Chad Jacobsen is an in-demand recording engineer technology consultant. He has worked in studios around the world and has helped design studio facilities for Iowa State University, Drake University, SR Audio and many more. His recordings can be found on Centaur and Innova record labels and his work with Simon Estes was featured in the World Cup 2010. A long time member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), Jacobsen specializes in Apple computers and Pro Tools software in an academic environment.
Justin Trieger is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and experienced recording engineer. After formal training in the Music Technology department of the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University, Justin relocated to Miami Beach, FL where he now manages all of the collaborative, internet-based projects of the New World Symphony. Justin also acts as project lead for MUSAIC, the premier online video portal for classical music education.
Peter Paul Olejar (AB, Duke; MM, Yale; graduate studies, University of Toronto Electronic Music Laboratory) studied with Pulitzer Prize winner Elliott Carter. Has written music for symphony orchestra, brass ensemble, string quartet, woodwind quintet, dance bands, pit orchestra, chorus, solo vocal, viola, carillon and organ music.
Carillon publications include “Denver Musings” (2014 GCNA conference commission), “et inspiravit” (contest winner, 2014, Perpignan, France), “Panegyrikos” (WCF Congress 2000 commission).
Orchestration for the Richard Dreyfuss film “Once Around.” Communion hymn published in the Chalice Hymnal. Electronic compositions listed in Repertoire International des Musiques Electroacustiques Nos 2/3 including ballet scene “Incommunicado”.
Choral music published in MorningStar Music Publications. (“The Atlanta Scared Chorale” recording).
“Chaconne!” for organ premiered in the Duke University Chapel by David Arcus.
Mr. Olejar serves as Director of Music at St. Paul’s Christian Church, Raleigh NC. Has played piano in orchestras backing up Anita Bryant and the Four Aces, served as director of choral workshops at Christmount Retreat in Black Mountain, NC, an officer for the North Carolina Composers Alliance. Taught instrumental and choral music in public schools in Ohio and was a Consulting Systems Engineer for the IBM Corporation.
Philip Rice holds a Master of Music with distinction in composition from Westminster College of the Arts in Princeton. In 2015 he was an ASCAP Morton Gould Award finalist, a semifinalist in the American Prize, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition and a Master of Music in theory pedagogy at Michigan State University. His creative focus is on acoustic ecology and musical explorations of space and place. His academic research focus is in rhythmic and spatial constructions as well as postmodern theory. As a performer he sings tenor and has studied piano, organ, carillon, and handbells.
Recently hailed as inspiring and dramatic (Kurt Knecht, Nebraska Wesleyan University), Kyle Shaw writes eclectic music, which transcends stylistic boundaries. His compositions have been performed in eight of the fifty states, by such ensembles as the Illinois Modern Ensemble, the Lichtenstein String Quartet, and the BYU Wind Symphony, and by such artists as Keith Kirchoff, Tracy Cowden, Geert d'Hollander, Stephen Gosling, Curtis Macomber, Chris Finckel, Matthew Coley and Duo X.
In 2015, he was awarded the 17th annual 21st century Piano Commission; he also presented his work at the SEAMUS and the Grawemeyer 30th anniversary conferences, and was selected as a participant in the first annual SPLICE Institute. In 2014, he was selected as a fellow of the University of Nebraska's Chamber Music Institute. In 2013, his wind ensemble piece Sylph won the Vera Hinckley Mayhew music composition contest; his piece Center Panel won the Iowa State carillon composition contest; and his piece Wall Flower was selected for inclusion on the SEAMUS miniatures recording series.
He earned a BM at Brigham Young University, studying composition with Michael Hicks, Steven Ricks, Christian Asplund, and Neil Thornock, and organ and carillon with Don Cook.
He is currently pursuing his DMA at the University of Illinois, where he has studied with Carlos Carrillo, Stephen Taylor, Heinrich Taube, Reynold Tharp, and electroacoustic music with Scott Wyatt. He and his wife Tess are the parents of two daughters.
Ad Wammes studied composition with Ton de Leeuw, Theo Loevendie and Klaas de Vries, piano with Edith Lateiner-Grosz and electronic music with Ton Bruynèl. He played keyboards with the symphonic rockgroup Finch. Between 1983 and 1985 he wrote the music for 5 Sesame Street albums. From 1986 to 2002 he realised the music (composing, playing and recording) of 35 serials for TeleacNOT. In recent years he has concentrated more and more on composing "concert music". His piece for organ "Miroir" meant his international breakthrough. It is being played all over the world by such renowned organists as Thomas Trotter, David Sanger and John Scott and has already been recorded 13 times on CD. In 2007 Boosey and Hawkes published a reissue.
Commissions from Norway (Aqua Messe) and England (orgelbüchlein project) followed. Compositions for piano were published by Schott and De Haske. In 2012 Boosey & Hawkes published two new works for organ "Toccata Chromatica" and "Ride in a High-Speed Train" followed by "Interludes"in 2014. Schott (Mainz) will publish an album for piano in December 2015, followed by "Riveder le stelle" (a work for mixed choir and organ, commissioned by The Cathedral of Uppsala-Sweden) in March 2016.
Broad gestures, rich textures, and narrative sweep are hallmarks of the compelling (New York Times), shapely, melody-rich (Wall Street Journal) music of composer Alex Weiser. Born and raised in New York City, Weiser creates acutely cosmopolitan music combining a keen ear and deeply felt historical perspective with a vibrant forward looking creativity. Running the gamut from dramatic visceral power to thoughtful introspection, Weiser's compositions often employ a colorful tonal language and repetition to create a discourse which is at once rich and abstract, and yet lucid and grounded.
An energetic advocate for contemporary classical music and for the work of his peers, Weiser co-founded Kettle Corn New Music, an engaging (New York Times) series acclaimed for capturing "all of the prestige" that contemporary classical music has to offer, with "none of the pomp," (Feast of Music) and is currently a director of the MATA Festival, the "the city's leading showcase for vital new music by emerging composers." (The New Yorker)
Upcoming projects include new works for HOCKET piano duo, the Soldiers Tale septet, Exceptet, pianist Kathleen Supové, and a major new song cycle for singer and large ensemble for Cantata Profana. Commissions and performances have come from ensembles and musicians including Typical Music (Todd Reynolds, Ashley Bathgate, and Vicky Chow), Lisa Moore, Mellissa Hughes, Sandbox Percussion, JACK Quartet, Guidonian Hand, Momenta Quartet, Argento Ensemble, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Bearthoven, Fifth House Ensemble, bassoon quintet Dark in the Song, and the New Amsterdam Singers.
Weiser has completed residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Wildacres, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Millay Colony, and his music has been heard at festivals including Bang on a Can, Norfolk, June in Buffalo, the European American Musical Alliance, Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, and highSCORE. Weiser's music has recently received awards and support from New Music USA, ASCAP, the Lyrica Chamber Music Society, Iowa State University's Carillon Festival, the University of Central Missouri, and the Mid Atlantic Foundation for the Arts.
Weiser's musical education began in earnest while attending Stuyvesant High School writing pieces for the symphonic orchestra there, and studying theory and conducting with Joseph Tamosaitis, and composition with Paul Alan Levi. Weiser then continued his studies at Yale University and New York University where teachers and mentors included Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, Michael Klingbeil, Kathryn Alexander, Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Ingram Marshall, and Christopher Theofanidis.