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Hawley Ades

Hawley Ades was an American, choral arranger, born in Wichita, Kansas in 1908. He died March 26, 2008, at the age of 99, three months shy of his 100th birthday. He was the son of two professional musicians; choral director Lucius Ades, and concert pianist and teacher Mary Findley Ades.

Hawley Ades graduated from Rutgers College in 1929. He was hired as a staff arranger for Irving Berlin's publishing company, where from 1932 to 1936 he made hundreds of stock arrangements for the leading dance bands of the day, including special arrangements for Raymond Scott and Paul Whiteman.

In 1937, he was hired as a choral arranger for Fred Waring's very popular group, The Pennsylvanians, and was a mainstay for the next 38 years. Fred Waring often introduced Ades on concert tours by saying that "more people play and sing his arrangements than those of any other arranger in history."


Dr. Betty Bertaux

Betty Bertaux, founder/director of the Children's Chorus of Maryland, was regarded as an authority on vocal and musical development in children. A former faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and Holy Names College in Oakland, California, she has been professionally active for over 40 years, working with music students of all ages. Dr. Bertaux is internationally recognized and often engaged as a guest conductor and workshop clinician with children's choruses and choral conferences. Currently serving as an adjunct professor for VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Dr. Bertaux is also internationally established and frequently commissioned as a composer and arranger of music for treble choirs. Her works are available via the Betty Bertaux Music Series with Boosey & Hawkes of New York and Alliance Music Publications, Houston.


Don Besig

Don Besig taught public school music for 31 years in western New York. His concert choral groups and show choirs earned excellent reputations for their performances at clinics, contests and community events. His teaching experience includes work at all levels. He is currently director of music at Perinton Presbyterian Church in Fairport, NY.

Recognizing a need for choral music written especially for student singers and volunteer church choirs, Mr. Besig began composing for his own choral groups. Over 350 of his original compositions and arrangements have been released by leading publishers of school and church music. More than 15 million copies of his works have been sold. He is the recipient of several ASCAP Special Awards in the category of standard music.


Alan Billingsley

Alan Billingsley is an internationally recognized arranger, composer, orchestrator and producer of all styles of music. His work is found in the educational market, commercial recordings, music for radio and television, theme park shows, corporate theatrical events, and he recently completed 10 original songs for the new Broadway-style musical On Our Way. Mr. Billingsley has enjoyed a long-term working relationship with The Walt Disney Company and its world-wide attractions and has often been featured as one of Disneyland's exclusive clinicians for "Magic Music Days".


Mike Brewer

Recognised as a leading fugure in the choral world, Mike Brewer is in demand in Britain and worldwide for vocal and conducting workshops and guest conducting of choirs. His annual tours include the USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, Venezuela, and, in 2010, Poland and Slovakia. He is an adviser on world music to the IFCM and assessor to Mexico's choral programme.

Mike is a consultant for over 20 prize-winning UK choirs, and serves as adjudicator in international competitions. In 2008, Mike led BBC workshops for Last Choir Standing.

Mike became musical director of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in 1983 and is deeply passionate about the choirs. Mike's recordings with NYC senior choir and with Laudibus, the 18 voice chamber choir, have won many awards. Mike Brewer's books for Fabermusic include the best-selling 'Kickstart your Choir', 'Warm ups', 'Improve Your Sightsinging (with Paul Harris)' and 'Finetune your Choir'. Hamba Lulu, his set of African songs is performed worldwide, and has over 100 versions on You Tube to date. Mike wrote the song and prepared conductors for the Olympic.


David L. Brunner

David L. Brunner is acclaimed as one today's most active and versatile conductors and composers. His wide and varied expertise embraces all ages in professional, university, public school, community, church and children's choruses. Dr. Brunner is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Central Florida, where he conducts the University Chorus and Chamber Singers, teaches courses in conducting, and coaches composition students.


Bob Chilcott

Described by the Observer newspaper as "a contemporary hero of British choral music", Bob Chilcott has always been immersed in the choral tradition of his country. He sang as a chorister and choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge, and after singing professionally in London and also as a member of the vocal group the King's Singers for 12 years, he became a full-time composer in 1997. He has embraced his career with energy and commitment, not only producing a large catalogue of music for all types of choirs, but also working with singers and choirs in more than 30 countries.


Emily Crocker

Emily Holt Crocker, founder and artistic director of the Milwaukee Children's Choir is recognized nationally as a leading expert in children's choirs. The Milwaukee Children's Choir has received acclaim for performances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the American Choral Directors Association, the Chiba People's Festival in Japan and the Canterbury (England) International Children's Choir Festival.

As a composer, Ms. Crocker's works have been performed around the world and she has received ASCAP awards for concert music since 1986. She is well known for her work in developing choral instructional materials and is an author of Experiencing Choral Music, choral textbook series for grades 6-12, published by McGraw-Hill/Glencoe. As a guest conductor, she led the Midwinter Children's Choral Festival in Carnegie Hall in 1999 and 2001 and has conducted the Milwaukee Symphony Pops Orchestra and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra in performances with the Milwaukee Children's Choir. In 2002 she was awarded the Excellence in Youth Music award from the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee.


Lisa DeSpain

Lisa DeSpain is a New York City based composer of jazz and theater. Her awards include the 2000 ASCAP/IAJE Commission Honoring Duke Ellington, an NEA Jazz Fellowship, and an Aaron Copland Fellowship. She studied jazz piano under Eliane Elias and Ellis Marsalis and jazz composition under Manny Album. She currently serves as Music Director for 60's pop icon, Lesley Gore. Ms. DeSpain specializes in training young voices for the theater. She serves as vocal coach for the Harlem School for the Arts and at Professional Performing Arts School. Her students appear in Broadway productions such as Mary Poppins, The Lion King, and Hairspray. She is the editor and creator of Alfred Music Publishing's new series of Broadway Anthologies for the teen and young voice titled Broadway Presents!


Walter Ehret

A graduate of the Julliard School of Music and Teachers College, Columbia University, Walter Ehret served as an adjunct faculty member of Hofstra University, Manhattanville College, and Teachers College of Columbia University. During the past forty years he taught instrumental and choral music in several New Jersey and New York school systems and retired after serving as District Coordinator of Music for the Scarsdale, New York public school system.

Choral groups under his direction have performed at Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, state music association conventions, divisional meetings of MENC and the first American Choral Directors Association National Conference.


Joyce Eilers

Joyce Eilers was recognized as one of the top choral composers in the country, with hundreds of compositions and arrangements in her catalog, best-selling methods for teaching sight-singing, and for her mentoring of young composers. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in 1963 from Oklahoma City University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Oregon in 1967, where she specialized in Music Education.

She taught in the Oklahoma public schools and in Oregon and Washington for ten years at both elementary and secondary levels and was an instructor at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

She was a popular visiting lecturer and clinician, appearing before many state music education conventions and universities including University of Oregon, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, Boise State University, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, University of Kansas City-Missouri, University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, and Arizona State University.


Greg Gilpin

Originally from the "Show-Me" state of Missouri, Greg resides in Indianapolis, IN. He is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Music Education, K-12'.

Greg is a well-known, ASCAP award-winning choral composer and arranger with hundreds of publications to his credit. He is also in demand as a conductor for choral festivals, all-district and all-state choirs and is a member of MENC and ACDA. As Director of Educational Choral Publications for Shawnee Press, Inc., Greg oversees creation of the educational music products for this distinguished publisher.

At home in Indianapolis, Greg is busy as a studio musician and producer in the recording industry. These projects include commercial jingles, CD projects, Broadway and Disney. He has worked musically with Ray Boltz, Bill and Gloria Gaither, Sandi Patty, David Clydesdale as well as principal pops conductor, Jack Everly and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.


Mary Goetze

During her tenure at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Mary Goetze was instrumental in founding the Music in General Studies program and in creating and teaching such courses as Z100. She founded two choral programs that have continued past her retirement in 2007--the International Vocal Ensemble and the Indiana University Children's Choir.

Now as professor emerita, she continues to compose for choral groups, write articles and books, and travel to present lectures, workshops, and conduct honor choirs.


Nicholas Hare

Nicholas Hare was born in 1940 to keen amateur musicians, and his first musical experiences were probably in the womb! He was a chorister (head chorister in 1954) at St George's Chapel, Windsor, under Dr William Harris; he was fortunate to be in the choir for three major Royal services: the funerals of Queen Mary and George VI, and Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953. In 1954 he won a music scholarship to Marlborough College, Wiltshire, where he studied piano, organ and violin, and in 1959 was awarded a scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Oxford.


Mark Hayes

As a beginning piano student of ten years of age, Mark Hayes had little idea of the foundation he was laying for his future career in music. From those inauspicious beginnings in northern Illinois, his career has blossomed into international tours to Europe, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Brazil. Now an internationally known writer, his music can be found in the music libraries of the finest churches and universities in the country, and he is in increasing demand for choral clinics and concerts.


Anita Kerr

Anita Jean Grilli known professionally as Anita Kerr, is an American singer, arranger, composer, conductor, pianist, and music producer. She recorded and performed successfully with her vocal harmony groups in Nashville, Los Angeles, and Europe. In 1956, Anita Kerr's singers won a contest on the Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts national television program. Now, cut down to a quartet at Godfrey's suggestion, the group travelled to New York City two weeks out of every six to appear with Godfrey on his daily television and radio broadcasts. A few years later, Kerr and her singers performed five times a week with Jim Reeves on his national radio program at WSM. The quartet's roster at this time featured tenor Gil Wright, baritone Louis Nunley, alto Dottie Dillard, and Kerr herself as both soprano and arranger. Singers and arranger soon began contributing to between twelve and eighteen recording sessions weekly


Philip Lawson

For 18 years Philip Lawson was a touring member of the world-famous King's Singers, and was for most of that time their principal arranger. Having replaced founder-member Simon Carrington in 1993, he performed more than 2,000 concerts with the group and appeared on many CDs, DVDs and on radio and TV programmes worldwide. Philip contributed more than 50 arrangements to the repertoire of The King's Singers, including 10 for the 2008 CD "Simple Gifts" which went on to win the GRAMMY for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2009.


John Leavitt

John Leavitt is a Kansas native, born and raised in Leavenworth, Kansas. He completed doctoral work in Choral Conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. His undergraduate work is in Music Education from Emporia State University.
BR> After graduation, Dr. Leavitt moved to Wichita, Kansas where he worked in television for five years. At Wichita State University he pursued a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance with significant study in composition.
BR> While in Wichita he directed the parish music program at Immanuel Lutheran Church and served on the faculty at Friends University where he won the faculty award for teaching excellence in 1989. In the fall of 1992 Dr Leavitt accepted a one-year teaching appointment with Concordia College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he was Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music.


Norman Luboff

Norman Luboff was born in Chicago in 1917. Although he trained in piano as a child and participated in choirs in high school, it was not until his college years that he began to think of music as a life-long profession. After attending the University of Chicago and Central College in Chicago, he did graduate work with the noted composer Leo Sowerby while singing and writing for some of the best radio programs in Chicago. In the mid-1940s, he moved to New York City to continue his career.

With a call from Hollywood to be choral director of The Railroad Hour, a radio weekly starring Gordan McRae, Mr. Luboff entered a period of enormous artistic growth and accomplishment, including the scoring of many television programs and more than eighty motion pictures. He also recorded with America's most noted artists, including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, and Doris Day. In 1950, he formed Walton Music Corporation to make his works available in printed form.


Cristi Cary Miller

Cristi Miller is highly regarded across the United States as a master teacher, conductor and composer. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, she began her teaching career instructing grades 7-12. She eventually moved to the Putnam City School system in 1989 where she worked in the elementary classroom for 21 years. During her time at Putnam City, she was the co-director of the Putnam City Honor Choir. This chorus was highly regarded in their area, winning many honors at festivals and competitions.

Cristi has served as the Elementary Representative on the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association Board of Directors as well as the Elementary Vice President and President for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. Along with her educational responsibilities, Mrs. Miller authors and co-authors a column for a national music magazine entitled Music Express! and was a contributing writer for the Macmillan McGraw-Hill music textbook series, Spotlight on Music.


Nick Page

Nick Page is a Boston based composer, conductor and author who is best known for his song leading. In the 1980's he was a conductor with the Emmy Award winning Chicago Children's Choir. Since 1990, he has led Boston's Mystic Chorale and guest conducted around the word including at three of the four Carnegie Halls (Pittsburgh, New York, and Scotland). His choral works have premiered everywhere from Lincoln Center to humble school cafitoriums. He is the author of three books and has close to one hundred published choral pieces.


Alice Parker

Alice Parker received professional training successively as a composer, conductor and teacher. Her work is founded on the interaction of these fields, and their extension into writing, theorizing and mentoring. It is founded upon the conviction that music is first and foremost sound, and that a paper diagram is a very imperfect medium for its transmission.

Vocal sound comes from human throats, and is infinitely variable. An inner vision of those sounds is necessary before one can evoke them through composing or performance. She knows that wonderfully musical sounds can come from amateur as well as professional singers, from children as well as adults, and from churches, schools and family groups.


John Purifoy

John Purifoy is an ASCAP composer and arranger with various published choral anthems, cantatas and keyboard collections and works recorded by Carol Lawrence, Anita Kerr, the Chicago Master Chorale and other artists. His work for chorus and orchestra, We Hold These Truths, narrated by Alex Haley won the 1987 Freedoms Foundation Award for musical programs. He is the composer and lyricist of the stage musical, Lambarene, which received a workshop production at the state theatre of New Jersey in 1991. John lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife Vicki, a television news producer, and two teenage sons, Drew and Michael.


Dr. Russell Robinson

Dr. Russell L. Robinson has been on the faculty at the University of Florida since 1984, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral and music education and is Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Education department. Highly in demand, Dr. Robinson has made over 300 appearances as a conductor, speaker and presenter at festivals, workshops, honor choirs, all-state choirs and state, regional, national and international conferences in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, and Australia as well as conducting venues, which include: Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Boston's Symphony Hall, the White House, Washington's National Cathedral and the Wiesbaden, Germany Kurhaus. He is a past President of the Florida Music Educators Association, Interim Associate Dean of the UF College of Fine Arts, National Collegiate Chair for the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and MENC Choral Adviser. Dr. Robinson is a published author, composer and arranger with over 200 publications in print, including choral compositions, arrangements, articles, books, and instructional DVD's


Barry Rose

Barry Michael Rose (born 24 May 1934) is a choir trainer and organist. He is best known for conducting the choir of St Paul's Cathedral at the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George Windsor) and Diana, Princess of Wales (Lady Diana Frances Spencer) at St Paul's Cathedral in London on Wednesday 29 July 1981. Born in Chingford, England, Barry Rose grew up accompanying the choir of his local church. After a spell as organist at St. Andrew's, Kingsbury, at the age of 25 he became the youngest cathedral organist in the country when he was appointed to the position of Master of Music at Guildford Cathedral. He moved to St Paul's Cathedral in 1974 as Sub-organist and was appointed Master of the Choir in 1977. He left St Paul's in 1984 after a difference of opinion with senior members of the clergy, and became Master of the Choirs at the King's School, Canterbury. From 1971 to 1986 he was Religious Music Adviser to the BBC, a job that included booking the choirs for the weekly Choral Evensong broadcasts. He continues to work for the BBC, directing choirs and arranging music for The Daily Service. His last post was that of Organist & Master of the Choristers for St Albans Cathedral Choir, from which he retired on Christmas Day, 1997. In the Queen's Birthday Honours List announced on 13 June 1998 he was awarded an OBE for his services to cathedral music.


Daryl Runswick

Composer/performer Daryl Runswick was educated at Cambridge University and Ronnie Scott's Club. He spent his early career writing and performing jazz and pop; more recently concert pieces. He has also been involved with free improvisation and indeterminate music, one of the few (to quote John Wickes) who can claim to have worked with both Ornette Coleman and John Cage. This duality has permeated his career as an improvising pianist, singer with Electric Phoenix, bassplayer, arranger, record producer, broadcaster, educator, community animateur and film/TV composer. Head of Composition at Trinity College of Music in London for 10 years before retiring,


Ruth Elaine Schram

Ruth Elaine Schram wrote her first song at the age of twelve, and her first octavo was published twenty years later, in 1988. In 1992, she became a full-time composer and arranger and now has over 2,000 published works. Over seventeen million copies of her songs have been purchased in their various venues, and she has been a recipient of the ASCAP Special Award each year since 1990. In addition to her choral music for church and school choirs, her songs appear on thirty albums (four of which have been Dove Award Finalists) and numerous children's videos, including sixteen songs on four gold videos, and four songs on one multi-platinum video. Her songs have also appeared on such diverse television shows as "The 700 Club" and HBO's acclaimed series "The Sopranos."


Larry Shackley

Larry Shackley is a full-time composer and music editor from Columbia, SC.  From 1995-2007, he taught and directed the music program at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Prior to that, he worked for several years at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, creating original music and producing radio programs for the Moody Broadcasting Network. He also served as staff keyboardist for ten years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL.


Audrey Snyder

Audrey Snyder is a professional composer and arranger with several hundred choral titles currently in print and millions of copies sold, worldwide. Recipient of numerous ASCAP Awards, she is widely recognized as one of the top educational choral writers today. Her original choral compositions and arrangements span the entire spectrum of choral music, from Medieval and Renaissance transcriptions to current pop, from music for children's and middle school choruses to full concert choir, jazz and pop groups. Her published works include choral arrangements of music from movies such as The Lion King and Prince of Egypt, Broadway shows such as Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, and of pop artists and groups such as The Beatles, Elton John, and Josh Groban. Her original choral music is in huge demand and often reflects a rare beauty, simplicity and charm. She has appeared internationally as clinician and choral educator, and at ACDA, MENC and music dealer sponsored workshops for many years.


Linda Spevacek

Over the past 2 decades Linda Spevacek has become one of the most successful composers in modern choral music. She has sold more than 7 million copies of over 700 published compositions and arrangements. Linda has continued to keep her compositions original and creative while maintaining the consistency and integrity that has given her a world-renowned reputation. Dynamic, inspiring, creative and expressive are just a few words that describe the level of excellence found in every Linda Spevacek composition, arrangement, seminar and reading session.

In addition, singers from all over the world performed her arrangements twice on the nationally televised 'MENC World's Largest Concert' on PBS. Several of her works have been premiered at annual conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference and on the 'Hour of Power' at the Crystal Cathedral. Linda was a featured conductor at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1999.


Mollie Stone

Mollie Stone received her master's degree in conducting from Westminster Choir College and her bachelor's degree from Amherst College. In 2001, while serving as the Graduate Associate for the Amherst College music department, she received a grant from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation to create a DVD that helps singers and educators to learn and teach black South African choral music in the oral tradition. She then received another grant to study how South Africans are using choral music in the struggle against HIV. Mollie gives workshops and lecutres on black South African choral music across the country, and is proud to work with organizations like Yes Is A World and Village Harmony to raise awareness about the beauty and power of black South African choral music.


Tom Wiggall

Tom Wiggall is a London-based composer writing for stage, screen, and concert performance. He has also taught stylistic composition at Birmingham University, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birkbeck College and the Royal College of Music.

Tom's most recently completed work includes: 'Alban', an opera commissioned by St Albans Cathedral (Premiered 20th-23rd May 2009); 'The Tree of Life', a festival anthem commissioned for Southwell Minster (Premiered 21st March 2009); and the title music for Melvyn Bragg's recent ITV1 series 'Faith in the Frame' (Aired: Sept-Dec 2008). Tom is currently working on a private commission: a Fantasy for Cello and Piano.

In recent years Tom has also composed for independent film and theatre projects, having his music played in venues including the Riverside Studios, The Soho Curzon, The Criterion Theatre and the Royal Opera House, and for television and radio including music for a Ch4 documentary of the artist David Shrigley, and arrangements for BBC2's 'Friday Night is Music Night'.


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