Leonard V. Ball, Jr.Leonard V. Ball, Jr.

Leonard V. Ball, Jr. is Associate Professor Emeritus of Composition and Theory at the University of Georgia, where he taught music theory, acoustic composition, electronic composition, and music technology. While at UGA, he was also Director of the University of Georgia electronic studio from 1987 to 1995; Director of the Roger and Phyllis Dancz Center for New Music Electronic Studios from 1995 to 2001; Director of the Roger and Phyllis Dancz Center for New Music from 2002 to June 2015; and Chair of the Composition/Theory area from 2010 to June 2015.

 

Ball's works have been performed across the United States and in Europe, South America, and Japan. His electronic works have focused on interactivity using movement (dance) as a control source for sound generation/manipulation and, more recently, real-time manipulation of instrumentally produced sound. In 2016, his work ..leaves~ ~ ~ (he.. ~ she.. ~ the.. ~), for flute, viola, and harp, was recorded by members of the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic, produced by PARMA Recordings, and mastered by PARMA in the United States. Also in 2016, Ball was selected as a semi-finalist in The American Prize in Composition Chamber Music (Professional Division) contest for his song cycle The World Turns Softly. In 2019, he was selected as a finalist in The American Prize in Composition 2018-19 contest, this time in the Instrumental Chamber Music (Professional Division), for the work ice crystals ~ lava flows~ ~, a real-time sound manipulation work for one performer, three saxophones, and Max 7 software using an Apple MacBook Pro as the processing platform.

 

Born in Richmond VA, and brought up in eastern North Carolina, Ball’s musically formative years were spent as a vocalist/guitarist in legacy dance bands, folk groups and light rock bands, eventually culminating in professional work as an arranger/performer for several folk and bluegrass groups. After an eight-year hiatus with the United States Army, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree, with honors, in Theory and Composition and a Master of Music degree in Composition from Kansas State University. In 1987, immediately before joining the faculty of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis). His principal teachers were T. Hanley Jackson, John Baur, and Donald Freund.

 

 

 

Maggie Snyder

Violist Maggie Snyder has performed solo recitals, chamber music, concertos, and as an orchestral musician throughout the United States and abroad. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Seoul Arts Center, and in Mexico, Greece, Korea, and Russia. She has performed under the batons of James Levine, Yuri Temirkanov, David Zinman, Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin, James DePreist, Julius Rudel, James Conlon, and Michael Tilson Thomas, and at such festivals as the Brevard Music Festival, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival, where she was a Time Warner Fellow. In May 2009, she made her recital debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with her sister duo, Allemagnetti. The recital featured three world premiere works written for the ensemble by Thomas Pasatieri, Kamran Ince, and Garrett Byrnes, and the duo was hailed as a "winning pair," with a "highly promising debut," by The New York Concert Review. Ms. Snyder is also principal viola of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, which recently recorded for Naxos, and is on the artist-faculty of the Brevard Music Festival. She has played chamber music with members of the Tokyo and Cleveland Quartets, and is the violist of the Franklin Quartet at the University of Georgia. Ms. Snyder is an Arabesque Records recording artist with three CDs issued to date: Allemagnetti: Music for Viola and Harpsichord, featuring the works by Pasatieri, Ince, and Byrnes; Modern American Viola Music; and Viola Alone: Old, New, and Borrowed, featuring Stunned for solo viola by Libby Larson, commissioned and premiered by Ms. Snyder. Ms. Snyder has given masterclasses, clinics, and performances at universities and music schools throughout the country, including Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman, Hartt, and The Universities of Rochester, Tennessee, Kentucky, and South Carolina. She earned the Masters and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, serving as the teaching assistant for Victoria Chiang. Her Bachelor's degree is from the University of Memphis, where she was a Pressar Scholar. Her principal teachers have been Victoria Chiang, Heidi Castleman, and Lenny Schranze. She has served on the faculties of West Virginia University, Ohio University, and the University of Alabama, where she was Head of Strings. Ms. Snyder is currently on the faculty of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, where she was the 2018 recipient of the Creative Research Medal.

 

 

Michael Heald

Michael Heald, currently Associate Professor of Violin at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia, studied violin in London with Emanuel Hurwitz, then at the Royal Northern College of Music with Richard Deakin. He received his masters and doctorate in violin performance at Michigan State University, studying with Walter Verdehr. He began his performing career in England, where he was a member of the English String Orchestra for three years, recording with Nimbus, and played regularly with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, recording major repertoire for EMI. Other musical experiences included playing with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In Michigan, he was concertmaster of both the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, and principal second violin of the Michigan Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the American Sinfonietta for five years, Michael performed close to one hundred concerts across Europe, appearing as assistant concertmaster on one of the tours. The orchestra was also in residence each summer at the Bellingham Music Festival in Washington. He has also been a guest concertmaster for the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.

 

Michael has performed solo and chamber concerts to critical acclaim across the United States and Europe, collaborating with such artists as Ralph Votapek, Arvids Klisens, and Ian Fountain. He was a member of the Arlington String Quartet and the Beaumont Piano Trio, and, as a member of Quadrivium, was in residence at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for a season of innovative concerts connected to the various exhibitions. Michael had the honor of performing The Lark Ascending to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on one of her official visits to Hereford, England. He has appeared on BBC Radio and on various public radio stations in the USA. His concerto performances include those by Bach, Bruch, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski, Elgar, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No. 3, and Brahms' Double Concerto. He has been on the faculty of the Montecito Music Festival in California and the Wintergreen Festival in Virginia. In 2010 he was awarded a significant grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to present a chamber music festival of American music at the University of Georgia. He is also an Arabesque Records recording artist, releasing Elgar and Beethoven: Sonatas for Piano and Violin, in 2014.

 

 

Timothy Lovelace

Pianist Timothy Lovelace heads the Collaborative Piano program at the University of Minnesota and is an active recitalist, having been featured at Rio de Janeiro’s Sala Cecilia Meireles, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, and on chamber music series sponsored by the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minnesota and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä. The roster of internationally-known artists with whom Lovelace has appeared includes Miriam Fried, Nobuko Imai, Robert Mann, Charles Neidich, Paquito D’Rivera, and Dawn Upshaw. For thirteen years, he was a staff pianist at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, where he played in the classes of Barbara Bonney, Christoph Eschenbach, Thomas Hampson, Christa Ludwig, and Yo-Yo Ma, among others. A proponent of new music, Lovelace has performed the works of many living composers, and he has presented premieres of works by John Harbison, Osvaldo Golijov, and Libby Larsen. He has recorded for the Albany, Arabesque, Blue Griffin, Boston Records, MSR, and Naxos labels. His principal teachers were Harold Evans, Gilbert Kalish, Donna Loewy, and Frank Weinstock.

 

 

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Tim Redpath

Tim Redpath, founder of Horizon Music Production and a highly respected clarinetist and saxophonist, has been at the forefront of contemporary chamber music for almost thirty years. He has performed and collaborated with some of the most exciting and eclectic musicians around. These include Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Trifarious Ensemble, London Saxophonic (touring and recording extensively with Michael Nyman and Moondog (Louis Hardin)), Moondog Big Band, Andy Scott’s Sax Assault & Bob Mintzer, Barbara Thompson, Joanna Macgregor, Django Bates, and Iain Ballamy. He has broadcast extensively on BBC television, BBC Radio 2, 3 & 4, Classic FM and has featured on over twenty CD albums. He has been guest principal clarinet and saxophonist with many of the UK’s leading orchestras including Opera North, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, BBC Scottish, RTE, and Philharmonia. As founder member and soprano saxophonist with the highly acclaimed Apollo Saxophone Quartet for 23 years (1985 – 2008), Tim has amassed a large collection of awards including winner of the Tokyo International Chamber Music Competition (plus the Lufthansa Outstanding Performance Award), Countess of Munster Trust, Royal Overseas League, and the Tunnell Trust. In his role at Horizon Music Production, he has produced and engineered albums for leading labels including Sony BMG, Naxos, Sanctuary Classics, Black Box, Signum, and Classic FM.

 

 

Rachel Calaminus

From the London Mozart Players to Don Weller, throughout her extensive performing career Rachel Calaminus has demonstrated her ability to perform in all music genres. In great demand as both violin and viola player, she leads a busy performing schedule and works with many of the UK’s leading orchestras and ensembles including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Ballet Sinfonia. She has been featured on countless recordings spanning the whole musical spectrum including classical, jazz, world, and popular music. Rachel is a founder member of the Trifarious Ensemble.

 

 

 

 

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Leonard V. Ball, Jr.

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