B. Allen Schulz
President Emeritus & Founder, Composer
Allen Schulz (b. 1964) is the great grandson of the famous vaudevillian and Chicago jazzman, Ollie Powers. He studied music composition at Wabash College, Yale University, and The City University of New York. His primary composition instructors were Eric Lund and Charles Dodge. Allen’s musical interests are eclectic and varied. His compositional activities range from music theater to experimental computer-generated music and beyond. His awards include the Enenbach Prize in Music Composition, The John Cage Prize in Experimental Music, and high honors in the University of Oregon Waging Peace Through Singing choral competition. Allen lives in Astoria, Queens, with his daughter and wife and their evil cat.
David Fetherolf was born in New York City in 1956 and, at the age of 4 and a half, told his parents he needed a ‘cello. In conservatory (the Longy School of Music) he switched his major from violoncello to composition. He lives and works in New York and has had the good fortune to receive help in, and recognition for, his compositional efforts from numerous sources, both public and private. Fetherolf ’s music has been performed and aired throughout the Americas and Europe. Recently, his music has hit Japan. His recordings are available on both the Vienna Modern Masters label and Albany Records; recordings and printed music are available through his web site (www.skeeterpress.com). He’s a founding member of the NYC composer/player collective, Random Access Music (www.ram-nyc.org) and the senior editor at G. Schirmer/Associated Music Publishers.
Seth Boustead is a composer, radio host, arts manager and writer, concert producer, in-demand speaker and visionary with the goal of revolutionizing how and where classical music is performed and how it is perceived by the general public. As a composer he has forged a unique and highly personal identity through pieces that are regularly performed and heard on radio broadcasts around the world. His piano concerto was recently premiered in Chicago to great acclaim.
As the founder and Executive Director of Access Contemporary Music, Seth is also the creator of the Sound of Silent Film Festival, the Thirsty Ears Festival – the country’s only classical music street fest, a chain of storefront music schools teaching creativity, a concert series in Chicago, the Discovery Series in New York and more than a dozen annual international commissioning projects in Chicago, Milwaukee, Mexico City and Barcelona.
Seth is the host and creator of Relevant Tones, the only internationally syndicated radio program about contemporary composers and the producer of the series Relevant Tones: Live at LPR. He also created the Concept Lab series at Cornelia Street Café and is a recent recipient of the prestigious Deems Taylor Award. Find more at sethboustead.com