HEROES & VILLAINS: A COMIC CON(CERT)! @ Harriet’s Orlando Ballet Center, June 1, 7 pm

Orlando, FL. This summer, the stage is set for an epic collision of music, visual art, and storytelling. On Saturday, June 1st at 7 pm, the Harriet’s Orlando Ballet Center will host “Heroes and Villains: A Comic Con(cert),” an extraordinary collaborative concert bridging the creative worlds of contemporary classical music and comic book artistry.

Presented by the Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra (OCCO) in collaboration with Central Florida Composers Forum and Silverline Comics, this first-of-its-kind event will immerse audiences in compelling musical narratives of heroism and villainy written by a fascinating array of exciting compositional voices from Florida, the U.S., and abroad. 

The evening’s program features an eclectic array of contemporary compositions by ascending artists such as Matt Browne, Jason Capehart Jr., Alexandros Darna, Inna Onofrei, and Erik Valdemar Sköld, among others, including a premiere by Orlando’s own Jeremy Umlauf. Visual projections featuring the work of local comic book publishing house Silverline Comics will enhance the musical experience.

Prior to the concert and during intermission, concertgoers will have the opportunity to meet comic book creators, who will display, sell, and sign their original works. Get your tickets now! BAM!

Silverline Comics Covers

2024 Salon Concert – About the Composers and Program Notes

Presents: 2024 Composer’s Salon Concert

Sunday, March 24th, 2024 – Timucua White House
2000 South Summerlin, Orlando, FL 32806.
Doors: 7 pm. Concert: 7:30.

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Concert Program

1. As the Sun Sets Upon This Autumn NightJeremy Umlauf

Jeremy Umlauf – Piano

2. The Time QuartetPaul Austin Sanders

2nd Movement – The Threads of Time; 3rd Movement – The Dances of Time

Irene Pacheco – Violin 1   Anabel Tejeda- Violin 2

Tyler Pacheco – Viola     Annalise Lange – Cello

3. Barcarolle Dan Crozier

Xiting Yang – Piano

4. Alice + Zoltan 4everAlex Burtzos

George Weremchuk – Alto Saxaphone 

Luis Fred – Bass Trombone

Ammon Perry Bratt – Piano

5. Suite for Flute & String QuartetStan Cording

Foretold, Quest, Processional

Emma Koi – Flute

Lisa Ferrigno – Violin 1   Joni Hanze – Violin 2

Scott Knopf – Viola     Adriana Stenvik – Cello

About the Composers and Program Notes (In Alphabetical Order)

Alex Burtzos is an American composer and conductor based in New York City and Orlando, FL. His music has been performed across four continents by some of the world’s foremost contemporary musicians and ensembles, including JACK Quartet, Yarn/Wire, loadbang, Contemporaneous, ETHEL, Jenny Lin, RighteousGIRLS, Decoda, and many others. Alex is the founder and artistic director of ICEBERG New Music, a New York-based composers’ collective.

Alex holds a DMA from Manhattan School of Music, where his primary teachers were Reiko Fueting and Mark Stambaugh. He is the Endowed Chair of Composition Studies at the University of Central Florida, where he teaches composition, orchestration, film scoring, video game scoring, and music technology. His music is published by Just a Theory Press, NewMusicShelf, and others.

Alice + Zoltan 4ever is based on a 2008 article in Gizmodo magazine. The article related the story of an inventor who, frustrated with his search for love, had decided to build himself a robotic companion. The author concluded on a frankly sympathetic note: “My conversation with Zoltan lasted a couple of hours – not enough time for me to be able to claim that I ‘got’ him. What I did find, however, is that he is not a freak. Strange, maybe, but sympathetic, mature… In short, a likable guy who can’t make it work with women – and so he has found an alternative.” 

This composition strives to capture something of this lovelorn inventor’s personality, and imagines him – maybe – finding happiness at last.

Commissioned by Ana García and premiered by Ana García, Jason White, and Tim Thompson in Bossi-Comelli Studio, New York, NY (October 2014).

Stan Cording is an Orlando native and graduate of Rollins College. He writes in a style called New Lyricism, emphasizing the beauty and mood of the music over the materials or methods used to make it. His music is a respectful continuation of classical music tradition without being overly reverent to a particular style or fad. His music has a strong appeal to both audiences and performers alike. Drawing inspiration from the unique interests and requirements of the musicians, patrons and collaborators he works with, his music is performed in venues from the church to the concert hall, and within a wide range of genres and forms, from art song to choral, chamber, orchestral and Christmas music.
His album, Christmas Carols Old and New, is available on Amazon. Scores and recordings are available on his website:

Suite for Flute and String Quartet is in three movements. The titles and text that inspired each movement:
“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become” – James Lane Allen
“Silver hidden in the gold.
Young man hidden in the old.
Laughing lord with weeping eyes.
Bring kind and ring before sunrise!”

– Margaret Lovett
“Processional “
“… the shout of a king is among them.” – Numbers 23:21

Described as “harmonically lush and lyrically soaring” by the New York Times, and as having “abstract elegance, structural coherence, and tender feeling” by the Wall Street Journal, music by Daniel Crozier has been performed or recorded by organizations as diverse as Fort Worth Opera, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the Seattle Symphony, and New York City Opera.  His operatic, orchestral, and solo works have been released on the Albany, ACA Digital, and Parma labels. Awards include a fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Grant, five nominations for awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and first prizes in National Opera Association and Jacksonville Symphony competitions.  He currently serves as Professor of Theory and Composition at Rollins College.

Program Notes: Barcarolle, for solo piano

Written during a summer at the Oregon Bach Festival, this fourth barcarolle in a series of five is the most introspective of the set.  Conceived during a festival of J. S. Bach’s works, the point of departure is a melody that opens with the intervals found in the musical spelling of the great patriarch’s name.  What follows is a piece about the spinning of long lyrical lines, and lines against and within them.  The traditional, rocking six, nine, or twelve-eight metric scheme of the barcarolle, or boat-song, is here shifted to groups of seven in the piece’s principal idea.  There is a lengthy tradition using the musical translation of the name “Bach” as thematic material, including the very last music written by the master himself.

Paul Austin Sanders has been a member of Central Florida Composers Forum since 2018 ..From Ethereal soundscapes to Neo Classical compositions..this concert will feature his 9th new work..His Creative Background has run the gamut from Studying not only Vocal performance and composition but jazz bass and actors studio as well as a variety of art classes at times……With one grandmother a pianist and the other an artist….the seeds were planted and over time the moniker of RenaissanceArtzMan evolved…
As This concert is connected to word play..I thought to explore some that fit with The Word Play of Time that this string quartet deals with

Abrakadabra..From The Hebrew for making something manifest…to speak it into existence… Tick Tock ..Time moves forward…subdivided into multiple increments of micro seconds, seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years and beyond to Centuries to Millenia to Infinity..Time is a Word….Words in Time to the rhythms of Music that flow forth from our minds from the Universal Creative flow that keeps us on the go Time ..each day ..each way we create, Inspired by the way the moment is unfolding in our minds…Tick tock ..This Moment in time is unfolding, Made Manifest by truly being in this moment..Abrakadabra.

Two movements from “The Time Quartet” adapted for the String Quartet will be performed.

2nd Movement – “The Threads of Time”

3rd Movement – “The Dances of Time” search renaissanceartzman

Jeremy Umlauf is a rising composer from the Orlando, Florida area. His music mostly utilizes a traditional tonal harmonic language that is often mixed with subtle polytonality. His music is also often narratively driven and is occasionally inspired by music outside the Classical tradition. A few of his musical heroes include Leoš Janácek, Gustav Mahler, Alfred Schnittke, Koji Kondo, Jeff Lynne of the Electric Light Orchestra, and Thomas Kalnoky of Streetlight Manifesto.
In his free time Jeremy can be found fishing Florida’s rich fisheries, where he has caught snook, tarpon, spotted seatrout, redfish, largemouth bass, and chain pickerel. His love of fishing helps fuel his inspiration and passion for composition.

Growing up in Florida, I have always had a deep appreciation for breathtaking sunsets. To me, the sunset represents a time of both profound beauty and deep melancholy as the day ends and the night begins. It is this feeling that I aimed to capture in music.As The Sun Sets Upon This Autumn Night begins with a sparse texture that is meant to represent small patches of color slowly creeping into the sky. As the introduction progresses, the musical activity increases, acting as a parallel to even more new shades of color appearing at the beginning of the sunset. The activity culminates into a flurry of motoric motion which represents most of the duration of the sunset. After a cascading descent, the piece starts to wind down as the sky grows darker. Before long, the piece suddenly ends and all that is left is the silence of the night.

CF2 brings the Kansas City-based Lyric Arts Trio to Orlando for the 2024 Timucua International Chamber Music Festival

Saturday, January 20, 2024 | 7:30 p.m. EST

The Lyric Arts Trio of Kansas City (Elena Lence Talley, clarinet; Daniel Velicer, piano; and Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano) have delighted audiences throughout the Midwest with their technical and artistic abilities and wonderful musicianship. They project a warmth and pleasure in performing concerts crafted around a central theme, complemented by informal remarks about the music that enlighten and entertain audiences. In this concert, they will be performing:

Stella Sung — Three Songs on Poems by Robert Frost
Charlie Griffin — When Great Trees Fall
Alex Burtzos — The Explosion, and Other Tales, Mvt. III.Dublinesque 
Troy Gifford — Night Voices
Mark Piszczek— Star Fell
Alan Gerber — Mvts. 1 & 4 from Love’s Paradox
Seunghee Lee — Selected movements from Dancheong

Event Venue

Timucua Arts Foundation
2000 S Summerlin Ave
Orlando, FL 32806

Discounted tickets are available for members, students, teachers, frontline workers, veterans, and seniors. In-person and livestream tickets are available. Please bring a bottle of wine or non-alcoholic beverage to share.


As a national and international award-winning composer, the music of Stella Sung has been performed throughout the United States and abroad. She served as the first Composer-in-Residence for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (2008-2011), and was one of the five composers nationally selected for a “Music Alive” award, a three-year award that allowed Dr. Sung to serve as Composer-In-Residence for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (2013-16), sponsored by New Music USA, the League of American Orchestras, ASCAP, the Aaron Copland Fund, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Dr. Sung is Composer-in-Residence for Dance Alive National Ballet (Gainesville, FL).

Stella Sung is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2020-21 “Commissioning Grant for Female Composers” from Opera America and a 2021-22 NEA grant for her opera The Secret River (with Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Mark Campbell commissioned and produced by Opera Orlando). She is the recipient of a Phi Kappa Phi National Artists Award, Florida Individual Artists Fellowships, a fellowship at the prestigious MacDowell Colony, and awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Premieres, performances, and commissions of Dr. Sung’s work have included compositions for world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the German Ministry of Culture (Rhineland-Pfalz), the National Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Pops, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the Monterey (CA) Symphony, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Sarasota Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville (FL) Symphony Orchestra, and other university and regional orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and soloists.

Several documentary films have been made about Sung’s work, including a film by award-winning documentary filmmaker Lisa Mills, which captures the world premiere performance of Sung’s large orchestral work, The Circle Closes (2010). This film has garnered a Silver Medal Award from the 2011 Park City Film Music Festival (Park City, Utah) and a 2011 Bronze Telly Award. Sung’s highly acclaimed composition for orchestra, Rockwell Reflections, was excerpted and made into a five-minute film by Lisa Mills and was selected for the Cultural Arts Award at the 2009 International MOFILM short film festival.

Another award-winning documentary film about Sung’s Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra by filmmaker Aaron Hosé was selected for two Telly Awards (2007).

The music of Stella Sung is published by the Theodore Presser Music Publishers (USA), Editions Henry Lemoine (France), Southern Music Company (Keiser, USA), and Sonic Star Music Productions (USA), and is currently available on Koch International Recordings, Naxos, Cambria Master Recordings, Sinfonica (Italy), Eroica Master Recordings, MSR, and Albany Records. Sung’s compositions have been broadcast on radio stations worldwide, including WGBH-Boston, WBUR-Boston, WNYC-New York, KING FM radio (Seattle, WA), the Bavarian Radio (Munich, Germany), the Swedish National Radio, and Radio Vaticana (Rome, Italy).

Sung holds a Bachelor of Music degree (piano performance) from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), a Master of Fine Arts degree (Composition) from the University of Florida, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (piano performance) from the University of Texas at Austin. The University of Florida has recognized Dr. Sung as a Distinguished Alumna, an Alumna of Outstanding Achievement, and she has also received a Distinguished Achievement Award from UF.

Dr. Sung is the director of the Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment (CREATE) at the University of Central Florida, College of Arts and Humanities. Dr. Sung holds a “Pegasus” Professorship, the highest honor awarded to distinguished faculty members at the University of Central Florida, and is also an endowed “University Trustees Chair” professor.

MAJOR EVENT: Thresholds: Choral Doorways Into Hope, Loss and Spirit at Harriet’s Orlando Ballet on September 16

The 16-voice ensemble VoxO, directed by Claire Hodge and joined by pianist Libby Chippeaux, violinist Julia Gessinger, cellist Jamie Clark, and harpist Haley Rhodeside, presents a first-of-its-kind program ever heard in Orlando: regional or world premieres of choral works written entirely by living Central Florida composers.

The works in this program explore the depths of the emotional and spiritual human experience, from the Korean lullaby Jajang-ga by ChanJiKim to Alex Burtzos’s setting of Shakespeare’s Come Away, Death. New spiritual works set in Latin, like Brandon Martin’s Ave Maris Stella, Stan Cording’s Exaudi Me, and Alan Gerber’s Ubi Caritas, complement the secular deeply poetic expression found in works like Troy Gifford’s Like Water, Chaz Underriner’s Forget Sleep, and Charlie Griffin’s In After Time.

The singers of VoxO are:

Sopranos: Pam Armitage, Jenni Ayers, Brittany Payne, Stephanie Rosario

Altos: Ashley Duvé, Alice Fortunato, Jennifer Hunt, Corrie Shaw

Tenors: William Ayers, Michael Clossey, Larry Fortunato, Enrique Ynaty

Basses: Michael Andrew Creighton, Jason Ernst, Linden Gould, Andrew V Smith

Many, many thanks to The Awesome Foundation for their support of this project, along with Full Sail University, University of Central Florida, Valencia College, Track Shack, and Tom Dyer.

OCCO & VoxO premiere two CF2 works along with several others on September 9 @ Pugh Theater

Experience the adventurous spirit and wide-eyed wonder of childhood through music as Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra partners with 16-voice sensation VoxO for “Through a Child’s Eyes.” This exciting concert features five world premieres that contemplate life’s joys and sorrows from a youthful perspective.

Let William Blake’s poetic ode “A Cradle Song” transport you to a place of innocence shielded from life’s harshness. Feel the liminal space between dreaming and waking in Ella Higginson’s mystical “Dawn.” Learn music’s magic alongside Robert Louis Stevenson’s whimsical verses. Marvel at the child-like visual poetry of e.e. cummings’ imaginary world where effortless love reigns in Charlie Griffin’s setting of who knows if the moon’s a balloon, rearranged specifically for VoxO at the request of their director, Claire Hodge. Grieve a child taken too soon yet find resilience in his spirit with Abby Henkel’s setting of Mary Craig’s elegiac “Perigee.” Dance with shorebirds on sandy shores through the playful lens of “Gymnopedie.” And wander in awe through a meadow’s symphony of shimmering lights. 

Under the direction of Todd Craven (OCCO) and Claire Hodge (VoxO), this imaginative program will be performed on September 9 at 8 p.m. at the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Experience choral music anew as “Through a Child’s Eyes” offers a kaleidoscope of perspectives, allowing you to reconnect to life’s beauty. 

OCCO-Deconstructed: LANDSCAPES OF SHADOW AND LIGHT at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, August 19 at 8 pm

Blue Bamboo Center For The Arts — 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park, FL. Saturday, August 19, 2023 @ 8PM. Tickets are $25.

Experience contemporary chamber music at its finest when Performing Arts Matter presents the Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra and Central Florida Composer Forum in “OCCO Deconstructed: Landscapes of Shadow and Light.” Hear music by award-winning composers performed by small ensembles of OCCO’s outstanding musicians.

The program includes Alex Burtzos‘ “King | Cawdor,” depicting the emotional turmoil of political power; Sharon Omens‘ “Thoroughfare,” contrasting urban loneliness and natural connectedness; Troy Gifford‘s energetic string quartet works “Lumina” and “Lacerta”; Dan Crozier’s haunting “Nocturne” for cello and piano; and Christian Yom’s “Sansori,” merging traditional Korean music and lush strings. The evening concludes with Charlie Griffin‘s “Cambiando Paisajes,” a piano trio work inspired by Latin rhythms.

With passionate performances and thought-provoking new music, this evening of shadow and light is not to be missed. Experience contemporary music as it was meant to be heard – live on stage.

The performers for this event are:
Jamie Clark – Cello
Nora Lee Garcia – Flute
Julia Gessinger – Violin
Elliot May – Bass
Haley Rhodeside – Harp
Jazmin Skipper – Bassoon
Jessica Speak – Clarinet
Hannah Sun – Piano
Anabel Tejada – Viola
Andreas Volmer – Violin

HOMAGES: CF2 and OCCO at Harriet’s Orlando Ballet Center – July 29 at 7 pm

Don’t miss “Homages,” the inaugural concert of our 2023 summer series

Experience an electrifying night of contemporary classical music performed by the acclaimed Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra at Harriet’s Orlando Ballet Center on July 29th at 7 pm. The program features exhilarating performances by some of today’s most exciting local and national composers that confront generational tensions, pay homage to tango masters, and wrestle with life’s uncertainties.

Alex Burtzos‘ fierce “RAGE” channels the pent-up frustration of youth through driving metal rhythms. Troy Gifford‘s sensuous “Milonga Abandonada” lovingly embraces the spirit of Argentine tango. Ryan Homsey’s meditative “Music and Life Mingle” pays tribute to legendary film composer Richard Robbins. Cole Reyes’ kinetic “Sprint” is a frenetic tour de force. Jeremy Umlauf‘s poignant “Sisyphus” immortalizes the mythic Greek hero in music. And Jamie Wehr’s unforgettable “Where is John Galt?” featuring rising-star guest pianist Caroline Owen pays homage to Leonard Bernstein via the iconoclastic work of author Ayn Rand.

Don’t miss this one chance to hear some of the best musicians in Orlando tackle these bold new works for the chamber orchestra. Claim your seat today for a concert that will linger in your mind long afterward.

The ever-passionate and always-prepared Maestro Todd Craven will conduct the Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra.

This series represents a cooperative effort between Performing Arts Matter, Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, and Central Florida Composers Forum.

OCCO’s amazing performers are:

Concertmaster: Julia Gessinger
Violin 2: Galen Kaup
Viola: Marla Morgan
Cello: Paul Fleury
Bass: Elliot MayFlute and Piccolo: Tammara Phillips
Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo: Tina Edelstein
Oboe: Charles McGee
Clarinet: Jessica Speak
Bass Clarinet: Keith Koons
Bassoon: Jazmin Skipper
Trumpet: Griffin Weber
Trombones: Joseph Vascik, Laurie Penpraze, Alex Regazzi
Percussion: Bryant Bernal, Madison Schafer, Paul Yorke

Sin City and Cavalcade premiered at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, on May 6, 2023, at 11 AM

CF2 composer mentor Alex Burtzos and his FSYO composer mentee Victor Acuna will receive back-to-back premieres of freshly written works for the FSYO Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, May 6 at 11:00 AM.

This double premiere represents the first of four mentor/mentee pairings that were created as part of Central Florida Composers Forum’s ongoing collaboration with the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, and we could not be more excited.

Alex’s piece is entitled Sin City and Victor’s is Cavalcade (inspired by the classic Caravan).

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts 

1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
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2022 Salon Concert – About the Composers and Program Notes

Sunday, October 23 – Timucua White House
2000 South Summerlin, Orlando, FL 32806.
Doors: 7pm. Concert: 7:30.

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Stan Cording is an Orlando native and Rollins College graduate who writes music in a style called New Lyricism. He writes music in a wide range of genres and forms, from art song to choral, chamber, orchestral and Christmas music. His album, Christmas Carols Old and New, is available from Amazon.

This is the premier performance of Fête, which was written especially for the Confetti Trio. 

It has 4 short movements, depicting the moods created by various decorations at a party: Streamers, Banners, Lanterns and Tinsel.

A composer and writer, Charlie Griffin was born and raised in New York. Active in the Orlando area since 2010, he teaches in Full Sail University’s Bachelor of Science in Music Production degree program, is the founder and director of the Central Florida Composers Forum, and has been a large budget panelist for United Arts of Central Florida. His original music has been performed in 20 countries in venues like Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Merkin and Weill recital halls, the American Cathedral in Paris, festivals such as Aspen, SpoletoUSA, and Mexico’s International Cervantino, and conferences such as the WPPC (World Piano Pedagogy Conference), PASIC (Percussive Arts Society), ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and NFA (National Flute Association). Recent commissions include works for the Bay Area choral ensemble 21V and the Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra. His non-fiction children’s picture book, Indy and Jenny, is available on Amazon and all major outlets.

Samba Variations was originally commissioned and recorded by guitarist Robert Phillips as part of a multi-composer project for a CD release called Orange Blossom Dances. The title, I hope, is self-explanatory. I since revised and rearranged it for two of my dearest friends, guitarist and composer Troy Gifford and clarinetist Jessica Hall-Speak. This version adds substantially new melodic material. 

In 2004 The New York Times named Keith Lay (b.1958 Barberton, OH) “a composer to watch for.” Gramophone magazine described his music as “unapologetically emotional ” (2005). The Orlando Weekly called him “Orlando’s most inventive composer.” 

“My goal is to inspire reverent wonder about the world of sound and the science, perceptions, and emotions that connect us to nature and each other. A life of curiosity, working, music-making, teaching, and growing with Vipassana, Deep Listening, and experimenting help me achieve it.”

To pay respect to James Brown, I cataloged the riffs in his 1972 “Funky Drummer” to create “Funky Tubes for Tuba Trio,” commissioned by the FMTNA, premiering at their convention in 2018.

I met Bob after hearing about his search into lost metallurgic processes that produced superior tubas in the 19th Century and his sons at “Distance Music at Lake Eola” playing monstrous instruments. As his first call for studio sessions, drummer Gerald Law came to my attention through producer Darren Schneider.  

The extreme range of “Funky Tubas” is FIENDISHLY DIFFICULT, which just made the Carpenters love it more. I’ve rewritten it many times to make it easier, but they will have none of it! Because of their long wavelengths, tuba notes take longer to speak, dragging the tempo without constant vigilance. I’ve added the immediate sound of the drums to help maintain funk’s necessary precision.

Seunghee Lee (b.1980) is a Korean-American composer/pianist/educator. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Lee moved to the United States in 2003 and has been on the music faculty at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, FL since 2015.

Performances of her composition have taken place in notable venues and festivals worldwide, including concert halls in Germany, Finland, Italy, Hong Kong, Columbia, South Korea and across the United States. Her music has won several competitions, residencies, and commissions, including the 2019 Judith Lang Zaimont Prize of International Alliance for Women in Music, McCormick Percussion Group Commission, Florida Youth Symphony Orchestra Composer Residency, and Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra Commission.

Heung, for Piano (Merriment for Piano, 2022), is a piece I wrote for Pianist Chee Hyeon Choi. Her interest in contemporary piano repertoires representing Korean traditional tunes and beats were the main compositional inspiration for this project. This piece is my own interpretation of traditional Korean music, keeping the fundamental impression of tunes and beats (i.e. half-step grace notes for pitch-bending, quasi-whole tone scales, mimicking the performance style of Janggu drum, etc.).  I’ve written four short movements to represent four emotions (happiness, anger, sadness, and joy), which are the main emotions frequently referred in East Asian cultures as Hee, Roh, Ae, and Rack (희로애락, 喜怒哀樂). In the midst of going through these emotions over four thousand years, Korean people have kept merriment alive with them to this day.

Brandon Martin is an Orlando-based vocalist and composer. While he regularly performs at EPCOT with The Voices of Liberty, he has also performed as soloist with the Orlando Philharmonic and has been an actor in or music director for various local theatre productions. As a composer/arranger, Brandon has been commissioned by Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras for its 2019-20 and 2022-23 seasons and is published by Excelcia Music.

Program Notes:

“Confession Drops” and “Full of Life Now” come from a song cycle called Calamus, sharing the name of a collection of Walt Whitman poems. These poems have been interpreted as homophilic, conjuring scenes of “manly, adhesive love” between comrades: at times celebrating the platonic love and camaraderie between men, but sometimes, in a quieter tone, celebrating the romantic love between men. As a fan of Whitman’s poetry, it seems some of his most intimate writing. As a gay man, it feels like a “coming out”, an illuminating and celebrating of love that too often, throughout history, is shrouded in shadow.

Paul Austin Sanders has been with Central Florida Composers forum since 2018 …so far, since then he has had the opportunity to premier 6 original soundscapes at the CF2 Salon concerts in 2018 and 2019 at Timucua Arts Foundation ..And Compose  an original Wind Quintet score for the Joint project with Orlando Story ..where each composer wrote original music to go with each story teller.Paul Moved here from Seattle ,Washington originally to work in entertainment at Disney and later Universal..Since then he has been evolved in the arts community in a variety of ways in Music, Theatre, Film and Visual Art..He Was a Voice Major at Western Washing University in Bellingham ,Washington , with additional Studies in Composition,jazz bass and Actors Studio….

    This will be his first Neo Classical composition to premier at Timucua..This Elations String Quartet  4th movement was completed during the early days of the Pandemic lock down.which became a very creative time..where a diversity of new neo classical music was begun..As well he was able to put together some new creative pages to get his music and art expressions out on to the internet search renaissanceartzman

2022 Annual Composer DIY Salon Concert

Sunday, October 23 – Timucua White House
2000 South Summerlin, Orlando, FL 32806.
Doors: 7pm. Concert: 7:30.
VIP Tickets are $30, other seating by donation.

For nine years, Central Florida Composers Forum (CF2) has been offering its members a first-come, first-on, get-er-done yerself opportunity to present work to the Orlando/Central Florida public. The composers themselves perform or arrange for the performers. That always means a wider variety of sonic possibilities than a more typical curated CF2 concert featuring a unified instrumentation.

This program features Alex Burtzos’s SEA, for Vibraphone; Stan Cording’s Fête for violin, flute, and oboe; Charlie Griffin’s Samba Variations for clarinet and guitar; Keith Lay’s Funky Tubes for three tubas and drums; Seunhee Lee’s Heung (Merriment) for solo piano, Brandon Martin’s “Confession Drops” and “Full of Life Now” from Calamus for tenor and piano; and Paul Austin Sanders’s Elations – Mvt. 4 for string quartet.