Tadd Russo (b. 1976) serves as a composer/arranger for the United States Air Force Band. He writes in a wide range of styles including all types of commercial music and contemporary classical. His work has been performed for national ceremonies and on concert tours across America as well as at festivals and conferences. Tadd graduated from The Ohio State University with degrees in composition and earned a certificate in arranging from Berklee College of Music. In addition, he has studied with Hollywood and Broadway composers and orchestrators. He currently resides in the greater Baltimore area and teaches at Morgan State University.
Charis Bean Duke is a composer, pianist, and oboist, holding degrees in composition from Brigham Young University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a coach/accompanist for the music theater department at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has won numerous awards including the International Prize for Opera, the Cincinnati Camerata Prize, and first place in the Ithaca College Choral Composition Competition. Her music has recently been performed in Spain and Hong Kong. In May 2019 her newest children’s opera, Cinderella Times Three, will be premiered in New Mexico.
When not busy with new music, Charis can be found music directing for various theaters in the Philadelphia area. She especially enjoys stalking the basement of the FBI with Agents Mulder and Scully, looking for signs of alien life.
Betty Wishart’s music has been performed throughout the United States, in England, France, Italy, Greece, South Korea, Russia and Japan. A graduate of Queens College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she continued her studies in New York. Her major piano and composition teachers were Richard Bunger, Michael Zenge, Roger Hannay, Donald Waxman,and Wolfgang Rosé.
Although many of her compositions are for solo instruments and small chamber ensembles, she has also written for voice and orchestra. In 2013 she wrote Suite of Miniatures for alto recorder, premiered by Dr. James Chaudoir at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. In 2014 she was commissioned to write a piece to promote awareness of domestic violence. This commission resulted in Requiem for Dreams, a four-movement song cycle for mezzo soprano and piano that encompasses a wide range of styles: pop, musical theater and pop vocalisms, as well as classical recitative and spoken dialogue. Judith Bruno and Kent Lyman premiered the work in January 2015.
In 2015 Wishart received a Regional Artist Project Support Grant from the Fayetteville and Cumberland County Arts Council for Dr. Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi to record her piano music. Ravello Records (ravellorecords.com) released Piano Sonorities on March 11, 2016. The recording includes Night Visions Suite, a work that involves strumming the strings of the piano.<Concertante I…Journey into the Unknown<>for winds, strings, and horn was released on the Navona Records CD PASSAGE on May 12, 2017.
Several of Wishart’s pedagogical works for piano solo have been repertoire selections for the National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival and are available through Conners Publications (ALMEI@aol.com).
Wishart has received awards from American Pen Women, American College of Musicians, Composers Guild, Delta Omicron, ASCAP, and Regional Artist Project Support Grants from the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Arts Council. She has also been credited in numerous publications including Who’s Who in Music and Musicians, Foremost Women of the 20th Century, World Who’s Who of Women, Who’s Who of American Women, Two Thousand Outstanding Musicians of the Twentieth Century, and Who’s Who in America.
Composer Daniel Pappas is on the faculty of Fayetteville Technical Community College in NC and serves as their music program coordinator.
Dr. Pappas is the founder and director of the annual American Music Festival at FTCC, which presents important works by 20th century American composers, an evening of jazz, and premiers/presents new works by living composers.
Pappas studied violin at Grace College and has only recently picked up the clarinet in an effort to better understand jazz improvisation. Writing for clarinet has not only opened new creative doors, but also allows for the composer to perform his own works, something Daniel is making a more concerted effort to do.
Dr. Keith Dippre was born in Ancon, Panama in 1960. He received his undergraduate degree from Azusa Pacific University in California and his M.A. from California State University at Los Angeles. In 2001 he completed his D.M.A. in composition at The Ohio State University. His principal teachers were Dr. Phil Shackleton, Dr. Byong-kon Kim, and Dr. Jan Radzynski.
He is currently the Department Chairman and Professor of Music at Methodist University, teaching such courses as music theory, orchestration, and composition. Dr. Dippre also received a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County and was an artist-in-residence at the Artist’s Enclave at I-Park (East Haddam, Connecticut). In October of 2003 his piece “Pilgrim’s Blues” (for piano, violin, and cowbell) premiered in Northampton, Massachusetts commemorating the tercentenary celebration of Jonathan Edwards.
On his sabbatical from Methodist University, he took part in the Fresno New Music Festival and was a guest lecturer at Azusa Pacific University. He is also the recipient of a 2010, 2012, and 2013 ASCAPLUS award and the winner of the Henry Grady Miller Cup award (2012) for his choral work “Daughters of Song.”
His choral works “Mojave Cross, Desert Voices” and “Light” are published with Renforth Music, and his chamber works “California Low Brow” and “Year of the Rat” are available through Ars Nova Music. His recent commission, “Five Seasons,” was debuted with the North Carolina Music Teachers National Association (NCMTA) for their state conference in 2014.
He also recently received the Methodist University President’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Expression (2014). He continues to co-direct the Cape Fear New Music Festival at Methodist University.
Originally from Gary, Indiana, Dr. Daniel McCloud earned his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. In 2003 Dr. McCloud earned a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and completed a Doctor of Arts degree in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting from Ball State in 2008.
In addition to university responsibilities, Dr. McCloud serves as an adjudicator, clinician and performer. He has regularly performed with the Kokomo Park Band and Muncie Symphony Orchestra in Indiana, and as Principal Percussionist with the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra in Texas.
In addition to being an active performer and conductor, Dr. McCloud is an active composer and arranger. He has received commissions from the World Saxophone Congress in addition to numerous soloists, band and percussion programs. In 2000, he composed the theme music for a documentary film, “Ed Ball’s Century” for PBS affiliate, WIPB-TV at Ball State University. Dr. McCloud has more than 30 percussion compositions published by Dutch Music Partners. He is an Educational Endorser of Pro-Mark, a prominent percussion company, and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP); Percussive Arts Society and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Currently, Dr. McCloud is the Director of University Bands at Methodist University. Outside of music, Dr. McCloud enjoys cooking, the occasional weekend warrior activity, and spending time with his wife Sandy and their three sons, Zavier, Zander, and Zane.
Yaroslav Borisov was born in 1982 in Voronezh, Russia. Pianist, composer, poet, and bandleader in various bands such as HAPPY55, Droogoe Delo, Tsyoy, Abstracktor, he plays a wide spectrum of styles from chamber and avant garde to art pop. Yaroslav has participated in such international jazz festivals as Usadba Jazz, ProgDays, JazzBez (2009 Ukraine, Poland), Jazz Province, and World of Siberia. He worked for several years at Voronezh Chamber Theater as a composer, arranger, and actor, and has written music for several plays, including Boris Godunov, Grönholm Method, Ak and Mankind, and Uncle Vanya, one of which was awarded the Golden Mask Award in 2015 for the best ensemble cast. He also composed music for the short film Nathaniel, dedicated to the tragic period of Samuel Marshak’s life. The film was shown at several festivals.
In 2017, he enrolled at Methodist University in Music Performance and moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina with his family – his wife (pianist, piano teacher) and daughter. He is now studying solo piano repertoire. The pieces he is presenting at the Caper Fear New Music Festival are his first piano solo compositions.
Pianist Scott Marosek has shared his music with audiences in China, Israel, and throughout the United States, appearing at such venues as Xinghai Hall, the Jerusalem Music Centre, and the Wilson Center (Wilmington, NC). Recent concerto performances include Mozart’s Concerto no. 9, Liszt’s Totentanz, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Mozart’s Double Concerto, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Scott has performed at conferences presented by the College Music Society, the Society of Composers, Inc., the North American Saxophone Alliance, the North Carolina Music Teachers Association, and the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology. He has also performed several solo recitals sponsored by the Van Cliburn Foundation. Scott holds an endowed chair position in the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. As a result of his interest in new music, he has given premieres of several new works and is co-director of the Cape Fear New Music Festival.
Scott holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. As an Associate Professor at Methodist University, Dr. Marosek teaches piano and music history. He spends his summers teaching young pianists at the Methodist University Summer Jam, where he also works as co-director. He has also taught piano at Southwestern Adventist University and keyboard classes at the University of North Texas.
Scott lives in Wade, NC with his wife Stephanie and daughter Laurel. His other interests include guitar, jazz piano, disc golf, and walking his dog Beatrix. Please visit www.scottmarosek.com for news about Scott’s upcoming performances and to listen to recordings.