ALAN W. SCHMITZ
Alan Schmitz (born 1950) is Professor of Theory and Composition at the School of Music, University of Northern Iowa. He received bachelor and master of music degrees from the University of New Mexico and the Ph.D. in music theory and composition from Rutgers University. Alan’s music is widely performed in the United States and has also been presented in Western Europe, Romania, and Russia. He has received awards, commissions, and grants for composition from several agencies including the Alaska Council of the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council, the University of Northern Iowa, and the Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundation. Alan has also published articles on composing for guitar.
In addition to this album, Capstone/PARMA Recordings has released two albums of music by Alan Schmitz: 90s Timeflow (chamber pieces) and Lyric Images (guitar music of Alan Schmitz performed by Todd Seeley). Recent compositions include a chamber work: Hexachord Fantasy (2013), a Brass Trio (2014), and Rhapsody for Violin and Bassoon (2015). Alan’s music is published by Veritas Musica.
CHRISTOPHER A. SCHMITZ
Christopher Schmitz is Associate Professor of Theory and Composition at the Townsend School of Music, Mercer University. He has received numerous commissions from both professional and academic organizations, and has released commercial publications through Walrus Music (sheet music), Cimarron Press (sheet music), Sea Breeze-Vista (sound recordings), and Beauport Classical (sound recordings).
In 2007, Chrisopher won the Sammy Nestico Award in jazz composition, resulting in a special commission from the Airmen of Note in Washington, D.C. In 2010, his original composition Rhapsody (for two violas and piano) received its premiere in Carnegie Hall, New York City. Christopher’s original scores accompany feature films including Dance with the One (2010 South by Southwest Film Festival Selection) and Between Kings and Queens (REMI Winner, 43rd Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival). Christopher holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the University of Texas at Austin.
ERIC B. SCHMITZ
Eric Schmitz is Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at SUNY Oswego, where he directs the Oswego State Jazz Ensemble and Latin Jazz Ensemble, co-leads and performs with the Oswego Jazz Project, and teaches jazz and rock history, improvisation, and music theory and composition. In May 2008, he completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied jazz composition with Bill Dobbins and Fred Sturm, and jazz drum set with Rich Thompson. He also earned the Diploma in Ethnomusicology at Eastman and performed with the school’s gamelan Lila Muni for two years. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Northern Iowa, Eric studied jazz composition with Robert Washut and percussion with Randy Hogancamp.
He has lectured on music and given performances at universities in the United States as well as in Havana, Cuba and Kielce, Poland.
Eric’s pieces have been performed throughout the United States. In 2004 he won the Jazz Band Classic FIRST MUSIC 21 Commission Competition, for which he received a commission to write an original jazz work for big band (Separate Ways). He is the recipient of two Downbeat awards: “Best Jazz Arrangement” for his studio orchestra arrangement of Harold Danko’s For Bud in 2003 and “Original Composition – Best Song” for his big band piece In Your World in 2004.
Eric’s original compositions and arrangements for big band are published by Really Good Music, LLC and are available at www.reallygoodmusic.com.
He is currently working on new jazz compositions and pursuing an interest in the music of Cuba.
Eric and his wife Natalia reside in Oswego, upstate New York.
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