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Composer Takeover 04
September 6, 2010, 3:07 am
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Randy Bauer



Randy Bauer’s work embraces composition, jazz, improvisation, performance, and teaching.  His compositions have received several national awards (including three ASCAP Morton Gould awards and an ASCAP jazz composer’s award) and have been premiered by such groups as the Brentano String Quartet, eighth blackbird, Nash Ensemble of London, Synergy Vocals, New Millennium Ensemble, MATA Micro‐Orchestra, Network for New Music, Tarab Cello Ensemble, Chicago Ensemble, Philadelphia Chamber Symphony, and many others.  Performances have taken place at the Kennedy Center, St. Petersburg (Russia), Uppsala (Sweden), Berlin, Paris, Weimar,  New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Princeton University, the Atlantic Center for the Arts,  Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and other cities and venues.
He is also an accomplished jazz pianist and composer and his work has been recognized by ASCAP (the Young Jazz Composer Awards), DownBeat, the Commission Project, and the Jazz Composers Alliance.  He has appeared and recorded with several prominent jazz musicians, most recently with Andrew Rathbun, Jeff Hirshfield, and Scott Lee.
He has been a composer fellow at Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and also received a major fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Macalester College in Minnesota, and formerly has taught at the Peabody Institute, Skidmore College, Princeton University, and Rider University.  He holds two degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Chen Yi and Ron Caltabiano, and received the Ph.D. in music from Princeton University, where he studied with Steve Mackey and Paul Lansky.

Music © 2010 Randy Bauer

Keane Southard



AKeane Southard (b. 1987) has had compositions performed by ensembles such as the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the Longfellow Chorus and Orchestra.  His music has been described as “highly-professional and well-orchestrated” (Portland Press Herald).  He has been a recipient of many awards including the Alice Procter Composition Award from the New England Piano Teachers’ Association as well as the Irl Allison Sr. Award from the American College of Musicians’ Composition Contest, the Student Composer Award for the American Art Song Competition, a Victor Herbert/ASCAP award from the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Lee Goldstein Composition Award from Baldwin-Wallace College, the Cecil Effinger Composition Award and George Lynn Prize from The University of Colorado-Boulder, and First Prize in the Longfellow Chorus International Composers Cantata Competition.  He was also a finalist in the Massachusetts Educators National Conference Composition Contest and performed at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and has twice been a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.  Keane is currently a first-year Masters student at the University of Colorado-Boulder studying music composition where he serves as a graduate assistant in music theory.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude with his B.M. from the Conservatory at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH, where he double majored in music composition and music theory with a minor in English literature.  His composition teachers include Kenneth Girard, Loris Chobanian, Daniel Kellogg, and Jeffrey Nytch.  In the summer of 2009, Keane was selected as a participant in the Northeastern University Fusion Arts Exchange, where he studied composition with Brian Robison and Hillary Zipper.

Music © 2010 Keane Southard

Lindsay Warren Baker & Amanda Jacobs



Lindsay Warren Baker began collaborating with Amanda Jacobs in 1997 when they co-authored DANIEL: The Musical.  Additional works by Baker and Jacobs include Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, A Musical; All the Buzz (Winner: Youth Education on Stage 2010 Summer Shorts 5, Williston, ND); Personal Foul (Winner: St. John Fisher College & Spotlight Theater Arts 2010 Celebration of One Acts, Rochester, NY); The Rendez- Vous; Blocked and are currently composing LILY, an opera inspired by Edith Wharton’s “The House of Mirth.”

Baker received her BA in theater and music from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN), and trained at the O’Neill National Theater Institute (Waterford, CT), Moscow Art Theater (Russia) and Geva Theatre Center (Rochester, NY).  She is also a stage director, stage manager, performer and choral conductor and has had professional engagements with Mercury Opera Rochester, Roberts Wesleyan College Community Theater, Rochester Shakespeare Players, Rochester Opera Factory, Downstairs Cabaret Theater and the Ohio Light Opera. Baker currently finished her eighth season as Production Stage Manager for Eastman Opera Theatre at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) and is an artist educator for Young Audiences of Rochester.

Amanda Jacobs earned her BMus degree in Piano Performance from Wesleyan College (Macon, GA) and completed graduate studies in piano pedagogy, voice, jazz theory and organ. After moving to Rochester, NY in 1996, she discovered her talent for composition when inspired to compose DANIEL: The Musical and began working with Lindsay Warren Baker in 1997. While working on DANIEL, she discovered a flair for orchestral composition and arranging.  She composed original orchestrations for Sigmund Romberg’s Maytime for the Ohio Light Opera (Wooster, OH) and arranges and scores all of her collaborative work with Baker.  Jacobs’ Mass for the Living will receive its world premiere with the NIH Philharmonic Orchestra (Washington D.C.) in December 2010.  Other accomplishments include: Winner of the 6th Annual Long Island Arts Council Composition Competition for her Garden Verses, Honorable Mention in the “Celebrating Grace” Composition Competition for an SA Choral Arrangement, and finalist in the 2002 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Composition Competition. She enjoys creating music for many genres including film and animation and is also an artist educator for Young Audiences of Rochester, NY.

Music © 2010 Lindsay Warren Baker & Amanda Jacobs

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Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick

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[…] Selection will be based not only on the quality of the compositions but also on the quality of recordings.  Keep in mind that this is an audio broadcast only, so please choose your submissions accordingly.  No Extra Notes will only be able to air recordings supplied by the composers and will not offer to organize any live performances or new recordings of the works.  The first Composer Takeover can be seen here,  second here, third here and the fourth here. […]

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