Michael J. Veloso (b. 1977) was born in Brooklyn, NY. He earned his B.A. in Music in 1998 from Williams College, where he studied composition with Lewis Spratlan, Robert Suderburg, Karl Korte, and David Kechley. After graduating Cum Laude and with Highest Honors in Music, he continued his education at New England Conservatory, earning an M.M. in 2001 and Graduate Diploma in 2002 while studying composition with Michael Gandolfi and piano with Douglas Buys. Michael has written dozens of works for a wide range of musical forces. He has composed music for Joshua Lawton, David Stansbury, Sharon Hsin-Yi Chen, Fireworks, New Century Voices, and Roseae Feminae, and has received commissions from the NOW Ensemble and the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus. His setting of E.E. Cummings’s poem love is the every only god was recently awarded First Prize in Singing City’s annual choral competition. For four years, Michael was General Manager of Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, a Boston-based chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music. For two years, he hosted a two-hour show on public radio called “Bouquets of Drone” on which he broadcast electronica and all kinds of classical music. He has also accompanied for Allegra Martin’s New Century Voices, a chorus focused on performing 20th- and 21st-century music. A full-length CD of his chamber music is scheduled for release in early 2009.
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Mark Vigil (b. 1954) was born in Spokane WA in October of 1954. In 1981, Vigil received a Bachelor of Music degree in composition and piano performance from the Cornish Institute of the Allied Arts. Cornish is located in Seattle Washington. At Cornish, Vigil studied composition with Janice Giteck and piano performance with Corri Celli. In 1996, Vigil received his Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Oregon School of Music. The University of Oregon School of Music is located in EugeneOR, a very cosmopolitan city. From 1991-1996 Vigil studied composition with Robert Kyr and Hal Owen. At present he studies composition with Tomas Svoboda. Vigil has been his student for ten years. He currently makes his home in Eugene Oregon.
He has always greatly admired the lack of stylistic uniformity and semblance in the music of The Beatles. To this end, he strives to make all of his classically oriented compositions stylistically unlike each other. It was difficult for Vigil to discipline himself like this and says that “only time will pronounce my music as being either worthwhile or mediocre.”
Vigil is currently an active member of the National Association of Composers USA, or NACUSA, Cascadia chapter located in Portland OR.close