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National Associatiion of Composers Southern Oregon Chapter
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Stephen Truelove


Stephen Truelove currently teaches piano and composition at Southern Oregon University, and is active as a composer, teacher, and pianist. He has been an adjudicator for The Stockhausen Composition Contest 2003. Southern Oregon University Drama Department: Music for the 2002 production of the Oresteia Trilogy by Aeschylus. Southern Oregon Youth Symphony Commission 1999 (Soundvision). First Prize The New Music Forum of Houston Composition Competition 1986. Silver Medal 1983 International Piano Recording Competition. Patrick Nagel Commission 1982 (Song Cycle III: November Days). First Prize Tulsa University Composition Contest 1970. First Prize Oklahoma Junior Symphony Concerto Auditions 1964. He has written many solo piano scores; duo piano; orchestra; songs and song cycles; choral music; chamber music: various ensembles with 1 and 2 pianos, for strings, for brass quintet, for speaker and piano; solo instruments: flute, clarinet, cello, violin, viola, horn, saxophone, guitar, banjo, harpsichord; electronic media: synthesizer, computer, software; improvisational scores; recorded improvisations; music for ballet, film, theater, and a mixed media chamber opera, Flowers and Butterflies.
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I'lana Cotton


As a composer and improviser, I’lana Cotton has an ongoing interest in combining Eastern and other modalities with Western musical structures and conventions. Recent performances of her concert music include those by SyZyGy, Max Lifchitz at North/South Consonance Concerts, Pacific Sticks Percussion Ensemble, the SOU Faculty Brass , Masterworks Chorale, Menlo Brass Quintet, and NACUSAsf. Her work has been featured on North/South Recording CD album “American Women Composers” and Menlo Brass Quintet’s “A Simpler Life.” She has also produced a CD of piano improvisations entitled “Songs for the Journey.” She holds an M.A. in composition from the UCLA, with undergraduate music study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has studied north Indian classical vocal technique with Pandit Pran Nath. Since moving to Medford, Oregon in 2003, she has continued to teach composition and improvisation, and serves as co-director of the Threshold Choir Southern Oregon and accompanist for the Rogue Valley Peace Choir.
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William Ashworth


William Ashworth holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Whitman College and a master’s degree in theory and composition from Washington State University. His music has been performed by the Philadelphia String Quartet, the Washington State University Concert Choir, SyZyGy, clarinetist Max McKee, and cellists Lisa Truelove and Edwin Dixon. His piece for cello choir, The Island of Woods, has had a dance set to it by choreographer Vicki Lloid; his recorder quartet, Papillon, took third place in the 2007 American Recorder Society competition. To Ashlanders he may be best known as a librarian at the Ashland Public Library, where he served from 1985 through 2002.
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Mark Jacobs


Mark Eliot Jacobs is an instructor in low brass at Southern Oregon University, is the principal trombone in the Rogue Valley Symphony. He plays trombone and euphonium with various performance organization throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California. Mark Eliot Jacobs began composing at age eleven in the course of his piano lessons. In time, he went on to earn his Doctor of Music degree in composition from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, in 1987. He is experienced in composition for a wide range of ensembles and media, including computer and electronic music. His recent major works for wind quintet, brass quintet, and saxophone quartet are eclectic in style. Recent performances by SOU and regional ensembles of these pieces are sparking interest in his music. You can listen to samples of his compositions on the web at www.markjacobsmusic.com.
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R. Barry Ulrich


R. Barry Ulrich was born in 1940, Los Angeles, CA. He attended Los Angeles City College for two years and holds a BA from Long Beach State College and a California general secondary teaching credential from Los Angeles State College. He has also taken master classes at UCLA in film scoring and has studied composition with Walter Scharf, Eddie Manson, Albert Harris and Byong-kon Kim. He also belongs to the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers. After teaching instrumental music for 36 years in the Montebello Unified School District, in CA., he retired in 2001 and now lives in Jacksonville, OR., with his wife Marita. Visit his website at: http://sterlingcreekmusic.com. Or click on the icon below to listen to his compositions at SoundCloud.

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Greg Steinke


Dr. Greg A. Steinke is retired, a former Joseph Naumes Endowed Chair of Music/Art and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon; Associate Director, Ernest Bloch Music Festival (‘93–97) and Director, Composers Symposium (‘90–97) (Newport, OR); served as the National Chairman of the Society of Composers, Inc. (1988–97). Also, a composer of chamber and symphonic music and author with published/recorded works and performances across the U. S. and internationally; speaker on interdisciplinary arts, and oboist specializing in contemporary music.
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Ken Deveney


Ken Deveney has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1991. While at Rutgers University, he took course work in music composition as well as other course work that prepared him for a career of teaching math and computers in New Jersey. After moving to the Rogue Valley, Mr. Deveney studied music composition with well-known composer Peter Sacco and also with Michael Turner, professor at Southern Oregon University. Now retired, Ken Deveney has turned his attention to composing major musical works. Recent compositions include works for chamber orchestra, full orchestra, string quartet, voice and chorus. Currently Mr. Deveney is producer for SyZyGy, the Rogue Valley’s contemporary chamber music concert series and president of the Southern Oregon Chapter NACUSA.
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Scott Miller


Scott Miller was born in 1962 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been composing since 1975. In 1992 he earned the M.A. in composition and theory from the University of Minnesota where he studied withDominick Argento, and in 1994 earned the Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas (Denton). A cellist, Scott has been a member of orchestras in Minnesota, California and Oregon and currently is a member of the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra in Medford, Oregon where he also acts as their librarian. As a composer, Scott embraces th e traditional roles of music, using various styles to move his audience. He has composed works for piano, choir, orchestra, voice, percussion, and small ensembles, and has experimented with folk instruments such as the Finnish kantele. He also has a long-time interest in Balinese gamelan music.
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Vanessa Nowitzky


Vanessa Nowitzky is the innovator of singdancing, a technique whereby movement affects vocalization to form melodies. She grew up singing Renaissance madrigals with musician parents Aletha Nowitzky and Rob Lowry, who brought her to Ashland, Oregon. After studying acting at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, where she wrote her first original musical "Werewolf Blues", Vanessa attended SOU and Cornish College of the Arts, where she began creating her singdance technique. She earned her BFA in music at the California Institute of the Arts, studying composition and Icelandic folk song with Lucky Mosko. In addition to singdancing, Vanessa loves composing music for choir, chamber ensemble, and film. She has written three musicals, one a commission for animation. Vanessa has led a singdancing company since 2002. www.singdancing.com
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Walter Granger


Walter was a professional chorister in Philadelphia for about 40 years, singing with the Philadelphia Singers, the Philadelphia Opera Company and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has a degree in voice from the Curtis Institute of Music, and degrees in piano and composition from the University of Redlands. He has a degree in Music Therapy from the Combs College of Music and a Music Education equivalency from Temple University. He was a Certified Music Therapist for 15 years, working with multiply handicapped children. He enjoys playing piano in amateur chamber music ensembles. Walter was a Conscientious Objector in the early 60’s, and served his two years of Alternate Service working for the Church of the Brethren in Austria and Germany. He enjoys conversing in German.

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Ethan Gans-Morse


Ethan Gans-Morse is a critically acclaimed composer, producer, and ensemble direc- tor based in Oregon. He is best known for composing and producing the opera The Canticle of the Black Madonna, which The Oregonian called “A huge achievement... generous, carefully crafted and supremely compassionate,” and which Oregon ArtsWatch hailed as “One of the most exciting developments of the arts season.” His most recent commission is a new opera for Cascadia Concert Opera in Eugene, Oregon. Ethan is the Executive Director of Anima Mundi Productions and the founder of the Ambrosia Ensemble. His works have been heard around the US, and in Mexico and Italy, and have been performed by numerous ensembles, including the Portland Vocal Consort (winner of the 2010 Composer Competition), Chorus Aus- tin, the American Creators Ensemble, the Quartetto Indaco, the Fireworks Ensemble, and the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Ethan’s work brings together his love of Renaissance and Baroque music with his passion for new, socially relevant works of art that inspire a sense of human connection. He holds a master’s degree in music composition from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in music and linguistics from Macalester College.
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