Dave Dexter

"A gem that really captures your heart - really accomplished, complex writing for strings." — Jessica Curry

 

Dave Dexter (b. UK, 1985) came to composing relatively late, without formal music education, by unsuccessfully entering a contest with the Liverpool Philharmonic in 2015. The rejection spurred him into a long period of self-tuition in composition, engraving, and orchestration — by the following year he had recorded his first works with string quartet, then orchestra and choir, and finally a full symphony orchestra in 2018.


Thanks to the shortness of his career, his achievement list is likewise; airplay with UK's Classic FM and BBC Radio 3, a performance in Singapore, and a place in ORA Singer’s 2019 “Christmas Gift” recording initiative. His music — described as “beautiful” (Anthony Inglis), “fantastic” (Suzi Digby OBE), and “a joy to listen to” (Grant Kirkhope) — is typified by a paranoid attention to detail, meticulous orchestration and a sense of traditional grandeur, excitement and beauty. More invested in music’s past than present, Dexter moves with ease between full-throated orchestral tone poems, classical minuets and inventions, works for baroque ensemble, and Renaissance choral polyphony.

 

Dexter lives in North Yorkshire, dividing time between music, walking, and bothering his cat. Full recordings, session footage and scores can be found at davedexter.com

 

William White is a conductor, composer, teacher, writer, and performer based in Seattle, WA. Equally known for his original music as for his bold interpretations, White is an innovative programmer and conscientious leader in the musical community.

 

White currently serves as music director of Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers, a unique performing ensemble comprised of a chorus and orchestra that concertize as one. For four seasons (2011-15) he served as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, working closely with music director Louis Langrée and an array of guest artists, including John Adams, Philip Glass, Jennifer Higdon, and Itzhak Perlman. A noted pedagogue, he has led some of the nation’s finest youth orchestra programs, including Portland’s Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra.

 

White has significant experience working with choirs and vocal soloists in a variety of contexts, from small ensembles to major symphonic and operatic choruses. He has long-standing associations with a number of musical organizations, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for whom he has regularly given pre-concert lectures since 2008. For three seasons, he was Music Director of Cincinnati's Seven Hills Sinfonietta, a period which saw remarkable growth for the organization as a whole.

 

White maintains a significant career as a composer of music for the concert stage, theater, cinema, church, radio, and film. His music has been performed throughout North America as well as in Asia and Europe. His output includes a symphony, an oratorio, chamber music of all varieties, and several works intended for young audiences. His music has been recorded on the MSR Classics, Cedille, and Navona.

 

White earned a masters degree in Conducting from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, studying symphonic and operatic repertoire with David Effron and Arthur Fagan. He received a BA in Music from the University of Chicago, where his principal teachers were the composer Easley Blackwood and the conductor Barbara Schubert. In 2004, he began attending the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors under the tutelage of Michael Jinbo, later serving as the school's Conducting Associate, then as its Composer-in-Residence.

 

White hails from Bethesda MD, where he began his musical training as a violist. He is active as a clinician, arranger, and guest conductor, particularly of his own works. His orchestral arrangements, including "Happy," "Dear Theodosia", and an orchestral suite from Sweeney Todd have been performed by orchestras throughout the United States.

 

In 2015, White launched a YouTube series called "Ask a Maestro" where he answers questions about the world of classical music. Recordings of his works can be heard at his web site, www.willcwhite.com, where he also maintains a blog and publishing business. www.willcwhite.com

 

photo: John Cornicello

 

 

Simon Andrews is an English composer who is earning a reputation as a creator of eloquent concert music that blends harmonic complexity and lyricism, introversion and broad gestures, delicate timbres and bold statements. His output ranges from large-scale orchestral works to intimate chamber music, with a special delight in chamber music with solo voices. Winner of the 1985 Benjamin Britten Prize, his music has been commissioned and performed to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. He moved to America in 1987, since when he has pursued a multi-faceted career as composer, conductor and teacher, a combination that led him to undertake his own edition-completion of the Mozart Requiem, which also continues to garner both praise and performances on both sides of the pond.

 

He has just finished his second opera Po’pay, about the legendary 17th century Native American freedom fighter and leader of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt, and his third string quartet Rilke episodes.

 

This is his second collaboration with PARMA, following on the success of And that moment when the bird sings, a selection of his chamber music, which has been praised as “music of expressive intent” and “a clarinet quintet of lyrical impulse” (Gramophone) and “exuding quiet lyricism, timeless feelings of simplicity and deep humility” and “gentle, intimate, subtle” (SCI Magazine)

 

If you would like to find out more, peruse sample scores or listen to sound clips, you might find a visit to simonwandrews.com time well spent.

 

Rain Worthington

“There is a deep interiority to this music . . . a composer of considerable imagination, emotional

expressiveness, and poetic sensibility.” – American Record Guide

 

Self-taught in composition, Rain Worthington’s catalog includes works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, duos, solos and miniatures. Her writing has been described in the IAWM Journal as “a fusion of styles— ancient, medieval sounds expressed via modality and open sonorities, modernist minimalist ostinato, and classical approaches to basic ideas—to capture components of the human experience.”

 

Performances of Worthington’s compositions have spanned the globe from Brazil to Iceland, Cyprus to Korea, Italy to India. Her work takes “. . . ideas of American musical style to a new place – like a walk in a familiar, yet very different park” – Chamber Music.

 

2020 performances of her orchestral works featured Still Motion performed at Carnegie Hall and Yet Still Night at the TUTTI Festival, Denison University. Worthington received 2020 commissions from the Portland Youth Philharmonic for a piece for youth orchestra and from Baltimore Symphony violinist Audrey Wright for a violin/piano piece. Her pivotal work Shredding Glass received its world premiere in Brazil in June 2019.

 

Since 2010, Navona Records has released Worthington’s chamber and orchestral music, with 2020 releases of two new works, Shadows of the Wind and Within Deep Currents. Her 2016 solo orchestral album DREAM VAPORS received wide critical acclaim. Worthington is Artistic Administrator & Composer Advocate for the New York Women Composers. rainworthington.com

 

photo: Bob Krasner

A native of New York City, Allen Brings received a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Queens College  and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University, where he was a Mosenthal Fellow and a student of Otto Luening, and  a doctorate in theory and composition from Boston University, where he was a teaching fellow and a student of Gardner Read. In 1962 he was a Naumburg Fellow at Princeton University, where he studied with Roger Sessions. He has twice served as chairman of the eastern region of the American Society of University Composers and is currently vice-president of Connecticut Composers. His published compositions, which include works for orchestra, band, chorus, a wide variety of chamber ensembles, piano, organ, harpsichord, guitar, and voice, have been recorded for Navona Records, Capstone, Centaur, Grenadilla, Contemporary Record Society, North/South Consonance, Arizona University Recordings, and Vienna Modern Masters. A pianist as well as a composer, Brings has performed extensively both here and abroad especially in programs of music for piano, four-hands, with Genevieve Chinn, with whom he has recorded for Orion, CRI, and Centaur. He is also co-author of A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony, published by W. W. Norton, and has contributed articles to College Music Symposium, College Music Society Newsletter, Contemporary Music Newsletter, Society of Composers Newsletter, New Music Connoisseur, New Oxford Review, ComposerUSA, sounding board, and Adoremus Bulletin. He is Professor Emeritus of Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College of the City University of New York, where he was co-ordinator of the theory and ear training program, and is a director of the Weston Music Center and School of the Performing Arts in Weston CT, where he teaches piano and theory. allenbringsmusic.com

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John Carollo studied piano as a child and was a member of a Catholic Church choir who sang for the congregation during weekend services.  In 1986, he began composing for the piano and graduated from San Diego State University with a master’s degree in Psychology.  After moving to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1987, he started a career as a mental health counselor and social worker with the State of Hawaii, Department of Health.  In 1997, he began private composition lessons with Dr. Robert Wehrman.

 

Carollo retired from public service in March of 2006 to compose full-time and to establish a music business called Musica Baudino, which published the artist's first CD, Ampersand, in June 2006, winning best Classical CD at the 10th Annual Hawaii Music Awards Ceremony. Numerous releases have followed, most notably THE TRANSFIGURATION OF GIOVANNI BAUDINO, which was PARMA Recordings' 500th release (2017), quickly followed by MUSIC FROM THE ETHEREAL SIDE OF PARADISE (2018) and SYMPHONY NO. 3 (2019).

 

He is an ASCAP member and a lifetime member of the Society of Composers in America.  A full catalogue of his works can be found at: johncarollocomposer.com

 

John Franek

 

"he brought his talents to the keyboard in his own...inspired high-energy blend" — The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

John Franek (b.1996) is a composer and pianist whose compositions “demonstrate a craftsmanship of a composer far beyond his years.” (Dr. J.A. Kawarsky, Professor of Theory & Composition)

 

Franek has had premieres of his own works performed in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, with notable premieres in locations such as in New York City, Philadelphia, London, Quito, Paris, Havana, Krasnoyarsk, Olomouç, Rome and Tashkent (among others). Among these performances he has had his worked performed by ensembles such as The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra, Janacek Filharmonie, The Moravian Philharmonic and the Lontano Ensemble. Additionally, he is currently looking forward to premieres this coming year with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Trio Immersio and additionally recording an album of original piano music with Orpheus Classical.

 

As a sought after soloist, Franek has personally performed on three continents including concert tours throughout the United States. An avid researcher and performer of Mozart, he recently toured his “Franek & Mozart” lecture-concert and is currently working on a Mozart book for popular audiences.

 

His solo album Purely Mozart demonstrates his particular love of Mozart: “John Franek's affinity for Mozart is evinced in his brilliant, subtly-shaded playing which brings forth the composer's work in all of its multivalent sparkle and darkness.” (Scott Hawkinson, Double V Digital Recordings)

 

Franek has benefited from the private composition and piano instruction of Phyllis Lehrer, Jay Kawarsky, Silvina Milstein and Edward Nesbit.

 

He currently runs his own publishing company, ILM Music, as well as acting Founder and Artistic Director of his own record label Nous Records, and is also published by various publishing houses. johnfranek.com

 

photo: Yellowbelly Studios, London

Jeff Mangels is a composer known for writing expressive, evocative music. His body of work includes a piano concerto and works for orchestra, winds, brass, strings, chorus, voice, percussion, chamber groups, electronics, electric guitar, and piano.

 

His symphonic poem, The Trial, was recorded on volume 11 of the "Masterworks of the New Era" CD series (ERM Media). His Sonata for Piano, “Scenes from the Night,” received recognition by Lowell Liebermann and Chen Yi and he received the Linda Betts Frazier Award for outstanding composer (James Madison University).

 

Performances of Mangels works have occurred in the United States and Europe featuring a variety of ensembles and performers, including the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (as of this Navona release), the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, The Covington String Quartet, The Chamber Ensemble at the Conductor’s Institute of South Carolina, The James Madison Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, as well as several chamber groups and soloists. In addition, his works have been read by The New River Valley Symphony and The James Madison Orchestra.

 

A native of Virginia, Mangels became enamored with vast orchestral music in his early years. Through piano study, performing, and listening to an extensive array of music, he developed a keen ear for melody and writing demonstrative music, which lead to formal study of composition. He holds the D.M.A. in composition from The University of South Carolina, the M.M. in composition from James Madison University, and the B.A. in music theory and composition from Virginia Tech.

 

In addition to composition, Mangels has a passion for music notation and he completed research to improve the notation of harmonics on bowed stringed instruments while at the University of South Carolina. Music theory and its pedagogy peak his interests as well, as do musicology and sound design. Currently, he is Professor of Music at Montgomery College and resides in Leesburg, VA. For more information about Mangels and his work visit: www.jeffmangels.com

 

 

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