Composer's Voice Concert

September 09, 2012


In Seaspray, Barefoot
Greg Bartholomew
Denise Stillwell, violin
Yumi Suehiro, piano

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame with Bruce Curlette

0:51, Op. 51
Javier Pérez Garrido

A Little Serenade, Interrupted
David Bohn

Homage a Papasov
David Dexler

David Morneau

Two-Headed Oro
Nebojsa S Macura

Juan María Solare

Wedding Dance
Erik Branch

A. K. Jaquith

Jaywalking Jackalope
Christiaan Venter

The Fourth World
Sean O’Boyle

Quietly, at Dusk
Peri Mauer

Manuel Torres Arias

Kenyon WilsoN

Fughetta “One for three”
Vladimir Karpenko

Retrotoots…with a hint of Goodman
Kit Mills

Bruce Curlette, clarinet

Dream of Sailing for alto flute and guitar
i. Foggy Night
ii: In the Storm
iii: Into the Dawn
Masatora Goya
Melanie Chirignan, alto flute
Scott Hill, guitar

Faye-Ellen Silverman
Yumi Suehiro, piano
Mary Barto, flute

Run Rabbit Run
Robert Voisey
Yumi Suehiro, piano
Roberta Michel, flute


Bruce Curlette

Dr. Bruce Curlette is an active performer who has been featured on national venues such as the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium and the national conference for the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. Dr. Curlette has also taught the clarinet studio at The Ohio State University while its current professor, James Pyne, was on sabbatical. Prior to his tenure at Cedarville, Dr. Curlette was a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra. He received his M.M. degree in clarinet performance from Eastman School of Music in 1981 and his D.M.A. degree in clarinet performance from The Ohio State University in 1991. Dr. Curlette has studied with James M. Pyne, D. Stanley Hasty, Gervase de Peyer, and Carl H.C. Anderson and has been on the Cedarville music faculty since 2001.

Denise Stillwell

Denise Stillwell, violin and viola, has performed throughout the United States, Asia, South America, and Europe as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician. She has held positions in the Santa Fe and Palm Beach Opera Orchestras, as well as other orchestras and ensembles. She has appeared in MTV videos and on "Live With Regis and Kelly" and "The View", and has recorded and toured with such artists as Placido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, and Don Henley, among others. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School, has recorded for Sony, Epic Records, and Yellow Sound Label, and can be heard in numerous movie soundtracks and TV commercials. Ms. Stillwell performs regularly in Broadway shows and at Radio City Music Hall.

DYumi Suehiro

Born in Osaka, Japan, pianist Yumi Suehiro started piano at age 6, and started marimba a year later. Ms. Suehiro has won numerous national and international competitions, including the top prize at the KOBE International Competition in Japan as the youngest winner. In 2007 and 2008, she was invited to perform her debut at the Carnegie Weill recital hall as a winner of AMTL audition, and in following year, she was featured as a guest marimba player in Latin percussionist, Victor Rendon's recoding “Fiesta Percussiva”. Ms. Suehiro won the second prize at Dora Zaslavsky Koch piano concerto competition in Manhattan School of Music where she currently earned Master of Music under the tutelage of Mr. Zenon Fishbein and Dr. Peter Vinograde.

Denise Stillwell

A former member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Mary Barto received Distinguished University Teaching Award from Mannes - New School for Music. Her major teachers include Julius Baker, John C. Krell and Herbert Levy. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. She has toured Western Europe with harpsichordist Eve Kugler and across the United States as soloist for the legendary Skitch Henderson, founder of the New York Pops. She is a member of the New York Five, exclusively performing music composed by their pianist, George Quincy and recorded on Albany Records. She is the Director of the Mannes Extension and Preparatory Division’s Flute Ensembles & soloist with the Extension Division Orchestra. Scott Hill, a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Lakehead University, and a Masters degree in guitar performance and a Graduate Professional Diploma in chamber performance from the Hartt School of Music. Melanie Chirignan, a native of Hauppauge, NY, earned her Bachelor’s in Music Performance and Music Education graduating cum laude from SUNY Fredonia, and her Master’s Degree in Flute Performance at the Hartt School. The members of this duo have together and individually premiered over 30 works with choir, orchestra, and various ensembles, and has concertized in major halls in North and South America.

Roberta Michel

Flutist Roberta Michel is an active performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music. Michel recently won the Artists International Special Presentation Award and was presented in her debut recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall for which she was described in the New York Concert Review as a “solid craftsman” who “riveted with her performance, inspiring one to want a repeated hearing”. Michel has performed with groups throughout North America including the Portland StringQuartet, SEM Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Cheyenne Symphony, and the Greeley Philharmonic in venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tulley Hall, Merkin Hall, and The Kennedy Center. She can be heard on New Dynamic Records and Innova Records.


Greg Bartholomew

NPR reviewer Tom Manoff called award-winning composer Greg Bartholomew “a fine composer not afraid of accessibility.” His music is frequently performed throughout the United States and in Europe, Canada and Australia. Five commercial recordings of his works are available, including a 2012 release from trumpeter James Ackley, as well as recordings by the Czech Philharmonic, the Kiev Philharmonic, Connecticut Choral Artists (Concora), the Ars Brunensis Chorus, the Langroise Trio and the 60x60 Project. Bartholomew has been named a Finalist for the 2012 American Prize in Choral Composition and is the 2012/2013 Composer in Residence for the Cascadian Chorale. His music is published by Art of Sound Music, Ars Nova Press, Orpheus Music, and Burke & Bagley. For more:

Masatora Goya

Masatora Goya is a composer writing extensively in the areas of chamber music and theater. Trained as a vocal performer first, he explores the musical landscape of drama, space, and emotion. Masatora received a BA in Integrated Human Studies from Kyoto University and studied music at Koyo Conservatory. Since relocating to the United States, he earned a MM in Composition from New Jersey City University and studied in the BMI-Lehman Engle Musical Theatre Workshop, and is completing a DMA in Composition at Five Towns College. Masatora was a 2011-2012 Diversity Doctoral Fellow at SUNY Purchase where he taught and developed a music theater project about Douglas MacArthur’s five-year reign of Japan.

Faye-Ellen Silverman

Faye-Ellen Silverman is currently on the faculties of Mannes College The New School for Music and Eugene Lang The New School for Liberal Arts. She is published by Seesaw Music, and recorded on Albany, New World Records, Capstone and Crystal Records. She has received awards from UNESCO, the National League of American Pen Women, ASCAP, and the Rockefeller Foundation; and commissions from the Edinboro University Chamber Players, Seraphim, Philip A. De Simone, Larry Madison, Thomas Matta, the IWBC for Junction, the Monarch Brass Quintet, the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, the Fromm Foundation, NEA, Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates, Con Spirito, the Greater Lansing Symphony, and the Chamber Music Society of Baltimore.

Robert Voisey

"The word 'viral,' comes to mind as a trendy but disquietingly accurate image for Robert Voisey's infectious enthusiasm. He is always ready to mutate and reinfect the process as indicated to maintain the highest degree of project fever" -60x60: netsuke for the musical mind -- Richard Arnest, Sounding Board, Spring 2011. "With few opportunities and much competition, young composers show creativity in just getting heard." And in Chris Pasles's article in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Voisey is highlighted as one of those composers. Composing electroacoustic and chamber music, his aesthetic oscillates from the romantic to Post Modern Mash-Up. His work has been performed in venues throughout the world including: Carnegie Hall, World Financial Center Winter Garden Atrium, and Stratford Circus in London.


Vision of Sound

The Vision of Sound concert is a collaboration between composers, choreographers, dancers and musicians to produce new choreographic works with live music written by composers primarily within the last five years.

Remarkable Theater Brigade

Remarkable Theater Brigade founded by Christian McLeer, Dan Jeselsohn and Monica Harte, creates and produces new operas and musicals and takes children's versions out to special-needs and at-risk children free of charge.

Remarkable Theater Brigade creates and produces new works including operas, orchestral pieces, ballets, musicals, and electro-acoustic works and co-produces the Composer's Voice Concert Series concerts. Remarkable Theater Brigade was founded in 2002 by Christian McLeer, Monica Harte, and Dan Jeselsohn.

Jan Hus Church

This is the place you were welcome, long before you arrived!

Vox Novus

Vox Novus promotes contemporary music and its creators through concerts, recordings, publications, broadcasts, and online publicity. Vox Novus believes strongly in the intrinsic value of contemporary music, recognizing it as a force in the advancement of culture and art. Our goal is to keep music alive by strengthening the connection between composer and audience, providing greater exposure to new music.

Funding by

Puffin Foundation

Funding also provided by the Puffin Foundation, "...continuing the dialogue between art and lives of ordinary people."