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Ayotte Custom Musical Engravings is proud to represent some excellent composers and arrangers. We offer generous terms, for which see our Non-Exclusive Distribution Agreement

Benjamin Ayotte:
Benjamin Ayotte
Benjamin Ayotte, the founder of Ayotte Custom Music, holds degrees in music from Eastern Michigan University and Michigan State University. His dissertation was a study of how Heinrich Schenker, in his youth, employed auxiliary cadence progressions to organize the tonal structure of some of his songs. He has been, at various times in his life, a trumpet teacher, a band director, a general music teacher, a drama producer, a teacher of English and History, a professor of music theory and counterpoint, and and music publisher. He has published a bibliography of Schenkerian resources through Routledge Press and engraved musical examples for Edward Laufer, Peter H Smith, Erinn Knyt, Jacquelyn Sholes, Paul Reichle, Beatrice Beer and the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, and many other clients.

Kelly Bennette:
Kelly BennetteKelly Bennette is a retired music educator who lives in East Texas. He is an active composer and performer. Mr. Bennette was born in Port Arthur Texas and grew up in neighboring Groves. He received a BS in music education from Lamar University in 1989. He was tubist for the Beaumont Symphony Orchestra for nine year as well as for the Lamar Faculty Quintet for six years. He also directed the Lamar University Jazz Band B for three years. After twenty eight years of teaching in Texas public schools, Mr, Bennette has retired as of 2017. He continues to compose and arrange works for concert band.

Lenny Cavallaro:
Lenny Cavallaro notes with some wry amusement that the top four names on Anthony Tommasini’s list of "Top 10 Composers” were Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert. These men, he asserts, are his gods, and the geniuses whose works he seeks to emulate. The result, not surprisingly, is that most of Cavallaro’s music sounds as though it was written between 1720 and 1830. He has been called "the reactionary neoclassicist,” and one critic went so far as to call him "a throwback to Schubert.” Cavallaro has written two sonatas in the baroque style (for violin and clavier; oboe and clavier), a keyboard partita, and a suite for double-reed trio (including a three-part invention and two fugues). He has also composed a pair of piano sonatas in the classical style, "Songs Without Words” loosely modeled after Mendelssohn, and a number of more Romantic works closer to Schubert in spirit. In 2013, Forton Music released three volumes of Cavallaro’s music for woodwinds – the Sonata for Oboe (or Flute) and Piano, Op.1, Songs Without Words for Oboe (or Flute) and Piano, Op. 2 and Three Pieces for Cor Anglais [English horn] and Piano, Op. 3. The same firm published his Four Romances for Cor Anglais and Piano Op. 6, and Suite for Oboe, Cor Anglais, and Bassoon, Op. 7 in 2014, and his Sonata #2 in E minor for Oboe (or Flute) and Piano (or Harpsochord), Op. 8 in 2015.Earlier in 2014, Broadbent and Dunn released the Sonata No. 1 in D Minor for Violin and Piano (or Harpsichord), Op. 4, and "Raindrops” Fantasia for Violin and Piano, Op. 5.Cavallaro, an accomplished pianist, was a top prizewinner in the J.S. Bach International Competition for Pianists and subsequently played that composer’s Six Partitas to the highest critical acclaim in Carnegie Recital Hall. A true "Renaissance man,” he is additionally a man of letters. He served for nine years as music critic for the New Haven Register and has recently edited and revised Paganini’s Fire, a novel based on the life of that legendary violinist, by Ann Abelson. [That work was released in November, 2011, by Stay Thirsty Press.] Cavallaro has several other works to his credit, including a novel and a one-act play. In addition, he is a therapist, maintaining a practice in Arlington, Massachusetts (cf. FourLevelHealing.com).Cavallaro earned his Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree from West Virginia University, and has served on the music faculty of several colleges.In 2015, Cavallaro was admitted to Vox Saeculorum, a group of contemporary composers who write (to at least a considerable extent) in the baroque style. Later that year he wrote a conjectural "completion" to Contrapunctus XIV from Bach's unfinished masterpiece, The Art of Fugue.

James Michael Creider:
Mike Creider
James Michael Creider began composing music for concert bands in 2009 while living in Plano, Texas and playing his bass clarinet in the McKinney Community Band. But before 2009 as a member of his church’s orchestra, he began transcribing cello and bass music to bass clarinet so he could have a part to play during church services at First Baptist Church of Allen (Texas). After several months of transcribing music for his bass clarinet, he got the whim to try his hand at composing music. And he hasn’t stopped since then. The McKinney Community Band premiered three of his pieces, The Trumpeter, The Hills of Heaven, and Benedictio Nocturnum.
James graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS degree in journalism in 1976 after spending seven years in the US Navy in its submarine service as a sonar technician. Before the Navy, he had tried his hand at a college education at OSU as a music major. That effort did not pan out well, resulting in him joining the Navy in 1966.
Forty years would pass before James would return to his music roots in 2006 with the purchase of his first bass clarinet, an instrument he played while in public schools in Tulsa, where he grew up, and at OSU in its marching band and concert band. With his return to his music roots, he would begin playing his bass clarinet in the Celebration Orchestra of the First Baptist Church of Allen, and one at a time the Plano Community Band, the Frisco Community Band, the McKinney Community Band, the Richardson Community Band, and the Allen Community Band.
Currently James attends Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma taking private lessons in music composition under the leadership of Professor James Vernon. While a student at OBU, he has performed with the OBU/Shawnee Community Orchestra. He is also a member of the Association of Concert Bands. And he plays his bass clarinet in the orchestra for Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee.

Johnny Edwards II:
Johnny Edwards II
Johnny Edwards is presently the Director of Choral Activities at Newton High School in Covington, Ga. As a veteran teacher of 19 years, he has enjoyed the opportunity of teaching at both the Middle and High School levels and composing for all of his groups. He also serves as the Minister of Music of Children at the Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain. He obtained his Bachelors of Music Education degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University and his Masters of Music Education degree in Choral Conducting from Georgia College and State University. His other musical achievements include arranging music for the 1996 Closing Ceremonies for the Summer Olympics and for the grand champion of the Savannah Onstage National Singing Competition. He has worked as music director for several musicals, which include The Wiz, Annie, Oliver, Anne of Green Gables, Rent, and several others. His choral groups have consistently received superior and excellent ratings at festivals and contests in each school that he has taught.

John G. Gage:
John Gage

John Gage received a Music Education degree from John Brown University in 1972, and served churches in Etowah, North Carolina, Collinsville, Illinois and Birmingham, Alabama as Minister of Music and Youth. In 1981 he accepted a position as the first full time Minister of INSTRUMENTAL Music at Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL under renowned Minister of Music Aubrey Edwards. While at Shades Mountain, Mr Gage completed a Masters in Church Music degree from Samford University.

In January of 1989 Mr Gage accepted a position as Minister of Instrumental Music at First Baptist Atlanta under pastor Charles Stanley and Minister of Music John Glover. In the Fall of 1996 he resigned his position at FBA and served as interim choir director at First Baptist Jonesboro, GA. In February of 1997 he accepted a call to Valley Baptist, Bakersfield, CA under Minister of Music Gary Mathena, and served there for 17 years..14 of those as Minister of Instrumental Music, and the last 3 years as choir director and music ministry administrator. He retired from full time music ministry in 2014, after 42 years of ministry.
In 2005 Mr Gage took a 9 month sabbatical and served a missions organization taking church choirs and orchestras on overseas ministry trips. In early 2006 he returned to his position at Valley Baptist.
In addition to his work at Valley Baptist, Mr Gage earned a California State teaching credential from Cal State Bakersfield, and served as assistant Director of Instrumental Music at Stockdale High School alongside Director John Biller. While serving at Stockdale, he directed groups for 2 hours each day, including a 118 piece STRING ORCHESTRA and an 80 piece SYMPHONIC BAND, and served as assistant director to the 150 piece MARCHING BAND.
Mr. Gage has written a brass warm up routine for trumpet, trombone, baritone and tuba entitled A BRASS PLAYER’S WARM UP and PRACTICE GUIDE, which utilizes a "jazzy” cd accompaniment track, BOWING STUDIES AND CHORALES for string orchestra, and MEDITATIONS FOR MUSICIANS, a devotional book for church ministry teams. His recent devotional book, "Love Dad: Weekly Devotionals on Developing Christ-Like Character" is available on Amazon and Kindle.
Mr Gage is married to the former Ruth Lee of Memphis, TN, and has 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. He currently resides in Bakersfield,. California, where he serves as a worship pastor at Valley Baptist Church,and may be contacted by writing to him at john@johngagemusic.com

Lucyanna Georger Gordon:
Lucyanne Gordon
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S. Timothy Glasscock:
Timothy Glasscock
S. Timothy Glasscock, Artistic Director, is Associate Professor of Choral Studies and Music Department Chair at Bellarmine University. He has taught and performed through the Southeast for over 25 years. With bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Louisville and a Doctorate in conducting from University of Kentucky, Dr. Glasscock spent 12 years as Director of Vocal Studies at Kentucky's Youth
Performing Arts School preparing young people for a performing career. He has served as Artistic Director to the Louisville Chorus, founded and conducted The Louisville Vocal Project and taught for Campbellsville University and the Indiana University system. At Bellarmine, Glasscock founded and conducts the University Singers, Schola cantorum, and Oratorio Society. Dr. Glasscock also founded the University Women's Choir and Men’s Choir, but no longer conducts them himself. He is an active performer, clinician/master class presenter, having sung and conducted in 17 countries. His articles have appeared in The Choral Journal, The American Organist, The International Journal of Aging and Society, The Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, and his book "German Requiems Before Brahms," is in its third printing. Dr. Glasscock has several Choral titles published through Ayotte Music and is actively engaged in choral commissions for choirs all over the country.

Peter Solomon Gross:
Peter Solomon Gross
Peter Solomon Gross graduated from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase in 1995, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Traditional Composition. He studied composition with the decidedly contemporary Dary-John Mizelle, honed his Counterpoint under the tutelage of eminent Baroque performer Anthony Newman, and learned harmony and analysis with organist/ keyboardist Robert Fertitta, a wonderfully gifted interpreter of music and cadential improviser. During that time he was invited to a series of tutorials at The Amsterdamse Hoogschool voor de Kunsten where he received further definition to his technique from Andre Douw, Jos Zwaanenburg, and Willem Wander van Nieuwkerk.
It was at Purchase where Mr. Gross received his first commissions: the ballet Irruptions, and music for a production of Athol Fugard's South African drama Lena and Boesman. He began teaching woodwinds upon graduation at the prestigious North Shore Performing Arts Academy, as well as giving tutorials in Composition and Music Theory. In 1997, as Composer-in-Residence at Searingtown Elementary School he created a program designed to teach children of various grade levels to compose a piece of original music, to be performed. A challenging project, Peter used a combination of simple contemporary and tonal techniques, culminating in an innovative and collaborative effort.
In 1998 he began his conducting studies in earnest with the composer/conductor Gary Fagin at the New York Conducting Institute, and soon found an appointment as Conductor of the Arumdaun Church Youth Orchestra in Bethpage, NY. Also at this time Peter was engaged in comprising a collection of solo Clarinet arrangements for HLH Publications, including the Second Movement of Mozart's Haffner" Symphony, Chopin's Prelude in Db-Major "Raindrops," the famous Adagio from Beethoven's Sonate Pathetique, and Telemann's Sonate in E-Minor, with originally composed piano accompaniment.
Soon afterwards Warner Brothers Music engaged Mr. Gross to produce a sheet music arrangement of the hit song "I Want it That Way" by the Back Street Boys, a definite departure from his classical background. From this point forward he started working much more actively in music publication, producing various scores from 1999-2002 (including the Sonata in E-Major and New York Suite, by Ken Hatfield and published by Arthur Circle Music). Following this was the editing/engraving of the entire score for Tovah Feldshuh’s Tallulah, Hallelujah, the Off Broadway show which ran for six months to sold-out audiences at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater.
Since 2000, he has begun a close affiliation with the highly esteemed conductor John Yaffé, working as his Orchestral Assistant for the 92nd Street Y Symphony Orchestra in Manhattan. In the autumn of 2002 Peter worked on the opera music of Arif Mardin, winner of a Grammy Award in 2002 for his production of Nora Jones' hit song "Come Away With Me," and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2003 he was enagaged by the Dance Theater of Harlem to engrave a portion of the mammoth orchestral score St. Louis Woman, a ballet based on the 1946 opera of the same name by Harold Arlen (with new arrangemnts and music by Joesph Fields). This was performed at the famed State Theater as part of the renown Lincoln Center Summer Festival. During the Summer of 2005 he finalized his design and editing work on The Gamut of Scales & Chords, an instructional book/DVD for piano students, co-authored with Cheryl Fried. In early Spring of 2006 he worked extensively on the re-orchestrations of the the 21st century opera Il Racconto Fiorentino by Louis Gioia.
Most recently he's begun editing and proofreading the music of such accomplished contemporaries as André Previn, Bright Sheng, Chris Rouse, Robert Kapilow and Mark Adamo for worldwide publishers G.Schirmer, Boosey & Hawkes, and Hal Leonard. In January of 2008, working for Emmy Award winning song-writer Jimmy Webb, he transcribed/co-arranged the strings and for two original songs by Carly Simon that were to be featured on her latest album This Kind Of Love. During Spring and Summer of 2009 Peter orchestrated and co-composed (with Tom Swafford) 8 songs for the original musical Anthropomorphic with the Puppetry Arts Theater of Brooklyn, which was performed in December of that year. In Fall of 2010, he composed original music for the feature film Killer Hoo-Ha, which will be relased in theaters this coming Spring 2011. Most recently Mr. Gross has been commissioned to orchestrate two Mahler lieder - 'Ablösung im Sommer' and 'Nicht widersehen!' - for The New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, to be premiered in New York City May 2011. All the while Peter continues to work on his own original compositions and arrangements.
Currently, he lives nestled on the North Shore of Long Island in the beach hamlet of Bayville.

Sylvan (Sholom) Kalib:
Sylvan Kalib
Dr. Kalib acquired his advanced musical education in Chicago universities, completing his Ph.D. in Music Theory at Northwestern University in 1973. His dissertation, entitled "Thirteen Essays from Das Meisterwerk in der Musik by Heinrich Schenker: An Annotated Translation," has been widely used as a textbook in graduate and undergraduate courses in Music Theory throughout the country. He is Professor Emeritus of Music Theory and Literature, Eastern Michigan University, where he taught from 1969-1999.
Kalib is the author of The Musical Tradition of the Eastern European Synagogue-Volume One, winner of the 2003 Tuttleman Foundation Book Award of Gratz College, and plaudits from scholars in Jewish music across the United States, Israel, and beyond. Volume Two of the anthology was released in 2005. Kalib also compiled and edited six published volumes of synagogue music from within the Eastern European tradition by two pre-eminent Chicago Cantors: four by Todros Greenberg and two by Joshua Lind, all of which were published between 1961 and 1978.
Kalib has written two concert services commissioned by the Beth Abraham Youth Chorale of Dayton, Ohio, Cantor Jerome B. Kopmar, founder and conductor. They are the High Holy Day-based Days of Awe, and the Sabbath-based Day of Rest. Selections from the Day of Rest were recorded for the Milken Archive by the Vienna Boys' Choir with Cantor Naftoli Hershtik, of the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem, a portion of which was aired on NPR's Morning Edition.
Kalib is the recipient of The Bernard L. Maas Foundation Prize for Achievement in Jewish Culture and Continuity/Humanities for 2002, The Cantors Assembly Samuel Rosenbaum Award for Scholarship and Creativity for 2001, and many other awards for work on The Musical Tradition of the Eastern European Synagogue.

Charles Kreeb:
Charles Kreeb
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Charles Kreeb:
Charles Kreeb
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Roger Lessel:
Roger Lessel
Roger (Rüdiger) Lessel. *31.01.1975 in Ibbenbüren, Westphalia, Germany. Studied German and History in Düsseldorf and Münster, Westphalia. Teacher. Plays Piano, Violin and Viola. Lives in Vechta, Lower Saxony, Germany.





Marc Oliver (1952-2017):
Marc Oliver
Jason M. Oliver (Marc Oliver) is a native of Southern California, born in 1952 in National City. He is a retired Air Force Technical Sergeant (E-6), with over 21 years of service, of which his first 9 years were in the Marine Corps (he is also an honorably discharged Staff Sergeant of Marines; also E-6). 19 of those 21 years were either in the Marine Corps' Band Field or the Air Force's Bands Branch. By trade, he is a bassoonist and a music arranger.
Oliver learned how to arrange music at the Naval School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia in 1978. But it wasn't until he left the Corps in 1984 when arranging opportunities presented themselves. One such opportunity was when he was hired by Hollywood film composer, Joseph Julian Gonzalez to be his part-time copyist and orchestrator. That collaboration lasted 18 years (1991-2009) which resulted in music that was used in soundtracks to movies, such as "La Pastorela” in 1991, "The Cisco Kid” in 1994, and "Steal a Pencil For Me” in 2007.
Another opportunity came when Oliver met Dr. Benjamin M. Ayotte of ACME Publishing (Ayotte Custom Musical Engragings) of Westland, Michigan in 2012. He gave Oliver an outlet for his wind band music. As of 2016, ACME has over 100 pieces, primarily for wind band, that are available for distribution and purchase.
Oliver's military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with 2 bronze stars, the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with 3 bronze oak leaf clusters and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
To date, Oliver (via ACME Publishing, JW Pepper and directly from him) have sold and distributed over 600 units to wind bands across the country and in certain places around the world.
Oliver was invited to be a guest conductor with 2 community bands during the summer of 2015. He conducted 2 of his pieces with the Midland Community Band of Midland, Texas on 29 May; and he conducted another piece with the Beale Park Summer Band of Bakersfield, California on 28 June.
Marc Oliver lived in quiet retirement in Hopkinsville, Kentucky where he wrote music for Wind Band MusicMachine until his untimely death in June of 2017.

Alexander Panku:
Alexander Panku
Alexander Panku, was born in Bucharest, Romania, and began his musical studies at the age of six. He studied at the George Enescu Music School in Bucharest with several excellent teachers.
He made his recital debut at the age of fourteen and the concerto debut at seventeen with the Beethoven Concerto No. 1, at the prestigious Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. One year later he played the Mozart Concert K. 450 at the Radio-TV Hall, which was televised. During the summers of 1972 through 1976 he studied at the "Mozarteum” in Salzburg with renowned pianist-conductor Carlo Zecchi. He continued his music studies at the Bucharest State Conservatory with Corneliu Gheorghiu, one of the best Romanian performers and teachers, colleague of the celebrated Dinu Lipatti. After coming to the United States, Mr. Panku got his Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Temple University under the guidance of Prof. Harvey Wedeen, distinguished artist-teacher.
Mr. Panku has been playing concerts, solo recitals, and chamber music recitals for more than forty years, receiving very favorable criticism. He played many times in Philadelphia at The Ethical Society, The Art Alliance, Temple University, as well as in churches, and libraries, as well as other cities on the East Coast. He also played several times at various retirement centers such as Normandy Farms, Folkways, Martins Run, White Horse Village, Beaumont, Logan Square East, and his performances were very well received.
He has been composing for a long time starting with the F minor Piano Sonata op. 1 in 1980. His compositions are mainly for piano; sonatas, preludes and fugues, shorter piano pieces, a fantasy, as well as a setting of Psalm 23 for choir and organ, flute pieces etc. His style, influenced by the great classical, romantic and modern tradition, has evolved through the years from a tonal, romantic , to an original style incorporating in a personal manner romantic, neo-romantic, modern expressionistic features, using both tonal and atonal elements. He has been playing his compositions many times in his public solo and chamber music recitals. The Psalm setting has been played in a Church. Some of his compositions have also been performed privately and publicly by some of his students.
He has been teaching piano since 1979. He has been on the Piano Faculty at several institutions, such as Temple University, Settlement Music School, Academy of Community Music and Bryn Mawr Conservatory. Also he has taught many private students of all ages and all levels carefully tailoring his instruction to the level and need of his students.
Professor George Sementovsky described Mr. Panku as "a definitive performer, reflecting much of the soul-searching, training, and refining concepts of artistic identity within a deep and mature talent that he has.” Following recital appearances in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Inquirer writes: "This was a thoughtful and introspective "Waldstein”, yet one which, despite freely changing tempos, was very carefully controlled”.

Suzanna Pavlovsky:
Suzanna Pavlovsky
Dr. Suzanna Pavlovsky is a passionate musician with extensive and broad education and experience. She holds a D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, M.M. in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music, M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the Michigan State University, B.M. in Orchestral Conducting from Tel-Aviv University, Israel, and Music Theory from the Ashrafi Conservatory of Music from Tashkent, Uzbekistan (a republic of the former Soviet Union). Her educational and teaching experiences in the USSR, Israel, and the United States give her a broad appeal to performers and a wealth of skills and knowledge to draw upon.
Dr. Pavlovsky’s conducting endeavors took her to diverse places such as Israel, Canada, and United States where she has served as a guest conductor and assistant conductor of university, community, and professional ensembles. She is the founder and music director of Palmetto Chamber Orchestra, consisting of dedicated string educators and capable community members from the larger Columbia area, South Carolina and a founder and artistic director of Ensemble Eclectica, an interdisciplinary group that aims to combine music with different arts mediums. Ms. Pavlovsky was twice a winner and a scholarship recipient of National Orchestral Conducting Competitions by America-Israel Cultural Foundation in Israel in 1993 and 1995. Her conducting teachers include international community of well-known conductors such as Vag Papian, Tak-Ng Lai, Leon Gregorian, Neil Varon, William Winert, and Donald Portnoy.
Her additional professional development includes but not limited to attending Conductors Institute in Columbia, SC, in 2007 where she was an active participant of master classes, advanced conducting seminars and workshops with conductors Peter Jaffe, Donald Portnoy, Maurice Peress, Diane Wittry, Paul Vermel, and composers Samuel Jones, and Russell Peck AND The Savvy Musician in Action in 2015, an immersive, experimental laboratory, designed for performing artists, educators, and administrators to develop invaluable success skills to generate most impact via 21 century artistic vision.
Dr. Pavlovsky’s broad interests combine both performance practice and music theory. One of her main theoretical research interests focuses on harmonic system of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin and its practical applications on the analysis of Scriabin’s music. The cross between the two disciplines resulted in a valuable project Ms. Pavlovsky undertook the transcription of Scriabin’s piano cycle Trois Morceaux, Opus 52 for string orchestra, thus making a clear connection between analysis and performance.
Dedicated to pedagogy, Ms. Pavlovsky feels equally comfortable at home not only on the podium, but also in the classroom with students. She has been passionately involved in teaching Conducting, Music Theory, Aural Skills and Improvisation for many years. She was a recipient of Graduate Teaching Award at the Eastman School of Music and of Fellowship in Honor of Teaching Excellence at the University of South Carolina. Additionally, she received
the William H. Nolte Teaching Award for outstanding teaching from the University of South Carolina in the spring of 2010.
Ms. Pavlovsky is affiliated with and an active member of the College Music Society and Conductors Guild professional organizations.

Karen Phipps:
Karen Phipps
Karen Phipps received the Master’s Degree at Eastern Michigan University , while studying organ with Dr. Mary Ida Yost. She studied composition as a post-graduate student with Dr. Anthony Iannaccone, under whose tutelage this piece was written. She also studied organ and composition under Dr. Pamela Riuter-Feenstra, also at Eastern. She completed one year of doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, studying organ with Dr. Marilyn Mason and Composition with Dr. William Albright. Upon returning to Eastern, she continued organ and composition studies with Dr. James Wagner. She is currently organist and choir director at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Livonia, Michigan, and her organ works have been published by Northwestern Publishing House and Augsburg Publishing House, and her opera based on Snow White by Ayotte Custom Musical Engravings. Snow White is a one-act opera based on the popular fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. Requiring a small cast of two lead women, seven dwarf altos, and two or three men, and having a total performance time of under an hour, it is an excellent touring piece for university opera workshops and community groups wishing to bring the magic of opera to adults or young school children. The work requires minimal staging and a piano accompaniment only. A version for chamber orchestra is forthcoming.

Joseph Rosochacki:
Joseph Rosochacki
Although I am a musician, (BM in guitar performance & MA in Music Theory-literature, Eastern Michigan University) guitarist-composer- teacher, I often dabbled with lyrics and continued with my observations that I had written before in the mid-eighties My Observations are mostly prose with poetic lilt. Observations include historical facts, conjecture, objective and subjective views and things that perplex me in life. The Observations that I write are more or less Op. Ed. in format. Although I grew up in Hamtramck, Michigan in the US my current residence is now in Cumby, Texas and I am happily married to my wife, Judy.

Michael Roth:
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George Schneider:
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Michael S. Shaw:
Michael Shaw
Mike Shaw is presently in his twenty-fifth year at Frontier High School where he serves as the director of the Wind Ensemble. His duties also include woodwind lessons, and coaching chamber ensembles. Prior to his appointment at Frontier, he taught in the Iroquois, Gowanda, and Williamsville School Districts. Mr. Shaw began his tenure at Frontier in 1990 with only 26 band members. Through his leadership, the program has grown to include three bands with over 200 students participating. Under his direction, ensembles at Frontier have achieved many "Gold with Distinction” and "Superior” ratings at both State and National Festival evaluations. He has led the Frontier Wind Ensemble in successful performances at the NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, NY and the MENC Eastern Division In-service Conference held in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2009 he was appointed as the Musical Director and Conductor of the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas. Under his direction the band has won the American Legion Senior Band Championship four times.
Mr. Shaw holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the State University College at Fredonia and a Master of Music in Woodwind Performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has studied saxophone with Lawrence Wyman, Edward Yadzinski, and Sigurd Rascher. He has done postgraduate work in conducting with Donald Schleicher, Russell Mikkelson, Ray Cramer, Robert Ponto, Glenn Price, Craig Kirchoff, Gary Hill, and Paula Holcomb.
Mr. Shaw has performed with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tonawanda Legion Band, and the Erie County Wind Ensemble. He is a member of Music Educators National Conference, the New York State School Music Association, New York School Band Directors Association, and the Erie County Music Educators.
Mr. Shaw has served the New York State School Music Association in the capacity of All-State Band Chairperson for four years. He has also served a three-year term as a Director on the Erie County Music Educator’s Association Executive Board. Mr. Shaw resides in West Seneca, New York with his wife Susan, and their three children; Stephanie, Stephen and Matthew.

Craig Strain:
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Martin Charles Tousignant:
Martin Charles TousignantMartin Charles Tousignant (1965- ) moved to L’Anse, Michigan USA as a young boy and began piano lessons at age 6. He began playing tuba and euphonium at age 12 and developed quickly enough to join the Michigan All-State Honors Band on tuba by age 16. He married Jana Ennis of Northport, Michigan in 1987, then began music studies at Central Michigan University (1988-1990). Jana’s teaching job in South Dakota led him to a magna cum laude music degree from Northern State University (Aberdeen, South Dakota) in 1992. After two years of teaching, he joined the US Army as a tuba player in 1994 and remained there until 2000. In 2001 he moved to Herndon, Virginia and became a mail carrier while playing tuba in Army National Guard and community bands. In 2009 he returned to the US Army as a tuba player on a 5-year leave of absence from the US Postal Service.

James H. Wagner:
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Eudoxia Ypsilanti:
Eudoxia Ypsilanti Eudoxia Ypsilanti was born and raised in Athens, Greece. At the National Conservatorium of Athens, she studied piano, harmony, counterpoint, fugue, composition, music technology, orchestration, film scoring and Brazilian Percussions. Since 2004, she has composed music for many performances, films, and fairytales. Also, she is professionally engaged transcribing, arranging, and engraving music for many publishers, bands, composers and performers.

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