Composers

DOMINICK DIORIO, The Little Blue One
The music of young American composer Dominick DiOrio has been called “a tour de force of inventive thinking and unique colour” (Gramophone) and “[full of] sunny rays of heavenly light” (Opera News). In 2014, he was named the winner of The American Prize in Composition with the judges saying "his depth of vision, mastery of compositional technique, and unique style set him in a category by himself."

DiOrio’s music is widely performed, published, and recorded, having been presented in major venues across the United States as well as in Austria, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Sweden, and the UK. Recent commissions include new works for the GRAMMY award-winning Kansas City Chorale, eighth blackbird and the University of Richmond, the Texas Choral Directors Association, and the Handel Society of Dartmouth College. His works are published with Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer, G. Schirmer, Oxford, and others; and they can be heard on albums released with Divergence, MSR Classics, Naxos of America / Seraphic Fire Media, and New Dynamic Records.

Also an accomplished conductor, DiOrio has guest conducted ensembles both domestically and abroad including the Young People's Chorus of New York City, the University of Maryland Chamber Singers, the University of Hawai’i Choirs, Ars Veritas (Göteborg), and the Houston Chamber Choir. Hired at age 28 and promoted to associate professor at 31, DiOrio is the youngest-ever tenured member of the conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is the director of NOTUS, an elite chamber chorus that specializes in performing and commissioning new music of living composers. Under his leadership, NOTUS has performed at both regional and national ACDA conferences and as an invited ensemble on the Distinguished Concerts International New York Artist Series at Carnegie Hall.

DiOrio earned the DMA, MMA, and MM degrees in conducting from the Yale School of Music, and the BM in composition from Ithaca College. He currently serves as Treasurer for the National Collegiate Choral Organization, as a member of the Board of Directors for Chorus America, and on advisory boards for the Choral Arts Initiative, the Princeton Pro Musica, and the Young New Yorker's Chorus. (www.dominickdiorio.com)



YALIL GUERRA, Amor
Born in the city of Havana, Cuba, April 27th, 1973, Yalil Guerra is the son of the famous Cuban vocal duo Rosell y Cary. His first musical studies were at the Escuela Nacional de Música (E.N.A.) in Havana, Cuba (1985-1991), with classical guitar Professor Jorge Luis Zamora.

At the age of 16, Guerra won the International Competition and Festival of Classical Guitar in Krakow, Poland, as well as the Special Prize (1990). He became the youngest Cuban awarded a prize in an international competition. As part of the Special Prize, in 1991 he toured a variety of Polish cities. Also that year, he obtained a B.M. from E.N.A. in classical guitar.

In 1991 Guerra won a scholarship at the Instituto Superior de Música (I.S.A.) and for two years he studied classical guitar with Professors Jesús Ortega, Joaquin Clerch, and Efraín Amador. Upon moving to Spain, he obtained a M.M. in Classical Guitar at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid Reina Sofía, under the mentorship of maestro Gabriel Estarellas. 

Guerra’s career as a producer, composer, and arranger began in 1990, and since that time he has worked with many music industry companies, professionals and artists such as Michael Bublé, Cristian Castro, Celia Cruz, Albita Rodríguez, Eddie Santiago, Rey Ruiz, Choco Orta, Los Adolecentes and Yamila Guerra among others. Presently, he writes music for USA TV networks such as CBS, ABC, Univision and Tele-Futura, and he continues to compose and produce songs and albums at his recording facility in Burbank, California.

Guerra’s art music encompasses compositions for orchestra, chamber ensembles and soloists and the majority have been premiered in North/South America and Europe. In 2012, he won a Latin Grammy award for Best Classical Composition (Seducción). Additionally, he has been a Latin Grammy nominee six times. In 2014, he received the Cintas Foundation Fellowship in Music Composition and in January 2016 he became President of the National Association of Composers USA (LA Chapter). (www.yalilguerra.com)



ERIN HUELSKAMP, The Ten-Block Walk

Noted as “startling revelatory” and “electrifying,” composer/director Erin Huelskamp’s recent projects include directing The Burning Fiery Furnace with Opera Brittenica and Bluebeard's Castle and The Diary of One Who Disappeared at the Center for the Arts in Natick. Performances and composition work include Boston College presenting her string quartet Obsidian Mirror and continued work on her second opera The Ten-Block Walk. Huelskamp’s past projects include stage directing with Winthrop Playmakers (The Music Man), Bentley University (I Love You Because), Harvard’s Lowell House Opera (Candide) and TCAN Players (Company; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change); assistant stage directing The Two Gentlemen of Verona for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Shakespeare on the Common; composition performances with the Oberon, the Lorelei Ensemble (Love Credo) and with the Fortpoint Theatre Channel; and on-going activities with the Juventas New Music Ensemble where she works as Resident Stage Director and Executive Director Emeritus. Huelskamp served as a faculty member of music theory at Boston College and a visiting lecturer at Bentley University. She holds an M.M. from The Boston Conservatory and B.M. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Now residing in St. Petersburg, FL, she is embracing her new role as Artistic Director for Sunshine City Opera. (www.erinhuelskamp.com)



HOANG PHO, Glimpses
Hoang Pho started studying composition in 2009 at Vietnam National Academy of Music under the instruction of composer Do Hong Quan. Two years later, he went to USA to continue his study at The Boston Conservatory where he earned his Bachelor degree in Composition. His principle teachers were Jan Swafford, Curtis Hughes and Marti Epstein.

During his time as a student at The Boston Conservatory, Hoang wrote about 20 compositions from chamber to orchestral settings for both performance and compositional training. Many of his compositions were selected and commissioned by the school for annual public performances such as The Song Project, New Music Chamber Ensemble, The Composers’ Orchestra. Moreover, special projects Hoang participated in included arranging logo sounder for WCRB radio station, Massachusetts (2014); commissions by Boston Musica Viva for their performance, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) for a reading section on school campus (2015). 



INGRID STOLZEL, Grand Is The Seen
Ingrid Stölzel has been hailed “as a composer of considerable gifts” who is “musically confident and bold” by NPR’s classical music critic. Her music has been described as “tender and beautiful” (American Record Guide) and as creating a “haunting feeling of lyrical reflection and suspension in time and memory” (Classical-Modern Review). At the heart of her compositions is a belief that music can create profound emotional connections with the listener.

Stölzel’s compositions are performed in concert halls and festivals worldwide, including the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Festival of New Music at Florida State, Festival of New American Music, SoundOn Festival of Modern Music, International Alliance of Women in Music Congress and IC[CM] International Conference on Contemporary Music, among others. She has received commissions and performances from leading ensembles and performers, including the California E.A.R. Unit, Third Angle, Adaskin String Trio, ensemble s21, San Diego New Music, Volti, Khorikos, and Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist, Stanislav Ioudenitch. Her music is released on Navona Records. 

She is the winner of the RED NOTE Composition Competition, Ortus International New Music Competition, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Composers Competition, Arizona Pro Arte Competition, NewMusic@ECU Composition Competition, Cheryl A. Spector Composition Prize and PatsyLu Composition Prize.  

Stölzel earned her doctorate degree in composition from the University of Missouri, Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, where she studied with James Mobberley, Chen Yi and Zhou Long. She holds a Master of Music in Composition from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT where her primary composition teachers were Robert Carl and James Sellars. She is Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Kansas and prior to that served as Director of the International Center for Music at Park University. Stölzel is a native of Germany and has resided in the United States since 1991. (www.ingridstolzel.com)



HILARY TANN, Between Sunsets
Welsh-born composer Hilary Tann lives in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York where she is the John Howard Payne Professor of Music at Union College, Schenectady. She holds degrees in composition from the University of Wales at Cardiff and from Princeton University. From 1982 to 1995 she held a number of Executive Committee positions with the International League of Women Composers. She was guest Composer-in-Residence at the 2011 Eastman School of Music Women in Music Festival, Composer-in-Residence at the 2013 Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and 2015 Composer-in-Residence for the Welsh Music Center (Ty Cerdd).

Praised for its lyricism and formal balance, her music is influenced by her love of Wales and a strong identification with the natural world. A deep interest in the traditional music of Japan has led to private study of the shakuhachi and guest visits to Japan, Korea and China. Her compositions have been widely performed and recorded by ensembles such as the European Womenʼs Orchestra, Tenebrae, Lontano, Meininger Trio, Thai Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBCNOW and KBS Philharmonic in Seoul, Korea. (www.hilarytann.com)