Members

LARRY ADAMS

Larry Adams was born in Orlando, Florida. He earned his Bachelor Degree in
Music Performance from the University of West Florida (2013). He also studied
composition courses and received private instruction at the Eastman School of Music during this time. He earned his Master Degree in Music Composition from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music (2016). He is also a member of the Central Florida Composers Forum (2013-2014) (2016-2018). He has participated in the Synthetis program, under the direction of Dr. Zygmunt Krauze (2015), Pensacola State College Composerfest (2012), under the direction of Dr. Michael Coleman, and the Collide Festival, hosted by the University of Central Florida(2014). He has also received the Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music Award forexcellence in the study of ethnomusicology from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. He has premiered compositions with the University of West Florida Runge String Orchestra (under the direction of Dr. Leonid Yanovskiy), the University of West Florida String Quartet (under the coaching of Dr. Leonid Yanovskiy), Sovereign Brass, Brooklyn College Orchestra (under the direction of Maestro George Rothman), Pavel Gintov, and Leszek Lorent. His teachers in composition include Dr. Troy Gifford, Dr. Michael Coleman, Dr. Joseph Spaniola, Dr. Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Dr. Daniel Crozier, Dr. Dalit Warshaw, and Dr. Tania Leon

PAUL AUSTIN SANDERS

Welcome to Inner sanctum Creative Flow Chamber 2.0.  As a child, the musical seed was planted by my paternal grandmother who was a piano teacher.  She sat me down at four o’clock and opened the door…scales and chords that got the creative juices flowing. As well, my maternal grandmother played organ and was an artist ( which inspired a whole other creative outlet to this day – visual art in its various forms).

Musically, I found that I enjoyed singing early on and was intrigued by all the sounds around me in nature and and household objects, often singing along with the drone of the vacuum cleaner and blowing and clinking on bottles and jars.  I started learning guitar and bass in High School, sang in Children’s choirs as well as concert choir in Secondary School and High School.  While Working on my AA degree at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington and after a stint in the U.S. Navy, I studied classical voice and Jazz studies on bass.

At Western  Washington University, I majored in  Vocal Performance in Music as well as studies in Opera Workshop and Composition.  At one point,  I found the door to the Theatre Department and did some minor studies in Actor’s Studio.  I had a singing and acting opportunity in Alaska for three years.working for various theatre and opera companies.  I  made my way down to Seattle,Washington and did a lot of Theatre there.  Then, Disney brought me to Orlando to work in Streetmosphere Improv Theatre, Universal Studios (for Ghostbusters and Doc Brown) and got involved in theatre, film, art and the music scene with various groups.   At one point,  found out about TImucua and then Central Florida Composers Forum and here we are.  The creative flow continues…

ERIK BRANCH

ERIK BRANCH (born 1966) is a native of New York City, and received a B.A. and M.A. in
Music from Hunter College, where he studied composition with Myron Fink and Arthur Harris, piano with Peter Basquin and Marcia Eckert, and voice with Russell Oberlin. He lives near Orlando, Florida, where he is active as a pianist, music director, composer/arranger, operatic tenor, and actor on a stage and screen. His compositions have been performed in New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Orlando, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon, Athens, Bucharest, and Bordeaux; at Harvard University, the Crane School of Music (State University of New York at Potsdam), at West Point, amongst other places.

ERIC BROOK

Eric Brook is a classically trained pianist who has degrees in music composition from Oberlin Conservatory (B.M) and the University of Minnesota (M.A).  He composes music in many genres including art music, popular music, and electronic dance music. Currently, he is Course Director of Musical Structure and Analysis at Full Sail University in the Music Production department. Eric also serves as Music Director at Unity on the Space Coast in Titusville, FL.

ALEX BURTZOS

Alex Burtzos is an American composer and conductor based in New York City and Orlando, FL.  His works, which bristle with “biting contemporary edge” (Berkshire Eagle) have been performed across four continents.  Alex has collaborated with some of the world’s foremost contemporary musicians and ensembles, including JACK Quartet, Yarn/Wire, ETHEL, loadbang, Jenny Lin, RighteousGIRLS, and many others.  He is the founder and artistic director of ICEBERG New Music, a New York-based composers’ collective, and the conductor of the hip-hop/classical chamber orchestra ShoutHouse.

As a composer, Alex is committed to pursuing artistic expression unconstrained by boundaries of school or style.  His “riveting” (NY Concert Review) work often incorporates elements of the 20th Century avant-garde, jazz, rock, metal, and hip-hop alongside or against classical/preclassical structures and sounds, justifying these juxtapositions with a great depth of musical ideas and extra-musical knowledge.  Alex’s music takes as its basis and provides commentary on a diverse array of subject matter, from early colonial history to recent events, from Shakespeare’s tragedies to naughty text messages.  His unique approach has earned him accolades and awards from organizations around the world.

As a conductor, Alex exclusively performs contemporary repertoire, and has conducted over 40 world and regional premieres by emerging and established composers.  As the leader of ShoutHouse, he blends elements of jazz and classical conducting styles to cultivate a unified, engaging sound that’s “incomparable to anything existing” (Culture Trip).

Alex holds a DMA from Manhattan School of Music, where his primary teachers were Reiko Fueting and Mark Stambaugh.  He serves as Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Central Florida.

STAN CORDING

A native of Orlando, Florida, Stan Cording began studying piano at the age of 8 and eventually majored in music at Rollins College. While he has worked as a professional accompanist and pianist with various local ensembles, his avocation has always been music composition. At the beginning of his career, he pushed against the prevailing trend toward atonal and minimalist music, championing what has come to be known as New Lyricism—a re-engagement with tonality and melody. Cording has always strived to achieve an immediacy and clarity of expression that results in music that audiences love to hear and musicians find gratifying to perform. His album of Christmas music for strings, Christmas Carols Old and New can be found on iTunes and Amazon, featuring both arrangements and original compositions.

BENOIT GLAZER

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.

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CHARLES GRIFFIN

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

TROY GIFFORD

Dr. Troy Gifford is an award winning guitarist and composer whose music synthesizes elements of Latin, classical, jazz, and rock styles.   His compositions have been performed by acclaimed artists on multiple continents, including at festivals and concerts in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.  He has written music in a variety of settings, including pieces for guitar, voice, piano, orchestra, choir, band, and various chamber ensembles.  He has also written for both the stage and film.

He has won a number of awards for his music, including first prize in composition competitions sponsored by the Guitar Foundation of America, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, and the University of Miami.  He has released two CDs of all original material: Delineations (on Flatfoot Records) and Olvidando.  His music has been published by Doberman Yppan and Mel Bay, and he currently serves as a regular columnist for the digital guitar magazine Fingerstyle Guitar Journal.

Dr. Gifford has taught at several colleges and universities and currently lives in Orlando, FL, where he serves as the chair of the music department at Valencia College.

JOSEPH GRAY

Joseph Gray is an award winning song writer and has been composing music for over 35 years and has written in every genre and for virtually every combination of instruments and/or voices.  Joseph received a certificate in film scoring in 2004 from the University of California Los Angeles where he studied song writing under Phil Swann (Dream Works), composition under Robert Drasin (Twilight Zone, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea), Orchestration under Thomas Sharp (City Slickers, Disney’s Dark Wing Duck), Conrad Pope, John William’s personal orchestrator (The Hobbit, Life of Pi, Harry Potter), digital recording, editing and song writing.  He has recorded and conducted in some of the finest studios in Hollywood, California and now resides in Central Florida where he teaches string music at Our Saviour Catholic School.

CHANJI KIM

(b. 1974, South Korea) composes for dance, chamber ensembles, orchestra, multimedia performances, and electroacoustic music. Her research and music areas of interest include collaboration between composer and choreographer, Korean folk music, and interactive electroacoustic composition. Recently, her music was performed by the Namaste ensemble in Hamburg, Germany, in Perugia, Italy, and in Habana, Cuba; the Nabla ensemble in Rome, Italy; the Alternity chamber orchestra in Florida, USA; and the Bartók Trio in Malaga, Spain.

Her major performances include the International Music Days in Constanta, Romania, International Double Reed Society conference, the Berlin New Music Concert performed by Anton Webern Quartet, the New Music Society concert in Seoul, Korea, the International New Music Consortium concert series in Bucharest, Romania, the Summer Music Festival in Florence and Assisi, Italy, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Congress of the International Alliance of Women in Music, ICIA concert at the Symphony Space in New York City, IAEF concert at the Di Menna Center in New York City, the Society of Composers, Inc. national conference, the Millennium Dance Concert in New York City, and the World Music Days in Timisuara, Romania. Her article “Music for Clara Schumann” is published by Ji-hak Sa in Seoul, Korea and her music has been published by Calabrese Brothers Music, TrevCo Music, and The Sejong Cultural Society. Her music is also available on the album Nova (SCI CD series) by Parma, the album Mosaic by Emeritus, and on The Era of Modern Bassoon Album Collection by Akashibu Gakufu in Japan.

ChanJi Kim studied music composition and theory at E-Wha Women’s University in Korea (B.A.), New York University (M.A.), and University of Florida (Ph.D.). She is Associate Professor of Music and Chair of Performing Arts Department at Eastern Florida State College in Florida. More information at www.chanjikim.com

KEITH LAY

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.

BRANDON MARTIN

Brandon Martin currently performs at Disney with the Voices of Liberty a cappella vocal ensemble, with whom he has performed for two years.  He has earned music degrees from FSU and USF. Brandon  writes mostly choral/vocal music, but he is also venturing into instrumental music more and  writing his first musical.

RYAN McQUINN

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.

SHARON OMENS

Sharon Omens is currently the acting President of the Composers Forum.   She is a  prolific 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 six albums with her original compositions. Sharon regularly showcases her original music at the Timucua White House, The Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts and Christ Church Unity Orlando.

Learn more at: http://www.sharonomens.com

KATHY SAKSON

Hailing from the city of “Brotherly Love,” Kathy Sakson received her classical undergraduate music education at Temple University in Philadelphia, and studied jazz piano with Jimmy Amadie after graduating. Upon transplanting to Central Florida, she earned her Master’sDegree from the University of Central Florida, and studied jazz piano, arranging and composing with Per Danielsson. She is currently the Course Director for the Musicianship Course at Full Sail University, teaching within the Music Production degree program.

 

 

DAMIEN SIMON

Damien Simon is an internationally known composer for ballet/contemporary dance companies, orchestras/ensembles, tv/film companies. As a graduate of the Purchase Conservatory (NY) and the University College of Dublin (Ireland), Damien relocated to Orlando from Buffalo, NY. In addition to writing scores; Damien is a private music teacher in multiple instruments and composition. Damien has written dozens of scores from contemporary ballets in Holland, to ensembles in Austria, to independent films in Australia. Many of his scores become internationally touring pieces, touring all over Europe, Russia and the US.

REBEKAH TODIA

Originally from Miami Florida, Rebekah Todia grew up in a house full of noise, art, and a family piano. Rebekah earned her Associates in Art Education at Miami Dade College, and after graduating worked as a session musician on various projects in the Miami area. In 2002 Rebekah moved to Orlando Florida, and was accepted into the music program at Rollins College as a piano performance major. She studied under Dr. Gary Wolf, Professor Emeritus of Music. She graduated Cum Laude with a degree in piano performance. Rebekah has performed many classical works, as well as original compositions in the Orlando Area. Rebekah has composed works for interactive projects such as video games, and has recently done voice over work for VR. Currently she teaches Music Theory at Full Sail University, and is an active member of the Central Florida Composers Forum. She is presently working on new music and honing her art as a piano performer.