Patrick, Dave, Sam, and Nate are composers who met in graduate school. After years of talking, arguing, and maybe a bit of ranting about classical music (contemporary and otherwise), they decided it might be fun to record these chats for…um…history? That show, SoundNotion, began in January 2011. Since then, SoundNotion.tv has expanded, adding new hosts and shows on a variety of arts topics. Our shows include news, discussion, analysis, and interviews with composers, performers, bloggers, arts professionals, and basically anyone else we think might return our calls. So take a minute to browse through our shows, and if you see or hear anything you like, subscribe so you catch every episode. Thanks for stopping by.

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David MacDonaldDavid MacDonald, composer
Orlando, FL

David’s music has been performed at venues around the world, including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. He is from St. Louis, Missouri and received a B.M. in composition and trumpet performance from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2006 and an M.M. and D.M.A. in composition from Michigan State University in 2008. He has studied composition with Ricardo Lorenz, W. Thomas McKenney, and Stefan Freund. He has taught at Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University.

David’s music has been performed at the 2008 and 2010 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conferences and the 2009 World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. His saxophone quartet is available on H2 Quartet‘s album Times and Spaces (2010). In 2007, David won the Michigan State University Honors Competition for Emulsion Quintet, and in 2006, he was a winner of the 54th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards for Elegy.

Aside from composing, teaching, and podcasting, David is interested in web technologies and social media. He is always looking for innovative ways of leveraging new media and social networking for the benefit of creativity. He currently teaches at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida.

Sam Merciers, composer and intermedia artist
Florence, AL

Sam teaches music theory and composition at the University of North Alabama. His recent work has focused on integrating music with film, as well as sound design for theatre and documentary film. His compositions have been played in venues around the world including the 2004 and 2010 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conferences and the 2006 World Saxophone Congress in Ljubljana Slovenia. Sam was a featured composer at the 2006 John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium.

Sam also has a strong interest in web 2.0/social media as creative and educational tools. His current research addresses the use of the tools in the classroom through a fellowship at the Residential College for the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University.

Nate BlitonNate Bliton, composer
Grand Rapids, MI

Nate Bliton holds a master’s degree in composition from Michigan State University, and is very interested in electronic, folk and latin music, and dancing to all of them.  He grew up as an athlete and electronic musician, so rhythm, movement and the tangible side of music are integral to his work.

He is currently working on a number of electronics and media projects, as well as a suite of songs for Accordion, Bass and Cello that explores the relationship of melody to different types of clave.  He is also a Music Mentor in the Residential College for Arts and Humanities at MSU, coaching in songwriting, electronic and Latin music, and is learning to play the Congas.

Timothy Rosenberg, saxophone
Orlando, FL

Timothy Rosenberg is a saxophonist from upstate New York. He has performed throughout the US and Europe as a soloist and as a member of the Cayuga and H2 saxophone quartets. He has served on the faculty of Ithaca College as Assistant Professor of Saxophone. Timothy holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and performance from Ithaca College where his teachers include Steven Mauk, and Connie Frigo. He also holds a master’s degree and doctorate in music performance from Michigan State University, which he earned while studying with Joseph Lulloff.

Timothy’s research focuses on the art movement known as surrealism and its relationship to music. His DMA document was entitled Interpreting the Music of William Albright: A Surrealist Approach. He is the sole curator for the art blog One Surrealist a Day.

In addition to performing, and teaching, Timothy is an accomplished recording engineer. He has served as Director of Recording Services at Michigan State University. In 2010 he produced a CD of undergraduate students that is being used as promotional material for Ithaca College. His recordings of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra have been featured on WKAR-FM and the Big Ten Network.

Kevin WiltKevin Wilt, composer
Ann Arbor, MI

Kevin Wilt’s music has been performed throughout the United States by beginning musicians up to professionals of the highest caliber. His music has been praised for its expert orchestration, beautiful writing, and keen sense of mood and tonal balance. Recent performances include the world premiere of Song of the Phoenix for winds by Kevin Sedatole and the Michigan State University Wind Symphony, whose recording of the work will be released in 2012-13.

Wilt is equally at home composing for film and television, providing scores for many locally-produced films, earning him a Michigan Emmy® Award Nomination for Best Musical Composition. In 2009, his music was recorded by members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as part of the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop. His next film score will be for the feature film The Northville Tunnels, distributed by Focus Features.

Wilt holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition from Michigan State University, where he studied with Ricardo Lorenz. He completed his Masters Degree in Music Composition at MSU, working with Jere Hutcheson and Charles Ruggiero, and his Bachelors Degree in Music Composition and Theory from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where he studied with James Hartway.

Bill WithemWilliam Withem, composer
Flint, MI

William Withem was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1976. His family later moved to Lenoir, North Carolina, where he began playing trumpet at the age of thirteen. He continued his musical studies at Appalachian State University, followed by Illinois State University, earning composition degrees from both colleges. In 2003 he received a masters in film scoring from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and in 2009 received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University.

Withem’s compositions have been performed throughout North and South America, with premieres in New York and Los Angeles, as well as Illinois, Michigan, and North Carolina. His orchestral piece Supernova was premiered by conductor José Luís Maúrtua and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Peru. Most recently, his one-act opera based on Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, was premiered on the campus of Michigan State University under the baton of Raphael Jimenez, and with libretto by Melanie Helton. Other premieres include The Outlets of the Sky, a three-movement work for college wind ensemble, performed by the Michigan State University Symphony Band and conducted by John Madden. Future works include a composition for saxophone quartet, as well as a trio for flute, percussion, and piano.

Ben FuhrmanBenjamin Fuhrman, composer
Lansing, MI

Born in Lansing, Benjamin Fuhrman is a graduate of the doctoral program in music composition at Michigan State University, where his principle instructors were Dr. Ricardo Lorenz and Dr. Mark Sullivan. He also holds a master’s degree in music composition from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Hope College, where his principle instructor was Mihai Craioveanu.

He has had works commissioned from performers and organizations such as Grant Gould, Jack Kinsey, Mark Flegg, Shawn Teichmer, Ty Forquer, Jeff Loeffert, Barton Rotberg, Ryan Janus, Sam Gould, Nathan Bogert, the H2 Quartet, University Reformed Church, Blacksoil Church, and the Magnolia West High School Wind Symphony. His works have been performed at the IMMARTS TechArts Festival 2007, Electro-Acoustic Juke Joint 2008 and 2009, the Digital Arts Week 2008 Diamond in the Mud Exhibition, the ARC Gallery, the 2009 World Saxophone Congress, the 12 Nights Electronic Music and Art Festival, University of Central Missouri New Music Festival 2010: Dualities, the Electro-Acoustic Barn Dance, SCENE&Heard Concerts, the STREET Festival, the 2013 SCI National Conference, the 2013 SEAMUS National Conference, Colorado State University, Bowling Green State University, Oklahoma State University, and elsewhere in the US, Brazil, Switzerland, and Asia. He has also served as the composer in residence for ART342 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Anthony LanmanAnthony Lanman, composer and guitarist
Terra Haute, IN

Anthony Joseph Lanman has become one of his generation’s most dynamic composers of contemporary concert music. Embracing his background in rock and metal, he has forged a new sound for a new generation, praised by Gramophone Magazine as “Intense” and by The Strad as “Wild, Edgy and Raw to Contemplative, Sonorous and Seductive”. The Contemporary Recording Society says, “”It is through his heartfelt instincts, and not random experiments in sound, that Lanman has come up with something genuinely new”. It is Anthony’s aim to create new music that will be accessible to a wide audience of music lovers and connoisseurs alike.

Born in 1973 in Des Moines, Iowa, and raised in Houston, Texas, Anthony received his BM in composition at the University of Texas, and an MM and DM in composition from Indiana University. Mr. Lanman has been commissioned and performed by such diverse ensembles as Duo46, the Noné Trio, the Strung Out Trio, the California EAR Unit, Fireworks, Ensemble Eleven, the Cramped Spaces Ensemble, the Haniszewska-Kandulski Duo, Duo Apiero, Duo Aqua, Pictures on Silence, Vocal Essence, the Ft. Worth Symphony, as well as many distinguished instrumental and vocal performers. Mr. Lanman’s music has been performed all over the United States as well as in Turkey, Cyprus, Italy, Greece, England, Canada, Columbia, Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic. His music has been featured on radio stations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has been the recipient of many awards in composition, including an ASCAP/Morton Gould Young Composer Award.

As a performer, Mr. Lanman is active in the new music community, performing several concerts a year featuring new works for classical and electric guitar.

Mr. Lanman is currently a freelance composer, performer and educator residing in Terre Haute, IN. He most recently taught at Indiana State University.

Patrick Gullo, composer
New York, NY
Born in 1986 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Patrick Gullo studied the piano at a young age before moving with his family to Florida. There, he took up the trombone and, after graduating from high school, enrolled as a music major at Florida State University where he earned the Bachelor of Music in Composition in 2008 while studying composition with Czech composer Ladislav Kubik and conducting with Alexander Jiménez. After spending a year teaching English in Tokyo, Japan, he began graduate studies at Michigan State University where he received the Master of Music in Composition in 2011 while studying with Jere Hutcheson. Patrick has participated in a number of workshops including the 2007 Conductors Institute of South Carolina, spearheaded by Donald Portnoy, and the 2010 Czech-American Summer Music Institute in Prague. In February of 2010, his string quartet, Dances of the Tokyo Youth, was premiered by the Fiore Ensemble in Tokyo and was also a featured work for Access Contemporary Music. He is also the past president of the Michigan State University chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc.

Patrick Gullo’s music incorporates both static and fluctuating rhythmic processes while combining traditional and contemporary elements. His music has been performed in Asia, Europe, and North America. His piece for SATB, Sound, Sound the Clarion, won 1st prize in the 2010 San Francisco Choral Artists ‘New Voices’ Competition.