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Celebrating Women Who Compose 2018

The Central Florida Composer’s Forum is proud to present our 2nd annual “Celebrating Women Who Compose” during Women’s History Month this coming March. We are so proud of the women—past and present—who find inspiration and turn it into music! We’d like to highlight some pieces by our local female composers as well as feature classic and modern music created by women. Please join us for a beautiful night of music!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018
Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts

Tickets are $10.

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Video: January 2018 Salon

Thank you to everyone who joined us in person and online for our Salon concert, especially for your patience as we rescheduled from last September due to the hurricane! Below are videos of each piece on the program. If you like these pieces, let us know in the comments. Or better yet, tell your friends! Check back soon for information about future performances!

David James Nielsen: Welcome to Nantucket and Annabelle Hooper Finale

Members of the Orlando Youth Orchestra

Nicole Gutman: A Capella Arias

Nicole Gutman, soprano

Sharon Omens: Landscapes

Sharon Omens and Eric Brook, piano

Brandon Martin: Devotion and L’Éternité

Brandon Martin, baritone and Sharon Omens, piano

Damien Simon: Bailey’s Nails and False Narratives

Miguel Cardenas, guitar and Daniel Cortes, viola

Seunghee Lee: Flying Kite

EunMi Ko, piano

Video: Time Lapse with Alterity Wind Quintet

Last week, we hear the wonderful Alterity Wind Quintet perform new works by forum members at Timucua. Here’s a YouTube playlist of the whole concert. If you like what you hear, you’re going to love hearing the full Alterity Chamber Orchestra in their debut program next Thursday, 26 October at Factur. Get your tickets quick!


David MacDonald: Stumpery
Chan Ji Kim: Time Lapse Intersection
James Croson: Four Pieces for Wind Quintet
Sharon Omens: Post-Election Epilogue
Keith Lay: Woodwind Quintet No. 2

Alterity Wind Quintet

Carrie​ ​Wiesinger, flute
Beatriz​ ​Ramirez-Belt, oboe
Natalie​ ​Grata, clarinet
Kat​ ​Sleeper, bassoon
Kathy​ ​Thomas, horn
Benoit Glazer, conductor

New Woodwind Quintet Music This Sunday

Our mission is to present central Florida with exciting new music written by people who live right here in the community. That’s why we are so proud to present a new collaboration with Alterity Wind Quintet this week at Timucua! Alterity is a new chamber music collective in Orlando presenting contemporary music. Come hear brand new wind quintet music by forum members Keith Lay, Chan Ji Kim, David MacDonald, Sharon Omens, and James Croson. Alterity Wind Quintet is Carrie​ ​Wiesinger, flute; Beatriz​ ​Ramirez-Belt, oboe; Natalie​ ​Grata, clarinet; ​Kat​ ​Sleeper, bassoon; Kathy​ ​Thomas, horn

The concert begins at 7:30p, 15 October at Timucua (2000 S. Summerlin Ave.). The event is free, with a suggested donation of $10-20. Please bring food and or wine to share.

Call for Participation: Fifth Annual Composers Salon

Central Florida composers are invited to submit works for the 5th Annual Composer’s Salon concert held at the Orlando White House on Sunday, September 10th at 7:30PM. All styles of art music, acoustic and electronic, are welcome for consideration. The composers must provide their own performers. The concert will be presented to an audience of new music fans in Orlando and live-streamed on the Web. Participants will receive a complimentary audio and video recording.


The annual composer’s salon concerts celebrate new music written by local composers in the central Florida area. They are an opportunity for composers to share new music with the central Florida community. The concerts are free (donations welcome) and all ears are welcome.


Members of CFCF will receive priority for programming. Annual dues are $45 and can be paid on our site.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, August 13th. Please email the following information to

  • Title
  • Duration
  • Instrumentation
  • Performer’s Names
  • Score/Audio Recording/Proposal

Selection Process

Approximately 60-75 minutes of music will be scheduled. In the event that more than 75 minutes of music is submitted, scheduling priority will be on a first come first served basis. CFCF would like to thank the Timucua Arts Foundation for administrative assistance and use of the concert space.

Call for Scores or Scores: Wind Quintet


The Central Florida Composers Forum is looking for new works for wind quintet to present at the Timucua Arts Foundation white house 15 October 2017.


Works must meet the following requirements:

  • Standard wind quintet: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn
  • Duration: under 15 minutes preferred (In the event that more proposals are submitted than can be programmed, please indicate whether individual movements may be performed independently.)
  • Submitted works may have been previously performed.


Any current member (dues current) of the Central Florida Composers Forum is eligible to submit a proposal.

Deadline: 15 July

Submissions must be made to David MacDonald via email: In addition to score and parts (PDF format only), please include the following in the body of your email:

  • title
  • duration
  • brief description of the work (under 150 words)
  • brief composer bio (under 150 words)


The final program will include around 60 minutes of music. In the event that the submitted works exceed 60 minutes, some composers may be asked to abridge their proposals, excerpt movements from existing works, and it is possible that some proposals may simply not fit on the program at all. We will also consider the technical limitations of what works can be adequately prepared based on the rehearsal schedule.

Composers whose works and proposals are selected will be notified as soon after the deadline as possible. Hard copies of the score and parts may be requested by the end of July 2017.

Please email David MacDonald ( with any questions or concerns.

About the Composers for Celebrating Women Who Compose

We’re very excited about our upcoming celebration of Women’s History Month. Join us for these two concerts and read on for information about the fantastic composers represented on the program

  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32789 [BUY TICKETS HERE!]
  • Friday, March 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Unity, 771 West Holden Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32839

Chan Ji Kim composes for dance, chamber ensembles, orchestra, and multimedia. Originally from Seoul, Korea, Chan Ji studied at E-wha Women’s University, New York University, and received her Ph.D. in Composition from University of Florida. Currently, she is Chair of Performing and Visual Arts Department, and Associate Professor of Music at the Eastern Florida State College. Her research and music areas of interest include collaboration between composer and choreographer, Korean folk music, and interactive electroacoustic composition.

 “Angels Watching Over Me”, “There Is An Old Lady”, “Mr. Lion” and “Lullaby” are from ChanJi Kim’s Children’s Songs, which is a collection of nine short pieces based on children’s night time stories and lullabies.

Jong means bells in Korean. I wrote Jong for fixed media for the people in Nepal who lost everything from the earthquake on April 25th in 2015. I recorded my Nepalese singing bowl bell. Nepali start the day ringing bells in the morning, a very special and important everyday routine to wake up their gods. I hope the ceremony still brings them peace in the morning.

To find out more about ChanJi Kim and her music, you can visit her website.

Sharon Omens is a composer, performer and music educator who has a deep passion for music.  After receiving her Bachelors of Music and Certificate of Music Therapy, she devoted more than 30 years training young musicians and using music as a source of healing with those in need.  She has been a spiritual performer of both piano and voice and has produced 6 albums with her original compositions.

Whimsical Rhapsody, a duet for violin and piano, is Sharon’s newest composition.  This fun and improvisational piece has one movement with two recurrent themes that have highly contrasting moods, color and tonality.  While this composition is classical in nature, there are parts that introduce undertones of dissonance creating a whimsical air.  This piece will be performed by violinist Jordan Bicasan and Sharon Omens on piano.

Redemption is written for solo flute.  This piece was written to honor her father’s life who was a survivor of the Holocaust. The composition describes his early years in the Warsaw ghetto, the horrific events that occurred as a result of the Holocaust and finally, his ultimate redemption and success as he came to the United States, raised a family and built a successful business until his death in 2015.  “Redemption” will be performed by flutist, David Suarez.

To learn more about Sharon and her music, you can visit her website.

Originally from Miami Florida, Rebekah Todia, the youngest of five children, grew up in a house full of noise, art, and a family piano. Her father, a talented wood worker was her source of inspiration; he could carve the most beautiful sculptures from a tree trunk. Rebekah studied art at Miami Dade College, and piano performance at Rollins College. She mostly performs in the comfort of her own home, where the only audience are the eyes and ears of her beloved husband and children.

“She Walks In Beauty” is a poem written by Lord Byron (George Gordon).  Rebekah was inspired to set this poem of innocence to music!

“The Solitary” encompasses a women’s life whose love has never been discovered.  Her unique perspective through self-reflection is expressed with pivotal moments, overwhelmed by contrasting feelings of rage and adoration.  The Solitary integrates moods and emotions of considerable affection, agitation and moments of despair.  The Solitary is a dramatic art song that carries you off to the cloistered life of a woman that love has never found.  Both songs will be performed by vocalist Julie Batman and Ms. Todia will be the accompanist.

To hear more of Rebekah Todia’s music, you can visit her SoundCloud page

Bethany Borden received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida in 2003.  She enjoyed 10 years of teaching children how to experience and appreciate music as well as express themselves creatively.

In 2013, Bethany had the unique opportunity to express her musical ideas and wrote her first piece of digital music for the mobile game Stack’R.  By 2014,she quit teaching and became the audio director at Outhouse Games. She has now written music for video games and podcast themes, as well as a scored Youtube series. She use Ableton Live and Logic Pro X to compose, and has also learned to integrate music and sound effects into video games, record and edit dialogue. Technology has really opened the door for her!

She also writes her own songs and sings with her guitar at open mic nights. Recently, her song “The Best is Yet to Come” won the Director’s Award for the Nashville International Song & Lyric Writing Competition.

“Ancient Remains” is Outhouse Game’s first Virtual Reality game.  Bethany Borden’s electronic background music will be played along with a percussion ensemble (Josh Albert vibraphone, Paul Yorke glockenspiel, Theodore Jackson marimba, Matt Malhiot glockenspiel, and Devon Constanza tubular bells), while the game is being projected on a screen for the audience to see.

To listen to more of Bethany’s music, you can visit her  SoundCloud page.

Additional works that will be performed:

Phenomenal Woman, a poem written by Maya Angelou, is a powerful and affirming poem which challenges the stereotypes imposed upon women in our society.  Bethany Borden will be reciting this poem with piano accompaniment performed by Sharon Omens.

Praludium II, Op. 16 by Claire Schumann will be performed by composer and  pianist Eric Brook. 

“Between Worlds” by Anne Marie Davis and “Winter’s Tear” by Jeannie Cotter will be performed by vocalist and pianist Julie Batman.

Celebrating Women Who Compose: 7 March and 17 March

Central Florida Composers Forum is celebrating Women’s History Month in 2017 with two concerts. Women are profoundly under-represented on concert programs around the country, and we’re doing our best to change that by showcasing some of the most talented composers in Central Florida!

Join us:

  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32789 [BUY TICKETS HERE!]
  • Friday, March 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Unity, 771 West Holden Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32839

There is some truly amazing music being written in our community every day. A compilation of original musical works will be uniquely performed by a wide variety of instruments including piano, percussion, voice, violin and flute.

This concert will uplift you in heart and soul!

Come share the creative collaboration of the spirit of women!