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Philip Lasser, Director
Composition, Analysis, Counterpoint
Philip Lasser is a visionary composer native to French and American traditions. His music, direct and undisguised, creates a unique sound world that blends together the colorful harmonies of French Impressionist sonorities and the dynamic rhythms and characteristics of American music.
In 1979, he entered Nadia Boulanger’s famed Ecole d’Arts Americaines in Fontainebleau, France, where he began to establish his connection to the French lineage. Following his studies at Harvard College, Lasser lived in Paris, where he worked with Boulanger’s closest colleague and disciple, Narcis Bonet, and legendary pianist Gaby Casadesus. He received his master’s degree from Columbia University while studying with René Leibowitz’s disciple, Jacques-Louis Monod, and his doctorate at The Juilliard School, where he worked with David Diamond. Since 1994, Lasser has been a distinguished member of the faculty of The Juilliard School. He is also the director of the European American Music Alliance (EAMA), a school dedicated to training young composers, chamber musicians, and conductors in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger.
Lasser’s works can be heard on the Sony Classical, Telarc, New World, Crystal, and BMG RCA/Red Seal labels. His works have been performed worldwide by artists such as Simone Dinnerstein, Zuill Bailey, Susanna Phillips, Elizabeth Futral, Margo Garrett, and Cho-Liang Lin, as well as the Atlanta, Seattle, and Colorado symphonies, and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Kyle Blaha received his D.M.A. and M.M. from Juilliard and his B.M. from Eastman School of Music with high distinction in composition, clarinet, and German. He has studied composition with Darrell Handel, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Carlos Sanchez Gutierrez, Samuel Adler, Philip Lasser, and Robert Beaser and Solfège with Mary Anthony Cox. He is the Artistic director of the Composition Program with the New York Youth Symphony and Ear Training faculty at The Juilliard School in the College, Evening, and Pre-College divisions. He has received multiple ASCAP Young Composer Awards and awards for study in German, including a Fulbright grant and a D.A.A.D. (German government) grant as well as Arabic study in Cairo, Egypt. His work has been premiered by the Juilliard Orchestra and multiple performances by the New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute and has received commissions from the New York Youth Symphony, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the New Juilliard Ensemble, and the American Composers Orchestra.
Narcís Bonet was born in Barcelona on January 22, 1933. He is the son of the architect Lluís Bonet Garí who built the façade of Gaudí’s Basillica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family. His brother, Jordi Bonet Armengol, is the current chief architect at the Basilica.
Narcís Bonet gave his first public performance at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona at the age of 13, both as composer and pianist. In 1948, Ekitay Ahn, the conductor of the Majorca Symphony Orchestra commissioned his first symphonic work,La vaca cega, that was performed in the main theatre.
After studying in Barcelona with Eduard Toldrá, Joan Massiá, Joan Llongeres, Emili Pujol and Lluís M. Millet, he moved to Paris to continue his musical studies with Nadia Boulanger and later studies in conducting with Igor Markevitch.
In 1952 and again in 1953, Bonet received the first prize in composition from the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau where he would later become director, succeeding Nadia Boulanger. In 1958, following a recommendation from Darius Milhaud, he received the composition prize from the Copley Foundation of Chicago.
His rich musical career has included composition, accompaniment, conducting, organization and administration for various musical projects. In addition, he has devoted himself to teaching while always playing an active role in the promotion of Catalan culture.
Narcís Bonet has received many composition prizes and commissions and was president of the Jeunesses Musicales in Barcelona and the international federation of Jeunesses Musicales. He was the representative for the International Council on Music for UNESCO and produced musical programming for Spanish language radio programs in France. He was technical secretary for the Orchestra and Choir of Spanish radio and television, consultant for the Opera Festival in Madrid, musical consultant for the Dotacio d’Art Castellblanch in Barcelona, and assistant director at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. In addition, he collaborated with Igor Markevitch on his analytical edition of Beethoven’s 9 Symphonies (Van de Velde) and has published several pedagogical works.
Narcís Bonet regularly chairs or sits on juries for many international competitions in composition and piano and continues his activities as a professor at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Schola Cantorum. He is a professor for the summer program and festival for composition and chamber music held each year in Paris, the European American Musical Alliance (E.A.M.A) as well as various master-classes throughout Europe and the United States.
He is a member of the musical council for the Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation, the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Foundation and the Catalan Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He is Commandeur dans l’ordre du merite culturel , ordre de Saint Charles and ordre des Grimaldi de la Principaute de Monaco. He has received the Croix de Saint-Georges from the Catalan government and is an officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Letters of France.
Benjamin C.S. Boyle
Analysis, Keyboard Harmony, Counterpoint
Benjamin C.S. Boyle’s work encompasses a large variety of genres including opera, orchestral music, chamber music, choral music, art songs, and works for piano. Works have been commissioned and performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Lyric Opera, Montreal Chamber Orchestra, the Kobe City Orchestra, the Crossing Choir and many others the world over. In 2008, at the piano, he gave the US premiere of his Sonata-Fantasy with violinist Tim Fain at the Kennedy Center in Washington and Merkin Hall in New York. In 2005, Bachanalia Orchestra premiered the Cantata To One in Paradise for string orchestra and four vocal soloists in New York. He is a First Prize winner of the Young Concert Artists international composition competition. He is particularly noted for his composition of art songs. A compendium of these works (Complete Songs and Melodies 1998-2014) including some 60 songs was published in 2016 by Rassel Editions.
Performers who champion his music include tenor Bryan Hymel, baritone Randall Scarlata, soprano Irini Kyriakidou, marimbist Makoto Nakura, soprano Kiera Duffy, flutist Mimi Stillman, harpist Emmanuel Ceysson, the Daedalus Quartet, pianists Laura Ward, JJ Penna, and Marcantonio Barone, and conductors Donald Nally and Mark Shapiro.
Major commissions in the 2017-2018 season: Singing City (Supplice, full choir, 15 mins), Lyric Fest (Spirits in Bondage, baritone and piano, 30 mins), The Crossing Choir (Cantata No. 2: Voyages, choir and orchestra, 30 mins), Makoto Nakura (Variations on a Bach Chorale, solo marimba, 18 mins).
His music is published by Rassel Editions. It is broadcast nationally on NPR, Sirius, Pandora, and many other platforms and has been featured on Performance Today. Recordings of his Sonata-Cantilena and Three Carols for Wintertide are available from Innova Records. His song-cycle Lenoriana, with Elem Eley and JJ Penna was released on Affetto in late 2015. Upcoming recordings will include Le passage des reves with Randall Scarlata, Spirits in Bondage with Dan Teadt, and Les bois du paradis with Makoto Nakura with Dr. Boyle at the piano.
His formative studies in composition, harmony, counterpoint, and analysis were under the guidance of Dr. Philip Lasser of the Juilliard School. He was trained in the method of Nadia Boulanger has been the Associate Director of the Nadia Boulanger Institute of the European American Musical Alliance since 2003.
At the age of 25, Dr. Boyle was the youngest person ever to receive a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Composition, after completing a M.M. from The Peabody Conservatory and a B.M. from the University of South Florida where he studied piano with Robert Helps. Past composition teachers of his include Narcis Bonet, David del Tredici, Christopher Theofanidis, Lukas Foss, and Nicholas Maw.
Reviews of Dr. Boyle’s music have been published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer,The Washington Times, The New York Concert Review, and many other publications.
Dr. Boyle is Faculty in Composition, Keyboard Harmony, Counterpoint, and Analysis at the EAMA Nadia Boulanger Institutein Paris. He maintains a lively private studio in Philadelphia and around the world via Skype. He runs Analysis Salon, a lecture series now in its third season. He was formerly a professor of composition and music theory at Westminster Choir College, St. Joseph’s University, and Temple University.
David Conte (b. 1955) is the composer of over one hundred works published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company, including six operas, a musical, works for chorus, solo voice, orchestra, chamber music, organ, piano, guitar, and harp. He has received commissions from Chanticleer, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Dayton, Oakland and Stockton Symphonies, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, the American Guild of Organists, Sonoma City Opera and the Gerbode Foundation. In 2007 he received the Raymond Brock commission from the American Choral Directors Association. His six operas are The Dreamers; The Gift of the Magi; Firebird Motel and America Tropical (both commissioned by San Francisco theater company Thick Description, for whom Conte has been Composer-In-Residence since 1991); Famous, based on the book Famous for 15 Minutes – My Years with Andy Warhol by Ultra Violet; and Stonewall. Conte‘s operas have been produced at the Berlin International Opera, USC, University of Minnesota, Hidden Valley (Carmel CA), and many other colleges, universities, and regional companies. He has composed songs for singers Barbara Bonney, Thomas Hampson and Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and his work is represented on many commercial CD recordings. His musical, The Passion of Rita St. James, was produced at the San Francisco Conservatory in 2003. David Conte co-wrote the film score for the acclaimed documentary Ballets Russes, shown at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals in 2005, and composed the music for the PBS documentary, Orozco: Man of Fire, shown on the American Masters Series in the fall of 2007. In 1982, Conte lived and worked with Aaron Copland while preparing a study of the composer’s sketches, having received a Fulbright Fellowship for study with Copland’s teacher Nadia Boulanger in Paris, where he was one of her last students. He was also recipient of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Fellowship and an Aspen Music Festival Conducting Fellowship. David Conte earned his Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University, where he studied with Wallace DePue, and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Cornell University, where he studied with Karel Husa and Steven Stucky. He is Professor of Composition and Chair of the Composition Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has taught at Cornell University, Keuka College, Colgate University and Interlochen. In 2010 he was appointed to the composition faculty of the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, and in 2011 he joined the board of the American Composers Forum. In 2014 he was named Composer in Residence with Cappella SF, a professional chorus in San Francisco.
Score Reading, Counterpoint, Keyboard Harmony
The music of Lane Harder has been called “vibrant,” “highly-crafted,” (Percussive Notes) “dramatic,” “aggressive and engaging” (Austin American Statesman) and “meditative” (American Record Guide). Recent performances of his music have been by Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Orchestra, Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Opera Theatre, University of Texas New Music Ensemble, CLUTCH Wind Ensemble (UT), marimbist Makoto Nakura (Young Concert Artists), soprano Rebecca Siler (Opera Philadelphia), The Ju Percussion Group, the University of Georgia Governor Honors Program Percussion Ensemble, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra Percussion Ensemble and many percussion ensembles in North America, Europe and Asia. His music has appeared on programs at the 2004, 2012 and 2013 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and the 2008 Percussion Master Series in Taipei. His performances and his original music appear on the Albany, Gasparo, and bu.hanan record labels. His music is published by KPP and Rassel Editions of New York. Harder’s music has been recognized with multiple awards from ASCAP as well as awards from NACUSA, Voices of Change, the Percussive Arts Society, The Florence Gould Foundation and the Texas Music Teachers Association.
Major studies in counterpoint, harmony, and analysis have been with composer and theorist Dr. Philip Lasser. Composition teachers include Narcis Bonet, Michel Merlet, Donald Grantham, Dan Welcher, Chris Theofanidis, Robert Keeley, Ross Lorraine, Kevin Hanlon and Simon Sargon. Harder holds degrees from Southern Methodist University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Texas, and he completed a year of resident study at Kings College London. He recently served as a Graduate Fellow for Texas Performing Arts, a position made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A composer, percussionist and teacher living in Dallas, Harder teaches composition and music theory at Southern Methodist University. He has recently served as Assistant Director of Music at Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas and as an adjunct faculty member of the Peabody Institute and Johns Hopkins University. He further serves on the faculty and administration of the European American Musical Alliance Summer Program in Paris, France, where he teaches counterpoint, keyboard harmony and score reading courses and serves as Program Coordinator. Harder is a member of ASCAP, NACUSA, and CMS and currently serves on the Percussive Arts Society Composition Committee
Born in St. Brieuc, Michel Merlet studied at the Conservatoire Superiere de Paris winning first prizes in clavecin, chamber music, counterpoint, composition, and analysis (the latter in the class of Olivier Messiaen). He has also won numerous prizes including the Prix de Rome, premiere grand prix international de la guilde du disque, premiere prix Pineau-Chaillou, prix Jacques Durand, prix Chartier, prix Stéphane Chapelier, SACEM, and the prix international de Naples.
His works are published by Billaudot, Choudens, E.F.M., Heugel, Leduc, Transatlantique, and Editions Rassel. His music has been performed by many of the greatest orchestras, conductors, and performers worldwide. He has also taught composition in France at the Conservatoire Superiere de Paris and the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris as well as in Japan, China, and Greece.
Michel Merlet is a Knight of Arts and Letters (France) and a member of the French Legion of Honor.
Emile Naoumoff has been likened to both Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein as a pianist, displaying — as one critic remarked — the fire of the former and the poetry of the latter. He was also signed as a composer at age 18 — the youngest on their roster — with the music publisher Schott, Mainz. Emile revealed himself as a musical prodigy at age five, taking up the piano and adding composition to his studies a year later. At the age of seven, after a fateful meeting in Paris, he became the last disciple of Nadia Boulanger, who referred to him as “The gift of my old age”. He studied with her until her death in late 1979. During this auspicious apprenticeship, Mlle. Boulanger gave him the opportunity to work with Clifford Curzon, Igor Markevitch, Robert and Gaby Casadesus, Nikita Magaloff, Jean Francaix, Leonard Bernstein, Soulima Stravinsky, Aram Khachaturian and Yehudi Menhuin. Lord Menhuin conducted the premiere of Emile’s first piano concerto, with the composer as a soloist when he was ten years old. At the same time, he pursued studies at the Paris Conservatory with Lelia Gousseau, Pierre Sancan, Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux, as well as at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with Pierre Dervaux (conducting).
Upon the death of Mlle. Boulanger, Emile took over her classes at the summer sessions of the Conservatoire d’Art Americain in Fontainebleau. He was later appointed at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Paris.
Emile is regularly invited by the world’s premier orchestras: the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony in Washington, Moscow Symphony, NHK Symphony, the Residentie Orkest of the Hague, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Camerata Bern, and has worked closely with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Igor Markevitch, Leonard Slatkin, Mstislav Rostropovich and Eliahu Inbal. He has also collaborated with musicians including Jean-Pierre Rampal, Gerard Souzay, Yo-Yo Ma, Gary Hoffman, Olivier Charlier, Patrice Fontanarosa, Regis Pasquier, Philippe Graffin, Philippe Bernold, Gerard Caussé, Jean Ferrandis, Dominique de Williencourt and the Fine Arts Quartet.
Some highlights of his performing career include a performance of the Grieg Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and his own piano concerto version of Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich. In recent years Emile has been invited to numerous music festivals such as San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s Menuhin Seminars, Santander Summer Masterclasses, Verbier Academy Festival, the Banff Center, and residencies at Conservatory of Barcelona (ESMUC). In 1996, he opened his own summer academy at the Château de Rangiport in Gargenville, France, in the spirit of Nadia Boulanger.
Since 1998, Emile is a professor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is an avid composer of French mélodies, and is known for his mastery in transcribing music for the piano. Emile maintains a video journal of daily improvisations on his YouTube channel.
Keyboard Harmony, Musicianship, Counterpoint
Teddy completed a Doctor of Music degree in Music Composition in 2010 from Indiana University, where he studied with Claude Baker and David Dzubay. He earned two degrees in Music Composition (Master of Music and Bachelor of Music) from The Juilliard School as a student of John Corigliano, Samuel Adler, and Robert Beaser.
Teddy has received commissions from the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, Minnesota Youth Symphonies, Jasper String Quartet, New Juilliard Ensemble, Minnesota Symphonic Winds, Philomusica Chamber Orchestra of Minneapolis, Roosevelt University CCPA Wind Ensemble, Sheridan String Quartet, Sejong Cultural Society of Chicago, Gaudete Brass, Da Capo Chamber Alliance, Western Kentucky University, EAMA Chorale, and Hidden Valley Music Seminars. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States and in England, France, Germany, Ireland, Kosovo, Moldova, South Korea, and Japan. His music has aired multiple times on Chicago’s WFMT 98.7 FM. In 2011 he was nominated for the annual composition competition of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
As composer and pianist, Teddy has collaborated with such established artists as Thomas Stacy (New York Philharmonic), Robert Walters (Cleveland Orchestra), Elaine Douvas (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Linda Strommen (Indiana University), Roger Roe (Indianapolis Symphony), April Clayton (Brigham Young University), Daniel Stolper (Interlochen Arts Center), Nicholas Stovall (National Symphony), Meng-Chieh Liu (Curtis Institute), Jennifer Berg (San Antonio Symphony), David Conte (San Francisco Conservatory), and Nathan Mills (Grant Park Festival Orchestra). Teddy publishes his own compositions as a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). Teddy’s Wikipedia page can be viewed here.
Score Reading, Chorale, Director of Conducting
The versatile conductor Mark Shapiro is at home with orchestras, choruses, and opera. He is unique among North American conductors for having won a prestigious ASCAP Programming Award five times, at the helm of three different ensembles.
Shapiro’s conducting has been praised by The New York Times as “insightful”; the Times has also cited his work for its “virtuosity and assurance,” as well as its “uncommon polish.” The New Jersey Star-Ledger characterized Shapiro’s artistic vision as “erudite and far-reaching.”
Shapiro is Music Director of the Prince Edward Island Symphony and The Cecilia Chorus of New York, which performs in Carnegie Hall, and Artistic Director of Cantori New York. He has been a frequent guest conductor of the chamber orchestra Nova Sinfonia in Halifax, and led the Bridgeport Symphony in a concert featuring the noted Metropolitan Opera soprano Harolyn Blackwell. He has appeared three times with Juilliard Vocal Arts, and has conducted opera for American Opera Projects, The Center for Contemporary Opera, Underworld Opera, and The Opera Company of Middlebury.
With Cantori New York Shapiro has conducted national, local and world premieres by an impressive roster of international composers. Cantori has been presented at the Metropolitan Opera House by American Ballet Theater, at Avery Fisher Hall by Great Performers at Lincoln Center, at Le Poisson Rouge by Gotham Early Music Festival and Music at the Anthology, at Zankel Hall by American Opera Projects, and in other venues by presenters including World Financial Center Arts& Events and Teatro Grattacielo. Cantori has released four commercial recordings, on the Albany, Arsis, Newport Classics, and PGM labels. The group’s recording of Frank Martin’s oratorio Le vin herbé was an Opera News Editor’s Choice.
Cantori’s distinguished collaborators include Michael Tilson Thomas, Sasha Cooke, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett, Obie Award winner Kathleen Chalfant, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Armin Jordan.
Shapiro has been heard on PBS, conducting the soundtrack for Ric Burns’ special on New York City, as well as on radio stations WQXR and WNYC and Sirius Satellite Radio. He was a guest conductor for Works&Process at the Guggenheim Museum, and for the New York Art Ensemble at Merkin Hall. His recording of Michael Dellaira’s opera Chéri, featuring Marni Nixon, was released on Albany Records.
Frequently in demand as a master teacher, consultant and clinician, Shapiro has taught under the auspices of the Grammy-winning ensemble Conspirare, Chorus America, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His ten-day workshop at the triennial Choralies festival in Vaison-la-Romaine, France, culminated in a sold-out performance in the 5000-seat Roman amphitheater.
Shapiro teaches instrumental conducting at the Juilliard School (evening division) and has been a long-time faculty member of Mannes College the New School for Music. An Associate Professor of Music at LIU Post, he maintains an active schedule as a narrator and pre-concert speaker. He has lectured about Music and Mind at The New Jersey Institute of Technology, and has taught courses in this subject at the New School.