Composers/Arrangers (W - Z)


CHARLES WADSWORTH (b. 1929)

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Charles Wadsworth is an international favorite, acclaimed both as a pianist and as the creator of chamber music events worldwide. He first drew international attention in 1960 at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, where he originated the Festival's famed Midday Concerts (Concerti di Mezzogiomo). In 1977 he started the chamber concert series of the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, SC, which he continues to direct, perform as pianist, and introduce as its acclaimed host.

In 1969, he organized and performed in the opening concerts of Alice Tully Hall. As Founding Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, he then led twenty seasons of concerts with wit and originality, bringing chamber music unprecedented interest and acceptance. He commissioned 65 new chamber works from celebrated composers such as Boulez, Barber, and Bernstein as well as young composers. He presented in his concerts such artists as Beverly Sills, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Andre Watts, and brought to public attention such then-new artists as Kathleen Battle, Richard Goode, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Serkin, Pinchas Zukerman, and Jessye Norman. The wealth and variety of repertoire he unearthed and the success of his superlative programming have inspired new generations of virtuoso artists to perform chamber music and fostered the creation of chamber music festivals and organizations throughout the United States and around the world. For these achievements he has been honored by the French Government as a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters, and by Italy as a Cavaliere Ufflciale in the Order of Merit.

In 1996 for the Olympics in Atlanta, Wadsworth created a spectacular concert in which Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, and Frederica Von Stade performed along with other notable artists. He is Artistic Director of the Musical Masterworks series in Old Lyme, CT, and chamber concert series in Beaufort, Columbia, Hilton Head, and Camden, South Carolina. He plays regularly from coast to coast with his "Spoleto USA Chamber Music" group and "Charles Wadsworth and Friends" programs. In June 2001, he inaugurated the musical component of a new multi-arts Festival at Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris, sponsored by The French American Center for the Arts. Wadsworth has been honored by New York with the Handel Medallion, the City's highest cultural award, and honorary Doctorates from the University of South Carolina, Converse College, and Connecticut College. He has performed for Presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan at the White House. The City of Newnan, Georgia, recently honored its hometown celebrity by renovating and renaming the Art Deco municipal auditorium, the Charles Wadsworth Auditorium, in which he has presented concerts annually since 1990.


RONALD L WALN (1931-2013)

Dr. Ronald L. Waln was Professor of Woodwinds at the University of Georgia and chairperson of performance studies. He regularly performed as a soloist as flutist with the Georgia Woodwind Quintet and Faculty Baroque Ensemble. Dr. Waln was president of the National Flute Association (1979-80) and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (1970-72).


LAURA WALTER (b. 1959)

Laura Walter (Roth) received her BA and MM degrees from the University of Kentucky. Her principal teachers were Gordon Cole, Kyril Magg, and Peter Lloyd. She performs with several orchestras and chamber groups in the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles area and serves on the faculty of Westmont College. In her work with students and teachers, she develops the experience of interactive play to study how sound can effect emotions, and how the acquisition of language coupled with movement build both the imagination and stabilization of the child necessary for cognitive growth.


CAROL WARNER

Carol Warner received a Bachelor of Music degree from West Virginia University and a Master of Music Education degree from James Madison University. She studied flute with Kay Borkowski and Mary Krusenstjerna as an undergraduate, and with Carol Kniebusch at the graduate level. She has also studied with James Pellerite at the Chautaugua Institute, with James Walker, Bernard Goldberg, and Geoffrey Gilbert. Carol has performed with the Atlanta Civic Symphony, Fairmont Community Symphony, United Mine Workers' Band and Morgantown Community Band. She has taught flute in the West Virginia University Preparatory Department and Fine Arts Camp, has been a teaching assistant in flute at James Madison University, and currently teaches at Eastern Mennonite College.


MARK ADAM WATKINS (b. 1971)

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Like many composer/arrangers, for the last 20 years, Mark Adam Watkins has found an affinity for the eclectic. With a Jazz Piano degree in tow from California State University, Long Beach, he wrote for Improv Acting studios, commercial music houses & scored for TV/Film.  After his grad work at the Henry Mancini Institute & California State University, Los Angeles, he teamed up with the Quadre horn quartet, cutting his teeth for the chamber ensemble & branching out with works for brass quintet, flute choir, string quartet.  His latest work for piano trio, The Rosenthal, made its debut with his trio: High Strung & the Pedal Pusher with Charlotte Symphony gems: Susan Blumberg (vln) & Tanja Bechtler (cello).

Mr. Watkins spent many years orchestrating for the Pageant of the Masters’ Orchestra, The New Four Freshman, & music directing music theatre tours.  Some highlights include working on projects with: Lou Rawls, Al Jarreau, Bill Conti, Beyonce, Debbie Harry, Lisa Loeb, Jack Sheldon, Issac Hayes & the Trans-Sylvanian Orchestra.  He works as a free lance composer, & moonlights as a pianist with the North Carolina, Charlotte, & Greensboro symphonies, & other ensembles ad hoc.


CHRISTOPHER WEAIT (b. 1939)

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Christopher Weait is Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon at the Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio and is professor emeritus of bassoon at The Ohio State University in Columbus where he taught from 1984 to 2006. He was twice honored by students at the Ohio State School of Music: in 1999 they voted him "Distinguished Teacher of the Year" and in 2006, the Sigma Alpha Iota chapter nominated him as a "National Arts Associate".


Before being appointed to the faculty at Ohio State in 1984, Weait was appointed a principal bassoonist of the Toronto Symphony by Maestro Seiji Ozawa. He served in that position for seventeen years under music directors Ozawa, Karel Ancerl and Sir Andrew Davis. Prior to joining the Toronto Symphony he was a member of the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia and the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. He has performed as a guest bassoonist in the Cleveland Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony, the Montréal Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra among others.

He has appeared as soloist on tour with the Toronto Symphony, the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia and with Keith Brion and His New Sousa Band. His solo repertoire includes hundreds of works and dozens of commissions and premieres. He was the bassoonist with OBOHIO and has been acting principal bassoonist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in all of the leading orchestral repertoire and for most of the important conductors on the world stage today.

Weait began arranging and transcribing instrumental music in high school. His theoretical and composition studies were with Aaron Bodenhorn, Arthur Frackenpohl, Edward Young and Donald Hunsberger. Just before graduation from Potsdam State Teachers College in 1961 he penned his first extensive, non-class-assignment composition, a processional march for concert band. He has more than 600 titles including compositions, editions of music, arrangements and transcriptions many of which are included on his website.

He is a member of the International Double Reed Society, for which he has served as an officer, a competition judge and meeting host and he is a lifetime member of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.


ROBERT K WEBB (b. 1926)

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Robert Karl Webb, a native of Kirksville, Missouri, received both his undergraduate and doctor's degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana. He has taught in the public schools of Missouri and prior to his appointment to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, he was director of the Hobart, Indiana, High School Band.

A member of the Whitewater faculty since 1966, Dr. Webb is an instructor of the flute and clarinet, coordinator of the music education faculty and director of the University Flute Choir. Under his  direction, the Whitewater Flute Choir has performed at national and district meetings of the Music  Educators National Conference and has had a record number of performances at the Wisconsin State Music Conferences. Dr. Webb also conducted the National Flute Association High School Flute Choir in Dallas in 1979 and the MENC and NACWPI Flute Choir in Miami in 1980. He has recently been appointed the chairperson for the North Central Division of National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors.


ALAN WEINBERG

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Alan Weinberg, Professor of Music at Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina, is a native of Philadelphia where he earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Temple University. In 1984 he received his Doctor of Music degree in performance from Indiana University, graduating with distinction. Dr. Weinberg, an active recitalist, appeared at the Library for the Performing arts at Lincoln Center in 1986 and made his debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in May of 1987. He has also appeared as soloist with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina, the South Carolina Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Murray Symphony, and the Columbia College Wind Ensemble. In June 1990, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for travel in India and performed there at the United States Consulate General. In June, 2007, he taught world music at Sookmyung University International Summer School in Seoul, Korea. He is also an adjudicator and clinician for numerous competitions and master classes.

In addition to his activities as a performer, Dr. Weinberg is also a composer. His works include Celebration Fanfare for wind ensemble, and numerous compositions for dance. His Salsa Suite for flute and piano has been performed in international festivals in Peru, New Zealand, and Germany and is published by ALRY Publications. It has been recorded by German flutist Christiane Meininger and her group Baroque and Blue for their CD entitled
Silver Poetry and is available on iTunes. In July, 2010, Dr. Weinberg was the recipient of a grant from the American Embassy in Berlin to attend the world premier near Dresden of his new composition, Americana Suite, for Meininger and her ensemble, and it will be released on CD in 2013.

Of his New York debut recital, Bernard Holland of The New York Times wrote, "what really made Weinberg's piano playing pleasurable was his obvious pleasure in the doing of it," and "a talent for converting joy received into joy transmitted." He also received critical acclaim in The State newspaper for his debut performance in Columbia - "Weinberg is a performer of perception and artistry, and his debut merited its standing ovation." The Columbia Record said, "Weinberg seemed perfectly attuned not just to the mood changes of each movement, but also to the subtler ones within each. If you went to the concert feeling bad, it made you feel good. If you went feeling good, it made you feel euphoric."


DAVID WELLER

David Weller performs with an eclectic range of ensembles in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, playing early music with Concentus Musicus and Ex Machina, polkas and schottisches with the Whoopee John Old Time Band, and traditional and contemporary chamber music with the Mill City Brass. His arrangements for woodwind and brass ensembles have been acclaimed by ensembles around the country. He received his musical education at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and at the University of Minnesota.


COURTNEY WESTCOTT

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Based in Seattle, Courtney Westcott has been performing and teaching baroque flute since 1974. She has performed as a regular soloist or principal flute with Seattle Baroque, NYS Baroque (Ithaca), and Tafelmusik (Toronto).  She has recorded for the CBC, NPR and the Wildboar, Loft and Focus labels.


JOHN WHEELER (b. 1952)

Dr. John Wheeler teaches theory and woodwinds at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. He holds degrees from Southern Methodist University, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of North Texas. He also performs as Principal Clarinet in the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, and is Principal Clarinet and Assistant Conductor of the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving. Additionally, Dr. Wheeler is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Oak Lawn (Dallas) Symphonic Band.


HOWARD WHITAKER (b. 1941)

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Howard Whitaker studied composition with Ralph Shapey, Roger Sessions, and Darius Milhaud, and holds degrees from Wheaton College, the University of Colorado, and the University of Chicago. He has received grants, awards, and commissions from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Aldeen Fund, the University of Chicago, the Aspen School, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Bay Chamber Symphony (San Francisco), and others. Among his compositions, which include works in many genres including jazz, chamber, choral, and orchestral music, Variations for Orchestra has been performed by the Indianapolis Symphony, Prayers of Habakkuk was recorded by the Warsaw Philharmonic and Chorus in 1994, and Fanfares for solo horn and large brass ensemble won First Prize in the Millar Brass Competition in 1995. Dr. Whitaker is currently Professor of Music at Wheaton College.


LAUREN  WHITEMAN (1962-1997)

Dr. Lauren Whiteman was Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Arts Teaching and Technology Instructional Center (ATTIC) at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. Prior to arriving at Winthrop in 1991, Dr. Whiteman was a visiting Instructor of Music Theory at the University of North Texas.

She held a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Music in Composition from North Texas State University and a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition from James Madison University. Dr. Whiteman was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and composed works for a variety of acoustic and electronic instruments.


LUKE D WHITLOCK (b. 1978)

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As a clarinetist once himself, British composer Luke Whitlock enjoys writing music for wind instruments, and understands those challenges often faced by the performer. Works he’s composed for wind combinations include Clarinet Choir, a Wind Trio, and Sonatas. Born in 1978 in Devon, he studied for his Bachelor’s degree in composition at the avant garde Dartington College of Arts, and then obtained his Master’s degree from the Royal College of Music in 2002, tutored by Joseph Horovitz. Since then, a number of his works have been published, and performed worldwide. He currently works as a Producer for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, where he creates music and non-music related content for broadcast, in collaboration with world leading musicians and experts.


RICHARD S. WILLIAMS (1958-2001)

Richard S. Williams was born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and began a life-long love of music there with studies in piano, saxophone and flute. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas in jazz studies, he began a career as a middle school music educator in Texas. During his tenure as associate band director at Duncanville’s Byrd Middle School, his bands received consistent superior ratings, numerous festival awards, and advanced to the Texas Honor Band finals three times.

Together with Jeff King he co-authored the best-selling warm-up and technique textbook Foundations for Superior Performance, the Foundations Fingering and Trill Charts, and the Complete Instrument Reference Guide for Band Directors. Richard’s extensive performance experience included being a featured saxophone soloist with the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Dallas Saxophone Quartet, the Texas Wind Symphony, and the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, Texas. Most recently he devoted his creative time and attention to Christian music, and produced and performed on the CD Wonderful Words of Life.


ROBERT  WINGERT

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A product of the "Early Marcellus Era" at the Cleveland Institute of Music, I began study with him while still in high school, commuting Saturdays by bus and "The Rapid" to Cleveland Heights. The Cleveland adventure culminated in enduring (with greatest admiration) Myron Bloom's chamber music sessions at the Blossom Festival and sharing a bottle of wine with Russell Bedford, Lynette Diers (Cohen), and Pierre Boulez at the foot of a bunk bed in a dorm room of Kent State University. Later adventures included performing the Missa Solemnis under Robert Shaw in Atlanta, and three years in Vienna in the company of the ghosts of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert.

Conducting adventures began in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when an energetic adult clarinet student expressed the desire to play in an orchestra. Branches grew to Zlin, Czech Republic; Siena, Italy; Sandpoint, Idaho; Columbia, South Carolina; and Bremerton, Washington.

Chamber music is for me, like most instrumentalists, the core of the musical experience. I would be hard pressed to find a reason to refuse the opportunity to play any of the great chamber works for clarinet. Were I to join the ghosts while playing the Brahms Clarinet Quintet, the transition back to eternal life would be an easy one. I look forward to playing with dedicated musicians and conducting orchestras which have developed an ethic of responsibility and commitment to pursuing the best in music.


NANCY WOOD-ZORNES (b. 1938)

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Nancy W. Wood moved her base of operations in 2005 from California, where she was active in many ensembles as well as conducting a church choir, to Texas, where her main flute focus has been composing and arranging both flute and vocal works. Several of her pieces, published by ALRY Publications have been performed at National Flute Association conventions; notably Pedazitos, Seafarer’s Suite, Swing Along, and Plains and Petticoats.


TREVOR  WYE (b. 1935)

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Trevor Wye was born in 1935 and started playing the flute at age 16. He is one of England’s leading teachers of the flute and is Professor and Head of the Flute Department at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Mr. Wye was formerly Professor of Flute at the Guildhall School of Music in London.


EVA YOUNG (b. 1967)

Eva Young is a music educator and composer. She resides in San Antonio, Texas.


MICHAEL E. YOUNG (b. 1939)

Michael E. Young, born in 1939 in San Francisco, CA, studied music at the University of Washington, earning Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Since 1976 he has taught on the music faculty at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, where he befriended colleague and flutist Gale Coffee, co-founder with Barbara Novak of the chamber group OPUS III. Music for OPUS III is among a large number of compositions written for small chamber groups. The composer is spending early 1988 in New Zealand, hiking and travelling and orchestrating his sabbatical project, a First Symphony.

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