Nominated for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in music and the 2012 Grawemeyer Award, Walczyk's honors include the 2012 Sackler Composition Prize, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin's International Blitz competition, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble's Harvey Gaul Prize, National Band Association's William D. Revelli Composition Award, and the Big East Conference Band Director's Association Composition Contest. Walczyk's works have been juried and selected for participation by the BGSU Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music Festival, Ernest Bloch Composers Symposium, College Band Directors National Association, American Bandmasters Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Midwest Clinic, Taiwan Clinic, South-eastern League of Composers, College Music Society, and the Society of Composers, Inc.
Walczyk has served as Professor of composition studies at Western Oregon University since 1995. His students have garnered awards that include the BMI Student Composers Awards, the Oregon Symphony Conti-Connection Composition Competition, the Oregon Symphony Creative Kids Composition Competition, and the International Association of Jazz Educators Gil Evans Jazz Composition Fellowship. He has served multiple guest-composer residencies, including those with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Indiana University, University of Oklahoma, University of South Carolina, University of North Texas, Northwestern University, University of Connecticut, Oregon State University, Washington State University, University of Kansas, and Tokyo's Musashino Academia Musicae.close
Violinist and Composer Sarah Wallin Huff (b. 1980) has been playing the violin since 1989. She has also performed on Baroque violin and viola with the ensemble "Collegium Musicum," and has been a regular performer on six-string electric violin since 2003. She toured from 1999 to 2002 as a singer, dancer, and violinist/fiddler across the continental U.S. and eleven European countries, as well as holding the position of Assistant Director during her final tour. She has performed as a regular member of the Orange County Symphony, performed as Concertmaster of the Southern California Philharmonic, and performed with other numerous orchestras and diverse ensembles. She regularly performs as a soloist for a variety of events and concerts, as well as participating on electric and acoustic violin and viola on various recording projects. Some past performance highlights include: Performing on camera as the featured violinist for a 2013 art film with James Franco on the set of the Bates Motel, Universal Studios, Hollywood; accompanying Michael Card and Twila Paris in concert; collaborating with classical/hip-hop/rock artist Jake "ONO" Bhattacharya on his latest album; and laying down violin tracks for Thomas Graff's debut album.
Sarah has had her compositions performed in several concerts throughout Southern California, including the Zipper Hall in Los Angeles. Her compositions range from solo works to chamber ensembles, to orchestral concert pieces and film and theater works. Her general style draws from such diverse sound-worlds as early and modern Classical, new age and electronica, world, and folk. Having received her MA in Music Composition at Claremont Graduate University in 2008, as of 2012 Sarah is currently the Professor of Composition and conductor of the Chamber Ensemble at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, as well as maintaining a private violin studio for students of all ages.
Meira Maxine Warshauer’s music has been performed to critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe, as well as in South America, the Middle East, and Asia. Her musical palette is wide, ranging from traditional Jewish prayer modes to minimalist textures with rich melodic contours, and from joyful jazz-influenced rhythms to imaginative orchestrations of the natural world. At its core, it expresses her personal spiritual journey. As Ina Esther Joost, principal cellist with Jerusalem Symphony, observes, “Meira’s music comes from a place which is beyond music. It is like a prayer…from deep within the soul…[and] it always evokes deep responses from the listeners.”
Warshauer has devoted much of her creative output to Jewish themes and their universal message. Streams in the Desert, an all-Warshauer CD of music for orchestra and chorus inspired by the Torah, was released by Albany Records (Troy 973) in 2007. Tekeeyah (a call), the first concerto ever written for shofar/trombone and orchestra, began its premiere season performances in 2009 with commissioning orchestras Wilmington Symphony, Brevard Philharmonic, and University of South Carolina Symphony, and will continue with Western Piedmont Symphony and Dayton Philharmonic in 2011 and 2012.
Her work also reflects a love and concern for the earth. A profile of her Symphony No.1, Living, Breathing Earth produced by Aileen LeBlanc was featured on PRI’s “Living on Earth” in 2007 during the symphony’s premiere season with commissioners Dayton Philharmonic, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Western Piedmont Symphony.
Other recordings include YES!, recorded by Richard Stoltzman and the Warsaw Philharmonic on Perspectives (MMC2162), Bati l’Gani (I entered My Garden) recorded by Paula Robison and Cyro Baptista on Places of the Spirit (Pucker Gallery), Shevet Achim (Brothers Dwell) for two bass clarinets recorded by Richard Nunemaker on The Louisville Project (AUR3127), Bracha (Blessing) for violin and piano recorded by the Kobayashi-Grey duo on Feminissisimo (Troy1081), Revelation for recorded by the Silesian State Philharmonic on Robert Black Conducts (MMC2008), and Jerusalem, Open Your Gates (third movement) performed live by Neil Casey and the University of South Carolina Symphony on Musicscapes, Vol 1. (MMC2170D). Other all-Warshauer CDs are the soundtrack to the documentary Land of Promise: The Jews of South Carolina (Kol Meira 2002) and Spirals of Light: Chamber Music and Poetry on Themes of Enlightenment (Kol Meira 2001). Videos of performances may be found on Warshauer's page on Youtube.
Warshauer has received awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and the American Music Center along with Residency Fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Hambidge Center. She was twice awarded the Artist Fellowship in Music by the S.C. Arts Commission, and received the first Art and Cultural Achievement Award from the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina. Her composition Yishakeyni (Sweeter than Wine) received the Miriam Gideon Award from the International Association of Women in Music. She has served on the faculties of Columbia College, University of South Carolina Honors College, and as the Nancy A. Smith Distinguished Visitor at Coastal Carolina University.
Warshauer graduated from Harvard University (B.A. magna com laude), New England Conservatory of Music (M.M. with honors), and the University of South Carolina (D.M.A.), and studied composition with Mario Davidovsky, Jacob Druckman, William Thomas McKinley, and Gordon Goodwin. Her music is published by Lauren Keiser Music Publishing, Hildegard Music Publishing, World Music Press, and Kol Meira Publications. A native of Wilmington, North Carolina, she resides in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband, Sam Baker.
For more about Meira Warshauer and her music, visit www.meirawarshauer.com.close
Shuko Watanabe, Instructor of Music, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park, MM and BM from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, studying under Lillian Freundlich, Stewart Gordon and Roy Hamlin Johnson.close
Chris Wild (b.1983) was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He is now based in the United States where he is active as a cellist, conductor, and music educator. For more information about him visit his website www.chriswild.net.close
Composer Osias Wilenski, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has had an accomplished and diverse career in the arts. From an early age, he studied piano with Professor Vicente Scaramuzza with a focus on harmony. With Dr. Erwin Leuchter, a pupil of Alban Berg, Wilenski studied counterpoint and composition.
During the 1950s, through a promotion by pianist Arthur Rubinstein, Wilenski won a scholarship to study at the Juilliard School of Music in New York where he resided for several years.
While in New York, he studied composition with William Bergsma, William Schuman and Vincent Persichetti. He also received private piano lessons from the great virtuoso, Simon Barere. Wilenski started a solo pianist career and played concerts at Hunter College and The Town Hall. After returning to Argentina, he continued his piano tours. However, in 1960, he suddenly abandoned music to dedicate himself to the cinema and television.
During that period, Wilenski directed several short films. Moto Perpetuo (1960) won first prize at the Mar del Plata film festival, and Ramon Gomez de la Serna (1966) won the short film prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain.
He also directed two feature films: El Perseguidor (1962), based on a short story by Julio Cortazar, and Dale Nomás (1966), a film in sketches by several Argentinean writers.
In 1975, after several years of directing in the newly built Canal 13 in Buenos Aires, he went back to music as a piano coach at the Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires. Wilenski also returned to composing during this time and, in 1978, he received the Ensemblia first prize from the Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra for his work Improvisos.
In 1983, he obtained first prize recognition from the Wagnerian Association for his work, La Leyenda del Kaky, a symphonic poem for seven instruments based on an Argentinean Indian legend.
Wilenski left Argentina in 1989 as a result of the convulsive situation there and began work as a principal pianist at the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona. He currently resides in Spain where he has adopted the Spanish nationality. Since 1990, he continues to work on new composition projects and revisions of most of his previous works.
In 2007, he began a series of piano works and chamber music recordings that he either performed or produced.
Wilenski's list of accomplishments includes songs, chamber works, three string quartets, an extensive piano repertoire and four operas.
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Michael Glenn Williams' music and piano performance is featured on productions such as the "Chicago Hope;" "Wicker Park," "The Limey," "King of the Hill," "Younger and Younger," "House of Yes," "Through the Door" and "Wonderland." His concert transcriptions of video game music are featured in the game "Crabs and Penguins" from Coke, and performed by the Video Games Live orchestra.
His music has been recorded by internationally famous pianists such as Sean Chen, Roberto Prosseda, Gabriele Baldocci and Enrico Pompili. His jazz group "1 40 4 20" has released two albums:"Jazz Trespassers" and "Wet," to critical acclaim.
Williams is well known in the computer industry as an expert in operating system design, system hardware design and computer chip functional design. He served full time as Principal Architect for Nokia's Enterprise Solutions division. He was the author of the music, MIDI sequencing, typesetting and printing program SuperScore, and consulted on the design of the original music font for general use "Sonata" with Adobe Systems. His name appears in many patents, and in two IEEE international computer standards.
As an arts administrator Michael served as President of the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, and concert producer for Who's Afraid of Opera, The Chopin Project, and record producer for AIX Media, Stradivarius, PARMA/Naxos, Pocket Jazz Records and Coke.
Williams has served as director of music, conductor, accompanist and organist for numerous orchestras, churches, temples, colleges and master classes in Southern California. As an accomplished classical pianist, Michael Williams was named an "International Piano Master" by the International Piano Academy of Lake Como. He twice won the Northridge Chamber Music award, and has premiered many works for piano as a new music evangelist.
He taught music composition at UCLA extension and teaches piano and composition privately. He studied composition and piano performance at California State University Northridge and at the Eastman School of Music, where he won the Howard Hanson Prize for orchestral composition. He is active member of AMC (American Music Center www.amc.net) CMS (College Music Society www.music.org) NACUSA (National Association of Composers USA www.music-usa.org/nacusa-la) and SCI (Society of Composers www.societyofcomposers.org)
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A trombonist and prolific, highly diverse composer who recently retired from The University of Utah’s School of Music after nearly 40 years, Henry Wolking has found creative inspiration in writing for every imaginable type of large and small ensemble in classical and jazz music. His prodigious orchestral output includes symphonies, fantasies and an overture as well as eight concertos featuring various soloists such as jazz quartet, trombone, flute, heckelphone, bassoon, contrabassoon, two pianos and horn. Major music outlets have published more than 50 of his jazz and brass chamber ensemble works. His catalogue of orchestral, band and jazz ensemble works also is offered through his own company, Wolking Music Publication.
His ballet Forever Yesterday, scored for chamber orchestra and based on Native American themes, was commissioned by the Barlow Foundation in 1992 and was featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. He also has received commissions from the Utah Arts Festival, the Chile-based Ensemble Bartok, Fairbanks Symphony and many other ensembles and musicians.
A native of Orlando FL, Wolking enjoys bringing complex, sometimes seemingly disparate mixes of compositional elements to music that becomes easily approachable for listeners who appreciate its sincere, fresh cosmopolitan character. The gifts of polyrhythms, melodic chorales, and unmistakable grooving inflections of jazz are treated with the same deep sense of artistic integrity and respect as are fanfare motifs, classic musical forms such as waltzes and tangos, the folk sounds of Central and Eastern Europe, and Afro-Cuban rhythms that infuse his various works. He also composed the theme music for the International Sports Broadcasting in connection with the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City UT.
The Utah Symphony has premiered several of his works, including a trombone concerto and Lydian Horizon, his first symphony that also was a semi-finalist for a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award in the 1980s. His music has been performed and recorded internationally by many groups including the Warsaw Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony, and the BBC Jazz Orchestra.
An alumnus of The University of Florida and North Texas State University, he is a nationally known music educator, who also has written extensively about jazz theory for many scholarly music journals.
Rain Worthington has a distinctly unique voice within the field of contemporary music. As critic Kyle Gann noted in Chamber Music magazine, her music takes ideas of American musical style to a new place like a walk in a familiar, yet very different park...and isn't afraid to come up with its own startling conclusions. Using the palette of chamber and orchestra instrumentation, Rain Worthington's work touches the human heart with emotionally evocative music that is nuanced, delicate, powerful and transporting.
Rain's music has been heard in a wide variety of settings, from loft concerts and dance clubs to European orchestra recordings and chamber concerts in India. Her compositional style has been influenced by world music, romanticism and minimalism. Her music has been recorded on ERMMedia and North/South Recordings and has been the subject of feature articles by music journalists Kyle Gann and Joseph Dalton.
In addition to composing concert works, Rain serves as Director of Development for the New York Women Composers.