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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.

Call for Participation: Fourth Annual Composers Salon

Overview

Central Florida composers are invited to submit works for the 4th Annual Composers Salon concert held at the Orlando White House on Sunday, September 18th 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.

Purpose

The annual salons are concerts that 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.

Eligibility

Members of CFCF will receive priority for programming. Membership details are here on the site. Email David MacDonald with membership questions.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, August 14th. Please email the following information to Eric Brook (ericjbrook@gmail.com):

  • 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.

Jan. 25: Sacred Sounds at Cathedral Church of St. Luke

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The Central Florida Composers Forum and the Cathedral Church of St. Luke proudly announce Sacred Sounds, a collaborative concert of contemporary spiritual music. Under the direction of Benjamin Lane, spiritual and sacred music will be performed by the adult choirs of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, along with their Orlando Deanery Boychoir, Girls’ Choir. Guest instrumentalists include cellist Shona McFadyen-Mungall and the Orlando Brass Quintet (Rick Ingoglia and Ken Cutler, trumpets; Michael Barr, French horn; Ben Kon trombone; and William Miller, Tuba). Admission is free.

This will be a fascinating, diverse, and emotionally moving program. Carl Maultsby’s “I Hear Music in the Air” for children’s choir and organ is based upon and evokes the rich history of U.S. slave spirituals, while Keith Lay’s “Wonderous Love” is a 20th century arrangement of the 19th century Southern folk hymn that expresses awe at the love of God.

Benjamin Lane’s epic and joyful “Te Deum” for choir, organ and brass quintet, Michael Miller and Benjamin Lane’s collaborative “Let the People Praise You” for choir, organ, and brass quintet, and Stan Cording’s celebratory “Praise Ye the Lord” for choir and organ all evoke the celebratory and triumphal side of much sacred music while Glenn Osbourne’s chromatic “God, Your Golden Doorway Beckons” for children’s choir and piano highlights a more reflective side of the sacred.

Charles Griffin has two works on the program, a gut-wrenching setting of Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Pieta” for solo mezzo soprano, cello and organ, and “Out of nothingness,” for choir, organ and percussion, which weaves together fragments of poetic texts by various Sufi mystics and evokes non-Western spiritual dance traditions that rely on trance states.

Benoit Glazer’s “Into the Light (Prelude and Fugue in C minor)” for trumpet and organ was written specifically for this concert and marries elements of the improvisatory spirit of Jazz with the rigor of baroque counterpoint as found in the work of the Baroque master of church music, J.S. Bach.

Always Park Free. You can now park anytime 24/7 in the Regions Tower Garage. Entering the up-ramp on Washington, receive an Entrance ticket. At the Cathedral, pick up an Exit ticket from an usher. Using the two tickets, exit the garage free of charge. And street meters are still free all day on Sundays.

For more information call or text 407.951.0550.

Canines For Veterans Tickets On Sale Now!

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The Central Florida Composers Forum, Florida poets, and the Sovereign Brass are proud to honor the dedication and service American military veterans by presenting Canines for Veterans, a program of music and poetry November 9, 10, and 11 throughout the state of Florida. Proceeds from these concerts will be donated to K9s For Warriors, a Florida-based charity that provides service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. The performances are sponsored by the Bryce L. West Foundation, Herschel Lasik, the Timucua Arts Foundation, and Full Sail University.

The concerts will feature patriotic standards as well as world premieres of new music and poems presented by Florida composers and poets. The concert will be performed three times:

  • Nov. 9, 7:30pm
    Trinity Preparatory School Auditorium
    5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park, FL 32792
    also featuring the Trinity Prep Choir
    Tickets: $20 [purchase]
  • Nov. 10, 7:30pm
    University of South Florida School of Music Concert Hall
    4202 East Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620
    Tickets: $20 [purchase]
  • Nov. 11, 7:30pm
    Community Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville (Atlantic Beach)
    150 Sherry Dr, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
    Tickets: $30 [purchase]

Tickets are on sale now for all three concerts through the links above. Please help us to support the great work K9s For Warriors does to help American military families.

Please also support Artists for Veterans, a companion art auction presented by the Timucua Arts Foundation. The auction will be held Nov. 3, beginning at 5:30pm at the Gallery at Avalon Island in downtown Orlando. See the Timucua projects page for more details.

Fall 2014 Composers Salon Video

Thanks to everyone who came out to last weekend’s concert at the white house. We had a great time and heard some wonderful performances. In case you missed it, we’d like to share this video of excerpts from the performance.

Thanks again for listening. We hope to see you next time. Check back here for information about our upcoming performances.

Mark your calendars for our next concert: Music for Saxophone and Electronics, Oct. 5, 7:30pm at the white house (2000 South Summerlin Ave.). 

Sept. 7: Composers Salon

NCSO at the Orlando white house We are proud to invite the Orlando-area community to our annual Composers Salon concert on Sunday, September 7, 7:30pm at the Orlando White House (2000 S Summerlin Ave.). Admission is free, though guests are encouraged to bring a bottle of wine to share. Donations are welcome to support the group. Come join this exciting group of local artists as they present a truly unique concert experience. Composer Salon Sep 2014 flyer

Salon concerts have long been a tradition in classical music. This performance will include vibrant, modern works from composers working in a diverse array of styles and media. The composers featured in this concert are all local to central Florida, including Larry Adams, Ramy Adly, Eric Brook, John Chapman, Stan Cording, Charles Griffin, David MacDonald, David Nielsen, and Ina Smith.

Composer’s Salon Fall 2013

The Central Florida Composers Forum Presents:

Composer’s Salon Fall 2013

Sunday, October 27th @ 7:30 PM

Orlando White House
2000 S Summerlin Ave
Orlando, Fl 32806

Join us for an evening of new music by local composers and musicians.  Doors open at 7:00.  The concert is free.  Donations are welcome.  BYOB and food to share.

 

Featured Composers
Paul Haryln, Rebakah Todia, Sun Mi Ro, Bobby Sirkin, David Nielsen. L. Crosby García, Eric Brook, Bob Walker, and Christy Holmes.

 

Featured performers
Nora Lee García, Keith Koons, Jean-Marie Glazier, Greg McCandless, and Michael Brook, and Ian McLeod.

 

Hope to see you there!

Jeff Heisler and I-Chen Yeh

The Heisler / Yeh Duo is coming to the Orlando white house on Sunday, November 24th at 7:30pm. Their concert will feature music by local composers such as Thad Anderson, Scott Dickinson, Robby Elfman, Keith Lay, David Nielsen, Sun Mi Ro, and Justin White.

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/1603.

Heisler-Yeh Duo

The Heisler / Yeh Duo is an award winning chamber ensemble devoted to the creation and promotion of contemporary for the saxophone and piano. Saxophonist Jeffrey Heisler and pianist I-Chen Yeh have performed throughout the world and have worked with notable composers such as Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Steven Stucky, David Gillingham, Marc Mellits, Andrea Reinkemeyer, Jeff Weston and Timothy Stulman to create new repertoire for this ensemble. Recent concert appearances include performances at (le) poisson rouge (NYC), the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Yamaha Performing Artist Center (Taipei, Taiwan), the Taiwan National Concert Hall, New Music Festivals at Bowling Green State University, Ball State University, Kent State University, and Manchester University, and many other Universities and Conservatories throughout the United States. The Heisler / Yeh Duo is a major proponent for new music, however frequently perform transcriptions, masterpieces of the classical repertoire, and stylized popular music as well.

Members

I-Chen Yeh

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A native of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, award-winning pianist I-Chen Yeh enjoys an international career as a solo and collaborative performer. Among her significant accomplishments include competition prizes throughout Taiwan, Japan, and the United States. A performer devoted to contemporary music, Yeh’s solo and collaborative performances strive to highlight a new and exciting repertory. Her passion for new music has led to collaborations with notable composers such as Steven Stucky, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, David Rakowski, Greg Sandow, and Andres Carrizo. Yeh has appeared at many world renowned music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin Music Festival, Bowling Green State University’s New Music and Art Festivals, Eastern Music Festival, the Internationale Wiener Musik Seminar, and the Threshold Electroacoustic Festival. Yeh holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM), the Eastman School of Music (MM), and Bowling Green State University (DMA). Her primary teachers include Laura Melton, Angela Cheng, and Thomas Schumacher. In addition, she is a member of several professional chamber music ensembles, including the Heisler/Yeh Duo with saxophonist, Jeffrey Heisler, the Primary Colors Trio (saxophone, piano, and percussion), and an exciting new piano duo with pianist Jiung Yoon. Currently, Dr. Yeh is on the piano faculties of Bowling Green State University (OH) and Oakland University (MI) and teaches her own private studio (Dr. Yeh’s Piano Studio). http://ichenyeh.weebly.com

Jeffrey Heisler

HeislerAward winning saxophonist, Jeffrey Heisler, has recently been appointed to the faculty of Oakland University (professor of saxophone / associate director of bands). He holds degrees from Bowling Green State University (D.M.A. and M.M.) and Central Michigan University (B.M.E.). Among his many significant accomplishments is a 1st prize gold medal at the 2005 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Outstanding Classical Soloist in Downbeat Magazine’s Music Awards. An advocate of contemporary music, Heisler has worked with several Pulitzer-Prize winning composers such as Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Steve Reich on transcriptions of their works for the saxophone. In 2007, he collaborated with electronic music composer Morton Subotnick in creating a new version of his In Two Worlds for alto saxophone and interactive computer (MAX/MSP). In 2008, he gave the North American premiere of Luciano Berio’s Recit (Chemins VII) for alto saxophone and orchestra and performed the world premieres of his composer approved transcriptions of Steve Reich’s Vermont Counterpoint, Chen Yi’s Monologue, and Louis Andriessen’s Elegy. In addition, he presented the American premiere Entfuhrung by Karlheinz Stockhausen and in 2009, premiered Double Image, a concerto for saxophone(s) and wind ensemble by David R. Gillingham. Prior to his appointment at Oakland University, Heisler served on the faculties of Kent State University and Wayne State University. http://jeffheisler.weebly.com