Timothy Dwight Edwards (b. 1962) was born in Ferndale, Michigan. His solo, choral and chamber music combines rhythmic, avant-garde, jazz and contrapuntal elements that cross boundaries between musical genres, often including electronic elements to explore and extend the sound palette of the other instruments. His works have been performed by numerous ensembles including Eighth Blackbird, Dal Niente, the Lincoln Trio, Pinotage, New York Virtuoso Singers, Cube Ensemble, The Contemporary Chamber Players and many others.
His music has been presented at numerous concerts, festivals and conferences such as the Society for Electroacoustic Music in Sweden, Stockholm, Eurofest Zupfmusik, Sonic Impact at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Outside the Box festival at SIUC, Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, and Electronic Music Midwest, and The FSU Festival of New Music.
Edwards studied composition with Lewis Spratlan, Ralph Shapey, Shulamit Ran, Robert Stern, John Eaton, and Andrew Imbrie and holds degrees from Amherst College, The University of Massachusetts and The University of Chicago.
He teaches Music Theory, Composition and Computer Music at Columbia College Chicago where he has taught a wide variety of courses in music and audio arts having formerly taught at the University of Illinois Chicago and the University of Chicago. His research interests include puzzle canons and computer performance dynamics.
José Elizondo began his musical studies in piano and organ performance at age 5 with Arturo Ochoa and Socorro Soto Ponce. He continued his education in music composition, conducting and orchestration (as well as humanities, computer science and electrical engineering) at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His main musical influences at these institutions were composers Peter Child and William Cutter, as well as conductors David Epstein and Constance DeFotis.
Elizondo's symphonic, choral and chamber music explores folk elements from the music of Mexico, his homeland, and the rest of Latin America. His works include rhapsodies evocative of pre-Hispanic rituals (Danza del Quetzal y la Serpiente and Estampas Mexicanas), folk dances (Danzas Latinoamericanas), mathematical fantasies (Mosaico Huichol), as well as straight-forward lyrical poems (Princesa de Hadas and Canción de Cuna). His music has been championed and commissioned by distinguished conductors and performers, such as Wayne Toews, Sergio Buslje, Robert Deutsch, Carlos Prieto, Roman Gießing, Laura Vincent, Leonid Grin and Andrew Sherwood. Performers of his works include orchestras in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas.
Elizondo enjoys participating in education and outreach programs, and collaborates often with community and youth orchestras. The Brighton Youth Orchestra in England, the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra in Canada and the Pan American Symphony in the United States have played very important roles in his development as a composer. He is active as a conductor, language coach, and lecturer. Additionally, he is known for his efforts in promoting contemporary music, with an emphasis on Latin American composers.
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Dr. Kim S. Ellis is a native of Rockford, Illinois. She has been principal clarinetist with the Symphony of Southeast Texas since 1990 and is a Buffet Crampon USA performing artists. She is an active performer and clinician at conventions and clinics throughout the United States including the Texas Music Educators Assosication, Festival of Texas Composers, Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, College Music Society-South Chapter, Sarasota Music Festival, and the University of New Hampshire Chamber Music Festival.
In addition to her work heard on The Music of Copland & McKinley, Dr. Ellis has completed other recordings with Richard Stoltzman, William Thomas McKinley, and clarinetist Michele Gingras for MMC Recordings. She is also slated to record Italian clarinet and piano works with Debra Harder for Centaur Records. Past performances include stints with the C.D. Duo (clarinet and dancer), Woodlands Symphony, Opera Columbus, Columbus Light Opera, Coventry Trio, Keith Brion's New Sousa Band, and numerous Lamar University faculty chamber ensembles. In her live performance career, Dr. Ellis has premiered works by William Thomas McKinley, Dr. Frank Felice, Dr. Nick Rissman, Dr. Harry Bulow, and Dr. Joe Alexander.
Dr. Ellis is currently a clarinet and saxophone instructor at Lamar University and has received numerous teaching honors including the Lamar University Teaching Merit and Outstanding Teacher Awards. She holds degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University (BME), Bowling Green State University (MM), and Ohio State University (DMA) and has studied with David Peck (Houston Symphony), Jim Pyne (OSU), John Mohler (UM), Edward Marks (BGSU), John McGrosso (IWU), and Ken Stein.close
Mark Engebretson (b 1964, Modesto CA), is Associate Professor of Composition and Electronic Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The composer comments: “Melody, timbre, virtuosity, clear and balanced formal structure, the integration of new media, multiple levels of associations, and a desire for fresh, engaging expression all drive my creative work. Of course, the concept of melody can be interpreted quite broadly: a melody could be a singing, arcing line, a single tone with constant microtonal or timbre changes, a jumping, jagged, asymmetrical riff, or a lick played on a snare drum. A fascination with both performance and compositional virtuosity joins melody to form the basis of my ongoing interest in writing works that push my boundaries as a composer and that engage superstar performers in technical and musical challenges. Such works teach us something about music, endless possibilities, and ourselves.”
He has received commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation, North Carolina Artist Fellowship, Thomas S. Kenan Institute. Founder: UNCG New Music Festival. Performances of his music have taken place at SEAMUS, ICMC, Wien Modern, Third Practice, Festival of New American Music, ISCM, BGSU Festival of New Music and Art, Carnegie Hall, and in Argentina, Albania, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, China, Terre Haute. His music is recorded on the Capstone, Albany, Innova, and Lotus labels. Engebretson was awarded the 2011 Composer Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council for his Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra.close
Paul A. Epstein's compositions include two chamber operas as well as works for string orchestra and for a variety of small ensembles. His Prime Times 2 for flute, bassoon, and piano was a winner of the Pascal Gallois 2008 call for scores. He has written extensively for voice, including a setting of Robert Coover's The Leper's Helix and a series of collaborations with poet and novelist Toby Olson, beginning with Chamber Music: Three Songs from Home. In American Music in the Twentieth Century, critic Kyle Gann cites Epstein as "One of the finest post minimal composers..." and calls Chamber Music "...a vocal setting for winds and keyboards of great contrapuntal beauty." Epstein's music has been presented in the U.S. and abroad by such ensembles as Relâche, Synchronia, the Circle ensemble of London, and ONIX Nuevo Ensamble de México. It is available on compact disk on the Mode and Capstone labels and is distributed by ThatNewMusicWebsite.com. Epstein is a member of BMI.
Paul A. Epstein is Professor Emeritus of Music Theory at Temple University, where he taught from 1969 to 2001. Born in Boston in 1938, he is a graduate of Brandeis University and the University of California at Berkeley. His composition teachers included Harold Shapero, Seymour Shifrin, and Luciano Berio, with whom he studied privately on a Fulbright grant to Italy. Apart from his concert music, Epstein has been involved in closely collaborative work with artists in theater and dance. He was associated with The Performance Group (New York) from 1969 to 1972. From 1974 to 1987, he was composer and music director for ZeroMoving Dance Company of Philadelphia.close
Clipper Erickson made his debut as a soloist with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra at age 19 in Los Angeles. After studies at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and Indiana University with the renowned British pianist John Ogdon, his interpretations began earning prizes at international competitions including the Busoni, William Kapell, and the American Pianists Association. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in some of the most famous concert venues in the world, including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Most recently he completed his DMA degree at Temple University, researching the piano music of Nathaniel Dett.
In addition to his powerful renditions of the great classical repertoire, Erickson's interpretations of American music from past and present have launched a series of album releases that have received considerable critical acclaim and have often been featured on radio stations throughout the United States. Critics describe his playing as "colorful," "powerful" and "exciting." Typical is the Washington Post: "Like a true heroic pianist, Erickson approached Liszt with power, precision, and Romantic abandon ... A take-no-prisoners rendition."
Through his work as a roster member of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and earlier in the Xerox Pianist Program of Affiliate Artists, he has performed for all types of community groups, always engaging audiences with illuminating commentary on his program selections. An important part of his mission is encouraging the love of music through commitment to education, performances in schools, master classes, and the inspiration of future generations of musicians. He currently teaches at Westminster Conservatory in Princeton NJ and Temple University in PA.close
Michael J. Evans is an American composer based in Washington, D.C. Originally from Canton, Ohio, he began musical studies at age 10, learning piano and saxophone. He attended Kent State University studying composition with Thomas Janson and piano with Margaret Baxtresser.
In 1986, Michael moved to Washington D.C., where he resides today, and continues to compose orchestral, chamber, and solo instrumental works. His compositions have been premiered in Paris, Delaware, and Washington D.C. Recent recordings include the release of his orchestral piece The Holiday Party by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2007; Mandala, for harp viola, and flute, recorded by soloists from the Kiev Philharmonic in 2008; and Fantasy for orchestra, recorded by the Millennium Symphony, due to be released in summer 2009.
For more information on Michael J. Evans please visit www.michaeljevans.net.