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Josef Suk

Josef Suk (4 January, 1874 - 29 May, 1935) was a Czech composer and violinist. Suk was born in Krušovice. He studied at Prague Conservatory from 1885 to 1892, where he was a pupil of Antonín Dvořák and Antonín Bennewitz. In 1898, he married Dvořák's eldest daughter, Otilie Dvořáková (1878-1905), affectionately known as Otilka.

Daniel Seibel

Daniel Seibel (b. 1969) Daniel was born and raised in rural Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Since grade school he has been extensively involved in the concert band arena, having participated in numerous honors bands and scoring well in WSMA local and state Solo and Ensemble Festivals.

Earl L. Sherburne

Dr. Earl L. Sherburne received his bachelor’s degree with a double major in music and drama at Augustana in 1967. He earned his masters in music education at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, and his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He has taught in several Midwest public schools, colleges, and universities.

Lana Walter

Lana Walter (b. Dec 22, 1948) is a native of Oregon and received her musical degrees at Williamette University (1967-1971) and the University of Oregon (M.A. in 1984). She has taught Elementary General Music and since 1984 is teaching voice and music theory at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon and directs the Umpqua Youth Choir which she founded...

Charles L Byrne

Charles L Byrne

Charles Byrne was a great and sensitive director. He had a keen understanding of, love for and wonderful appreciation of the Church’s liturgical music tradition, especially for the Mass. Its richness and beauty was reflected in the choice of music he used and/or composed for the choir.

Bedřich Smetana

Bedřich Smetana (pron. BED-rrhihch SMEH-tha-nah) (born March 2, 1824, Lytomyšl, Bohemia and died May 12, 1884, Prague) is an outstanding Czech (Bohemian) composer. He was determined to become a pianist, but his first concert (1847) ended his hopes, and he thereafter taught music, opening two schools of music.

Joseph Svejkovský

Joseph Svejkovský (1938-2009) was one of the most distinguished Czech solo trumpet performers in the Czech Republic and comes from a musical family with a long standing musical tradition. He graduated from the Prague Conservatory of Music and Prague Academy of Arts. At age 24, he participated in the Prague Spring International Competition.

Jana Skarecky

Jana Skarecky is a Canadian composer of Czech origin. She was born in Prague, in the Czech Republic, on November 11, 1957. She came to Canada with her family in 1968, having begun her musical studies in Prague.

Linda Ruesink

Linda Ruesink (born Hallisch) was moved by music at an early age. Her mother's bedtime songs, records, church music, elementary music experiences, and piano lessons were the first powerful influences on her musical development.

Jan Dismas Zelenka

His musical works from 1712, illustrate his technical mastery. His colleagues, J. S. Bach and Georg Telemann, particularly admired two characteristics of his music—its contrapuntal ingenuity and harmonic inventiveness. Zelenka is one of the Baroque composers who could produce original tonal imagery...

David J. Westfall

Composer David J. Westfall was born April 17, 1941, in Sistersville, West Virginia. His parents, although not musically inclined, were school teachers by profession, but distant relatives had graduated in music. After leaving graduate school, David Westfall taught for the Universtiy of Akron from 1976 -1982 and served as organist and choirmaster for the Lutheran Church in Doylestown, Ohio, for twenty-four years froom 1984-2008...

Göran Rygert

Göran Rygert is a Swedish architect, composer, arranger and musician, born on May 1, 1935 in Flisby, province of Jönköping, Sweden. Since 1993, he now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Betsy Schramm

Betsy Schramm (born 1964) is an American composer who is based in Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up in a house filled with music. Her mother played the piano, organ, and sang. Her father had a classical record collection which he often played.

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Peter L. Putz

Peter L. Putz (born February 4, 1955, Middleton, Wisconsin) is a Wisconsinite through and through. His musical interests were sparked by his parents and family and nurtured by teachers throughout his career.

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Joel Raaen

Joel Raaen, composer, choral director and trombone player residing in Faribault, Minnesota, has been professionally active as a church and community choir director and leader of community wind ensembles for over 30 years.

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Miroslav Raichl

Czech composer Miroslav Raichl was born February 2, 1930 in Náchod, a northern Moravian town in the Czech Republic. Upon completing middle school, he began studies in music specializing in music education at the conservatory from 1948-49 and then in the graduating class of Pavel Bořkovec at AMU in Prague from 1949-1953 followed by being an aspirant with V. Dobias from 1953-1956.

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Harriette Slack Richardson

Harriette Slack Richardson (b. July 3, 1920 – d. August 8, 2006). Young Harriette began piano lessons with Jessie Lawrence Brownell of Springfield, Vermont before she started grade school. By the time she was eleven, she became the organist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Springfield, Vermont and remained in that position most of her life. She received no formal training in the organ until college.

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Miloslav Richter

Miloslav Richter, composer, clarinetist, music teacher and musicologist, was born in Beroun, Czechoslovakia, in 1955. He graduated from the Prague Conservatory of Music in 1978. In 1982, he entered the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Prague as a clarinet player until 2004. Richter has taught recorder, clarinet and chamber music at the music schools in Beroun and Prague in the Czech Republic.

In addition to his career of being a professional musician and teacher, Miloslav Richter researched old wind music and arranged many titles for school music ensembles for various levels of difficulty ranging from easy to medium to difficult. These arrangements are published by Rundel (Rot an der Rot), Vogt and Fritz (Schweinfurt), Assheur (Dortmund), Goldgruber (St. Veit), Benes (Kladno), Supraphon (Prague), Amos (Prague) and finally by Alliance Publications, Inc. (USA).

Since 2000, Mr. Richter devotes his energies in sharing his musicological knowledge and experience with the music library of the Prague Conservatory.

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Jiří Ropek

Jiří Ropek (born July 1, 1922, Prague, Czechoslovakia and died June 27, 2005) studied organ with Professor B. A. Wiedermann for 10 years (1941-1951) who profoundly influenced his musical development through his studies at the Conservatory of Music (1946), Charles University (1950), and the Academy of Music (1951).

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Michael Ross

Michael Ross, Wind Ensemble conductor, is Director of Bands at Appleton West High School. Under his direction, the bands at Appleton West High School have been invited to perform at the Wisconsin State Music Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, the International Band Festival in Lucca, Italy and have done concert tours in Italy, Germany, France, England and Greece.

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Joyce Rouse

Joyce Rouse is a singer, songwriter, actor, activist and creator of the Earth Mama music projects. Her songs are heard worldwide through various media, at Earth Mama concerts for empowering audiences to positive action, and on her CDs and cassette albums Earth Mama, Every Day is Earth Day!, Love Large, and Around the World with Earth Mama, Grass Roots! Christmas Heart, and Under the Rainbow, Magnificent Healing.

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Pál Rózsa

Pál Rózsa was born March 14, 1925 in Szombathely, Hungary. From 1949, he lived in Kaposva where his schooling and music and his international education took place. He graduated from Moscow University as a chemical engineer in 1970 after which he occupied various posts in industry, foreign trade, and the National Planning Office.

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Linda Ruesink

Linda Ruesink (born Hallisch) was moved by music at an early age. Her mother’s bedtime songs, records, church music, elementary music experiences, and piano lessons were the first powerful influences on her musical development.

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Tim Rumsey

Tim Rumsey (b. 1977), composer and arranger, directs the music program at Bass Memorial Academy in Lumberton, Mississippi, a position he has held since 2009. His prior experience included positions at Shenandoah Valley Academy in New Market, Virginia, Eastern Mennonite University, and the University of Georgia.

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Josef Rut

Josef Rut, (pronounced Root) violinist and composer, was born on November 21, 1926 in Kutná Hora, Czechoslovakia. He was married to musicologist, Dr. Milada Rutová, with whom they had one son, Premysl.

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Jakub Šimon Jan Ryba

Jakub Šimon Jan Ryba (b. 1765 in Přeštice near Plzeň, South Bohemia, d.1815) was a teacher, composer, choirmaster and writer on music. His name means “fish” in the Czech language. Educated in music and teaching at Charles University in Prague, he spent most of his professional life in his village school and church.

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Göran Rygert

Göran Rygert is a Swedish architect, composer, arranger and musician, born on May 1, 1935 in Flisby, province of Jönköping, Sweden. Since 1993, he now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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Louis Sacchini

Louis Sacchini (b. August 30, 1938) received a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from Union University, a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of North Texas (formerly North Texas State University) and a Master of Fine Arts in Clarinet Performance and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Iowa.

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Dale Sakamoto

Dale Sakamoto is a writer, composer and arranger native to Orange County, California. He graduated from Vanguard University, Summa Cum Laude, with a double B.A. in Music Composition and English Literature.

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Charles Savage

Charles Savage, born in 1958 at South Zanesville, Ohio, is an Assistant Professor of Music at Ohio University-Zanesville where he teaches theory, voice, and conducts the OUZ Choral Union. He has composed in various genres from solo pieces to orchestral works.

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Ronald F. Schardt

Ronald F. Schardt was born February 18, 1937 in Longview, Texas to the musical family of Arthur Schardt, a Lutheran pastor and Martha Riggert, pianist, and his two sisters. Beth Anne and Karen Estelle began their musical life taking piano lessons. In the fifth grade, having already developed a very good ear for pitch and tone, he began to study the trombone. This instrument caught his interest and he continued playing it through college and in various groups from jazz band, marching band, concert band and symphony orchestra.

Ronald loved to sing and participated in church and school choirs from childhood through college. The directors of those bands, choirs, and symphony orchestra were very influential on his development. After a 35 year hiatus from playing the trombone while he served as an overseas missionary, he returned to Dubuque, Iowa, in 1992 and started playing again. He is a member of tne Loras College Band, the Americana Band, the Tri-State Wind Symphony (each summer), and is in charge of a small brass ensemble at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Dubuque. He also sings in the choir and has even served as interim director for a short time.

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Nathanael Schatz

Nathanael Schatz was born June 3, 1997 at Albuquerque, New Mexico. The family moved to Dubuque, Iowa, in 1999 where he started playing piano at the age of 6 and has been in love with music ever since.

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Jim Scheuer

Jim Scheuer is a Wisconsin public school instrumental teacher. A native of Mishicot, Wisconsin, and a graduate of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, he has taught band in the School District of Owen-Withee since 1980.

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Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský

Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský, KSG* (24 May 1881, Trnava – 28 May 1958, Bratislava) was a Slovak composer, conductor and pedagogue. He was popular mostly because of his songs, some becoming traditional.

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Betsy Schramm

Betsy Schramm (born 1964) is an American composer who is based in Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up in a house filled with music. Her mother played the piano, organ, and sang. Her father had a classical record collection which he often played.

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Laura E. Schumann

Dr. Laura E. Schumann is the Music Director and Conductor of the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra (SEOSO) and Professor of music at Muskingum University. She is a 2001 recipient of an ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, and a YMCA/YWCA Women of Achievement Award, a 2004 International Musician of the Year, and is listed in Who’s Who of American Women, in America, and in the World.

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Stanislav Šebek

Stanislav Šebek (born Nov. 12, 1925; died May 11, 1984) was a Czech music educator, organist and composer born in a family of farmers from Božova, Czechoslovakia. Having been blind since birth, he was admitted to the nursery in the newly established Hradčany Institute for Blind Children in Prague where he educated as well.

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Josef Seger

Josef Seger (21 March, 1716 – 22 April, 1782) was a Bohemian organist, composer, and educator. After graduating in philosophy from the Charles University in Prague and studying music under Bohuslav Černohorský, and others, Seger became organist of two churches in Prague and remained there until his death. An extremely prolific composer, Seger, became one of the most important representatives of the Czech organ school of the 18th century.

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Josef Antonín Sehling

Josef Antonín Sehling (born January 7, 1710 at Touzim and died September 19, 1756 in Prague) was a Bohemian composer. Sehling since 1737 was a violinist at St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, from 1740 choirmaster at the Church of Geneva and also deputy choirmaster at St. Vitus Cathedral. Besides a large number of arias, fairs, motets and offertories he composed an opera for the coronation of Empress Maria Theresa, several school operas and some instrumental works.

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Daniel Seibel

Daniel Seibel (b. 1969) Daniel was born and raised in rural Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Since grade school he has been extensively involved in the concert band arena, having participated in numerous honors bands and scoring well in WSMA local and state Solo and Ensemble Festivals.

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Jan Seidel

Jan Seidel, Czech composer, was born 25 December 1908 in Nymburk, Bohemia, died 6 June 1998 in Prague. He was first attracted to architecture and graphic art, and also attended Alois Hába’s classes in quartertone composition at the Prague Conservatory (1936–40).

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Paul Seitz

Dr. Paul Seitz (born November 15, 1951) is a native of Racine, Wisconsin. He is a composer of many genres including opera, a rich variety of chamber music, vocal music, and compositions for symphony orchestra and wind orchestra.

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Oldřich Semerák

The composer Oldřich Semerák attended in the years 1948-1952 Industrial School in Zlín (then Gottwaldov) with experience in the factory. He attended Brno Conservatory, graduating in 1958 with Josef Smékal (playing trombone) and studied composition with Franz Suchy.

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Zděnek Šesták

Zděnek Šesták, (pronounced ZDEN-yek SHES-thahk) is a Czech composer born Dec 10, 1925 at Cítoliby (pron. TSEE-thaw-lee-bee) near Louny (pron. LOW-nee) in the North Bohemian region of the Czech Republic. He attended the Prague Conservatory where, from 1945-1950, he studied composition with Emil Hlobil (HLAW-bil) and Miroslav Krejčí (KRAY-chee).

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Earl L. Sherburne

Dr. Earl L. Sherburne received his bachelor’s degree with a double major in music and drama at Augustana in 1967. He earned his masters in music education at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, and his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He has taught in several Midwest public schools, colleges, and universities.

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Erik Sherburne

Erik Sherburne’s (b. 1979) interest in music began at an early age, first by playing drums and then taking piano lessons when he was 6 years old. His parents and teachers recognized his creativity and encouraged him to improvise and “play by ear,” which led to his beginning to write his own music.

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Ronald Lynn Shroyer

Ronald Lynn Shroyer is an American composer, music educator, conductor, flautist and tenor saxophonist. He is a son of John Wesley Shroyer and Esther Hope Shroyer. He studied at Northeast Missouri State University and Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. In 1963 he obtained a Bachelor of Science.

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David Simmons

David Simmons was born in 1950 to a Southern Baptist preacher in Fort Worth, Texas and grew up in Riverside, California where his father served as president of California Baptist College. He became interested in music at the age of twelve, and has been composing music ever since.

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Laura K. Sindberg

Composer Laura K. Sindberg (born December 18, 1958), is currently the Director of Bands at Central Middle School in Waukesha, Wisconsin. At Central, Ms. Sindberg’s responsibilities include grade seven and eight concert bands, jazz ensemble, and chamber ensembles. Prior to teaching at Central, Ms. Sindberg was Director of Bands at Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Jana Skarecky

Jana Skarecky is a Canadian composer of Czech origin. She was born in Prague, in the Czech Republic, on November 11, 1957. She came to Canada with her family in 1968, having begun her musical studies in Prague.

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František Jan Škroup

František Jan Škroup (3 June, 1801, Osice near Hradec Králové – 7 February, 1862, Rotterdam) was a Czech composer and conductor. His brother Jan Nepomuk Škroup was also a successful composer and his father, Dominik Škroup, and other brother Ignác Škroup were lesser known composers.

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Barbara Sletto

Barbara Sletto (born July 30, 1962), is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Heartland Youth Choir. Prior to her work with the Heartland Youth Choir, she was the Artistic Director of the Iowa Youth Chorus, the Des Moines Children’s Choruses, the Anderson Area Children’s Choir of Anderson, Indiana, and the Lakes Treble Choir of Minnesota.

Barbara is an Assistant Professor at Drake University in Des Moines. She conducts the Drake Women’s Chorale.

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Bedřich Smetana

Bedřich Smetana (pron. BED-rrhihch SMEH-tha-nah) (born March 2, 1824, Lytomyšl, Bohemia and died May 12, 1884, Prague) is an outstanding Czech (Bohemian) composer. He was determined to become a pianist, but his first concert (1847) ended his hopes, and he thereafter taught music, opening two schools of music.

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Miroslav Šmíd

Czech composer Miroslav Šmíd was born on 19 April, 1932 at Zlín and died 7 June, 2006 at Bratislava. Also important is Šmíd’s long-term collaboration with the Film Symphony Orchestra in Prague, where from 1965 he recorded music for more than 70 films.

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Anita Smisek

Anita Smisek, OP (b. 1941, Lonsdale, Minnesota), soprano, organist, pianist and composer, demonstrates the power which music in the home can have on one’’s personal and professional development. Her mother, Rose Smisek, soprano, piano teacher, choir director/organist in Lonsdale, Minnesota, fostered music with love, by example and enjoyment, as she raised her four children, of which Anita was the oldest.

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Jiří Šmutny

Jiří Šmutny (b. 1 April, 1932 – Prague) is a Czech conductor and composer. From 1951-1955 he studied conducting (with Václav Smetáček, Robert Brock) and composition (with Karel Janeček and Emil Hlobil – the second branch in conducting without discharge) at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

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Jitka Snížková

Jitka Snížková (married name, Skrhová) was born September 14, 1924 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and died May 11, 1989. She was a Czech composer, music educator and musicologist, pianist and harpsichordist.

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Vladimír Soukup

Czech composer Vladimír Soukup was born in 1930 at Prague, Czechoslovakia. After grammar school, he gained a formal education in composition at the Academy of Music (AMU) in Prague under Professor Jaroslav Řídky. He graduated in 1955 with his Youth Symphony after which time, he started composing popular music and musical codies besides serious music.

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John Philip Sousa

American bandmaster and composer John Philip Sousa did more than anyone to elevate the status of the military wind band. Sousa’s boyhood coincided with the American Civil War. The sounds of military bands were constantly in the air. His first musical training was on the violin, and his father instructed him on several wind instruments.

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Karel Stecker

Karel Stecker (born 22 January, 1861 at Kosmonosy – died 13 March, 1918 at Mlada Boleslav) was a Czech music theorist, teacher, organist and composer.
He graduated from a secondary school in Mlada Boleslav. He studied at the Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague.

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Milos Štedroň

Milos Štedroň (b. February 9, 1942 in Brno, Czechoslovakia), composer and musicologist is the nephew of Vladimír Štedroň and Bohumír Štedroň. He achieved his degrees in musicology and Czech at Brno University in 1959-1964, taking the doctorate in 1967, where his teachers were Racek and his uncle Bohumír Štedroň. From 1965 to 1970, he studied composition and music theory under Piňos, Ištvan, Kohoutek and Kapr at the Brno Academy, after which he completed a postgraduate course in electronic music.

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Cecil Steffen

Composer Cecil Steffen, OP was born on March 21, 1919 in Chicago, the daughter of German immigrant parents whose lineage gave her a heritage of music appreciation and performance. She began her piano study at the age of 9, a study which continued through high school (St. Clara Academy, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, class of 1937) and six years of college (Dominican College, San Rafael, California and University of California, Berkeley).

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David Stevenson

David Stevenson (born 1952, Maine, USA), when in high school, his “musical love” was playing the trumpet, but he was also very interested in the creation of music, not the “recreation,” as in interpreting musical ideas that were already suggested by others, but the “creation of music” as in composing and arranging. Stevenson has been a music educator in public schools in Maine for the past forty-one years: thirty years as teacher (RSU3) of choral arts, music theory, fine arts department chairperson, and director of the Mount View Chamber Singers, a twenty voice ensemble that tours extensively, both stateside and abroad.

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Siegfried Stolte

Siegfried Stolte (Pron. ZEEG-freed SHOLE- tah), is a German composer born on 2 October 1925 in Halberstadt (Sachsen-Anhalt). He studied music at the Leipzig Music University with Carl Schäfer (bassoon) and Wilhelm Weismann (composition).

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Jiří Strejc

iří Strejc (pron. YIH-zhee StrrAITS), was born in in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1932; he died in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, on December 8, 2010. Unbelievable as it may seem, he entered the arena of becoming a church musician—choir director and organist—in 1943 at the height of World War II at the age of 11 out of sheer necessity.

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Petr Strejc

Czech composer Petr Strejc was born on the 30th of May, 1987 in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, into a musical family as the the son of Eva and Martin Strejc. In 1992-2002, he attended School of Arts, where he gained the basic skills of playing the violin.

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Eugen Suchoň

Composer Eugen Suchoň (pronouced EH-oo-gen SOO-chawnyah) ranks among the most prominent representatives of contemporary Slovak music. Named National Artist, the composer received the fourfold Laureate of the State Prize, and won many distinctions and awards both in Czechoslovakia and abroad.

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Frank Suetholz

Frank Suetholz (b. 1933) is a Milwaukee area native, who received his BA (1960) and MA (1974) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Frank is a master flutist having been a student of Samuel Baron of the New York Woodwind Quintet.

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Josef Suk

Josef Suk (4 January, 1874 – 29 May, 1935) was a Czech composer and violinist. Suk was born in Krušovice. He studied at Prague Conservatory from 1885 to 1892, where he was a pupil of Antonín Dvořák and Antonín Bennewitz. In 1898, he married Dvořák’s eldest daughter, Otilie Dvořáková (1878-1905), affectionately known as Otilka.

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Hitomi Sutton

Hitomi Sutton is a composer, arranger, and music educator who was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1956. She began taking piano lessons when she was three years old. Her first composition was at the age of 17 for which she appeared on NHK television, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization.

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Joseph Svejkovský

Joseph Svejkovský (1938-2009) was one of the most distinguished Czech solo trumpet performers in the Czech Republic and comes from a musical family with a long standing musical tradition. He graduated from the Prague Conservatory of Music and Prague Academy of Arts. At age 24, he participated in the Prague Spring International Competition.

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Iris Szeghy

Iris Szeghy, award-winning Slovak composer (born March 5, 1956), studied composition with Jozef Podprocký and piano with Marta Reiterová from 1971-1976 at the Music Conservatory in Košice. She pursued graduate study in composition at the Academy of Music and Drama in Bratislava (VŠMU) with Andrej Očenáš.

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Jiří Teml

Czech composer, Jiří Teml, was born in Vimperk, Bohemia (today’s Czech Republic) on June 24, 1935. In the 1960’s and early 70’s, he studied theory and composition with Bohumil Dušek and Jiří Jaroch. He began his professional career in 1976 as producer of music division at Plzeň Radio and in 1980 joined Radio Prague as producer of classical music programs.

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Axel Theimer

Composer Dr. Axel Theimer, a native of Austria, where he was a member of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, is now in his 39th year on the music faculty at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict. He received much of his training in Vienna, continued his studies at Saint John’s University and completed graduate degrees at the University of Minnesota – M.F.A. in Choral Conducting and D.M.A. in Vocal Performance. At St. John’s and St. Ben’s he directs the CSB/SJU Chamber Choir and SJU Men’s Chorus and teaches choral conducting, applied voice and vocal pedagogy.

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John Henry Theisen

Composer John Henry Theisen (born 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska), the son of James and Mary Elizabeth Theisen, began Suzuki piano lessons at age 6. When John Henry was 12, his gifted teacher, Pamela Fusselman, encouraged all her students to develop their own compositions for a special recital she was planning.

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James D. Thornton

Composer James D. Thornton was born January 23, 1953 in New Rockford, North Dakota, into a family of musicians. Thornton’s professional music career began when he became a member of The President’s Own United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C. from 1974 to 1981.

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Adam M. Tice

Adam M. Tice (born October 11, 1979) began composing while still in high school in Elkhart, Indiana. By the time he graduated, several of his pieces had already been performed in public.

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Antonín Tichý

Antonín Tichý is a master brass musician, composer and conductor, his work provides a wonderful audience pleaser. The concert polka form, born in Bohemia, provides great joy and a sense of beauty to those who experience it. Tichý is a retired Band Master of the highest order and highly respected for his musicianship. He is an excellent representative of a classical composer applying his gifts to the folk art, thereby creating a whole new listening sensation!

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Jo Ann Timmerman

Composer Jo Ann Timmerman, OP is a Sinsinawa Dominican Sister who prepared for her ministry of teaching and preaching with a B.A. in Music Education from Alverno College (Milwaukee) followed by an M.A. in Theology from Collegeville, Minnesota. She has ministered as liturgist, music director, pastoral minister, and RCIA director in a number of Catholic church communities.

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Exploring the Rich Tapestry of Czech and Slovak Classic and Folk Music

Explore the rich world of Czech and Slovak classic and folk music with Alliance Publications (API). From classical masterpieces to enchanting folk tunes, our collection celebrates the cultural heritage of these nations. Discover educational resources, traditional melodies, and liturgical compositions crafted for choral performances. Join us in savoring the timeless beauty of Czech and Slovak musical traditions.

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Charles L Byrne

Charles Byrne was a great and sensitive director. He had a keen understanding of, love for and wonderful appreciation of the Church’s liturgical music tradition, especially for the Mass. Its richness and beauty was reflected in the choice of music he used and/or composed for the choir.

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Lee Burswold

Composer Lee Burswold is Professor Emeritus of the North Park School of Music. He studied composition with Vittorio Rieti, Anthony Donato, Bernard Rogers and Howard Hanson. A performer as well as a composer, Lee plays commercial, jazz, and ragtime piano in the Chicago area.

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Michael Burke

Father Michael Burke, known as the “Piano-Playing Priest” is a Catholic priest and a member of the Southern Dominican Community, Order of Friars Preachers. He has been a pianist and musician from boyhood and music is the focus of his ministry.

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Jarmil Michael Burghauser

Jarmil Michael Burghauser (born Jarmil Michael Mokrý, October 21, 1921 at Písek, died February 19, 1997, at Prague) was a Czech composer, conductor, and musicologist.

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Julie K. Brown

Composer and Music Educator, Julie K. Brown, was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1977, and graduated from Memorial High School. She received her undergraduate degrees in music education and composition from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her masters degree in music education was received at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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Mariel Blanche

Sister Mariel Blanche made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican August 5, 1947, and her final profession August 5, 1950. She taught for 36 years, served as support staff for one year, ministered in social work for seven years, and served as volunteer music teacher for nine years. Sister Mariel Blanche was a talented cello player.

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Karel Briza

Karel Briza (14 October, 1926, Krucemburk – 9 December, 2001, Prague) was a Roman Catholic priest, religious – Redemptorist, composer, organist and organ builder. His first organ is in St. Martin in Prague Řepích.

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František Xaver Brixi

František Xaver Brixi was an important composer at the junction between Baroque and the Classical period. Brixi’s style is distinguished from that of his contemporaries by its fresh melodic writing, vivacious rhythm and lively bass lines, and from that of his predecessors by its simple yet effective instrumentation.

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Bernard Brindel

Bernard Brindel, violinist/composer, has written works in all genres both large and small. The recipient of numerous commissions and prestigious grants, he has been performed throughout the United States and also in Bulgaria.

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Paul Brandvik

Dr. Paul Brandvik, former Director of Choral Activities at Bemidji State University, is a native of Fargo, North Dakota.

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Johannes Brahms

Born on May 7, 1833, in Hamburg, Johannes Brahms, a prominent German composer and pianist, played a pivotal role in the Romantic era. He died on April 3, 1897, in Vienna, Austria.

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Paul Bouman

Paul Bouman was born in Hamburg, Minnesota, on August 26, 1918. He is one of those well-seasoned, classically trained, musicians whose whole life has been a ministry through music.

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Chrysostom Borstadt

Sister Chrysostom Borstadt, OP, (1874-1963) was a talented musician and a master teacher of string instruments. Born in Denver, Colorado, Mary Borstadt followed her calling to be a music educator and religious.

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David Bohn

David Bohn was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1965. He holds degrees in music composition from the University of Wisconsin (B.M. 1987), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (M.M. 1989), and the University of Illinois (D.M.A. 1994).

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Sylvie Bodorová

Sylvie Bodorová studied composition at the Janáček Academy in Brno and also at the Music Academy in Prague as a post-graduate. She continued her studies in Gdansk and Siena (with Professor Franco Donatoni at the Academia Chigiana) and from 1987 she regularly attended Professor Ton de Leuw’s composition courses in Amsterdam.

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Vladislav Bláha

Vladislav Bláha, a graduate of Franz Liszt College of Music, Germany, and the Academy of Music in Bratislava, Slovakia, is a Professor of Guitar and president of the Czech Classical Guitar Society.

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Justin Blum

Justin Blum was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. He started his musical career when he was 6 years old. As he learned simple melodies on piano by ear, eventually his passion for music grew stronger.

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Robert P. Block

Robert P. Block—R.P. or Bob to his friends— was a prolific editor of early wind music, largely for Musica Rara and Nova Music companies, a composer of recorder music, a recorder teacher, and a facile performer on many woodwind instruments, old and new.

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Václav Blahunek

Václav Blahunek, Ph.D. (born 23 April, 1971, Olomouc) is a contemporary Czech conductor, musician and music theorist. Since 2009, he has been the Chief Conductor and Director of the Music Guard and the Police of the Czech Republic (a member of the Police of the Czech Republic).

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Joel Blahník

Joel Blahník is a native of Wisconsin’s Door County, a graduate of Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, and above all, an instrumental music educator in the Wisconsin Public Schools from 1961-1993.

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Zdeněk Bláha

Zdeněk Bláha was born in 1929 at Horní Bříza near Plzeň in the Czech Republic. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Prague in the Department of Folk Instruments. His original instrument was the violin.

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Mary Edward Blackwell

Marion Blackwell was born in 1887 in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Thomas and Julia Britt Blackwell. Her musical interests began at the age of 6 when she started piano lessons with her sister Alice.

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Dudley Birder

Dudley Birder has been professor of music at St. Norbert College since 1958 and, since 1961, has served as artistic director of St. Norbert College Music Theatre.

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Marilyn Perkins Biery

Marilyn Perkins Biery, AAGO is Co-Choir Director and Organist at the Cathedral of St. Paul, a position she has held since 1996. Prior to moving to Minnesota, Marilyn was Director of Music at St. Michael’’s Cathedral in Springfield, Massachusetts and also served the First Church of Christ in Hartford, Connecticut as Director of Music Ministries for ten years.

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Barbara Beyenka

Barbara Beyenka, OP (1911–2006), a Dominican nun, earned a Ph.D. in Latin from Catholic University of America. She translated St. Ambrose’s Letters and served as Academic Dean at Edgewood College.

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Florence Bettray

Florence Bettray received her early education at St. Catherine’s Female Academy in Racine WI, founded in 1864 by Mother M. Benedicta and Mother Thomasina (Dominican nuns who had im- migrated from Bavaria). She was then a student at St. Clara College at Sinsinawa, WI for 5 years (school year 1905/06 – 1909/10). She studied violin as well as piano and her earliest recitals were in violin.

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Jacob Beranek

Jacob Beranek is an award-winning composer and pianist from Wisconsin. Proud of his Czech heritage, he began composing at eight, visited the Czech Republic at ten, and entered composition contests at eleven.

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