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Tabajara Belo
PhD

Virtuoso guitar soloist, composer and arranger, Brazilian musician Tabajara Belo released two solo albums. He blends his concert programs with classical, Brazilian popular/folk and jazz. He holds a Master degree in guitar from the University of Arizona. Mr. Belo is a faculty member at the Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto and has been constantly performing throughout Brazil, United States and Europe. He was recently awarded with 2nd. place at the prestigious National Prize for Guitar Composition “Novas 3". Presently, Mr. Belo is a Composition PhD student and Theory Teaching Assistant at the University of Florida.

See website: www.tabajarabelo.com

Diogo Carvalho
PhD

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 and teaches Music Theory and Introduction to Music Technology.

See website: https://diogocarvalho.com

Eric Heumann
PhD

Eric Heumann’s colorful and creative music has received many performances across the United States. Most recently, his chamber orchestra work, Gateway to the West, received a premier performance by the Ann Arbor Camerata under the direction of Victor Huls. Eric attended Rollins College where he studied piano with Gloria Cook, music composition with Daniel Crozier, and organ with George Atwell. Eric is also a recent graduate of the University of Houston where he studied composition with Rob Smith, Marcus Maroney, and David Ashley White. Eric has participated in master classes with distinguished composers such as Stephen Paulus, John Harbison, Stephen Montague, Kamran Ince, and Chris Rogerson. Eric is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition.

See website: https://www.ericheumann.com

Jordan Alexander Key
PhD

Blind, gay composer, organist, and musicologist Jordan Alexander Key’s significant recent projects include his Kennedy Center premier of his ballet, To Say Pi; his residency at the Harn Museum of Art and production of music for exhibitions, including his sextet, Verses from the Scroll of Sondering, and his Black-MIDI dance, Nachi No Taki; his European premier with Vienna’s PHACE Ensemble performing his octet, Threnody on the Death of Children; a collaboration with the Vancouver Queer Arts Festival and Calliope’s Call for the premiers of his song cycles, God Ourselves and Last Night I Touched Him; and the display of his recent audio-visual projects as part of the Wolfsburg Kunstmuseum’s new exhibit, Never Ending Stories: The Loop in Art, Film, Architecture, and Music, in Germany.

See website: https://www.jordanalexanderkey.com/

Jong-Chan Lee
PhD

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jong-Chan Lee has been seeking to create a musical language which embraces Western classical music, jazz, rock and traditional Korean music, and which also communicates his personal aesthetics. His musical ambitions have led him to study in three different countries, majoring in various subjects from jazz to Korean musicology. Lee holds a BA Honours degree in Music (jazz composition) from Middlesex University in London, England; an MMus in Composition from Goldsmiths College, University of London; an MM in Composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; and a PhD in Literature from South Korea’s Seoul National University. He is currently pursuing a PhD degree in composition at the University of Florida with the aim of expanding his musical vocabulary yet further.

Michael J. Papa
DMA

Michael Papa is a composer focused on expanding the musicianship and listening skills of everyone, regardless of who they are. His works are often designed to heighten our awareness of music perception, and encourages us to experience each piece of music differently every time. Orchestral, electronic, and chamber music are three major domains of Papa’s music that encompass these ideas. He holds a Bachelor's degree in music education and a Master’s in composition, aiming for a well-rounded sense of musicianship. Papa’s music has something to offer for everyone at both an artistic level and a pedagogical one.

See website: www.michaeljpapa.com

Hooman Rafraf
PhD

Composer Hooman Rafraf was born in 1985 in Tehran and is currently based in Gainesville, Florida. Hooman’s compositional output includes works for orchestra, electronics, chamber music, soloists, and collective projects with arts museums as well as collectives. He received a Bachelor's degree in computer engineering and a Master’s degree in music composition both from University of Tehran. He received a second Master's in music composition from University of South Florida. His original composition, Serere Bastian, was recognized with the winning award in the 30th Fajr International Music Festival in Tehran in 2015. He is currently a Ph.D student of music composition in the University of Florida where he also serves as an electronic-music TA.

Dalton H. Regnier
PhD

Dalton H. Regnier is a composer and clarinetist based in Gainesville, FL.  His works have been performed by several chamber and large ensembles, including loadbang, Unheard-of//Ensemble, Xelana Duo, University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and Hope College (MI) Wind Ensemble.  His wind ensemble piece, “The Great Stone Face,” was recently awarded in Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble’s Composition Competition.  He was also awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts in 2019, which culminated in a recital featuring premieres of three new works in addition to two other chamber works.

See website: http://www.dhregniermusic.com/

Chris Shelton
PhD

Chris Shelton is an internationally performed, award winning composer and teacher of music theory, music technology, and guitar and.  His music has been performed by ensembles such as: PHACE, the SOLI Chamber Ensemble, and Quinteto Pierrot.  He is currently a doctoral student in composition at the University of Florida and has earned a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Music degree in Theoretical Studies from New England Conservatory.

See website: https://chrissheltonmusic.com

Brendan Sweeney
PhD

Brendan Sweeney (he/him/his) is a composer, trumpeter, arranger, and writer living in Florida. Brendan’s music strives to connect the conceptual with the visceral, often exploring form, parallels with other artistic disciplines, and the idiosyncrasies of the medium itself. A native of the gulf coast, his new work looks to incorporate the unique environment and landscape of his home into his music. His works center on impermanence, metamodernism, poly-aestheticism, and the synthesis of aleatory and systematic techniques.

See website: https://www.brendansweeneymusic.com/

Daniel Townsend
PhD

When Dan isn’t educating others, he sharpens his own compositional craft by writing music for podcasts, dancers, jugglers, art installations, and other collaborative endeavors. When writing for ensembles specializing in new music, Dan’s approach changes from a commercial process into exploring previously hidden sonic boundaries. His most recent ensemble works have included concepts such as emphasizing controlled breathing, musical games via graphic notation, and cultivating his own big band sound with the UF Big Band jazz ensemble.

See website: www.DanTownsendMusic.com

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