New Music Composers

 
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EVELYN LARTER +

Evelyn R. Larter is the Director of Music at Deerfield Presbyterian Church in Southern New Jersey. She studied concert piano and music education at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music where she won the prestigious Governor’s Recital Prize, graduated with honors and performed on Scottish television and with the Highlands Sinfonia.

Since moving to the United States in 1988, Evelyn has been active in the Philadelphia area, appearing with many well-known soloists and ensembles. She was on the music staff of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia for 12 years, where she regularly substituted on the organ. She has played in the noon recital series at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City. A Colleague of the American Guild of Organists (CAGO), she has twice served as Dean of the SouthWest Jersey Chapter.

As a composer of choral anthems and instrumental and vocal solo hymn arrangements, she is published by the Lorenz Corporation, St James Music Press, Abingdon Press, Augsburg Fortress Publications and SheetMusicPlus.com. Evelyn teaches piano and organ year round, and was for many years on the faculty of the Csehy Summer School of Music, now based at Houghton College, New York State. December 2011 saw the release of her first CD recording, a collaboration with flutist Daniel Sharp titled Amid the Winter's Snow.

In 2015 Evelyn fulfilled a commission from Lydia Calhoun, clarinet, to create many new international Christmas carol arrangements for a CD project entitled Carols for the King from Around the World, which she also recorded and premiered with Ms Calhoun. She is married to the Rev. Dr. Kenneth C. Larter, the minister of Deerfield Presbyterian Church, and they have four adult children and five grandchildren. Her website address is www.evelynlartermusic.com

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DAN LOCKLAIR +

The music of Dan Locklair (b. 1949) is widely performed throughout the U.S., Canada and abroad, including performances in England, Germany, France, Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, Korea, Japan, Finland and Russia. His prolific output includes symphonic works, a ballet, an opera and numerous solo, chamber, vocal and choral compositions.

Locklair’s music has been premiered and/or performed by such ensembles as the Helsinki (Finland) and Buffalo Philharmonics, the Saint Louis, North Carolina, Kansas City, Omaha, Winston-Salem, Western Piedmont and Salisbury (NC) Symphonies, The Louisville Orchestra, the Gregg Smith Singers, the BBC Singers, the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys (NY City), the Cathedral Choral Society (Washington, DC), the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Elmer Iseler Singers of Toronto, the Chicago Ensemble and The Oxford Players (UK), as well as by harpsichordists Igor Kipnis and Jukka Tiensuu, organists Marilyn Keiser, Thomas Murray, John Scott, Thomas Trotter and many others.

His 1995 composition, Since Dawn (A Tone Poem for Narrator, Chorus and Orchestra based on Maya Angelou’s On the Pulse of Morning), is the first musical setting of Maya Angelou’s well-known and important poem commissioned for the 1993 Inauguration of U.S. President Bill Clinton. One of the movements of his Rubrics, one of the most frequently programmed pieces of late 20th century American organ music, was performed at the funeral of President Ronald Reagan.

His commissions have included works for Arizona MusicFest, the Knoxville Symphony, the North Carolina Dance Theatre, the Binghamton Symphony, two American Guild of Organists’ National Conventions (1992, 1996), the Association of Anglican Musicians, the Choral Art Society (Portland, Maine), the Virginia Chorale and Symphony (for the 2007 Virginia Festival of American Voices, Resident Composer), Casavant Frères (for this important organ builder’s 125th Anniversary in 2004), an IBM commission for the Binghamton Youth Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Mallarmé Chamber Players, the Bel Canto Company and a Barlow Endowment Commission.

In addition to performances of his music in such halls as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Disney Hall in Los Angeles and Washington’s Kennedy Center and National Gallery of Art, Locklair's works have been programmed on major festivals throughout the world, including the Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto U.S.A., the Chautauqua Festival, Interlochen, the Brevard Music Center (Composer-in-Residence, 1989, 2002 seasons), Southern Cathedrals Festival (England), Warsaw Autumn (Poland), Vendsyssel Festival (Denmark), the Bergen Festival (Norway) and the Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg Musica Sacra festival (Germany). Broadcasts of his music have been heard world-wide over Voice of America, Vatican Radio, Finnish Radio, the BBC, Czech Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, With Heart and Voice and American Public Media’s Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday and Pipedreams.

Dr. Locklair’s many awards have included consecutive ASCAP Awards since 1981, a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award, an Aliénor Award, the New Music Award from the Omaha Symphony Society, two North Carolina

Miss Labounsky, Ph.D, FAGO, Ch.M. is Chair of Organ and Sacred Music at Duquesne University where she oversees undergraduate and graduate programs in sacred music. Currently she serves as Organ Artist in Residence at First Lutheran Church on Grant Street and Organist and Choir Master at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill. An active member of the American Guild of Organists, the National Pastoral Musicians, and the Church Music Association of America, she has worked as Director of the National Committee on Improvisation, Councilor for Education for the American Guild of Organists, and national Director of Certification for the National Pastoral Musicians. Author of a biography of Langlais, Jean Langlais: the Man and His Music, (Amadeus Press, Portland, Oregon, 2000), she has completed recording the complete organ works by Jean Langlais (26 cds) for the Musical Heritage Society released on Voix de Vent Recordings and performed in a DVD of his life based on this biography, a project sponsored by the Los Angeles AGO Chapter. Composer Fellowship Awards and the top Barlow International Competition Award for 1989. In 1992, Dr. Locklair became the first American composer ever to be invited to and have music performed at the thirty-five year old Czech Festival of Choral Arts in Jihlava, Czech Republic and, again at the invitation of the Czech government, was invited to return to be a part of this Festival during 1997. In its Centennial Year, Dr. Locklair was named 1996 AGO Composer of the Year by the American Guild of Organists, a distinguished honor awarded yearly to an American composer who has not only enriched the organ repertoire, but who has also made significant contributions to symphonic and concert music.

His music is commercially available on the Koch, Naxos, Ondine, Albany, MSR, Gasparo, Capstone, Priory, Regent, Arsis, Titanic, Raven, Pro Organo, Gothic, Loft, ACA Digital, Pro Arte Fanfare, Orion and Opus One labels. His primary publishers are Subito Music Publishing and Ricordi [Boosey & Hawkes and Hal Leonard, U.S. agents]. He is listed in numerous biographical dictionaries, including the International Who’s Who In Music, Contemporary American Composers, Dictionary Of Distinguished Americans, Dictionary Of International Biography and Baker’s Biographical Dictionary Of Musicians (1996 ed.).

Dan Locklair is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina (USA). He holds a Master of Sacred Music degree from the School of Sacred Music of Union Theological Seminary in New York City and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. His former teachers have included Joseph Goodman, Ezra Laderman, Samuel Adler and Joseph Schwantner (composition), as well as Donna Robertson, Robert Baker and David Craighead (organ). Presently, Dr. Locklair is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.