Yani's music is meticulously attentive to text and creatively marries it to the music. It combines tight harmonies with heart-rending melodies, staying highly aware of the importance of broadening sound for emphasis.
Shirl Jae Atwell
Shirl writes in five voices creating interesting and challenging parts for everyone. The melodies are interwoven throughout each of her pieces by the use of rhythm and harmonies influenced by modality and American Jazz.
The music Blair creates for jazz ensembles at all levels is engaging for the student and educationally sound. Writing for publication since 1988, his music has been performed internationally by student and professional groups. His compositions and arrangements appear on many state contest/festival lists and have been described as creative, innovative, and dynamic.
Dale Bloodworth is an experienced music educator who loves a great tuba part. His passion and creativity are evident in his works making them enjoyable for every part while also being highly educational.
Ruth's music sparks the imagination with catchy melodies and lilting rhythms. Her works encourage an ensemble's cohesive sound, with plenty of room for individual expression and challenge. Her compositions include space for improvisation and many portals to history and other expressive art forms.
Larry is one of the most popular and most performed composers of music for school concert band and orchestra. His music is characterized by rhythmic verve, tuneful melodies, contains a fresh harmonic perspective, is well scored and stretches the musicianship of the performers.
David T. Clydesdale
The best word to describe David Clydesdale’s music is “epic”. He's won countless awards and honors for obvious reasons. His music never ceases to blow audiences away and his brilliance with orchestras gives all the emotions a listener can handle.
Jay writes music that is a dramatic and intense escape from the day-to-day. He is passionate about current world issues which is evident in his dynamic and emotionally charged band works. Jay strives to inspire and empower young musicians through his compositions.
Jack's music draws from a diverse number of musical genres and styles. His melodies find their own, organic path creating unexpected but lyrical ideas. Classical, pop and multi-ethnic elements are found in his big band writing creating many pleasant surprises.
Patti's knowledge of festivals, concerts, and contest, makes her familiar with what "works" and will help ensure a choir's success. She incorporates unusual harmonies and creative melodies in her writing and always has an accompaniment that is enjoyable to play.
Drawing on 36 years of experience as a band director, Laura writes in a playful and witty, yet serious manner by emphasizing and reinforcing key musical concepts designed to aid in the development of young students. In her compositions, all instrument sections have opportunities to shine, with special consideration given to utilize the full capabilities of the percussion section.
Chris has over 20 years in music education and draws from his experience to make music that is easily accessible to young musicians while helping them build confidence as they grow.
Greg creates choral works that lift and teach the choral art to young singers. His works are entertaining while being great teaching tools that engage learning for singers of all ages.
David's music is characterized as both energetic and melodic. David strives to make music that is appealing to students while being fun to play. It is his goal to make each instrument part be as interesting as possible.
Joshua's music is exciting, sentimental, and often times quite programmatic in nature. He strives to ensure that all parts of the ensemble have musical lines that are interesting and fun to play.
Drawing from her career as a instrumental music teacher, Christina writes music that allows for teachable moments while utilizing tuneful melodies and a variety of challenging, but accessible rhythms.
Ed's settings of tuneful melodies are passionate and audience-friendly while giving performers the chance to express their feelings and emotions. His music has been performed worldwide, including multiple performances at state conventions and the Midwest Clinic.
Valerie Laney-Rowe's compositions are captivating and crafted to motivate students to create music while refining fundamental techniques. Her tuneful melodies coupled with fresh rhythmic motifs create an entertaining experience for both the performer and the audience member.
A music educator with a passion for bringing out the best in others, Gary Lewis loves harmony. This is reflected in the artistic and tasteful ways it is used throughout his music.
A self-proclaimed “chords guy,” Brandon Martell’s music sets melodies intricately within a colorful harmonic landscape. Shimmering triadic extensions and modal allusions are among the hallmarks of his writing.
Amy Riebs Mills
Bursting with joy, drama, and hope, Amy Riebs Mills’ music is known for its melodic beauty, rhythmic intensity, and harmonic richness. Her worldwide performances as a US Air Force conductor, a regional orchestra conductor, and an educator bring a wealth of practical experience to the craft of writing music for all ages.
Striving to create fun and educational music in many different styles to encourage students to explore different musical worlds and keep playing for life is a goal of Caryn's. Her focus includes arrangements of hidden classical “gems” and composing music for eclectic styles, including fiddle, rock, and jazz.
Sean is a fresh voice and a rising name in the music world. His music is characterized by vibrant rhythms, passionate melodies, and colorful scoring. He is one of the most performed composers of educational music.
Steve’s music is energetic and fun. Student’s will be captivated by his heroic film-score like music. He has a wealth of experience composing outside of educational music that brings an exciting freshness to his pieces.
Brooke Pierson crafts music that is not only engaging for every player, but gives students of all levels a chance to perform music with modern harmonies that are often reserved for music at the highest levels due to technical challenges.
Jamey has developed his own style and sound where his music is easier to sing than it sounds and unpredictable for the listener. His music is also regularly filled with text painting to give the singers a way to easily connect to the music.
Russell makes accessible choral music appropriate for each grade level. He is best known for arrangements of Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic periods as well as spirituals and multi-cultural.
Jason K. Nitsch
Jason writes music that is interesting and incorporates sounds and textures that students relate to, including electronics. His music has an energetic and infectious drive that will appeal to performers and audiences alike.
Jay Rouse is a well-known and highly regarded arranger/composer whose meaningful music has been performed by some of the greatest artists of his time. Audience members and performers alike benefit from his ability to capture a message in a text and convey it musically.
As a public-school music educator who has arranged and composed music for students throughout his career, Gene makes music that is grade level appropriate while being musically interesting.
Michael J. Miller
Michael is a composer, conductor and educator with a strong background in the pageantry arts. His music is modern, exciting, and full of dramatic effect and has quickly received recognition and performances around the world.
Ruth Elaine Schram
Lovely melodic gestures, rich harmonic textures and beautifully scored, Ruth's music is some of the most popular for choirs and string orchestras around the world. She has over 2,000 published compositions.
Appealing, playable, tuneful with a dash of whimsy, Peter’s music is influenced by jazz, world, and popular music while still being heavily rooted in the concert band medium.
David’s music is emotionally charged and rhythmically pleasing. Heavily influenced by his background as a jazz pianist, his harmonic palate provides listeners with a fresh sound.
Alan Lee Silva
Alan's music features appealing and identifiable melodies accompanied by fresh harmonic ideas. It comes to life with a modern scoring style and a lush approach to orchestration. His pieces have an uplifting Americana style.
An award-winning leader in his field, Dr. John V. Sinclair brings intense drama and mood to his works. Dr. Sinclair allows for the imagination to run wild with room in his works for conductors to add their own interpretation.
Connor Warren Smith
Connor's music emphasizes opportunities for connection, whether by an empathetic lyric, delicate and dynamic musical lines, or raucous, audience-captivating energy. No matter what style he writes in, he weaves together music that engages the performer, energizes the audience, and brings everyone a little closer together.
Kara's experience as a young teacher helps her to write music that resonates with younger students. Her works are melodically and rhythmically accessible, while still keeping it exciting for the performer and useful to the teacher.
With over 700 titles registered with ASCAP, Carl Strommen is a prolific powerhouse of educational music. His music is impeccably scored, tuneful, and he has the unique ability to make any level ensemble sound their best.
George incorporates many techniques and concepts of Twentieth Century Music into his works. His music is unusually sophisticated and emotionally charged while evoking the feeling of modern film music.
Jason uses his experience as a music educator to create fresh and melodic music, drawing inspiration from popular styles like rock and metal, as well as the avant-garde of the past century.
Peter melds his influences of jazz, popular, world, and American classical music with his experience as a visual artist to create scores that sound big while having melodical interest in every instrument.
Bob is a former chief arranger-composer for The US Air Force Band in Washington DC, and a former high-school band director. His music is known for its tunefulness, ever-shifting colors and textures, rhythmic surprises, and emotional uplift.
Bruce W. Tippette
Bruce focuses on composing memorable melodic lines, accompanied by a harmonic language that is fresh, but still approachable by performers and listeners alike. His versatility allows him to write for virtually any type of ensemble.
Michael John Trotta
Trotta's engaging style fuses tradition and innovation to create moments of beauty that span from energetically vibrant to thoughtful and reflective. Prior to his career as a full time composer, Trotta's experience teaching elementary through collegiate choral music infuses his music with a sensibility that makes the music fun to learn and exciting to perform.
Frank "Bud" Woodruff
Bud writes music he wishes he would have had for his own students. His focus on musicality and allowing students to concentrate on developing a better sense of tuning, rhythm, and ensemble techniques make his music an easy choice for educators.
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