Richard Lavenda’s music has been performed around the world by, among many others, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Musica Nova/Tel Aviv, the Slovak Radio Orchestra, the Chiara, Diotima, Enso, T’Ang, and Sun String Quartets, ZAWA!, Project Trio, the Concordia Trio, and the New Israeli Vocal Ensemble. His catalog of more than sixty works ranges from music for solo flute to an opera, and includes numerous pieces for orchestra and for a wide diversity of chamber ensembles.
Pierre Jalbert (b. 1967) served as Composer-in-Residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra from 2002 - 2005 and is currently Professor of Composition and Theory at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston. Earning widespread notice for his richly colored and superbly crafted scores, Jalbert has developed a musical language that is engaging, expressive, and deeply personal.
Arthur Gottschalk attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition, a Master of Arts degree in Music Composition and English Literature, and his Doctorate in Music Composition, studying with William Bolcom, Ross Lee Finney, and Leslie Bassett. He is currently a Professor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he served as Chair of the Department of Music Theory and Composition until 2009. He founded the university’s electronic and computer music laboratories, and was its Director until 2002.
Composer Anthony Brandt (b.
Damian Blättler’s primary research area is tonal music after the common practice; other research interests include the conceptual underpinnings of harmonic theory, issues of authenticity and value in popular music, scale theory, and the music of Louis Andriessen. He has presented his work at national and regional conferences and has received fellowships from Yale and Harvard Universities.
The music of Canadian-American composer Karim Al-Zand (b.1970) has been called “strong and startlingly lovely” (Boston Globe). His compositions are wide-ranging in influence and inspiration, encompassing solo, chamber, vocal and orchestral works. From scores for dance, to compositions for young people, to multi-disciplinary and collaborative works, Al-Zand’s music is diverse in both its subject matter and its audience.
Larry Rachleff is Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestral Conducting and Music Director of the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Mr. Rachleff also serves as Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic; he has also been Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony.
Thomas Jaber is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Vocal Coaching at The Shepherd School of Music. In addition to the responsibilities of coaching graduate students and senior voice majors, Mr. Jaber teaches graduate choral conducting and conducts the Rice Chorale.
Originally from Beaver, Pennsylvania, pianist Karen Roethlisberger Verm has recently been appointed as Artist Teacher of Opera Studies at Rice University.
Prior to her position at Rice, Ms. Roethlisberger Verm was on faculty of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, where she served as Vocal Coach and Opera Coordinator, as well as the Chamber Music Coordinator. For the past two summers, she has been on music staff for the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Festival.
Bethany Self currently serves as Artist Teacher of Opera Studies at Rice University. Previously she was on music staff for eight years at Houston Grand Opera where she was the assistant conductor and principal coach for mainstage productions. During her tenure at HGO, Ms. Self played continuo fortepiano for operas including Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Il Barbiere di Siviglia and was involved in the preparation of several world premieres.