Composition and Theory
Erin Busch is currently an adjunct professor of music theory and composition at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she earned both a B.M. in Music Composition and M.M. in Music Composition and Cello Performance. Erin performs with orchestras such as the New World Symphony, Symphony in C, and the Philly Pops, in addition to frequent performances with her string quartet, the Blue Line Quartet. Erin has studied at the European American Music Alliance (EAMA) in France, the Pierre Monteux School in Maine, the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Austria, the YOA Youth Orchestra of the Americas Nordic-Baltic tour, and the Festival Napa Valley.
Erin has had her works premiered all over the world, including venues in Italy, France, and across the United States. For more information on upcoming events, please visit www.erinbusch.com.
Composition and Theory
Julia Alford is a composer, educator, and accordionist. Her music combines strains of texture, serialism and klezmer music with a firm commitment to melodic importance. It stems from spurts of improvisation that is often mixed with a series of numbers (each representing a given pitch, sometimes using 12, sometimes less, never more) that are rearranged over and over again.
She received her education at many fine institutions, the most recent being Temple University in Philadelphia, where she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the mentorship of Matthew Greenbaum in the spring of 2013. Her music has been performed in many exotic locales including Philadelphia, New York, Kansas City, Kalamazoo, Boca Raton, Aspen, and Piadena, Italy.
Dr. Alford teaches composition and theory and is the administrative assistant for the Department of Music Studies at Temple University, where she wrangles faculty, schedules, and students alike. In her spare time she plays accordion and assists in tune writing in the American Gothic-esque, Northern Arms.
Composition and Theory
Cynthia Folio is Professor and Chair of Music Studies at Temple University, where she was honored with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1994 and the Creative Achievement Award in 2012. She received her Ph.D. in music theory and Performers Certificate in flute from the Eastman School of Music. Cynthia’s compositions have been described by reviewers as “confident and musical in expressing ideas of great substance,” “intriguing and enjoyable,” and “imaginatively scored.” She has received commissions from such organizations as Network for New Music, the Relâche Ensemble, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and the National Flute Association. She has had residencies at The American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In the summer of 2011, the National Flute Association featured an entire concert of her music on its annual convention, and in 2015 it featured her new double flute concerto, Winds for Change, performed by the flute duo ZAWA! and the Serafin String Quartet. Cynthia’s pieces are recorded on many CD’s, including a 2014 release, Inverno Azul, featuring nine of her compositions, on the BCM+D label; a 2007 release by the Relâche Ensemble, Press Play, by Meyer Music; and a 2006 release of Flute Loops: Chamber Music for Flute by Centaur Records, featuring eight of her compositions. She also recorded a jazz CD, Portfolio (Centaur Records), which includes four original compositions.
Composition and Theory
Dr. Sabrina Clarke is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Delaware (Newark) and Adjunct Professor of Music at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. She completed her Ph.D. in Music Studies at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music. Her research mainly involves twentieth-century music and includes issues of temporality and narrative in the twelve-tone work of Luigi Dallapiccola and the relationship of female agency and nature imagery in the piano works of Amy Beach. She recently delivered a paper at the Music by Women Conference at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Clarke is passionate about showcasing the work of composers marginalized and underrepresented due to their gender, race or identity and is dedicated to presenting their work in both classroom and performance. An active composer, her work has been performed internationally and frequently explores the intersection of personal narrative and identity. For more information, please visit www.sabrinaclarkemusic.com.
Maurice Wright’s musical life began as a percussionist, when he performed a solo on a toy glockenspiel in a one-room schoolhouse in Buckton, Virginia. Shortly thereafter, he began to study piano, and to experiment with electricity, using parts from discarded telephones. He began to compose, and to play the trombone.
At age 13, his family moved to Tampa, Florida. While studying with Douglas Baer, Principal Trombonist of the Tampa Philharmonic, Wright spent a year with the Tampa Police Dance Band, rehearsing with armed musicians who performed throughout the state. He experimented with tape recorders, and studied FØRTRAN programming. After graduating from Duke University, he continued composition study at Columbia University, receiving a doctorate in 1988.
Outstanding musicians have performed his work, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Emerson String Quartet, and the American Brass Quintet. He is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music Studies at Temple University's Boyer College Of Music and Dance.
Writing for Voice
Julie Bishop, soprano, joined the adjunct faculty at Temple University in 2005, and has taught class voice, private voice, and basic musicianship. She has served as a voice instructor at Widener University and as a guest clinician for high school choirs in Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley. Her research interests include Swedish vocal diction, Nordic art song, and musical theater pedagogy and repertoire.
As a soloist, Dr. Bishop has appeared with Opera Libera, Inc., Intermezzo Opera, Delaware Valley Opera Company, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Chester County, the Philadelphia Gilbert and Sullivan Union, the Westmoreland Symphony, Opera North, Inc., Cygnus, and the Momenta String Quartet. As a choral musician, she is a core member of The Crossing, a chorister with Opera Philadelphia, and soprano soloist and section leader at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill.
Dr. Bishop holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance (summa cum laude) from Susquehanna University, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in voice performance from Temple University.
Electronic Music History and Composition
Adam Vidiksis is a composer, conductor, percussionist, improviser, and technologist based in Philadelphia whose music often explores sound, science, and the intersection of humankind with the machines we build. Critics have called his music “mesmerizing”, “dramatic”, “striking” (Philadelphia Weekly), “notable”, “catchy” (WQHS), “magical” (Local Arts Live), and “special” (Percussive Notes), and have noted that Vidiksis provides “an electronically produced frame giving each sound such a deep-colored radiance you could miss the piece's shape for being caught up in each moment” (David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer). His work is frequently commissioned and performed throughout North America, Europe, and China in recitals, festivals, and major academic conferences. Vidiksis’s music has won numerous awards, including recognition from the Society of Composers, Incorporated, the American Composers Forum, and The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. His works are available through HoneyRock Publishing, EMPiRE and SEAMUS Records, and PARMA Licensing. Vidiksis currently serves as composer in residence for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for the entirely of its 2017-2018 season, and was recently in that position at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology in Zürich. Vidiksis holds degrees from Drew, NYU, and Temple University, culminating in a doctorate in music composition. Vidiksis serves as an Assistant Professor of music technology and composition at Temple University, and as a performance and composition faculty at the SPLICE Institute. He is conductor of the Temple Composers Orchestra and Ensemble N_JP, and director of the Boyer Electroacoustic Ensemble Project (BEEP). [www.vidiksis.com]
Director of Chorale
Marianne Gruzwalski currently serves as a middle school chorus teacher in Springfield Pennsylvania and was recently appointed as a conductor of the Pennsylvania Girl Choir. She studied music education at University of Michigan and completed her masters in choral conducting at Temple University. Marianne has worked with singers of all ages and has been selected to participate in conducting master classes with Helmuth Rilling, Craig Hella Johnson, Simon Carrington, and Robert Spano of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Brittany Ann Tranbaugh
Originally from Easton PA, Brittany Ann Tranbaugh grew up on good songs and decided early on to make the pursuit of them a life-long love and practice. She got her start playing at the legendary Godfrey Daniel’s listening room in Bethlehem during high school. In 2009 she moved to Philadelphia where she attended Temple University and immersed herself in the city’s exciting music scene, opening for punk bands at college basement shows, serenading folkies in living rooms, and sharing stages with veteran songwriters at venues such as The Tin Angel and World Cafe Live. In 2010 she released her debut studio album, The Good in That, which she recorded at MorningStar studios in collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Glenn Barratt and a roster of top-notch Philly musicians.
Brittany was the winner of the 2014 Brown Bag Songwriting Competition in Asheville NC, a 2014 Kerrville New Folk Finalist, and 2015 & 2015 Leaf NewSong finalist. She has played official showcases at The International Folk Alliance conference and the Northeastern Regional Folk Alliance.
Jazz Composition and Improvisation
“She’s a true extrovert…even when you watch her sing, she engages you and makes you feel like you’re part of the story–which is very important.”
Jazz trumpet player, Terell Stafford
Chelsea Reed is a jazz vocalist, arranger and bandleader living in Philadelphia. She was born and raised in Easton, PA, with parents who encouraged singing at any and all times, so she started studying classical voice at an early age. However, falling in love with the many voices and stories of jazz, she entered into Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance to earn a degree in Jazz Vocal Performance.
With a penchant for early swing and blues music, Reed formed dance band Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five in October 2012. They have gone on to tour across the country playing for swing dancers and have recorded three albums. In July 2017, Reed released her newest album Spreadin' Rhythm Around featuring Wycliffe Gordon.
Beyond the Fair Weather Five, Chelsea performs unique interpretations of forgotten songs as well as modern original compositions to communicate the stories hidden within the lyrics and explore the many nuances of the jazz genre. She has had the opportunity to study with vocalists Carla Cook, Joanna Pascale, and Becca Stevens, and has shared the stage with Wycliffe Gordon, Jon Faddis, and Jimmy Heath. She appears on two of Temple University's CD Releases, Dear Dizzy: A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie (2015) with the Temple University Jazz Band and That Music Always Round Me, a setting of Walt Whitman’s poetry by pianist Garry Dial and alto saxophonist, Dick Oatts.