Dr. Amir Zaheri (b. 1979) is the musical director
and conductor of the University of Alabama Contemporary Ensemble, which is committed to performing music of the 20th and 21st centuries, including masterworks by established composers, music by emerging composers, and the music of University of Alabama student and faculty composers. He also serves as full time instructor of composition and theory, maintaining a full studio of student composers. Immediately prior to his appointment, Zaheri held the distinguished Narramore Fellowship at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Composition in 2013. At UA, Zaheri studied under the primary tutelage of C.P. First and received
additional instruction from Peter Westergaard.
Committed to pursuing the highest possible artistic level in both the creation and performance of the musical art form, Zaheri is a composer, conductor, educator, clinician, and performer who is passionate about training musicians at all stages and all ages, instilling in them the importance of all musical experiences. Frequently engaged as a guest conductor and composer, Zaheri routinely works with young musicians, from elementary through high school age, in addition to his regular work with students at the university level.
Prior to his education at the University of Alabama, Zaheri completed the Master of Music degree in Composition at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and studied with Nickitas J. Demos. Undergraduate studies in music were completed at Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green. At WKU, Zaheri studied music composition with Michael Kallstrom; choral methods, choral materials and conducting with Ronnie Oliver Jr.; organ performance with Andrew Risinger; and voice performance with Scott Root, Michael Sokol, and Nancy Cron. In addition to his formal education, Zaheri has participated in significant master class studies and lectures with Peter Westergaard, Robert Spano, Alvin Singleton, Paul Moravec, Paul Elwood, Don Freund, Jennifer Higdon, the Bang-on-a-Can New Music Ensemble, and the Eighth blackbird New Music Ensemble, among others.
The recipient of numerous national and international awards and performances, Zaheri has most recently received commissions and performances from: the University of Alabama Huxford Woodwind Quintet, the Cavell Woodwind Trio, Georgia College and State University, baritone Paul Houghtaling, for his performance at the National Opera Association's annual convention in January of 2013; the University of Alabama's Opera Theatre, for an dditional comic scene and musical number for Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado," for their Spring 2013 season; Dr. Judy Bonner (President, The University of Alabama), for Celebrating Achievement, a work to be frequently performed in recognition of the University of Alabama's superior faculty and student accomplishments, beginning Fall 2012; Western Kentucky University's Department of Choral Activities, for their Fall 2012 season; the University of Alabama's Opera Theatre, for the creation of a new full-length musical theatre work, to be premiered during their Fall 2013 season; Briarwood Elementary School, of Bowling Green KY, for their performance at the 2012 Kentucky Music Educators Association annual conference; the Kentucky Music Educators Association, for the 2012 KMEA Jr. High All State Chorus; the University of Alabama's Opera Theatre, for the creation of a new opera for their 2011 Spring performance; Westminster Choir College, for their Spring 2008 and Spring 2009 Chapel Choir concert events; the Atlanta lnterfaith AIDS Network, for their 2005 City-Wide World AIDS Day Requiem service; the Wisconsin Chamber Chorus, for their 2005-2006 concert season; Manhattan Concert Productions, for their 2005 Carnegie Hall National Festival Choir performance series; the Young Women's Chorus of Kentucky, for their 2004 Kentucky Music Educators' Association Convention performance, as well as their 2003 performance at the Shenandoah Conservatory Music Educators National Conference (SCMENC), in Savannah GA; Georgia State University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, for their 2002-2003 concert season; and The University of Georgia, for their 2002-2003 choral/orchestral concert season.
Zaheri's music has been recently selected for performance by the Cavell Woodwind Trio, during their performance at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa. The Cavell Trio will also perform Zaheri's music at the 2014 Hot Springs Music Festival, in Hot Springs AR, as well as the 2014 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, at Louisiana State University. Additionally, Zaheri's music has been selected for performance at the 2014 Society of Composers National Conference, ComposersCircle.com (July 7, 2012), The 2012 Student Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, the University of Mary Washington's Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Boston Metro Opera, the Society of Composers, Inc., the NewNowNorse New Music Festival (Northern Kentucky University), the Fresno New Music Festival (CSU, Fresno), the Conundrum Chamber Music Ensemble, the neoPhonia New Music Ensemble, Emory University's Composer to Composer new music reading series, the lmpromptu Chamber Choir of Atlanta, the Georgia Music Educators Association, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association. In 2001, Zaheri won first prize in the Kentucky Music Educators Association annual Collegiate Composition Competition.
Zaheri's music has been repeatedly published by The International Journal of Contemporary Composition (Volume 2, June 2012 and Volume 9, May 2013), a peer-reviewed publication. His recent composition Two Girls and a Boy for woodwind trio, was released on Blue Griffin Records in May of 2014.
Zaheri was named "One of Tuscaloosa's Six Most Intriguing People of 2011" by Tuscaloosa Magazine; he is professionally managed by Price-Rubin & Partners.
DANIEL ZEHRINGER is Associate Professor at Wright State University, where he serves as head of the Trumpet Studio and Brass Division, coordinator of the Faculty Brass Quintet, and conducts the Wright State University Trumpet Ensemble.
Zehringer received his Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Bowling Green State University. While at Eastman, he served as Principal Trumpet of the world famous Eastman Wind Ensemble, and completed a critically acclaimed tour of Japan with the same group. Currently ABD, he is near completion of the DMA in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Comfortable on stage as well as in the classroom, Daniel serves as Principal Trumpet of the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Middletown Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his current orchestral positions, he has held Principal, Second, or Third Trumpet posts with the Dayton Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Richmond Symphony (IN), Adrian Symphony (MI), The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Greece Symphony (NY), and the Key West Symphony Orchestra. Zehringer is currently a regular section substitute with the Dayton Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Zehringer is in demand as guest clinician and solo performing artist. In January of 2013 and 2015, he presented master classes in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece as part of the “Exploring Trumpet in Greece,” Collegiate Trumpet Symposium. Zehringer has been a featured soloist with the Springfield and Middletown Symphony Orchestras, and has presented master classes and recitals abroad in Italy, Japan, China, Australia, Canada and Greece.
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Judith Lang Zaimont's music is often cited for its immediacy, emotion and drama. Her distinctive style-strongly expressive, sensitive to musical color and rhythmically vital-is evident in even her early music. The New York Times described it as "exquisitely crafted, vividly characterized and wholly appealing," and perhaps for these reasons her music has consistently drawn performers from around the globe and several of her works have achieved repertoire status.
Zaimont has composed more than 100 works to date, including prize-winning pieces in every genre: orchestral music including two symphonies, works for wind ensemble and opera, music for chorus, solo vocal and instrumental works and a wide variety of chamber music for both wind- and string-based ensembles. Her music has been heard in primary venues on three continents, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's "Great Performers" series, the Kremlin in celebration of the current millennium and the Beijing Theatre. Much of it has been written on commission from eminent individual artists, including Arleen Auger and Dalton Baldwin, Paul Sperry and Lisa Kozenko, and by a wide variety of ensembles and presenting agencies.
Judith Ann Lang was born in Memphis, Tennessee (1945) and raised in New York City. Her family was musical and she began piano study at age five with her mother until receiving a scholarship to the preparatory division of Juilliard at age twelve for study with Rosina Lhevinne and Leland Thompson. Throughout her teen years she performed in a duo piano team with her sister in concerts across the US, on radio and television. The duo's early LP "Concert for Two Pianos" includes American premiere recordings of the Poulenc 4-hands Sonate and a two-piano suite by Robert Casadesus. However, she had also begun to compose at age twelve and immediately began to win national prizes for her music (National Federation of Music Clubs; BMI Young Composers Award). Although she continued to perform, by her early twenties Zaimont had focused entirely on composition, studying with Hugo Weisgall at Queens College, Otto Luening and Jack Beeson at Columbia University, and a post-graduate year studying orchestration with André Jolivet in Paris.
She is equally recognized as a distinguished educator. Her university teaching in composition and theory spans a thirty-year career, including appointments at Peabody Conservatory of Music, chairing the music program at Adelphi University, and as Professor of Music Composition at the University of Minnesota, 1992-2005.close
MARK ZANTER, an active composer/performer, has
received commissions from the UIUC Creative Music
Orchestra, CU Symphony, the American Composers
Forum, the WV Commission on the Arts, WVMTA, Due East,
Şõlen Dikener, Rick Kurasz, Cetin Aydar, Ankara University
Soloists, Lindsey Goodman, Trifecta!, Awea Duo, and
many others. He has appeared as a composer and
performer on NPR's Live at the Landmark, WILL, IPR,
Second Sunday concerts, and on WVPN's In Touch With
The Arts; is published by Les Productions d'OZ, Schott
European American and MJIC Music publishing; and his
works have been performed nationally and internationally
at festivals including MUSIC X, June in Buffalo, The
Cortona Contemporary Music Festival, NYCEMF, the
Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Echofl uxx 14. He is the
recipient of grants/awards from the American Society
of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP), the American
Music Center (AMC), the American Composers Forum
(ACF), Meet the Composer, The West Virginia Division of
Culture and History, and WV Music Teachers Association.
In 2014, his Lament and dream received special distinction in the ASCAP Rudolph Nissim Award. As a performer Dr. Zanter is equally at home performing standard repertoire, creative music, and jazz and has appeared with orchestras, chamber groups, and improvisers, including the Huntington Symphony Orchestra, the Ohio Valley Orchestra, Sinfonia Da Camera, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Leroy Jenkins, Vinko Globokar, George Lewis, Butch Morris, and Alphonse Mouzon. He has recorded with Deborah Richtmeyer, Vinko Globokar, and his recording of Composition 165 with Anthony Braxton received special mention in Downbeat Magazine.
Dr. Zanter's research interests include Algorithmic Composition, Structural Models for Improvisation, and Conduction®, the music of Butch Morris. Zanter completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition at the University of Illinois where he studied with Salvatore Martirano, William Brooks, Paul Martin Zonn, and Erik Lund. He is Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition at Marshall University, Huntington WV.