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!

About the composers and compositions for Salon 2016

We’re all very excited for the concert this coming Sunday, 18 Sept, 7:30 at the Orlando white house (2000 S. Summerlin Ave.). The concert is free, but donations are accepted. And you’re encouraged to bring a bit of food or a bottle of wine to share. Here’s a little bit about the composers (listed alphabetically) and works that will be on the program:


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.

“Pristine Spark” is a violin and piano duet written and dedicated to my brother, Michael Brook, for his Master’s recital at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013. The composition is energetic and virtuosic while utilizing minimalistic harmonic and rhythmic elements.


Orlando native Stan Cording is a long-time proponent of New Lyricism and draws upon a wide range of influences. Though he has often performed as a pianist and organist, his first love has always been composition. His works range from hymns to “I Hear America Singing” for Baritone solo, chorus and orchestra. A CD of Christmas Carols, both traditional and original, performed by string quartet, will be released later this year.

“Memento” for solo bassoon is in 3 short movements: Criolla, Interlude, and Baile.


Paul Harlyn has released 5 albums under the artist name Great Barrier whose song Cairo has achieved years of airplay on the XM Chill station. Paul writes, produces and arranges music for clients ranging from ADDY award winning radio commercials to major record label releases and remixes. These two pieces are from his upcoming 6th release. Info: paulharlyn.com

The first piece is entitled Paseo. This multifaceted concept can represent a walk, a stroll, or even a promenade. I hope the listener will take this trip with me.

My piece Bluer Bossa is a story without words. Is it possible to transmit non-verbal communication through sound? I hope this makes you want to dance.


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.

“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.

Night Colors for solo saxophone is a collection of five short movements including Maroon, Purple, Blue, Black, and White Lullaby.


Seunghee Lee (b. 1980), a composer and a pianist, was born and raised in South Korea, where she studied composition and piano at Seoul Arts High School and Ewha Womans University. Prior to moving to Southwest Florida in 2015, Lee received a master’s degree in composition from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Ph.D. in music composition and theory from Brandeis University. Lee is a Visiting Professor of Music at Ave Maria University.

Written in 2002 and slightly revised in 2016, Five Short Songs is based on 12-tone technique, which forms the harmonic and melodic foundation of this music.  Due to the use of strict pitch-organization, there are certain melodic and/or harmonic patterns appear particularly often. The five-movement piece encourage listeners to bring their own unique perspective to the listening process.  Each movement has its own surprise, passion, and compelling quality that reveals my creative urges.


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.

“Redemption”, is Sharon’s newest original composition, written for solo flute.  The 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.


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.

Sun Shower Fantasy is written with the thought of two opposing forces: dark and light. We typically associate storms with heavy rainfall and dark clouds, but there is beauty hiding behind the clouds where the sun is still shining. In this piece, you can hear not only the thunder of the heavier notes and also the brightness of the lighter tones. The C# crystal singing bowl is used to bring oneness, and universal communion. Every time a sun shower is witnessed, it is always greeted with, “Oh my gosh, look! It’s a sun shower.”  It just goes to show that although the rain is falling, there is always a silver lining.

4th Annual Composers Salon: 18 Sept, 7:30pm

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The Central Florida Composer’s Forum is proud to present their 4th annual Composer’s Salon Concert on Sunday, September 18th 2016, 7:30 pm at the Timucua white house (2000 S. Summerlin Ave. Orlando 32806). Seven local Central Florida composers: Eric Brook, Stan Cording, Paul Harlyn, Dr. Chan Ji Kim, Dr. Seunghee Lee, Sharon Omens, and Rebekah Todia, will feature original compositions including local and world premieres in a diverse array of musical stylings. Instrumentation includes, piano, violin, flute, saxophone, bassoon, bass guitar, percussion, and electronic music.

Salon concerts originated with princes and other royalty holding music concerts in their great rooms or “salons” in their palaces. This rich cultural tradition continues in modern day Orlando with benefactors Benoit Glazer and Élaine Corriveau graciously hosting the 4th Annual Composer’s Salon at their home, the Timucua white house. The concert is free and donations are welcome. You’re also encouraged to bring a bottle of wine or a snack to share. For more information, please visit cfcomposers.org.

May 7: Marathon AMF at the White House

We’re very excited about this Accidental Music Festival event, which brings together eleven ensembles from throughout central Florida for an afternoon of performance and community.

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CF2 members Chris Belt, Benoit Glazer, Charles Griffin, David MacDonald, and Daniel Saylor will have works on the program, which includes performances from the Natalie Grata & Chris Erickson, Belt & Ramirez, Helena, New Score Chamber Orchestra, Glass Quartet, Lush Agave, Hippocrene Saxophone Ensemble, Luis Guerrero, UCF Collide Ensemble, and Ensemble AMF.

There is a $10 suggested donation.

More details from Accidental Music Festival.

Hippocrene Saxophone Ensemble: 15 Feb. and 1 Mar.

Hippocrene Saxophone Ensemble

Central Florida Composers Forum presents the Hippocrene Saxophone Ensemble in two upcoming performances in the Orlando area:

  • Monday, February 15 at 7:00pm at the Gallery at Avalon Island
  • Tuesday, March 1 at 8:00pm at the UCF Rehearsal Hall Auditorium

The program features pieces by CF2 members and others, including three world premieres for saxophone octet.

We look forward to see you there!

RSVP to the Avalon Event on Facebook!

Composers Salon: 13 Sept 2015, 7:30pm

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The Central Florida Composer’s Forumis proud to host their 3rd annual Composer’s Salon on Sunday, September 13th 7:30 PM at the Orlando White House (2000 South Summerlin, Orlando, FL, 32806). Original compositions by central Florida composers will be featured. Composers include Thad Anderson, Eric Brook, Benoit Glazer, Keith Lay, Gregory Monroe, David Nielsen, Mark Piszczek, Sun Mi Ro, and Daniel Saylor. Doors open at 7, and that while the concert is free, donations are accepted.

UPDATE: If you can’t make it in person, join us on the live stream of the concert!

July 5: New Piano Music at the White House

piano-eventNew Piano Music by Central Florida Composers at the Timucua White House, presented by Central Florida Composers ForumFree admission, but donations are accepted, and guests are encourage to bring a bottle of wine or some tasty food to share.

2000 S Summerlin Ave,
Orlando, Florida 32806


Jeff M. Brown: 2 Preludes, Jeff Brown
Mark Piszczek: Down Range, Lynn Peghiny
Keith Lay: Joyful Play for Four Hands, Eda Shlyam and Rose S. Grace
Sun Mi Ro: Once Upon a Time, Ana Rosa Hernandez
Troy Gifford: Two Preludes: I. Into Light, II. In Darkness, David Yu
Ryan McQuinn: D’Passio’s, Ryan McQuinn
M. Shawn Hundley: A New American Ballad, Rose S. Grace

Oct. 5: Music for Saxophone and Electronics

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You’re invited to a concert of Music for Saxophone and Electronics on Sunday, October 5, 7:30pm at the Orlando White House (2000 S Summerlin Ave.). Timothy Rosenberg, Brian Smithers, and George Weremchuk will perform music by Central Florida composers Thad Anderson and Timothy Stulman, as well as works by Jay Batzner, Bill Ryan, and Morton Subotnick. Admission is free, though guests are encouraged to bring a bottle of wine to share. Donations are welcome to support the group.

Weremchuk and Anderson are professors at the University of Central Florida Music Department. Rosenberg, Stulman, and Smithers teach at Full Sail University. The concert will feature music that combines the expressive range of the saxophone with the infinite sonic possibilities of computer technology.

June 29: CF2 Does Funk

Join us in getting a little funky this summer.

This month at the Orlando White House, local funk band ISM will present a concert of new works by Central Florida composers. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by backing our Indiegogo project. If you can’t make it, you can still get an audio or video recording of the concert by supporting it.

We can’t wait to see you there!


Sunday, 29 June 2014
Orlando White House
2000 S Summerlin Ave
Orlando, Fl 32806
Admission: $15, reserve tickets here