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EDWARD ARTEAGA was born on July 15, 1950. He received a B.M. at Boston University, studying with Gardner Read and John Goodman. Currently living in Vancouver, he regularly collaborates with choreographer Paula Ross.

Born in Boston, on January 6, 1942, DAVID S. BERNSTEIN has been composer-in-residence at the University of Akron for nineteen years. With a B.M. and M.M. from Florida State University, Bernstein obtained his Doctorate in Composition from Indiana University studying with Carlisle Floyd and Juan Orrego-Salas.

BRUCE BIELAWA (b. 1967, San Francisco, California) grew up in a family of musicians in San Francisco, performing contemporary music from an early age on the violin and piano under his father’s direction, composer Herbert Bielawa. He received degrees in composition from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Yale School of Music and holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan. Composition on:  Angelica.

ARIS CARASTATHIS was born on May 25, 1957 in Athens, Greece. He completed his Bachelor and Master degrees in music at the University of Northern Iowa; and his Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from Louisiana State University. Carastathis is currently Chair and Associate Professor of Theory/Composition at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he also directs the new music ensemble. An Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, Carastathis' music has been performed in Canada, the United States, England and Germany.   Composition on:  Americas.

CLIFFORD CRAWLEY was born in England on January 29, 1929. He studied composition at the University of Durham and in London with Lennox Berkeley and Humphrey Searle. From 1973-93, he was Professor of Composition and Music Education at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He is currently Professor Emeritus, living in Toronto.  Composition on:  Americas.

(b. 1947, New York City, New York) obtained degrees from the American University in Washington, D.C. An Associate Professor of Music at American University between 1973 and 1982, he is now a free-lance composer living in Maryland.  Compositions on:
Americas & Angelica

Born in Nova Scotia on May 8, 1955, STEPHEN ELDERKIN attended the University of Guelph and pursued studies in composition with Peter Ware in Toronto.  Composition on: The Many Moods of the Guitar

Guitarist William Ghezzi has been concertizing and teaching since 1977. He has performed extensively with orchestras, chamber ensembles, dance companies, in theater and opera, and for films, radio and television. He has worked with the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Harry Partch Ensemble, the Philadelphia Guitar Ensemble, and in many other chamber music settings. In addition to solo recitals, he performs as part of the Newman/Ghezzi Guitar Duo and the Baxter/Ghezzi Flute & Guitar Duo. He has been on the music faculties of Temple University, Chestnut Hill College and Settlement Music School in Philadelphia.  Currently he is Bibliographic Control Services Librarian at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

SRUL IRVING GLICK, born on September 8, 1934, received a B.M. and M.M. in composition at the University of Toronto. He continued his studies with Darius Milhaud, Louis Saguer and Max Deutch. A former producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and faculty member at York University, he now devotes his time to composing and conducting.

ALAN GREEN, born July 23, 1962, is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the State University of New York at Buffalo. He studied composition with Allen Sapp, Earle Brown, James Hirt and Frederic Rzewski and is currently on the Music Library faculty at Ohio State University.

Stephen Gryc was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1949. He received his professional training at the University of Michigan, earning his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1983. He has studied composition with William Albright, Leslie Bassett and William Bolcom. He is currently Associate Professor of Music Composition and Theory at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford where he has served as Chairman of the Composition Department, Director of the Hartt Contemporary Players, Director of the Institute for Contemporary American Music, and Co-Director of the Center for Computer and Electronic Music. 

LYNN HARTING-WARE, editor of the Acoma/Nambe Guitar Series, was founding editor of Guitar Canada magazine and has written numerous articles for music publications. She received a B.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a M.M. from Kent State University.  Compositions on:  Americas,  Forest Scenes, & The Many Moods of the Guitar.   Free Classical Guitar MP3 of Harting-Ware's Variation #3 from Variations on O Canada!

WAlTER HARTLEY (b. February 21, 1927 in Washington, D.C.) began composing at age five and became seriously dedicate to it at sixteen. All his college degrees are from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. He received his Ph. D. in composition there in 1953. Some of his teachers were Burrill Phillips, Thomas Canning, Herbert Elwell, Bernard Rogers, Howard Hanson and Dante Fiorillo.

Born in Los Angeles, California, KATHY HENKEL obtained a B.A. in History from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a B.M. and M.A. from California State University of Northridge. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.   Composition on:  The Many Moods of the Guitar

James Lentini is Associate Professor of Composition at Wayne State University and Director of the Electronic Music Studio. With a Doctorate in Composition from the University of Southern California, he also received degrees from Michigan State and Wayne State. In addition to his guitar pieces, Lentini has written for orchestra and various chamber ensembles including electronics. His compositions have been performed widely by ensembles including the Xian String Quartet of China, the Brass Consortium of Los Angeles, and the Atlanta Brass Society. Previously an artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, his work has earned recognition through prizes such as the Atwater-Kent Composition Prize (First Prize), the McHugh Composition Prize and the ASCAP Standard Panel Award in Composition. An outstanding teacher as well, Lentini has received Wayne State’s high award for excellence.

ANTHONY LIS is Associate Professor of Theory and composition at South Dakota State University in Brookings, where he has taught since 1987. Lis studied composition with Michael Hennagin, Jonathan Kramer, and T. Scott Huston, and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in 1985.

DANIEL NIGHTINGALE (b. 1950, Aurora, Illinois) currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His compositions for guitar are strongly idiomatic and evocative. Composition on:  Angelica

JERRY OWEN is Professor of Music at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1969), was appointed to the Shuttleworth Professorship in 1989.  Born in Gary, Indiana, in 1944, he has taught music theory and history, composition and electronic music at Coe since 1969. He holds the Ph.D. in composition from the University of Iowa, as well as degrees from DePauw University and the University of Evansville. His principal teachers are Donald H. White, Richard Hervig, and the late Peter Tod Lewis.

WILLIAM ROBERTS was born on February 7, 1950. An eclectic, he has composed for dance bands as well as classical musicians. A graduate of Brock University, he directed the electronic music studio and founded the Elektra Concert series in St. Catharines, Ontario.   Compositions on:    The Many Moods of the Guitar.

ROBERT ROLLIN was born in New York City on February 16, 1947. While in high school, he attended the Juilliard School of Music and later obtained a B.A. at City College of New York. He received his Doctorate at Cornell University studying with Karel Husa and Robert Palmer, and also studied in Hamburg, West Germany with Gy`rgy Ligeti. He is currently on the faculty at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University.  Compositions on:  Americas, Forest Scenes, The Many Moods of the Guitar.

Jerry Sieg received his B.M. in Composition from Jacksonville University, and his M.M. and D.M. in Composition from Florida State University, studying with William Hoskins, Carlisle Floyd and John Boda. He has won several composition awards and his works have been performed extensively. In addition to his own honors, his students have also won awards and have been admitted to graduate programs throughout the country. He has served as President of the Southeastern Composers League and is Coordinator of the University of New Orleans Theory/Composition Area.

Born on May 25, 1952, RICHARD JORDAN SMOOT attended Ohio Wesleyan University and received a Doctorate from Ohio State University, studying composition with Thomas Wells, Gregory Proctor and Elliott Schwartz. At the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, he studied with Rodion Shchedrin.  Compositions on: Forest Scenes, Impossible Dream, & The Many Moods of the Guitar

GREG STEINKE (b. 1942, Fremont, Michigan) holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, a Master of Music degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Michigan State University. He served nine years as National Chairman of the Society of Composers, Inc. and is active as a composer and oboe soloist specializing in contemporary music.  Composition on:  Angelica.

PETER WARE, born on May 4, 1951, received a B.M. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a M.M. from Yale University, with post-graduate work at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Principal teachers include Krzysztof Penderecki, Toru Takemitsu, Allen Forte, Jonathan Kramer, Scott Huston and Roman Haubenstock-Ramati. He has taught at Queen's University, Brock University, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati. Americas, Angelica, Forest Scenes, Impossible Dream, & The Many Moods of the Guitar.   Free Classical Guitar MP3 of Peter Ware's Woodchuck Blues excerpt from Forest Scenes CD

FRANK WILEY is a member of the faculty of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, Kent State University, where he teaches composition and conducting and serves as Director of the Orchestra and the New Music Ensemble. He has taught at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His principal teachers of composition were Donald Erb and Roger Hannay. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance and Master of Music degree in composition from the University of North Carolina and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University.  

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