Diogo Carvalho is a composer, scholar, performer, and teacher, and producer with experience in electroacoustic, concert, popular, jazz, and Brazilian music. Carvalho stands out with his ample knowledge and musicality, having pieces performed all over the world, often performing himself at the guitar.
His studies on the compositional processes of Debussy and Ravel were linked to his transcriptions of the pieces for solo guitar, recorded in the album "Impressionism – Acoustic Guitar Solo" (praised as “highly recommended” by Classical Guitar Magazine). As a scholar, studies the works of Steve Reich related to identity issues. At the University of Florida, Carvalho is a PhD candidate in Music Composition, works as the Assistant Director of the UF New Music ensemble, teaches Music Theory and Introduction to Music Technology, and serves the College of the Arts as the President of the Fine Arts College Council. Carvalho also serves the international composition community as the Artistic Director for the São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival and the Director of the Composers Forum at the Vienna Summer Music Festival.
Bolton Ellenberg is a native of Pensacola, Florida, where he fell in love with music after hearing a performance of Brahms’s first piano concerto. He went on to obtain his undergraduate degree in piano performance while studying in Cleveland, Ohio with Antonio Pompa-Baldi. After graduating, Bolton returned to the sunshine state, enrolling in the master’s program at the University of Florida. Currently, Bolton is studying with Dr. Jasmin Arakawa at UF, where he holds a graduate assistantship. In addition to music, Bolton enjoys studying languages, and his next goal is to become conversational in Mandarin Chinese.
Melissa Lloyd is a PhD student in Music Education at the University of Florida, where she serves as a teaching assistant for undergraduate music education courses and also teaches an undergraduate music course for elementary education majors. Prior to attending the University of Florida, Melissa taught public and private school general music in grades PK-8 for eight years in the state of Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Arizona as well as a Master of Music Education from Shenandoah University Conservatory. Melissa’s research interests include the incorporation of music therapy techniques to accommodate students with emotional and behavioral disorders and trauma in the elementary general music classroom.
Emily Theobald is a PhD student in Musicology at the University of Florida where she also completed a certificate in Modern European Studies from the Center for European Studies. Emily’s research focuses on national and transnational politics in post-1945 Polish music with a special focus on composer Krzysztof Penderecki, and her work has brought her to Gdansk, Warsaw, and Krakow Poland for both archival research and language studies.
Emily has presented research at national meetings of the Society for American Music and the American Musicological Society, as well as at its chapter meetings. Research presentations in summer and fall 2019 include international conferences in Gdansk, Poland and Leuven, Belgium. In addition to her work as a student of musicology, Emily also enjoys performing regularly with area ensembles such as the Ocala Symphony and the Gainesville Flute Ensemble, as well as with her flute duo. Emily received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California (2014) and her Master of Music from the University of Florida (2016).