Todd Ellison, conductor, is currently the music supervisor/conductor for the new Broadway musical, An American in Paris. His other Broadway credits include Annie, Spamalot, La Cage aux Folles and 42nd Street. He was also the musical director of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for several seasons and worked as Marvin Hamlisch’s musical director on Ballroom and The Nutty Professor.
Merle Dandridge can now be seen as Gwen Gaskin on Season 2 of NBC’s The Night Shift. She recently starred as Kate in KISS ME, KATE at the Pasadena Playhouse. Ms. Dandridge is best know for her starring roles on Broadway: SPAMALOT (Lady of the Lake),TARZAN (Kala), AIDA (Aida), RENT (Joanne), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. U.S./European Tours: SPAMALOT, AIDA, RENT, AINʼT MISBEHAVINʼ, SMOKEY JOEʼS CAFE, & HUGH JACKMAN in PERFORMANCE.
Director BT McNicholl was recently named the Producing Artistic Director of the Palace Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut. He has been on the creative teams of a dozen Broadway plays and musicals including Billy Elliot, Cabaret, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with mentor directors Sam Mendes, Rob Marshall, Stephen Daldry, Jerry Zaks, James Lapine, and Mike Nichols.
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.