Dr. Andrew White currently serves on the voice faculty of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree, as well as an Artist Diploma and Doctorate from The Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University. Previous faculty positions include Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The University of Akron, Hiram College, Lake Erie College, Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, and Ashland University. In 1995 he made his New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in a program devoted to the songs of Frederick Koch with the composer at the piano.
Ken Smith of New York Concert Review hailed Andrew White as "…a formidable interpreter… Every song composer should be so lucky with collaborators."
The text, taken from Mrs. Dalloway, is the moment before the character, Septimus, who suffers from PTSD, takes his own life. The composer intends the piece to address the seriousness of mental health issues and the need to recognize such a state after the trauma of the past year.
Andrew lives in Brooklyn, NY and holds a doctorate in composition from the Peabody Conservatory where he studied with Kevin Puts. In addition to composing, he has music directed over 100 musicals across the country. In 2016, he was appointed composer-in-residence for the Tidewater Opera Initiative.
(Text from Yoga Buson, 18th century) treading the ginko leaves a young boy quietly comes down from the temple
Justin Blackburn earned his B.M. in music composition at the University of Kansas and is finishing an M.A. in jazz studies at Webster University. His music has been featured at SEAMUS, SoundSCAPE, and Vox Novus. He is a composer/performer of many musics, including jazz, folk, electronic, and spiritual song.
A setting of a quatrain by Saint John of the Cross.
David Bohn received degrees in composition from the University of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Illinois. He currently resides in West Allis, Wisconsin, and is the music director at St. John's Lutheran Church in West Milwaukee. He is the President of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers.
Raise One More Toast is a baritone piece accompanied by Chinese traditional instrument Guqin, and electronics. My inspirations come from my early memory of Chinese poetries and Guqin compositions featuring people’s separations. In voice writing, I borrow Chinese folk song singing styles.
Anruo Cheng, born in China, is a New York-based composer, music producer, and electronic musician, and educator. She holds a Doctoral degree in Musical Art from the University of Miami and is a former instructor at Frost School of Music, University of Miami.
The singer emerges, at first barely audible under a roaring sea of sound, to lament the fall of the old and the rise of the new - like Sysiphus, in and endless cycle. Things don;t look good!
Winner: Several American Prizes, Borromeo Award, Brandenburg Chamber Music Prize, Copland Award, Ettelson Award, CAP Grants, several National Academy awards, Aspen Institute, NEH Award at Schoenberg Institute, Henry Mancini Award. Composed trailers for major motion pictures.(X-Men…, Harry Potter…, Elizabeth...) Taught UC Santa Barbara, Scripps. CSULB, CSULA and CSUF.
Like roots use water, sunlight, and soil, growth is nurtured by experience, reflection, and time. Although experience is said to be the best teacher, time is the best enforcer while reflection is a combination of both. This piece reflects on time spent in life experiences and the resulting growth.
Sarai Hillman is an Atlanta-based composer whose music seeks to tell the story of the listener. She is currently finishing her Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Music Composition and using her studies in voice as a praise and worship leader at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
Soon after my second COVID-19 vaccination I came across James Tate’s poem “Goodtime Jesus,” which immediately stuck in my head. I decided to set it for Andrew White’s second FMoF project using quotations from the Marion antiphon “Ave Maris Stella,” memorably set by Guillaume DuFay some six hundred years ago.
John Link’s music has been performerd throughout the United States and in Europe and Japan. He has written several books and articles on the music of Elliott Carter and is a Professor in the Music Department at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. He lives in New York City.
All shall be well is the third song in Linnane's 'Pandemic Trilogy'. The text is a well known fragment from the writings of 14th century mystic Juliana of Norwich.
Fiona Linnane is an award winning composer based in Ireland, specialising in opera and vocal music. She has been commissioned by the Arts Council of Ireland and is a current recipient of an Arts Council of Ireland Bursary.
Inner Voice/Inner Chaos is both a canon and a vocalise whereby the performer follows a leading melody in imitative counterpoint as various errant sounds swirl around chaotically. This piece is about healing from psychological abuse and will be the third movement in a collection called Four Electroacoustic Art Songs.
Inspired by a variety of sources, Andres Luz derives his compositional style from the legacy of music history up to the present-day. Mr. Luz is currently completing the DMA Composition degree at the University of Georgia. He is a member of ASCAP and is published by Post-Classical Music.
My daughter Micki, Chicago sculptor, dabbles in poetry and raising chickens. She has gained first-hand knowledge of the chicken’s growing habits. My music attempts to capture the chicken’s unfamiliar feelings of change and being lost - or just being alive and not quite understanding the changes the body experiences.
Darleen Mitchell’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States and Europe. Receiving many grants, prizes, notable performances include Watery Moon, London, England; Images, Hermoupolis, Greece; O Felix Anima, Chicago Ensemble Discover America Competition. She received a Ph.D. in Music Composition, University of Chicago, studying with Ralph Shapey and Shulamit Ran.
We have all seen the commercials that promise relief from some ailment and then the scary, seemingly endless, almost scatological litany of side effects that drones on and on. Here is my homage, in a bluesy framework.
Ken Paoli, Professor of Music at College of DuPage, studied composition with Phil Winsor and. is involved in archiving and researching of Winsor’s works. His paper on Winsor’s “Poetics of Music” and his own audio-visual work Spazio Sconosciuto will be presented at the 2021 International Computer Music Conference.
A spell to dispel is, as the title suggests, a kind of incantation to dispel the plight which has befallen the global community. Incantations have been sung or spoken throughout the ages in different cultures with the hope of waving something unfortunate away or evoking good forces, or indeed to other ends. The words or syllables in this score are entirely made up by the composer, choosing and putting them together in such a way as to hopefully allow a ‘natural flow’ for the singer; they have no specific meaning. The work exploits various timbres of the voice and incorporates some perhaps less conventional sound production; it also involves some microtones and microtonal inflections.
Silvia Simons is a multi award-winning Swiss-Australian composer, sound artist, improvisor, actor & director. She studied Theatre Arts & Composition at La Trobe University Melbourne, the latter with Keith Humble & Laurence Whiffin. Her work has been broadcast & performed in Australia, Europe & the US by acclaimed interpreters. She also creates music for visual media & performs in improvisation & cross-art-form ensembles with a leaning towards experimentalism. Ancient philosophies & discussions which seek to stretch conventional thinking often provide a stimulus for her creative activities, as does her keen interest in all art forms. Trying to bridge the gap between science and art is another passion of hers.
Vollinger’s music is described as “3D: different, direct and deep.” He seeks new ways to combine words and music. He's been declared an “honored artist” by the American Prize, with first prize and judge’s citations, including for “Stalin and the Little Girl” premiered magnificently by a baritone you all know.
"Where Trails Converge" is inspired by Kearney, Nebraska where Andrew White lives and works. Written for unaccompanied voice, it ties the words, the music and the location together into a metaphor for all the composers on this concert. We don't just want to settle down, we want to keep exploring.
This is a miniature for solo baritone voice. The genesis was pentatonic melodies but I added some diminished and half diminished arpeggios for spice. The singer can feel free to use words from the songs before and after to tie the FMOF cycle together in interesting ways.
Blair Whittington is a Los Angeles native composer. His chamber music and art songs have been performed across the United States and Europe.
This piece is to be performed as two characters: a precocious child and an indulgent grandparent. The choice of which character starts and which one answers is left to the performer.
David Wolfson is an eclectic, versatile composer of songs, concert music and music for theatre, as well as other genres. The New York Times has called his work “musically inventive” and “theatrically forceful. www.davidwolfsonmusic.net