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.