Mark Thewes is the full-time Director of Music at Westbrook Park UMC, Canton, OH. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Akron, received his certificate in church music from Baldwin Wallace College in 1983, was a reader consultant to the new United Methodist Hymnal, and in 1989 was chosen to attend a national training program to assist church musicians in the use of the new hymnal. Mark is the Dean of the Canton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, as well as a published composer.
DAVID EVAN THOMAS (b. 1958)
The music of David Evan Thomas has been praised for its eloquence, power and craft. A recipient of an Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two McKnight Foundation Fellowships (2013, 1992) and the Möller-A.G.O. Award in Choral Composition, Thomas has received commissions from the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Schubert Club, the American Composers Forum and the American Guild of Organists. He has twice been a resident artist at both Wyoming’s Ucross and Brush Creek Arts Foundations, and he spent May 2015 at California’s Villa Montalvo. Works by Thomas have recently received a Minnesota Sinfonia/McKnight Foundation New Works Award and the Renée B. Fisher Composer Award for 2017.
Thomas’s music is published by ECS, Augsburg Fortress, MorningStar, Jeanné, Fatrock Ink and Classical Vocal Reprints, receiving performances by the Minnesota Orchestra, London’s Westminster Cathedral Choir and the trio of Gil Shaham, Truls Mørk and Yefim Bronfman. Thomas has served as composer-in-residence with Westminster Presbyterian Church (Minneapolis), the Cathedral of Saint Paul, and from 1997-2005, The Schubert Club.
Born in Rochester, New York in 1958, David Evan Thomas received degrees from Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music and the University of Minnesota. His teachers included Dominick Argento, Samuel Adler and Alan Stout, with further study at the Aspen Festival and with David Diamond at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Thomas lives in Minneapolis, where he is also active as a program annotator, choral singer and pianist. More: www.davidevanthomas.com.
Mark Thomas is internationally known as a soloist and recording artist and as Founder and Honorary Life President of the National Flute Association. He is a consulting editor of Flute Talk magazine. He has served on the faculties of George Washington University, The American University (Chair of the woodwind department), The University of Notre Dame, and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). The UNCC College of Arts and Sciences awarded him the prestigious "Excellence in Teaching Award" (2001), the first music faculty member to be so honored. Mr. Thomas has appeared with many of the world's leading orchestras; England's Crescendo Magazine called him "one of the world's greatest flautists." He is listed in the International Who's Who In Music, Who's Who in Entertainment, and Who's Who in America. He can be heard on Columbia and Golden Crest records.
The compositions of Charles Threatte encompass a wide range of genres including songs, works for orchestra, chorus, and various chamber ensembles. His works have been performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, the Olympic Symphony Orchestra, the Delaware Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic, the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Symphony Orchestra, and the Canton Symphony. Additional performances have taken place at the Aspen Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institute, the National Flute Association Convention, the Manhattan School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Smithsonian Institute. Notable musicians such as Albert Tipton, flutist, and John Marcellus, trombonist, have presented his works.
In 1973 Threatte received his doctorate in composition from the Florida State University where he studied with John Boda and Carlisle Floyd. He also studied with Darius Milhaud and David del Tredici, and was a finalist in the 2000 and 2008 Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Fresh Ink competitions. Threatte has received commissions from the Aspen Theater Institute, Goshen College, Rollins College, the Florida Music Teachers Association, Tales & Scales, the Florida Flute Association, and the Florida Symphony Orchestra. He was composer-in-residence with the Atlanta Public School System in conjunction with the Youth Experimental Opera Workshop (YEOW), and has also served on the music faculties of the University of Central Florida and Rollins College.
EVAN TONSING (1939-2017)
Evan Tonsing is professor of cello, string bass, music theory, and composition at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees in cello performance from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Prior to his arrival in Stillwater in 1968, he was principal cellist of the Amarillo Symphony for six years and taught cello, string bass, and music theory and conducted the orchestra at Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas. He has participated in many clarinet music recitals, performed briefly in a rock band on keyboard, synthesizer, and cello, and has participated in many recording sessions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Stillwater. In 1987, he received the Distinguished Service Award for Programming for the radio series on music of other cultures, “What in the World” from KOSU-FM in Stillwater.
David Tovey holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado (Doctor of Arts-music theory/composition). He also holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM performance-viola) and Bowling Green State University (BM-music education). David has been a music educator in both public and private schools in Ohio and Indiana. He has taught keyboard, beginning band and orchestra, choir, and musical arts to a wide range of ages. For 5 years, he has conducted the Ft. Wayne All-City Orchestra in Ft. Wayne, a group of gifted middle school age orchestra students. As an educator, David has a special affinity for writing quality pieces for the serious student. Reflections is the result of his love and respect for today's gifted student.
LANCE TREVINO (b. 1989)
Lance Treviño is an internationally performed classical composer and Texas native. His works have been featured in concert halls and films alike to high acclaim. His collaborations in film have brought much success, and opportunity to aspiring film makers. His most recent film, The Silence of Whitewater, swept competition in the 2011 MyState Film Festival taking more than 4 awards including most creative interpretation and best in show.
On stage, Treviño is a classically trained pianist that enjoys performing the works of Bach and Chopin in his free time. An amateur jazz pianist, Treviño has performed both locally and internationally in ensembles such as the Swingin' Aces as well as with ensembles at the University of Tasmania.
Treviño is a member of ASCAP, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Eta Sigma, and the recipient of the John Dickson Award for film composition.
Gaetano Troccoli studied guitar with Maestro Maurizio Preda, obtaining his diploma as a private student at the "Giuseppe Verdi" conservatory in Milan (1993). He also graduated in Palaeography and Musical Philology from the University of Pavia (1986) with a thesis on the "Fronimo Dialogo di Vincentio Galilei," a lute method dating back to the 16th century.
Laurence Trott made music history in 1977 performing the first piccolo recital ever given in New York City. Since then his numerous commissions and premieres, articles and new editions, recordings, appearances on National Public Radio and Public Television, and solo concerts from coast to coast and throughout Europe have virtually transformed the possibilities for the piccolo. In 1987, after 25 years as artist-in-residence in the Young Audiences Movement, Mr. Trott became the first musician to receive the Young Audiences Arts in Education Award. Laurence Trott was the long time flutist and solo piccoloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
EDWARD TROUPIN (1925-2004)
Edward Troupin was born in Boston and educated at Harvard University (Bachelor's degree in mathematics) and the University of Michigan (Master of Music degree with a major in violin and minor in music theory). He studied composition with Ross Lee Finney. After six years at Ithaca College, he became a member of the faculty at the Universe of Florida, where he is Professor of Music and Director of Composition and Contemporary Music.
Sondra Tucker is a native Arkansan, and holds a BSE from the University of Arkansas and a MM from the University of Memphis. She was principal flutist of the Beaumont Texas Symphony Orchestra and the Salt Lake Symphony, and played with the ALRY flute choir in Denver. Currently she plays with the Memphis-based flute quartet QuickSilver, and writes arrangements for that group to perform. Her sacred music for chorus and handbells is published by Concordia and Abingdon. Sondra is married and the mother of two.
DAVID UBER (1921-2007)
Dr. David Uber was a leading American composer, whose works for brass, woodwind and percussion are played extensively around the world. His career in music ranged from award-winning composer to world class trombonist, college professor to band director. Prominent artists, corporations, and universities have commissioned works by Uber.
Dr. Uber was professor of music at Trenton State College for 33 years. After receiving a scholarship to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Uber served for four years in the United States Navy Band and continued his studies at Columbia University, where he obtained his Master of Arts and Doctor of Education degrees. He was a member of the faculties at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and the National Music Camp, Interlochen, MI, where he was the director of Ensemble Music. Dr. Uber played first chair trombone with the NYC Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center, the NYC Opera Orchestra and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. For many years he was solo trombonist with the NBC Television Opera, the Columbia Recording Symphony, the New York Brass Quintet and the Contemporary Brass Quintet.
Dr. Uber won competitions such as the Fourth Clarinet Choir Competition Contest. He received the prestigious ASCAP Composers Award annually since 1959, and 'twice received a Merit Award from Trenton State College. He won the 1990 T.U.B.A. Composition Contest with his book of 22 Etudes for Euphonium. His "Processional for World Peace," commissioned by the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, received its world premier in 1992.
BUD UDELL (1934-2006)
Budd Udell, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was Professor of Music at the University of Florida, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Music from 1977-1985. He held bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University, and a DMA in composition from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. He was National Chairman of the MTNA Composition Commissioning Program and conductor of the Gainesville Civic Chorus in Gainesville, Florida.
DANNY URSETTI (b. 1985)
Danny Ursetti is a composer/conductor from Southern California and has been active in the music industry since graduating with honors from the prestigious California State University, Northridge School of Music in 2009. Since graduation he has kept busy by working as the Assistant Conductor on "The David Rose Centennial Recording" (recorded at Capitol Records with David Newman as the principal conductor in 2010), Principal Conductor on "The Music of the Platters", featuring the late Platters member Paul Robi’s daughter, Franchesa Robi (also recorded at Capitol Records in 2011), and most recently was Principal Conductor and Arranger on the recording of the David Rose’s, “Betty” to be included on "The David Rose Centennial Recording" available soon on iTunes. Danny’s recent Film/TV credits include: HILL’S IDEAL BALANCE PET FOOD (Commercial, 2013, composer), GATCHAMAN (2013, conductor/additional music), THE ACTIVIST (2013, string orchestration), I DO (2012, string orchestration), THE COURIER (2011, conductor/string orchestration) and AMANDA KNOX: MURDER ON TRIAL IN ITALY (2011, orchestration).
Danny is currently working with David Rose Publishing on the reconstruction of David Rose’s original music and arrangements. In the summer of 2013, both the New York Philharmonic and the Pasadena Pops performed Danny’s orchestrations/reconstructions of David Rose’s arrangements of “The Night They Invented Champagne” and “Over the Rainbow”. Danny is also always working and collaborating on countless symphonic commissions with various performers and ensembles from around the country.
CRT SOJAR VOGLAR (b. 1976)
Črt Sojar Voglar studied composition and music theory at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia with professor Marko Mihevc and graduated in 2000. He completed his master's degree studies in 2004. Currently, he is teaching music theory at the Conservatoire for Music and Ballet in Ljubljana. His opus contains approximately 160 compositions, which are performed all over the world. Considered the finest works in his opus are two symphonies, eleven concertos for different instruments with orchestra and chamber music for winds. He has received several prizes and recognitions, notably the recognition from University of Ljubljana in 2006 for his artistic achievements in composition.
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