|Lisa Alexander was practically born singing. An active chorister from the age of 10, she began composing and arranging for choirs in high school. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where she graduated summa cum laude.|
For several years, she served as a resident composer and performer with the Los Angeles-based choral group "Zephyr: Voices Unbound", having appeared in numerous programs and on their Civic Records release "A Choir of Angels II: Mission Music". She has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, and the Austin (Texas) Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Currently, Lisa performs with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin, and Musica Ecclesiae at St. Mary Cathedral, also in Austin. In her free time, she sings and plays tenor guitar, dulcimer, and octave mandolin for the folk trio, "The Pine Beetles".
|Kent Jon Fenske received his M.A. in Composition and Theory from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, having studied with Dominick Argento and Paul Fetler. His undergraduate work was completed at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, with instructors Conrad DeJong (composition), Lillian Tan (piano), and Elliot Wold (vocal/choral).|
Versatile as a performer, Kent has been featured as baritone soloist with the University of Minnesota combined choirs and orchestra in Bruckner's "Te Deum". He was also one of eight soloists in the premier of "Quartet" by John Cage. As a pianist, Kent has soloed with the St. Croix Valley Orchestra in Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor, and continues to enjoy accompanying various recitalists throughout the region.
Kent's compositions have been performed throughout the Midwest, Canada, and Europe by such groups as the Bach Society of Minnesota, the Metropolitan Lutheran Chorale, the University of Minnesota Men's Chorus, the University of Wisconsin (River Falls Concert Choir and Chamber Singers). His works have also been featured on Minnesota Public Radio.
|Curtis Heard is active in the Los Angeles area as a pianist, musical director, composer and arranger. His career in music began in high school, accompanying, and playing for ballet studios. Over ensuing years, he has performed with renowned Southern California organizations such as the Pacific Symphony, the Cypress Pops Orchestra, Zephyr: Voices Unbound, and other professional ensembles. He has accompanied---and also performed as music director---for numerous musical theater and civic light opera productions. He teaches music at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, and is director of music at First Congregational Church (also in Long Beach).|
Curtis is a talented and multi-faceted composer/arranger. His well-crafted compositions have been performed and recorded by numerous ensembles and soloists. He has written for choir, handbells, solo piano, organ, chamber ensembles, and the theater (including opera). Many of these works are published, including an Easter Cantata for Choir and Woodwind Quintet.
Curtis received his bachelor of music degree from Cal State Long Beach where he studied piano, composition, and choral conducting. Besides his writing, he is much in demand as an accompanist for vocal and instrumental recitals. He lives in Seal Beach with his singer/actress wife, Lisa Bode Heard, and their son, Clayton.
Johnson earned his Master of Music Degree in Composition from California State University, Long Beach. He has won numerous awards for composition, including the Irwin Kostal Award from The American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers. His music has been sung at venues across the country, including major choral festivals, and he has been commissioned to write for professional choral groups, universities, and churches. One of his most critically acclaimed pieces, "The Lark at Heaven's Gate Sings" (published here) was featured on a DVD recording by the choral group Zephyr: Voices Unbound and included in samplers for AIX Records, Creative Labs, and Audi Motors. As an orchestrator, he has worked on various film/commercial projects for William Kidd, DeRoche Music, and Lundquist Productions, including music for attractions at Universal Studios Florida.|
Mr Johnson presently teaches music theory and piano at Fullerton College. Cory performs regularly as a jazz pianist, along with the Cory Johnson Trio. He also serves as organist at Riviera United Methodist Church in Redondo Beach, St. John the Baptist in Costa Mesa, and also directs the contemporary band at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach. He and his wife, Dawn, live in Huntington Beach, with their two sons. (For more information, visit Cory's website.)
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|Donald Neufeld has been a professor of music at Azusa Pacific University since 1972, where he has taught music theory, counterpoint, orchestration, arranging, form and analysis, techniques classes (woodwind, string, brass, and percussion), and advanced levels in many of the foregoing, including advanced analysis of form and style. He served as interim dean of the School of Music in 1998-99 and dean of the School of music from 2010-13. Currently he serves as an associate dean in the school of music in addition to his teaching and writing assignments.|
Dr Neufeld has composed and arranged music for various university ensembles, and has served as a consultant and resource for various churches and musical organizations. (He even composed APU's Alma Mater in 1991.) His large number of works, composed and arranged in a variety of styles, have been performed both nationally and internationally. Over a hundred have been published and recorded with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), Glorysound, Lillenas, Telarc, Resmiranda, and Pauline Records, and he has produced many--if not most--of the APU University Choir and Orchestra recordings.
Don received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Pasadena Nazarene College (now Point Loma University), and a Master of Arts in Music Theory from California State University, Fullerton. Along with his university duties, he is an adjudicator for various local school districts, and directs the choir at Grace Baptist Church, Glendora.
Neufeld is a Los Angeles-based composer/arranger, with well over 300 works to his credit. The range of his compositions currently extends from choral/vocal settings, keyboard and instrumental works, to scores for full-scale musical theater. His choral writing is characterized by exceptional voice-leading, rendering each vocal line highly singable. His solo songs often require wide vocal and dramatic ranges; and instrumentally, his work can, at times, be quite technically-demanding (...keyboardists, in particular will agree). His style stems primarily from classical roots---most notably, the Late Romantic to Early 20th Century English and French schools. While melodic, and tonal, his music is seldom without harmonic complexity, and often features distinct (but subtle) jazz flavorings.|
Mr Neufeld's works, have been performed nationally and internationally, in such venues as the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Carnegie Hall (New York), Covent Garden (London) and the Sydney Opera House (Australia), to name a few. He has been represented by such publishers as Aberdeen/Plymouth, Allans/EMI Australia, Jenson/Hal Leonard, and Walton. Currently, his works are available though Boosey & Hawkes, Colla Voce, Gentry, as well as Kensington Choralworks. In the Los Angeles area alone, Mr Neufeld's compositions and arrangements have been performed by such renowned (and diverse) performers as: the Los Angeles Master Chorale (under both Grant Gershon and Paul Salamunovich), the L. A. A Cappella Symphony (a cross between the Swingle Singers and Spike Jones), the Roger Wagner Chorale (under Jeannine Wagner), Zephyr: Voices Unbound (a conductorless, 12-voice ensemble), Pacific Swingline (vocal jazz quintet), and the Los Angeles Chamber Singers (under Peter Rutenberg).
Several honors have been awarded Ken's compositions. Many have been selected as featured works, and sung by combined choirs at choral festivals. "Bring Me the Sunset" won the first statewide choral composition competition sponsored by the California chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. "Veni, Sancte Spiritus" won the Juan Bautista Comes Choral Competition, out of Segorbe, Spain. Additionally, Mr Neufeld's second musical, "Before Never-Neverland", was finalist in two national competitions (The Richard Rodgers Production Award, and the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's Music Theatre Conference), and one of the winners of the international "Quest for New Musicals", receiving showcase productions in London. Meanwhile, here in Los Angeles, the musical was given a staged reading and placed under consideration for six months, by the prestigious "Centre Theatre Group", which operates both the Ahmanson and Mark Taper theatres. You may listen to a 20-minute performance of selections and excerpts (with synthesized orchestration), here. ...And for more information about Ken's musicals, visit ScottGuy.Biz and click on "Before Never-Neverland" (under the Large Musicals tab) or "The Devil's Looking-Glass" (under the Operas tab).
Ken graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University at Long Beach, where he studied with Frank Pooler (choral music), John Prince (jazz), and Ken Remo (voice). Also in the L.A. area, he studied theory with Williametta Spencer, and '20th Century Techniques' with Rodger Vaughan.
Other published works of Kenneth Neufeld