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Philip Allen, Loudonville, NY
Glass Window by Philip D Allen
This is an original piece I wrote for piano. It is performed by Andy Ronninson (piano) in my own style.

Charles Ashurst, Logan, UT
spaced out charlie's musical muse by charles ashurst
You did say any skill level. I'm testing the premise that maybe I can break out of my isolation through music. Break on through to the other side.
I took up playing keyboard late in life. I'd like to think if I'd done that early on, who knows, I could have been a contender.

Jacob Benda, Baton Rouge, LA
Toccata by Joseph Jongen
Virgil Fox says "Jongen's Toccata sparkles and thunders, but is at the same time imbued with restless, never-dissipating energy".
I am currently studying at Louisiana State University with Dr. Herndon Spillman for a Master's degree in Organ Performance. I am originally from St. Cloud, MN.

Tom Berg, Minneapolis, MN
"Freddy's Lament" by Maureen Kane Berg and Tom Berg
This tenor solo is a comic piece from the musical "Got It Made." It is classical American musical theater, ;-) with lyrics by my wife (Maureen Kane Berg) and music by us both.
I am a law professor and currently a law school dean. My singing happens mostly in church and occasional amateur theater.

Dries Berghman, Austin, TX
Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in F# Major, Op. 87 No. 13
This is one of my favorite pieces of music. I discovered it while listening to Tatiana Nikolayeva's recording of the Preludes and Fugues and decided to play it on my Piano Diploma recital at UT-Austin. I especially love the fugue—its five voices make it a very complex piece of music but I find playing it almost like meditating.
I just graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in music composition, piano, and geography/urban studies, and I'll be starting grad school in the fall at Berkeley. While I won't be doing music in school anymore, I plan to stay very active in the musical community.

Philip Blackburn, St. Paul, MN
Absalon, Fili Mi
Heinrich Schutz: Symphoniae Sacrae 1, SWV269
A solo motet (me singing) with 4 trombones and continuo, part of a performance with my group the Lynceus (aka Hawkeye) Consort in Iowa City. This was a pick up student and community group I had in the late 80s for doing early and new choral and ensemble music for the fun (and tears) of it.
This Merry Pleasant Spring, Anon English 16c
Philip Blackburn, voice; Oleg Timofeyev, lute
This was from a church performance in Iowa City around 1988 when I was touring with Oleg giving lute song recitals in tiny midwestern colleges. It's spring now, so hey. Hark at them birds. I was a choral scholar at Cambridge and even though I am an experimental composer this was my performing outlet for some years after. No singing goals any more, Early Music has been revived now.

Cary Boyce, Bloomington, IN
Ave Maria by Cary Boyce, video by Susanne Schwibs
The performance for SATB chorus in 12 parts is by Aguava' New Music Studio conducted by Carmen Helena Tellez. This video "realization" was directed by Susanne Schwibs with support from the Indiana Arts Commission.

Cary Boyce is composer-in-residence and artistic director of the production group and new music ensemble, Aguavá New Music Studio. His music has been heard 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. Boyce's credits include original music for the soundtrack of the PBS documentary American Horizons: The Photography of Art Sinsabaugh. Boyce's music has been featured on such syndicated shows as Harmonia, Cathedral Classics with the Dale Warland Singers, Reflections with the Dale Warland Singers, Center Stage from Wolftrap, CD-Tipp (Europe), and carried by the BBC and Deutsche Welle.Cary holds a doctorate in music from Indiana University. He is active as a conductor, pianist, and singer as well.

Dave Camwell, Indianola, IA
Prelude to J.S. Bach's Partita in E Major, BWV 1005
I've always loved Bach, but as a saxophonist, had to work to find pieces that work on my instrument. I first heard this work played by violinist Nigel Kennedy and had to find a way to make it work on the saxophone!
J.S. Bach Concerto in D Minor BWV 1052, Movement 1, arranged by Dave Camwell
Another great piece of Bach that I just HAD to put on the saxophone! Performed by myself and Oasis Saxophone Quartet.

Joshua Carter, Fort Pierce, FL
Concertpiece by H. Painpare
Tuba soloist - Joshua Carter
Piano Accompanist - Ginger Phillips
This piece has always tested my breathing endurance, and has been difficult to perform, which is part of what's so intriguing about it.
I am a intriculating student at Bethune Cookman University, and i have played the tuba for 5 years. I have a strong love for music.

Encore Wind Ensemble, Roseville, MN
Albanian Dances by Shelley Hanson
Patapan by Shelley Hanson
Voices of the Sky by Samuel Hazo
Diamond Fanfare by Samuel Hazo
To Venture Into the Realm of the Unknown by Kathryn Salfelder
Shelley Hanson, a Minnesota composer in the Twin Cities, arranger, teacher, and professional musician, has an affinity for writing and performing folk music. Her band, Klezmer and All That Jazz, recorded traditional and original music for the audio book version of the Yiddish play "The Dybbuk." Ms. Hanson received a Ph.D. in Performance, Music Theory, and Music Literature from Michigan State University. She is a member of the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra and serves on the faculty of Macalester College.

Samuel R. Hazo resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife and children. In 2003, Mr. Hazo became the first composer in history to be awarded the winner of both composition contests sponsored by the National Band Association. He has served as composer-in-residence at Craig Kirchhoff's University of Minnesota Conducting Symposium and has also lectured on music and music education at universities and high schools internationally. In 2004, Mr. Hazo's compositions were listed in a published national survey of the "Top Twenty Compositions of All Time" for wind band. Recordings of his compositions appear on Klavier Records and Mark Records.

Kathryn Salfelder (b. 1987) is fast gaining national recognition as a rising young composer. Recent awards include the 2008 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize, the Ithaca College Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize, the presentation of Cathedrals at the Virginia CBDNA Symposium 34 for New Band Music, an Encore Grant from the American Composers Forum, first place in the Charles B. Olson Composition Competition sponsored by Encore Wind Ensemble, and participation in the 2006 National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project. Her most recent work for winds, Cathedrals, is now published in the Boosey & Hawkes Windependence Series and was premiered in September 2008 by Gary W. Hill and the Arizona State University Wind Bands. It will be featured in over twenty concerts throughout the United States during the 2008-2009 season.
Ms. Salfelder is currently completing a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition at The New England Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Michael Gandolfi.

The Encore Wind Ensemble is a collection of some of the Twin Cities' top instrumentalists dedicated to the performance of traditional and contemporary masterworks for band. It provides an opportunity for serious wind players and percussionists from the Minneapolis and St. Paul area to share in the highest level of musical expression and artistry.

Greenville County Youth Orchestras' Young Artist Orchestra, Greenville, SC
Symphony No. 104 in D, "London"
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By Franz Joseph Haydn
Greenville County Youth Orchestras' Young Artist Orchestra
Dr. Gary Auguste Robinson, conductor
October 2007
Peace Center for the Performing Arts' Gunter Theatre
A delightful example of Haydn's genius, Symphony no. 104 was a perfect choice to showcase the talent of GCYO's Young Artist Orchestra.
The Greenville County Youth Orchestras' Young Artist Orchestra is the premiere youth orchestra in the South Carolina upstate region. The orchestra-in-residence of Greenville School District's Fine Arts Center, it is comprised of the area's most talented high school and middle school musicians. These gifted young musicians come from area public and private schools as well as home school settings.

Brian Heim, Brownsville, MN
Prelude in F Major, Brian Heim
I made this song on at home on my computer in my room by myself with my synthesizer and my voice.
I decided to share this piece because I like the brisk, lean quality of the piece, especially the slow middle section.
I am a student, mostly self-taught when it comes to composition. I've been composing for three years and I get better at it with every new piece I write. I've played piano for 8 years, French horn for 6, and sung for 5.

Lois Herbine, Dresher, PA
Stephen Mager's Saltarello (the falcon)
Saltarello is the instrumental interlude from a song cycle for soprano, piccolo and harp titled "Illuminations" which is based on Middle English lyrics and courtly love poems. Soprano Janice Fiore and harpist Sophie Bruno Labiner accompanied me on this recital, September 27, 2007. I am the artistic director of the chamber music series "Concerts at Carmel". I call these yearly concerts "Bliss and Friends" because my maiden name is Bliss and because I'm happy to be performing with my friends who are some of the finest musicians around. Sophie and I selected Stephen Mager's work both for the concert and the recording because it says a great deal about us as musicians. All three of us enjoy performing and premiering new works. Some are written for us individually and some are written for larger organizations where we perform. Sophie and I recorded the Saltarello previously on the Crystal label. The live performance recording of the complete song cycle was released on the DTR label November, 2008.
My name is Lois Bliss Herbine and I am a professional piccoloist. I want to promote the piccolo as a solo instrument which can offer both a beautiful and a unique voice. I think some potential audience members might question the artistry of a solo piccolo, that is, until they hear it.

Bryan Hitchcock, Hudson, WI
Name is Glim by Bryan Hitchcock
I made this song on at home on my computer in my room by myself with my synthesizer and my voice.
I am an art student at the Universty of Wisconsin - River Falls. I have been making music for a long time, with my friends and by myself. My favorite instruments to play would be the guitar and synth. However, I really consider the synth to be more of a musical tool than an instrument. I started recording music in early high school, and have been obsessed with it ever since. I have a lot of music that I've made—this is just one track & one style--but I haven't really sent it to many people. I am excited to possibly get some feedback from new people with different musical knowledge and experiences. :)

Christopher Houlihan, Hartford, CT
Con moto maestoso, from Sonata No. 3 in A Major, by Felix Mendelssohn
This is a video recording from an organ recital I played on the landmark Austin organ in the Trinity College Chapel (Hartford, CT) in October 2008. The work is from Mendelssohn's Six Sonatas for the organ.

Charles Hulin, Murfreesboro, NC
von Suppe/Brunner: Poet and Peasant
I performed this work on a recital at the University of Richmond entitled "Blessed are the Poor" which was the first in a series of recitals exploring the sayings of Jesus' Beatitudes through music. The Beatitude project inspired me to expand my repertoire in new and unexpected ways such as playing Poet and Peasant, which I have never even considered as a possible piano piece before!
I am a graduate of Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School of Music. I am currently teaching at Chowan University and coordinate the Lasker Summer Music Festival, a festival that supports classical musicians who are Christians in the integration of their faith and art.
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13
I performed this work on a recital at the University of Richmond entitled "Blessed are the Poor" which was the first in a series of recitals exploring the sayings of Jesus' Beatitudes through music.
Be Thou My Vision by Charles J. Hulin IV: Jeremy McEntire, flute; Charles Hulin, piano
I. Vision
II. Wisdom
III. Inheritance
IV. Victory
I wrote this work for my good friend, Jeremy McEntire. Each movement is a musical expression of the central idea of a different verse of the hymn text, and the basic musical ideas come from the hymn's tune and harmonies. This recording was the premiere performance and took place during the Lasker Summer Music Festival in 2008.

Esme Hurlburt, Delray Beach, FL
'Quando Men Vo" by Puccini
This was a video taken when Esme first began her voice lessons at age 13. It is her favorite piece.

Esme is now 14 and coming along beautifully. Her dream is to become a world-class opera singer. She plays piano and violin, but her real gift is her voice. She has been taking vocal class for almost 2 years now and finds it to be the highlight of her week. She is a freshman in HS in Boca Raton, Fl. Watch

Daniel Immel, Ruston, LA
Prelude to J.S. Bach's Partita in E Major, BWV 1005
This is a performance I gave in the Spring of 2008 here on the Faculty Concert Series at Louisiana Tech University. I discovered Fazil Say's Black Earth after some independent research, and found the piece to be one of the most unique creations for contemporary piano literature I've ever heard. I selected it because I believe it combines rhapsodic and jazz elements, as well as prepared piano techniques; a combination that is unusual yet daring.

Christopher Johnson, Bloomington, IN
Come away, come away death by Gerald Finzi Watch
Fear no more the heat o' the sun by Gerald Finzi Watch
Christopher Johnson, baritone; Davis Hart, piano
This is a video from my Masters recital at the Jacobs School of Music. I have always enjoyed Finzi, and wanted to perform us great work "Let us Garlands Bring op. 18" of which this piece is the first in the set of 5.
I am just finishing my M.M. in vocal performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. I am originally from Billings, MT and start studying voice at the age of 16, and attended Montana State University in Bozeman for my undergraduate education. My primary goal is to be able to be a completely self-sufficient musician in whatever realm available (teaching, performing, etc).

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