Joo Wan Park (b. 1980, Seoul, Korea) is a composer/researcher of music within several genres. His music and audio applications have been featured in several conferences such as the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States Conference, Seoul International Computer Music Festival, and International Computer Music Conference, as well as in print in Electronic Musician, Computer Music Journal, and The Csound Book. He received M.M and Ph.D. in composition at the University of Florida, where he studied with James Paul Sain, Paul Richards, and Paul Koonce. He graduated from Berklee College of Music majoring in Music Synthesis and Contemporary Writing/Production under the direction of Richard Boulanger. Dr. Park was an associate director of Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, and currently serves as an assistant professor of music at the Community College of Philadelphia. His music is also available on ICMC 2004 DVD, Spectrum Press, and MIT Press.close
Ronald Keith Parks (b. 1960) is an active composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. His diverse output includes orchestral works, instrumental and vocal chamber music, choral music, electroacoustic music, and interactive computer music. Recent commissions include Elements for the Blue Ridge Chamber Players, Fierce Winds for the Charlotte Symphony Flutes, I thought I’d better let you know for the Charlotte Symphony’s Orchestra on Campus Composers Project, Things Get Out of Hand... and Alhambra Tiles for the Out of Bounds Ensemble, A Matter of Perspective for Duo XXI, Off on a Tangent... for the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, Torque, Wavelength and Afterimage 8 for the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Afterimage 7 for the NeXT Ens, and ...drift... for the Force of Nature artist exchange program.
Parks compositions and papers have been selected for inclusion at numerous national and international festivals and conferences including the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Malgrat del Mar International Music Festival, the Society of Composers' national conferences, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States conference, the International Computer Music Conference, the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, the Spark Festival, the National Flute Association conference, and numerous performers' and composers' concerts and recitals around the world.
Parks’ research into granular synthesis methods and FFT-based spectral filtering methods has been included in the Amsterdam Catalogue of Csound Computer Instruments and has been featured at ICMC, SEAMUS, SCI, and SPARK conferences and has been published in ICMC and SPARK conference proceedings.
His honors and awards include the Aaron Copland Award, the Outstanding Junior Professor Award at Winthrop University, the South Carolina Music Teachers Association Commission, and honorable mentions in the Truman State/MACRO Composition Contest, the Minnesota Composers Forum, and the Shepard Composer of the Year Award.
His music has been recorded and is available on the 2007 International Computer Music Conference CD (fractures), the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival Volume 1 EMF CD 031 – (Residual), the 2005 and 2006 60X60 CDs – (non divisi and Sul C), Duo XXI: Quest, released by Albany Records (A Matter of Perspective) and the Society of Composers, Inc. University of Florida Student Chapter CD Volume 1 (VoiceWall).
Parks received a B.M. in composition from the North Carolina School of the Arts, an M.M. in Composition from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Composition from the University at Buffalo. He is currently Associate Professor of Composition, Music Technology, and Theory and is the Director of the Winthrop Computer Music Labs at Winthrop University in Rock Hill SC.close
Scott Pender (b. 1959) has called the phonograph his first music teacher. He cites his parents’ “extensive, eclectic record collection” as a primary early influence. As a child, he began making up tunes at the piano and taught himself to read music. Formal study in piano and theory as a teenager led to his enrollment at Peabody Conservatory, where he began composition studies with Jean Eichelberger Ivey. He holds degrees in philosophy from Georgetown University and music composition from Peabody Conservatory.
He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study in the United Kingdom with the English composer Gavin Bryars. Pender was the recipient of a 2010 Composer Fellowship from the Virginia Arts Festival/John Duffy Composers Institute. In addition to a MacDowell Colony residency and the Fulbright Fellowship, he has received honors and grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the American Music Center, ASCAP, BMI, Meet the Composer, the Southeastern Composers’ League, The Phi Beta Kappa Society, and others.
Pender has written a wide variety of music, including work for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensemble (acoustic and electronic), solo voice, piano, organ, and music for theater, stage, and dance. His work has been performed throughout the United States and Europe to critical acclaim. Commissions include: Songs from Terezín (Annapolis Brass Quintet & Morgan State University), Music for Oedipus the King (Avalanche Theater Company), Solemn Overture (Annapolis Symphony Orchestra), Toccatina for four flutes (Powell Quartet), Vespers (the Jesuit Music Project), and TANGO: Ms. Jackson Dances for the World (Yvar Mikhashoff). Pender’s music is published by Petworth Music (BMI).
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Daniel Perttu's music seeks to develop aesthetic approaches to composition that were lost or overlooked in the rush to modernism. Although his aesthetic perspective does not eschew modernist elements, it does hold that romanticism is still a vital source of unrealized artistic statements. Though romantic at its core, his music draws from a diverse range of compositional materials, both tonal and atonal, rhythmic and free, and uses a broad spectrum of timbres. In this aesthetic, innovation arises from the melding of the new with the traditional and from the manipulation of musical syntax and form.
Perttu's music has been performed in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States. Performances of his music have occurred in arts festivals, new music festivals and concerts, solo recitals at the international, national, and regional levels, Society of Composers conferences, and College Music Society conferences. Perttu has received various commissions and awards from throughout the country. He completed his doctorate at Ohio State University, master's degrees at Kent State University, and bachelor's degree at Williams College, graduating magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He works as a professor of music theory and composition at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.
Fore more information, please visit www.danielperttu.com.
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The music of Bill Pfaff is characterized by a strong sense of line, clear harmonic motion, and gestures that have been described as "profound and extravagant." Known for his collaborative impulse, Bill has produced music for theater, dance and art installations. In this context, his language embraces electronic sources, traditional acoustic instruments, electric guitar and found sounds. As a performer on the soundplane, Bill explores composition that combines physical modeling synthesis, granular synthesis and acoustic instruments.
Inspired by the unique geography and cultural landscape of the United States, Bill has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Ucross Foundation, Escape to Create, Petrified Forest National Park, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. His sustaining interest in ethnomusicology, particularly the music of indigenous Americans, has led him to be inspired by and integrate traditional Native American instruments and musical concepts in his work. As Composer-in-Residence at Birdsong Academy of Music in Trinidad and Tobago, he created the Birdsong New Music Ensemble, a fusion of steel pan and traditional instruments. An ever-evolving and developing composer, Bill's work represents several decades of immersive dedication to his craft.close
Flutist, pianist, composer, and conductor Byron W. Petty holds a BM in flute performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with the noted flutist Britton Johnson. He has served as Instructor of Piano at Roanoke College and Instructor of Flute and Piano at Southern Virginia University. He is a Lecturer in Music and has taught courses in Composition and Musical Analysis as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Washington and Lee University. From 1995-2002, Petty was the Conductor/Music Director of the Eurydice Community Orchestra of Roanoke and subsequently, the Artistic Director from 2002 through 2003.
Petty has appeared frequently as a solo pianist and chamber musician on the Con Spirito Concert Series of Roanoke, Virginia. He served as a judge for the 21st through 23rd annual Bartok-Kabalesky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition held at Radford University in Virginia, the 2003 Virginia Music Teachers Association Collegiate Concerto Competition, and the Bland Music Scholarship Competition. Appearances with both Con Spirito and E.C.O.R. have been broadcast on Public Radio’s Music Around Roanoke 89.1 FM. In March 2009, Petty appeared as guest conductor with the University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto #1 in G minor, Op. 25 with his wife Dr. Shuko Watanabe as soloist.
As a composer, his works have been performed at regional meetings of the Society of Composers Inc., the Southeastern Composers’ League, the College Music Society, and at the 1994 National Alliance of Saxophonists Conference at West Virginia University. From 1996-1998 he served as Composition Chair for the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the College Music Society, where he established a composition competition for college students. In July 2003, Petty appeared as featured composer-in-residence for the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, presenting a master class and two concerts of his works including the specially commissioned Mysteries of the Orchard Series.close
Anthony Piccolo earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied piano, orchestral conducting, and composition. He studied further at the Britten-Pears School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he was a repetiteur in the opera studio. Returning to the states he joined the staff of the New York City Opera and in 2009 took up his current position as Children's Chorus Director at the Metropolitan Opera.
As a pianist, he has performed at the National Gallery, the Smithsonian, the David H. Koch Theater, Merkin Concert Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He has been commissioned to write for, among others, the Atlantic Three Choirs Festival, Bath Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral, the Oakham School, the Harrow School, the Southampton Chamber Music Festival and the Fairfield Orchestra.
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World-renowned for its highly polished performances as the pied-pipers of Early Music, Piffaro, The Renaissance Band has delighted audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and South America. The ensemble, founded in 1980, recreates the elegant sounds of the official, professional wind bands of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods, as well as the rustic music of the peasantry. Piffaro's ever-expanding collection of shawms, sackbuts, dulcians, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, lutes, guitars, harps, and a variety of percussion, are careful reconstructions of instruments from the period.
Under the direction of Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken, Piffaro tours extensively in the United States and Europe, and has performed for all the major early music series and festivals, as well as many college and community series, in the US. The ensemble made its European debut at Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg, Germany in 1993, and has returned to Europe each season for numerous festival appearances. In addition, the Band produces its own concert series in Philadelphia, with four to five programs per year, bringing to their series some of the finest talents in early music performance as their guests. Excerpts from these concerts are regularly broadcast nationwide on National Public Radio's Performance Today.
In addition to its concert and recording efforts, Piffaro is active in the field of education. Members of the ensemble perform regularly throughout the year for elementary, middle and high school students, and hold master classes and workshops for college students and adult amateurs. The group has also been involved in week-long residencies, working with small groups of students on recorders, or their modern band instruments, and teaching Renaissance dance. For these efforts, Piffaro was awarded Early Music America's annual "Early Music brings history alive" award in 2003.
Piffaro has recorded for Newport Classics, Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion, and Dorian Recording, and collaborated with the renowned Belgian vocal ensemble Capilla Flamenca on a project that features the music of Jacob Obrecht, released on the Eufoda label. A recording of VESPERS, a new work by composer Kile Smith, was released to critical acclaim ("a masterpiece of the deepest kind" – Audiofile Audition) on the PARMA/Navona label in April 2009. Selections of Piffaro's music can also be heard on the Wyndham Hill and Passacaille labels.
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Founded in 1997, the orchestra is comprised of over 65 local professionals, educators, dedicated amateurs, and advanced students drawing audiences and members along the Seacoast from Newburyport MA to York ME and west to Bedford NH. The orchestra presents four main concerts each season at The Music Hall in Portsmouth NH, along with numerous chamber music and school concerts throughout the year. In November 2012 the orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall with Jane Seymour in the premiere of a new production by composer Tim Janis. In August 2013 the orchestra was honored to accompany Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman in the premiere of a work by Lukas Foss at the 2013 PARMA Music Festival. www.portsmouthsymphony.orgclose
Richard Pressley Richard Pressley (b. 1970) has enjoyed performances of his music at festivals and concerts in the United States, Europe, even Brazil and Australia, by such performers and ensembles as the JACK Quartet, the Minnesota Orchestra, Claire Edwardes, thingNY, Patrick Crossland, ensemble platypus, Richard Ratliff, the dissonArt ensemble, the Moran Quintet, the Definiens Project, and counter)induction, among others. He began his musical career in rock music in his early teens, playing and touring with rock and punk bands. He then attended the University of Indianapolis and Butler University for his BM, Cambridge University for his Master's, and the University of Minnesota for his Ph.D; also doing post-doctoral study at the Karlsruhe Musikhochschule and Darmstadt in Germany. His composition instructors include Wolfgang Rihm, Sandeep Bhagwati, Dominick Argento, Judith Lang Zaimont, Alex Lubet, Daniel Chua, and Michael Schelle. He has also participated in master classes and private sessions with many of todayÕs leading composers. Pressley lives in Charleston SC with his wife, Johanna, and his son, Silas, where he is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Horton School of Music at Charleston Southern University. Visit his website www.rpressley.com for some more listening or to request copies of any of his scores.close