Kenneth Kuhn

Kenneth Kuhn is an electrical engineer specializing in electronic circuit design who had the privilege of growing up with a great appreciation of classical music. His favorite composers include Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler. Over the years classical music enhanced mental skills valuable for his engineering career. Composing music and designing electronic circuits are very interrelated as each enhances the other.

 

He began composing music in his youth in the 1960s and taught himself how to compose by carefully listening to the many classical composers. Ken composes because, "There is music I want to hear but since no one has written it then I must write it myself." His compositions are of the neo-romantic genre where the music conveys grand concepts that transcend spoken language through rich melody and texture.

 

His retirement plans are to complete many drafts of piano and orchestral works he has accumulated over a lifetime. Ken resides in Vestavia Hills, Alabama and shares his house with a number of mischievous but lovable cats who otherwise would not have homes.

www.kennethkuhn.com

CAROL BARNETT

Carol Barnett’s music has been called audacious and engaging. Her varied catalog includes works for solo voice, piano, chorus, diverse chamber ensembles, orchestra, and wind ensemble.

 

She has received grants and fellowships from the Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France (1991), the Inter-University Research Committee on Cyprus (1999), the Jerome Foundation (2002), and the McKnight Foundation (2005). In 2003 she was awarded the Nancy Van de Vate International Prize for Opera for her chamber opera, Snow, and her music theater work Meeting at Seneca Falls was featured at the 2006 Diversity Festival in Red Wing, MN. The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, commissioned in 2006 by VocalEssence and written with Marisha Chamberlain, had its Carnegie Hall debut in February 2013, and has become a favorite across the country. Recent works include My People Are Rising, for Elektra Women’s Choir; Longing for Home, a song cycle for Source Song Festival; and Will’s Ladies, a Shakespeare cycle for mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

 

Barnett is a charter member of the American Composers Forum and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she studied composition with Dominick Argento and Paul Fetler. She was composer-in-residence with the Dale Warland Singers from 1992 to 2001, and a member of the adjunct faculty at Augsburg College from 2000 to 2015. www.carolbarnett.net

 

 

Herbert A. Deutsch

Composer, author, educator and performer. Professor of Music at Hofstra University for 57 years. I’m a composer of music in various media and my work has been widely performed, and commissioned works have been featured at national and regional conferences. In 1972, I co-founded the Long Island Composers Alliance. During my career at Hofstra, I founded Jazz Ensemble, Electronic Music Studios, New Music Ensemble and created the B.S. Degree programs in Jazz, Composition/Theory and Music Business. I received the George Estabrook Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996 and the Hofstra Alumni Achievement Award in 2001. The Music Department has established the Herbert Deutsch Award for highest honors in Music Education.

 

In 1964, I collaborated with Robert A. Moog on the development of the Moog Synthesizer and, in September of 1965, my "New York Improvisation Quartet" presented the Moog’s first live program at Town Hall, NY City. I am a member and judge of The N Y State School Music Association’s Composition and Improvisation Committee and a clinician in composition sessions at New York’s All-State Conference.

 

Since the year from 2000, I’ve focused most of my composition work on pieces for chamber ensembles. In this period, I’ve composed for my wife Nancy, and for many personal friends and locations which have been important.

 

 

Philippe Kocher

Philippe Kocher (born 1973) is a musician, composer and researcher. He studied piano, electroacoustic music, music theory, composition and musicology in Zurich, Basel, London and Bern. He is a lecturer for music theory, composition, and computer music at the Zurich University of the Arts. He is also affiliated with the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) in Zurich.

 

Kochers work encompasses instrumental and electroacoustic music as well as sound installations. His artistic interests focus on algorithmic composition and computer-generated music and art. The computer, used for sound and score synthesis, has become one of his most important creative tools. Kochers music has been performed world-wide (Zurich, Basel, Vienna, Utrecht, Hamburg, Athens, Milan, London, Cairo, Havana, New York, San Francisco amongst others). philippekocher.ch

 

 

Sarah Wallin-Huff

Sarah Wallin-Huff is a lecturer with the music department at California Polytechnic University of Pomona. She received her MA 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 has experience playing with diverse ensembles and as a soloist for a variety of events and concerts, as well as performing on various recording projects, large and small. Her original compositions have been performed throughout the States and abroad, including the Exeter Phoenix Auditorium in Devon, England and Zipper Hall in Los Angeles. Her work has been called “a stunning collection of gorgeous, orchestral selections…that are, at times, vividly haunting but always entirely engrossing” (Barbra Dillon); “…incredible depth and creative complexity” (Wesley Derbyshire); “Her music is quite complex and unusual and yet…very easy to absorb and appreciate” (Baby Sue); and “Sarah’s music has a classy, understated sound, yet it is baroque and ornate…A true masterpiece, with so many nuances” (ArtistRack). Her compositions range from solo works to chamber ensembles, to orchestral concert pieces and electronic work, as well as work for film and video games. While her sonic output crosses a variety of moods and styles, a common thread linking them all is what she calls “stream-of-consciousness composition,” in which every piece is built upon an enigmatic, underlying framework, from which the work fluidly evolves. sarahwallinhuff.com

 

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