Lauren Bernofsky holds a bachelor's degree in violin and composition from The Hartt School, a master's degree in composition from the New England Conservatory and a doctorate in composition from Boston University, where she was a student of Lukas Foss. She has served on the faculty of the Peabody Institute and Interlochen Center for the Arts, and is currently the Music Director of the Musical Arts Youth Organization (MAYO) in Bloomington, IN. She is a guest clinician at schools and regional festivals, and she writes for The Brass Herald.
Dena El Saffar, of Iraqi and American heritage, was exposed to Arabic music in the suburbs of Chicago, where she grew up attending Iraqi gatherings with her family. At 17, she went to Baghdad with her father and became enchanted by the music of Iraq and the Middle East. As a member of Salaam, she has performed throughout the United States, studying with Hamid Al-Saadi, Munis Sharifov, Mohammed Gomar and Anwar Abudragh. She’s the older sister of Amir El Saffar, is married to percussionist Tim Moore, and is the mother of Jamil and Layla.
David Farrell’s music has been performed by the Perrysburg Symphony, Orchestra, North/South Chamber Orchestra, Playground Ensemble, Indiana University Symphonic Band, Metropolitan State University of Denver Symphony Orchestra, Sam Houston State University Percussion Group, University of Iowa Center for New Music Ensemble, and University of Illinois Chamber Orchestra. David studied at the University of Illinois and Indiana University's Jacobs, earning a D.M. in Composition.
Monika Herzig, came to the University of Alabama in 1988 on scholarship, with her partner and guitarist Peter Kienle. Initially arriving to the States on a one-way ticket, one suitcase of belongings and one guitar, she has since completed her Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at IU. Currently faculty in Arts Administration, she authors both, “David Baker – A Legacy in Music,” and the forthcoming, “A Listener’s Guide to Chick Corea.” Monika regularly performs concerts and festivals around the world.
Molly Kien is based in Stockholm, Sweden, serving as Västerås Sinfonietta’s composer-in-residence. She holds a Master’s in composition from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and a BM in composition from IU. After working with Sven-David Sandström at Jacobs, she traveled to the Gotland School of Music Composition. With awards from London’s Alvarez Chamber Orchestra and the Uppsala Composers, her works have been performed by the Swedish Radio Choir, Kammarensemble, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
Eric Lindsay’s works have been performed by the American Composer’s Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, eighth blackbird, the Argento Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Del Sol Quartet, ADORNO Ensemble, Chamber Mix, Volti, Thornton Contemporary Music Ensemble, IU New Music Ensemble, Holographic, and pianist Jenny Lin. His awards span the Finale National Competition Contest, ASCAP, The Society of Composers Inc., and the National Federation of Music Clubs.
Alfredo Minetti is a music Director, anthropologist, pianist, composer and lecturer born in Uruguay to a family of tango and opera aficionados. He was exposed to tango early in life by his maternal grandmother, an accomplished tango dancer. He studied classical piano in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil under Ondine de Mello. Earning a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from IU, he collaborated with the Latin American Music Center as a pianist, composer, arranger and coach, forming BloomingTango and Tangamente. He created Minetti Productions in 2008.
Maggie Olivo has served as the director of the IU JSOM’s Musical Beginnings program and has taught elementary general music for over 10 years. Her early childhood music training spans methodologies of John Feierabend, Musikgärten, Kodály Method and Orff-Keetman Schulwerk. Her pieces have been performed by the Southwest String Quartet, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and various Bloomington musicians, both children and professional. She has worked with musicians of great artistry from all over the world.
Raymond Wise is a singer, pianist, composer, director, conductor, lecturer, and teacher, serving orchestras, opera companies, and choral festivals throughout. He earned a B.F.A. in music from Denison University and studied opera at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria. He studied African-American History, Music, and Dance at San Francisco State University and learned the business of Gospel Music at Walter Hawkins Corporation. He has both a Masters and Doctorate in Music Education from The Ohio State University.
Bernard Woma holds master’s degrees in African Studies and Ethnomusicology from IU. He has performed for U. S. president Bill Clinton, Queen Elizabeth 11, Nelson Mandela, and President Obama—teaching his daughters music and songs in Ghana. He’s performed with the major orchestras throughout the world. His gyil concerto composition, "Gyil Nyog Me Na" in the spring of 2006, at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall, is a testimony of his musicianship. Bernard is the Artistic Director of the award winning Saakumu Dance Troupe and the founder and director of the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Accra.