ROBERT BRYAN CALVERT (b. 1963)
Robert Bryan Calvert received musical training in Kentucky public schools, Western Kentucky University, and Baptist Bible College of Springfield, MO. He has been published by Soundforth of Greenville, SC, and has authored a choral series for volunteer church choir entitled “Psalm Service.” He is currently developing a musical memorization program for preschoolers. The Calvert family resides in Rocky Mount, NC.
FRANCESCO CAMUGLIA (b. 1990)
Francesco Camuglia, flutist, is currently continuing his studies in Berlin after receiving a Fulbright grant for the 2012-2013 year. In addition to private studies with Andreas Blau of the Berlin Philharmonic, he is pursuing a Master of Music degree with Benoit Fromanger at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler”. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2012 from The Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, where he studied with Jim Walker. Originally from Las Vegas, he graduated as valedictorian from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts.
Francesco served as second flutist of the Boise Philharmonic for their 2010-2011 season and was recently principal flute of both the Britten-Pears Orchestra in Aldeburgh, England and the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall. In recent summers, he has been a fellow at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. A current member of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic, he also performed as a member of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra and American Youth Symphony during his studies in Los Angeles.
Upon winning their respective young artist competitions, he has performed concertos with the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, Sarasota Music Festival Orchestra, Downey Symphony Orchestra and Las Vegas Philharmonic. His other concerto appearances include performances with the Music Academy of the West Chamber Orchestra, Colburn Chamber Music Society, Colburn Outreach Orchestra and Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic. In recent years, he has also received top prizes from competitions such as the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artist Competition and Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition.
JIM CANTER (b. 1952)
James Canter is a native of Oakland, California. He received his undergraduate degree at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, Tennessee; his MA degree from Sam Houston State State University, Huntsville, Texas; and his DM in music composition from The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. Mr. Canter’s teachers have included Robert Jager, Fisher Tull, Newton Strandberg, and Dr. Roy Johnson.
TOBY CAPLAN-STONEFIELD (b. 1936)
Toby Caplan-Stonefield became a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 20. Since that time she has been in the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, Ojai Festival Arts Orchestra, Monday Evening Concerts Ensemble, Greek Theatre Ballet Orchestra, Glendale Symphony, and principal flute for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera. She does freelancing for the film industry including principal flute for MGM on “Dr. Zhivago,” and work at Universal, CBS, Disney, and Paramount Studios. Toby has done many solo recitals throughout the Southern California area.
Toby attended USC, Music Academy of the West on scholarship, and is a graduate of Drake University School of Fine Arts. She has studied with Elise Baxter Moennig, Doriot Anthony Dwyer (a student of Joseph Mariano), Luella Howard, Roger Stevens (Mariano), Nathan Jones (a student of William Kincaid), and George Drexler (a student of Georges Barrere). She has taught at the Beverly Hills Unified School District, California State University at Northridge, California State University at Los Angeles, Los Angeles Pierce College, and has been chair of the Wind Department of the Southern California Conservatory of Music since 1987. She continues to be very active in the Music Teachers Association of California, and has been selected for Who’s Who in Music 10th Edition and the 1998 Edition of Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers. Several of her former students are now playing professionally.
LEONELLO CAPODAGLIO (b. 1945)
Leonello Capodaglio was born in 1945 and resides in Lendinara, in the Venetian region of Italy. He has studied in Venice with Gino Gorini (piano), Gian Francesco Malipiero and Ugo Amendola (composition), Franco Ferrara (conductor), and Egida Giordani Sartori (harpsichord). He has enjoyed being the pianist, composer, harpsichord soloist and conductor of many orchestras. Currently he directs the Orchestra Filarmonica Veneta after having spent time directing the musical Conservatory of Adria.
Leonello has won numerous national and international awards, and is currently the judge of many composition competitions, among which is the prestigious “V. Bucchi” in Rome.
He is the composer of 290 works in the tonal style, 170 of which have been published by the greatest Italian and foreign editions. His works have been performed on over 300 occasions in Italy and around the world, as well as having been broadcast on radio and television, and recorded on various labels.
Leonello's most notable compositions are three operas: “Fornarina”, “Calliroe” and “Fanny”, three Oratorios, a Marian Cantata, a Symphony, Suites for Strings and “La Beltà” (The Beauty), a cycle of six works for soloist and orchestra. In addition to his work as a composer, Leonello is also active in the role of musicologist and lectures on the discovery of the technical phonocromatica used by Antonio Vivaldi. He has published six volumes of poetry and prose.
GERALD CAREY (b. 1936)
Gerald Carey is principal flute of the Quad City Symphony—a position he has held since 1978. He retired from Western Illinois University in 1999, where he was professor of flute and a founding member of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet. Internationally, Carey has presented concerts, recitals, and masterclasses in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Taiwan, and the former Yugoslavia. He has recorded for Coronet, Mercury, Everest, Music Minus One, and Opus One Records.
As an active and lifetime member of the NFA, he has served as president (1990–91), convention program chair for the New Orleans Convention (1989), member and chair of the board, competitions coordinator, exhibits coordinator, and program book editor. He is also a lifetime member of the Chicago Flute Club, and has been a board member and editor of the CFC newsletter, Pipeline.
Alan Chapman, in addition to his weekday morning program, is also the host and producer of two weekend programs: Modern Times and Thornton Center Stage.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he earned a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. He is currently a member of the music theory faculty of the Colburn Conservatory. He was a longtime member of the music faculty at Occidental College and has also been a visiting professor at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. His analytical work has appeared in the Journal of Music Theory and in The New Orpheus: Essays on Kurt Weill, winner of the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing on music.
Well known as a pre-concert lecturer, Alan has been a regular speaker on the L.A. Philharmonic's "Upbeat Live" series since its inception in 1984. He also works closely with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Opera and Pacific Symphony. His lectures have been presented by virtually every major performing organization in southern California. He is heard globally as programmer and host of the inflight classical channel on Delta Airlines.
Alan is also active as a composer/lyricist. His songs have been performed and recorded by many artists around the world and have been honored by ASCAP, the Johnny Mercer Foundation, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. His children's opera Les Moose: The Operatic Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle was commissioned by LA Opera for its 1997-98 season. Alan frequently appears in cabaret evenings with his wife, soprano Karen Benjamin. They made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 and performed at Lincoln Center in 2006. Their recent CD, Que Será, Será: The Songs of Livingston and Evans, features the late Ray Evans telling the stories behind such beloved songs as "Mona Lisa" and "Silver Bells."
ANDREA CHEESEMAN (b. 1973)
Dr. Andrea Cheeseman is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Appalachian State University. An active and engaging performer, she has received invitations to perform at colleges and universities throughout the country as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed for diverse festivals such as College Music Society Annual Meetings, the Montana/Idaho Clarinet Festival, the Michigan Contemporary Clarinet Festival and the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. She has been a regular performer at the Delta State University Electroacoustic Juke Joint Festival, and in the summer of 2003, Dr. Cheeseman was named first runner-up in the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition.
Prior to her appointment at Appalachian, Dr. Cheeseman was on the faculties of Delta State University, Alma College and Hillsdale College. Dr. Cheeseman earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance from Michigan State University and the Bachelor of Music degrees in clarinet performance and music education from Ithaca College. Her principal teachers have included Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and Michael Galván.
When not teaching or performing, Dr. Cheeseman spends her time studying musicians’ occupational health, swimming and practicing ashtanga yoga.
MARY LEE COCHRAN (1951-2011)
Mary Lee Cochran was Associate Professor of Flute at Kansas State University, where she also taught history and theory courses. Prior to assuming her faculty position there, Cochran served as Artist-in-Residence under the auspices of the Kansas Arts Commission, and as member of, and soloist with, the U.S. Armed Forces Bicentennial Band, Washington, D.C. Her teachers included Britton Johnson, Wallace Mann, Julius Baker, and Paul Eahart. In 2001, Cochran commissioned Judith Lang Zaimont and Laurel Littrell to write new works for flute and piano in the ragtime style. These works were premiered at the National Flute Convention in Dallas. The lecture/recital, "Ragtime Women: Then & Now," has also been presented at the National College Music Society Convention in Santa Fe and at universities across the country.
HOWARD A COHEN (b. 1955)
Born and bred in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY, Howard A. Cohen enjoyed the ethnic diversity of his neighborhood in which there was always a street party and/or a ball game to partake. He learned piano as an eight-year old and was introduced to the flute in Junior High School by his music teacher Mrs. Evelyn Rohrlich, playing in its bands and orchestra. After leaving the school with its music prize Howie formed bands of his own in HS, learning how to arrange music for the most bizarre combinations of instruments while learning how to play the flute with Samuel Baron, Thomas Nyfenger and taking lessons with many of New York's finest flutists. He took part in many music festivals concentrating on playing chamber music.
When the City of Herne in NRW, Germany opened its Musikschule in 1981 he joined the staff as its flute teacher as well as becoming one of the flute teachers at the Technical University of Dortmund, where he trains future music teachers in their practical efforts to learn how to play the flute. As a composer Howard has won prizes for his works, notably for “The Bends” for flute and two tuning machines (one player) and Swarming for 144 wind players. Mr. Cohen regularly leads two prize-winning flute-choirs, leads choirs at conventions in Europe and has also published arrangements for flute quartet (Baerenreiter). He has two sons, Joshua and Louis, who are also a major source of pride for him.
JONATHAN COHEN (b. 1954)
Jonathan Cohen’s business card says “Bald Technical Guy.”
Jon was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1954. After passing through Palo Alto, California and undergraduate school in Akron Ohio, he settled in Maryland, where he received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Jon has worked as a researcher in information retrieval and visualization, optical and signal processing, and related fields, for more than 30 years. His resulting trophies include 12 patents and a bald head.
Confined to his house for several snow days in 2003, Jon began to compose, and has resisted all calls to desist. His piece, Flutes and Vegetables, was a winner of the NFA’s 2008 Newly Composed Music Competition.
Jon plays flute in the Montgomery Village Community Band (Maryland) and Tiny, his contrabass flute, in Flutes on the Brink and Flute Cocktail, from which he draws far too much encouragement.
Jon continues his dubious contributions to science as he composes and plays.
RAE COLBORNE (b. 1945)
Rae D. Colborne is a retired music educator who lives in Kent, Washington. He is currently the choir director at Fairwood Community United Methodist Church in Renton, WA. He studied composition with Paul Creston at Central Washington University and Merle Hogg at San Diego State University. He has composed and arranged music for many choirs and instrumental groups in the Puget Sound area. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and singing in the Rainier Chorale.
SHELLEY COLLINS (b. 1971)
Dr. Shelley Collins is Associate Professor of Flute and Music History at Delta State University, where she also teaches music history, the history of rock, and conducts the DSU Flute Ensemble. She has served as Secretary of the Executive Board of the National Flute Association and is President of the Mid South Flute Society Board of Directors. She served as President of the Seattle Flute Society from 2003 to 2006 and of the Colorado Flute Association from 2000-2001. She also serves on the advisory board of FlutewiseUSA.
An enthusiastic and encouraging clinician, Dr. Collins has adjudicated at music festivals in Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Alabama, and Arizona and has presented workshops for the Los Angeles, Greater Portland (OR), and Seattle flute societies. She has been a performer or presenter at National Flute Association conventions in Atlanta, Columbus, Dallas, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Washington, D.C., and she has served twice as a judge for the NFA's Newly Published Music Competition. One of her flute choir arrangements, Corelli's Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 1, is published by Falls House Press. Her articles have appeared in Flutist Quarterly (the journal of the National Flute Association), Flutewise, the New Zealand journal Flute Focus, and The Journal of the Flute Federation of South Africa.
Dr. Collins previously taught at Seattle Pacific University, Colorado Christian University, and the University of Colorado-Boulder Division of Continuing Education. As a flute ensemble conductor, she has directed the Rocky Mountain Flute Choir, SPU Flute Ensemble, and Arizona Flute Society Flute Choir.
A native of Montana, Dr. Collins received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Arizona State University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Music Education at Seattle Pacific University. She studied with Alexa Still, Rae Terpenning, Karen Yonovitz, Zart Dombourian-Eby, Trygve Peterson, and Kim Pineda, and played in master classes for Sir James Galway, William Bennett, Jeanne Baxtresser, John Barcellona, James Walker, and Arnold Jacobs.
SAMANTHA COOKE (b. 1969)
Originally from England and now a citizen of Australia, Samantha Cooke has diplomas in composition from the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, where she studied with Brenton Broadstock, Graeme Gerrard, and Jeff Pressing. Her rich experience playing the flute includes opera, chamber orchestra, and now the Victorian Flute Ensemble, with which she was formerly lead flutist and is now its conductor.
Michael Coolen is a Professor of Ethnomusicology and Music. He has been the recipient of five Fulbright Fellowships, four NEH Summer Seminar Fellowships, Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year, and many other awards and honors. He has lived, worked, and taught in Africa, Europe, and New Zealand. In addition to coordinating theory and composition studies at Oregon State University, he is also Director of the Sound Design Studio and Recording Studio. His interest in world music and cultures is reflected in many of his compositions. Among them are numerous African and Latin-American arrangements and compositions he has written for piano, woodwind, and brass ensembles, marimba ensembles, steel drum ensembles, and vocal choirs.
MARK A CRAIG (b. 1964)
Mark A. Craig began writing musical arrangements in 2001. He specializes in arrangements for winds, focusing mainly on works for woodwind quintet, clarinet quartet, woodwind quartet, and small chamber ensembles (8+). He has worked as a professional musician all over the U.S., western and Eastern Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and the Middle East. His extensive travels and nearly 30 years of experience have taught him much about the rich, musical heritage in these areas, and he has applied this experience to his arrangements. A native Texan, he studied music at the University of North Texas, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music. His principal teachers were Steven Girko, (former) Principal Clarinetist with the Dallas Symphony; Christopher Runk, Associate Principal/Bass Clarinetist with the Dallas Symphony; Ross Powell, clarinetist and founder of Dallas’ Voices of Change contemporary music ensemble; Forest Aten, Bass Clarinetist with the Dallas Opera and Dallas Ballet; William Wrzesien, retired Associate Professor of Clarinet at the New England Conservatory of Music; and Dr. James Gillespie, recently retired Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas.
He has performed most recently with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and with such notable artists as Vince Gill, Bernadette Peters, John Houseman, Donald Hunsberger, Frank Bencriscutto, David Milnes, and former concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Anshel Brusilow. Mark also performed across Europe and Asia for several US Ambassadors, various heads of state, and special performances in Jerusalem and Haifa, for “Israel at 60”, a celebration of Israel’s independence. Mark is a great proponent of Sibelius, which he has used for over 11 years. He has completed two advanced Sibelius/arranger’s seminars with Mike Klinger at the Music Technology Retreat in Carson, WA. He’s written numerous arrangements for professional ensembles, which are performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and the Middle East. Mark’s professional affiliations include membership in ASCAP and the International Clarinet Association. His hobbies include travel and photography; he’s a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography.
JESSICA DANIELS (b. 1955)
Jessica Daniels spent eight years as principal flutist in various Army Bands located around the country. She has since had the pleasure of teaching numerous flute and piccolo students in her travels throughout the world.
JOHN E DAVIS (b. 1954)
John E. Davis is band director and professor of flute and saxophone at Berry College, located in the Appalachian foothills near Rome, Georgia. Dr. Davis holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from San Francisco State University and a D.M.A. from the University of Arizona in flute performance and wind conducting. Dr. Davis performs regularly with the Rome Symphony, the Clocktower Jazz Ensemble, and the Chamber Players of the South.
MICHAEL DAVIS (b. 1957)
Michael Davis is an award-winning flutist and composer in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area, specializing in instruments of bamboo, glass, and cedar as well as the modern silver flute. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina, where as a sophomore he won the national first prize in the collegiate woodwinds division of the Music Teacher’s National Association competition. With advanced degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Columbia University, he has taught flute and advanced aural skills at Iowa State University and served as piccolo soloist with the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. Dr. Davis is a performing artist member of Thursday Musical and a two-time prize-winning finalist for the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Artists.
As a composer, his collaborations have included The Florence Ballet Co., the new music ensemble Zeitgeist, and members of the West Point band. He is a former winter of the Eric Stokes Song Competition, a Minnesota Music Teachers Association master certified teacher of flute and music theory, and has written dozens of music, theater, and book reviews and articles for newspaper and magazine publications in Minneapolis and St. Paul. His website is www.michaeldavisonline.com.
CHARLES DELANEY (1925-2006)
Charles DeLaney became the Professor of Flute at Florida State University in 1976. He was principal flute with the University Chamber Orchestra and the Tallahassee Symphony. Before coming to Florida State, he held similar positions at the University of Illinois, the University of North Carolina and Earlham College. Prior summer activities include a long association with the Brevard Music Center as flutist and conductor, Director of Instrumental Music at the North Carolina Governor's School and Director of Flute Camps at Illinois Summer Youth Music and at Florida State University. A native of Winston-Salem, NC, he held degrees from Davidson College, the University of Colorado and the Conservatory of Lausanne, Switzerland. His flute teachers included Lamar Stringfield, Rex Elton Fair, Edmund Defrancesco, Alfred Fenbogue and Marcel Moyse. An active member of the National Flute Association, Mr. DeLaney appeared as soloist and conductor at several conventions, participated on panels and committees, was elected to the Board of Directors and served as President of the organization. He was also a founding member of the Florida Flute Association.
CARL DERFLER (b. 1950)
Carl Derfler, an "Americanadian," enjoys the best of the U.S. and Canada, having established professional ties with musical communities in both countries.
Mr. Derfler was born in Colorado in 1950, and was educated in Washington State. After graduating from Washington State University in Music Education in 1973, he went to Berlin, Germany, for further studies in composition. Upon returning, he taught music in the public schools in Kennewick, WA for a year. The lure of more foreign study took him to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1975, where he received a Master’s Degree in music composition from the University of Alberta. In 1978, Mr. Derfler was invited to attend the first composers’ workshop at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Banff, Alberta.
The musical setting of Edmonton offered opportunities for participation in musical groups as well as performances of original music. Mr. Derfler's 1st symphony was premiered by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 1985, while other works saw performances by local woodwind quintets, quartets, choir and pianists. His works have been performed in Canada, the U.S. and Italy and on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). As an active musician, Mr. Derfler played clarinet in the Edmonton Wind Sinfonia and the Cosmopolitan Music Society, and sang tenor in the “Richard Eaton Singers.”
In 1987, Mr. Derfler began a doctoral degree in composition at the University of Colorado and is currently continuing with this degree at the University of Oregon.
CARL DIMOW (b. 1951)
Maine based flutist and guitarist Carl Dimow is an eclectic and creative musician. His performances range from classical music to jazz, from klezmer to blues, and from original theater music to traditional folk music. He is noted for the high level of commitment, artistry and skill which he brings to every project he is involved in.
Carl has appeared in concerts, festivals and school residencies in the US, Europe and Central America. He performs with the Casco Bay Tummlers klezmer band who have toured throughout Europe and released three CD’s. Carl also records on the Fleur de Son label with the Kolosko Dimow Duo. Other projects include the Balkan improv band Zhok Therapy and the unique World Flute Trio. In addition to concert flute and guitar, Carl also performs on bass flute, ukulele, shakuhachi and an extensive collection of other ethnic flutes.
Carl graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Maine in 1986 with a BM in Flute Performance. He has also studied privately and in masterclasses with many well-known musicians including flutists Robert Dick and Thomas Nyfenger and guitarist Guy Van Duser.
Carl is a gifted and committed teacher. He has been teaching folk, blues and jazz guitar at Colby College since 1981. He maintains an active private studio in the Portland, Maine area where he has taught many award winning middle and high school flute students.
KEVIN DOLAN (b. 1955)
Kevin Dolan received the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from State University of New York at Purchase and a Master's degree in Music from Yale University, where he held the Lucy G. Moses Scholarship, "...awarded to students of exceptional promise." He has performed extensively throughout the northeast as part of the Shekerjian/Dolan Duo and has recorded for Arabesque Records.
MATT DORAN (b. 1921)
Matt Doran was educated mainly at USC in composition and orchestration. He was the recipient of the first DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) ever given by that school. He teaches theory, composition and flute at Mount St. Mary's College in Brentwood, California. He has composed 29 works which have been performed in Tokyo, Munich, Paris, Amsterdam, Peru, Italy and Belgium, as well as many locations throughout the United States.
PAUL M DOUGLAS (1936-2010)
Paul M. Douglas was born in Constantine, Algeria, of American missionary parents, and came to Canada in the fall of 1964 by way of France and the United States. He began composing while completing his high school education in France; his first compositions were performed at the Collège Cévenole in the Auvergne region. He continued to develop as a composer through his undergraduate years in Missouri as well as his graduate studies in Hartford, Conn.
After working as a high school music teacher in Missouri, Douglas pursued a Masters degree in music history, switching to flute performance in order to study with French masters Louis and Marcel Moyse. His first university appointment was at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa: from there he went to Vancouver to assume the position of Full Professor at the University of British Columbia. His responsibilities at this institution were various: Professor of Music History, Chamber Music, Woodwind Techniques, Conducting, Flute and Baroque Flute, Director of Bands and Wind Ensembles and Coordinator, Wind and Percussion Instruments Division.
In 1967, Douglas became a founding member of the Vancouver Baroque Ensemble and from 1972-76 he was Musical Director and Conductor of the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra and Vancouver Camerata. Douglas has been actively involved in both composition and music editing. Many of his works have been performed and published, and many of his editions of 18th century chamber music have found publishers both in Canada and abroad. In 1973, Douglas became a Canadian citizen.
In discussing his own compositions, Douglas prefers not to use the word "style", but rather "approach". His music is artistically and aesthetically "people" oriented. This is the product of a long period of experience, association, study, teaching and performance of the music of many different composers and many different periods and national backgrounds. Through this long period he has developed his own approach to musical composition which endeavors to meet the criteria and demands of the work at hand.
In 1987, Douglas retired and moved to the dry, clean and healthy climate of the Rocky Mountain Trench, where he continued to pursue compositional, editorial and creative activities.
JOHN DOWDALL (b. 1949)
John Dowdall is a professional chamber musician and a member of the BolandDowdall Flute & Guitar Duo. He is also active as a composer/arranger, writer, music historian and educator. Dowdall has written several flute and guitar works for the Christmas season, which have been featured on live radio and in a special holiday presentation of the Boland-Dowdall Duo on Iowa Public Television. Currently completing his Doctorate at the University of Iowa in musicology, Dowdall holds degrees in music theory and classical guitar performance from the Univ. of Minnesota, where he studied theory with Dominick Argento and classical guitar with Jeffrey Van. He is presently developing a new approach to the guitar based on the pedagogical teachings of the Taubmann Piano Institute.
J W DOWNS
J.W. Downs is a retired engineer and has been an active flutist and teacher for the past fifty years. He has participated in master classes with Jean-Pierre Rampal, and in the 1950s, was first flutist with the National Symphony of Paraguay. In 1984 while installing communications equipment in Antarctica, Mr. Downs performed the only live classical music concert (unaccompanied) ever performed at the South Pole
DONALD DRAGANSKI (b. 1936)
Donald Draganski was born in Chicago in 1936 and has resided in the metropolitan Chicago area throughout his life. He received a BM degree from DePaul University where he studied composition with the late Alexander Tcherepnin. He received a degree in Library Science in 1966 and worked as a professional librarian until his retirement in 1998. During the last twenty-five years he held the post of Music Librarian at Roosevelt University. Mr. Draganski is also a professional bassoonist and was formerly principal bassoonist in the Evanston Symphony Orchestra. As a composer, in addition to fulfilling numerous private commissions, his works have been commissioned and performed by the ISCM, the Armed Forces Network in Europe, the Aspen Festival, the Foundation for Baroque Music, the North Shore Choral Society, and the Chamber Players. His works have been recorded on the Orion, Crystal, and Gasparo labels. He makes his home in Evanston, Illinois with his wife, Antje.
REBECCA DUNNELL (b. 1952)
Rebecca Dunnell, flutist in the Zephyr Flute and Harp Duo, teaches at Northwest Missouri State University. She trained and freelanced in the New York area before returning to graduate school at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she earned the DMA degree in Flute Performance with a double minor in History and Theory. She has performed and presented internationally, and enjoys serving the National Flute Association and regional flute clubs in numerous capacities. Her articles have been published in The Flutist Quarterly, Journal of the National College Wind and Percussion Instructors, Flute Talk, North Carolina Music Educator, Music Educators Journal, and flute club newsletters nationwide.