NewMusicShelf Anthology of New Music for Alto Saxophone, Vol. 1: Composer Information
Stephanie Ann Boyd (ASCAP)
Michigan-born American composer Stephanie Ann Boyd (b. 1990) writes melodic music about women’s memoirs and the natural world for symphonic and chamber ensembles. Her work has been performed in nearly all 50 states and has been commissioned by musicians and organizations in 37 countries. Boyd’s five ballets include works choreographed by New York City Ballet principal dancers Lauren Lovette, Ashley Bouder, NYCB soloist Peter Walker, and XOAC Contemporary Ballet’s Eryn Renee Young. Eero, a ballet commissioned by Access Contemporary Music and Open House New York, was written for the grand opening of the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport. Stephanie’s music has been praised as “[with] ethereal dissonances” (Boston Globe), “[music that] didn’t let itself be eclipsed” (Texas Classical Review), “arrestingly poetic” (BMOP), and “wide ranging, imaginative” (Portland Press Herald).
Stephanie was the 2016-18 Composer in Residence for the Eureka Ensemble in Boston, the 2013/14 Collage New Music Fellow, and has had composition residencies at summer festivals in Italy, Canada, and the US. Boyd has taught composition privately for eight years and her students have been accepted into the music schools at University of Toronto, University of Michigan, Indiana University, UC Boulder, Michigan State University, and others. She is a recipient of the Donald Martino Award for Excellence in Composition and is a two-time recipient of the CCPA Vector Award, and has won numerous grants from the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy. She holds degrees from Roosevelt University and New England Conservatory (with honors). Boyd was one of the last violin students of renowned pedagogue John Kendall.
Boyd is a member of the Iceberg New Music Composers Collective. Her catalog is published by TRN Music and FEMOIRE. A critic for American Record Guide and I Care If You Listen, Boyd lives in Manhattan. She is often dressed by Michelle Smith of MILLY for concerts and events and this season her red carpet and gala outfits are by Boston designer Sasha Parfenova.
Wes Flinn (ASCAP)
J. Wesley (“Wes”) Flinn is Associate Professor of Music and Assistant Chair of the Division of the Humanities at the University of Minnesota-Morris. A native of Pinhook, IN (pop. 19), he holds the BM degree in Music Theory/Composition from Morehead [KY] State University and the MM in Composition and PhD in Music Theory (with a cognate in Wind Conducting) from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His composition teachers include Frederick Mueller, Christopher Gallaher, Marta Ptaszynska, and Samuel Adler, and he has studied wind conducting with Richard Miles, Frank Tracz, and Terence Milligan. Before joining the faculty at UMM in 2012, he held positions in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Georgia. He remains active as a euphoniumist and trombonist, serving as 1st euphonium with the quartet Four on the Floor and as principal trombone of the Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra. Owing to a translation error, he once told Krzysztof Penderecki to his face his music was “boring.” He lives in Morris, MN with his long-suffering wife Amanda and three cats (Chloe, Dido, and Amelia).
George N. Gianopoulos (ASCAP)
George, known colloquially as Nick, began his musical study at age eighteen upon entering college. Enraptured by his first course, an Introduction to the World of Music, George immersed himself in the studies of classical music; the theory, the repertoire, the performance and the history. He immediately began taking group piano lessons and within a semester advanced to private lessons with Dr. Robert M. Auler. Throughout his tutelage he also undertook the art of pedagogy, developing a private piano studio of twelve students as well as working as a church pianist and organist. After four years of intense study, George gave a senior recital that included performances of works by Mozart, Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Chopin as well as faculty performances of original compositions.
A native of Syracuse, New York and now a resident of Los Angeles, Gianopoulos’ music has been performed throughout Europe and America, including performances in China, Israel, Spain, England and Greece and regular performances in Southern California. George has been commissioned by The Glendale Philharmonic, The Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles, Tala Rasa, The Symbiosis Ensemble, The Helix Collective, The Akropolis Quintet and the Malkin-Trybeck Duo, among others. He has been awarded by the American Viola Society, Boston Metro Opera, Aurora Borealis Duo and was the Alumni-in-Residence (AIR) for the State University of New York at Oswego, where he worked with students and faculty. His music has been performed by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Gianopoulos is the currently the Composer-in-Residence for the Los Angeles based Symbiosis Ensemble and concert series Music @ MiMoDa.
Anthony R. Green (ASCAP)
The creative output of Anthony R. Green (composer, performer, social justice artist) includes musical and visual creations, interpretations of original works or works in the repertoire, collaborations, educational outreach, and more. Behind all of his artistic endeavors are the ideals of equality and freedom, which manifest themselves in diverse ways in a composition, a performance, a collaboration, or social justice work.
Through music and entrepreneurship, Green comments on many issues related to social justice, including immigration (Earned – narrator & double string quartet), civil rights (Dona Nobis Veritatem – soprano, viola, & piano), the historical links between slavery and current racial injustice in the US (Oh, Freedom! – spoken word, voice, flute, viola, cello; Almost Over – sax quartet), the contributions of targeted and/or minority groups to humanity (A Single Voice: Solitary, Unified – solo alto sax & fixed media), and more. His ongoing opera-project Alex in Transition highlights the life of Alex – a trans woman – and her journey to truth and authentic living. This opera has been featured in the Ft. Worth Opera Frontiers Festival, presented by New Fangled Opera and One Ounce Opera, and performed in a concert production at the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. Green’s most important social justice work has been with Castle of our Skins, a concert and education series organization dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. Co-founder, associate artistic director, and composer-in-residence, his work with Castle of our Skins has included concert/workshop curation and development, community outreach, lecturing about the history and politics concerning Black composers of Classical music, and more.
His main composition teachers have been Theodore Antoniou, Lee Hyla, and Robert Cogan, and he has participated in masterclasses with Laura Schwendinger, Paquito D’Rivera, and the JACK Quartet. His solo and colaborative work has been recognized by grants from Meet the Composer, the Argosy Foundation, New Music USA, and the American Composers Forum as a McKnight Visiting Composer. He is currently a fellow at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Chia-Yu Hsu (ASCAP)
Born in Banqiao, Taiwan, Chiayu is an associate professor of composition at UW-Eau Claire.
She was the winner of Lakond prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble composition contest, grand prize from Symphony Number One, Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer’s Awards, 2016 and 2013 IAWM Search for New Music, Copland House Award, Lynn University international call for scores, the 2010 Sorel Organization recording grant, music+culture 2009 International Competition for Composers, the Sorel Organization’s 2nd International Composition Competition, the 7th USA International Harp Composition Competition, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Awards, the Maxfield Parrish Composition Contest, the Renée B. Fisher Foundation Composer Awards among others.
Her work has been performed by the London Sinfonietta, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, the Lynn Philharmonia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, Ciompi Quartet, and Prism Quartet.
She has received her Ph.D. at Duke University, Master of Music at Yale University School of Music, and Bachelor of Music at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Lori Laitman (BMI)
Described by Fanfare Magazine as “one of the most talented and intriguing of living composers,” Lori Laitman has composed multiple operas and choral works, and hundreds of songs, setting texts by classical and contemporary poets, including those who perished in the Holocaust. The Journal of Singing wrote, “It is difficult to think of anyone before the public today who equals her exceptional gifts for embracing a poetic text and giving it new and deeper life through music.”
In May 2016, Opera Colorado presented the World Premiere of Laitman’s opera The Scarlet Letter, with a libretto by Colorado’s former Poet Laureate, David Mason. Laitman and Mason also collaborated on Vedem, a Holocaust-themed oratorio commissioned and premiered by Music of Remembrance. Their collaboration continues with Ludlow, which explores the U.S. immigrant experience through the lens of the 1914 Colorado mining town disaster.
The Three Feathers, Laitman’s children’s opera with librettist Dana Gioia, is based on a Grimm’s fairy tale and was commissioned by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, where it premiered in October 2014. Seattle Opera commissioned an abridged version, which toured Washington State in 2018. The Hartt School presented the orchestral abridged premiere in January/February 2019 with Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges.
She is a magna cum laude Yale College graduate and received her MM from The Yale School of Music. In May 2018, Laitman was the recipient of The Yale School of Music’s Ian Mininberg Alumni Award for Distinguished Service.
Quinn Mason (ASCAP)
Quinn Mason (b. 1996) is currently a student at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts where he studies composition with Dr. Lane Harder. He previously studied at Richland College with Dr. Jordan Kuspa, TCU with Dr. Blaise Ferrandino and with UTD’s Dr. Winston Stone. He has also worked with distinguished composers David Maslanka, Libby Larsen, David Dzubay and Robert X. Rodriguez. Quinn’s personal mission is to write music that is, “Based in traditional classical music, but reflects the times in which we currently live”.
He has received awards from the American Composer’s Forum, Voices of Change, Texas A&M University, the Dallas Foundation, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and the ASU Symphony Orchestra.
His music has been performed in concert by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, New Texas Symphony Orchestra, Mission Chamber Orchestra, loadbang, Voices of Change, American Composer’s Forum, the Atlantic Brass Quintet, the UT Arlington Saxophone Quartet, the Cézanne, Julius and Baumer quartets and bands of SMU, UNT, TCU and Purdue University.
As a conductor, he has led the Brevard Sinfonia, TCU Symphony Orchestra, Richland Wind Symphony and various small ensembles at Richland College, TCU and the Brevard Music Center. He has conducted his own works and led the world premieres of pieces by his colleagues. He has studied conducting with Miguel Harth-Bedoya (Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra), Derrick Logozzo (Richland College), Dr. Germán Gutiérrez (TCU), and Will White (Orchestra Seattle) and currently studies with Jack Delaney and Paul Phillips (SMU). He also serves as an apprentice conductor at the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and the assistant conductor of the New Texas Symphony Orchestra.
Aaron Jay Myers (ASCAP)
Originally from Baltimore, MD, Aaron Jay Myers is a Boston based composer, guitarist, and teacher. His works have been performed across the United States and he has been commissioned by Semiosis Quartet, Transient Canvas, Diagenesis Duo, Chamber Cartel, The Governor’s School Orchestra, Sharan Leventhal, Emma Resmini, NakedEye Ensemble, NorthStar Duo, Box Not Found, L+M Duo, Chaz Aguado, Stephanie Lamprea, Peridot Duo, and many others. He is a founding member of Equilibrium, served as Executive Director from 2015-2018, and is currently its Managing Director. He was Music Director for Second Sunday Concert Series from 10/17 through 12/18. As a guitarist, he has performed many different kinds of music over the past twenty-six years and is founder of the band, Niffin. He has been giving private guitar lessons since 2002, and currently teaches at Dedham School of Music, Indian Hill Music, and at home.
Myers holds BM and MM in Composition degrees from Towson University and The Boston Conservatory. He studied guitar with Maurice Arenas and Troy King. He studied composition with Dave Ballou, William Kleinsasser, Jan Swafford, and Marti Epstein. He has had additional composition studies with Nicholas Vines and Roger Reynolds.
Garrett Shatzer (BMI)
The music of Garrett Ian Shatzer (b. 1980) has been performed by such musicians as the Mobius Trio, Erato and Finisterra Piano Trios, GRAMMY-award winning countertenor Ian Howell, EOS Duo, Lyris Quartet, Meridian Arts, Empyrean, Luna Nova and Citywater Ensembles, violinist Rolf Schulte, cellist David Russell, and pianist Geoffrey Burleson in such venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) and the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires). His current commissions include a choral work to be premiered in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City; a song cycle for tenor Charles Blandy, GRAMMY-award nominated soprano Tony Arnold, GRAMMY-award winning conductor/violinist John McLaughlin Williams, and ensemble; and a triple concerto for the Erato Piano Trio and orchestra.
He also co-founded the New Lens Concert Series with composer Juhi Bansal and cellist Kevin Krentz. New Lens aims to rebuild bridges between living composers and audiences by carefully juxtaposing masterworks with contemporary pieces which draw upon more traditional materials. Furthermore, New Lens does not reveal the program to the audience until after the pieces have been performed, thus negating many of the preconceptions tied to a composer’s dates. Launched in April 2012, New Lens’s second series took place late April/early May 2013 with six shows by Panic Duo throughout California.
In addition to his career as a composer, Shatzer also spent three years as the assistant choral conductor under Jeffrey Thomas at the University of California, Davis, twice being awarded the Barbara K. Jackson Fellowship in Student Conducting. Holding degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Miami, he has also had the privilege of studying music theory at Florida State University, and composition at institutions in Paris, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, and Rome, among others. He is a member of New Music USA and is represented by BMI.
Clare Shore (ASCAP)
Clare Shore, the second woman to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from The Juilliard School, has received critical acclaim for her works, with reviewers from the New York Times, New York Post, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and others hailing her works as “provocative” . . . “immensely dramatic”. . .””unpretentious”. . .”ingenious and evocative”. . .”intriguing”. . .”romantic to the core”. While at Juilliard, Ms. Shore studied with David Diamond, Vincent Persichetti, and Roger Sessions, and subsequently with Gunther Schuller. Since then, she has received numerous commissions, awards, and grants, including a Composer Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Shore has taught at Fordham University, Manhattan School of Music, the University of Virginia, George Mason University, and Palm Beach Atlantic College. She currently holds a publishing contract with E.C. Schirmer. Other works are found in the catalogs of Arsis Press, Plucked String Editions, and Seesaw Music. Her works are recorded on CRS, Owl Recordings, and Opus One, produced by Grammy Award-winning Elite Recordings.
Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn (ASCAP)
Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn (b.1980) grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, was educated on both coasts and now finds himself in the middle of the country. His music combines a frenetic rhythmic language, lean textures and lyrical sensitivity.
Dr. Sternfeld-Dunn is winner of the 2013 American Prize for Fireworks, The National Flute Associations 2013 Award for Newly Published Chamber Music Category for Urban Jungle and Best in Show Award from the Global Music Awards (2012) for his works Antiphonal Fanfare and Joker’s Wild. He has also received awards and funding from organizations like Meet the Composer, ASCAP and the Washington Visual, Performing, and Literary Art’s Committee.
Dr. Sternfeld-Dunn completed his DMA in composition with a minor in music theory from the Hartt School of Music. He holds a Masters Degree in Composition from Washington State University as well as a Bachelors Degree from California State University East Bay. His primary teachers have included Robert Carl, Martin Rokeach, Stephen Gryc, Charles Argersinger, Ryan Hare, Greg Yasinitsky, and Frank LaRocca.
As well as being an accomplished composer he is also active as a conductor and string bassist. As a conductor he recently guest conducted the new music ensemble Turn on the Music for their CD “The Darwin Effect” on Capstone Records. He has conducted various orchestras, wind ensembles, and theatre productions. As a bassist he has held principal positions with several San Francisco Bay Area Orchestras, as well as numerous jazz small groups and big bands. He is the featured bassist on Bay Area jazz pianist Marty Namaro’s CD “Abstractionisms”. He serves on the faculty at Wichita State University where he teaches composition, electronic music and music theory.
Alan Theisen (ASCAP)
Alan Theisen (b. 4 October 1981) is a composer, saxophonist, music theorist, and educator. His philosophy of creating and sharing new music with joyously unrestrained enthusiasm is evident in Theisen’s multiple artistic endeavors. Inspired while reading a biography of Leonard Bernstein in high school, Theisen decided to likewise forge his unconventional career of comprehensive musicianship not by choosing between composing, performance, scholarship, conducting, advocacy, and pedagogy but by tirelessly combining those paths.
Theisen’s compositions encompass a wide array of genres and instrumentation including chamber music, art song, solo piano, concerti, jazz, symphonies, and more. An autodidact, his works have been praised by composer Dimitri Terzakis as being “the product of a unique talent” and are frequently commissioned/performed by professional musicians around the world. Though Theisen’s catalogue of over fifty pieces is stylistically diverse, all of his compositions exhibit unabashed emotional sincerity, memorable melodic ideas, sensuous yet complex harmony, and intricate formal designs—characteristics that inspire enthusiastic audience response and repeat performances.
An active saxophonist, Theisen concertizes in classical recitals, gigs with jazz bands and musical theater productions, directs multiple ensembles, and premieres/records the music of fellow contemporary composers. His voice/saxophone duo, Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen present…, performs curated programs of contemporary music across the United States to audience acclaim. To extend his mission as a collaborative performer, he also founded the Resonance Saxophone Orchestra and the Asheville Modern Big Band.
In academia, Theisen specializes in the analysis and pedagogy of post-1900 classical music, presenting award-winning research on these topics at national and regional academic conferences. Theisen received his Ph.D. in music theory and composition from Florida State University and degrees (B.M. Music History and M.M. Music Theory) from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Cassie Wieland (ASCAP)
Cassie Wieland is a composer of instrumental, vocal, and electroacoustic music. She delves into intimate subject matters of human connection, interaction, and expression in various ways throughout her work, ranging from exploration of found text to forming connections between natural phenomena and everyday life. Wieland masterfully experiments with timbre and texture, specifically through exploring intimate and fragile sounds, to achieve the “hand-made” sound she is often looking for: imperfect, but intentional.
Cassie has been commissioned and performed by line upon line percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente, ~Nois, Unheard-of//Ensemble, Chromic duo, clarinetist Ken Thomson, percussionist Adam Groh, Ritual Action, the Illinois Modern Ensemble, and Great Noise Ensemble, among others. Her music has been featured at events such as the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the SCI National Student Conference, the Red Note New Music festival, the Electronic Music Midwest/Electronic Music Eastern festival, and the Maryland Wind Festival. Cassie has also been twice recognized as an ASCAP Morton Gould finalist and as the 2018 composer in residence for the Maryland Wind Festival. She has recently been named a 2020 Roulette Commissioned Artist and an inaugural Bouman Fellow for the 2019-2020 Kinds of Kings season. Her music has been featured on New Sounds, I Care if You Listen, and The Road to Sound.
Cassie is currently working in Brooklyn as a freelance composer, a label assistant for Cantaloupe Music, and an audio apprentice for Roulette Intermedium. She holds a BM degree in Composition from Illinois State University and an MM degree in Composition from the University of Illinois.
Recent/upcoming projects include ANATOMY, a series of solo works for various instruments each focusing on a different part of the human body, as well as new works for Isabelle O’Connell and Vicky Chow.
She enjoys string lights, cooking in her tiny kitchen, and going for a run about once a month.
Chelsea Williamson (ASCAP)
Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma where she studied composition with Dr. L. Keith White. She earned her Master of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin State University where she studied composition with Dr. Maria Grenfell and Dr. Stephen Lias. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Oklahoma where she studies composition with Dr. Roland Barrett and Dr. Marvin Lamb. Chelsea is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Composers and Schools in Concert, ASCAP, College Music Society, American Composers Forum, is an honorary Member of Tau Beta Sigma, and was a finalist for the 2017/18 American Prize in Composition. Chelsea is the Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon at Southern Oregon University.
Tetsuya Yamamoto (SACEM)
Born in 1989 in Nagano, Japan. Tetsuya Yamamoto has studied composition with Motoharu Kawashima and Michio Kitazume at Kunitachi College of Music. He has also studied piano with Satoko Inoue, technique of conducting with Masakazu Natsuda, and the Shō, which is a Japanese traditional instrument of Gagaku, with Mayumi Miyata. He obtained his Bachelor of Music in 2012 and Master of Music in 2014 from the Kunitachi College of Music. After his education in Japan, he continued to study in France with Régis Campo at the Marseille Conservatory, and obtained the diploma of Cycle Perfectionnement (4th Cycle), with Philippe Hurel and Martin Matalon at the National Conservatory of Lyon (CNSMDL), and obtained the diploma of Master in 2019.
Yamamoto has received several awards: Prize winner at the “Île de créations 2018” composition competition by the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, Finalist at “The 38th Valentino Bucchi Prize International Composition Contest” in Rome 2017, 2nd Prize at “The 4th International Edison Denisov Young Composers Competition” in Tomsk 2016, 1st Prize and Special Prize at “The 6th International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition” in Prague 2015, Representation from Japan at “The 31st ACL Festival & Conference in Singapore Young Composers Competition” in 2013, Finalist at “The 9th Thailand International Composers Competition” in Bangkok 2013, Prize Winner at “The 27th JSCM Composers Award” in Tokyo 2010, 1st Prize and Special Prize by the Mayor of Hirosaki at “The 8th Hirosaki Cherry-garden Composition Competition” in 2010 (President Jury: Hifumi Shimoyama), etc.
He has participated in IRCAM Mani-feste Academy in 2017, World Saxophone Congress “SAXOPEN” in 2015, Takefu International Composition Workshop in 2013 and 2014. And also his works has been performed in several festivals: Festival Music From Japan in New York 2017, Basklarinet Festijn in Utrecht 2016, Ryogoku Art Festival in Tokyo 2015, Bowling Green New Music Festival in Ohio 2014, Asian Composers League Festival & Confarence in Singapore 2013, Thailand International Composers Festival in Bangkok 2013, Suntory Summer Festival in Tokyo 2012 and Festival 5 Giornate in Milan 2011.
Roger Zare (ASCAP)
Roger Zare has been praised for his “enviable grasp of orchestration” (New York Times) and for writing music with “formal clarity and an alluringly mercurial surface.” He was born in Sarasota, FL, and has written for a wide variety of ensembles, from solo instruments to full orchestra. Often inspired by science, mathematics, literature, and mythology, his colorfully descriptive and energetic works have been performed in five continents by such ensembles as the American Composers Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Australian-based Trio Anima Mundi, the Donald Sinta Quartet, and the New York Youth Symphony. An award winning composer, Zare has received the ASCAP Nissim Prize, three BMI Student Composer Awards, an ASCAP Morton Gould award, a New York Youth Symphony First Music Commission, the 2008 American Composers Orchestra Underwood Commission, a 2010 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Copland House Residency Award, Grand Prize in the inaugural China-US Emerging Composers Competition, and many other honors. An active pianist, Zare performed his chamber work, Geometries, with Cho-Liang Lin, Jian Wang, and Burt Hara at the 2014 Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival. He has been composer in residence at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, the Salt Bay Chamber Music Festival, the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington and currently serves with the SONAR new music ensemble.
Zare holds a DMA (‘12) from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Michael Daugherty, Paul Schoenfield, Bright Sheng, and Kristin Kuster. He holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory (MM ‘09) and the University of Southern California (BM ‘07), and his previous teachers include Christopher Theofanidis, Derek Bermel, David Smooke, Donald Crockett, Tamar Diesendruck, Fredrick Lesemann, and Morten Lauridsen. Zare currently serves as instructional assistant professor of composition and theory at Illinois State University.