• Monika Gurak

    Composer

    An award-winning composer and songwriter, Monika Gurak graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Composition with honours from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, as well as with a master’s degree from the Department of Music, York University. York University additionally gave her a merit-based entrance scholarship. She also took courses in writing songs and music production at Berklee Online, where she received a certificate. In addition, Monika is an alumna of the Institute of Iberian and Ibero-American Studies, University of Warsaw.

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  • David Del Tredici

    Composer

    Generally recognized as the father of the Neo-Romantic movement in music, David Del Tredici has received numerous awards (including the Pulitzer Prize) and has been commissioned and performed by nearly every major American and European orchestral ensemble. "Del Tredici," said Aaron Copland, "is that rare find among composers ó a creator with a truly original gift. I venture to say that his music is certain to make a lasting impression on the American musical scene. I know of no other composer of his generation who composes music of greater freshness and daring, or with more personality."

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  • Karl Blench

    Karl Blench

    Composer

    Karl Blench is a composer and conductor who holds bachelor’s degrees in education and music theory from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master’s degree and DMA in composition from Rice University. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Cuba. Recent engagements include performances of his works by the Shepherd School Chamber Symphony, the h2 Saxophone Quartet, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the University of New Hampshire and University of Houston Wind Ensembles.

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  • Arthur Gottschalk

    Composer

    A man whose music has been described as “infectious , loud, and fun” (Gramophone Magazine), and “fascinatingly strange” (BBC Music Magazine), award-winning composer Arthur Gottschalk is Professor of Music Composition at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. His music is regularly performed domestically and overseas, and his works are recorded and distributed on Navona Recordings, New Ariel, Crystal Records, Summit, Capstone, Beauport Classical, ERMMedia, AURecordings, Golden Crest, MSR Classics, Ablaze Records, Naxos, Amirani (Italy), and Delage (France).

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  • Paul Paccione

    Paul Paccione

    Composer

    Paul Paccione was born in New York City in 1952. He studied classical guitar and majored in music theory at the Mannes College of Music (B.M., 1974), where he was influenced by music theory teacher and composer Eric Richards and encouraged to begin studying composition. He began private composition studies with composer Harley Gaber. He continued composition studies at the University of California, San Diego, with composer Kenneth Gaburo (M.A., 1977).

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  • David Warin Solomons

    Composer

    David Warin Solomons (b. 1953) is a self-taught composer specializing in lyrical styles for instrumental and vocal combinations in various modes including whole tone, dorian, and octatonic. He began composing in 1969, starting mainly with works for classical guitar solo and voice, and then progressing to choral, chamber, and orchestral music.

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  • Elizabeth Start

    Cellist, Composer

    Elizabeth Start is a composer, cellist, arts administrator, and union officer, currently dividing her time between Kalamazoo MI and the Chicago area.

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  • Joseph T. Spaniola

    Composer

    Joseph T. Spaniola is a composer on a passionate quest to engage the hearts and minds of audiences and performers through the communicative powers of music. Spaniola is active as a composer, arranger, educator, conductor, lecturer, producer, clinician, and adjudicator. He has composed works for band, orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, voice, choir, and electronic tape. His works have received honors from National Band Association, The American Prize, Global Music Awards, Florida State Music Teachers Association, Dallas Wind Symphony, and others. His compositions have been performed and recorded by ensembles in North America, Europe, Japan, South America, Israel, China, Australia, Taiwan, and Singapore.

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  • Sarah Wallin Huff

    Composer

    Sarah Wallin Huff is currently a music lecturer at California Polytechnic University of Pomona, teaching History of Technology in Music, and assisting with editing and production for the music department's podcast #CPPMusicCouches. She received her M.A. in Music Composition at Claremont Graduate University in 2008, and she was the Professor of Composition and Advanced Theory — as well as conductor of the Chamber Ensemble — at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita from 2012 to 2016. Wallin Huff has been a performer on the violin, viola, and 6-string electric violin since 1990. She plays with diverse ensembles and performs as a soloist for a variety of events and concerts, as well as performing on various recording projects, large and small.

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  • Lydia Jane Pugh

    Composer

    Hailing from the island of Guernsey, Lydia Jane Pugh is an award-winning composer specialising in choral and chamber music, with much of her work being inspired by the islands’ history, culture, and beautiful landscapes. Her music’s universal appeal has led to performances around the world by several professional groups, including the Ebor Singers in the United Kingdom, and the Empire City Men’s Chorus in the United States.

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  • Jonathan Chenette

    Composer

    Jonathan Chenette’s compositions have received international recognition, including performances on the ISCM World Music Days in Amsterdam, at the World Harp Congress in Vienna, at the Bishop Auckland Early Music Festival in the United Kingdom, and on an NPR national broadcast by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. His music appears in publications by Boosey & Hawkes, Theodore Presser, and Fish Creek Music and in recordings on the Innova, Riverrun, Fleur de Son Classics, and Capstone labels. Much of his music has involved collaborations with visual artists, writers, dancers, folk musicians, farmers, environmental advocates, and museums.

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  • George Holloway

    Composer

    George Holloway is currently an assistant professor of composition in the department of ethnomusicology in Nanhua University, Taiwan. He was formerly Dean of Composition at Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China. In this role, George was the first foreign head of department in any Chinese conservatory. George has also taught at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the University of Southampton.

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  • Ben Yee-Paulson

    Composer

    Benjamin Yee-Paulson (b. 1994) is an internationally recognized American composer. Born in Boston MA, his music has reached many countries like the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and the United States. His music has premiered in many prestigious places like Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Harvard University, Curtis Institute of Music, Warwick Castle in England, La Schola Cantorum in Paris, and the world opening of Microsoft’s flagship store in New York City.

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  • Marilyn Bliss

    Composer

    Iowa-born Marilyn Bliss has written many widely performed orchestral, chamber, and solo works. She received her B.M. degree in composition, flute, and voice at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and did her graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the City University of New York. Her composition teachers included such distinguished composers as George Crumb, George Rochberg, Jacob Druckman, Jerry Owen, and Harvey Sollberger.

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  • Richard E Brown

    Richard E Brown

    Composer

    Richard E Brown, a native of New York State, has been active as a composer-arranger and music educator for many years. His training includes M.M. and D.M. degrees in composition from Florida State University, as well as a B.A. in music education from Central College, which named him a Distinguished Alumnus in 1983. His principal composition studies were with Carlisle Floyd, John Boda, and Charles Carter. He is a member of ASCAP, and is represented in the catalogs of several trade publishers, as well as his personal imprint Dacker Music.

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  • Jay Anthony Gach

    Jay Anthony Gach

    Composer

    Jay Anthony Gach's original concert music has been critically acclaimed as: “music [that] dances with charisma,” (Parterre Box), "a natural crowd pleaser," (NY Newsday), "vibrant textural transformations," (NY Times), "multi-layered, whirling and propulsive," (Minneapolis Star), "witty, virtuosic and accessible," (Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine, UK), "so exuberant [and] so full of character," (SPNM New Notes, UK). Summarized by the composer Lukas Foss during his tenureship as conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, "[Gach’s] writing for orchestra is brilliant beyond words." The composer Hugo Weisgall wrote of him, "a composer...of extraordinary technical command and intellectual grasp of what music is all about."

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  • Scott Brickman

    Scott Brickman

    Composer

    Scott Brickman (b. 1963, Oak Park, IL USA) is passionate about sport and his Baltic and Slavic ancestry and culture. Until 2016 he played baseball as an amateur in the United States and Canada and has coached high school baseball in Maine. He has also run 10k races in both the United States and Canada. Starting in 2018, he has attended summer school at the University of Latvia in Riga, studying Latvian Language and culture.

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  • Adnan Marafi

    Composer

    Adnan Marafi is a Kuwaiti composer born in 1994. He graduated from the College of Basic Education in 2017 where he studied piano and violoncello. In 2019 he travelled to Tashkent and recorded his two suites: Karkadae for flute and piano, and Dune for violin and piano. In 2020 his music was performed at The Academy of Arts and Media for Youths in Kuwait, and was described as “Invigorating, rich, and a unique take on contemporary music.”

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  • Amintas Angel Cardoso Santos Silva

    Composer

    Amintas Angel Cardoso Santos Silva (b. 1977) is a composer, singer, songwriter, writer and diplomat whose passion is expressing himself through art, especially music. He refers to the radio, soundtracks of old Brazilian soap operas, and of course, his mother’s singing as his first musical experiences. He also mentions his father’s old school musical taste as an initial and permanent guidance.

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  • Edmund Cionek

    Composer

    Edmund Cionek is a New York-based composer who writes for the theatre and the concert hall. His catalogue of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music reflects a deft blend of classical design, pop elements, and humor mixed in a post-modern style. A student of William Bolcom, he earned the degree DMA in Composition from the University of Michigan. Cionek also studied in Paris with Schoenberg disciple Max Deutsch at the École Normale de Musique. He has served on the Board of Directors of the League of Composers-ISCM, the New York Art Ensemble, and currently The Bar Harbor Music Festival. Edward B. Marks, Carlin America & EDITIONS Amsterdam publish his works. He is a member of ASCAP and AFM-Local 802. He was recently appointed to the College Music Society Music Composition National Advisory Board.

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