BIOGRAPHIES

LAWRENCE R. MUMFORD 's music, published by eight different companies, has premiered from New York to Los Angeles, and has received radio airplay in Europe. He is a winner of the Culver Chamber Prize, and has been a finalist or semifinalist for The American Prize six times. His orchestral works have been selected for world premieres by the University of California at Irvine Symphony (which has begun rehearsing his Symphony No. 3) and many others including the Bellflower Symphony, the Carson City Symphony, the Ensemble Christo Los Angeles Orchestra, the Vanguard Symphony and the Master’s Orchestra. His symphonic wind ensemble works have been premiered by Chicago’s American Wind Band and Portland’s Warner Pacific Wind Ensemble.

 

He has received world premieres of dozens of choral and chamber works in various cities and venues by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, USC Symphony, Biola University Symphony, university chorales, regional and national conference ensembles, and large Los Angeles-area churches. Some of these premieres have led to publications, available at Sheet Music Plus.

 

Mumford has also composed for producers at 20th-21st Century Fox in Hollywood, and several of his original orchestral themes played daily on radio in over 50 cities nationwide for 14 years. He placed a popular song on a Billboard #1 album and Record of the Year.

 

He earned a Master’s Degree in music composition at Peabody Conservatory and a Doctorate in composition at the University of Southern California, then becoming a member of the composition faculty at several Los Angeles-area colleges and universities. He is married to a soprano (Donna) and, as a hobby, is a certified sailing instructor. More information is available at LawrenceMumford.com

Kevin McCarter writes music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, chorus, solo instruments, and voice. His music has been performed in a variety of venues in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

 

McCarter's early musical experiences included piano lessons, singing in choral ensembles, and accompanying for friends. He began to write music through lessons with his high school choral director. These interests expanded into his undergraduate and graduate studies, culminating in a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from the University of Maryland.

 

McCarter loves to take walks, sometimes near home, sometimes in parks near or far, and a number of his compositions have been influenced by the scenes and sounds of nature. His music has also been influenced by his experiences with vocal music. Many pieces have lyrical elements, and even when the music is not lyrical in style, there is often an underlying lyricism of feeling and shape in the music.

 

Opening Ideas, premiered by the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, has been his most performed orchestral piece. Its recording by the Kiev Philharmonic has been played by radio stations from Maine to San Francisco.

 

McCarter has written many pieces for ensembles of two to five performers. Blossoms and a Breeze, composed for the Ocean Wind Trio, has been performed by several woodwind trios in the U.S. and Canada. Above the Clouds, for violin and piano, appears on PERCEPTIONS: POINTS OF VIEW FOR SMALL ENSEMBLE from Navona Records. Recent chamber works include Pastorale, written for the American Modern Ensemble and Come Along, premiered by the Euclid String Quartet at the 2019 Mostly Modern Festival.

 

McCarter's vocal music includes songs for voice and piano, like Songs of Day and Evening, and for voice with other instruments, like Stars Above and Earth Below, for mezzo-soprano, flute, and viola. Three Songs on Poems of Emily Dickinson received an Encore grant, leading to a series of performances in Paris, Vienna, Rome, and cities in the American midwest.

 

McCarter currently resides in Jersey City NJ across the Hudson River from New York. He is a member of the American Composers Forum and the New York Composers Circle. composersforum.org/members/kevinmccarter

Samantha Sack

Since beginning her musical career as a cellist, Samantha Sack has been exploring the full range of musical expressions. Performing was only the beginning of her journey, as she quickly understood the greatest expression of music was creation. After receiving private composition lessons with Mara Gibson in secondary school, Samantha entered Missouri State University under the John Prescott Composition Scholarship and the Claude T. Smith Composition Scholarship. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music Composition further led her to Dublin, Ireland, to earn a Master of Arts in Scoring for Film and Visual Media from Dublin Institute of Technology.

 

Her studies have led to writing for fellow musicians all around the world. Just a few such pieces include “Oscuro Fantasia” (accordionist Alessandro Ambrosi), “Under the Sun” (Missouri State Chamber Orchestra), and “My Persephone” (Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra).

 

Sack looks to create stories through her music. Worlds for the listener to be surrounded by and get lost in as they listen to the colors flow and morph around them. Her philosophy is music is never just for its own sake. Every piece is conceived from an experience or perception and will take on a changed or entirely new meaning for those listening to it. Whether in the concert hall or on the screen, she hopes to give the audience a space to dream and feel.

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photo: Nestor Romero Clemente

Alexis Alrich started piano lessons at age eight with a rare teacher who encouraged her to start music composition at the same time. Her studies continued at the New England Conservatory of Music, California Institute of the Arts, and with Lou Harrison at Mills College in California.

 

Harrison was a key mentor, and Alrich’s music is also influenced by West Coast Minimalism, French Impressionism, Asian music, and American roots music. Her compositional style is tonal and melodic, using lively rhythms and colorful timbres to weave a musical narrative.

 

She was composer-in-residence for the San Francisco Choral Artists for the 2019-2020 season and was commissioned by them to write three pieces, Pedacitos de Cielo, The Railway Train, and Psalm 104.

 

She has received numerous grants and commissions from the American Composers Forum, ensembles and individuals, most recently Onward for solo marimba and Voice of the Forest for solo piano. The Orphic Ensemble recently commissioned and took on tour a percussion quartet, Muse of Fire. While living in Hong Kong she was commissioned to write two pieces for mixed Chinese and Western instrument ensembles and narrator, The Shadow in the Moon and The Beat of the Dragon Boat.

 

Her Marimba Concerto was performed by Dame Evelyn Glennie and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. The Bachtrack classical music website reviewed the performance: “…an electric performance of composer Alexis Alrich’s Marimba Concerto...this action-packed piece injected fresh energy into the whole room…it stole the show.” Her erhu concerto Song of Eternal Regret was performed in Shanghai, China by the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra.

 

As a pianist, Alrich also plays and composes chamber music. Recent compositions include Water Colors for oboe and strings and String Quartet No. 3. Alrich collaborates frequently with Cambodian choreographer Charya Burt, writing original dance scores as well as transcriptions of traditional Cambodian music. The Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic premiered her piece Avenues in 1991, which has been since performed numerous times. She was a founding member and pianist for the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra.

 

Her music is published by Alto Publications in Bristol, England. alexisalrichcomposer.com

 

photo: Ed Hensley

Anthony  Wilson graduated from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia in 1985, studying music and pure mathematics. He has also successfully completed the A.Mus.A exam for piano and the 7th Grade AMEB theory exam. Wilson studied the piano with William Lowe, singing with Janet Dawson and Theory of Music with Aliki Katsikas. In 2001 he was given a theory award by the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association.

 

Wilson began his working career within the IT industry before pursuing a career in music, which he started in 1994. Since then, he has worked as a private music teacher, teaching piano, singing, and theory of music to people of all ages. Within this environment, Wilson has enjoyed considerable success helping people realize their musical goals. These goals include helping students to prepare for music exams, auditions, and musical performances. He also has considerable experience working as an accompanist.

 

Wilson studied composition privately with Haydn Reeder. His orchestral compositions have been performed by the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra, the Australasian Orchestra, and the Zelman Symphony Orchestra. Other performance highlights of Wilson’s compositions include: “Une Idée” for piano and violin performed by Michael Kieran Harvey and Tim Veldman. He has also had a number of his chamber works performed by ensembles such as the Silo String Quartet, the Veldman String Quintet, Michael Kieran Harvey, the Sarah Curro/Elyane Lausadde duo, and the Haydn and Max Reeder piano duo. He has also had some of his works performed within the Elyane Laussade Music Studio.

 www.anthonywilsonmusicstudio.com

 

photo: Sarah Lloyd

Dr. Katherine Saxon's music has been performed and commissioned by musicians and ensembles from Australia to France, including Ensemble Mångata and West Edge Opera. Her music reflects on humanity’s relationship with the natural world and the human imagination’s role in those relationships, both as part of the natural world, and in conflict with it. Recent projects include Alba, a song cycle for trumpet and harp based on troubadour Giraut de Bornelh’s “Reis Glorios,” 0r161n for flute and electronic which interprets the opening of Darwin’s “Origin of Species” as binary code, and 452 Jamestown Place, a stand alone opera scene exploring the heartbreak of mental illness. Her music has been featured at the Open Space Festival, The Atlantic Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, New Music On the Bayou, and the Aspen Music Festival. She was in the inaugural class for the COSI Opera Creation Lab, a 2015 Banff Musician in Residence, and a Composition Fellow at the Aspen Summer Music Festival and School in 2019. Saxon is director for the Santa Barbara Treble Clef Chorus, the Carpinteria Community Church Chancel Choir, and the Santa Barbara Community Early Music Ensemble. She received her Ph.D. in Music from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied with Joel Feigin and Clarence Barlow. She also holds a B.A. from Williams College, and a Masters of Music from the University of Oregon where she studied with Robert Kyr and David Crumb. Saxon currently lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, daughter, and cat. katherinesaxon.com

 

photo: Ted Cabeen

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, and 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

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