University of Minnesota Duluth

UMD Bands: Composer in Residence

The UMD Bands and Twin Ports Wind Ensemble have combined forces over the past few years to provide area band directors, students and concert goers with the opportunity to observe and work with nationally recognized wind band composers. In February, 2008, the UMD Bands welcomed Johan de Meij to the campus of UMD. Previous composers in residence have included Dr. Jack Stamp, Dr. Mark Camphouse, Dr. Timothy Mahr, Dr. Frank Ticheli, Mr. Eric Whitacre, David Gillingham and Philip Spark .

Previous Composers in Residence

Dr. Jack Stamp, Conductor and Composer

Dr. Jack Stamp is Professor of Music and Conductor of Bands at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate conducting. Dr. Stamp received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from IUP, a Master's in Percussion Performance from East Carolina University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting from Michigan State University where he studied with Eugene Corporon. Indiana University of Pennsylvania Music Department

Dr. Mark Camphouse, Conductor and Composer

Composer-conductor Mark Camphouse is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Radford University in Virginia, a position he has held since 1984. Prior to his appointment at Radford, Professor Camphouse held similar faculty positions at universities in Illinois, Minnesota, and Oklahoma. While on leave during the 1998-99 academic year, Camphouse served a one-year appointment as Acting Dean of Music at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. Radford University Music Department

Dr. Timothy Mahr, Conductor and Composer

Timothy Mahr is an associate professor of music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he is the Conductor of the St. Olaf College Band. In addition, he teaches courses in composition, conducting and music education, and supervises instrumental student teaching. Previous to his appointment in 1994 at St. Olaf, Mahr was Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, for ten years and taught instrumental music at Milaca High School in Milaca, Minnesota, for three years. He was the founder and conductor of the community-based Twin Ports Wind Ensemble and has served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Band Directors Association. He was an At-Large Representative on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association (1996-98) and serves as the President-Elect of the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association (1997-99). St. Olaf College Music Department

Dr. Frank Ticheli, Conductor and Composer

Frank Ticheli (born 1958, Monroe, Louisiana) joined the faculty of the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is Professor of Composition. From 1991 to 1998 he was also Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Frank Ticheli received his doctoral and masters degrees in composition from The University of Michigan where he studied with William Albright, Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, and George Wilson. His works are published by Manhattan Beach, Helicon, Hinshaw, and Encore Music, and are recorded on the labels of Koch International Classics, Klavier, Clarion, Albany, and Mark Records.

Mr. Eric Whitacre, Conductor and Composer

An accomplished composer, conductor and lecturer, Eric Whitacre is one of the bright stars in contemporary concert music. Regularly commissioned and published, Whitacre has received composition awards from ASCAP, the Barlow International Composition Competition, the American Choral Directors Association, the American Composers Forum, and last spring was honored with his first Grammy nomination (contemporary classical crossover). This year he became the youngest recipient ever awarded the coveted Raymond C. Brock commission by the American Choral Directors Association; commercially he has worked with such luminaries as Barbra Streisand and Marvin Hamlisch. Eric received his M.M. in composition from the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied composition with Pulitzer Prize winner John Corigliano.

About BCM International

BCM International is a consortium of like-minded composers who create original works for symphonic winds. We are not a corporate entity, nor a publishing house. Our goal is to create music for the wind ensemble medium not bound by traditional thought or idiomatic cliché.

Mr. Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant (b. 1972, Little Rock, AR) is quickly becoming recognized as a talented and unconventional young composer. His musical interests span a variety of styles. His catalog includes works for wind ensemble and orchestra, electronic and electro-acoustic creations, music for chamber ensembles, and music for the Web. Steven's music has been performed by numerous ensembles across the United States, as well as in England, Japan, Australia, and Germany. His first orchestral work, Loose Id for Orchestra, was premiered by the Juilliard Symphony on April 1st, 1997, in Alice Tully Hall. He recently completed Rise, for the Amherst Saxophone Quartet (funded by the American Composers Forum), and ImPercynations, commissioned by Joe Brashier and the Valdosta State University Wind Ensemble. Recent commissions have come from the Metropolitan Ballet Academy, Indiana University Wind Ensemble, the University of Nevada Las Vegas Wind Orchestra, the Arkansas All-State Convention, The Juilliard School, the Bartle School, the Arkansas Cooperative for the Arts, pianist Zoe Browder, and flutist Andrea Redcay. His music has been recorded by William Berz and the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble, Thomas Leslie and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Wind Orchestra, Eugene Corporon and the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, and many others. He has also created a recomposition of the Iggy Pop and the Stooges song, "Real Cool Time," for the independent Italian record label Snowdonia, as well as music for portions of the Virtual Space Tour at Steven studied composition with John Corigliano at The Juilliard School, Cindy McTee at the University of North Texas, and Francis McBeth at Ouachita University. He lives in the New York area and works at The Juilliard School, where he provides assistance and instruction in computers and music technology. For more information, please visit his website at

Mr. Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman is an accomplished composer of diverse skills, having written orchestral, chamber, vocal, choral, wind ensemble, and electronic music, as well as music for dance and theater. A recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he has been described as "an outstanding composer...with a quirky and intellectually provocative bent." Notable performances include his first string quartet, Wapwallopen, premiered in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and written on commission from the New York Youth Symphony, and Ohanashi for chamber orchestra, written for the New Juilliard Ensemble and premiered in Alice Tully Hall. His works for winds have been performed worldwide, and have been recorded by the UNLV Wind Orchestra, the UNCG Wind Ensemble, the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble, the Tokyo Symphonic Band, and the "Tad" Wind Symphony in Japan. His works for dance have enjoyed multiple performances at The Juilliard Theater, Alice Tully Hall, and P.S. 122 in NY. Recently, the American Composers Orchestra selected his new orchestral work Hip+Now for the 2004 Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions, and in 2003 he won the biannual NBA/Merrill Jones Composition Award for Moon by Night. Jonathan Newman (b. 1972) holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Boston University's School for the Arts. His principal teachers were John Corigliano, Richard Cornell, David Del Tredici, and George Tsontakis. Early training includes studies at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Aspen Music Festival. He resides with his wife Melissa Schlachtmeyer, a costume designer, in New York City. For more information, please visit his website at

Mr. Jim Bonney

Jim Bonney, Composer and Guitarist A highly versatile musician and composer, Jim Bonney finds himself composing in a wide variety of styles, creating everything from avant-garde symphonic orchestral scores to traditional jazz big-band charts; as well as all styles of pop, rock, world-beat, and contemporary electronica. As a guitarist, Jim has recorded with the Empire Brass (on Telarc Records), and as a studio musician for numerous film scores, including "The Meaning of the Blues", "Alligator Alley", and the TV series "Chicago Hope". While living in Los Angeles, Jim was a ghostwriter for the television programs "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "The Weekenders". He has also scored numerous short films, documentaries, commercials, and videos. Jim graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1994 with a double degree in Classical Guitar Performance and Audio Recording Technology. He completed the Advanced Studies program in "Scoring for Motion Picture and Television" at the University of Southern California in May of 1999, and participated in the 1999 ASCAP Film Composer's Workshop. For more information, please visit his website at

David R. Gillingham

David R. Gillingham (b. 1947) David Gillingham earned Bachelor and Master Degrees in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the PhD in Music Theory/Composition from Michigan State University. Dr. Gillingham has an international reputation for the works he has written for band and percussion. Many of these works are now considered standards in the repertoire. His commissioning schedule dates well into the first decade of the 21st century. His numerous awards include the 1981 DeMoulin Award for Concerto for Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble and the 1990 International Barlow Competition (Brigham Young University) for Heroes, Lost and Fallen. Dr. Gillingham's works have been recorded by Klavier, Sony and Summit and Centaur. His works are regularly performed by nationally recognized ensembles including the Prague Radio Orchestra, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, The University of Georgia Bands, North Texas University Wind Ensemble, Michigan State University Wind Ensemble, Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, University of Oklahoma Wind Ensemble, Florida State Wind Ensemble, University of Florida (Miami) Wind Ensemble, University of Illinois Symphonic Band, Illinois State Wind Symphony, University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Indiana University Wind Ensemble and the University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble. Also, nationally known artists, Fred Mills (Canadian Brass), Randall Hawes (Detroit Symphony) and Charles Vernon (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) have performed works by Dr. Gillingham. Over sixty of his works for band, choir, percussion, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments are published by C. Alan, Hal Leonard, Southern Music, Music for Percussion, Carl Fischer, MMB, T.U.B.A, I.T.A., and Dorn. Dr. Gillingham is a Professor of Music at Central Michigan University and the recipient of and Excellence in Teaching Award (1990), a Summer Fellowship (1991 a Research Professorship (1995), and the recently, the President’s Research Investment Fund grant for his co-authorship of a proposal to establish an International Center for New Music at Central Michigan University. He is a member of the Society of Composers International and ASCAP and the recipient of the ASCAP Standard Award for Composers of Concert Music in from 1996-2002.

Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke was born in London and studied composition, trumpet and piano at the Royal College of Music, where he gained an ARCM. It was at the College that his interest in bands arose. He played in the College wind orchestra and also formed a brass band among the students, writing several works for both ensembles. At that time, his first published works appeared - Concert Prelude (brass band) and Gaudium (wind band). A growing interest in his music led to several commissions, his first major one being for the Centennial Brass Band Championships in New Zealand – The Land of the Long White Cloud. Further commissions followed from individual bands, various band associations and the BBC, for whom he three times won the EBU New Music for Band Competition (with Slipstream, Skyrider and Orient Express). He has written for brass band championships in New Zealand, Switzerland, Holland, Australia and the UK, including three times for the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall, and his test pieces are constantly in use wherever brass bands can be found.

A close association with banding in Japan led to a commission (Celebration) from and eventual recording of his music with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. This opened the door worldwide to his wind band music and led to several commissions, particularly from the United States. In 1996 the US Air Force Band commissioned and recorded Dance Movements, which won the prestigious Sudler Prize in 1997. In 2005 Music of the Spheres won the National Band Association/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest. His conducting and adjudicating activities have taken him to most European countries, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the USA. He runs his own publishing company, Anglo Music Press, which he formed in May 2000. In September 2000 he was awarded the Iles Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians for his services to brass bands. For more information, please visit his website at

Johan de Meij

Johan de Meij (Voorburg, 1953) studied trombone and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music at The Hague. He has earned international fame as a composer and arranger. His catalogue consists of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and arrangements of film scores and musicals. De Meij’s Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings, based on Tolkien's best-selling novels of the same name, was his first substantial composition for symphonic band and received the prestigious Sudler Composition Award in 1989. In 2001, the orchestral version was premiered by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The Lord of the Rings was recorded over twenty times, performed by renowned orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra. His other larger compositions, such as Symphony No. 2 The Big Apple, T-Bone Concerto (trombone concerto) and Casanova (cello concerto) are also on the repertoire of the better orchestras and bands all over the world. Casanova was awarded the First Prize at the International Composition Competition of Corciano [Italy] in 1999, and a year later, De Meij won the Oman International Composition Prize with The Red Tower. His third and most recent symphony, Planet Earth, De Meij composed at the request of the North Netherlands Orchestra. With reference to the première the Dutch press was unanimous in its praise: “Compelling symphony Johan de Meij lifts NNO to a great height” (de Volkskrant); “De Meij knows how to compose, and he knows how to produce an effect”(Trouw). Symphony no. 3 was awarded the 2nd Prize at the International Composition Competition of Corciano in 2006. Besides composing, Johan de Meij is very active in various musical fields. He is a trombonist with the orchestra “De Volharding” (The Perseverance), and as a regular substitute with various other ensembles and orchestras. He is much in demand as a guest conductor and clinician: he conducted concerts and led seminars in almost all European countries, in Japan, Singapore, Brazil, and the United States. For more information, please visit his website at


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