Elizabeth Raum is active both as an oboist and as a composer. She earned her Bachelor of Music in oboe performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1966 and her Master of Music in composition from the University of Regina in 1985. She played principal oboe in the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for seven years before coming to Regina in 1975 with her husband and three children. She now plays principal oboe in the Regina Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Raum has received commissions from the CBC (including music for the opening of the new CBC complex in Regina, a concerto for tuba, and a concerto for trombone), the Canada Council, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board, as well as many independent organizations. She has also been commissioned by the City of Regina to write a “Symphony of Youth” for youth orchestra, youth choir, stage band, and swing choir. She has served on juries for the Canada Council, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Manitoba Arts Council, the CBC, and the Canadian Music Centre. Ms. Raum has been featured in articles in Prairie Sounds, Music Scene, Opera Canada, and the New Grove’s Dictionary of Opera.
MARTHA REARICK (1938-2006)
Martha Rearick was Professor of Flute at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, where she performed with the Ars Nova Wind Quintet. She was the piano accompanist for many of the flute masterclasses of Julius Baker and Geoffrey Gilbert.
BURYL RED (1936-2013)
Buryl Red, described by The Washington Post as "uncommonly creative", the musical work of Buryl Red as composer, conductor, producer, and arranger, may be experienced in such diverse venues as Carnegie Hall, Saturday Night Live, and thousands of schools, churches, and theaters around the world. His output includes more than sixteen hundred published compositions and arrangements, production of over 2500 recordings,< and the musical supervision, composition, and arranging for several hundred shows, documentaries, and musical specials for network and cable television. Several of his choral works including Celebrate Life and the first performing edition of Pergolesi's Magnificat are considered landmarks in their fields. He is the executive record producer for some of the most widely used music textbooks in the United States including the new Silver Burdett Making Music series. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Buryl Red is a graduate of the music schools of Baylor University and Yale University and now lives in New York City. He has been honored with many civic and professional awards and degrees. He is particularly honored with the inclusion of his well-known song, "In Remembrance", in The African-American Heritage Hymnal published in 2001.
P. BRENT REGISTER (b. 1960)
P. Brent Register is a Professor of Music at Clarion University where he teaches applied flute, oboe, and bassoon, contemporary music history, and techniques courses. He received his Bachelor of Music Education and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His Master of Music degree is from the Manhattan School of Music. He has studied additionally at the Mannes College of Music, the University of Oslo, and the Norges Musikkhøgskolen in Oslo. As a composer, Brent’s works have premiered in Denver, Colorado as a feature of the 2007 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference and in 2008 as a keynote performance for the “Creativity and Thought” conference at the C.W. Post Campus of the Long Island University. His 2008 composition, Pausing at the Border, was composed as a dance piece for the John Ollom Dance Theatre, and has remained a standard in their company repertoire. Evening Peace, for winds, vocalists, and piano, was premiered in 2009 to inaugurate the university’s capital campaign. His first orchestral composition, Symposium, premiered in November 2010 with the Clarion University Symphony Orchestra, and is now part of the soundtrack for the film Potential Inertia. His most recent composition, The Mirror, for soprano, flute, and piano, premiered in Phoenix, Arizona in October 2011.
MATT RENZI (b. 1972)
Composer and multireedist Matt Renzi (saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe) comes from a musical family. His father was principal flautist with the San Francisco Symphony and his grandfather was principal oboist with Toscanini's NBC Orchestra. Matt has been writing music for the Matt Renzi Trio for over 15 years, and has recorded six CD's worth of his original compositions. He also actively writes music for the project ‘Arm Sized Legging’ which he performs in and leads, consisting of clarinet, viola, cello, and drums, and focuses on ways to combine contemporary composition with jazz improvisation.
Matt also writes chamber works in the contemporary classical style which explore various compositional techniques. Of note is “Oscillations” (Sextet), “Variations” (Quartet), and “Three Pieces for String Quartet and Saxophone Trio,” which features the Matt Renzi Trioin a free improvisational setting. Renzi holds a B.A. in performance from Berklee College of Music and an M.A. in Classical Composition from San Francisco State University. As a performer, he can be heard on numerous CD's including the award winning 'Lines and Ballads' and his latest recording entitled 'Happy Hour.'
DANIEL RHONE (b. 1949)
Daniel L. Rhone is a 1971 graduate of Maryville College in Maryville, TN, with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, and a 1976 graduate of Trenton State College in Trenton, NH, with a Masters Degree in Music Composition. At Trenton State, Mr. Rhone studied composition with Stanley Austin and Dr. Lawrence Taylor.
Currently, Mr. Rhone is employed as an instrumental music teacher in the Pennsbury School District in Fallsington, PA, where he instructs fourth through sixth grade students. Mr. Rhone has written many compositions for various ensembles ranging from choirs to chamber groups to orchestras. His works have received performances in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, as well as being recorded. Mr. Rhone is the former Composer/Arranger-in-Residence for the Ars Nova Chamber String Orchestra of Lawrenceville, NJ, and is currently the Choir Director of Adult and Youth Choirs at First Baptist Church in Burlington, NJ. Daniel Rhone resides in Beverly, NJ, with his wife and two children, where he actively pursues teaching the Bible to adults and his hobby of amateur astronomy.
AMY RICE-YOUNG (b. 1952)
Amy Rice-Young (Blumenthal) received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado and her Masters from the University of Michigan, both in flute performance. She has been actively involved with flute ensembles, having coordinated chamber-music for masterclasses with William Bennett, Trevor Wye, and a variety of other masterclasses. She has presented concerts and clinics internationally, and has conducted the National High School Flute Choir, the NFA Professional Flute Choir, and numerous others. Amy is currently the Conductor of the National Flute Choir, which has released many CDs to international acclaim. She teaches Music Business classes at a variety of colleges and universities, and free-lances in the Charlotte area. Ms. Rice Blumenthal was the former president of ALRY Publications, a company that publishes and promotes wind and chamber music. She is also an editor for Columbia Pictures Publications. She is Past President of the Flute Industry Council (1988-89). She was a delegate on the NFA trips to the Soviet Union and China.
Amy is active with numerous volunteer organizations, including the Charlotte Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council, and the NC State Arts Council, and the Board for the Spoleto USA Festival. Additionally, she serves on Music Advisory Boards for Appalachian State University, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Amy is Arts Advisor to the Blumenthal Foundation and serves on the Boards of Wildacres Retreat and the Wildacres Leadership Initiative (Friday Fellows).
MARY ALICE RICH (b. 1955)
Mary Alice Rich received her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Illinois under the famed violin teachers Paul Rolland and Sergiu Luca. She has played in professional orchestras in Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Tulsa but she has devoted much of her career to teaching. She is on the faculty for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras and the Dallas Symphony-sponsored “Young Strings Scholarship Program” for African-American and Latino students. She continues to perform in “Texas Winds,” a musical outreach program which provides concerts by professional musicians for nursing homes and hospitals.
Her compositions have won awards and been performed at All-State and Region Orchestra Concerts around the USA and in Europe. She has won the TODA Composition Contest twice for Full Orchestra and once for String Orchestra. Her teachers include Winston Stone, Jack Waldenmaier, and Ted Hansen. Ms. Rich's compositions for student orchestra are available through Neil A. Kjos, Wingert-Jones /J.W. Pepper, Tempo Press/Luck's, RBC, Latham Music, and SmartMusic.
ANITA MILLER RIEDER
Anita Miller Rieder performs on modern and historical flutes throughout the Chicago area and plays principal flute with the Lake Forest Symphony, Kithara Trio, and Ars Antigua. She is a winner of the National Flute Association Baroque Flute Artist Competition. A Fulbright Scholar, she studied baroque flute in London and completed her Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University. She is on the faculty of Wheaton College Conservatory in Wheaton, Illinois and has written on baroque performance practice in the National Flute Association 25th anniversary publication The Flutist's Handbook: A Pedagogy Anthology.
CARL RILEY (b. 1951)
Born in Louisiana, flutist and composer Carl Riley has had a wide range of influences and experiences. It was in the midst of a musical family that he had his formative experiences. He has studied the flute with Richard Harrison, David Shostac, and Marcel Moyse. He has studied composition with Roger Dickerson, Stephen Weinstock, Catherine Stone, Leonard Stein, and Steve Browman. Holding diplomas from Loyola University of the South, California Institute of the Arts, New York university, and The American School of Modern Music of Paris, he has also studied in Latin America. A founding member of the Paris-based flute trio, Les Enfants de Pan, he composes for dance and theater productions. In 1992, he received the New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for musical composition. He has served as a member of the administrative staff of the Professional Performance Division of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. His creative work has been presented in North and South America, the Caribbean, North Africa, and in Europe.
DONNA ROBERTSON (b. 1935)
Donna Robertson is a composer, arranger, organist, pianist, and teacher. A native of Indiana, Pennsylvania, she holds music degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Eastman School and is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists. Mrs. Robertson has a wide variety of commissions and publications to her credit, and as professor emeriti at Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, North Carolina, she continues composing and performing.
MARTIN ROKEACH (b. 1953)
The music of Martin Rokeach has been performed throughout the United States and in more than twenty foreign countries. His works have earned honors in over a dozen national and international composition competitions, and he has been commissioned to write music for numerous soloists and ensembles including Eight Strings and a Whistle (NY), Music Teachers Association of California, Cygnus Ensemble (NY), the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (San Francisco) and most recently, a trumpet sonata for competitors in the 2012 Ellsworth-Smith International Trumpet Competition. He has been a featured composer and speaker at the Sion Conservatory of Switzerland, Hartt Conservatory of Music, New York University and Wichita State University, and concerts devoted exclusively to his music have been held at Washington State University and Western Carolina University. He teaches at Saint Mary’s College of California, and is one of the founders and artistic directors of California’s contemporary music concert series, Composers, Inc
HARRISON ROPER (b. 1932)
Harrison Roper, professional hornist, now a resident of Houlton, Maine, was formerly Professor of Music at the School of Music at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Since his retirement, he has been an active composer, frequently combining unusual instruments such as in Little Suite for flute, oboe and bassoon, Serenade for string quartet which features the viola as soloist throughout, and Set of Seven Pieces for flute, horn and violin. His most recent works are Stringfest for student strings and percussion and Sea Miniatures, written for alto flute.
FRANZ ROTHE (b. 1947)
Franz Rothe teaches mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is professionally trained in flute at major German conservatories and has performed in the USA and Germany. In North Carolina, he has continued his musical education with pianist Heather Coltman, John Roberts and flutist Irene Maddox. He was a participant in the master classes of the distinguished flutists Trevor Wye and William Bennett.
KLAUS G ROY (1924-2010)
Klaus George Roy was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1924, and lived in the United States from 1940 until his death in 2010. A graduate of the Cambridge School of Weston, Massachusetts, he held degrees from Boston University and Harvard University. Between 1958 and 1988, he served as program annotator and editor of the Cleveland Orchestra. He was also active as a music librarian at Boston University, a regular contributing music critic for “The Christian Science Monitor,” annotator for some 200 recordings, teacher (Cleveland Institute of Art), lecturer in various series (especially the pre-concert talks of the Cleveland Orchestra), festival tour host, radio and TV commentator and board member of numerous cultural institutions. He contributed to “Stereo Review,” “Stagebill,” and other magazines. Mr. Roy’s compositions include some 130 opus numbers, among which are two widely performed chamber operas, and some 300 smaller occasional pieces; his music has been performed in the United States and Europe by leading artists and ensembles.
ANZE ROZMAN (b. 1989)
Anže Rozman (b. 1989, Kranj-Slovenija) is an award winning composer from Ljubljana, Slovenia. From his early childhood on he has shown great interest in classical and film music. He finished his studies of composition and music theory at the University of Ljubljana; Academy of Music. His compositions are regularly performed around Europe, USA, Canada and South America. He is also active as a film composer, orchestrator and music producer.
Compositions of Anže Rozman are manly influenced by late romantic composers, impressionists, film music and modern music of many genres. His opus holds orchestral, choir, chamber and solo works, film scores and numerous electronic-computer based compositions. One of his goals is to bring modern, tonal classical music to a wider audience.
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KRISTI RUUD (b. 1951)
Kristi Ruud, musician and potter, grew up in Moline, Illinois. She began learning piano in the third grade in twenty-five cent group lessons that were held in the morning before school. In addition to piano, she now plays the mountain dulcimer, recorder, tin whistle, bodhran (Irish hand drum), and Celtic folk harp. She is also a member of two music groups: HeartStrings and The Barley House Band, both for which she has arranged music since their beginnings. Kristi’s soul-thirst for Ireland has taken her there countless times. Her arrangements of the ancient Celtic tunes reflect her image of the pure and simple beauty of the land and its people.
RICHARD W SARGEANT, JR - bio coming soon
THOMAS SCHUDEL (b. 1937)
Thomas Schudel received Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Ohio State University. He majored in bassoon, and later in theory and composition studying with Dr. Marshall Barnes. His Doctor of Musical Arts degree is from the University of Michigan, 1972, where he majored in composition studying with Professor Ross Lee Finney and Dr. Leslie Bassett.
Dr. Schudel has taught harmony and composition at the University of Regina since 1964. His Symphony No. 1 won first prize at the City of Trieste’s International Competition for Symphonic Compositions in 1972. Since then, he has had numerous commissions by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Regina Symphony, the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association and other groups.
ROBERT SCHULTZ (b. 1948)
Robert Schultz, composer, arranger, and editor, has achieved international fame during his career in the music publishing industry. The Schultz Piano Library, established in 1980, has included more than 500 publications of classical works, popular arrangements, and Schultz’s original compositions in editions for pianists of every level from the beginner through the concert artist. In addition to his extensive library of published works, Schultz’s output includes original orchestral works, chamber music, works for solo instruments, and vocal music. He currently devotes his full time to composing and arranging, writing from his studio in Miami, Florida.
Schultz has presented his published editions at workshops, clinics, and convention showcases throughout the United States and Canada. He is frequently engaged as an adjudicator for piano competitions and composition contents. Schultz is a long-standing member of ASCAP, has served as president of the Miami Music Teachers Association, and is an active member of numerous other professional music organizations. Schultz’s original piano compositions and transcriptions are featured on the compact disc recordings Visions of Dunbar and Tina Faigen Plays Piano Transcriptions, released on the ACA Digital label and available worldwide. His published original works for concert artists are noted in Maurice Hinson’s Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire, Third Edition. Outstanding reviews in The American Music Teacher,Clavier, Piano Quarterly, and numerous other music periodicals reflect the enthusiasm with which his piano works have been received. In depth information about Robert Schultz and The Schultz Piano Library is available at the website: schultzmusic.com
IRA-PAUL SCHWARZ (1922-2006)
Ira-Paul Schwarz has written music for virtually every musical medium including band, orchestra, woodwind, brass, electric-acoustic and vocal ensembles. His musical activities include conducting, criticism, and education. State University of New York professor emeritus, Schwarz resides in England where he continues to compose. His recent recordings include Rosa’s Rhapsody – A Tribute to Rosa Parks by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Stankovksy (MCC Recording AMERICAN LEGACY); Time Pieces for Piano performed by Jeffrey Jacobs (New Ariel CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ECLECTIC MUSIC FOR PIANO); Chromatic Essay for Clarinet and Strings performed by Mikhail Ounanian and the Moscow Symphonic State Cappella conducted by Constantin Kremetz, and Sappho – Fragments and Variations with soprano Denise Milner and pianist Rose Shylam Grace (North/South Recordings POSTCARDS); and Ron McNair: Challenger recorded by the MIT Concert Band conducted by John Corley.
AUSTIN ALAN SCOTT (b. 1920)
Austin Alan Scott was born in New York City in 1920. After earning a B.A. degree at Guilford College in North Carolina, he studied at Julliard and completed a M.A. at Columbia University. He studied flute with Lamar Stringfield, Burnett Atkinson, and Arthur Lora. His first teacher was Eugene C. Rose, one of the earliest pioneers in commercially recording flute solos for Edison records. Prior to settling in Victoria, B.C., Canada, in 1966, Mr. Scott spent most of his professional life in England as head of the Orchestra Department at Nottingham High School and conductor of the Nottingham Youth Orchestra. He was principal flute of the Nottingham Harmonic Orchestra for 15 years and, prior to that, principal flute of the North Carolina Symphony for four years. Seven seasons in the Victoria Symphony brought him to the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where he now teaches flute and flute ensemble.
Rich Shanklin has had extensive experience in the fields of saxophone performance, jazz education, and composition/arranging. His teachers have included Dr. Eugene Rousseau (saxophone) and David Baker (jazz studies). He taught at St. Joseph's College and Washington State University before coming to the University of Akron in 1982, where he has taught classical and jazz saxophone, as well as courses in Jazz History, Jazz Arranging, Jazz Improvisation, Woodwind Pedagogy, and the Business of Music. He has directed the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and coaches saxophone quartets.
He is a first call woodwind doubler who has performed in dozens of musical theater productions in the Cleveland and Akron area. Also, he is a founding member of "Iron Toys," a woodwind quartet whose members are practicing professional musicians in the NE Ohio area; this group was invited to perform at the 2006 OMEA Convention. As a classical saxophonist, he has performed concert repertoire with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Akron and Canton Symphonies, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Blossom Concert Band, the Blossom Festival Orchestra, and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony.
His jazz saxophone experience is equally varied. Rich has written for and played for several years in the Jazz Unit, a 13-piece ensemble that performs original works. He has been a member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra (CJO) since 1988, and joined them in their recent engagement with Joe Lovano at the Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. His arrangements have been performed and recorded by the CJO at the 1993 International Trumpet Guild, as well as for their CD "Traditions." His commissioned arrangements for the USAF Rhythm in Blue, a jazz ensemble based in Langley, VA, have been recorded on their CD "Eternal Triangle." An original composition of his (performed by the University of North Texas '1:00' Lab Band) was nominated for a Grammy Award.
His work as a clinician has ranged from vocal jazz (Canada MusicFest'Toronto) to college (University of Akron, Edinborough University, and Ashland University) and high school jazz festivals (Hudson/Massillon/Hoover/Akron City and Green High Schools.) He has given workshops at the Ohio Music Education Convention using (and performing in) the saxophone section of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra illustrating correct performance techniques of the saxophone section in a jazz ensemble.
ROBERT E SHELDON
Robert E. Sheldon is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and his musical activities have been somewhat varied. He was for 23 years museum specialist with the Smithsonian Institution division of Musical Instruments where his duties included performance and restoration/conservation of instruments in the collections. As a free-lance musician he has played various wind instruments with organizations such as Aston Magna, Concert Royal, the Ensemble for Early Music, the Amadeus Winds, and the Smithsonian Institution. On modern instruments he has played horn and other brasswinds with the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery Orchestra, the Washington Chamber Orchestra, and his own Washington Saxhorn Ensemble. Mr. Sheldon is presently curator of the instrument collections at the Library of Congress Music Division. He has recorded for the Library of Congress, Mercury, Erato, Decca, Nonesuch, and New World Records.
Richard Shulman is a gifted pianist/composer with a distinctive goal: creating music that's joyful to the ear and uplifting to the spirit. Both sophisticated and accessible, his work has the harmonic sense of Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans and is designed to inspire and soothe, even when it swings. Other influences include Beethoven, Schumann, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, and Miles Davis. Trained early in classical piano, Shulman learned jazz improvisation from Marian McParland and Chuck Mangione at the Eastman School of Music and later studied with Frank Foster while obtaining his master's degree in composition from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He's played and/or recorded with Thad Jones, Pepper Adams, Grady Tate, Eddie Gomez, and Ron Carter, among others. Shulman's jazz path was clear until an injury to both hands stimulated his interest in the healing power of music. While still playing jazz with his own group and releasing four jazz albums between 1980 and 1986 (Wonder, A Simple Gift, Solo Flight, and Open Spaces), he also began composing piano, synthesizer, vocal, and orchestral music to facilitate meditation, self-exploration, and a more peaceful world. Since the late '80s, Shulman has recorded 14 CDs that would be fairly characterized as new age, although they're more sophisticated than the dreamy noodling most people associate with that genre. Shulman made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1994, and has performed at the Kool Jazz Festival as well as the United Nations; he has composed over 50 pieces for jazz quartet as well as works for theater and dance groups, choirs, chamber ensembles, and symphony orchestras. In 1997, he moved from Woodstock, NY, to the blue mountains of Asheville, NC, where he continues to mix spirituality with music and has begun playing more jazz gigs to introduce his unique brand of fusion to a wider audience.
Laura Shur was born in Glasgow and studied at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music, graduating after three years with a Diploma in Musical Education. She then completed further study at Jordanhill Teacher Training College and in the same years gained the A.R.C.M. in piano performing and the L.R.A.M. in piano teaching.
Her debut as a pianist was at The Royal Festival Hall, London, and her performances include solo recitals for the BBC and numerous duet recitals.
She has taught class singing and music up to ‘A’ level standard in schools and piano at the R.S.A.M. She began composing in 1975 and has written four books in the successful “Tunes for Three” series for six hands at one keyboard, published by Novello. Other compositions include piano duets, suites for string orchestra and wind ensembles as well as songs and choral music.
Laura Shur now lives and works in London dividing her time between private piano instruction and composing.
MARY JEAN SIMPSON
Mary Jean Simpson began to play the flute in the seventh grade. She continued her studies at Del Mar College as a student of Shirley Justus and subsequently earned her Bachelor of Science in Music from the Juilliard School as a student of Julius Baker. She also holds a Master of Music Degree from the University of Texas at Austin as a student of John Hicks and a DMA from the University of Maryland at College Park where she studied with William Montgomery. She has played with the North Carolina Symphony, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, and as principal with the Shreveport and Missoula Symphony Orchestras. She was a Lecturer in Music at Centenary College (Louisiana) and then Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Montana, where she taught flute and music courses, was a member of the faculty woodwind quintet, and began arranging music for flute. Also a writer, she has many articles in print in professional publications, edited the Washington (DC) Flute Scene for sixteen years, was Editor of The Flutist Quarterly, and taught Professional Writing at the University of Maryland for a number of years. A Charter and Lifetime Members of the National Flute Association, she has served in many capacities including Secretary, Miller Collections Liaison, and Masterclass Reporter. She now lives in Connecticut, where she performs regularly for church services.
Peter Simpson earned degrees from the University of Rhode Island and The University of New Hampshire. He has been Professor of Bassoon and Music Theory at the University of Kentucky since 1976. The Bizet Trio, for which the music was transcribed, was founded by him with University of Kentucky colleagues Gordon Cole (flute) and Alan Hersh (piano).
Pianist Anthony Sirianni, a sought-after pedagogue and concert artist, is a native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He performs throughout North American and Europe as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. Mr. Sirianni collaborates regularly with such recognized ensemble s as the Alexander and Cavani String Quartets and the National Chamber Players. As pianist of the Brevard Duo (violin and piano) he has been hailed by critics, including those from the New York Times. Mr. Sirianni has performed as soloist with the orchestras of major music festivals including the Peninsula Music Festival, the Round Top Festival-institute and the Brevard Music Center.
His training included studies with Penelope Cecchini, Ralph Votapek, Joseph Banowetz, Lillian Kallir and James Dick. He may be heard on Golden Crest Recordings.
CATHERINE PARSONS SMITH (1933-2009)
Catherine Parsons Smith teaches flute and music history at the University of Nevada-Reno, where she is Professor of Music. She holds degrees from Smith, Northwestern, and Stanford, as well as a Preparatory Diploma from Eastman. Her interest in Moore grew out of her curiosity about American women in music, then and now. She is pleased to make some of Moore's music available to flutists as one product of her research.
POL SOFRAS - bio coming soon
Eldred Spell is Professor of Flute at Western Carolina University. A popular recitalist and clinician, he has appeared throughout the United States, Canada, and England. For many years he served as principal flute of the Sewanee Summer Music Center. Dr. Spell has recorded for the CRS, Early Light, and Sonus record labels and many editions of his music are available through ALRY Publications. Spell has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Flute Association, the Performance Health Care Committee, and an editorial adviser for the Flutist's Quarterly. He maintains a substantial collection of historic flutes and performs primarily on a nineteenth-century instrument by famed French maker Louis Lot. Spell holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His teachers include Clement Barone, William Bennett, Israel Borouchoff, Geoffrey Gilbert, and Stephen Preston. Also trained as a flutemaker, Spell has done considerable research into the practical acoustics and tuning of the flute and has been a consultant to numerous flute companies. As a teacher, Eldred Spell offers a unique blend of personal warmth and musical expression, combined with a thorough knowledge of historical styles and the practical mechanics of flute playing.
HARRY STANTON (b. 1945)
Born in Scranton, PA in 1945, Harry Stanton has always been drawn to music. A trombone player since his youth, he made up his mind to be a band director while in high school in Binghamton, NY. An Ithaca College graduate, Harry was a music teacher for 31 years in the Western New York area. He also plays in several local bands, orchestras, and jazz groups, and has his own brass quintet. With over 30 compositions and arrangements in print, he specializes in music for brass quintets and woodwind quintets.
ERIK STEIGHNER (b. 1981)
Erik Steighner has performed with ensembles including the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Federal Way Symphony, the Northwest Sinfonietta, the San Antonio Symphony, the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Tipping Point Saxophone Quartet, and the Alloy Saxophone Quartet. Steighner has taught at Texas State University and The University of Texas at Austin and is currently saxophone lecturer at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.
Steighner has premiered dozens of solo and chamber works for the saxophone and is active as a composer and arranger. He is also featured on CD releases from labels including Albany Records, Mark Custom, Naxos, and Vienna Modern Masters. He holds bachelor’s degrees in music and English from the University of Puget Sound and master’s and doctoral degrees in saxophone performance from The University of Texas at Austin.
GREG A STEINKE
Greg A Steinke is Former Chair, Departments of Art and Music, (The Joseph Naumes Endowed Chair in Music), also Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon (now retired, 6/15/01); Associate Director, Ernest Bloch Music Festival (‘93–97) and Director, Composers Symposium (‘90–97) (Newport, OR); Professor Steinke holds a B.M. degree from Oberlin Conservatory, a M.M. degree from Michigan State University, a M.F.A. degree from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is the author of articles on new oboe literature and music composition; he has done the revisions to the Paul Harder Harmonic Materials in Tonal Music, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10th Ed., Basic Materials in Music Theory, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11& 12th Ed., Bridge to Twentieth-Century Music, Rev. Ed. for Prentice-Hall, and most recently with H Owen Reed a revision to the Harder-Reed Basic Contrapuntal Techniques for Warner Bros. Pub.; and an article, “Music for Dance: An Overview” in The Dance Has Many Faces, 3rd Ed., Ed. by Walter Sorell, a cappella books. He holds membership in a number of professional organizations. He has served as the National Chairman of the Society of Composers, Inc. (1988–97) and is currently Secty/Treas of NACUSA Cascadia. Professor Steinke is very active as a composer of chamber and symphonic music with a number of published/recorded works and performances across the United States and internationally, as a speaker on interdisciplinary arts and as an oboe soloist specializing in contemporary music for oboe. His most recent composition honors include: Finalist (of 4)- ‘01 Seoul International Composers Competition. Winner of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity Composition Competition, ‘02. Honorable Mention – ‘02 “Britten-on-the-Bay” Composition Competition Series XIII (Saxophone Quartet). Special Mention – ’03 USA International Harp Competition (Solo Harp). Finalist/Winner – ‘04 of COMA Open Score Project in England (Generic Quartet). Honorable Mention – ’05, VIII International Composition Competition of the Corfu Festival (Guitar). Co-winner of First Prize – ’08 2008 Areon Flutes International Chamber Music Competition (Flute Duet). Oregon Artist Fellowship – ’09. Co-winner – ’10 of 5th NACUSA Texas Composition Competition for my From ARMGART for Soprano and Piano. One of 6 finalists – ‘10 for RAM 2010 call for scores (for saxophone quartet) with my IN MEMORIAM: SACAGAWEA.
DEBRA STEMPIEN (b. 1976)
Debra Stempien holds an M.A. in Music Theory from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Composition from Susquehanna University. As a saxophonist, she earned the distinction of being named a 1996 Yamaha Young Performing Artist. Debra has maintained a private studio for instrumental and theory lessons for many years and enjoys teaching students of all ages. Composing is an almost constant hobby, though only occasionally does she write down what she hears in her head. Debra resides in Hamlin, New York, with her husband, David, and their two young sons, Joseph and Liam.
ALEKSANDER STERNFELD-DUNN (b. 1980)
Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn joined the faculty of Wichita State University in 2011. His music is performed widely throughout the U.S. and Europe by groups like Composers Inc., The Kiev Philharmonic, The Conundrum Ensemble, the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, and the Interlochen Chamber Players. Awards include a first place prize in the William R. Wiley Exposition in Fine Arts for his composition "Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano" in 2005 and an honorable mention for his string orchestra work “Evolutions” in the 2007 adagio competition and Joker's Wild in the 2009 concerto competition held by the Fauxharmonic. He has also received grants from Meet the Composer and the Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts Committee. His music is published by FJH Music, Jomar Press, Dorn Publishing and can be heard on the ERM Media and Capstone record labels.
Mr. Sternfeld-Dunn completed his doctorate in composition with a minor in music theory from the Hartt School of Music. He holds a Masters Degree in Composition from Washington State University as well as a Bachelors Degree from California State University East Bay. His primary teachers have included Robert Carl, Martin Rokeach, Stephen Gryc, Charles Argersinger, Ryan Hare, Greg Yasinitsky, and Frank LaRocca
As well as being an accomplished composer he is also active as a conductor and string bassist. As a conductor he recently guest conducted the new music ensemble Turn on the Music for their CD "The Darwin Effect" on Capstone Records. He has conducted various orchestras, wind ensembles, and theatre productions. As a bassist he has held principal positions with several San Francisco Bay Area Orchestras, as well as numerous jazz small groups and big bands. He is the featured bassist on Bay Area jazz pianist Marty Namaro's CD "Abstractionisms"
A Chicago flutist and composer, Anne Sullivan holds an M.M. from DePaul University and has performed and taught in France, Taiwan and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Currently a teacher at Wheaton College, she also has recorded two solo albums with guitarist Muriel Anderson.