Chin Ting Chan

Hong Kong-American composer Chin Ting Chan (b. 1986) has been a fellow and guest composer at festivals such as IRCAM's ManiFeste (Paris, 2013/2018), the ISCM World Music Days Festival (Tongyeong, 2016; Tallinn, 2019), and UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (Tallinn, 2015). He has worked with ensembles such as Ensemble intercontemporain, ensemble mise-en, Ensemble Signal, eighth blackbird, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and Mivos Quartet, with performances in more than twenty countries. His works are published with ABLAZE Records, Darling's Acoustical Delight, New Focus Recordings, PARMA Recordings, RMN Classical, SCI Journal of Music Scores, and Unfolding Music Publishing (ASCAP). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Ball State University. He holds a D.M.A. degree from the University of Missouri–Kansas City, as well as degrees from Bowling Green State University and San José State University. For more information, please visit www.chintingchan.com.

 

Bradford Blackburn is an Associate Professor of Music, Theory and Technology, at The University of Tampa, where he coordinates the music technology, composition, and contemporary performance programs, and has served as chair for the Music Department. He also founded and directs various music technology and experimental music ensembles at The University of Tampa including the Interactive Arts Ensemble, Studio Production Ensemble, and MIX Lab. Bradford Blackburn’s music includes live electronic music, acoustic concert music, interactive music for dance, jazz and popular music, and music for film. His compositions have been selected for performance at annual festivals for the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, Electronic Music Midwest, and Electroacoustic Barn Dance. He has presented his computer music research internationally at the Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music, and the Raflost festival in Reykjavík, Iceland. His doctoral dissertation explores the music of Harry Partch using replica instruments that he built following his research at the Harry Partch Instrumentarium. Blackburn has presented his Partch research at the College Music Society (national and international conferences) and the Harry Partch Legacy Symposium. Bradford Blackburn is a native of Buffalo, NY where he enjoyed a free-range childhood. He studied bassoon, played jazz guitar, and became an avid composer of experimental garage band music, before studying music composition with Donald Bohlen at SUNY Fredonia. He later earned a MM degree in Media Writing Production from the University of Miami, and a DMA degree in composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He attended Aspen with an ASCAP Fellowship for Film Scoring and Composition. In addition to his studies in Western music, Blackburn has studied Chinese instrumental music on the erhu, dizi, and guqin during his numerous extended sojourns to Taiwan, with his wife and daughters.

 

Philip Schuessler’s music explores the intricacies of subtle timbres and delicate dynamics through extended acoustic and electro-acoustic resources. Many world-renowned artists and ensembles such as Yarn/Wire, Timetable, Mantra Percussion Ensemble, Dither Guitar Quartet, Hypercube Ensemble, Pesedjet, Iktus Percussion, violinist Graeme Jennings, cellist Craig Hultgren, and soprano Tony Arnold have championed his music. He has had works performed at notable venues such as June in Buffalo, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga New Music Symposium, Birmingham City Stages Festival, Festival Miami, the Czech-American Summer Music Workshop, CCMIX in Paris, SEAMUS Conferences, ArtSounds in Kansas City, Artomatic in Arlington, Virginia, Electronic Music Midwest, New Music Forum in San Francisco, the School for Designing a Society in Urbana, Illinois, Electroacoustic Juke Joint in Cleveland, Mississippi, and the Spark Festival in Minneapolis.  He has also been a participant at the MusicX Festival, the Ernst Bloch Music Festival, the Elliott Carter/Oliver Knussen Chamber Music Intensive Workshop at Carnegie Hall, and the Oregon Bach Festival. His electro-acoustic music has been recognized in France by Elektrophonie’s NuitBleue Music Festival, the Futura Festival, and the Bourges Residence.

 

Awards for his music also include the Music Teachers National Association Commissioned Composer of the Year, International Cello Loft Commission for Cello and Percussion, the Duo Fujin Composition Competition, and Random Access Music’s call for scores. He is also the recent recipient of a Composers Assistance Program grant from New Music USA. Schuessler received his Bachelors Degree in composition at Birmingham-Southern College, his Masters Degree from the University of Miami, and his PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His teachers have included Charles Mason, Dorothy Hindman Dennis Kam, Keith Kothman, Dan Weymouth, Sheila Silver, Perry Goldstein, and Daria Semegen.

 

He is currently an instructor of music theory and composition at Southeastern Louisiana University where he was honored with the President’s Award in Artistic Excellence. His music is published by Pendula Music, Society of Composers, Inc., Alia, TUX People’s Music, and Potenza Music, and recordings of his compositions can be found on the Centaur, Janus, Curvepoint Media, and Capstone labels.

Daniel Adams (b. 1956, Miami, FL) is a Professor of Music at Texas Southern University in Houston.   Adams holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (1985) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Music from the University of Miami (1981) and a Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University (1978).   Adams is the composer of numerous published musical compositions and the author of many articles and reviews on topics related to Twentieth Century percussion music, music pedagogy, and the music of Texas.   His book entitled “The Solo Snare Drum” was published in 2000. He is also the author of two entries published in 2009 in the Oxford Encyclopedia of African-American History: 1896 to the Present and has authored a revision of the Miami, Florida entry for the Grove Dictionary of American Music.  Adams has served as a panelist and lecturer nationally and internationally. He has received commissions from The McCormick Percussion Group, The McCormick Duo, the Robinson High School Percussion Ensemble (Tampa, FL), The Gulf Coast Community Band, The Leechburg (PA) High School Percussion Ensemble, the Louisiana State University Percussion Ensemble, the EOS flute and guitar duo, guitarist Kenneth Kam, VioLet, Lee Hinkle, Richard Nunemaker Studios, Selmer Paris, Buffet Crampon, and D’Addario Woodwinds. Adams’s music has been performed throughout the United States, and in Spain, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Costa Rica, Turkey, Argentina, Bulgaria, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, and South Korea.  His music is recorded on Capstone Records, Ravello, Navona, Phasma, Ablaze, Potenza, Albany, and Summit Records.

 

 

Tianyi Wang

Born in China, Tianyi Wang is an award-winning composer, conductor, and pianist, whose music vocabulary is diverse and much inspired by subjects beyond music. Tianyi’s repertoire spans over solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, and electronic, as well as film scoring. His works have been performed by ensembles and festivals around the globe, including Darmstädter Ferienkurse (Germany), Boston Modern Orchestra Project (USA), impuls Festival (Austria), Festival Mixtur (Spain), Meitar Ensemble (Israel), iNEnesemble (Russia), Audiograft Festival (UK), Ashmolean Museum (UK), Ensemble MISE-EN (USA), and many others. Mr. Wang is the winner of 2018-19 New England Conservatory of Music Honors Composition Competition, 2018 BMOP/NEC Composition Competition, 2017 Longy Orchestral Composition Competition, and 2016 Sanya International Choral Festival. A recipient of China National Arts Fund in 2017, Mr. Wang is also a National Finalist of the 2019 American Prize and an Honorable Mention of the 2019 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute. Tianyi’s recent commissions include Alea III, Duo Fuego, Atlantic Music Festival, and Northeast Normal University (China). His music was released by ABLAZE Records in 2018.

 

Besides being a composer, Tianyi Wang’s outstanding piano skill won him the 2012 William Jewell Artist Competition and led to his concerto debut with Liberty Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, Tianyi Wang collaborated with London Symphony Orchestra in a recording production at Abbey Road Studio, London. In 2015, he founded and directed Qinyin Chamber Ensemble and led public performances throughout the city of Changchun, China. Tianyi’s research paper on Xibo music was featured at the 31st International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

 

Tianyi Wang is currently continuing his musical journey as a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, USA.

 

For more information on Tianyi Wang’s music, please visit www.tianyiwangmusic.com

 

Paul Paccione is Professor Emeritus in Music Theory and Composition at Western Illinois University, Macomb. He holds degrees from the Mannes College of Music, the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Iowa, where he received the PhD in 1983. He began teaching at WIU in 1984 and retired from WIU in 2018. During his teaching career at Western, he received six Faculty Excellence Awards and was named the 1988 Outstanding Teacher in the College of Fine Arts. He was named Western Illinois University’s Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for 2002. In 2012, he received the Outstanding Creativity Award from Western’s College of Fine Arts. His opera “The World is Round,” based on a children’s book by Gertrude Stein, was premiered at WIU in 2014. He cofounded and codirected Western’s annual New Music Festival, which during his tenure hosted hundreds of guest composers from across the country.

 

His music is noted for its lyricism, distinctive orchestration, contrapuntal refinement, economy of means, and clarity of expression. Michael Cameron (Fanfare) has described his music as “consistently compelling, and often extraordinarily moving.” Writing for Music Web International, Glyn Pursglove writes “…this is thoughtful, inventive, and occasionally challenging music. He is a composer who evidently has a personality of his own and the ability to express that personality within more than one musical medium.” Brian Morton (The Wire) has made special note of the composer’s interest in the “mysterious effects of long duration.”

 

In 2010, New World Records released a CD recording devoted entirely to his music, titled, “Our Beauties Are Not Ours.” Additional recordings of his music are available on the Frog Peak and Capstone labels and through CD Baby. His scores are available through Frog Peak Music, Lebanon, New Hampshire.

 

He has lectured and written numerous articles on various aspects of modern music and particularly on the interplay of cultural conditions and compositional thought in the 20th and 21st centuries. His writings on music have appeared in Perspectives of New Music, ex tempore, College Music Symposium, American Music, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and liner notes for New World Records. He has been a preconcert lecturer for the Chicago Symphony. www.paulpaccione.com

Mary Claire Miller (b. 1995) grew up with seven siblings on a small farm in northwest Ohio. She began studying piano when she was eight years old and continued studying music at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. There, Mary Claire was awarded Xavier’s Presidential and McCauley Music scholarships and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She studied piano performance under Polina Bespalko and composition under Kaleel Skeirik, travelled abroad to teach general music and piano lessons in Costa Rica, performed as an accompanist for the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, and taught Pre-K through 8th grade general music in Napoleon, Ohio.

 

As an active member of greater Toledo’s musical community, Mary Claire founded the studio Field Lily Music to offer private piano lessons to local students. She was also awarded a tuition scholarship and music theory assistantship at Bowling Green State University, where she will complete a Master of Music Composition degree in 2020. At Bowling Green, she has studied under Marilyn Shrude and Christopher Dietz and has received additional instruction from Mikel Kuehn.

 

Mary Claire was recipient of the 2016 West Hills College Piano Award for her solo piano performances, and the National Federation of Music Clubs recognized Mary Claire’s piano solo Cenote Dos Ojos with the 2019 Marion Richter Composition Award. She continues to take special interest in piano solo composition and has an affinity for writing lullabies. She also strives to write poignant musical narratives which juxtapose moments of thoughtful intimacy with simple grandeur to create an experience that is authentic, unapologetically emotional, and visceral.

 

Andrea Reinkemeyer

The music of American composer Andrea Reinkemeyer (b. 1976) “explores a reverent sound world that hovers just above the brink of silence” (Maggie Molloy, Second Inversion) and expresses “a gamut of emotions… from reverence and supplication to mournfulness and despair” (textura); it is “clever, funky, jazzy and virtuosic” (Geraldine Freeman, Schenectady Daily Gazette) and “hauntingly melodic and fun, dancing and almost running its way forward” (Marc Medwin, Fanfare). Her current musical explorations focus on intersectional feminist narratives, natural phenomena, and grief. She has enjoyed recent commissions from: League of American Orchestras and Louisiana Philharmonic with generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra; H. Robert Reynolds and Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings; Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College; Rodney Dorsey for the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble and University Singers; and Rhymes with Opera. Her music is distributed by the ADJ•ective Composers’ Collective and featured on recordings by In Mulieribus, Idit Shner, A/B Duo, and Post-Haste Reed Duo.

 

Dr. Reinkemeyer is an Associate Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Linfield University where she coordinates the Lacroute Composer Readings and Chamber Music Mentorship Program. She holds degrees in music composition from the University of Michigan (DMA and MM) and University of Oregon (BM). Born and raised in Oregon, she has also lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Bangkok, Thailand.

 

Dr. Allen McCullough, b.1978, is an active composer and pedagogue, currently teaching through the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.  He has composed extensively for the piano, for voice, and has several entries in the string quartet genre; he has also written for full orchestra – he has composed both a concerto for piano and orchestra, and a symphony in five movements.  He has been commissioned by Chamber Music Yellow Springs, the Eakins Vocal Consort of Philadelphia, and the Lotte Lehman Foundation; he has procured grants from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, among other organizations. He has collaborated with internationally recognized artists and ensembles, including Yekwon Sunwoo – pianist and 2017 Van Cliburn gold medalist, Josef Spacek – violin soloist and concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aeolus and Harlem String Quartets, among others.  He has earned three post-graduate degrees in musical composition, with his terminal degree (Ph.D.) in composition from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Dr. Joo Won Park is an Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Wayne State University. He studied at Berklee College of Music (B.M.) and University of Florida (M.M. and Ph.D.) and has previously taught in Oberlin Conservatory, Temple University, Rutgers University Camden, and Community College of Philadelphia. Dr. Park's music and writings are available on MIT Press, Parma Recordings, ICMC, Spectrum Press, Visceral Media, SEAMUS, and No Remixes labels. New Music USA and Knight Foundation have supported his Electronic Music Ensemble of Wayne State (EMEWS) and other recent projects.

 

 

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