Dr. Andre’ E. Godsey, Sr., Ph.D.

is a freelance composer who, for the last 10 years, has written both classical and jazz musical compositions. With formal music training at Lake Clifton Senior High School, from 1976 to 1979, Godsey was awarded the Musician of the Year for 1979 in his graduating class. While in high school, he studied classical music where his principal instrument was French horn. He also traveled with the jazz band in high school where he played the trumpet. He played in the Baltimore City public school All-City Band and was selected to perform in Memorial Stadium at a Baltimore Colts football game half-time. He also sang in Lake Clifton’s school choir, and studied the bassoon, the piano, the french horn and trumpet.

 

In 1979, he attended Howard University’s school of music where he played French horn in the concert band and marching band. There, he studied French Horn with Professor William Penn. He has studied music theory at Berklee College of Music, composition at Harford Community College, and he recently completed a Master of Arts degree in Music Education at Liberty University school of music. In more recent times, Godsey has returned to music where he has completed five symphonies, one violin concerto, numerous small chamber works, several jazz compositions featuring trumpet and his most recent work, an opera, informally titled, Tell the Truth.

 

Academically, he was the valedictorian of his undergraduate class at Sojourner-Douglass College in 1991 and was the recipient of one scholarship, Frank DeCosta . He is a Goldseker Fellow from Morgan State University. Godsey holds ten degrees, which includes an earned Ph.D. in Human Services from Capella University and a M.A. in Christian Education from Princeton Seminary. He is happily married for 30 years to the apple of his eye, Lakita C. Godsey, and they have a son, Andre’ E. Godsey, Jr.

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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. Recent European premieres are Peter Sheppard Skaerved's performance of Twenty-Four Caprices for Solo Violin at the Cambridge Summer Music Festival and the University of Nebraska Kearney Trio's performance of Beneath the Veiled Light at the World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia. Osterfield's music has been performed throughout the United States by ensembles including the Great Noise Ensemble, the Blakemore Trio, neoPhonia New Music Ensemble, wind ensembles at 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, Ravello, and Navona labels. Of Osterfield's orchestral work Monadnock, Audiophile Audition's critic Daniel Coombs writes: "Osterfield has a very colorful and sensual style of orchestrating that would remind some of that of his teachers....This is really a dramatic and impressive work."

 

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.

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Miguel Matamoro studied composition with Gabriel Erkoreka, Ramón Lazkano, and Zuriñe F. Gerenabarrena at the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country, Musikene, and then his received his master’s degree from the Higher School of Music Katarina Gurska in Madrid.

 

Throughout his formative years he began to premiere many of his pieces, including music for solo instrument, chamber ensemble, electronics, and orchestra.

 

In 2012 Matamoro won the EMCW composition award with his piece Onde a espuma non chega. Since then, his music has been played in a wide variety of venues, cycles, and festivals throughout the European and American continent. These include Quincena Musical de San Sebastian, the BBVA Fundation cycle for Contemporary Music, Festival Internacional Punto de Encuentro, Kutxa Fundation, The Galician Center for Contemporary Art, Sinkro Festival, ArteAbierto, Zeppelin Festival, Houston University , Schola Cantorum, The Art-Science Festival of Bourges, the Corkigli Videogallery of the Municipal Institute of Contemporary Art in Puebla, Mexico, and many others.

 

His music has been performed by different groups, ensembles and soloists such as the Janáček Philarmonic Orchestra, the Basque National Symphony Orchestra, Real Filharmonía de Galicia,

The Musikene Orchestra,Vertixe Sonora, Espai Sonor, Trio

 

Zukan, Hitz Xare Labortegia, Ciklus Ensemble, Zaragoza Auditorium Chamber Orchestra, Quod, Taller Sonoro, Séverine Ballon, Christian Dierstein, Chrichan Larsson, Roberto Alonso and Clara Novakova.

In 2018 he was commissioned by the Galician Council of Culture to compose Duns Folios que Foron Blancos for choir and orchestra.  miguelmatamoro.com

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Eric Simonson's music has been heard in concerts across North America, including SEAMUS (Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States), ICMC (International Computer Music Conference) and SCI (Society of Composers Incorporated) performances. His composition teachers have included William Heinrichs, Harvey Sollberger, Eugene O'Brien, and Roger Reynolds. Simonson's degrees are in composition, but his interests and teaching experience have involved computer music, music theory, and musicology. He studied piano with Boaz Sharon at the University of Tulsa and subsequently enjoyed a brief career as an accompanist and chamber musician. Currently, he serves as a professor at Danville Area Community College in Danville IL, teaching musicology and music theory courses in the Liberal Arts division. ericsimonson.net

 

 

 

 

Michael G. Cunningham

was born in Warren MI in 1937 and holds music degrees from Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, and Indiana University. After limited teaching appointments at four different universities, he remained Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire from 1973 to 2006. Since 1958 Cunningham has created a large catalog of various types of music for all manner of performer combinations and situations. Nine previous albums of mostly orchestral works performed by European orchestras are currently available from Navona Records: Indiana Collectanea, Ecumenical Spirit, WISDOM LOVE ETERNITY, PARAGONIA, SONIC FLIGHT, COLONNADE, GALLERY, AN ARC OF QUARTETS, and MEZZANINE SEAT. Information on his various music theory and composition textbooks can be found on his website:

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