Born in Hartford, Connecticut (1946), Jane OÕLeary studied piano from an early age,graduated from Vassar College and completed a PhD in composition at Princeton University, where she studied with Milton Babbitt among others. In 1972 she moved to Ireland and has made her home in Galway on the west coast. A founding member of Aosdána,
Ireland's state-sponsored academy of creative artists, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree by the National University of Ireland in 2007.
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The Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, or Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, is the most important Symphony Orchestra in Colombia. It is a project maintained by the city of Bogotá and its Secretary Office of Culture, Recreation and Sport. Founded in 1967, it regularly performs at the Jorge Eliècer Gaitn Theater. Under the current venue's renovations, the orchestra performs at the Concert Halls of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, the Leon de Greiff Auditorium, and the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, the Fabio Lozano Auditorium. Its current music director is Israeli composer and conductor Lior Shambadal, replacing New York native conductor Irwin Hoffman in 2009. The orchestra counts over 100 musicians and over 140 public performances a year, also recognized by the Latin Grammy in 2008.
In the city's effort to establish itself as region leader for culture and the arts, the Bogotá Philharmonic extends its functions as classical orchestra to include the promotion and support of multiple music, dance and theater events, including world known Rock al Parque and related series of acts such as Opera al Parque, Jazz al Parque, Hip Hop al Parque, Dance Festivals and Theater Festivals.
You can learn more at www.filarmonicabogota.gov.co.
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Composer Paul Osterfield was born in Nashville TN in 1973. Spending his forma¬tive years in Northeast Ohio, he composed and performed as a cellist throughout middle school and high school, in addition to studying violin, piano and conducting. His early efforts as a composer were recognized in 1990, when the United States Copyright Office and the Library of Congress awarded Osterfield first prize in their Young Creators’ Contest. The following year, that winning work was performed by the Cleveland Orchestra on their Family Key Concert Series.
Since then, Osterfield’s compositions have continued to receive performances both internationally by the University of Nebraska Kearney Trio and throughout the United States by the Blakemore Trio, the Stones River Chamber Players, neoPhonia New Music Ensemble, and the wind ensembles at the University of Georgia, Arkansas State University, and Middle Tennessee State University. He has recently composed solo works for violinist Michael Jorgensen, bassoonist Maya Stone, saxophonists Jason Kush and Ed Orgill, flutists Lisa A. Jelle and Deanna R. Little, pianists Caleb Harris and Lynn Rice-See, tenor Stephen Smith, and percussionist Stuart Gerber. Osterfield has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and has won Middle Tennessee State University’s Outstanding Creative Arts Faculty Award, an Individual Artist Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and awards from BMI, ASCAP, and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Osterfield’s works are available on the Albany, Capstone, Equilibrium, and Navona labels.
Also maintaining an active career as an educator, Osterfield is Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Middle Tennessee State University. He has given composition seminars and master classes at colleges and universities throughout the south¬ern United States. Having earned degrees from Cornell University (D.M.A.), Indiana University (M.M.), and the Cleveland Institute of Music (B.M.), Paul Osterfield’s primary composition teachers have been Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Eugene O’Brien, Frederick Fox, and Donald Erb. More information about Osterfield can be found at www.paulosterfield.com.
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Rebecca Oswald is an award-winning composer with many areas of experience and excellence. From 1980 to 1995 she was a freelance pianist, accompanist, keyboardist and studio musician in Houston, Texas. In 1998, she earned her BM in Music Theory and Composition summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and in 2001 she completed her MM in Composition from the University of Oregon School of Music. Today she is a composer, pianist, orchestrator, singer, arranger, and producer based out of Eugene, Oregon.
Rebecca’s catalogue includes many works for solo piano, various chamber ensembles, full orchestra, a clarinet concerto, a large choral/orchestral work and numerous choral works, as well as music written and produced for documentaries and videogames. Her music has been performed all over the United States, as well as in Canada, the U.K., France, Spain, Finland, Australia and the Dominican Republic.
A lifelong pianist, in 2005 Rebecca released October Wind, a CD of her original solo piano music. She plans to release another CD of original solo piano music in early 2011.
Alexandra Ottaway has worked in different styles of music, from teaching with her NY State (K-12 Vocal) public school license to folk-rock recording, and from singing in A Capella choruses to accompanying bigger ones (adult and student). Her first instrument is piano. Ottaway started composing in 1980 and since 2007 has been revisiting the atonal universe in addition to songwriting. She got her BA in music from The Columbia School of General Studies and an MA in Music Education from NYU. She lives in Western MA with her husband and her cat.