Jonathan Blair hails originally from San Diego, California, but now lives in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Conrad Susa, and piano with Anna Marie McCarthy and Marc Steiner. He was Composer-in-residence for Journey Community Church from 2012 to 2015 and Music Director for Meridian Baptist Church from 2013 to 2015, as well as at Rubios Dance Studio from 2004 to 2007.
Davis Brown hails originally from Mississippi, where he was a piano and composition student of Raymond Liebau at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Brown is the composer of two official marches for units of the United States Air Force. He was affiliated with the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra for nine seasons (1998-2007), the last five as composer-in-residence. By day Dr. Brown is a professor of political science.
Werner De Bleser
Werner De Bleser is a composer, conductor, and musician from Antwerp, Belgium. He is the conductor of the Musica con Gioia chamber orchestra and plays in various other ensembles, most notably the clarinet ensemble Klarinata. His compositions are notable for being classical in style yet infused with contemporary composition techniques, such as Fibonacci sequences, fractal equations, and musical elements selected at random.
Victor Frost took a Masters in composition after having already earned a DMA in piano performance, a good illustration of a life bifurcated between creative and executive musicianship. He has generally chosen to adhere to established genres, finding new things to say in the old forms. Dr. Frost’s principal teachers were Charles Dodge and Myron Fink in composition, George Roth and Jon Klibonoff in piano, Flor Peeters and Calvin Hampton in organ.
Raymond Kurt Liebau is retired from the University of Mississippi, where he taught as a member of the piano faculty for over 30 years. Among his teachers were Ernst von Dohnányi and John Boda. He credits as his major influences the works of George Gershwin and harmonies of George Shearing. Liebau is best known for his choral works, having written extensively for the world-class Ole Miss Concert Singers directed by Jerry Jordan. He hails originally from Florida, but now lives in Arkansas.
Arthur J. Michaels
Arthur J. Michaels
Arthur J. Michaels earned a bachelor of music degree in music education from the Eastman School of Music and a master of arts degree in teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has taught instrumental music in grades 4 through 12 in New York and in New Jersey. His concert band and string orchestra works have won contest awards and were selected in competition for performances.
Nicolò Piccione studied piano with Marzia Manno and composition with Salvatore Bellassai, obtaining both master's degrees (in 2015 and 2018, respectively) at the Conservatory A. Scarlatti of Palermo, Italy. He credits Beethoven as his favorite composer and primary influence. Aside from his musical life, Piccione is studying for a Ph.D. in quantum physics at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, France.
David Wolfson holds a PhD in composition from Rutgers University, and has taught at Rutgers, Montclair State, and Hunter College. He is enjoying an eclectic career, having composed opera, musical theatre, touring children’s musicals, and incidental music for plays; choral, band, orchestral, chamber, art songs, and solo piano; comedy songs, cabaret songs and one memorable score for an amusement park big-headed-costumed-character show. For more information: www.davidwolfsonmusic.net.