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photo: Ars Nova SingersSpecializing in the performance of ancient and modern music for unaccompanied voices, ARS NOVA SINGERS is celebrating its 21st anniversary season in 2006-07 under the direction of Thomas Edward Morgan. In its history, Ars Nova Singers has presented over 250 performances of more than 100 different concert programs. The ensemble has received significant national recognition for its Renaissance performances as well as its commissioning and premiering of new works. In 2006 Ars Nova Singers appeared in a sold-out performance at the Colorado Music Festival with the Kronos Quartet in Terry Riley’s “Sun Rings.” In 2007 they will premiere a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky. The Ars Nova Singers has been heard on radio broadcasts internationally, has released nine independent recordings, and performed on seven internationally released recordings with Boulder composer and instrumentalist Bill Douglas.

photo: Ysaye M. Barnwell A member of the African American female a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock, YSAYE M. BARNWELL, Ph.D., MSPH, is a composer, arranger, author and actress. She is a vocalist with a range of over three octaves and appears on more than 25 recordings with Sweet Honey as well as other artists. In addition, she has taught at two universities and administered community-based health programs in Washington DC. Trained as a violinist from the age of 2½, she holds degrees in speech pathology, cranio-facial studies and public health. For twenty years, Barnwell has led the workshop Building a Vocal Community - Singing In the African American Tradition, which utilizes African and African American history, values, cultural and vocal traditions to work with singers and non-singers alike.

photo: Gregory Barz GREGORY BARZ, Ph.D., has engaged in field research in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa for the past 15 years. He received the Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Brown University and the MA in musicology from the University of Chicago. He is currently associate professor of ethnomusicology and anthropology at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. He is also general editor of the African Soundscapes book series published by Temple University Press and served as African Music editor for the New Grove Dictionary and as Recording Review editor for the journal World of Music. He has authored several works: Singing for Life: HIV/AIDS and Music in Uganda (Routledge, 2006), Music in East Africa: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Oxford Univ. Press), and Performing Religion: Negotiating Past and Present in Kwaya Music of Tanzania (Editions Rodopi). In addition he is coeditor of Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology (Oxford). He is currently engaged in collaborative research regarding music and HIV/AIDS in Uganda and South Africa, continuing his ongoing fieldwork as a Senior Fulbright Research Fellow in the African AIDS Research Program.

photo: James Brody Professor JAMES BRODY’s work with the Alexander Technique began in 1973. He has developed AT courses and a Wellness Program for musicians at the University of Colorado where he is on faculty. He has also taught AT for international music programs and regularly performs as oboist with the Boulder Bach Festival and the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Brody has also authored the book, Rock and Roll: An Introduction.

photo" Don Campbell DON CAMPBELL is a recognized authority on the transformative power of music and listening. He has authored eighteen books including The Mozart Effect®, The Harmony of Health, Music--Physician for Times to Come, and Master Teacher, Nadia Boulanger. He has also produced 17 CDs and led numerous classes and workshops for organizations ranging from corporations to parenting groups to symphony orchestras. He is also a principal of Aesthetic Audio Systems, a company providing custom audio programming for public, patient and clinical spaces in healthcare institutions. http://www.mozarteffect.com/

photo: Sue Coffee

SUE COFFEE is the founding artistic director of Sound Circle, a women's a cappella ensemble (1994), and founding artistic director of the 100-voice Resonance Women's Chorus of Boulder (2002). She directed the Denver Gay Men's Chorus from 1999-2005. With Sound Circle and the Denver Gay Men's Chorus, she has performed and collaborated with other GALA member choruses across the country; her ensembles are known for their supportive collaboration with composers, performers, and other organizations locally. Coffee received a 2004 GALA Choruses Legacy Award in recognition of her contributions to the gay and lesbian choral movement. She is serving as co-chair of the 2008 GALA Choruses Festival in Miami. In Colorado, Coffee has received a PFLAG Community Service Award and the 2004 Daily Camera Pacesetter Award for Arts and Entertainment.

photo: Pat Moffitt Cook

PAT MOFFITT COOK,Ph. D., FAMI, is the founder and director of the Open Ear Center in Washington State. For over 25 years, Cook has traveled extensively throughout the world recording and participating in musical rituals and the daily life of other cultures. She is a pioneer in the use of cross-cultural sound and music in American healthcare and education. Her doctoral work in music paralleled extensive practical training and certification in Auditory Stimulation and Sensory Integration (Tomatis Method, LiFT) and in cross-cultural methods of music-evoked imagery from Indonesia and India and Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) in America. She is author of Music Healers of Indigenous Cultures: Shaman, Jhankri and Nele and Brainwave Symphony. http://www.openearcenter.com/

photo: Barbara Crowe Professor BARBARA J. CROWE has been director of music therapy at Arizona State University since 1981. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music therapy from Michigan State University. She has made numerous presentations at music therapy and related field conferences and has a number of publications, including her new book, Music and Soulmaking: Toward a New Theory of Music Therapy (Scarecrow Press). She is a past president of the National Association for Music Therapy and co-authored the new Standards for Education and Clinical Training for the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). She is winner of the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from AMTA and the 2006 Research Achievement Award from the ASU Herberger College of Fine Arts. Additionally, Crowe has studied with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and is a graduate of their three-year advanced training program.

photo: Cheryl Dileo

CHERYL DILEO, Ph.D., MT-BC, is professor of music therapy and director of the Arts and Quality of Life Research Center at Temple University, Philadelphia. She has served as president of the National Association for Music Therapy and the World Federation of Music Therapy. She was named the 2001 McAndless Distinguished Professor and Chair in the Humanities at Eastern Michigan University. Now recognized as one of the world’s leading researchers in the field, she has authored, coauthored and edited 12 books and over 90 articles/chapters. Her primary clinical and research interests include medical music therapy and professional ethics. She was the 2006 recipient of the Temple University Faculty Research Award and the 2003 Distinguished Research Award from the American Music Therapy Association. Dileo earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music therapy (Loyola University of the South) and her Doctorate in Music Education for college teaching (Louisiana State University).

Tony Edelblute TONY EDELBLUTE, LPC, MT-BC, has worked as a music therapist at The Children's Hospital in Denver since 2003. As a member of the Ponzio Creative Arts Therapies Program at TCH, he works with children with psychiatric and medical diagnoses in units throughout the hospital, with a focus on multi-family work. Prior to TCH, Edelblute provided palliative music therapy for patients and families through HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Currently a songwriter and band leader, Tony has also been a professional saxophonist for the past 20 years. Prior to his Music Therapy training, he studied the Acutonics(r) system of sound healing.

photo: William G. Elliot BILL ELLIOTT teaches freshman theory and aural skills and the University of Colorado at Boulder. A pianist and composer, he served for twenty years as music director for the CU Department of Theatre and Dance. He holds a M.M. from CU in composition and has done doctoral work in musicology, specializing in American popular music and Tin Pan Alley.

photo: Margret Elson

MARGRET ELSON, master piano teacher and psychotherapist, has been pioneering investigation into wellness for artists and performers for 30 years. She has presented her work at international conferences, is author of Passionate Practice: A Musician's Guide to Learning, Memorizing and Performing and is currently writing The Couch at the Piano: Tales of Demons and Redemption at the Keyboard.

photo: John Galm JOHN K. GALM is a percussionist interested in Latin American and World music. Before retiring, he served as music professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder College of Music, where he founded the CU-Boulder Percussion and Marimba Ensembles. Galm was also a percussionist in the National Gallery of Art Chamber Orchestra, the U.S.A.F. Orchestra and Band, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as a percussion soloist with the Colorado Festival Orchestra, the New Mexico Music Festival, and the Denver Symphony Orchestra. In 1976 he published Discography of Percussion Music, and he has served as a consultant on historic percussion instruments for the Smithsonian Institution.

photo: Jonathan Goldman

JONATHAN GOLDMAN is an author, teacher, musician, leading authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the field of harmonics. He has worked with masters of sound from both scientific and spiritual traditions. He has produced 23 original recordings for meditation, relaxation and self-transformation, including the 1999 Visionary Award-winning Chakra Chants and Grammy-nominated Tibetan Master Chants. His books include Healing Sounds: The Power of Harmonics (Inner Traditions), Shifting Frequencies (Light Technology), The Lost Chord (Spirit Music), and Tantra of Sound (Hampton Roads), coauthored with his wife Andi. He also facilitates Healing Sounds® Seminars at universities, hospitals, holistic health centers and expos throughout the United States and Europe. Before his sojourn into sound healing, Jonathan was a well-known blues artist. http://www.healingsounds.com/

photo: Don Grusin bu Randee St Nicholas

DON GRUSIN is a musician, composer, arranger and producer. Originally focused on economics and sports, he began to give music his full attention in the 1970s after joining the band Azteca with Pete Escovedo and his daughter Sheila E. He has performed with jazz greats including Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, Carl Fontana, and Gary Burton. He has recorded with Quincy Jones, Billy Eckstein, Peggy Lee, Tom Scott, Lee Ritenour, Sergio Mendez, Sadao Watanabe, Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, Dori Caymmi, Patti Austin, and his brother Dave Grusin. Grusin was the creative sparkplug for the acclaimed fusion ensemble Friendship and has recorded nine solo albums, as well as produced and arranged many more, including the Grammy-winning Musician for Ernie Watts, and Grammy-nominated the Hang. Today he has a wide international following from having played, composed, arranged, and produced for artists in the US (David Benoit, Tom Jans, Patti Austin), in Japan (Mari Nakamoto, Sadao Watanabe), and in Brazil (Milton Nacimento, Simone, Djavan, Dori Caymmi, Totonho, Daniela ‘Dakine' Procopio). http://www.dongrusin.com/

photo: Chad Hamill portrait by Christa Junqueira

Having been immersed in Native American song and ceremony over the past thirteen years, CHAD HAMILL (Spokane) has more recently brought his experience into the study of traditional music of the Columbia Plateau. His Ph.D. dissertation focuses on phenomena associated with song transmission from the spirit-realm to the human being, a process he explores through the Washat, or “7 drum religion” of the Plateau region. Hamill has taught college-level courses in indigenous music since 1998 at California Institute of the Arts, Naropa University, and the University of Colorado-Boulder, while presenting papers at numerous national and international conferences, including the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Cultural Diversity in Music Education symposium. Hamill is also a performer in the classical vocal tradition of northern India, studying and performing in the United States and India.

photo: Harris DAVID HARRIS, B.S.E., M.M., D.M.A., has conducted choral and instrumental ensembles since 1995. He began Boulder's Jubilate Sacred Singers in 2002 and remains the Artistic Director. Harris also serves as the Chorus Director for the Boulder Bach Festival. Over the past four years with Jubilate, Harris has recorded two CDs, performed over 150 times in the Boulder area, and directed three national and international tours. He is also an active arranger and composer, writing or arranging over 40% of Jubilate's repertoire. In conjunction with Thomas Riis and the American Music Research Center, Harris recently published In the Good Old Summer Time: An Illustrated History of American Popular Sheet Music. Past professional appointments include public school, choral festivals, and children's, church, collegiate, community, and civic ensembles.

photo: Arthur Harvey ARTHUR HARVEY, B.S., M.M., D.M.A., has been active for 47 years as a music educator with an emphasis on special needs students, as a church musician, and as a neuro-musicological researcher in music for health care applications. Recently retired from the University of Hawaii, he continues to teach online graduate courses in Psychology of Music, The History and Philosophy of Music Education, and Music As Therapy. Previously, he was on faculty at Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he helped to develop the Program for Arts in Medicine. He has coauthored several books and is featured on the video series Music and the Brain and on the CD Music for Health and Wellness.

photo: Art Jones ART JONES is a senior clinical professor of psychology at the University of Denver and the founder and current co-chair of the Denver-based Spirituals Project. He is an experienced singer and expert in the cultural and psychological functions of African American music, having recently worked with New Orleans residents following the Katrina disaster.

photo: Jubilate SingersJUBILATE SACRED SINGERS is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to providing community outreach and service through its performance of choral music. The choir's repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary a cappella music, encompassing sacred music as well as traditional American songs. Jubilate performs weekly for church services, benefit concerts, celebrations, community gatherings and other occasions free of charge. These performances are accented by larger events in conjunction with Boulder-area organizations, recordings and tours. Their CDs, Sing for Joy and We As Advent People, are available online, and their third CD, Let It Shine, will be available in the summer of 2007. http://www.jubilatesacredsingers.org/

photo: Ron Minson

RON MINSON, M.D. received his medical degree from UCLA School of Medicine and is board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. He served as a Peace Corps physician, family physician, and Medical Director of fifty physicians at a metropolitan neighborhood health center. He also served as Chief of Psychiatry for Presbyterian Medical Center and Director of Behavioral Sciences at Mercy Hospital in Denver. For over 15 years, he co directed The Center for InnerChange, a clinic offering Tomatis-based listening therapy and psychiatric counseling. In 2001, he founded Dynamic Listening Systems, Inc., the premier listening therapy technology for clinicians and educators. He recently co-founded, with Kate O'Brien Minson and Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR, a new clinic garnering national attention: the Sensory Therapies and Research (STAR) Center.

photo: Thomas Edward Morgan

Recognized as a significant choral conductor and composer, THOMAS EDWARD MORGAN is artistic director and founder of the Ars Nova Singers. Morgan received the B.A. degree in music summa cum laude (Macalester College, St. Paul MN) and the M.M. degree in composition (University of Colorado). He currently holds a continuing fellowship in the Lucas Arts Program at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga CA. During the prestigious fellowship, awarded by invitation only, he is collaborating with NY visual/performance artist Lesley Dill in the creation of an opera based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

photo: Kay Norton

KAY NORTON, associate professor of music history in the School of Music and affiliate faculty of the Women's Studies Department at Arizona State University, completed her Ph.D. at University of Colorado, Boulder. She began working on music and the medical humanities in 1996 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical School, funded by Culpepper Foundation grant. She has presented for the Central Group on Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges (1999), University of Arizona’s Health Sciences Center (2005, 2006), and the Mayo Clinic/ASU Research Symposium (Humanities and Biosciences, 2006). Her work on American hymnody was published in a 2002 monograph by Harmonie Park Press and in journals such as American Music (2003) and The Hymn (2006); she is also the biographer of Colorado composer Normand Lockwood.

photo: Pauline Oliveros PAULINE OLIVEROS Composer, performer, and humanitarian focused on opening our sensibilities to the many facets of sound. She is founder and president of the Deep Listening Institute, Ltd., based in Kingston NY and creator of the practice of Deep Listening®. Oliveros teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and leads Deep Listening retreats and workshops throughout the world. Since the 1960s she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. Many credit her with being the founder of present day meditative music. All of Oliveros' work emphasizes musicianship, attention strategies, and improvisational skills.
Celebrated worldwide, John Rockwell in the 1960s named her work Bye Bye Butterfly one of the most significant of that decade. In the 1970s she represented the U.S. at the World's Fair in Osaka, Japan; during the 1980s she was honored with a retrospective at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.; the 1990s began with a letter of distinction from the American Music Center presented at Lincoln Center in New York; in 2000 the 50th anniversary of her work was celebrated with the commissioning and performance of her Lunar Opera: Deep Listening Fortunes. Oliveros holds two honorary doctorates and her work is available on numerous recordings produced by companies internationally.

photo: Ron Pen

RON PEN, Ph.D., is associate professor of musicology and director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music at the University of Kentucky. His primary research is in the area of American vernacular music, especially the music and culture of the Southern Appalachian region. He is completing a book on John Jacob Niles. Other publications include book reviews, articles, forewords, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and documentary films focusing on topics such as shape note hymnody, early folk music collections, fiddle tunes, and traditional, country, and bluegrass musical styles.

photo: Ron Pond For the past 30 years, RON POND (Umatilla/Palúus descendant) has been an active singer in the Indian Religion and War Dance Drum traditions. Taking part in “war dancing” from the age of five, Ron was instrumental in reviving the traditional 7 Drum Religion and re- establishing the Memorial Horse Parade on the Umatilla reservation. In 2004, Ron received a PhD in interdisciplinary studies from Washington State University where he has served as Interim Director of the Plateau Center of American Indian Studies for two years. He currently teaches courses at WSU focused on indigenous Plateau culture in the departments of Anthropology and Music.

photo: Guthrue Ramsey

GUTHRIE P. RAMSEY, JR. is associate professor of music and director of graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Music. He specializes in African-American and American music, jazz, cultural studies, popular music, film studies, and historiography. His book, Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop, was named outstanding book of 2003 by IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music). His current projects include books about jazz pianist Bud Powell and singer/songwriter Curtis Mayfield. He has also published in Black Music Research Journal, The Musical Quarterly, Journal of Popular Music Studies, The Black Scholar, Callaloo, American Music, American Quarterly, Journal of the American Musicological Society, The New York Times and The Village Voice. His band, Dr. Guy’s MusiQologY, has performed internationally and moves beyond the traditional jazz idiom, with R&B, Latin, and Hip-Hop fusions.

photo: Thomas Riis THOMAS RIIS is the Joseph Negler professor of musicology and director of the American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado College of Music. He is a specialist in Musical Theatre and writes and lectures frequently on many topics in 19th and 20th century American music. His book Just Before Jazz, devoted to African-American Broadway shows, received an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award in 1995. His other interests include medieval song, historical performance practice, and the music of Frank Loesser. Riis remains active as a conductor, choral singer, viol player, and cellist.

photo: Laurie Rugenstein

LAURIE RUGENSTEIN, MMT, MT-BC, LPC, FAMI, is the founder and director of the master’s degree program in music therapy at Naropa University. She also founded the music therapy program at HospiceCare of Boulder & Broomfield Counties. Laurie has a private practice specializing in therapeutic voice work and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery & Music.

Oscar Santillan OSCAR SANTILLAN is a gifted Ecuadorian musician-shaman from a lineage of Quichuan healers. The teachings of the elders of the Andes say that now is the right time-space for them to share some of their ancient Andean traditions with the rest of the world. Their lineage centers on opening the heart and on the natural elements, bringing the natural world actively into our lives. The Santillan family runs a bicultural Quichuan-Spanish school in Quito and has created a Quichuan Cultural Center in Otavalo, the home of Oscar and his musician brothers. Santillan is very active in local and regional educational and musical activities, and his group, Pakarinka Sisari, has produced two CDs.

Terry Sawchuk TERRY SAWCHUK, Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Colorado since 1983, has been Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Colorado Symphony; Principal Trumpet with the Central City Opera Orchestra, the American Chamber Ensemble, the Denver Chamber Orchestra, and the Colorado Ballet Orchestra; and has performed and recorded widely.  Also a member of the Buell Theater Orchestra in Denver, the Boulder Brass, and first call extra trumpet with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Sawchuk teaches and coaches trumpeters in a variety of musical styles from classical to jazz.  Many of Sawchuk’s students are professional musicians in orchestras, touring bands, and shows around the country

photo: Sound CircleSOUND CIRCLE is an a cappella women’s vocal ensemble directed by Sue Coffee. Founded in 1994, the ensemble performs music of all styles, emphasizing music by women and music that speaks to the sounds, rhythms, and experiences of women’s lives. A member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses) and the Sister Singers Network, Sound Circle has performed around the U.S. Highlights have included a 1999 performance in Carnegie Hall and participation in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 GALA Festivals in Tampa, San Jose and Montreal. In Colorado, Sound Circle has commissioned many new works and performed with many local musicians including the Colorado Music Festival, choreographer Mary Wohl Haan, and Helander Dance Theater. In 2002-03, they created a performance piece, Sound Circle: On Bodies, on the topic of bodies and body image; it has since become the subject of a documentary film. Sound Circle has released two CDs, Sound Circle and Stick Around, and participated in two video documentaries.

photo: Tont Tenebaum

TOBY TENENBAUM is a composer, choral director, teacher and pianist. He spent formative years in Italy before attending the Oberlin and San Francisco Conservatories, where he received his M.M. degree in piano performance. He has written music for dance and ballet, works for cello and piano, in addition to recording two albums of original piano music. He led a community choir for nine years, and his numerous choral compositions have been performed extensively by various ensembles. He frequently leads Sacred Harp shape note singing workshops. http://www.tonytenenbaum.com/

photo: Marianne Wamboldt MARIANNE WAMBOLDT, MD, is the Vice Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, as well as Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Children’s Hospital in Denver. With over 25 years of clinical experience with children and teens, she helped to develop the Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program at the Children’s Hospital in order to offer a complementary approach to healing. Through this program, she has been delighted to meet and work with music therapists, and has helped to set up multi-family groups, which incorporate music therapy into the process of the group.

  WILSON WEWA is Palouse/Northern Paiute from the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon. Wilson was introduced to the songs of his father’s people at an early age and later was nurtured by the elders of the Plateau and Great Basin. Today, he is known as a spiritual leader throughout the northwest and the Great Basin. The repertoire of songs he knows encompasses the traditional realms of pleasure, games, faith and healing. Wilson travels extensively to assist other people in Indian country and around the nation who ask for his help. His travels have also taken him as far south as Peru, where he met with elders of the high Andes and the jungles of the Amazon. Currently, he works as the elder services coordinator for his tribe and oversees the Caregiver program for his people. His job gives him the freedom to assist those who are in need of spiritual guidance and comfort in the homes and hospitals in his area.

photo: Sue Williamson SUE WILLIAMSON is an assistant professor of choral music education. She received her B.M.E. from Ball State University, her M.M.E. from the University of Colorado, and her Ph.D. in music education at the University of Washington. Williamson has taught choral music in elementary, middle and high schools in Indiana, Ohio, Colorado and Washington and has presented choral clinics at MENC Conferences and the regional conference of the American Choral Directors Association. She is a frequent choral adjudicator and has been the featured honor choir conductor in festivals in Washington, Oregon, and British Colombia, Canada. Williamson's research interests include informal learning in adolescence, teacher development and renewal. She has presented her research at conferences of the American Educational Research Association, the Society of Ethnomusicology, the International Society for Music Education and the Conference of Qualitative Research at the University of Illinois.

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