Hilary Tann

Welsh-born composer, Hilary Tann, lives in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York where she chairs the Music Department and is the John Howard Payne Professor at Union College, Schenectady. Recent composer-residencies include the 2011 Eastman School of Music Women in Music Festival, 2013 Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and 2015 Welsh Music Center. Her work has been supported by numerous organizations, including the Welsh Arts Council, New York State Council on the Arts, Hanson Institute for American Music, Vaughan Williams Trust, Holst Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Meet the Composer / Arts Endowment Commissioning Music USA. Praised for its lyricism (“beautiful, lyrical work” – Classical Music Web) and formal balance (“In the formal balance of this music, there is great beauty …” – Welsh Music), her music is influenced by her love of Wales and a strong identification with the natural world. These two interests combine in her enjoyment of haiku (she is a published haiku poet) and in text selections from Welsh poets. A deep interest in the traditional music of Japan has led to private study of the shakuhachi and guest visits to Japan, Korea, and China. Her compositions have been widely performed and recorded. Her recent orchestral album, Here, The Cliffs is praised as “music of great integrity, impeccable craft, and genuine expressive ambition” (Robert Carl, Fanfare 36:1); her first album on Navona Records, Exultet Terra, is described as “marked by gracefulness and lyricism” (Textura, January 2017).








Hans Bakker

After he had finished his studies in piano, church organ and choral conducting in Utrecht, Hans Bakker (b. 1945) began teaching piano at music schools in two places in the Netherlands. Apart from his teaching practice, he conducted two choirs and was active in the improvisational music scene. His career in music was followed by the study of Sanskrit. After his successful graduation from the University of Amsterdam, he returned to music, becoming completely occupied by teaching at the Globe Center for Art and Culture in the city of Hilversum. Initially, composing was only a minor occupation next to Bakker’s other work. Since 1997 it became a daily routine. He wrote a great number of chamber music works and many choir compositions, including the cycle of choirs Praśasti. He also composed works for orchestra and six pieces for carillon.


Hans Bakker publishes and sells his works via MusicaNeo at:   www.hansbakker.musicaneo.com








Daniel Perttu

Daniel Perttu’s music has been performed in Europe, Asia, South America, and in more than 30 states across the country. Performances of his music have occurred in numerous arts festivals, new music festivals, concert series, solo recitals at the international, national, and regional levels, Society of Composers conferences, and College Music Society conferences. Perttu’s music has been released on the Navona records label, an imprint of PARMA Recordings, and his music appears on five different albums, including this one. Critics have recognized the “modal strains [in his music] that recall the works of . . . Ralph Vaughan Williams and Ernest Bloch;” have characterized it as “blending mystery, action, and excitement;” and have praised it as being “fantastic” and “superb.” His music has also been published by Editions Musica Ferrum (London), as well as BRS Music, Inc. (Indianapolis) and Dorn Publications (Boston). He currently works as an Associate Professor at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where he serves as School of Music Chair. Previously, he taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received his doctorate from The Ohio State University, his master’s degrees from Kent State University, and his bachelor’s degree from Williams College, from which he graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.









Jan Järvlepp

Jan Järvlepp was born in Ottawa, Canada of Estonian and Finnish parents in 1953. He began playing pop guitar at the age of 12 and took up cello in high school at the age of 14. He also learned to play bass guitar and harmonica. At the University of Ottawa, McGill University and the University of California, San Diego he majored in composition while developing his cello playing skills. His composition teachers were Luis de Pablo, Alcides Lanza, Roger Reynolds and Will Ogdon. As his studies progressed, he realized that he was not on the same wavelength as his Modernist composition teachers. Once outside of the university environment, he began composing in a newer postmodern style of neo-tonal music that would not be acceptable among the academics. The result has been a series of refreshing and accessible pieces of music that appeal to a surprisingly wide cross-section of the public.


In 1981 Järvlepp returned to Ottawa having completed his doctoral studies in music at UCSD. He joined the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and has been active as a composer, teacher, freelance cellist, recording technician and as a contractor for chamber music groups. In 1993, the OSO under David Currie performed his Camerata Music to a very receptive audience and in 1996 premiered his percussion concerto, the Garbage Concerto, to a wildly appreciative audience. He has also had a Woodwind Quintet commissioned by the CBC for the well-known Bel Canto Wind Quintet. His quintet Pierrot Solaire was a hit at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and has become his most popular chamber music work.


His first CD “Soundtracks of the Imagination” has been broadcast by hundreds of radio stations around the world and used by choreographers. His second CD, “Flights of Fancy”, continues with a program of more recent chamber music. His “Garbage Concerto” has been recorded by BIS Records and several videos of his music are available on YouTube.


Pierre Schroeder  

Pierre, a French native, came to music as a child, studying classical piano and transcribing themes from movie composers on the family’s piano. Emotions are in the center of his work, and reviewers have often noted cinematic elements in his music, while describing “an imaginative musical craftsman at work, capable of evoking real wonder, mystery, reverence, and celebration.”


Pursuing a life long interest of music and design, he studied architecture at “L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts” in Paris, before graduating at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After moving to Los Angeles, he won a number of national and international music competitions for choral works and orchestras, including the American Composers Forum 2005 Art Song Competition, with a premiere performance by Isabel Bayrakdarian during the Schubert Club’s Saint Paul Summer Festival. His compositions have been performed in Los Angeles - with KUSC live broadcasts from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art - in San Francisco Herbst theater, Saint Paul Minnesota, Paris and Lyon France, Dublin’s National Concert Hall of Ireland.


Pierre has also composed electronic and orchestral scores for short movies and animated films, as well as educational movies and documentaries. His credits include the soundtrack of “America the Bountiful” a six part series aired on PBS and the History Channel, winner of a Telly Award for outstanding documentary. His previous recordings “Pagan Mass” and “Atlantis” were released by Centaur Records, while “The Four Seasons” and his new album “Voyage” were released by PARMA Recordings, respectively on Ravello and Navona Records. These albums have aired nationwide in the US, and in Western Europe.


Paul Osterfield 

Composer Paul Osterfield was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1973. Spending his formative 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 and throughout the United States, including recent performances in England, Germany, and Slovenia. Osterfield’s music has been performed throughout the United States by ensembles including Ascendo3, the Great Noise Ensemble, the Blakemore Trio, the Harlow Trio, neoPhonia New Music Ensemble, wind ensembles at the University of Alberta, University of Sioux Falls, University of Central Oklahoma, Marietta College, the College of Wooster, Capital University, Otterbein University, the University of Georgia, Arkansas State University, and Middle Tennessee State University, and four premieres by the Stones River Chamber Players. 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, Equilibrium, Navona, and Ravello labels.


Also maintaining an active career as an educator, Osterfield is Professor of Music at Middle Tennessee State University, where he teaches music composition and theory. He has given composition seminars and master classes at colleges and universities throughout the southern 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.



Lindsey Goodman

Lindsey Goodman is known for her “generous warmth of tone and a fluid virtuosity” (Charleston Gazette), and for her “impressive artistry” (Tribune-Review), “agility, and emotion” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Renowned for her “brilliant”, “bravura performances” (Tribune-Review) “played with conviction” (New York Times), “flair, and emotion” (Gazette), Ms. Goodman is in high demand as a soloist, chamber collaborator, orchestral musician, recording artist, teacher, and clinician around the country.


A strong advocate for living composers and electroacoustic or interdisciplinary works, Lindsey’s debut solo CD of commissioned works, reach through the sky, is available on New Dynamic Records, and she is an active commissioner of new pieces, having given nearly one hundred world premieres. Ms. Goodman has performed solo and chamber concerts, taught masterclasses, and given presentations at series, festivals, and universities across three countries, including at Carnegie Hall (NYC), Eastman School of Music (NY), University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (OH), Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and several National and Canadian Flute Association conventions. Lindsey has regularly performed concertos ranging from Mozart to commissioned works in the United States and Canada since 2010, has been featured in both live and recorded radio broadcasts on stations including WQXR (NYC), WQED (PA), and WOSU (OH), and can be heard on solo, chamber, and orchestral performances from the New World, Navona, and Albany labels, among others.


Lindsey is principal flutist of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, solo flutist of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and adjunct lecturer at West Virginia State University and Marietta College. A student of Walfrid Kujala and Robert Langevin, Lindsey received her degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Northwestern and Duquesne Universities. Ms. Goodman resides in Ohio with her husband, percussionist and educator Chris Carmean, and their dog Jack. www.LindseyGoodman.com



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