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Wilson Thomas, Lander, WY
The Everlasting Argument by Mrs. Hammer's Fifth Graders
This is an original song written and arranged as a group project by a fifth grade class which couldn't agree on any songwriting ideas (or anything else, for that matter). So we finally decided to go with that. Since the video quality deteriorated when posted online, I will share what the signs say. Verse 1 is "Football vs. Soccer." Verse 2 is "PCs vs. Macs." Verse 3 is "Pirates vs. Ninjas." Verse 4 is "Sprite vs. 7up."
I am a K-6 music teacher in Lander Wyoming. My personal music background tends toward the Celtic, Classical, and Folk styles. South Elementary is a public school with a very creative and supportive staff and administration. Kids are shown by example that it is OK to take risks and attempt the unusual. My goal, as a music teacher, is for kids to leave my program knowing that they don't need magical powers to create great music; they just need a few tools and an willingness to travel. This is our fourth year doing a song writing project.
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Shawn Tolley, Spokane, WA
The Soldier by Shawn Tolley
This is a recording of an art song I wrote based on a poem by Rupert Brooke. It is performed by Noree Johnson (soprano) and Keith Peterson (piano). It is supposed to show the contrast between the cubist and realist art styles of the early twentieth century with the vocal part representing realism and the piano cubism.
I am a freshly graduated composer and music educator from Whitworth University. My father played piano, my brothers violin and cello, and my sister the trombone. Since I was young my father encouraged me to play music and strive for my dreams. I played trumpet in high school and wrote my first piece during my junior and senior years at Tehachapi High School. That piece was performed by the band and won me a scholarship to Whitworth. While at Whitworth I held two recitals and started the Whitworth Composers festival now in its second year.
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Nadia Veremchuk, Sarasota, FL
1) Sing Out This Maytime- Schein/Liebergen 2) Great Day- Traditional/Dilworth 3) Sing We and Chant It- Russell Robinson 4) Still, Still, Still- Norman Luboff 5) Madrigal "Fa La La"- Russell Robinson
This is the Sarasota Middle School Honor Choir directed by Nadia Veremchuk.
I am the director of the Sarasota Middle School Choir. The Sarasota Middle Schoo Honor Choir consists of students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. The students rehearse once a week for one hour, before school. Students of the SMS Honor Choir love to sing and perform!
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Tony Villecco, Sarasota, FL
Aria: 'Where'er you Walk' Handel: "Semele"
Aria: 'Dalla sua pace' Mozart from "Don Giovanni"
I am a classical tenor. This was from a benefit recital I did last summer. The pianist is John Isenberg. Mozart and Handel are well suited to my light tenor.
I have sung since age 11 as a boy soprano! I am an independent musician; tenor soloist. Was a music minor in college and have studied voice practically all my life. My goal is to someday have a full time career as a singer.
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Henry Warner, Tallahassee, FL
The Giving Tree Henry Warner
The Giving Tree was composed on commission from the School of Ballet West and performed in Salt Lake City in 1987. There are 5 main sections of the music interspersed with 2 short Interludes which depict a passage of time:
Spirit of the Tree
The Boy
King of the Forest
Interlude
Teenaged Boy
Interlude
Felling of the Tree

I have been writing music since I was a teenager. Songs, Musicals, Ballet music, Piano and Orchestral pieces. I studied Composition with Paul Newell and Byron Arnold at the University of Alabama. I Majored in Physics at Florida State University with the objective of creating an electronic orchestra. Fortunately, MIDI happened!
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Sonata for Orchestra by Henry Warner
The Sonata is an early work, composed in 1949 and performed by the University of Alabama Symphony. It won the Composition Award from the Southeastern Composers League. It is performed as one Movement, but fractal-like ... the 2nd theme can serve as the Slow Movement, the Development section is like a scherzo, and the Recapitulation serves as the 4th Movement.
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Potpourri for Piano & Orchestra by Henry Warner
I refer to my MachFive as the Lanark Village Symphony. The Potpourri for Piano & Orchestra is one of my more recent compositions ... in which I 'perform' all of the music.
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Alyson and Christiana Williams, Salt Lake City, UT
Fairyland for Soprano, French Horn and Piano. Composer Patrick O'Shea
This piece was commissioned for my two daughters Alyson (French Horn) and Christiana (Soprano). I love the combination of voice, horn and piano. They chose a text from Edgar Allen Poe called Fairyland. The piece was composed by Patrick O'Shea. Patrick is the director of choirs at St. Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota. He and I sang together with the La Crosse Chamber Chorale. Patrick composed some pieces for our Words to Music project and they were really great. The piece is modern, but really sets the mood for the text. Very challenging for young musicians to perform, but I think they did a great job. It is a wonderful addition to the literature for voice, horn and piano. The performance is from June of 2004 when Christiana had her senior high school recital. Elizabeth Fox is playing the piano.
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Marc Williams, Salt Lake City, UT
Effie for Soprano, French Horn and Piano
As I said in my profile, one of the great joys of my life is performing music with my family. This is a performance from my younger daughter Christiana's High School Senior Recital (June 8, 2004). Christiana is singing soprano, my older daughter Alyson is playing French Horn and I am playing piano (fortunately the part was quite easy). Christiana has now graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in choral music education. She is married and lives in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She performs with the LaCrosse Chamber Chorale and recently soloed in the Hadyn Seven Last Words.

Alyson graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with degrees in Music History and Spanish Literature. She is back in Madison in graduate school getting Masters degrees in Latin American studies and International Library Science. She sings and plays in the brass ensemble at Luther Memorial Church and does some freelancing. I'm glad that music is still an important part of their lives.
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Sonate Bassoon and Piano composed by Paul Hindemith; Bryan Stanley, piano
I. Liecht bewegt
One might well ask why I chose to "borrow" the Bassoon Sonata (1938) by Hindemith when his Trombone Sonata (1941) is one of the most well known and frequently performed pieces in the trombone repertoire. There are two reasons. First, any experienced accompanist knows to avoid the Trombone Sonata due to the prolonged recovery from the one performance that was agreed to before looking at the score. The more important reason is that trombonists are natural kleptomaniacs. We steal shamelessly from everyone. I began to entertain thoughts of purloining the Bassoon Sonata after my bassoonist daughter performed the piece. It is a wonderful piece, much quieter than any of the brass sonatas with great melodies that encourage musical expression. It is nominally in two movements, although the second movement consists of three distinct sections, a slow song, a march and a final longing refrain. It is quiet, contemplative, distinctly Hindemith, has a piano part that can be played without risk of rupturing a tendon and really sounds much better on the trombone!
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Sonate Bassoon and Piano Paul Hindemith; Bryan Stanley, piano
II. Langsam-Marsch-Beschluss, Pastorale-Ruhig
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Morceau Symphonique for Trombone and Piano composed by Alexandre Guilmant
This performance was from a recital on May 24, 2006. The pianist is Bryan Stanley. This piece is a standard in the trombone repertoire and offers a variety of stylistic challenges along with rich musical opportunities and a few chances to show off.
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The Insoluble Persists composed by Jonathan Santore
This work was performed at the LaCrosse New Music Festival on November 14, 2002. Pamela Kelly was the pianist. I selected this piece because it had beautiful lyrical sections with interesting harmonies interspersed with complex rhythmic sections that are energizing and very difficult to coordinate between the trombone and piano. The composer uses a very interesting technique at the beginning and end, where the trombonist plays the organizing motif into the body of the piano while the sustain pedal is depressed. This results in sympathetic resonance from the piano strings and a chord that 'persists' that reflects the unresolved (or insoluble) motif. A very interesting piece that audiences enjoy.
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Mass composed by Tim Risher
This performance is by the LaCrosse Trombone Quartet: James Wheat, Marc Williams, Mark Lakmann Tenor Trombones; Ross Lewton Bass Trombone. It was performed at the La Crosse New Music Festival on November 14, 2002. Our group selected this piece because it was technically demanding, involved creation of a variety of interesting sounds using mutes, quarter tones, aleatoric improvisation and extended techniques. It is an energetic and a very disturbing work. It was very rewarding to learn and perform the piece.
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Elisha Willinger, Lake Worth, FL
Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Third Movement
Dreyfoos Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor, Wendell Simmons Clarinet, Elisha Willinger This performance is with the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Philharmonic Orchestra for their Spring concert. The Dreyfoos School of the Arts is an arts high school in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 1 was selected through a concerto competition hosted by the school. I selected the piece because of how difficult and technically challenging it is, yet it is a very fun piece to play and allows much room to be musical.
Currently I'm a high school Junior at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. In addition to clarinet, I play saxophone, and I hope to pursue a career in music.
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Lior Willinger, Lake Worth, FL
Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian/Greg Anderson
Lior Willinger, piano (primo) Daniel Manesh, piano (secondo) Danny and I performed this fun arrangement of the well-known work from Khachaturian's ballet Gayane last year for our school's piano duo recital. I contacted Greg Anderson about his arrangement, and he responded saying, "the wild tossing of limbs are what the piece is about! The unabashed desire to make a mess out of the keyboard should outweigh any desire to play the correct notes...The piece represents everything hectic, wild, and crazy; to that end, throw all semblance of precision and control out the window!"
Daniel Manesh and I attend the Dreyfoos High School of the Arts. Danny is going to be a senior next year, and I will be a junior. I also play oboe and jazz piano. We both plan to major in music performance in collegiate studies. We love playing duets and believe that playing with a friend is a great way to enjoy music and have fun. Recently, we put on a piano duo concert to raise money for our school's arts programs and played this piece as an encore. We hope to put on more recitals in the future.
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Jennifer Winn, Ewing, NJ
"Chi il bel sognio di Doretta" from Puccini's La Rondine
This performance was September 16, 2007 Bloomfield NJ with South Mountain Theater works. Lynda Saponara is at the piano. There are more recent performances on my youtube/web page, but I adore this aria. Simple, sweet beautiful music.
I have been singing classically since high school, and hold a Master's degree in Voice Performance from the University of Memphis, and a Bachelor's from SUNY Fredonia. Like so many singers, I sing at a professional level, but can hardly call myself a professional musician when my income comes from various temp jobs and teaching when I have time. I've done some things that I am extremely proud of — a world premere opera last year, and 2 Regional MET National council awards to name a few — but all of it is very fleeting. I often refer to my singing as an addiction. A part of me that will never be fully satiated, and that I am continually compelled to pursue at whatever cost. I suppose my goal would be to reach the point where my art would fund itself. Till then, I will keep putting myself out there as much as possible, and work my day-job to pay my bills.
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Scott Witherow, Elizabeth City, NC
Daydreams by Scott Witherow
This piece for solo piano was composed some years ago by myself. I recorded it on 15 May 2009 for submission into My Performance Today.

I am an Avionics electronics technician in the United States Coast Guard, and a proud father of three. I have been studying piano since the age of 12. I took private lessons from Prof. James Ramos at the University of Redlands, California for about 5 and a half years. After my graduation from the CMTA program and high school, I joined the Coast Guard and my music studies halted for about a year. I resumed playing piano, and percussion in 2007, and have been teaching with the Pasquotank Arts Council in Elizabeth City for a number of months. I intend to earn a degree in music composition, and write music as a freelance artist, or write for movies, and video games. Listen

Alex Wroten, Greenville, SC
Zukunftsanqst by Alex Wroten (b. 1986)
Greenville County Youth Orchestras' Young Artist Orchestra
Dr. Gary Auguste Robinson, conductor
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Peace Center for the Performing Arts' Gunter Theatre
Greenville, SC
This was the premiere performance of Zukunftsangst. It was written in the summer of 2008 by Greenville County Schools' Fine Arts Center alum Alex Wroten for GCYO's Young Artist Orchestra. The title Zukunftsangst, (roughly translated, "worrying about the future",) might have been descriptive of the young composers state of mind in the summer of 2008 as he looked toward his senior year as a composition major at The University of South Carolina School of Music. Alex has since graduated from USC and will be continuing his music studies at Dartmouth College in the fall.
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Clark Yost, Edina, MN
My Walk Across Spain by Clark Yost
Recorded at home on Sony acid program. I play steel string acoustic guitar with midi instruments accompanying. I thought this piece would be appropriate for what you are looking for.
I am a 59 year old artist composer and musician living in extreme poverty in Minnesota.
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Jeff Zhang, Maple Grove, MN
M. Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso
This was a performances from a concert at Minnesota Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis in May 2009. Jeff is a 13 year old, Minnesota-born young pianist and currently is studying at a high school in Plymouth MN. Jeff competes locally and nationally with his established music repertoires and has won top prizes. He has been studying piano with Mr. Alexander Braginsky.
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F. Chopin: Etude #1, Op 10
This was a performances from a concert at Sundin Hall, Hamline University in St. Paul in March 2009. Jeff is a 13 year old, Minnesota-born young pianist and currently is studying at a high school in Plymouth MN. Jeff competes locally and nationally with his established music repertoires and has won top prizes. He has been studying piano with Mr. Alexander Braginsky.
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F. Chopin: Etude #2, Op 10
This was a performances from a concert at Sundin Hall, Hamline University in St. Paul in March 2009. Jeff is a 13 year old, Minnesota-born young pianist and currently is studying at a high school in Plymouth MN. Jeff competes locally and nationally with his established music repertoires and has won top prizes. He has been studying piano with Mr. Alexander Braginsky.
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L.V. Beethoven: 32 Variations in c Minor WoO 80
This was a performances from a concert at Sundin Hall, Hamline University in St. Paul in March 2009. Jeff is a 13 year old, Minnesota-born young pianist and currently is studying at a high school in Plymouth MN. Jeff competes locally and nationally with his established music repertoires and has won top prizes. He has been studying piano with Mr. Alexander Braginsky.
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Mauris Ravel: Alborada del Graciozo - #4 from Mirror
Jeff is a 13 year old, Minnesota-born young pianist and currently is studying at a high school in Plymouth MN. Jeff competes locally and nationally with his established music repertoires and has won top prizes. He has been studying piano with Mr. Alexander Braginsky.
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