Michael Kamen was known for his arranging, conducting, and songwriting with pop stars (Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Bryan Adams, Kate Bush) as well as for his film scores (Brazil, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Iron Giant), winning three Grammys, two Golden Globes, and an Emmy, with two Oscar nominations. His work on Mr. Holland’s Opus led him to establish the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to support music education through instrument donation.
Awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for his Piano Concerto, “Chiavi in mano,” YEHUDI WYNER is one of America’s most distinguished musicians. His compositions include over 100 works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, solo voice, solo instruments, piano, chorus, and music for the theater, as well as liturgical services for worship. His recording The Mirror on Naxos won a 2005 Grammy, his Piano Concerto, “Chiavi in Mano,” on Bridge Records was nominated for a 2009 Grammy, and his Horn Trio (1997) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Kansan Verne Reynolds studied violin and piano early, switching to the horn at age 13. After playing piano and horn in Navy bands after high school, he went to the Cincinnati College-Conservatory as a composition student. He played horn in the Cincinnati Symphony and the American Woodwind Quintet. He was also a founding member of the Eastman Brass Quintet, and was Professor of Horn at Eastman for 36 years.
Warwick Davis played the title characters in Willow and the Leprechaun film series, the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi and Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films.
Andrew Stock (b. 1994) is a composer and violist. His recent music displays minimalist influence (largely via a specific attention to process) along with outgrowths of an artistic engagement with improvisers, experimental musicians, and specialist performers of contemporary music. His work has been performed and commissioned by soloists and groups including the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, members of the St. Louis Symphony, cellist Sharon Robinson and violinist Jinjoo Cho.
Laura Schwartz is a composer and horn player who grew up in Southern California. She attended the University of California, Davis (B.A. in Music 2013) where she studied primarily with Laurie San Martin, Sam Nichols, and Ross Bauer. Laura is interested in action-based music that explores visual movement as a foundation element of the compositional process.
Patrick O’Malley (1989) is an emerging composer currently living in Los Angeles and completing his Master’s degree in composition at the University of Southern California. He grew up in Indiana, where he cultivated an interest in composition from the music at the local orchestra, his parents’ record collection, film scores at the movie theater, and even MIDI compositions for videogames being written at the time.
Composer and saxophonist Anna Meadors is one of the founding members of Baltimore-based ensemble Three Red Crowns; working with composer and bassist John Paul Carillo, the ensemble (amplified string quartet, sax, bass, drums, voice) plays their original compositions. She has performed her music at Baltimore's NOVO Festival, Artscape 2011 and 2012, and at New Music Greensboro 2013 and 2014. She is also lead soloist in the jazz-rock trio Joy on Fire, which tours actively along the East Coast and will be the ensemble-in-residence at the Winery at St.