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Belinda Reynolds

Belinda ReynoldsRaised in a Texan Air Force family, Belinda Reynolds now considers herself an 'adopted native' of California. She is an active composer, organizer, and teacher that focuses on bringing new music to a variety of audiences and mediums. Ms Reynolds completed her Doctorate at Yale University with Martin Bresnick, Jacob Druckman, Jonathan Berger, and Tania León. She received her M.A. and B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied principally with Andrew Imbrie and John Thow. She has received awards from ASCAP, the International League of Women Composers, the NACUSA Young Composers Competition, and the CMTA Composition Competition, among others.

Belinda Reynolds’ music has been performed by a number of organizations throughout North America and Europe, including: the Cecilia Quartet, Da Capo Players, New Music Consort, The New Millennium Ensemble, Twisted Tutu, Essential Music, Earplay, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, Citywinds, Fulcrumpoint (Chicago), Continuum Contemporary Music (Toronto), New Music Works, Music Now, Seventh Chapter Brass (Australia), The U.S. Army’s Brass Ensemble, and The Albany Symphony's Dogs of Desire. Her music has been featured in such festivals and venues as the Spoleto USA Music Festival, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series, and Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has also been an Artist in Residence at Djerassi Colony, Banff Centre for the Arts, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony.

Recent seasons have been an especially productive for Ms. Reynolds. She received a Meet the Composer Music Alive Residency with The Denver Young Artists Orchestra for their 30th Anniversary season. Other projects include commissions for the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, The Robin Cox Ensemble, the Mobius Trio and David Tanenbaum. Ms. Reynolds also composes for other mediums, such as film and television. Most recently, she scored the music for the independent PBS documentary, The New Metropolis, directed by award winning documentary filmmaker, Andrea Torrice. Her music was also featured in Marjorie O'Brien's Trip to the Fridge, directed by Canadian filmmaker Pat Mills. Ms. Reynolds’s CD, COVER, featuring her works for chamber ensembles, was released on the Innova Recordings label, receiving radio play and acclaim from critics both nationally and abroad.

As an organizer, Ms. Reynolds is Vice-President of the composers’ cooperative, Common Sense. Their CD, Shock of the Old, featuring works from their collaboration with the Bay Area Ensemble American Baroque, was one of the winners of the Chamber Music America/WQXR Best Chamber Music CD for 2003. Common Sense’s latest CD, Tic, was released in 2007 on the Albany label.

Other than composing, Ms. Reynolds’ passion is music education. She is in demand nationwide work with schools and communities helping children learn to create music. She has been a Meet-the-Composer-in-Residence for public schools as well as institutions such as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Additionally, she has taught and guest lectured at Dartmouth College and Yale University and has been on the state board of the Music Teachers National Association. Ms. Reynolds has been a weekly columnist for the American Music Center’s NewMusicBox webzine, focusing on composing music for young players. She is also the creator of the innovative commissioning series, CUSTOM MADE MUSIC. Published by PRB Productions, it is a collection of instrumental books geared for the student level player, with each piece ‘customized’ with a top performer/teacher to address a particular instrument’s repertoire.

Ms. Reynolds is the Director of HeShe Music in San Francisco, a private studio that teaches composition, piano, theory, and musicianship to both beginners and professionals. Her music is published by Dover, HeShe Music, Kithara Editions, Les Productions d’OZ, and PRB Productions. Her recorded music can be found on the Albany, Innova, and Trance recording labels, among others.

Dan Becker

Dan BeckerDan Becker received his DMA in Composition from Yale University, where he also earned his MM and MMA degrees. His teachers included Jacob Druckman, Martin Bresnick, Poul Ruders, Louis Andriessen, and Terry Riley. Awards and grants include those from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Meet the Composer, the America Composers Forum, and the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust. His most recently completed work, an interactive piece for solo pianist and disklavier piano, was commissioned by Meet the Composer and premiered by Kathleen Supové in November 2004 and hailed by Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle as "a dynamic whirlwind of a piece". Scheduled for the 2005/06 season is a new work for the Paul Dresher Ensemble. Other recent performances include those by the Albany Symphony, the Cincinnati Conservatory, Duke University, Park City String Quartet Festival, Norfolk Summer Festival, Juilliard’s Focus Festival, Chicago Arts Series, OPUS415 Bay Area New Music Marathon, Bates College American Music Festival, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Vermont, New Langton Arts, Sacramento State American Music Festival, and Bowdoin College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Music Center. In 2001, he joined the composition faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Common Sense Composers’ Collective, an eight-member SF-NYC based composers’ group which is committed to experimenting with the processes in which music is conceived, developed, and presented. Each year the eight composers of Common Sense seek out and collaborate with a different performing ensemble. Under the auspices of Common Sense, Dan has had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most exciting performers and ensembles working in new music today, including the Meridian Arts Ensemble, the New Millennium Ensemble, Twisted Tutu, the Dogs of Desire Ensemble, the American Baroque period instrument ensemble, and New York’s Essential Music. Upcoming collaborations include those with Michelle Schumann of Austin’s Barbwire Music Project, and the ensemble Electra from Amsterdam – a project which marks their first Trans-Atlantic collaboration. A Compact Disc of the pieces resulting from their first project was released in 1997 by CRI on their acclaimed Emergency Music series; while a recent CD of works from their 1996 project with American Baroque was released in June, 2002 on the Santa Fe New Music label. This most recent disc, The Shock of the Old, received a Chamber Music America/WQXR 2003 record award. Their third CD, with the New Millennium Ensemble, will be released later this year.

From 1995-2000, Common Sense extended their philosophy of collaboration and bridge building to the creation of OPUS415, a day-long Bay Area New Music Marathon. Presented in San Francisco, this event showcased the diverse voices of Bay Area composers and performers, along with a selection of special visiting guests. Over the last ten years, Common Sense has been honored to receive numerous grants, including those from the Copland Fund for Music, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Jerome Foundation, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Zellerbach Family Fund, ASCAP, the Virgil Thomson Foundation, and Meet the Composer.