Arthur Gottschalk


A man whose music has been described as “rapturous, argumentative, and prickly” (Gramophone Magazine), and “fascinatingly strange” (BBC Music Magazine), award-winning composer Arthur Gottschalk is Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. With the number of compositions in his catalog now over two hundred, his music is regularly performed domestically and overseas, and his works are recorded and distributed on Navona, New Ariel, Crystal Records, Summit, Capstone, Beauport Classical, ERMMedia, AURecordings, Golden Crest, MSR Classics, Ablaze Records, Naxos, Amirani (Italy), and Delage (France). His works are published by Subito Music, Shawnee Press, European American Music Distributors, Alea Publishing, Trevco Music, Potenza Music, Delage Musique, IHS Online, and The Spectrum Press. His book, Functional Hearing, is published by Scarecrow Press, a division of Rowman and Littlefield. Dr. Gottschalk has worked in diverse areas of music, including composing and arranging music for feature films, television scores, numerous industrial films and commercials, music publishing, and artist management. He continues to work as an expert in music copyright cases and as a forensic musicologist.


His Concerto for Violin and Symphonic Winds won the First Prize of the VVX Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Originale (Corciano, Italy), and he has been awarded the prestigious Bogliasco Fellowship for additional work in Italy. Further awards include the Charles Ives Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal, Best in Show, and Top Recording of 2015 for Music Composition from the Global Music Awards (for his Requiem: For the Living), composer residencies at the famed Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.


 The Association of Rice Alumni honored him with their 2016 Meritorious Service Award, the highest honor given to a non-graduate of Rice University. A student of renowned American composers William Bolcom, Ross Lee Finney, and Leslie Bassett, Dr. Gottschalk carries on this important lineage by producing students who compose original and innovative music in various forums throughout the world.





Apollo Chambers Players


Houston (TX) based Apollo Chamber Players has “found fruitful territory” (Houston Chronicle) through its mission to explore the cultural and folkloric influences in classical music, and the ensemble’s performances have “rhythmic air and doses of virtuosity” (The Strad). Apollo presents thematically-programmed concerts regionally, nationally and internationally, with the distinction of being the first American chamber ensemble to record and perform in Cuba, in January 2017. In Cuba, Apollo collaborated with acclaimed local musicians and was featured on Cuba TV, reaching millions. Nationally, the group counts two recent tours of the East Coast, with concerts at Carnegie Hall in 2013 and 2017, and in Little Rock, Hartford, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Seattle. The ensemble is featured frequently on American Public Media’s nationally syndicated program, Performance Today.










John A. Carollo


John was born in Torino, Italy and brought to the U.S. by his adoptive parents.  When he was in grade school, he studied classical piano and sang in the church choir. He attended college at San Diego, CA, studying music and psychology.  During this time, John took piano lessons and began composing his first piano works. He graduated from San Diego State University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.


The composer moved to Honolulu and began a full-time mental health career for the State of Hawaii and started private composition lessons with Dr. Robert Wehrman.  His first composition under Bob's tutelage was a piano suite in six parts.  Following this effort, Robert encouraged John to compose an atonal work in 1998 entitled Frenetic Unfoldings for Solo Violin.  After completing this large work, the composer focused his energies on compositions incorporating various instrumentations including trios, quartets and orchestral works.


John quit his public servant job to compose full-time in 2006.  He also writes poetry and collects art, including the books, and ephemera of Edward Gorey, a lifetime hobby.





Mona Lyn Reese


Mona Lyn Reese concentrates on opera, orchestra, and choral music. Her work is melodic and accessible with an emphasis on driving or complex rhythms, movement, and contrasting textures. Her music communicates and expresses emotions traditionally or experimentally without allowing a prevailing fashion to dictate style, form, or harmony.


Composer-in-Residence at the Minnesota Opera from 1991-1999, she arranged works for the Minnesota Opera touring company and conducted educational residencies to help students write and produce original operas.


Reese’s opera The Three Fat Women of Antibes received its premier performance with orchestra by the San José State University Opera Workshop (Michel Singher, Music Director, Daniel Helfgot, Director). The opera, written with librettist Thomas Hassing, is a humorous chamber opera for four singers based on the W. Somerset Maugham short story of the same name.


Reese received a Continental Harmony Commission in 2000. The American Composers’ Forum and the National Endowment for the Arts created the Continental Harmony program to enable small to mid-size communities in each state to commission new pieces for the millennium.


Reese was awarded a Faith Partners Residency sponsored by the American Composers Forum and the Otto Bremer Foundation. She collaborated with librettist Delores Dufner OSB, on the dramatic oratorio Choose Life, Uvacharta Bachayim which premiered at the Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis (Teri Larson, Music Director). The following year, the Otto Bremer Foundation gave Reese an additional grant to write a symphonic version that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1995. The symphonic version was performed by the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (Uri Barnea, Music Director) and was also performed by the Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis (Teri Larson, Music Director), as part of the “Basilica 2000” series. The San José Chamber Orchestra and Chorus released Choose Life, Uvacharta Bachayim, recorded at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California.

Reese’s orchestral works have been performed by orchestras throughout the country including the Minnesota Orchestra, the Livingston Symphony (New Jersey), the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra.


Reese records with PARMA Recordings on the Novona and Ansonica labels.





Meira Warshauer


Meira Warshauer’s music has been performed to critical acclaim throughout North America, Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Asia. 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 (NV5842).  Albany Records’ 2007 disc Streams in the Desert (Troy973) featuring orchestral/choral works Shacharit and Ahavah (Love), also received wide praise.


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 the 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, especially 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. She lives in Columbia, S. C.

For more information, visit http://meirawarshauer.com.





Daniel Helfgot


Opera director, journalist, author and translator, Daniel Helfgot also writes scripts and narrations for dance, cabaret, opera and other theatrical genres. His book The Third Line: the Opera Performer as Interpreter has become a definitive methodology for the opera singer. Helfgot has performed in stage productions including Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires and Franzetti’sTango Fatal, produced numerous radio programs and done camera direction for opera television broadcasts. Helfgot was a music critic in his native Argentina where he also founded and directed the by-monthly Ritmo, a magazine dedicated to the performing arts.


He has earned a Koret Israel Award, an Artist Fellowship from Arts Council Silicon Valley, and was named Opera Director of the Year by the Classical Singer magazine. Helfgot’s directorial roster includes well over 200 productions of more than 100 operas, operettas, and zarzuelas for a myriad of stages in South America, Central America, the USA, and Europe.




Thomas Hassing


Thomas Hassing studied creative writing with Michael Dennis Brown at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and The Loft. He writes poetry, short stories, lyrics, and light verse. He is known for his engaging and comic writing.


He has collaborated with Mona Lyn Reese on many works including Music and Mime at the Five and Dime, Good People of God, Lauda! and Arise and Shine!, and the opera, The Three Fat Women of Antibes.


Other commissions and residencies include: Writer-in-Residence for the Twin Cities Opera Guild production of The Green Children, an educational script for Livingston Symphony Orchestra (Livingston NJ), The Basilica of Saint Mary (Minneapolis, MN), and Ohio’s Continental Harmony Commission. Mr. Hassing is an Intellectual Property attorney. He serves on the board of the sjDanceCo in San Jose, California.






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.  Dr. Kawarsky is currently arranging a new accompaniment to the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes and resetting Fastidious Notes for a Parma recording in Chicago for Saxophone and Orchestra.  His music is published by Yelton Rhodes Music, Transcontinental Music, Southern Music, and Phoenix Music.






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