L PETER DEUTSCH

L Peter Deutsch is a native of Massachusetts, U.S.A., now living in Sonoma County, California. His early music education included performance and composition for voice, piano, and recorder. After a long detour through a distinguished career in Computer Science, he returned to composition part-time in 1986 and full-time in 2003, including a M.A. degree under Frank La Rocca at CSU Hayward.

 

Deutsch's strengths as a composer include sparkling counterpoint and polyphony, lyrical melodies, fluent text setting, and the use of a large harmonic palette centered around modal scales. He writes primarily for small instrumental or a capella vocal ensemble, spanning styles from devotional to romantic to jazzy. Scores of his music are distributed commercially by J.W. Pepper at http://www.jwpepper.com/myscore/lpd ; some are also available, for non-commercial performance and study, at http://www.major2nd.com/ae/music . His work to date includes three choral commissions ("Brethren and Lovers," San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, 2008, "The Dimensions of Love," Bay Choral Guild, 2011, and "Where Everything is Music," Arizona Women in Tune, 2012) and a fulllength string quartet ("Departure," 2010). Recorded works, released through PARMA Recordings, include three holiday songs for accompanied chorus (2016), "Ocean Air" for piano trio (2018), and several other works in process.

 

 

 

 

Cynthia Folio

Cynthia Folio (b. 1954) is a composer, music theorist, and flutist. As a young flute player and army brat, her main inspiration came from her studies at the Panama Conservatory in the1960’s; there she studied with Eduardo Charpentier (first flutist in the Panama Symphony) and had rigorous studies in solfege. She received her Ph.D. in music theory and Performers Certificate in flute from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied composition with Joseph Schwantner and flute with Bonita Boyd; Robert D. Morris advised her dissertation on the music of Schwantner. From 1980 to 1990, she taught music theory and flute at Texas Christian University and played in the Fort Worth Symphony. She now serves as Professor and Chair of Music Studies in the Boyer College at Temple University, where she was honored with the Creative Achievement Award in 2012 and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1994.

 

Philadelphia Inquirer reviewers have described Folio’s compositions as “confident and musical in expressing ideas of great substance,” “intriguing and enjoyable,” and “imaginatively scored.” She received commissions from such organizations as Network for New Music, the Relâche Ensemble, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Astral Artistic Services, Ensemble Triolet, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the National Flute Association. She has held composer residencies at The American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

 

The author of many music theory articles and chapters, Folio focuses on the topics of contemporary music and jazz, including a chapter on Sequenza No. 1 by Berio in Berio’s Sequenzas (Ashgate Publishers); a chapter on polyrhythm in jazz in Concert Music, Rock and Jazz Since 1945 (University of Rochester Press); and an article on Schwantner’s music for Perspectives of New Music. Folio’s compositions are recorded on many CD’s, including a 2014 release, Inverno Azul, featuring nine of her compositions (BCM+D label); a 2007 release by the Relâche Ensemble, Press Play (Meyer Music LLC); and a 2006 release of Flute Loops: Chamber Music for Flute (Centaur Records), featuring eight of her compositions. She also recorded a jazz flute CD, Portfolio (Centaur Records), which includes four original compositions. www.cynthiafolio.com.

 

 

 

J.A. Kawarsky

Dr. J.A. Kawarsky (b. 1959) is Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. Dr. Kawarsky received his B.M. in composition from Iowa State University and his M.M. and D.M.A. from Northwestern University. At Northwestern he studied with John Paynter, Alan Stout and Frederick Ockwell. In 1982, Dr. Kawarsky conducted the Opera Company of the Negev Region in Be’er Sheva, Israel. Before coming to Westminster in 1989, he taught at Fort Hays State University, the University of Wisconsin, and Moraine Valley Community College.

 

A well-known coach and director/conductor in the theater world, Dr. Kawarsky conducted the 2007 national tour of Peter Pan and prepared the music for the 2nd national tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He has been a music director at Stagedoor Manor, French Woods, Harand Camp for the Arts, Long Lake Camp of the Arts in New York, as well as for the Franklin Theatre Works of Clinton, NJ.

 

He was the founding conductor of the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus (Delaware Valley Men’s Chorus), and has also served as conductor of the Lehigh Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, Voices Chorale and was chosen to conduct Sing for the Cure for the Komen Foundation National Conference in 2002, and transcribe a new/reduced orchestration of the work.

 

As a composer, he has written for all genres including solo instrument, orchestra, band, choral, vocal and theater. Recently, he received his 13th Composer Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). His 40 minute composition Prayers for Bobby for choir, orchestra, narrator and soloists, has received numerous performances throughout the United States and Canada and was recorded by the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus and members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC. Dr. Kawarsky has been commissioned by numerous ensembles for original works and arrangements. In October of 2006, he was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus award from Iowa State University and was presented with a premiere of a new work for wind ensemble and alto saxophone solo, Fastidious Notes. In 2009, 17 universities throughout the United States commissioned him to compose a new symphonic

 

band work. The resulting composition, Red Training Reels, was premiered in the September 2010. From 2010-2014, Dr. Kawarsky collaborated with lyricist/librettist Francine M. Gordon on the cantata Sacred Rights, Sacred Song, for choir, narrator and chorus and has been performed throughout the USA and Israel. He is currently composing The Five Step Program for the Encore Vocal Arts of Indianapolis. Recently the Moravian Philharmonic recorded his symphonic work And We All Waited…. His composition for piano and orchestra Episodes was recorded by Parma with Peter Laul, piano and the The St. Petersburg State Philharmonic conducted by Vladimir Lande. Most recently, Parma recorded his work Grace Dances for string Quartet and Oboe in Havana, Cuba, and his Fastidious Notes for saxophone and oboe recorded in Chicago. He is currently arranging a new accompaniment to the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes to be recorded in Spring 2018 by the University of Arizona and members of the Tucson Symphony. His music is published by Yelton Rhodes Music, Transcontinental Music, Southern Music, and Phoenix Music

 

 

 

Michael Murray

Composer Michael Murray (b. 1964) lives in Springfield, Missouri, where he is Professor of Music at Missouri State University. Reviewers have described him as "a contemporary craftsman-artist of original stripe" (Gappelgate), and "a master at writing for the human voice" (Music & Vision), whose music is "easy to listen to in the best possible way." Murray's compositions have been performed and recorded across the United States, as well as in Cuba, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, and the Czech Republic. In addition to works for the concert hall, he has written music for film, theater productions, dance, and visual arts installations. His music is featured on the Navona and Ansonica record labels, and is published by Ars Nova Press.

 

Murray has won awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. Among his commissions are those from the Missouri Chamber Players and the music fraternities of Missouri State University. He earned a BM in composition from the Catholic University of America and his MM and DMA in composition from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Prior to coming to MSU, he taught at Loyola University New Orleans and Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

 

Meira Warshauer

Award-winning composer Meira Warshauer has had her work performed all over the world including throughout North America and Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Asia. Warshauer’s previous Navona Records release Living Breathing Earth (NV5842) was praised by Hadassah Magazine as “a shimmering, joyous and soothing ode to the world’s beauty.” Her works are regularly heard on radio, both nationally and internationally, and she is in much demand for commissions. Meira's musical palette is wide, ranging from traditional Jewish prayer modes to minimalist textures with rich melodic contours, and from joyful jazz-influenced rhythms to imaginative orchestrations of the natural world. At its core, it expresses her personal spiritual journey, and her love for the earth.

 

Tekeeyah (a call), Concerto for shofar, trombone, and orchestra, commissioned by a five-orchestra consortium, was featured twice on American Public Media’s Performance Today, the most listened-to classical music program in the U.S. Symphony No. 1: Living, Breathing Earth, commissioned by Dayton Philharmonic, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Western Piedmont Symphony (SC), was profiled by Aileen LeBlanc and aired twice on Public Radio International’s Living on Earth. Tekeeyah and Symphony No. 1 were recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic for Navona Records’ acclaimed 2011 release, Living Breathing Earth. Albany Records’ 2007 disc Streams in the Desert (Troy973) featuring orchestral/choral works Shacharit and Ahavah (Love), also received wide praise. Her Akhat Sha’alti (One Thing I Ask) and Oseh Shalom (Maker of Peace) were part of the October 2017 Ansonica CD release Chevere, recorded in January 2017 by Schola Coralina in Havana, Cuba. Her current project is the opera-in-progress Elijah’s Violin.

 

Warshauer has received awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and the American Music Center, among others; and Residency Fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Georgia’s Hambidge Center. She was twice awarded an Artist Fellowship in Music by the S.C. Arts Commission. The South Carolina Music Teachers Association selected Meira as Commissioned Composer for 2012, and together with the Music Teachers National Association, commissioned her Ocean Calling: From the Depths, for two pianos. She received the 2016 "Silent Footprinter" award from the South Carolina Sierra Club for her environmental activism regarding ocean protection.

 

A graduate of Harvard, New England Conservatory, and University of South Carolina, Dr. Warshauer has served on the faculties of Columbia College, University of South Carolina Honors College, Midlands Technical College, and as the Nancy A. Smith Distinguished Visitor at Coastal Carolina University. Her music is published by Lauren Keiser Music Publishing, Hildegard Publishing Company, World Music Press, and Kol Meira Publications. A native of Wilmington, N.C., Meira divides her time between Columbia, S.C. and Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

 

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