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Hope Wechkin is best known for her simultaneous and virtuosic pairing of voice and violin that innovatively combines elements of folk, classical and world music. She is also known as a soprano soloist and interpreter of contemporary music for the voice. She performed her one-woman show “Charisma,” featuring her unique compositions and arrangements, to sold-out audiences in an extended run at Seattle’s ACT Theater. She was a founding member of the quartet Sorelle, specializing in 20th- and 21st-century music for piano, cello, flute and voice, and has appeared as soprano soloist with numerous Northwest-area musical ensembles. Hope is also a physician specializing in palliative medicine and lives in Seattle with her husband and son.
Frances White writes instrumental, vocal, and electronic music. She studied at the University of Maryland, Brooklyn College, and Princeton University. She has
received awards, commissions, grants, and fellowships from organizations such as
The Guggenheim Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Ditson
Fund, the Mary Flagler Cary Trust, the Copland Fund, Prix Ars Electronica, the
International Computer Music Association, Hungarian Radio, ASCAP, the Bang On
A Can Festival, the Other Minds Festival, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Dale Warland Singers, the American Music Center, the MacDowell Colony, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Recent works include commissions from the Third Practice Festival for the ensemble eighth blackbird, the Fromm Foundation, the MAP Fund, the Solaris Vocal Ensemble, Commissioning Music USA (formerly Meet the
Composer), and The Crossing chamber choir.
White's music can be heard on CD on the Wergo, Centaur, Nonsequitur, Harmonia
Mundi, Albany, and Bridge labels. Two albums of her chamber works are available: Centre Bridge (Mode Records), and In the library of dreams (Pogus Productions).
Her music was featured as part of the soundtrack of three of Gus Van SantŐs award-winning films: Elephant, Paranoid Park, and Milk.
White studies the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), and finds that the traditional music of this instrument informs and influences her work as a composer. Much of her music is inspired by her love of nature, and her electronic works frequently include natural sound recorded near her home in central New Jersey.
MARK WINGES was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and currently resides in San Francisco, where he is composer / advisor for the chamber choir Volti. He was also composer-in-residence for the San Francisco Choral Artists for the 2012 / 13 season, and is active as a free-lance organist. He is a graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music - University of Cincinnati, SF State University, and has studied at the Musikhögskolan in Stockholm, Sweden. He studied composition with Ellsworth Milburn, Henry Onderdonk, and Arne Mellnäs, and organ with Wayne Fisher and Alexander Post. His works have been performed by the Left Coast Ensemble, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Earplay, Works-in-Progress: Berlin, the Empyrean Ensemble, Volti, the Verge Ensemble, the Pharos Music Project (NY), The Crossing, Carmina Slovenica (Slovenia), the Guangdong Choir (China), Aarhus Pigekor (Denmark), the Marin, Berkeley and Piteå (Sweden) Symphonies and many others.
Betty Wishart's music has been performed in Europe, South Korea, and throughout the United States at diverse venues including Academia Filarmonica di Bologna (Italy), International Composers Symposiums (France), Cape Fear New Music Festival (NC), American Swedish Institute (MN), University of California (Los Angeles and Santa Barbara), Third, Scots & Mariners Church (Philadelphia, PA), San Jose State University (CA) Music of American Women (NYC), Louisiana Composers' Consortium, Vox Novus Fifteen Minutes of Fame (WI) and conferences of Delta Omicron, Society of Composers, Inc., Southeastern Composers' League, Florida Music Teachers Association, American Pen Women, National Association of Composers, USA and the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers.
A member of the music faculty at Campbell University, she has been credited in numerous publications including Who's Who in Music, World Who's Who of Women, Personalities of the South, and has received awards from American Pen Women, Composers Guild, American College of Musicians, and annual ASCAPlus awards since 1996. Most recently she was awarded a 2015 Regional Artist Project Support Grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County.