Faidros Kavallaris was born in Lapithos, Cyprus, in 1950. He has studied architecture and music. From an early age he showed an interest in composing, painting, poetry and ancient Greek drama. While still a student in London he writes music for Aristofanis's comedy "The Birds" (1971), composes "Woodwind Quintet" (1972) and organizes his first concert comprising his early songs (1973). ?n 1979 he played Prometheus Bound by Aischylos and composed "Awakeaing: Dionysiac revel" which was presented with dance after the play, by analogy to the ancient greek theatrical tradition of following a tragic trilogy with a satire play.
Sandra Sprecher is the Artistic Director of The Firehouse Space in Brooklyn and Owner and Curator of DENSITY 21.5. She is also a Sound Design for theater and film productions, and a freelance music copying and post production film editing. She does extensive solo and ensemble performance including the traditional classical repertoire with and a strong concentration on the music of the 20th Century.
She holds a DMA in Composition from Columbia University, an M.M. Composition, with distinction from Indiana University, a Diplome Superieur in Piano, with unanimous decision from the jury from the Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris, and a B.A. Piano and Composition, summa cum laude from Washington University.
Recent award and commissions include:
2007 NYSCA Individual Artisi/Composers Commissions
2003 Meet the Composer Artist Award
1998 New York Foundation for the Arts Award
1997 Meet the Composers/Arts Endowment Commissioning Music Award
Boris and Edna Rapaport Prize for 1997. Awarded for City of Towers, City of Voices and Invasions.
Bio courtesy of her website.
Composer Joel Phillip Friedman's natural creative impulse is to work across genres, and to compose music that is equally informed by his classical training and his engagement with the vernacular. His varied portfolio includes work for small and large ensembles, musical theater, opera, dance, film, jazz, and rock. New collaborations, teaching activities and projects continually refresh Joel's thinking and writing.
Joel's music has been performed by gifted musicians and ensembles including: Paul Neubauer, viola; Susan Narucki, soprano; pianists Alan Feinberg, Stephen Gosling, and Evelyne Luest; cellists Joshua Roman and Fred Sherry; Jason Alexander, actor/singer; Speculum Musicae, the National Orchestral Association, the New York Chamber Ensemble, and the Adorno Ensemble. And it has been heard in venues from Carnegie Hall (his Viola Concerto - praised by the New Yorker as "beautiful and intelligent") and the Kennedy Center, to theaters Off-Broadway and the London West End (Personals, which he co-authored), and recently in his film score for a full-length supernatural thriller, Red Ice (featured at SF IndieFest and the Chicago Horror film festivals).
Current projects spotlight the range of Joel's work: commissions for a string orchestra piece from the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and the Takoma Ensemble, and a series of solo string pieces for the 2013 Irving M Klein International String Competition; Fallings, an experimental chamber music theater piece; and The Emily Songs his recent electro-acoustic rock settings of Emily Dickinson's poetry.
Dr. Wanner is a Professor of Music at Los Angeles City College (LACC), where he has taught since 2001. He was Chair of the Music Department from 2004-13, served as the Chair of Department Chairs for five years, and was the President of the Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC) from 2010-12. He is currently the Faculty Accreditation Co-Chair for LACC.
Dr. Wanner received his Master's Degree in Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition from Columbia University in New York City. Following the completion of his studies, he worked as a music editor; published articles on music, film, and art; wrote numerous orchestral and chamber works; and served as the President of the League of Composers/ISCM.
Bio courtesy of his faculty page.
Sophia Serghi is the Robert F and Sarah M Boyd Distinguished Associate Professor of Music at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Ms. Serghi studied with Vincent McDermott at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon from 1990-94, where she earned her BA cum laude, and then with George Edwards, Jonathan D. Kramer and Fred Lerdahl at Columbia University from 1994-98, where she earned her MA and DMA.
She also attended the Aspen Music Festival in 1992-93, where she studied with George Tsontakis, and the Oregon Bach Festival in 1995-96, where she studied with John Harbison, Robert Kyr and Judith Weir. In addition, she studied with Betsy Jolas at the Ecole des Arts Americaines in Fontainebleau in 1997 and has attended masterclasses with William Albright, Louis Andriessen, Theodore Antoniou, Jacob Druckman, Lou Harrison, Frederic Rzewski, and Joan Tower.
Among her honors are the Fulbright and Presidential scholars (1990-94) and the Cheney (1992-93) and Rena Ratte (1994) awards at Lewis and Clark College and the Mellon Fellowship (1994-98) and the Edna and Boris Rapoport Prize (1995) at Columbia University. Other honors include First prizes in the Cyprus State Orchestra (1997, for Kavo Greko), the Athens Concert Hall Greek Composers (1998, for Sizzle) and the American Composers Orchestra Whittaker award (1999, for Panegyric) competitions.
Steven Kinigstein is a Musician, Writer, Producer, and Educator whose mission to the growth of music education gets its momentum toward the future through the use of advances made in the 20th and 21st centuries, and is propelled by the techniques of the great masters of past. Recognized as an artist / educator / administrator who has a unique ability to work, not only in the area of music, but across disciplines, bringing together and collaborating with artists, educators, students, and communities to ensure the success and fruition of any given project.
*Music Journalist (regularly appearing in "Just Jazz Guitar" Magazine)
*Producer (Jimmy Wyble Tribute Concert in Jazz Monsters Series at SOKA University, "Poor Butterfly" CD by Mundell Lowe, Lloyd Wells, and Jim Ferguson to be released Spring 2014, Sid Jacobs and Ron Eschete Live DVD in progress)
Bio can be found here.