The McCormick Percussion Group is recognized by composers and aficionados throughout the world for their creative interpretations and recordings of decidedly out of the mainstream of percussion literature. The MPG often collaborates with guest non-percussion performers to explore and develop new trends of compositional thought. Among the most recorded ensembles of the genre, MPG has recorded dozens of CDs including several on the Ravello (distributed by Naxos) label. To insure the original intent of the each composition, guest composers are often invited to rehearse and record with the ensemble. The McCormick Percussion Group is directed by Robert McCormick, Professor of Music at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

 

 

ROBERT MCCORMICK is currently Professor of Music and director of the percussion program at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He served as principal percussionist/assistant timpanist with the Florida Orchestra for 20 seasons. He is a former member of the Harry Partch Ensemble and often performs with high profile artists of all genres. In 2010, he conducted the premiere performance of Chan Hae Lee’s Korean folk opera Simcheongga at the National Center of Performing Arts in Seoul. In March 2014 Robert performed the world premiere of Baljinder Sekhon’s Double Percussion Concerto at Carnegie Hall with percussionist Lee Hinkle. His myriad recordings with the McCormick Percussion Group, McCormick Duo and others continually receive the highest critical acclaim from composers and scholars. Robert is the host of the annual McCormick Marimba Festival which attracts marimba ensembles and artist performers from around the world.  Robert was the 2006 recipient of the Florida Music Educator of the Year Award; the 2007 Grand Prize in the Keystone Percussion Composition Award, the 2010 University Distinguished Teacher Award and the 2015 Percussive Arts Society Lifetime Achievement in Education Award. He has also received several Global Music Awards for his CD recordings, many published on the Ravello label and distributed by Naxos.  Bob is most proud of the many highly successful students he has had the opportunity to work with over the years. Robert endorses Encore Mallets, Grover Pro Percussion, and Zildjian Cymbals.

 

 

EUNMI KO Praised for “beautiful array of pianistic colors”, “abundance of technique”, “original interpretation”, and “undeniably impressive prestidigitation”, pianist Eunmi Ko appeared in the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, COMA’16 Festival de Musica Contemporanea, Festival Cervantino Internacional, Chautauqua Music Festival, Music Center of Christchurch, Seoul Arts Center, among others. She performs a wide range of piano repertoire from premieres of ne w works by living composers to the traditional and rarely played piano works. Ko frequently communicates with young pianists through recitals and master classes at conservatories and universities. She was guest artist/teacher at Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid, Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio, EAFIT University, University of Maryland, Lynn University, University of Florida, University of Tennessee, among others. As an active chamber musician, Ko is co-founder and co-director of new music ensemble Strings & Hammers, which has the unusual instrumentation of violin, piano, and double bass. Each year, Strings and Hammers collaborates with composers from around the world. Ko holds a BM degree from Seoul National University and graduate degrees (MM and DMA) from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Rebecca Penneys. Ko is Assistant Professor of Piano and co-advisor of the New-Music Consortium at the University of South Florida. Since 2013, she is on the faculty at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival. Ko may also be heard on the recently published CD release of She Rose, and Let Me In (Centaur Records) and Musical Landscapes of Hilary Tann (Centaur Records). eunmiko.com

 

 

Exploring intersections with poetry and other art media, music of composer JOHN LIBERATORE has been performed in venues around the world: the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, The Four Seasons Center, and prestigious venues in Europe, Asia, and South America.  Described by critics as “enchanting” and “truly magical,” (Boston and New York Classical Review, respectively), his works seek complexity within simple textures, reaching for ambiguity through transparency.  In addition to his work as a composer, he is an active pianist, and one of the world’s few performers of the glass harmonica.  Leading ensembles and soloists have performed his work, including Dinosaur Annex, the Mivos Quartet, Bent Frequency, Duo Damiana, Earplay, the Cleveland Contemporary Players, the Washington National Opera, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the McCormick Percussion Group and The New York Virtuoso Singers. He has received fellowships from Tanglewood, the MacDowell Colony, the Brush Creek Arts Foundation, the I-Park Enclave, and the Millay Colony. Other notable distinctions include a commission from the American Opera Initiative, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, and the Brian Israel Prize.  With funding from the Presser Foundation, he studied in Tokyo with Jo Kondo in the summer of 2012, a mentorship that made an indelible impression on his music.   In 2015, Liberatore commissioned glass blowers G. Finkenbeiner Inc. for a new glass harmonica; with this acquisition, he became one of the few exponents of this rare instrument in contemporary music. This instrument will be the subject of forthcoming collaborations with percussionist Daniel Druckman and soprano Jamie Jordan, among others. Recordings of his music are available on Centaur Records and Ravello Records, with forthcoming releases, funded by New Music USA and the Copland Fund, scheduled for release on Innova, and Albany record labels in 2017/18. He holds a PhD from Eastman (PhD, MM) and Syracuse University (BM). In 2015, he was appointed assistant professor of theory and composition at the University of Notre Dame. johnsliberatore.com

 

 

SEUNGHEE LEE has participated in numerous festivals and masterclasses such as Darmstadt International Summer Music Course for New Music in Germany, Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at New England Conservatory, Donaueschingen Music Festival Student Workshop in Germany, Time of Music Festival in Viitasaari, Finland, Savellyspaja Composition Masterclass in Sannas, Finland, SoundSCAPE Festival in Italy, Freie University Composition Class in Berlin, Germany, Alba Music Festival in Italy, among others. She was awarded a composition residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2011 and at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2007 and 2012.  She was selected as an ASCAP foundation fellow for the 70th Wellesley Composers Conference in 2014. As a pianist, Lee regularly performs as a soloist as well as an accompanist, and has served as a staff accompanist at Boston Conservatory and a pianist for Brandeis University Chorus, and as a staff pianist and a piano lab instructor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned her B.M. in Music Theory at Ewha Womans University in Korea, M.M. in Music Composition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Ph.D. in Music Composition and Theory at Brandeis University in February 2014.  In addition, she studied with Veli-Matti Puumala at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Lee is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Ave Maria University.  seungheeleemusic.com

 

 

Welsh-born composer, HILARY TANN, lives in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York where she is the John Howard Payne Professor of Music at Union College, Schenectady.  She holds degrees in composition from the University of Wales at Cardiff and from Princeton University. She was guest Composer-in-Residence at the 2011 Eastman School of Music Women in Music Festival and 2013 Women Composers Festival of Hartford and was appointed Composer-in-Residence for the Welsh Music Center for 2015. Praised for its lyricism and formal balance, her music is influenced by a strong identification with the natural world.  She is a published haiku poet and a deep interest in the traditional music of Japan has led to private study of the shakuhachi and guest visits to Japan, Korea, and China. Her compositions have been widely performed, recorded, and broadcast by ensembles such as the European Women’s Orchestra, Tenebrae, Lontano, Cappella Clausura, Thai Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and BBCNOW.  hilarytann.com.

 

 

MICHAEL SKILLERN completed his undergraduate studies at Georgia State University and his M.M. at the University of South Florida where he served as a graduate teaching assistant.  His principal teachers were Stuart Gerber and Robert McCormick. He has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber groups including the Venice Symphony and Master Chorale. In 2013 he was a regional finalist in the National Association of Negro Musicians competition held in Dallas, Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CIRO G. SCOTTO is a composer and music theorist. His most recent compositions are Between Rock and a Hard Place and Between Rock and a Hard Place-Unplugged. The former composition is a work in four movement for electric guitar and percussion ensemble while the latter work reinterprets the former substituting classical guitar for the electric guitar. Both works were composed for and premiered by the McCormick Percussion Group and they are available on a CD title Between Rock & A Hard Place-Plugged & Unplugged produced by Ravello Records. His research in music theory includes creating compositional systems, producing analyses and theoretical models of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, mathematics and music, and rock music, especially in the area of timbre. He has published articles in Contemporary Composers, Perspectives of New Music, Music Theory Online, and the Journal of Music Theory. His latest article “The Structural Role of Distortion in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal” will appear in Music Theory Spectrum in the spring of 2016. His prior teaching positions include the Eastman School of Music (1997-2009), and the University of South Florida (2009-2015). He is currently a faculty member at Ohio University.

 

MATT BARBER (b. 1980 in Denver, CO) is a composer, performer and teacher residing in Rochester, NY. His music has been performed by the Colorado Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Ossia New Music Ensemble, The McCormick Percussion Group and other ensembles across the USA and abroad. His works are featured on the Ravello and Perspectives of New Music/Open Space labels.

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