LISA LAMB (b. 1986)
Lisa Duke Lamb is a harpist, flutist, and composer. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and Composition from Penn State University and a Master of Music degree in Harp Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Lisa maintains an active teaching studio and performing schedule. For more information about Lisa, please visit www.silverwingsmusic.com.
SHANE LAMB (b. 1987)
Shane Lamb is a composer and pianist living in Austin, Texas. Shane graduated from the University of Texas in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition and a Performance Certificate in Piano. Shane has had works commissioned for the Kimoni Duo, a Butler School of Music Research Week Concert, and several student films. Shane teaches piano lessons and writes music for his band Black Ladder, an instrumental trio that combines elements of classical and rock music.
FREDRICK LANGE (b. 1948)
Fredrick Lange completed his undergraduate studies in music, graduating with departmental honors, and received his M.A. in Musicology at the University of California at Davis in 1974. He recently retired as Director of Bands at Davis Senior High School, a school that is nationally noted for excellence in music. His Symphonic Band has performed twice at the Western International Band Clinic in 1990 and 1994, and his Jazz Band has performed over 10 times at the Monterey Jazz Festival High School Jazz Competition and 3 times at the internationally known Monterey Jazz Festival.
A charter member of the Davis Comic Opera Company, Lange served them as musical director from 1981 through 1996. With that group he won the Sacramento Area Regional Theater Alliance’s Elly for best musical director for their production of Ken Ludwig’s Sullivan and Gilbert in 1995.
He has been on staff at the American Band College sponsored by Southern Oregon University. He has commissioned various works for band and jazz band among them Johann de Meij’s “Ratatouille Satirique” (published by Amstel Music), Warren Barker’s “A Celebration Of Life” (published by TRN Music), and Bruce Pearson’s “Rejouissance”(published by Neil A Kjos Music). He has also commissioned numerous works for jazz ensemble.
ALAN B LEECH (b. 1944)
Alan Leech holds the B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where he studied bassoon with Otto Eifert and conducting with Max Rudolf and Erich Kunzel. He has also had bassoon master classes with Sherman Walt, studied the saxophones with Clifford Myers and William Stein, and musical improvisation with Ralph Towner and Paul McCandless.
LOUIS W LEWIS (1922-2009)
Louis W. Lewis studied flute and piccolo with William E. Hullinger in Los Angeles. He was a music major graduate of Occidental College and did graduate work at the University of Southern California with Ernst Toch and Alice Ehlers. He was the piccoloist in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Antal Dorati. Other interests then intervened and he complete medical school in Dallas and pursued a career practicing and teaching anesthesiology and pain management. However, in every location he settled into a musical group and continued playing (including the piccolo soloist with San Francisco’s Bohemian Club Band).
JOSE LEZCANO (b. 1960)
Cuban-born guitarist, composer, and folklorist Jose Lezcano has taken his programs of traditional guitar repertory, his own works, and Andean music from Carnegie Recital Hall to major festivals in South American to China. He is Professor of Music at Keene State College, where he teaches music theory, Latin American music, and directs the Guitar Orchestra. He received his PhD (music theory) from Florida State University, and holds BM and MM degrees in guitar from Peabody Conservatory of Music and the University of South Carolina. His Cuban Sketches (published by Pan Publications/ALRY Publications) was performed by renowned flutist William Bennett at the 1999 National Flute Association Convention, and his most recent work, Sonata for Oboe and Guitar, was performed by the D'Amore Duo of Baltimore on its 2001 tour. His CD, Passports, was released in 1999 to critical acclaim.
Lezcano has received numerous national prizes and awards, including the MTNA National Guitar Competition (1983) and a Fulbright Award (1999) to Ecuador, to teach, perform, and pursue research on indigenous guitar traditions. Most recently he was selected "Composer of the Year 2002" by the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association. He has received additional funding for research from the Whiting Foundation and KSC, has published his research in scholarly journals and encyclopedias.
Dr. Lezcano lectures for the New Hampshire Humanities Council with his multimedia presentation, "The Guitar and the Devil: Music, Magic, and Ritual among Ecuadorean Indians", featuring film footage shot on location and live and recorded musical performances on various instruments (guitar, charango, pan-flute).
STEPHEN LIAS (b. 1966)
The works of Stephen Lias have been performed in concert and recital throughout the United States and abroad by soloists and ensembles including The Louisiana Sinfonietta, The Capstone Quintet, the NYU New Music Ensemble, XPlorium, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. His music is published by Conners Publications, ALRY Publications, Brassworks 4, Cimarron Music Press, Southern Music and Alias Press. He was selected as the 2003 Commissioned Composer for the Texas Music Teachers Association, and has received ASCAPlus Awards every year since 1999. In 2006, he was honored as a finalist in the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin's "Homage to Mozart" composition contest and his piece "Pursued" was performed in Moscow and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He was a finalist in the 2008 Art Song Competition sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In 2011 his work Mélange of Neumes was voted Best New Published Work by the National Flute Association. Dr. Lias is also active in the area of theatrical incidental music and has served for eleven years as resident composer and music director at the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
In recent years, Stephen Lias has become more and more focused on being an adventurer-composer. His passion for travel and the outdoors has led him to compose such works as On the High Chisos, Prince William Sound, River Runner, and White Water. Continuing this pursuit, he is currently focusing on works about the National Parks of the US. He has had residencies at Rocky Mountain, Denali, Glacier Bay, and Gates of the Arctic National Parks. The pieces resulting from this project have been premiered at major international conferences and festivals in such places as Colorado, Texas, Sydney, and Taiwan.
As a teacher, Dr. Lias strives to lead his composition students to genuine and artistic musical expression, while incorporating a strong emphasis on contemporary media and cross-disciplinary collaboration. His students have scored films, been commissioned and published, and are the recipients of regional and national awards.
Stephen Lias received degrees from Messiah College, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Louisiana State University. His teachers have included Dinos Constantinides, Dan Beatty, and Darrell Holt. Dr. Lias currently resides in Nacogdoches, Texas where he is Professor of Composition and Theory at Stephen F. Austin State University. He is a Distinguished Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and a member of ASCAP, NACUSA, the College Music Society, the Society of Composers, Inc, and the American Composers Forum. He is the Texas delegate to the International Society of Contemporary Music and serves as the Chair of the judging panel of the ISCM-IAMIC Young Composers Award.
When not composing and teaching, Stephen enjoys reading, backpacking, kayaking, skiing, travel, and photography.
JOSEPH P LIEB (1946-2005)
Joseph P. Lieb, former Assistant Professor of Music in Georgetown, Kentucky, and Macon, Georgia, was born in Tampa, Florida in June of 1946. He completed both undergraduate and master’s degrees in vocal and instrumental music at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Voice and opera literature were studied with Everett S. Anderson, and Mr. Lieb sang lead roles in such operas as La Traviata, the Barber of Seville, the Marriage of Figaro, and the Magic Flute. Mr. Lieb performed doctoral studies at Florida State University where he studied voice under Randolph Symonette and Elena Nikolaidi.
Mr. Lieb was a guest artist in recital with many colleges and musical organizations throughout the South. He taught voice, music history, and American music at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia; Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky; and the University of South Florida in Tampa. Long involved in music composition, he wrote his first piece at age eight.
Ann Lindquist is a versatile flute player living in Mukilteo, Washington, celebrating a repertoire of many genres, including jazz; classical; folk; Latin and middle-eastern styles, world music, and especially improvisation. Her performances on concert, alto, bass and contrabass flute have taken her to a multitude of festivals and concert settings. She studied composition with Robert A. Henry and is now composing for flute choirs and other ensembles. Her compositions have been performed by the Circle of Flutes in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. For more information visit Ann’s website at www.AnnLindquist.com
Peter Lingen teaches guitar and lute at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he joined the music faculty in 1979. He studied guitar with Albert Bellson of St. Paul, and with Jeffrey Van at the University of Minnesota. He has written music for string quartet, piano, solo and duet guitar, and guitar duet with: violin, viola, flute, and alto flute. His compositions for voice and guitar include settings of Shakespeare and James Joyce, and arrangements of folk music from Peru, Stephen Foster songs and American spirituals.
BOB LITTERELL (1946-2013)
Bob D. Litterell graduated from the Wichita State University School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree. He majored in violin/harp performance and music composition. During that time, he studied harp with Mary Bickford and also studied privately with Susann McDonald. Besides being a member of the WSU Orchestra, he was solo harpist with the Kern Philharmonic Orchestra (Bakersfield, CA), and performed as soloist and recitalist with different orchestras all over the United States. Equally at ease in the popular field of music, Mr. Litterell made most of his own pop arrangements and performed them on the West Coast and in Colorado. In 1983, Mr. Litterell founded the Orpheus Harp Quintet, which concertized frequently in the Denver area and beyond, including many performances at Denver's award-winning restaurant Cafe Giovanni. In addition to providing many arrangements and transcriptions for the quintet, Litterell received numerous commissions for transcriptions from other organizations and chamber groups.
GIANCARLO LOCATELLI (b. 1963)
Giancarlo Locatelli is a teacher, composer and wind band director from Orzinuovi, Brescia, Italy. At the Conservatory of Trento, he earned diplomas in Trombone, Music Education and Composition, and earned a second level degree in Band Instrumentation.
DAVID J LOEB (b. 1939)
David Loeb attended the Mannes College of Music, studying composition with Peter Pindar Stearns. He began teaching at Mannes in 1964, and has continued ever since. For forty years he has composed extensively for early instruments and for Japanese instruments, and these experiences have noticeably influenced his compositions for more conventional media. Many of his compositions have been recorded; six anthologies have been released by Vienna Modern Masters.
ANN LAWRENCE LOHRENTZ
Ann Lawrence Lohrentz is from a musical family. Her early experience with the flute began with the discovery, in a trunk in her family's basement in Oklahoma, of an antique wooden flute that had been made in Wales. She danced in a USO troupe while in college at OGW in Oklahoma, taught flute at Lawrence Music Studios in Pittsburgh, PA, performed folk and madrigal music, and played and composed for flute, guitar, and piano. She attended the Julius Baker workshops and assisted as jazz flute director at Auburn University, where her compositions were performed. Her arrangement of Konzerfwas first performed at the Carnegie-Mellon Graduate School of Music.
Ricky Lombardo received his education at Milikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey. He is active in many aspects of music, including musical instrument repair, composing and arranging, and multiple performance ventures. Accomplished at both the flute and keyboard instruments, Ricky has written music for a wide range of performance mediums using a very creative and exciting approach.
KAREN LOUCKS (b. 1958)
Karen Loucks grew up in a small college community in central Kansas. Raised in the rich musical tradition of the Mennonite church, she began at an early age to accompany congregational singing on the piano. During high school Karen dedicated long hours to music - studying clarinet, viola, and piano and singing in select ensembles. She continued her musical studies at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, where she studied theory and composition with composer/arranger J. Harold Moyer, Ph.D. Karen now works professionally as both an educator and musician. As an educator, she serves as the Elementary Science Coordinator for the Newton Public School District. She also teaches a methods class at Bethel College. As a musician, Karen has accompanied the choirs at her church for over fourteen years. She served on the Newton Community Theatre Board for six years and has accompanied the annual theatre productions for the past sixteen years. She also accompanies a variety of soloists and groups. Karen's flute compositions originate from her work with flutist Vada Snider.
PHYLLIS AVIDAN LOUKE (b. 1954)
Phyllis Avidan Louke, a member of ASCAP, is Music Director of Rose City Flute Choir, and principal flute with Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Oregon Symphonic Band. She adjudicates, maintains a private studio, and freelances in Portland, Oregon. She performed with the NFA Professional Flute Choir in 1993-2010, with the National Flute Choir on their ten ALRY Publications recordings, as well as on the 1997-2010 International Flute Orchestra tours to Europe, Asia, and South America. Ms. Louke’s original compositions include: Extended Techniques—Double the Fun for two flutes, Extended Techniques—Solos for Fun. Compositions for flute and piano include Echoes in the Wind—A Native American Soliloquy, Castle in the Mist and Big Sky for alto flute and piano, Blessings & Celebration for bass flute and piano, and Reflections of Water for flute and piano. Flute choir compositions include Suite Butterfly for Flute Quartet or Flute Choir (also on the ALRY recording High Altitude), Une Chanson du Printemps, Shadowlands, Under the Big Top, Echoes in the Wind, Cloud Images, A New Beginning, As Eagles Flew, Flute Fiesta, Temple of Heaven and the award winning Of Wizards and Witches. She is also the co-author of Flute 101: Mastering the Basics, Flute 102: Mastering the Basics, and The Flute Scale Book: A Path to Artistry with Patricia George. More information on the music of Phyllis Avidan Louke can be found at www.phyllislouke.com
Ted Lucas is a native of San Diego, California. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in composition from San Diego State University where he studied with David Ward-Steinman. He received his doctorate in composition from the University of Illinois where his teachers were Gordon Binkerd, Herbert Brun, and Thomas Fredrickson. He also spent a year in Paris, where he studied composition with Nadia Boulanger. He is currently Dean of the School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
EUGENE MAGALIF (b. 1957)
Composer Eugene Magalif (b. Vitebsk, Belarus), has lived in the USA since 1990. He graduated from Vitebsk Music College and Belarusian State Conservatory (Academy of Music). During his years in Belarus, Mr. Magalif became well-known for his pop-songs and music for children. His compositions have been recorded by famous singers and orchestras from many different countries and have also been featured on Radio and TV. Currently, his compositions are performed in more than 30 countries.
Mr. Magalif is the author of the musical «Swineherd», cantata «Barmaley», music for Theater, Radio, and TV, chamber and orchestral works, Christian music for the choir, as well as numerous popular songs and ballads. Maestro Yuri Temirkanov, Chief Conductor of the St. Petersburg State Philharmonic Orchestra, wrote that "Eugene Magalif’ music is delightful, first of all in its professionalism, as well as quite amusing and witty.” In 2012 his piece for flute and piano «Autumn» was chosen as mandatory piece for Children International Competition My Favorite Flute (Russia). «Four Seasons» for Two Pianos were chosen as mandatory pieces for Children's Piano Duet Contest in Poland.
Magalif's «Colibri [Hummingbird]» for Flute and String Orchestra was named «Pearl of the World flute music» (Olga Brilon, musicologist, Belarus) and has been successfully performed in many countries by well-known orchestras and conductors. Among them the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, California, USA; «Sonorus» chamber orchestra, Belarus; Lower Silesian Philharmonic, Poland; Academic Symphony Orchestra, Ukraine; National Academic Folk Orchestra, Belarus and many more.
In 2013 his music for Piccolo was performed at International Piccolo Symposium (USA). Sacred choir «Our Father» won the First prize at International Festival «CHORUS-INSIDE» (Moscow). «Colibri» for Flute and Piano was performed at Carnegie Hall by the winner of «Aleksandr & Buono International Competition» (USA). Several compositions were published by Forton Music Publishing (UK) and since 2014, his music has been published by ALRY Publications (USA).
Eugene Magalif works in Trenton, New Jersey, as a public school music teacher. Personal website address: www.eugenemagalif.com
NICHOLAS MASTRIPOLITO (b. 1941)
Nicholas Mastripolito, pianist/composer, has devoted himself to chamber music and vocal accompanying. He has performed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Library at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
As a chamber artist, Mr. Mastripolito has given recitals with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. As vocal accompanist, he has worked with many fine singers, including Patrice Munsel and Nancy Williams, both former Metropolitan Opera divas. Mr. Mastripolito is also active as a teacher and coach and holds an M.A. in French Language and Literature. For over two decades he has collaborated with flutist Beverly Pugh in many of her concerts. Two recordings are available with their collaboration: Beverly Pugh in Concert Volume 2 and The Sacred Classics of the Americas.
BETH PERKINSON McCOY (b. 1947)
Beth Perkinson McCoy holds a master's degree in music education from Peabody of Vanderbilt University and is a published author and composer. She teaches private piano and vocal lessons and is in frequent demand as a clinician and adjudicator.
Anne McGinty, distinguished for her many compositions and arrangements for concert band, elementary through college level, as well as publications for solo flute, flute and piano, and flute ensemble, has established herself as writer of skillfully constructed and colorfully orchestrated music.
She received her Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, and Master of Music from Duquesne University, where she concentrated on flute performance and composition. She is a member of ASCAP and a life member of the National Flute Association (NFA), and served two years on the NFA Board of Directors. Formerly a professional flutist and teacher, Anne is presently co-owner of Queenwood Publications, which specializes in music for concert band.
LADD McINTOSH (b. 1941)
Ladd McIntosh has orchestrated music for over 100 major motion pictures. His expertise in orchestration continues a long career as jazz composer, arranger, jazz educator, music publisher and big band leader.
As a student at Ohio State University, he gained national attention in the 1960s with his composing/arranging skills. He won best jazz composer awards at five major college jazz festivals and was the subject of articles in both Downbeat magazine and the New York Times. Ladd organized, conducted and wrote the entire library for the Ohio State Jazz Workshop Band which took first place at the very first American College Music Festival in Miami Beach, Florida in 1967. He also won the Duke Ellington Composer Award at that festival.
Ladd moved to Los Angeles in the fall of 1975. After teaching at the Dick Grove Music School, he began a 19-year association with California State University, Northridge in 1977, teaching jazz improvisation, jazz arranging and jazz ensembles. McIntosh taught improvisation at the prestigious Henry Mancini Institute for four years. He has published over 100 compositions for various ensembles. His pieces have been performed all over the U.S. and abroad and he is considered a pioneer in the field of jazz education.
The Ladd McIntosh Big Band roared to life in the summer of 1980. Made up of studio pros with a staggering amount of credits, the band enjoys a reputation for excitement, musicality and great soloists. Ladd has composed or arranged the entire library. In September 2004 the band released two new CDs "Temptation" and "Ride the Night Beast."
In 1992, Ladd began orchestrating music for films. Ladd has orchestrated film scores on 115 major motion pictures including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Rock, Gladiator, The Lion King, Crimson Tide, all the Shrek films, and many more.
Ladd was named 2007 Alumnus of the Year by the Ohio State University School of Music. That same year, the Ohioana Library awarded him their Music Citation.
Ladd started The Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra in 2007. This band plays classic swing music from the 1930's and 1940's, including hits from Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson and many others, plus Ladd's own arrangements of standards from the Swing Era.
CATHERINE McMICHAEL (b. 1954)
Catherine McMichael is a pianist, arranger, composer and publisher of a wide variety of choral music, chamber music and Suzuki-related material. Teaching, performing and composing comprise her professional musical life in Saginaw, Michigan. Her studio includes students of all ages and levels, from beginner to college music major to adult enthusiast. She performs frequently with the Saginaw Choral Society and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, which recently premiered The Navigator, commissioned from her as a salute to the new century. Public and critical acclaim was so enthusiastic that it was performed again on the season finale.
Catherine's commitment to making chamber and ensemble music available to the young musician has led her to compose and publish music for piano and strings, flute and harp, brass choir, piano duet, and chorus, many of which appear on the National Federation of Music Teachers' recommended repertoire list. Two of her works for flute have won the Best Newly Published Music award from the National Flute Association (Floris and La Lune et les Etoiles). She's the author of a piano method, Making Music My Own, supplementary repertoire and duets, published in 1994-1995 by Lorenz Corp./Heritage Press of Dayton, Ohio.
Her composition projects in the past three years include commissions from such diverse groups as the Saginaw Bay Orchestra (full orchestra), Ithaca Talent Education (for string orchestra), The Canadian Brass (brass quintet), University of Massachusetts at Amherst (chorus, saxophone and piano; and tenor, saxophone and piano), Chautauqua Institution (for a string orchestra festival in October, 2000), New England Conservatory, Thayer College and Delta Flute Choir (flute choir), Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Gallery (double choir, woodwind quintet and orchestra), Flûtée and Flutes Fantastique (flute quartet), and First Presbyterian Church in Saginaw (choir and organ). Catherine is available for commissions on any instrument or voice.
An alumna of the University of Michigan (B.M. piano performance, M.M. chamber music and accompanying), she also directs the handbell choir at First United Methodist Church in Saginaw, is on the faculty of Saginaw Valley State University, and a clinician at workshops and institutes in North America and Australia. She and her violinist husband Rod Bieber have two spirited children, Meredith and Nathan, and two fluffy cats.
Dorli McWayne is the founder of the Fairbanks Flutists, a performing ensemble of twelve flute enthusiasts from Fairbanks, Alaska, who have been playing together since 1980. She is principal flute of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and Arctic Chamber Orchestra and performs regularly with numerous groups, including the Aurora Chamber Players and the Northwind Trio. A native of Pittsburgh, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and the Master of Music degree from the University of Alaska. Ms. McWayne currently teaches at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
KATHLEEN MELAGO (b. 1974)
Kathleen Melago serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Kathy earned her DMA in Flute Performance from The Ohio State University, a MM in Flute Performance from the University of Northern Iowa, and a BS in Music Education from Slippery Rock University. She has taught music in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Ohio, both in schools and privately. Her principal flute teachers include Katherine Borst Jones, Angeleita Floyd, Stacey Steele, and Vanessa Candreva.
MARTIN MELICHAREK III (b. 1948)
Martin Melicharek III is a recreational flutist and organist. He is founder, arranger, and conductor for the Camellia City Flute Choir in Sacramento, California. He holds degrees in biological science and medicine from the University of California at Davis and Irvine. He presently serves as Chief of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Kaiser Permanent Medical Center in Sacramento.
TILL MACIVOR MEYN (b. 1970)
Till MacIvor Meyn earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California at San Diego, a Master of Music in Composition from Indiana University, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Dr. Meyn is Associate Professor of Theory and Composition at Texas Christian University, and has taught at the University of Southern California, Pepperdine University, and Youngstown State University among other institutions.
Dr. Meyn’s music has been widely performed, including international performances in China, Spain, Ukraine, and Slovenia. Performances of his music in the Unites States include those at acclaimed venues and festivals such as at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall; Clarinet Fest in Oklahoma City, MO and in Lincoln, NE; the Biennial Saxophone Congress in South Carolina; the Florida State University Festival of New Music; the SCI/CMS National Convention in San Antonio; the National Flute Association Conventions in Washington, D.C., San Diego, and Pittsburgh; at the Manhattan School of Music; and at the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar at Harvard.
Dr. Meyn’s music is published by GIA Publications, ECS Publishing, C. Alan Publications, and ALRY Publications. Dr. Meyn is also a baritone singer, and has performed with numerous choral ensembles, notably Schola Cantorum of Texas, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the University of Southern California Chamber Singers, and the Indiana University Pro Arte Early Music Ensemble.
His music can be viewed and heard at tillmeyn.com
Scott Michal, composer as well as competent cellist, performs with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. In 1989, he was awarded the Ohio Arts Council Grant for his musical,"The Pond is the Place." In 1990, he was named Composer of the Year by the Ohio Music Teachers' Association for whom he wrote a cello sonata to be performed at their annual convention. An eclectic composer, Mr. Michal writes in genres ranging from traditional to avant garde for choral groups and instrumental ensembles.
MARC MIR (b. 1953)
Marc Mir is a U.S.-born (St. Lous, MO) conductor, composer, and arranger who has been living in Paris, France since 1979, when he went to study conducting with Maestro Leon Barzin. Other studies there included film scoring with composer Laurent Petitgirard, wusu with Albert Wong, and piano with Samy Abenaim. For twelve years he was the music director and arranger for the folk-ballet ADAMA. Since living in Paris, he has been an active singer/guitarist, music conservatory director, composer/arranger, and choral and orchestra conductor.
POLLY MOLLER (b. 1967)
Polly Moller is a composer, performer and improviser based in Oakland, California, USA. The composing bug bit her in 1995, after she earned degrees in flute performance and twentieth-century performance practice from San Francisco State University and UC Santa Cruz. Since then her pieces have been performed and published nationally and internationally, and she has been awarded grants by the American Composers Forum Subito program, the American Composers Forum Encore Program, the American Composers Forum Community Partners program, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Equally at home in the worlds of free improvisation, composition, and rock, she is a member of Ghost in the House and Reconnaissance Fly (and their alter ego, the Cardiacs tribute band ReCardiacs Fly). She is a Sequenza21 contributing editor and presents DJ Post-Pink's Innerworld on KUSF in Exile/San Francisco Community Radio.
ALEXANDRA MOLNAR-SUHAJDA (b. 1975)
Alexandra Molnar-Suhajda attended George Mason University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition and was awarded the Music Department’s Most Outstanding Musician award for 1998. While at GMU, Alexandra played first flute in all major ensembles and was an active participant in chamber groups. She has studied with such notable flutists as Wendell Dobbs, Beverley Rajnes, Judith Lapple, and Sharyn Byer. Since graduation, Alexandra has performed extensively in many different professional ensembles, and at such prestigious venues as the White House, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, The Helen Hayes Gallery, The Corcoran Museum of Art, Fairfax’s Old Town Hall, and the Cosmos Club of DC. She maintains a private studio in Reston, Virginia and teaches sectionals and flute choir for several local schools.
Robert Mols, a native of Buffalo, NY, attended the Eastman School of Music where he obtained his Ph.D. degree and performance certificate on flute. At Eastman, he studied composition with Howard Hanson and Wayne Barlow. He also did advanced study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In 1953 he joined the faculty at the University at Buffalo as head of the theoretical and instrumental divisions.
As a composer and recipient of grants and commissions, his compositions have received numerous performances in this country and abroad, including performances by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Several works for flute, including Excursion for flute choir, were published by the Franzipani Press.
JUDY W MOORE
Judy W. Moore was Competition Coordinator of the National High School Flute Choir from 1996 to 2001; in 1994, Ms. Moore directed the National High School Flute Choir. She has coordinated National Flute Association (NFA) Flute Choir Reading sessions for the conventions in Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington. She performed on Baroque flute at the NFA Convention in Washington, DC. As a clinician on computers and music, Ms. Moore has given presentations for the NFA, Maryland Music Educators, Prince George's County, and the Flute Society of Washington. Until her retirement in 2003, Ms. Moore was Head of the Music Department at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, where she directed the Flute Choir, produced the annual Music Theater production, and taught Choir and Piano/Guitar classes and Recording Technology.
ARTHUR MORGAN (1921-2008)
Arthur Morgan was a graduate of the Cornish School of Music and Allied Arts, and was a long-time professional musician working in the Seattle area. He was second clarinetist with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, played saxophone and clarinet with the Robert Goulet and Jerry Van Dyke shows, and worked in dance bands and smaller dance and entertainment musical groups in the Seattle area. Mr. Morgan studied flute with Frank Horsfall, former principal flute with the Seattle Symphony; Adele Lorraine, formerly piccoloist with the Seattle Symphony and later with the St. Paul Symphony Orchestra; and Felix Skowronek, professor of flute at the University of Washington. He studied clarinet with Albert Klinger, clarinetist with the Chicago, Hollywood Bowl and Portland Symphony Orchestras; with Robert Phillips, longtime principal clarinet with the Seattle Symphony.
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