Special Guests

Featured Guest Composers


Cary Boyce is artistic co-director and composer-in-residence of the production group and new music ensemble, Aguavá New Music Studio, which specializes in projects involving contemporary music. His music has been heard around the world in concerts and festivals in more than 25 countries, on nationally syndicated public radio and television, and in two films by Prix-de-Rome-winning director Evelyne Clavaud, Aria ou les rumeurs de la Villa Medicís, and her artistic documentary Mandiargues: L’amateur d’imprudence. Boyce’s credits include original music for the soundtrack of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) documentary American Horizons: The Photography of Art Sinsabaugh, also part of the Sinsabaugh exhibit currently touring museums in the United States, and music for Harp Dreams, the PBS documentary on the USA International Harp Competition which won three regional Emmy Awards in 2011, including one for original music. Current projects include The Flower of Departure, a concerto for viola, chorus, and orchestra.Dr. Boyce is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including awards from Arts International, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Indiana Arts Commission. In 2006 he was awarded an ASCAP 2006 Rudolf Nissim Prize “Special Distinction” Award for his oratorio Dreams within a Dream which was commissioned and premiere with the Bloomington Chamber Singers in 2003. Boyce frequently tours with Aguavá as a conductor, pianist, or singer. Cary works in public radio, and also teaches “Choral Masterworks” and “Music in Culture,” the first interdisciplinary music course at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Born in Santa Rosa, California in 1955, Cary Boyce studied at California State University, Sacramento, took his Master of Music degree at University of North Texas while studying with Martin Mailman, and he earned a doctorate in composition at Indiana University Bloomington with teachers Eugene O’Brien and Claude Baker. He has been an active participant in diverse artistic and musical outreach endeavors of his community, not only as a composer, but also as a producer and music essayist with public radio, online journals, major orchestras, and community presses. The music of Cary Boyce is published by G. Schirmer, Boosey & Hawkes, and by Aguavá New Music Studio. He remains active as a tenor, pianist, and conductor as well. www.caryboyce.com


"Daniel Kellogg, barely out of his twenties, is one of the most exciting composers around – technically assured, fascinated by unusual sonic textures, unfailingly easy to listen to, yet far from simplistic,” wrote the Washington Post. After being chosen as Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence in 2002, Daniel Kellogg has become one of the nation’s most prominent young composers. Dr. Kellogg, Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Colorado, had recent premieres with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Takács Quartet with the University of Colorado Wind Symphony, and the Aspen Chamber Orchestra; and upcoming premieres with the South Dakota Symphony, the United States Air Force Academy Band, the Takács Quartet, and the choirs of Yale University. Most recently the National Symphony Orchestra took his piece, Western Skies, on a tour of Asia.

Honors include a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, six ASCAP Young Composer Awards, the BMI William Schuman Prize, and the ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Award. His works have been performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kimmel Center, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and broadcast on NPR’s “Performance Today” and “St. Paul Sundays” among others. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Kellogg earned a Masters of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music. His teachers include Don Freund, Ned Rorem, Jennifer Higdon, Joseph Schwantner, Ezra Laderman, and Martin Bresnick. He has served as composer-in-residence for the South Dakota Symphony, Young Concert Artists, the Green Bay Symphony, and the University of Connecticut. The Washington Post counted his recent CD Beginnings, recorded by eighthblackbird, among the top five classical discs of 2004. He resides in Colorado with his wife, concert pianist Hsing-ay Hsu, and daughter Kaela. He has served on the faculty of CU since 2005. Daniel Kellogg’s music is published by Nutmeg Press, and he is represented by Young Concert Artists, Inc. www.danielkellogg.com


Libby Larsen (born 24 December 1950, Wilmington, Delaware) is one of America’s most performed living composers.  She has created a catalogue of over four hundred works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over twelve operas. Grammy Award winning and widely recorded, including over fifty CDs of her work, she is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world, and has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory. As a vigorous, articulate advocate for the music and musicians of our time, in 1973 Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composer’s Forum, which has become an invaluable aid for composers in a transitional time for American arts.  A former holder of the Papamarkou Chair at John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, Larsen has also held residencies with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony and the Colorado Symphony.



Stephen Mager holds a Doctor of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where he also completed his master’s studies. His teachers have included Jan Harrington, Julius Herford, Thomas Binkley, Robert Shaw, Margaret Hillis, Robert Porco, Dale Warland, John Poole, and Carmen-Helena Tellèz. His doctoral recital performances included Igor Stravinsky’s Mass; L’Enfance du Christ by Hector Berlioz; and Poulenc’s Un Soir de Neige; as well as his own Missa Lucis. An active choral and opera conductor, Dr. Mager has conducted for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in their education outreach performances. In this capacity he conducted the Midwest premiere of Hans Krasà’s Brundibàr (1997), and the world premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s Joshua’s Boots (1999), as well as Lukas Foss’ The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (2000) and Cary John Franklin’s Thunder of Horses (2001). In 2004 Mager composed and conducted his own one-act opera, Dream of the Pacific, and subsequently conducted this work for Washington National Opera (2006), with performers from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, at the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Dr. Mager was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Masterworks Chorale, Belleville, Illinois in 2009. The ensemble performs in an annual subscription concert series, serving the southwest Illinois region. He has also conducted the Arcangeli Chamber Chorus, a summer festival professional ensemble with whom he recorded a full length album of his own Christmas carol settings (1998). In 1999 he conducted the chorus in a performance of the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé. Mager was conductor of the Masterworks Children’s Chorus, Belleville, from 1989 until 2000. Other conducting credits include the Saint Louis University Chorale; the Baden Chamber Orchestra; the Providence Singers, Saint Louis; and the St. Louis Chamber Chorus.Stephen Mager is also an accomplished organist and pianist. He holds several performance certificates from the American Guild of Organists, including the Associate (AAGO) and the Choirmaster (ChM) certifications.  www.stephenmager.com


Robinson McClellan (born 1976) is a composer, teacher, scholar, and concert presenter. Audiences have heard his music via commissioners, performers and venues including the Albany, Ft. Worth, and Knox-Galesburg Symphonies, the Museum of Biblical Art (NYC), Amsterdam’s Gaudeamus Competition, the Monteverdi Kamerkoor Utrecht, Nektarios Antoniou’s Greek Byzantine Choir, Yale Schola Cantorum, the Hudson Opera House, Moira Smiley and VOCO, Trio Eos, and many others. He has received residencies and awards from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, and Vassar College. His choral music is published in NCCO’s choral music series, Music by Heart, a hymnal, and Feniarco’s Choraliter, an Italian choral anthology.
As a composer and scholar Robin has spent the past nine years immersed in piobaireachd (‘peeb-rock’), a rarely heard bagpiping tradition rooted in 17th-century Gaelic Scotland. His compositions often borrow musical ideas from piobaireachd, and his research into its unique rhythmic idiom was published in a 2009 scholarly anthology in Ashgate’s Popular and Folk Music Series, and has also been cited in the scholarly journal Ethnomusicology. Robin is founder and director of El Salto, a unique forum for contemporary music heard in a context of broad-minded religious/humanist inquiry, hosted by the New York Society for Ethical Culture. He is also Composer in Residence for ActorCor, a NYC-based choir dedicated to bridging religious divides. Robin has taught composition at Hunter College and is on the music faculty at Rutgers University, Manhattan College, Wagner College, St. Francis College, and the Lucy Moses School; between them he teaches composition, music theory, music history, and world music to fifth graders, teenagers, college students, and adults. He is spearheading ComposerCraft, a new composition intensive for young composers at the Kaufman Center.

He earned his doctorate in composition (DMA) at the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He previously studied music at Vassar College, and his teachers have been Ingram Marshall, Ezra Laderman, Annea Lockwood, Richard Wilson, Martin Bresnick, and Aaron Jay Kernis. He is music librarian at the Kaufman Center, and he has worked for the S.E.M. Ensemble, G. Schirmer/AMP, and has sung in a variety of professional choral ensembles. www.robinsonmcclellan.com


Dubbed "especially glorious... ethereal" by Whole Note, and "a highlight of the concert" by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, the music of Canadian composer Tawnie Olson has been performed by a wide range of ensembles and individual musicians, including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gemini Duo, Duo Fiolûtröniq, the Wanmu Percussion Trio, the McGill Percussion Ensemble, the Land's End Ensemble, the Canadian Chamber Choir, the Guelph Chamber Choir, the Yale Camerata and Yale Pro Musica, bassoonists Nadina Mackie Jackson and Rachael Elliott, and harpsichordist Katelyn Clark. She has won awards from the SOCAN foundation and the Guelph Chamber Choir/Musica Viva, and is a two-time semifinalist in the Sorel Foundation competition.

Recent projects include Scel lem duib, for chamber chorus and harp, commissioned by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music for the Yale Camerata, Le Tombeau d'Annelie De Man, a new work for harpsichord and digital audio commissioned by Katelyn Clark with assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts, Le Revenant, commissioned by Stacie Dunlop, Mille Regretz, commissioned by Duo Fiolûtröniq, and As Rain Hollows Stone, written at the request of the Wanmu Percussion Trio. In May 2010 a recording of her composition Chantez à l'Éternel was released on the Canadian Chamber Choir's debut album, "In Good Company," and in fall 2011 Rachael Elliott released a recording of À mon seul désir on the album "Polka the Elk." Olson holds a doctorate in music composition from the University of Toronto, a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary. In 2012-2013 she is visiting assistant professor of composition at the Hartt School of Music. www.tawnieolson.com


Panelists on Participatory Music and the Traditions


Mellonee Burnim is professor and Director of the Ethnomusicology Institute in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, and adjunct professor in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. She is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of North Texas and was selected as the first Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Ethnomusicology and Ritual Studies at the Yale Institute for Sacred Music in 2004.  As an ethnomusicologist with a specialization in African American religious music, Burnim has done fieldwork and led workshops on African American religious music across the United States, as well as in Cuba and Malawi. Founding director of the African American Choral Ensemble at IU in 1975, she has also served as Minister of Music in churches of various denominations, including Fairview United Methodist Church in Bloomington, where she has been for the past twelve years. She is co-editor of African American Music: An Introduction (Routledge, 2006), currently under revision, and the Illinois Press series African American Music in Global Perspective.


Helen Phelan is the program director of the PhD in Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. From 2000-2009, she directed the Masters in Ritual Chant and Song. In 2009 she was appointed Associate Director of the Academy and served as Acting Director for the Spring semester of 2012. Her research interests are primarily in the areas of ritual studies, performance studies and music education philosophy. She was founder director of the Anáil Dé/ Breath of God Festival of World Sacred Music in Limerick in 2000 and published an edited volume and radio series of the same name. She has published in the Journal of Ritual Studies, the International Journal of Community Music and most recently, she was invited to contribute to the Oxford Handbook of Music Education and the Oxford Handbook of Music Education Philosophy. She is currently working on a book for the Oxford Ritual Studies Series. She sings with the female schola, Cantoral, specializing in Irish medieval chant and polyphony. She is founder-director of Sanctuary, a Higher Education Authority initiative supporting the cultural expression of new migrant communities in Ireland. She is currently the Herbert Allen and Donald R. Keough Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame.



Lorraine S. Brugh is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Chapel Music at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana.  She is University Organist and the Frederick J. Kruse Endowed Chair in Church Music.  Dr. Brugh is the director of the Kantorei, a select choir with major leadership in campus worship.  She teaches organ and church music.

Dr. Brugh helped lead the development of the ELCA’s Evangelical Lutheran Worship and is co-author of the Sunday Assembly, published in 2008 to help church leaders incorporate the hymnal’s materials into worship services. She has been involved in the development of Lutheran music and worship practices for many years and serves as executive director of the University’s Institute of Liturgical Studies, which annually brings church leaders across the country together to study and reflect upon worship practices.  Dr. Brugh is president of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

Dr. Brugh received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies in the Joint Program at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University in Evanston.



Samuel Sommers is a nationally recognized Sacred Harp singing school master.  He has studied with traditional Sacred Harp singing masters including Elder JL Hopper, Hugh McGraw, and Jeff and Shelbie Sheppard .  Samuel has taught rudiments at Camp Fasola for 4 years.  He is on the board of directors of Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association (SHMHA) whose purpose is the preservation and perpetuation of Sacred Harp singing and its traditions.  Samuel is a graduate of Indiana University South Bend with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Religious Studies.  He lives in Elkhart with his wife and three spoiled felines.



Steve Warner (B.A., Religious Studies, St. Michael's College, 1977; M.A., Liturgical Studies, Notre Dame, 1980) is the founder and Director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir and Director of Liturgy Resources for Residence Halls at the University of Notre Dame.  He has been a member of the Campus Ministry staff since 1979.

Under his direction, the Folk Choir has continued to assist in the development of ritual song throughout the English-speaking world.  The ensemble has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada; in 2008, they celebrated 20 years and nearly a quarter of a million miles of journeying, both on the North American continent and to Ireland and Scotland. 

Mr. Warner’s liturgical music compositions are published exclusively through World Library Publications of Chicago.  Songs of the Notre Dame Folk Choir, their repertoire series, includes such standards as “Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts,” “Lead, Kindly Light” and “The Lord’s Prayer.”  In the past three years, WLP released two recorded collections of sacred music by the Folk Choir, Songs of Saints and Scholars – their celebration of a generation of Irish travels; and From Gethsemani to Galway – a live recording that featured more than fifteen hundred singers at the Louisville NPM convention in 2011.

In anticipation of the changes to the liturgy, Mr. Warner developed a new liturgy planning site, www.newmanhymnal.org; this site is now the teaching tool for residence hall liturgy here at the University of Notre Dame and her overseas academic programs.

In 2011, with longtime collaborator and colleague Karen Kirner, the score for Mass for Our Lady was produced: a comprehensive new setting for the liturgy written specifically for both organ and guitar.  It has been chosen as one of World Library’s principal mass settings following the introduction of the new Roman Missal.


Session Hosts

Margot Fassler

Tala Jarjour

Emily Snow Thelen

Andre Redwood


The Active Participants

Arianne Abela is a graduate from the Yale School of Music in Conducting ('10) and studied with Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, Simon Carrington and Masaaki Suzuki. Abela is currently the director of choral music at a Holy Cross school, Notre Dame High School in West Haven. She also directs choirs at the Greater Hartford Academy of Arts, and was acting director in 2011 at the Westover School for Girls. Abela sings and conducts at Christ Church in New Haven and performs regularly with the Yale Camerata and Yale Choral Artists. Originally from San Francisco, she sang with the San Francisco Girls Chorus for many years. Abela is founder of House of Clouds, an organization dedicated to raising money for charities through performance and musical collaboration in various cities.

Dr. Mitos Andaya is the new Associate Director of Choral Activities in the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia. She teaches undergraduate conducting, graduate choral literature, assists with graduate conducting, and directs the Temple University Singers. Dr. Andaya has taught at the university level in the United States, South Africa, and Australia. She served as guest conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir in 2007; conducted the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir in concert at the Lund International Choral Festival in Sweden, and the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Radio Chorus in Haarlem in 2005. She was selected to study at workshops with Marin Alsop, Helmuth Rilling, Simon Halsey, André Thomas and Frieder Bernius, and was under the tutelage of Simon Carrington at the University of Kansas. Her ensembles have been invited to perform at major events such as the Boston Early Music Festival, Southern ACDA Conference, and the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival. She has been a member of the summer conducting faculty of the Westminster Chamber Choir with Westminster Choir College since 2007, and continues to serves as guest conductor and clinician for festivals and all-state/all-college choirs. She has Renaissance editions published with Alliance Music Publications, and jazz compositions/arrangements with UNC Jazz Press and Hal Leonard.

Jennifer Kerr Breedlove-Budziak is a Chicago area conductor, author, and  widely published liturgical composer. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Choral Conducting from Indiana University and a Masters’ Degree in Theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and she is currently pursuing doctoral studies in choral conducting at Northwestern University. Her area of research involves application of qualitative research techniques to choral rehearsal and other community music settings. During her years as director for Liturgical Music at the Office for Divine Worship, Jennifer served as conductor and cantor at many Chicago-area liturgical events, including the Jubilee Archdiocesan Choir and Symphony Orchestra’s “Field of Faith” celebration at Soldier Field in June of 2000. Jennifer has been involved in a number of Chicago area ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Cathedral Singers, and has served on the choral faculty at St. Xavier University. She authored Sight-Sing a New Song, a textbook on sight-singing and music notation for beginners, and co-authored “Guide for Music Ministers” and “Guide for Cantors” for Liturgy Training Publications. Her newest book, Sowing Seeds, Bearing Fruit: A Five Year Process for Growing a Singing Congregation, was released in July of 2012. She serves on the National Council of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and is a frequent presenter at the organization’s regional and national conferences.

Called “one of the finest conductors of his generation” by maestro Robert Shaw, Alfred Calabrese enjoys a diverse career as conductor, educator, composer, scholar, and church musician. He has served as director of choral activities at Southern Methodist University, Emory University, and Brevard College, and as Visiting Professor in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He has a special affinity for the canon of choral literature for chorus and orchestra, and his repertoire for chamber choir reveals an emphasis on the renaissance motet and works of the present day suitable for liturgical use. His work with maestro Shaw included the preparation of works ranging from Bach to Mahler. He was chorus master of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and founder and conductor of The Britten Choir, an Atlanta-based professional chamber choir. Calabrese is Director of Music at Saint Rita Catholic Church in Dallas, TX, where he administers the program of music and liturgy, conducts the St. Rita Choir and Schola Cantorum, and trains cantors. His compositions, noted for their lyricism, sensitivity, and accessibility, include A Mass of Prayer and Rejoicing for congregation, choir, organ and brass. He composes responsorial psalms weekly for liturgical use, and his motet project focuses on the creation of accessible works that preserve the proper texts from the Graduale Romanum. His website can be found at www.alfredcalabrese.com.

David Horace Davies is Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College. He has received commissions from churches and educational institutions in New York, Illinois, and Florida, and his music has been performed throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico. He is the founder and director of the New Song Composer Residency, a program operated through Houghton College that connects college-age composers with local churches. Davies has received composition prizes from the International Arts Movement, College Music Society, and was a finalist for the Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Principle composition teachers include Dennis Kam, John van der Slice, and Mark Hijleh. He has served as an organist/choir director at churches in Florida and Illinois, and also as musical director of the Houghton College Women’s Choir. The Davies family lives in Houghton, NY.

Daniel Elder (b. 1986) is from Athens, GA (BM, University of Georgia ’10, MM, Westminster Choir College ’12). As a writer of choral, vocal, and instrumental music, he ties these genres together to create forms and aesthetics that are at once lyrical and textural. Daniel’s influences range widely from the contrapuntal roots of early sacred music through the adventurous romantic and programmatic nature of early twentieth-century music. His choral works have been performed by high school All-State and regional honors choirs, renowned college ensembles, and recently, by the internationally acclaimed Eric Whitacre Singers. The first full recording of Daniel's music is scheduled for release in 2013.  For complete works lists and to hear recordings, please visit Daniel online at www.danieleldermusic.com.

Gregory J. Geehern is a choral conductor, baritone, and pianist currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He is an honors graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (MM) and College of the Holy Cross (BA), where he was awarded the John E. Brooks Music Scholarship and the Meghan Aherne Vocal Scholarship. Greg has studied choral conducting with Amy Lieberman, Ann Howard Jones, Robert Porco, William Jon Gray, John Poole, Carmen Helena Tellez, John Nelson, Dale Warland, Gary Wedow, and Vance George. In the summers of 2007 and 2008, Greg was selected as a choral-conducting apprentice at the Berkshire Choral Festival, where he coached with conductors Grant Gershon, David Hayes, Craig Jessop and Kent Tritle. In 2005, Greg coached with Maria Guinand (Schola Cantorum de Caracas), composer Osvaldo Golijov and soprano Dawn Upshaw for the Lilly Foundation concert Voices of the Spirit.

Noah Horn holds degrees from Yale University (MM 2012, 2010) and Oberlin College (BM 2007). He is currently enrolled at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, studying with Marguerite Brooks in the D.M.A. program in choral conducting. He also currently serves as choir director at Christ Church, New Haven. He previously held positions at St. Thomas's Episcopal, New Haven; St. Peter's Episcopal, Lakewood, OH; and with the United Girls' Choir and Elm City Girls' Choir. He is a native of Davenport, Iowa, and is an active conductor, singer, organist, harpsichordist, pianist, and composer.

Jonathan Kim is a choral conductor and a lyric baritone from Los Angeles, California. He earned his Bachelor of Music at University of California, Irvine in Vocal Performance. His experiences include singing with the Los Angeles Opera Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Opera Pacific and Pacific Chorale in Orange County. He sang various lead roles with the Orange County Opera and the Opera Program at the University of California, Irvine. He has served as Music Director in a number of churches, and was a middle school music teacher. Jonathan has recently earned his Masters degree in Sacred Music, Choral Conducting, at the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, he has represented his school as he was featured in the Choral Conducting Masterclass at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conference in Fort Wayne, IN. He has been the Chorus Master for Notre Dame's Production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Opera at the Acorn's production of I Pagliacci, in Three Oaks, MI. Currently, Jonathan is the Director of Music at St. Jude Catholic Church in South Bend, IN, and the Music Teacher and Choral Director at Trinity School in South Bend. Recently, he has been the Baritone Soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Later this year, he will return to Fort Wayne to be the soloist for the Philharmonic’s production of Vaughn Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols.

The music of Chappell Kingsland (b. 1980) seeks to integrate elements from diverse musical cultures (concert and popular, Western and Eastern, past and present) into a personal and compelling synthesis. Chappell has studied composition at Eastman (BM), with Chaya Czernowin in Vienna, and at Indiana University (MM, currently pursuing DM). His primary teachers include Don Freund, Claude Baker, P. Q. Phan, Aaron Travers, David Dzubay, David Liptak, Augusta Read Thomas, and Christopher Rouse. Chappell has written two cantatas and two choral cycles, plus numerous standalone works and dozens of arrangements for chorus. He served as Music Director at the First Universalist Church of Rochester, NY and Staff Musician at the First Unitarian Society of Denver for several years. Chappell is the Artistic Director of New Voices Opera, a student-run company in the Bloomington area. His first full-length opera, Intoxication: America's Love Affair with Oil, will premiere in April of 2013. www.chappellkingsland.com

Trained as an academic modernist during his degree studies at Yale and U.C. Berkeley, Frank La Rocca (born 1951 in New Jersey) came to reject this approach as a barrier to free musical expression, spending many years in search of a personal creative language. Drawing upon influences as diverse as Byrd, Mahler, Stravinsky, Crumb and Arvo Pärt, his music has been described as possessing a “luminous beauty” with “moments of great power and strength” and as “a modern evocation of the radiant spirituality of ancient chant.”His catalog includes works in nearly all genres, with a special emphasis on a cappella sacred choral works.  He has received grants, commissions and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, the Foundation for Sacred Arts, Diocese of Oakland, San Francisco Girls Chorus, ASCAP Foundation, Amherst College and many others. Among those who have recorded and performed his music are the California Symphony, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Artists Vocal Ensemble, soprano Christine Brandes, Alexander String Quartet, USC Thornton Chamber Singers, Cambridge Chamber Consort, the trio Strata, the Madrigirls of Glasgow, Monteverdi Chor München and Morgana Kammerkoor. Frank La Rocca is Professor of Composition and Theory at California State University, East Bay and an Artistic Director of the new music series, COMPOSERS, INC. in San Francisco, which he co-founded.

Portuguese composer and conductor Gonçalo Lourenço was born in Lisbon in 1979. In Portugal he had study Composition with Dr. Christopher Bochmann and Dr. Roberto Perez in Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, ending in 2005. He was accepted in the DMA Choral Conducting Program in Jacobs School of Music, working with Mr. Robert Porco, Dr. William Grey and Dr. Carmen Tellez. Commissioned by Maestro Gunnstein Olafsson, Lourenço’s music has been performed by the Young Musicians Orchestra of Iceland. Additional commissions include “The Allarya Chonicles” for Small Orchestra, for the fantasy books of Felipe Faria, the a cappella Four Christmas Motets and Hodie Christus Natus Est, for Brass quintet, percussion and Chorus, for Maestro J.D. Goddard and the Mastersingers of Ohio and the Guitar Quartet with Chorus “Desabafo”, for the Sacramento group Vox Musica of Daniel Paulson.

Born in New York City, Robert McConnell has built a multifaceted career as a composer, conductor and performer.    He received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Henry Bienen School of Music, where he studied composition with Augusta Read Thomas, Jay Alan Yim, and Aaron Cassidy, and participated in master classes with John Adams, Oliver Knussen, and Lee Hyla.   He later received his Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern, where he studied with Victor Yampolsky.  He is currently the Music Director and Organist at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wilmette, IL.  As a collaborator with the Beethoven Trio Project, Robert was involved in editing the scores of previously unheard piano trios by Beethoven.  For the piano trio in D-major (Kinsky/Halm Anhang 3) dating from 1799, a work previous attributed to Mozart, he composed 33 measures of music missing from the original manuscripts, a completion critically acclaimed by both John von Rhein of and Viven Schweitzer of the New York Times.

Composer Mike Vernusky writes music for phonographic, theatrical and filmic environments, primarily through the use of electronic media and live performance. His works convey a textural language that converges sound metaphors with impossibility, veil, and combined space. Vernusky has received commissions and awards from the Digital Art Awards in Tokyo, MATA, Atlantic Center for the Arts, June in Buffalo and El Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras. He recently presented his talk, Embodying the Future of Electroacoustic Music at the EMS 2010 Festival at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2011, he presented a solo concert at Alte Schmiede in Vienna, Austria. Vernusky holds a Master's in Music Composition from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor's in Music Performance from Mercyhurst College. His music is published on MIT Press, Spectrum Press, New Adventures in Sound Art, and Quiet Design. He currently resides in Austin.

Washington, DC-based composer, conductor and organist Caleb Wenzel (b. 1988) is quickly building a dynamic career in choral and liturgical music, maintaining a steady stream of commissions, and balancing an active calendar as a church musician, clinician and workshop presenter.  Caleb has composed extensively for liturgical praxis, and his liturgical works are regularly used in churches across the United States.  In 2011, Caleb was selected to present his undergraduate honors thesis, Sing a New Song: Composing Music for the 21st-Century Roman Liturgy before members of the Minnesota State Congress as part of a lobbying event to promote undergraduate research in science, art, and culture.  His concert works have been performed in concert halls in many major American cities, as well as in Poland and Japan.  A fervent supporter of new works, Caleb has performed near thirty world premier performances and has worked with such composers as Daniel Knaggs, Steven Sametz, Steven Stucky, and James MacMillan.  His work as a composer and organist has been broadcast internationally from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC by the Eternal Word Television Network.  Caleb hold a BA in piano performance and composition from St. John’s University and is currently pursuing graduate studies in Sacred Music and Choral Music at The Catholic University of America.


Performing Artists

Michael Accurso, Jeffrey Cooper, Michael Emmerich

Mary Anne Ballard

Sarah Ballman

Alexander Blachly

Craig Cramer

Nichoals Fitzer

David Eicher

Zofia Glashauser

Samuel Green

Jonathan Kim

Stephen Lancaster

Jacquelyn Matava

Arwen Myers

Nancy Menk

Tricia Park

Howard Swyers

Carmen-Helena Téllez

Elizabteh Toy

Jennifer Ubl