Australian composer Andrew Schultz studied at the Universities of Queensland and Pennsylvania and at King's College London and has received various awards, prizes and fellowships. His music, which covers a broad range of chamber, orchestral and vocal works, has been performed, recorded and broadcast widely by many leading groups and musicians internationally. He has held numerous commissions, including from the major Australian orchestras. Andrew has written a number of large-scale works, including three operas (Black River, Going Into Shadows and The Children’s Bach), which have been presented live and on film around the world. Other major works include Journey to Horseshoe Bend, Song of Songs and three symphonies. Andrew has held residencies and academic posts in Australia, Canada, France, UK, US and is currently Professor of Music at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Recent composition successes include the Paul Lowin Prize, the Schueler Award, a 2016 Australian Art Music Award, Australia Council Fellowship, Cité des Arts Paris residency and the Centenary of Canberra symphony commission. CDs of his orchestral music performed by the Sydney and Tasmania Symphonies are available on ABC Classics, three volumes of chamber music are available on the Tall Poppies and Wirripang labels, Wirripang have recently released a disc of his solo piano music played by Antony Gray, and a disc of ensemble vocal music has been released by The Song Company. Previous releases with Parma include the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis performed by the Kühn Choir of Prague.
John A. Carollo
John was born in Torino, Italy and brought to the U.S. by his adoptive parents. When he was in grade school, he studied classical piano and sang in the church choir. He attended college at San Diego, CA, studying music and psychology. During this time, John took piano lessons and began composing his first piano works. He graduated from San Diego State University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.
The composer moved to Honolulu and began a full-time mental health career for the State of Hawaii and started private composition lessons with Dr. Robert Wehrman. His first composition under Bob's tutelage was a piano suite in six parts. Following this effort, Robert encouraged John to compose an atonal work in 1998 entitled Frenetic Unfoldings for Solo Violin. After completing this large work, the composer focused his energies on compositions incorporating various instrumentations including trios, quartets and orchestral works.
John quit his public servant job to compose full-time in 2006. He also writes poetry and collects art, including the books, and ephemera of Edward Gorey, a lifetime hobby.
R. Barry Ulrich
He attended Los Angeles City College in 1958 where he studied composItion with Leonard Stein. He graduated with a B.A. in music from Long Beach State College in 1963. While there, he studied with Leon Dallin and Robert Tyndall. He is also a charter member of the Kappa Omicron chapter of PHI MU ALPHA fraternity.
Post graduate studies were at Los Angeles State College in 1964 studying composition with Byong-Kon Kim. At this time, he also received his California State teaching credential.
In 1965 he taught instrumental music at Belvedere Junior High in East Los Angeles, then moved to the Montebello Unified School District in 1967, teaching at Eastmont Junior High School.
He was band director at Montebello High School (1968-73) with award winning jazz, concert and marching bands. He moved to Schurr High School (1973-1986) building it's program with award winning jazz, concert and marching bands.
In 1970, Ulrich took members of the Montebello High School band and choir on a 6 week European tour under the auspices of the Foreign Study League, teaching and conducting concerts in Barcelona, Rome, Venice, Florence, Salzburg and Paris.
In 1976 he joined the American Society of Music Arrangers and composed many pieces for orchestra, band and small instrumental ensembles.
During his teaching tenure, 36 years, he also taught physical science, swimming, computers, and journalism.
He now lives in Jacksonville, OR and is an active member of the National Association of Composers USA, Southern Oregon Chapter.
Dr. J.A. Kawarsky (b. 1959) is Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. Dr. Kawarsky received his B.M. in composition from Iowa State University and his M.M. and D.M.A. from Northwestern University. At Northwestern he studied with John Paynter, Alan Stout and Frederick Ockwell. In 1982, Dr. Kawarsky conducted the Opera Company of the Negev Region in Be’er Sheva, Israel. Before coming to Westminster in 1989, he taught at Fort Hays State University, the University of Wisconsin, and Moraine Valley Community College.
A well-known coach and director/conductor in the theater world, Dr. Kawarsky conducted the 2007 national tour of Peter Pan and prepared the music for the 2nd national tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He has been a music director at Stagedoor Manor, French Woods, Harand Camp for the Arts, Long Lake Camp of the Arts in New York, as well as for the Franklin Theatre Works of Clinton, NJ.
He was the founding conductor of the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus (Delaware Valley Men’s Chorus), and has also served as conductor of the Lehigh Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, Voices Chorale and was chosen to conduct Sing for the Cure for the Komen Foundation National Conference in 2002, and transcribe a new/reduced orchestration of the work.
As a composer, he has written for all genres including solo instrument, orchestra, band, choral, vocal and theater. Recently, he received his 13th Composer Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). His 40 minute composition Prayers for Bobby for choir, orchestra, narrator and soloists, has received numerous performances throughout the United States and Canada and was recorded by the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus and members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC. Dr. Kawarsky has been commissioned by numerous ensembles for original works and arrangements. In October of 2006, he was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus award from Iowa State University and was presented with a premiere of a new work for orchestral winds and alto saxophone solo, Fastidious Notes. In 2009, 17 universities throughout the United States commissioned him to compose a new symphonic band work. The resulting composition, Red Training Reels, was premiered in the September 2010. From 2010-2014, Dr. Kawarsky collaborated with lyricist/librettist Francine M. Gordon on the cantata Sacred Rights, Sacred Song, for choir, narrator and chorus and has been performed throughout the USA and Israel. He is currently composing The Five Step Program for the Encore Vocal Arts of Indianapolis. Recently the Moravian Philharmonic recorded his symphonic work And We All Waited…. He is currently arranging a new accompaniment to the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes and composing a concerto for oboe and orchestra. His music is published by Yelton Rhodes Music, Transcontinental Music, and Southern Music.
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