Kong-Yu Wong was born in Canton and he then became a HongKonger. He studies music at different institutes in China and Hong Kong, and was awarded a PhD from the University of York in England. Principal mentors of his include composers Gao Weijie and Nicola LeFanu. Wong’s recent works include a number of vocal compositions in varied forces and different languages. His piano music for young people is especially welcomed by pianists and audiences alike. photo: Zhou Jin

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Scott Anthony Shell was born in Omaha Nebraska USA but grew up near Chicago IL. He earned a degree in music composition at DePaul University while studying voice and singing in choirs. Instead of pursuing academic degrees, he immersed himself in the Chicago indie rock scene and created a record label and rock band (singer / songwriter / guitarist) called Cats & Jammers that released several recordings and toured all over the USA. S.A. is fluent in Spanish and has spent quite a bit of time in South America. Currently he resides in  in Patagonia AZ. www.ScottAnthonyShell.com

 

William Copper is an American composer of contemporary classical music, a theorist, and the world's authority on Intonalism, the science of structuring music according to intonation. His music is praised for its beauty, structural integrity, and innovative originality.

 

Copper's studies began in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and as his interests turned to creating music he moved to Philadelphia and spent two years in private composition studies with distinguished American composer George Crumb. Following a year studying independently in New York City, Copper studied music composition at the Eastman School of Music, where his composition teachers included Gerald Plain and Joseph Schwantner. A Fulbright scholarship provided Copper with the opportunity to study composition at the State Higher School of Music (Akademia Muzyczne) in Krakow, Poland with composer Krzysztof Penderecki. At the Yale summer program, he had sessions with Morton Feldman and Seymour Shifrin, as well as while in Poland with Witold Lutoslawski and Boguslaw Shafer, making altogether an education rarely equaled in late-20th-century composition.

 

As a theorist of music, Copper has special interests in formal structures and in pure intonation. His music combines perfectly singable lines in the bel canto tradition with vital rhythmic excitement and timbral subtlety. His research into the connections among musical intonation, harmony, and melodic structures led to new works for orchestra, chamber groups, and chorus.

 www.hartenshield.com

 

Deborah J. Anderson grew up in Tacoma WA and began composing at age 6. As a teenager she studied piano and voice. In college she majored in languages and she later served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia, where she taught English, studied Arabic music, and learned to play the ‘oud and sing in Arabic. After earning a master's degree in French (University of Washington, Seattle), she taught at the college level for a number of years. From 2000 to 2011 she sang in the Pacific Lutheran University Choral Union. She enjoys her four adult children, the arts, travel, and gourmet cooking.

 

Anderson's compositions range in setting from solo voice and choir to instrumental ensembles, solo works, duets, trios, quartets, quintets, chamber works, brass ensemble, symphonic band, and orchestra. She especially enjoys the challenges of composing for unusual settings and she endeavors to evoke various moods in the listener. She recently completed Opus 97 for saxophone ensemble. Anderson serves on the Board of Directors of Symphony Tacoma. For more information about her work, see

www.deborahjanderson.com

 

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Theresa Koon composes music primarily for voice, emerging from an international vocal performance career including several years at the Thüringerlandestheater in Germany.  Operas, song cycles, and choral music make up the center of her work, generally inspired by explorations into social issues or current events. Koon’s chamber opera PROMISE, which considers the social significance behind artistic “promise,” was conceived as a vehicle for regional and conservatory opera productions and has been performed across the United States.

 

Text is the motivating force driving Koon’s compositions, with the natural inflections of the spoken voice guiding the melodic development. Influences include J.S. Bach, Samuel Barber, Kurt Weill, and Arvo Pärt, among others. Koon’s choral song cycle, WHERE EVERYTHING IS MUSIC, using Sufi Muslim texts, was premiered in Oregon in 2018. I COME FROM WATER, a musical exploration into the negative effects of ocean missile testing on whales and dolphins, was also premiered in 2018.  Recordings of these and other works can be heard by visiting: tikkunmusic.com

 

Collaborators have included Fear No Music, 45th Parallel, Artists Repertory Theater, Sinfonia Concertante Orchestra, The Ensemble of Portland, the Resonance Ensemble, Cascadia Composers, NACUSA, MN Nautilus Music Theater, the Detroit Institute of ART, and the National Opera Association. When not composing, Koon enjoys teaching Vocal Music Appreciation Classes for Friends of Chamber Music, and vocal instruction at Portland Community College.  She is the founding director of Opera for the Hesitant, dADa and other eclectic adventures.

 

Theresa Koon, (Tikkun Music), is a member of ASCAP. For scores and performance inquiries, please contact the composer at her website: tikkunmusic.com

 

photo: Bryan Hallberg, during a concert preview for Koon's opera PROMISE in 2016.

Hans Bakker

After finishing 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 at the University of Amsterdam. After his successful graduation, he returned to music and was completely absorbed by teaching at the Globe Center for Art and Culture in the city of Hilversum.  He retired in 2010 to devote himself entirely to composing.  For his pleasure he plays the cello in two string quartets.

 

Initially, composing was only a minor occupation next to Bakker's other work. Since 1997 it has become a daily routine; he has written a great number of chamber music works and many choir compositions, including the cycle of choirs Praśasti. He has also composed works for orchestra and six pieces for carillon (beiaardcentrum.com)  and more recently the commissioned violin concerto KAIROS.

 

His first album THE UNNAMED SOURCE (2010) features moving performances by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Vit Micka and an astounding array of its instrumentalists.

 

Bakker’s works have been featured on the Navona releases SLICES (2012), SEEKING & FINDING (2012) with seven choral works performed by the Kühn Choir Prague and DANCES OF ETERNITY (2013) with two orchestral works: Canzona L'altra Persona and Canzona II Tribute to the Sun. This was followed by the chamber works compilation PINNACLE (2016).

 

The next release was the duo album LINES TO INFINITY (2017) with composer Peter Greve which revolves around scores for piano, cello, clarinet and flute. Other releases include TOMORROW’S AIR (2017), which shows that classical music can hit a greater audience; and the compilation album LEGENDS & LIGHT (2018), including Canzona III Hidden in Her Light for orchestra, The album FIGMENTS vol II, including  Tiento I & II for guitar solo, was also released on Navona Records. You can find and listen to all the above on all major distribution platforms.

 

About his compositions:

More than 20 years ago the source of my music started to flow after I became acquainted with the writings of the German painter and writer Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken, also known as Bô Yin Râ.  I believe in the power of artistic beauty and lyricism. In my view music need not necessarily be easy for the ear, but it should be accessible to the mind; and must be able to tune the receptive listener. My intention is to awaken the emotional nature in the listener, so that he/she may come to herself/himself for a moment.

 

Hans Bakker lives in the city of Amersfoort NL. hansbakker.musicaneo.com

 

photo: Ton Sciaroni

Santiago Kodela is an Argentinian classical guitarist and composer working in the areas of concert, solo, chamber, and choral music. His works explore the ethereal aspects of sound and harmony, examining intensely the areas of iso-rhythms, metric modulation, and chord harmonization. He creates ever-so-slight variations of pre-defined rhythmic cells through harmony, melody, and rhythm, preventing the listener from anticipating the music yet retaining engagement throughout. A recipient of the Gaiety Bursary (Royal Irish Academy of Music) in 2016, his works combine elements of both classical and contemporary eras aiming to create unique and tantalising musical colours.

 

In 2018, Kodela completed a master’s degree in Music and Media Technologies (Trinity College Dublin) where he specialized in Audio Production and Contemporary Music Composition. Under the guidance of renowned composer Dr. Ann Cleare, he composed, performed, and produced works which have been released internationally via Navona Records (2019) and have received extensive positive reviews worldwide.

 

Current endeavors include the release of chamber music and production of solo classical guitar works, the latter being composed and performed by himself. In addition to performing, Kodela continues to work and craft his passion for choral music by focusing on the composition and production of new essays and pieces.

santiagokodela.com

 

photo: Olga Kuzmenko Photography

Christopher J. Hoh grew up in Pennsylvania and lives near Washington, DC. He has participated in workshops with Jean Berger, Daniel Moe, and Robert Page and has studied composition with Alice Parker. Much of his output is choral, from a cappella compositions for advanced choruses to simple accompanied pieces for church choirs. It also includes chamber music and vocal solos.

 

Recent highlights include commissions by the Alexandria (Virginia) Choral Society of the triptych “Away We Go” for their 50th Anniversary Season and by the GenOUT Youth Chorus of “My Refuge” for the GALA Choruses Festival 2020 in Minneapolis. In 2019 the professional ensemble The Thirteen premiered his 12-part Musica Dei Donum at their fall gala and King’s Chapel Boston presented his mass on Billings’ “When Jesus Wept” during Lent. Pacific Edge Voices (San Francisco) premiered “Come, Love We God” in December 2018. Mezzo soprano Solmaaz Adeli debuted “A Little More Peace” among others of his works on tour in 2019-20.

 

The Grammy winning vocal ensemble The Crossing chose two of Hoh’s pieces — To Elliott, a homage to Elliott Carter, and My Mistress’ Eyes, setting a funny Shakespeare sonnet — for its June 2019 album, Evolutionary Spirits. Navona also recorded his set “Remembering All” on its “Cadence” CD for the Carl Sandburg year in 2017 and holiday pieces for the CD “Dashing.”

 

Hoh’s work has been heard in concert, worship, festivals and workshops in over 20 U.S. states and 15 countries. Previous commissions include the Stuttgart German-American Chorus (“O Antiphons” for SATB & organ) and California's Meistersingers ("My Mistress' Eyes" and “Ein Kind Geborn In Bethlehem”). Austria’s Carnuntum Park commissioned “Ecumenical Meditation” for the 1700th Anniversary of the Edict of Nicomedia. He has fulfilled commissions for U.S. church choirs from Colorado to Massachusetts.

 

Chris Hoh graduated from Georgetown University in international affairs, serving in the U.S. Foreign Service and Dept. of State for over 34 years. He now is devoted to music more than full time. Information about his compositions and other projects may be found on his website, www.HohMadeMusic.com as well as J.W. Pepper’s MyScore and Art of Sound Music.

 

photo: Daniel I. Elmer

Garth Baxter is noted for his modern traditionalist style of writing. This style combines the traditions of form and clear melodic writing with the use of contemporary approaches to harmonies and other elements.

 

Baxter was born in Philadelphia PA in 1946 and moved to California when he was 9 years old. He earned music degrees from Pepperdine University and California State University at Northridge. He studied composition with Robert Hall Lewis, Joseph Wagner, and William Thornton. In addition to writing music, Baxter currently teaches and mentors emerging composers.

 

Baxter’s compositions for chorus, orchestra, symphonic band, piano, organ, flute, voice, and guitar, as well as other instrumental combinations, have been performed throughout the world. His music has been featured on radio and online programs worldwide. He has received numerous awards, commissions, and honors. His song cycle, “From the Heart: Three American Women” (Columbia Music Company) was the topic of a doctoral dissertation.

 

His album ASK THE MOON of works for voice and piano and released in January 2018 by PARMA Recordings (Navona), has been praised worldwide. The recording Katherine Keem Sings Songs and Arias by Garth Baxter, from Centaur Records, has been acclaimed for its significant contribution to the voice and guitar repertoire.

 

An album of Baxter’s instrumental works, RESISTANCE, was released by PARMA Recordings (Navona) on February 8, 2019 and has received wonderful reviews and numerous airplays.

 

Baxter’s works are published by Columbia Music Company, ALRY Publications, Les Productions D’OZ, Doberman-YPPan, Guitar Chamber Music Press, Mel Bay Publications, and Theodore Presser. garthbaxter.org

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