Katherine Bergman is a Minnesota-based composer who draws on environmentalism, literature, and found materials to create work that has been described as hypnotic and visceral. She has received commissions and performances from leading ensembles throughout the United States, including the U.S. Coast Guard Band, Encore Wind Ensemble, The Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Duke University Wind Symphony, Zeitgeist, The Minnesota Percussion Trio, and many others. Katherine holds degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and Gustavus Adolphus College, and her composition instructors have included Mary Ellen Childs, Jonathan Schwabe, and Samuel Adler.
Over Wild Solitude recorded by Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony and Derek Stoughton (coming soon)
Atlanta composer and flutist Nicole Chamberlain (b. 1977) has composed numerous works for flute and has won NFA's 2017 Flute Choir Composition Competition, 2016-2018 Newly Published Music Awards, The Flute View Composition Competition, Areon Flutes International Composition Competition, finalist in the Flute New Music Consortium Competitions, and finalist for the Kappa Kappa Psi's 2018 Female Band Composition Competition. She has been commissioned by the Atlanta Opera, Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Gonjiam Music Festival, Oklahoma Flute Society, Atlanta Flute Club, and many others. An album of her music, "Three-Nine Line", released in 2018 by MSR Classics.
Byzantium recorded by Ashland High School Wind Ensemble and Travis Moddison (coming soon)
Unfettered recorded by Clio High School Wind Ensemble and William Mufarreh (coming soon)
Kevin Alexander Day (b. 1996) is an American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and native of Arlington, Texas. Day is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music Composition degree at the University of Georgia. He currently studies with composer Peter Van Zandt Lane and conductor Cynthia Johnston Turner. Day earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from Texas Christian University, where he studied with euphonium/tuba with Richard Murrow and composition with Neil Anderson-Himmelspach, Till Meyn, and Blaise Ferrandino. He currently is the Composer-In-Residence for the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra (2019-2021) and a current composer fellow for Cycle 8 of the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. A winner of the BMI Student Composer Award, Day has composed 142 compositions to date and has had numerous premieres and performances by groups across the United States, Austria, and South Africa. Mr. Day was also the winner of the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Young Composers Competition, the Tribeca New Music Young Composers Competition, and the Dallas Winds Fanfare Contest, as well as being a finalist twice for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Day has also been mentored by composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Julie Giroux, John Mackey, William Owens, and Frank Ticheli. Kevin Day is a member of BMI, TMEA, ITEA, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also a member of the Millennium Composers Initiative. Day's works have been recorded/distributed by Mark Records (Naxos) and are published by Murphy Music Press, LLC, Cimarron Music, and Kevin Day Music.
A Song for Tomorrow recorded by the Langely High School Wind Symphony and Doug Martin (coming soon)
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)
Amy Dunker is a Professor of Music at Clarke University where she teaches music theory, composition and trumpet. Her compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Ukraine, India, France, Spain, and Great Britain. Her works are published by Alliance Publications, Inc., (Hal Leonard).
Julien’s Dream recorded by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Karen Fannin (coming soon)
Salvador alan jacobo
Salvador Alan Jacobo (b. 1997) has composed music for an array of musical settings from wind ensembles to brass ensembles to marching bands and everything in between. His compositions have acquired attention from notable composers such as John Mackey. Salvador has also been the guest conductor for various public school bands such as the Portales Junior High Band, the Portales High School Band, and the 30th Annual Eastern New Mexico University Alumni Band. He credits his mentors: Benjamin Fairfield, John Mackey, and Mark Dal Porto as being pivotal to his progressive success as a composer, conductor, and performer. Salvador is also a brother of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity (Theta-Zeta chapter).
Vuelo recorded by University of Akron Symphony Band and Andrew Feyes (coming soon)
Emily Koh (b.1986) is a Singaporean composer based in Atlanta and Athens, GA. Her music is characterized by inventive explorations of the smallest details of sound. In addition to writing acoustic and electronic concert music, she enjoys collaborating with other creatives in projects where sound plays an important role in the creative process. Described as ‘the future of composing’ (The Straits Times, Singapore), she is the recipient of awards such as the Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Prix D’Ete, and PARMA competitions, commissions from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Composers Conference at Wellesley College, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble and grants from New Music USA, Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy and Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence. Emily graduated from the National University of Singapore (BM Music Composition), Johns Hopkins University (MM Music Composition and Music Theory Pedagogy), and Brandeis University (Ph.D. graduate in Music Composition and Theory). She is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia in Athens, GA.
diver[city] recorded by Slippery Rock University Wind Ensemble and Jonathan Hemlick (coming soon)
Catherine Likhuta (b. 1981) is an Australian-based composer, pianist and recording artist. Her music exhibits high emotional charge, programmatic nature and rhythmic complexity. Catherine’s works have been played throughout the United States, Europe and Australia, as well as in Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Her music has enjoyed performances by prominent symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles and soloists. Catherine’s recent residencies include the University of Connecticut, the University of Georgia and North Carolina NewMusic Initiative. She was the winner of the International Horn Society Composition Contest (virtuoso division) and the 4MBS Kawai Composition Contest, as well as the recipient of several awards, including two grants from the Australia Council for the Arts.
Home Away from Home recorded by Murray State University Wind Ensemble and Trae Blanco (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
Yan Pang is a composer, choreographer, and scholar. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at St Olaf College. She received her Ph.D. in Music with a minor in Theater Arts & Dance at the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on inter-cultural music composition and performance. As part of this interest, she has been commissioned to compose and invited to perform in music festivals throughout the world. She considers both her music composition and dance choreography as a means to build multicultural understanding and tolerance. A selection of her varied publications includes the album Glory Times (as songwriter and music director) by the China Scientific & Cultural Audio Video Publishing Company, the score “Solis Ortus” (winner of the SunRiver International Composition Competition) by China People’s Cultural Publishing Company, the paper “Scene of Sichuan Opera” (co-author with Mingzhu Song), and the books Cool Math for Hot Music, All About Music, and Basic Music Technology, and The Future of Music - Towards a Computational Musical Theory of Everything (co-authored Guerino Mazzola et. al.) by Springer.
For Archie recorded by The Desert Winds and John Seaton (coming soon)
Joseph C. Phillips Jr.
Joseph C. Phillips Jr. composes for and conducts his large ensemble Numinous, a collection of some of NYC's finest musicians. Joe, along with the latest recording from Numinous, Changing Same (2015, New Amsterdam Records), has been interviewed and featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, the Brooklyn Rail, WNYC’s New Sounds as well as lauded on a number of year-end Top Classical Recordings Lists for 2015. His next project will be to record with Numinous in 2019 The Grey Land, a 70-minute monoopera that explores "humanity and identity through the intractable triumvirate of race, class, and power" which premiered in October 2018. Phillips has received a Jerome Foundation J Fund grant, New Music USA project grant, a Meet the Composers Creative Connections grant, an American Music Center Composer Assistance Program grant, two Live Music for Dance commission grants, and was a finalist for both the Sundance Institute Film Composers Lab Fellowship and the Opera Company of Philadelphia Composer-in-Residence. In addition to the worldwide performances of his works, including the Steve Reich Festival in The Hague, Netherlands, new works have been commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Next Wave Festival, the Kaufman Center and Ecstatic Music Festival, pianist Lara Downes, the NextNow Fest for the Invoke String Quartet, Simone Dinnerstein and the Neighborhood Classics Concert Series for Face the Music, Dave Douglas and the Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT), Concrete Temple Theatre Company, St. Olaf College, University of Maryland, University of Denver, Edisa Weeks and the Delirious Dance Company, Take Dance Company, Maffei Dance Company, and a number of other musicians and ensembles.
The Long Now recorded by Leigh High School Wind Ensemble and Alex Christensen (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)
Shifting Shadows recorded by Minnesota Junior Winds and Charles Weise (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 (coming soon)
Acclaimed American pianist Kathryn Woodard curates and performs programs that explore cross-cultural exchange in music. She has served as an American Cultural Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, leading educational initiatives to introduce audiences abroad to new American music. As an advocate for new music, Woodard has worked with such noted composers as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Yehudi Wyner, Ge Gan-ru, Huang Ruo, and Paula Matthusen. She began researching the Turkish composer Adnan Saygun in 1997 and has since introduced numerous audiences to composers from Turkey and across Asia. She founded the initiative Sonic Crossroads with the aim of shedding light on global piano music, and her performances have been featured on the broadcasts Performance Today and The Front Row. A native of Dallas, Texas, Kathryn Woodard holds the DMA and MM degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and earned an undergraduate diploma in music pedagogy from the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany.
Victory March by Leyla Saz arranged by Kathryn Woodard (coming soon)
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