THAD ANDERSON, COMPOSER AND PERCUSSIONIST
Trumpeter/Composer Scott Dickinson is a doctoral candidate in the Studio Music and Jazz Department at The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. He also is the recipient of a Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition from DePaul University, and a Bachelor’s in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida. As a performer, Scott has had the opportunity to share the stage with celebrated artists such as Michael Feinstein, Mason Bates, and Marc Broussard. He has also been a finalist in several performance competitions including the National Trumpet Competition, The International Trumpet Guild Competition, and the Chicago Union League Jazz Competition. Some of the many venues Scott has performed at include New York’s Smoke, Chicago’s Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, as well as jazz festivals in Jacksonville, Chicago, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and China.
Scott also maintains an active career as a composer and arranger. Scott’s pieces have been played by several collegiate ensembles, as well as professional ensembles across the country, including the Jazz Conceptions Orchestra, Rob Parton’s JazzTECH Big Band, and Bob Lark’s DePaul Alumni Big Band. Scott’s arrangements have been performed by such artists as vocalist Annie Sellick, and legendary saxophonist Phil Woods. Scott has also been commissioned to create arrangements for choir and orchestra, as well as high school all-state bands, and has won two Downbeat awards for big band arrangement. Most recently he completed a “Chamber Jazz” project featuring a jazz influenced ensemble with a sampling of orchestral instruments complete with strings, woodwinds, French horn, and harp. Scott contributed original compositions to this project as well as arrangements of pieces by artists as varied as Hoagy Carmichael, Radiohead, and even Barry Manilow.
Scott is the Associate Course Director of musical Arrangement within the Music Production department at Full Sail University.
BENOIT GLAZER, COMPOSER AND MUSIC DIRECTOR FOR LA NOUBA
People say that I am the busiest guy they’ve met. I don’t know, I don’t have time to think about it.
The thing is, I have a good job that allows me the freedom to work on projects that I really enjoy, like having concerts in my house, playing music with my family, tinker with new trumpet designs, writing some decent jazz tunes, some mediocre concert music, and the occasional film score, engineering some recordings, teaching jazz band in high school, practicing trumpet, drums, and percussion, learning about music and instrument building, and meeting art lovers.
I believe that art is the highest form of human activity, and that education is the most important endeavor for society.
I dream I could write a concerto for my family, an opera, and that every neighborhood had a place to hear music and see artists at work for free.
Paul makes Celebration Florida is home after owning and operating a music production studio serving the New York City metro area for fifteen years. In his current production facility he composes new works and produces projects for his NY and Florida clients.
J. Records, Geffen Records and Radikal Records have released his re-mixes of hit songs by Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, and 2 Unlimited. Paul has also received an ADDY award for producing and composing a mixed media campaign.
He has been a Grammy voting member for The Recording Academy since 2007 and a BMI songwriter and publisher since 1985. He has composed music for visuals for Hearst Entertainment, Court TV, Millennium Entertainment, Passage Theatre Company and Golf Digest Magazine.
Paul is also an active recording artist and is receiving regular airplay of the song Cairo on Sirius/XM radio stations worldwide in which he wrote, produced and recorded. His songs get regular airplay on the cable music stations of Direct TV and Comcast. They also are heard in stores and airplane playlists around the world. Sixty-five of his compositions can be found on iTunes and Spotify.
Charles Griffin is the recipient of more than 25 paid commissions that have been performed in 20 countries in such venues as Merkin and Weill Recital Halls in New York, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, the Aspen, Spoleto and Cervantino Music Festivals, and conventions of the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, Percussive Arts Society, American Choral Directors Association and the National Flute Association. His work is included on several CDs and regularly aired on radio stations such as WNYC and WQXR in New York, WGBH in Boston and WHPK in Chicago.
After 5 years living and working in Latvia, he returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take the position of Course Director of Advanced Music Composition in Full Sail University’s MPBS division. An award-winning member of ASCAP and former Director of the NY Chapter of the American Composers Forum, he is a founding member of the Central Florida Composers Forum. He has served on the adjunct faculties of Hofstra University, Columbia University’s Teacher’s College and Nassau Community College. Learn more at http://charlesgriffin.net
Keith Lay, Composer
Keith grew up in Northeastern Ohio performing and conducting his compositions for symphonic band, piano, jazz orchestra and chamber ensembles. After receiving a Master of Music Composition from the University of Akron College of Music in 1988, his three-fold career focused on concert music composition, commercial music production and university teaching.
In concert music, Keith has won awards, commissions, honors, and performances. The New York Times’ chief classical music critic Antonio Tommasini hailed Keith as “a composer to watch for”. Gramophone magazine described his work, “Earth Caoine”, recorded by Richard Stoltzman and the Warsaw National Philharmonic as “unapologetically emotional”. “…the work’s depth also makes the listener figuratively forget to breathe during the entire 8 minutes and 58 seconds”, claimed the magazine, The Clarinet. His violin concerto “Children on the Playground” was chosen as the Grand Prize winner of the Riverside Competition from over 500 international submissions over 11 previous years for a performance at Lincoln Center.
In commercial music Keith has won national awards for his work as both producer and composer for jingles, television music and library tracks since the 1980s. He has also produced, engineered or supplied liner notes for various classical and jazz recordings since the mid 90s and is a voting member of the Grammys.
Mr. Lay was key in helping Stephen Goldman and the Orlando Philharmonic launch the National Young Composers Challenge, now a major symphonic competition for composers aging 13 to18, and has served them as a teacher and judge each year. Recognized as a leader in education, Keith has been awarded Full Sail University’s top awards for excellence in teaching three times, and twice been awarded a United Arts of Central Florida grant, as well as a Florida Artist Fellowship, a Margaret Jory Fairbanks grant, and a certificate of appreciation from the National Recording Academy. He was key in designing Full Sail’s successful Music Composition online bachelor’s degree program where he serves as the Chair of Music Technology and teaches popular music composition. Mr. Lay is also a founding member of The Central Florida Composers Forum, launched in 2011.
David James Nielsen
David James Nielsen was born in 1977 in Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta,
and entered the musical world playing piano at age 6. He began composing at 15 and
went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music from the University of
Calgary. From 1997 to 2003, David served as Composer in Residence at Calgary’s
Pleiades Theatre/Vertigo Mystery Theatre, where he scored numerous theatrical plays.
In 2003, David earned a certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television from
the University of Southern California, where he was honored with the Harry Warren
Scholarship Award. His teachers there included Academy Award nominee David
Raksin, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Christopher Young, Jack Smalley and
Grammy Award winner Joe Harnell.
David has scored or provided music for such films as Reclaiming the Blade (documentary),
Haunting Villisca (feature), Dated (short), A Timeless Journey (short), Shenanigans (short),
Tales From Beyond (feature), Overlap (short), Shoelace (short), The Big Table (short), and
The Little Documentary That Couldn’t (feature), as well as for the syndicated television series Animal Exploration With Jarod Miller. As an additional music composer, orchestrator
and/or synth programmer, David has worked on the popular TV series Star Trek: Enterprise, the National Geographic/PBS special Eden at the End of the World and the television movies Silent Witness, The Tenth Circle, Flight 93 and Faith of My Fathers.
In August 2006, David organized and composed for a concert in Los Angeles in which a
60-piece orchestra performed original music to benefit Red Cross Disaster Relief
Operations. The concert was a tribute to the survivors of the tsunami disaster in
Southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina. David also was one of the conductors for this
concert, which featured his music along with that of six other composers.
In 2010 David received a McKnight Visiting Composer Fellowship in association with
the American Composers Forum for his project The Minnesota Woman and spent two
months in Pelican Rapids and Fergus Falls, Minn. The Minnesota Woman project was a
collaborative effort involving four project partners: the Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth
Symphonies’ Senior High School Symphony Orchestra, Pelican Rapids High School, the
White Earth Reservation and the Otter Tail County Historical Society.
David currently resides in Winter Park, FL, and works as an Associate Course Director
within the the Music Production Department at Full Sail University teaching students who are working towards earning their Bachelor of Science in Music Production Degree.
Timothy Stulman, Composer
Timothy Stulman received his DMA at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) under the tutelage of Distinguished Artist Professor Marilyn Shrude.He has received numerous honors and awards at both national and international levels. He was recently named winner of the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Composition Competition. As winner of the First Music Commission, he was commissioned to compose an orchestral piece for the New York Youth Symphony that was premiered in Carnegie Hall on March 7, 2010. His music has been selected for performance by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Toledo Youth Orchestra, the International Tribuna Sax-Ensemble in Madrid, and the BGSU Philharmonia. He was a featured composer at University of Central Missouri’s New Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, the 1st Annual Huntsville New Music Festival, and Juventas New Music Ensemble’s Murmurs from Limbo concert series.Stulman has also studied with Mikel Kuehn, Wallace DePue, Burton Beerman, and Margaret Brower. Stulman is interested in Eastern aesthetics and studies Chinese religious forms and language. He is fluent in Chinese and has spent two years in the ShangHai area.