CECIL EFFINGER (1914-1990)
Cecil Effinger began his musical studies as a violinist and oboist. His home town, Colorado Springs, Colorado, was known for the healing qualities of its natural springs and dry climate. Because of the influx of cultured health-seekers, the young Effinger had the opportunity to see notable performers such as Stravinsky in an area of the western United States often thought of by those on the East Coast as less as than civilized. In 1935, he became an instructor in music at The Colorado College in Colorado Springs and spent four years as first oboist in the Denver Symphony Orchestra. Effinger studied composition with Nadia Boulanger in 1939 at the American Conservatory at Fountainbleau, France, receiving the Stoval prize in composition. Back in the U. S. he met Roy and Johanna Harris at The Colorado College in the early 1940s and became lifelong friends with them. During the war years, he directed the 506th Army Band stationed at Fort Logan in Denver, Colorado, and shortly thereafter began his association with the College of Music at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He won the Naumberg Recording Prize for his Little Symphony No. 1 in 1954. He became a full professor in 1956 and, after retirement in 1981, served as composer-in-residence from 1981-84.
During this time he composed constantly, producing 31 orchestral works, seven symphonies, 45 chamber works, 49 choral works, six quartets, three operas, three oratorios, and three cantatas. He is also known for his engineering achievements: the invention of the practical musical typewriter in 1954, the "tempowatch" in 1969, and the open-ended typewriter for engineering drawings in 1974. Effinger was one of the few inventors who retained control of his own products. As president of the Music Print Corporation he oversaw the production and continued development of his inventions.
These details of his life leave out an important aspect of this man, his love of humanity. To those who knew him, Cecil was a patient, understanding figure who reached out and touched deeply nearly everyone with whom he came in contact. With both music and people Effinger was exceedingly impartial. As he once remarked: "Music is like friends, and you can have many friends without picking a favorite." His lack of pretentiousness was valued by his associates. As William Kearns, a colleague of Effinger's at the University, recalled: "You could always count on Cecil Effinger. He was one of us. . . . [As was said of Ralph Waldo Emerson] he never gave the impression that he thought he was better than anyone else."
For Effinger, the most important aspect of composition was communication between the composer and listener. "If all a composer wants to do is confound the listener, that's an easy matter; the idea, however, is to communicate something to him." Effinger wanted to communicate something very specific. He was deeply imbued with his sense of place as a composer in the western United States: "I like romantic stuff, nostalgia. . . . I can't write Viennese music, Broadway music, or 'tricky' music. I like the sweep, the breadth and depth of our area. It probably shows in my compositions." Many of the titles in his catalogue suggest Western or American themes: Fanfare on Chow Call, 1943; The Old Chisholm Trail, 1943; Variations on a Cowboy Tune, 1945; Tone Poem on a Square Dance, 1955; A Prairie Sunset, 1959; Streets Due West, 1962; Let Your Mind Wander Over America, 1969; and The Prairie Melts, 1972. Yet this self-awareness did not cloud his musical expression.
He was, like many of his colleagues, a collegiate composer, one with romantic inclinations in the midst of the turbulent twentieth century. Above all, he strove to serve his community and his region, creating music to fill a need. He could have attempted to seek greater recognition in the bastions of high culture, but he stayed at home. Why did he stay there? His answer shows his deep respect for the west: "I was born in this state so I'm still here. . . . It's a great place to be."
ARTHUR J EPHROSS (b. 1920)
Arthur Ephross was director of publications at Southern Music Company from 1967-1993. A third generation flutist, he began playing at age eight under the tutelage of his father. His first professional teacher was George Penshorn (a pupil of Brooke, Maquarre and Barrere), who had played under Sousa, Fielder and Sevitsky. He continued study under George Laurent at the New England Conservatory. His professional experience includes the AGE Band, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra and Dallas Summer Musicals. Altogether he has been playing and teaching for over 60 years, and he has been a faculty member at four universities, teaching flute, woodwind ensembles, flute pedagogy and repertoire, and business aspects of music.
JANETTE ERICKSON (b. 1950)
Janette Erickson is the Principal Flutist of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra. She is the Music Director of Les Flûtes Enchantées and Flautas Pacifica, both augmented flute choirs, and Founder//Flutist of Moment Musical, a professional chamber ensemble. She graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in flute performance and received her Master of Arts in music theory from California State University, Fresno. Her teachers include Russell S. Howland, Lloyd Gowen, Roger Stevens, Ray Fabrizio, and Julius Baker. She has studied with Doriot A. Dwyer at the Tanglewood Institute and Walfrid Kujala at Northwestern University. She is also a pianist and studied conducting with Nicola Iacovetti. She teaches music at Fresno Pacific University, is Founder/Coordinator of the International Flute Choir Festival at Fresno Pacific University, and is editing the Russell S. Howland Flute Choir Library.
MARVIN FALCON (b. 1935)
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Marvin Falcon attended Brooklyn College and New York University. He studied guitar with Stanley Solow, Jorge Morel and Albert Valdes-Blain. He has written method books and numerous other original compositions, arrangements and transcriptions for solo and duo guitar, as well as for flute and guitar. His composing credits include a cantata as well as TV jingles. As a performer, Falcon has appeared most recently with flutist June Andel in concerts throughout the East Coast. He was personal accompanist to Miriam Makeba and performed with Harry Belafonte, the Paul Winter Jazz Sextet, Dave Apollon and Ronnie Gilbert of "The Weavers." The "Tonight Show" and the "Today Show" are among television programs on which he has appeared. He currently resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania where he operates a private studio and is a member of the music faculty at Cedar Crest College.
KATHY FARMER (b. 1946)
Kathy Farmer is an active performer in the Atlanta area. She is the principal flutist of the Dekalb Symphony Orchestra. Her chamber music credits include three flute quartets, Papageno, SilverDance and the Atlanta Flute Quartet, Montage Woodwind Quintet and the Woodsong Trio (flute, oboe and piano). She is the director of the Marietta Flute Choir and the founder and director of the Atlanta Flute Ensemble. As a member of the American Flute Orchestra, she has toured France, Germany and Austria. She is also a member of the National Flute Choir. Currently, Ms. Farmer is the flute instructor at Georgia Perimeter College. She has taught flute at Emory University, State University of West Georgia and Mercer University of Atlanta. For many years she has maintained a large private studio. Ms. Farmer is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where she studied with Martha Rearick. She has also studied in annual masterclasses with Geoffrey Gilbert and Peter Lloyd.
TOM FEBONIO (b. 1950)
Tom Febonio was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1950 and began his musical career at the age of sixteen playing the electric bass in a rock-and-roll band. This kept him occupied for about a decade, during which time he took up songwriting and recording, traditional music and jazz. As an adult he studied piano with Edith Mehaffey, and the viola, theory and conducting with Joseph A. Leary. Tom's compositions have been performed throughout the United States and Europe, and include solo and chamber pieces for piano, guitar, strings and winds. A number of audio recordings with his works are available, including releases by Duo Ahlert & Schwab, Keltish, Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney, Jack Garvey, and Full Cold Moon.
JILL FELBER (b. 1957)
Jill Felber has been hailed for her "beautifully finished performances" by The Detroit News and has been praised by Musical America for her "handsome performance.” The British journal PAN writes, “Felber was stunning…not only refined but also full of fun.” "The incredible flutist…the dazzling flutist…the radiant flutist Jill Felber" (The Independent, Santa Barbara), is known to excite audiences everywhere in concerts and recitals “played with flair" (The Los Angeles Times). “The outstanding American flutist Jill Felber” (Gazeta Rybnicka, Poland) is acclaimed worldwide for her “consummate musicianship” (Fanfare).
Ms. Felber has performed solo recitals, chamber music, and concertos on five continents and has held residencies in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Mexico, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Italy, Brazil, Canada and the United States. She has performed solo flute recitals in Carnegie Hall (NYC), Merkin Hall (NYC), Wigmore Hall (London) and has been featured at numerous national and international flute societies and conventions. Ms. Felber can be heard on eight compact discs, including her newest flute and harp disc, Aria, (recorded at Sydney Opera House) and her latest collaborative arranging and recording project with pianist Dianne Frazer, entitled Fusion.
Also a tireless promoter of new music, Ms. Felber has inspired many composers to write solo and chamber works for her and for her flute duo ZAWA!, and is currently engaged in several commissioning projects. She has premiered over three hundred works for the flute and has released world premiere recordings for Centaur Records, CRI, Neuma Records, Aldus Gramophone and ZAWA!MUSIC. In demand as a guest clinician because of her extraordinary motivational teaching style, Felber is currently Professor of Flute at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Felber has hosted many workshops and seminars around the world, including her WHOLE FLUTES®, Flute Focus and Extreme Makeover: Flute Edition seminars. Holding degrees from University of Michigan and Bowling Green State University, Ms. Felber has taught on the faculties of Ohio University, Capital University, and Wright State University.
Nancy Fencl received her B.A. from Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, where she was a flute student of Gerald Carey. She has also coached with Mary Louise Poor. She has performed with the Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra, the Northshore Concert Band and the Evanston Symphony Orchestra. She is currently an early childhood music specialist, a children’s choir director and maintains a flute studio at her home in Riverwoods, IL. She is also a member of Flutes Fantastique, specializing in alto flute and teaches public school music in Lincolnshire, Illinois.
Composer Anthony Ferrara earned his B.M. in guitar performance (1983) and M.M. in music composition (1986) from the College of Music at Temple University, trained in composition primarily by the late Clifford Taylor. Further compositional studies were undertaken at Columbia University with the noted composer Mario Davidovsky. Mr. Ferrara has written a wide variety of instrumental works, ranging from solo pieces for the guitar, to a full symphony orchestra, and is now intensely active with the electronic medium of synthesis, sampling, and computer sequencing. His first recording of contemporary jazz guitar music was released in Spring, 1991, on the Progressive Music Unlimited label. He resides in Philadelphia, and teaches a variety of music courses within the music department of The Community College of Philadelphia, as well as serving on the adjunct music faculty of both Temple University and Montgomery County Community College.
A dynamic musician, conductor, and highly respected educator, Angeleita Floyd has served as Professor of Flute at the University of Northern Iowa since 1986. With a unique flair for insightful teaching, along with sensitive musical interpretation, Dr. Floyd has fostered numerous prize-winning students on the regional and national level. She enjoys traveling, especially, as a guest artist, teacher and conductor to flute festivals and residencies throughout the United States, South and Central America, and Europe.
Dr. Floyd holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University, where she studied with the eminent British flutist Geoffrey Gilbert. She received Master of Music, Master of Music Ed. and Doctor of Music degrees from Florida State University, studying with Charles Delaney. She is the author of The Gilbert Legacy: Methods, Techniques, and Exercises for the Flute, a highly acclaimed flute method in its third printing. She is the founder and director of Winzer Press Publishing, and has edited and published Trevor Wye’s biographical work, Marcel Moyse: An Extraordinary Man (1993) and brought Sheryl Cohen’s Bel Canto Flute: The Rampal School to press in 2003. In addition, she has been a contributing author to Flute Talk Magazine, The Flutist Quarterly, NACWPI Journal, the Emerson Flute Forum, and most recently, to the NFA Pedagogy Anthology. She attributes her passion for music and teaching to her mother and former teachers, Geoffrey Gilbert, Irene Maddox, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Charles DeLaney, Trevor Wye, and William Bennett.
RONALD W FOLLAS (b. 1946)
Ronald W. Follas is a native of Ohio and received his Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University. He holds the Master of Fine Arts in Music Composition degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has lived in North Carolina since 1977. He is currently living in Charlotte where he is a middle school orchestra director and conducts the South Charlotte Community Band. Mr. Follas’ compositions have been performed by groups as diverse as The United States Navy Band, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra and many other professional, collegiate, high school and elementary school organizations. Mr. Follas has also been principal contrabassoon with several symphony orchestras and has performed with the North Carolina and Charlotte Symphony Orchestras. During the 1994-95 season, he was principal contrabassoon with the International Symphony Orchestra in Jerusalem, where he recorded the Mahler Symphony No. 5 with Lorin Maazel and participated in a nationwide television performance of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps conducted by Yoel Levi.
Dan Fox is a New York based arranger with hundreds of music books to his credit. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied composition with Wallingford Riegger and Vittorio Giannini. In his spare time he plays guitar and banjo in jazz groups.
GENEVIEVE FRITTER (1915-2009)
Genevieve Davisson Fritter, violinist, composer and pianist performed as a member of the Opera House Orchestra of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She wrote numerous solo and ensemble works for voice and instruments. The National Gallery Orchestra has performed three of her larger works. Mrs. Fritter was a member of ASCAP, Mu Phi Epsilon, the American Music Center and the AF of M. She was awarded three national awards for composition: the first (for a vocal solo) from the National Federation of Music Clubs, the second (for another vocal solo) from Mu Phi Epsilon, and the third for her Sinfonietta No. 1 for orchestra from the National League of American Pen Women. "A Celebration of Flutes" was commissioned by the Washington Flute Society in 1991 and was premiered that summer by that group at the convention of the National Flute Association at the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.
In 1991 she was married to Charles F. Bieber and moved to his home in Alexandria, Va. She is survived by her two daughters, Jean Fritter, composer, and Priscilla Fritter, flutist.
RAYMOND GARIGLIO (1930-2003)
Raymond J. Gariglio began his professional career as Solo Clarinetist of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and the NBC Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. In 1966, he became Director of Bands and Professor of Woodwinds at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a position he maintained until his retirement in 1985. For a time, he was also the director of the Coastal Carolina Flutes.
KAREN GARRISON (b. 1956)
Karen Garrison is Professor of Flute in the Department of Music at Auburn University. In addition to teaching applied flute lessons, she teaches classes in pedagogy, woodwind skills, and general music studies. She also serves as the Music Department's Woodwind Coordinator.
In 2009 she was selected as a College of Liberal Arts Engaged Scholar in recognition of her outreach work in local and national communities. She will hold this distinction for three years. Dr. Garrison has served as National President of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors and as National Secretary and Southern Chapter President of The College Music Society. She has also served as an Alabama Music Teachers Association Executive Board Member. She currently is Alabama State Chairman of NACWPI and is on the Board of Directors of The CMS Fund.
As a flutist Dr. Garrison has performed at numerous national conferences, including those of the National Flute Association, Music Teachers National Association, The College Music Society, and National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. She has an interest in music by women composers and Native American music, on which she has given recitals and lectures in the United States and South America. Her flute and piano arrangement of Folk Preludes by Paul Bowles is published by Alry Publications. Her articles have appeared in such journals as the NACWPI Journal and Flute Talk.
Dr. Garrison earned degrees in music education and performance from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of South Carolina, and Florida State University.
JOHN GIBSON (b. 1946)
John Gibson was born in Dallas, Texas and began studying with Oakley Pittman, who was director of bands at Southern Methodist University and principal clarinetist of the Dallas Symphony. John and his family moved to Denver, Colorado where he studied with the retired principal clarinetist of the Denver Symphony, Val (Tiny) Henrich. Further studies with David Etheridge, Jerry Neil Smith, and John McGrosso completed his studies and resulted in a music education degree and masters of music performance degree from the University of Colorado. During his time at CU, John discovered his interest in arranging, taking classes in that topic whenever possible.
Although not always employed in the music business, John never stopped playing, particularly in orchestras. While clarinet has been his principal instrument, he also played oboe in orchestras for about 8 years, as well as flute, saxophone and penny whistles in other venues. John has recently retired after playing clarinet in the Vancouver, Washington Symphony and the Oregon Chamber Players in Portland, Oregon. He continues to play with the Southwest Washington Wind Symphony and as a substitute for various ensembles.
JAN GIPPO (b. 1946)
Jan Gippo was born in California, but spent most of his school years in Oregon. He received his BA degree in Applied Flute plus a Teaching Certificate from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA. Later he received a Double Master's Degree in Applied Flute and Wind Ensemble Conducting/Literature from the New England Conservatory. He recently retired from his position as flutist/piccoloist with the St. Louis Symphony, of which he had been a member since 1972. He also was on the faculties of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis University, and was Director of Chamber Music at Webster University. He had been a soloist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and is a frequent soloist with the St. Louis Symphony Pops Orchestra.
SCOTT GOFF (b. 1941)
Scott Goff is a native of Seattle where his early studies were with Seattle Symphony Principal flutists Frank Horsfall and Felix Skowronek. He attended the University of Washington and upon graduation went to New York City where he completed his studies at the Juilliard School with Julius Baker. After seasons with the Atlantic and Pittsburgh Symphonies he returned to Seattle in 1969 to become Principal Flutist with that orchestra, retiring after 42 years in 2011. From 1983 until 20078 he was Principal Flutist with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York City. He is Principal Flutist on virtually all of the Seattle Symphony’s recordings.
TOMMY GOFF (1933-2008)
Tommy Goff was educated at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. For 32 years, he was the director of the Auburn High School band. The band performed on national television at many professional and college events, consistently receiving Superior ratings at concert performances, and received the Sudler Flag of Honor as one of the nation’s most outstanding concert bands. Mr. Goff was the Past President of both the Alabama Bandmasters Association and the Alabama chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators. He is a member of the Alabama Bandmasters Hall of Fame.
RICHARD GOLDFADEN (b. 1955)
Richard Goldfaden plays French horn in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the CSO Woodwind Quintet. He has also help positions in the Toledo Symphony Orchestra as well as several orchestras in Mexico City. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan in 1978. Mr. Goldfaden began composing music at age twelve, writing brass quartets he could play with his friends from junior high school. Since then, he has penned numerous compositions and arrangements for various instrumentations, most typically for horn ensembles. Usually lighthearted and rarely straying from traditional harmonies, his music is always fun to play, with interesting passages in every voice. Listening to his music is equally as pleasurable.
JENNIFER GRADY (b. 1956)
Jennifer Grady grew up near Kingsburg, California and studied the piano privately for seven years. She began to play the flute at the age of 10 and went on to perform with several county honor bands and orchestra. She was selected to perform with the California State High School Honor Band in 1973 and 1974. Following high school, she performed with a baroque strings group at Kings River Community College.
In 1990, she began playing and performing with a flute quartet in Olympia, Washington and also joined the Olympia Flute Choir. At that time, she began to compose and arranged pieces for flute and piano, and flute ensemble. She has performed in concert with “Windham Hill” recording artist Scott Cossu. Her composition “Sean’s Dance” was performed at the 1994 Northwest Composers and Arrangers Concert held at Portland State University in Oregon. In 1997, her compositions “Soaring” and “Sweet Molly’s Lament” were performed at the same event.
She currently resides in Silverton, Oregon, where she and her husband are raising their four children. She is still actively playing and performing with harpist Karen Almquist in the duo HarpSong, with pianist Debra Huddleston in the duo Intermezzo, and with The Oregon Flute Quartet in Salem, Oregon.
ADRIANA GREISMAN (b. 1952)
Adriana Greisman performs on flute, bass flute, and piccolo with Flutes Fantastique and is the piccolo player for Evanston Symphony Orchestra and Northshore Concert Band. She has been a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Skokie Valley Symphony, and Emeritus Chamber Orchestra. Adriana was a winner of the 1992 National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir Competition and performed at the 1997 National Flute Association Convention in Chicago.
ALBERTO GUIDOBALDI (b. 1967)
ALBERTO GUIDOBALDI was born in Italy and has lived in Puerto Rico since 1993, where he teaches music theory at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. He has composed many works including a symphonic poem, an opera, as well as choral works and chamber music.