Rapido Composition Contest

Midwest Region

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings is an ensemble committed to bringing to life the body of repertoire that utilizes between 6 and 20 musicians. DCWS musicians are drawn primarily from the Detroit Symphony and Michigan Opera Theatre orchestras. Now in its 33rd year, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings presents an annual six-concert Spotlight Series, six-concert Nightnotes Series and two Structurally Sound concerts. Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings was named Crain's Detroit Business 2010 Best-Managed Nonprofit.

To find out more, please visit detroitchamberwinds.org.



Set the Tempo

Sunday, Nov 15, 2015, 3:00 pm

Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church
Bloomfield, MI

Midwest Winner: Kevin Eppich!



Randy Bauer, Minneapolis, MN

Randy Bauer is a composer and jazz musician based in Minneapolis. His works have been performed across a range of cities and venues, by members of the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Brentano String Quartet, eighth blackbird, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and many others. His composition, Neighborhood Music, debuted on WFMT Chicago radio in 2013, and was released on Cedille Records in 2014. He was named a 2013-14 McKnight Fellow in Music Composition by the McKnight Foundation of Minnesota. He has been a resident artist at Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and has received many regional and national awards, including three ASCAP/Morton Gould Awards for Young Composers. He is an accomplished jazz pianist and composer, and has received recognition from DownBeat, the Commission Project, Jazz Composers Alliance, and has won the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's Award. He is currently Associate Professor of Music at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he teaches composition, theory, and jazz topics. He holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Princeton University.

Luke Dahn, Orange City, IA

The music of Luke Dahn has been performed throughout the United States and abroad, with recent performances given by groups such as the Moscow Conservatory Studio for New Music, Composers Inc., the NODUS Ensemble, the League of Composers Chamber Players, the NEXTET Ensemble, the University of Iowa Center for New Music, New Music New Mexico, violinist Wolfgang David, and saxophonist Kenneth Tse. Venues have included Carnegie Hall (NY), Rachmaninoff Hall (Moscow), the Estonia Academy of Music (Tallinn), the Frankfurter KuenstlerKlub, Harvard University's Memorial Church, the Miami ISCM Festival Series, and the N.E.O.N. (Nevada Encounters of New Music) Festival at which he was awarded the Max Di Julio Prize. Dahn has also been the recipient of several other recent awards including the 2014 J.D. Robb International Composition Prize, and several of his works are featured on Albany-label recordings.

Dahn earned graduate degrees in composition from the University of Iowa and Western Michigan University, and his principal teachers include David Gompper, C. Curtis-Smith, and Ann Gebuhr. After serving eight years at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, Dahn joined the music faculty at the University of Utah in the fall of 2015. In addition, he is co–founder and co–artistic director of Ensemble Périphérie, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the League of Composers/ISCM. For more information, visit lukedahn.net.

Kevin Eppich, Cleveland, OH

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, composer/conductor Kevin Eppich began his musical training at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, studying piano with Ron Moir and Arthur Kane and theory and composition with Richard Franks. As a student at Cleveland State University, Eppich studied composition with Eric Ziolek, John Howell Morrison, Greg D’Alessio, and Andrew Rindfleisch and piano with Janina Caesar, Margarita Shevchenko, and Angelin Chang. He has also participated in master classes and seminars with such composers as Bernard Rands, Donald Martino, Mario Davidovsky, Andrew Imbrie, P. Q. Phan, Arthur Krieger, and Shulamit Ran. Equally at home with vocal, instrumental, and orchestral forces, his music has been performed by pianist Nicholas Underhill, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, violist Sarah Higgins, saxophonist Stephen J. Zombory, student and faculty musicians at Cleveland State University, the choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Cleveland, as well as the Euclid Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he has worked with The Gregg Smith Singers, violinist Rolf Schulte, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the contemporary chamber ensemble Zeitgeist, as well as pianist Geoffrey Burleson. As a conductor, he has worked with the Cleveland State University Chorale, as well as the choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. He guest conducted the Euclid Symphony Orchestra and served as its music directed during the 2010-2011 season. In 2011 the Euclid Symphony Orchestra premiered, under the composer’s direction, Celebration Fanfares, which the orchestra had commissioned to commemorate its 50th anniversary season. That same year, the new music ensemble No Exit premiered Frenetic Dances, a work it had commissioned. In 2013, he was a recipient of the Director's Choice Award from Boston Metro Opera's Composer's Competition for his song cycle for countertenor and piano, Songs of Innocence and Experience. Eppich currently serves as a bass section principal in choir at St. John's Cathedral. He also dabbles in accordion and recorder as well as collaborative piano.

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