Thad Anderson is a member of the percussion faculty at The University of Central Florida. In addition to the percussion area, he also teaches courses in music composition and technology. Anderson is a versatile performer and pedagogue with interests that span contemporary music, historic percussion ensemble literature, design, conducting, and technology.
Anderson specializes in the creation and performance of new music through commissioning and collaborating with composers. Some of these projects have produced new works by Paul Lansky, Zack Browning, Jonathan Kolm, John Serry, Martin Bresnick, Halim El-Dabh, Travis Jeffords, as well as the Collide Festival and Series at UCF. Also active as a composer, Anderson wrote and recorded the soundtrack for the award winning documentary film Standard Deviation. Anderson self-publishes through +Two Media (www.plustwomedia.com).
My life revolves around music. I love to sing, dance, play the trumpet, guitar, and ukelele, listen to music, and create new music. I especially love to do any of these things with other people!
After spending most of my adolescence in a small town of roughly 5,000 people, I made a big move from Watseka, IL. to Orlando, FL. in 1999 to study Music Education. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2003 and enjoyed 10 years of teaching children how to experience and appreciate music as well as express themselves through it.
I got my own chance to express my musical ideas when I wrote my first piece of digital music for the mobile game Stack’R in 2013. By 2014, I quit teaching and became the audio director at Outhouse Games. I have now written music for video games and podcast themes, as well as scored a Youtube series. I use Ableton Live and Logic Pro X to compose, and I’ve also learned to integrate music and sound effects into video games and record and edit dialogue. Technology has really opened the door to how creative composers can be!
I also write my own songs to sing with my guitar, which I perform at open mic nights. Recently, my song “The Best is Yet to Come” won the Director’s Award for the Nashville International Song & Lyric Writing Competition.
Visit my SoundCloud page if you’d like to listen to any of my music! Thanks for your time.
“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” -Ludwig van Beethoven
People say that I am the busiest guy they’ve met. I don’t know, I don’t have time to think about it.
The thing is, I have a good job that allows me the freedom to work on projects that I really enjoy, like having concerts in my house, playing music with my family, tinker with new trumpet designs, writing some decent jazz tunes, some mediocre concert music, and the occasional film score, engineering some recordings, teaching jazz band in high school, practicing trumpet, drums, and percussion, learning about music and instrument building, and meeting art lovers.
I believe that art is the highest form of human activity, and that education is the most important endeavor for society.
I dream I could write a concerto for my family, an opera, and that every neighborhood had a place to hear music and see artists at work for free.
Charles Griffin is the recipient of more than 25 paid commissions that have been performed in 20 countries in such venues as Merkin and Weill Recital Halls in New York, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, the Aspen, Spoleto and Cervantino Music Festivals, and conventions of the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, Percussive Arts Society, American Choral Directors Association and the National Flute Association. His work is included on several CDs and regularly aired on radio stations such as WNYC and WQXR in New York, WGBH in Boston and WHPK in Chicago.
After 5 years living and working in Latvia, he returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take the position of Course Director of Advanced Music Composition in Full Sail University’s MPBS division. An award-winning member of ASCAP and former Director of the NY Chapter of the American Composers Forum, he is a founding member of the Central Florida Composers Forum. He has served on the adjunct faculties of Hofstra University, Columbia University’s Teacher’s College and Nassau Community College.
Learn more at http://charlesgriffin.net
Paul makes Celebration Florida is home after owning and operating a music production studio serving the New York City metro area for fifteen years. In his current production facility he composes new works and produces projects for his NY and Florida clients.
J. Records, Geffen Records and Radikal Records have released his re-mixes of hit songs by Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, and 2 Unlimited. Paul has also received an ADDY award for producing and composing a mixed media campaign.
He has been a Grammy voting member for The Recording Academy since 2007 and a BMI songwriter and publisher since 1985. He has composed music for visuals for Hearst Entertainment, Court TV, Millennium Entertainment, Passage Theatre Company and Golf Digest Magazine.
Paul is also an active recording artist and is receiving regular airplay of the song Cairo on Sirius/XM radio stations worldwide in which he wrote, produced and recorded. His songs get regular airplay on the cable music stations of Direct TV and Comcast. They also are heard in stores and airplane playlists around the world. Sixty-five of his compositions can be found on iTunes and Spotify.
M. SHAWN HUNDLEY
M. Shawn Hundley joined the faculty of Bethune-Cookman University in 2006 and currently serves as Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition. Still finding time to compose, three works have been premiered since 2014, including a new work premiered by the Brass Band of Central Florida and Groovet for cello and piano, premiered at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. In 2011, the Music Teachers National Association named him “Distinguished Composer of the Year”.
Also in 2011, new works were premiered by the PEN Trio, with In Threes, and Rose Shylam Grace, with the commissioned piano composition, A New American Ballad that was recently released on the album “Vibrations of Hope” through Albany Records. His work Surface Tensions, which was premiered by the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble in 2010, was awarded the Arch Composition Award. “Dulce et decorum est”, a work for chorus, orchestra and vocal solos, premiered in a chamber version under the direction of Andre Thomas in February, 2006. He was also honored to be a recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from The Academy of Arts and Letters. His works have been performed at numerous venues and conferences including ClarinetFest, the Society for Composers, the College Music Society. These works have been performed in Prague, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, and many venues around the United States.
Shawn attended Radford University where he received the Bachelor of Music in Composition, studying with Bruce Mahin, Daniel Crozier and Mark Camphouse. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from The Florida State University where he studied composition with Ladislav Kubik and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and piano with Leonidas Lipovetsky.
Keith grew up in Northeastern Ohio performing and conducting his compositions for symphonic band, piano, jazz orchestra and chamber ensembles. After receiving a Master of Music Composition from the University of Akron College of Music in 1988, his three-fold career focused on concert music composition, commercial music production and university teaching.
In concert music, Keith has won awards, commissions, honors, and performances. The New York Times’ chief classical music critic Antonio Tommasini hailed Keith as “a composer to watch for”. Gramophone magazine described his work, “Earth Caoine”, recorded by Richard Stoltzman and the Warsaw National Philharmonic as “unapologetically emotional”. “…the work’s depth also makes the listener figuratively forget to breathe during the entire 8 minutes and 58 seconds”, claimed the magazine, The Clarinet. His violin concerto “Children on the Playground” was chosen as the Grand Prize winner of the Riverside Competition from over 500 international submissions over 11 previous years for a performance at Lincoln Center.
In commercial music Keith has won national awards for his work as both producer and composer for jingles, television music and library tracks since the 1980s. He has also produced, engineered or supplied liner notes for various classical and jazz recordings since the mid 90s and is a voting member of the Grammys.
Mr. Lay was key in helping Stephen Goldman and the Orlando Philharmonic launch the National Young Composers Challenge, now a major symphonic competition for composers aging 13 to18, and has served them as a teacher and judge each year. Recognized as a leader in education, Keith has been awarded Full Sail University’s top awards for excellence in teaching three times, and twice been awarded a United Arts of Central Florida grant, as well as a Florida Artist Fellowship, a Margaret Jory Fairbanks grant, and a certificate of appreciation from the National Recording Academy. He was key in designing Full Sail’s successful Music Composition online bachelor’s degree program where he serves as the Chair of Music Technology and teaches popular music composition. Mr. Lay is also a founding member of The Central Florida Composers Forum, launched in 2011.
David’s music has been performed at venues around the world, including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. He is from St. Louis, Missouri and received a B.M. in composition and trumpet performance from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a M.M. and D.M.A. in composition from Michigan State University. He has studied composition with Ricardo Lorenz, W. Thomas McKenney, and Stefan Freund. He is currently a course director at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, where he teaches Music Business Management and Critical Listening for Music Professionals. He has previously taught at Grand Valley State University and Michigan State University.
In 2007, David won the Michigan State University Honors Competition for Emulsion Quintet, and in 2006, he was a winner of the 54th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards for Elegy. He was a 2005 finalist in the Sinquefield Family Foundation Prize in Composition. He has been commissioned by Hastings College Symphonic Band, H2 Quartet, and others.
David is one of the founders of SoundNotionTV, a podcast network featuring audio and video shows about music and the arts. He previously served as founder co-Artistic Director of SCENE&heard, a new music concert series at the (SCENE) Metrospace gallery in East Lansing, Michigan.
Ryan McQuinn has been composing music for over twenty years. He has won awards from The Global Music Awards and The Prestige Music Awards. He’s performed his music at the Hard Rock Live Orlando, the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Main Stage at Florida Music Festival, and has performed with Brett Hestla of Dark New Day and Donald Carpenter of Eye Empire. He is currently writing the score for Lotia, a video game set to release on Steam, Android, and iOS in December 2016. He also created the soundtrack for the podcast series “Call of Cthulu Mystery Program”, and is the ongoing composer for the podcast Dungeons & Doritos.
Find more about Ryan and his music at NeonDolphinMusic.com.
DAVID JAMES NIELSEN
David James Nielsen was born in 1977 in Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta, and entered the musical world playing piano at age 6. He began composing at 15 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music from the University of Calgary. From 1997 to 2003, David served as Composer in Residence at Calgary’s Pleiades Theatre/Vertigo Mystery Theatre, where he scored numerous theatrical plays.
In 2003, David earned a certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television from the University of Southern California, where he was honored with the Harry Warren Scholarship Award. His teachers there included Academy Award nominee David Raksin, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Christopher Young, Jack Smalley and Grammy Award winner Joe Harnell.
David has scored or provided music for such films as Reclaiming the Blade (documentary), Haunting Villisca (feature), Dated (short), A Timeless Journey (short), Shenanigans (short), Tales From Beyond (feature), Overlap (short), Shoelace (short), The Big Table (short), and The Little Documentary That Couldn’t (feature), as well as for the syndicated television series Animal Exploration With Jarod Miller. As an additional music composer, orchestrator and/or synth programmer, David has worked on the popular TV series Star Trek: Enterprise, the National Geographic/PBS special Eden at the End of the World and the television movies Silent Witness, The Tenth Circle, Flight 93 and Faith of My Fathers.
In August 2006, David organized and composed for a concert in Los Angeles in which a 60-piece orchestra performed original music to benefit Red Cross Disaster Relief Operations. The concert was a tribute to the survivors of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina. David also was one of the conductors for this concert, which featured his music along with that of six other composers.
In 2010 David received a McKnight Visiting Composer Fellowship in association with the American Composers Forum for his project The Minnesota Woman and spent two months in Pelican Rapids and Fergus Falls, Minn. The Minnesota Woman project was a collaborative effort involving four project partners: the Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies’ Senior High School Symphony Orchestra, Pelican Rapids High School, the White Earth Reservation and the Otter Tail County Historical Society.
David currently resides in Winter Park, FL, and works as an Associate Course Director within the the Music Production Department at Full Sail University teaching students who are working towards earning their Bachelor of Science in Music Production Degree.