Megan DeJarnett is a Los Angeles-based composer-trumpeter who has spent her life in the thrall of a good story. Throughout her musical training, she has prioritized communication—the composer telling a story to the performer or audience through the score, the performer commenting on the music aurally or visually, and the audience’s response to a piece all figure prominently in her creative practice. Megan has dedicated herself to the creation and performance of new music, collaborating with composers around the world as a soloist and a co-founder of Phantom Collective, a student-run chamber brass ensemble at CalArts. Ensembles across the United States have premiered her works, including Low Pass Brass, the GVSU trumpet studio at the 2016 National Trumpet Competition. Her primary teachers include Matt Barbier, Alex Wilson, Marc Lowenstein, Jody Rockmaker, and Kotoka Suzuki. Megan’s creative work focuses on bridging the gaps between composer, performer, and audience through physical, idiomatic, and textual means. Megan holds a BM in Theory and Composition from Arizona State University and is currently in pursuit of her MFA in the Performer-Composer program at CalArts. She is constantly seeking out new collaborators.
strength in all things recorded by Orono High School Wind Ensemble and Timothy Arnold (coming soon)
Quinn Mason is currently a student at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts where he studies composition with Dr. Lane Harder. A multiple prize winner in composition, he has worked one on one with distinguished composers David Maslanka, Libby Larsen and Robert X. Rodriguez and David Dzubay. He has written for groups such as loadbang, Atlantic Brass Quintet, Voces Intimae, the New Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and principal players of the Berlin Philharmonic. He is also the recipient of awards from the American Composers forum, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Voices of Change and Texas A&M.
Soul to Soul recorded by Purdue University Symphonic Band and Jonathan Sweet (coming soon)
Nicole Piunno (b. 1985) holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition and a Master of Music degree in theory pedagogy at Michigan State University. Her composition teachers were Ricardo Lorenz and Charles Ruggiero. She earned a Master of Music degree in composition at Central Michigan University, studying with David Gillingham. She has also worked with Jason Bahr, David Ludwig, and Tony Zilincik. Nicole earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and her emphasis was on trumpet. Her music has recently been performed by the Principal Brass Quintet of the New York Philharmonic, Athena Brass Band, Columbia University Wind Ensemble, and the Michigan State University Symphony Band. Her music has also been performed at the Orvieto Musica TrumpetFest in Orvieto, Italy, the International Trombone Festival, and multiple International Trumpet Guild Conferences.
Beauty Broken recorded by the Wind Symphony of Clovis and Christine Keenan (coming soon)
Eternity in an Hour recorded by Rowan University Wind Ensemble and Joseph Higgins (coming soon)
Jennifer E. Rose
Currently the band director at Wyandotte Public Schools, Jennifer E. Rose is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been married to her husband Tim Rose, also an Oklahoma native, for 18 years and together they have two amazing children. This is Mrs. Rose’s 14th year as a music educator, all of which have been years spent in Oklahoma. Mrs. Rose holds a Master’s degree in Composition & Technology from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Arkansas. Several of Jennifer’s compositions have won top honors in competitions at the University of Arkansas, the Foundation Orchestra Association, and in 2014 she was honored with two awards at Boston Metro Opera’s International Contempo Festival. Her works have been performed or recorded by several local high school ensembles, the University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the University of Tulsa Concert Band, the DaCapo Chamber Players, and the Tulsa Wind Symphony.
The Oath recorded by Memorial High School Wind Ensemble and Jason Nitsch (coming soon)
Giovanni Santos serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Wind and Percussion Studies at La Sierra University, where he directs the University Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Big Band, and teaches courses in instrumental music education, popular music, and conducting. Santos is a graduate of La Sierra University (B. Mus) and earned his MM in Music Education from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he was also a scholarship trumpet student. He has been published by the International Trumpet Guild Journal on two occasions. Santos had the privilege of studying trumpet with Richard Hofmann, Boyde Hood, and Donald Green. Santos also enjoys composing chamber music and wind band works and has been commissioned by high schools, community bands, and universities across the United States. Professor Santos is inspired by his family. His wife Tanya, is an elementary teacher in Perris, CA. Tanya and Giovanni are proud parents of Gianna and David.
Blue Dances recorded by Quad City Wind Ensemble and Brian L. Hughe
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