtuosity,”

Dr. Bassingthwaighte served on the University of Washington faculty 2006-07, and also is adjunct professor of flute and chamber music at Seattle University. Bassingthwaighte holds teaching very dear to her heart, coaching frequently, including for the Seattle Youth Symphony organization, and appearing regularly as an adjudicator of both flute and composition in the Northwest. In summer 2001, she served on the faculty of the Rachmaninov Institute in Tambov, Russia, performing and teaching master classes for their Summer Festival. Sarah is a past president of the Seattle Flute Society and served on the programming committee for the National Flute Association in 2001. She was a featured speaker and performer at the 2001 National Flute Convention in Dallas as well as for the 2007 NFA Convention in Albuquerque, and has performed as a soloist at the College Music Society Regional and National Conferences. She currently also serves on the executive board of the Gallery Concert Series, a series of Baroque and classical music on historical instruments.

She has worked closely with a number of composers, including Seattle composers Richard Karpen, Bret Battey and Diane Thome, especially in the field of electroacoustic music. She actively commissions new pieces for solo flute or chamber ensembles, and has been responsible for the commission, performance, and recording of more than 25 new pieces. She is a founding member of the contemporary chamber group, Affinity; a group that has premiered dozens of new pieces since their inception in 1997 and is featured as a composer by the Seattle Mayor’s Office. Bassingthwaighte maintains an interactive website of works for flute and electronics (www.subliminal.org/flute), and a personal website of her flute and composing activities (www.sarahbassingthwaighte.com).

She has a DMA in flute performance and an MM in composition and theory from the University of Washington, an MA in theory and pedagogy from Central Washington University, and a BM Honors in performance from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her teachers include Carol Wincenc, Julius Baker, Peter Lloyd, James Pellerite, Felix Skowronek, Bonnie Blanchard and Hal Ott. 


GARTH BAXTER (b. 1946)

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Noted for his modern traditionalist style of writing, Garth Baxter was born in Philadelphia, PA, in 1946 and moved to California at the age of nine. He earned music degrees from Pepperdine University and California State University at Northridge. He studied composition with Robert Hall Lewis, Joseph Wagner, and William Thornton. Baxter's compositions for chorus, flute, voice, guitar, and piano, as well as other instrumental combinations, have been performed throughout North America and Europe. A recipient of numerous awards, commissions, and honors for his music, he is on the music faculty of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, where he lives with his wife, Katherine. 


JONATHAN G. BAYLEY (b. 1951)

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Dr. Jonathan Bayley is Professor of music at the University of Windsor, Canada. He has been the Director of the School of Music and was also a flute instructor at Alberta College Conservatory of Music for 15 years where he also founded and directed the flute choir. He studied flute with Jeanne Baxtresser (principal flute New York Philharmonic), Francis Blaisdell (Stanford University), and Robert Aitken. Dr. Bayley has written and published several arrangements and original works. Two of his recordings, Music for Flute and Guitar and Between the Silence, have received international airplay. He has premiered numerous works for flute and most recently commissioned and premiered a Sonata for Flute and Organ by Matt Doran. 


ROBERT CHARLTON BAYLEY (1913-1995)

Robert Charlton Bayley composed over forty works for choir, piano, voice, and various instrumental combinations. His publishers include Berandol, Frederick Harris and Hope. Mr. Bayley was a Professor of Music Education, at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, and taught many students piano, organ and flute.


BRUCE BEHNKE (b. 1950)

Bruce Behnke is a 1972 graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Master’s Degree from Saginaw Valley State University. From 1978 to 1986, he was associated with the Delta College Flute Choir of Michigan as an assistant conductor, accompanist, and arranger. He is a retired public school music teacher and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.


WILLIAM BENNETT (b. 1936)

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One of the foremost musical artists performing today, William Bennett has raised the profile of the flute to that of an instrument capable of a wide range of tonal colours, dynamics, and expression, giving it the depth, dignity, and grandeur of the voice or a string instrument.

He studied in London with Geoffrey Gilbert, and in France with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Marcel Moyse. He has been principal flute in many orchestras including the London Symphony, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and the English Chamber Orchestra.

The Master classes of Marcel Moyse in Switzerland in the late 70's provided extra stimulus and inspiration so that, in tandem with William Bennett's burgeoning career developed as an International soloist and recording artist Partnerships with Clifford Benson (piano) and George Malcolm (harpsichord) and solo recordings mth Yehudi Menuhin, the Grumiaux Trio, I Musici, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and the English Chamber Orchestra have received international acclaim and enthusiastic reviews in record and CD journals.

Early in his career he made the first English recording of the complete Handel Flute Sonatas, and of contemporary works including the Sonatine of Boulez, Berio's Sequenza, Messaien's Merle Noir, and Richard Rodney Bennett's "Winter Music" (written for him).

In addition to recording the standard flute repertoire of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart, etc., he has made pioneer recordings of many neglected 19th century works, such as music by Ries, Romberg, and Taffanel. He has recorded with artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Wynton Marsalis. He has made over 90 CD's as a soloist.

Recently he premiered the Concerto by William Mathias, the Concerto by Diana Burrell and the Concerto for Flute and Flute Orchestra by Venezuelan composer Raymund Pineda. All of these were specially written for him.

This year his Concert engagement take him to U.S.A (February, May, June), Switzerland, Japan, Venezuela.China/Taiwan etc. and he is going to record several contemporary Flute Concertos with English Chamber Orchestra and two CDs.

In January 1995 H.M. The Queen presented William Bennett with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (O.B.E) for his distinguished Services to Music.

In 2002 he was awarded the National Flute Association's "Lifetime Achievement Award" and in 2003 he was appointed the British Flute Society's "Flautist Laureate".  In 2004 he was awarded the title of " Flute of Gold" from the Italian "Falaut" Flute society. In 2009 he was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by Chicago Flute Club.


JANE BENT - bio coming soon


TONJE ELISABETH BERG (b. 1980)

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Tonje Elisabeth Berg is a flutist in The Norwegian Air Force Band. She is currently an assistant teacher in the department of Music at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Stavanger and a master’s degree at The Royal Danish Academy of Music. In 2001, she received a scholarship from British Petroleum. In addition to her regular job, she is an active freelancer in many different orchestras and ensembles. 


MARLENE BLACKBURN (b. 1957)

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Marlene Blackburn began her musical studies at the age of 10, studying piano and voice at St. Veronica's School. Several years later she enrolled at the McGill Preparatory School of Music where she studied flute, theory, and played with the Montreal Youth Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Kerry Stratton.

Upon moving to Ottawa, she enrolled at the Conservatoire de Musiquie de Hull where she studied flute with Madame Gail Grimstead-Michaud, who was one of Jean-Pierre Rampal's most outstanding students. Her teachers have since included Jean-Guy Brault and Robert Cram (National Arts Centre Orchestra), and Jeanne Baxtresser (formerly principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic). In addition she has attended master classes with Nora Shulman (Toronto Symphony Orchestra), William Bennett (London Symphony Orchestra), the late Julius Baker (New York Philharmonic Orchestra) and Jean-Pierre Rampal.

Marlene went on to obtain her honours Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa and later the Bachelor of Education. Upon graduating she auditioned for and won the first flute position with the Central Band of the Canadian Forces; she was the youngest to ever hold the position. During her career she has performed with the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Ottawa Pops Orchestra, the Ottawa Theatre Orchetra, the Gatineau Symphony, the Seosan Symphony, and the Huronia Symphony.

As well as performing and teaching, Marlene is an avid composer and conductor. Her song "Ottawa" was one of the winning entries in the national "Song for Ottawa Competition." She has also written theme songs for Bell Canada, the United Way and the City of Calgary.

Marlene has also studied conducting with John-Kim Bell of the Toronto Symphony and Gerhard Markson of the Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg.

She has recorded for CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) programs such as 'Montreal Après Midi', 'Concertime','Jeune Artistes' and 'Banc D'Essai', and hosted the arts television show 'Arts Magazine'.

In 2008, she was one of the few flutists selected by Sir James Galway to perform at his prestigious Master Class in Weggis, Switzerland.

Most recently, Marlene taught at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). During that time she collaborate with Karen Moratz, principal flutist of the Indianapolis Symphony, in designing an ergonomic flute headjoint. Marlene holds a Master of Science degree in Music Technology.


JAMES BOATMAN (b. 1958)

James Boatman is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts (B.M.) and the University of Michigan (M.M.). His diverse musical background ranges from a tour with the United States Marine Corps to appearances with noted celebrities such as Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, and Lenny Pickett. He has also appeared countless times as saxophonist with symphony orchestras throughout the Southeastern United States and was a founding member of the New Century Saxophone Quartet. As the only saxophone quartet to win First Prize of the Concert Artists Guild New York Competition, the New Century Saxophone Quartet is a pioneering and versatile group winning new-found enthusiasm for the saxophone quartet and its diverse repertory. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and Chamber Music America, New Century has been heard in major concert venues in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Amsterdam; on radio and television in the United States, Europe, and Central America; and in unusual performance settings ranging from a Command Performance for President Clinton in the White House in 1995 to a concerto performance with the United States Navy Band. In 1997, New Century was invited back to Washington D.C. to perform at the second inauguration of Bill Clinton. James Boatman’s arrangements can be heard on the New Century Saxophone Quartet’s recordings Drastic Measures and Main Street USA, both released on the Dutch label Channel Classics.


JAN BOLAND (b. 1944)

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Flutist Jan Boland and guitarist John Dowdall were each awarded a prestigious Solo Recitalist Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts for the 1993-1996 concert seasons. Together they tour internationally as the Boland-Dowdall Duo, playing concerts of 19th-century salon music on period instruments. They have appeared in concert as featured artists at California Summer Arts, the Magnano Festival (Italy) and Tage Alte Musik (Regensberg, Germany). The duo's award-winning compact discs of 19th-century music appear on the Koch International Classics and Titanic Record labels. 


BENJAMIN BOONE (b. 1963)

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Born in Statesville, NC in 1963, composer and jazz saxophonist Benjamin Boone now resides in Fresno, California, where he is an Assistant Professor of Music at California State University. Other works by Boone, published by ALRY Publications, include: We Wish You a Merry Christmas (for saxophone quartet), Over the Edge (for flute choir—the title track of the national Flute Choir CD), and A Tribute to Debussy's Syrinx (for solo flute). Boone's compositions for saxophone include Election Year (for solo saxophone), High Octane (tor piano and saxophone), The Gospel Hour (for alto saxophone and tuba/trombone), Alley Dance (for saxophone quartet), Squeeze (for alto saxophone and orchestra or wind ensemble), and Vicissitudes (tor saxophone quartet and wind ensemble). Boone appears with The Transatlantic Reed-String Project on the Capstone Records CD Eastbound—Westbound


DOUG BORWICK (b. 1952)

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Doug Borwick is author of Engaging Matters, a blog for ArtsJournal and author/editor of Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S. He served as President of the Board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, an international organization of higher education programs in the field, from 2010-2012. For three decades he was Director of the Arts Management and Not-for-Profit Management Programs and as Professor or Not-for-Profit Management, Arts Management, and Music at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Borwick is CEO of Outfitters4, Inc., providing management services for nonprofits and of ArtsEngaged, offering training and consultation services to artists and arts organizations seeking to more effectively engage with their communities. Dr. Borwick holds the Ph.D. in Music Composition from the Eastman School of Music and is an award-winning member of ASCAP.

Dr. Borwick received his B.M. (summa cum laude) and M.M. from Baylor University and his Ph.D. in composition (1979) from the Eastman School of Music.  He has studied with Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Joseph Schwantner, Russell Peck, and Richard Willis.  His composition honors include the Washington International Competition for String Quartet Composition and the Sernoffsky Prize.  He won the 1987 Hinda Honigman Cup (presented annually by the NC Federation of Music Clubs for the outstanding composition by a NC composer) for his orchestral work 'Round the Ring of the Moon.  He is a recipient of grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, the American Music Center, and Meet the Composer and has earned ASCAP Awards annually for the last twenty-five years. Dr. Borwick’s music has been performed throughout the United States and has been published by ALRY Publications, Etc., inc.; Leyerle Publications; and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.  His composition Silver Winds, is included on the National Flute Choir’s CD High Altitude


MICHAEL BRAZ (b. 1949)

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Dr. Michael Braz received his B.M. and M.M. degrees feom the University of Miami, later completing a Ph.D. as a University Fellow at Florida State University. A keyboard soloist in England's Haslemere Festival of Early Music, he has also collaborated with numerous orchestras, music festivals, and ensembles ranging from chamber music to jazz and rock. As a composer, Braz has created orchestra/choral commissions for professional, collegiate, and school/ community ensembles across the country and received an American Composers Forum/Rockefeller Brother Fund “Faith Partners” grant.  Additionally, Braz has written two operas, Memoirs from the Holocaust and A Scholar Under Siege.

In his many years as a music educator, he has served as Associate Director of the Miami Choral Society, Conductor/Musical Director of the Boy Singers of Maine, and Founder/Director of Tallahassee's Capital Children's Chorus and the Statesboro (GA) Youth Chorale. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Music at Georgia Southern University, where he has taught theory/composition and education, as well as classes on such subjects as Finale music software and Wagner's Ring Cycle. He is in demand as a pianist, clinician and adjudicator, and—combining a love of teaching and travel—has taught in England, Nepal, and China.


SALVADOR BROTONS (b. 1959)

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Salvador Brotons was born in Barcelona in 1959. He studied Flute with his father and did his musical studies at the Barcelona Conservatory of Music, achieving the Superior title in Flute, Composition and Orchestra Conducting. In 1985 he moved to the United States and received his Doctorate in Music from Florida State University. He has been a pupil of X. Monsalvatge and R. Johnson in Composition, and A. Ros-Marba and P. Spurgeon in Conducting.

From 1977 to 1985 he served as principal flute of the Barcelona Opera Orchestra as well as being a member of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Brotons has composed a considerable amount of orchestral, chamber and vocal pieces and has received thirteen composition awards including the Spanish National Orchestra Award for his Four Pieces for Strings (1977), the Golden Youth Award (1980), the Generalitat of Catalunya Prize for his Second Symphony (1984). The Barcelona Town Prize for his Absences for orchestra (1986), the Southeastern Composers League (1986), the Madison University Flute Choir Composition Award (1987), and the Queen Sofia prize (1991) for his Virtus for orchestra. Twenty nine of his pieces have been published by major publishers in Catalonia, England, France, Spain and the United States.

He has premiered his Opera in two acts Everyman commissioned by the Florida State University and WFSU-TV in Tallahassee, and he is a busy composer receiving continuously new commissions. Nineteen of his pieces have been recorded in several CD's and records in Europe as well as in USA.

While continuing his deep interest in composing, Dr. Brotons' main activity is conducting. He has guest conducted several orchestras and ensembles in America as well as in Europe. He has conducted four of his compositions in two records by the recording companies EMI and GARNET.

Dr. Brotons is currently Associate Professor of Music at Portland State University, where he teaches Counterpoint and Music Literature, and is the Conductor of the University Orchestra. He is also the Music Director and Conductor of the Vancouver (WA) Symphony Orchestra.


ELTON BURGSTAHLER (b. 1924)

Elton Burgstahler was born in California and attended the public schools of Lodi, California. He received the AB and BMus degrees from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He earned the MMus Degree in Theory and Composition at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and earned a PhD in Music Education at Florida State University, where he was coordinator of Music Theory. He has served as church organist and choir director, and has conducted choral and instrumental ensembles and opera. He is a member of ASCAP and has approximately 40 compositions published. His flute ensemble works were performed by the Southwest Missouri State University Flute Ensemble, organized and directed by his wife, Vicki McKay Burgstahler.


SONNY BURNETTE (b. 1952)

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Sonny Burnette holds music degrees from Ball State University, Northwestern University and the University of South Florida. He is currently chair of the Music Department at Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky, where he teaches saxophone/flute, music theory and MIDI computer music. In addition to having published articles in leading music journals, he has also published works for solo saxophone, flute choir and brass quintet.

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