MARTHA HILL DUNCAN is an award-winning composer, pianist and choral conductor. Several of her piano and vocal works appear in the Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada, and other music education syllabi. Her songs Maple Dust, Night Lights and three songs from her Singing in the Northland collection, have won awards in various Canadian and American art song competitions. Her Star Prayers for SSA and piano was a winner in the 2005 Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition. She has just completed Saskatchewan Songs for contralto Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber and a youth opera entitled Searching The Painted Sky with librettist Janet Windeler Ryan. Martha is a founding member of Red Leaf Pianoworks, a composers’ collective for new piano repertoire and is a piano examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. A Texas native, she lives in Kingston, Ontario where she maintains a piano studio and conducts the women’s choir She Sings!
PHILIP SEWARD is an award-winning composer of musicals, art songs, choral works, operas and instrumental works. American productions include the operas The Rose Prologues, Les Dames à trois…et piano, How To Date A Coloratura, High Fidelity and Spreading The News; and the musicals: Hans Brinker, Nobody Likes Retsina, Sincerely Yours and Juan Peron’s Hand. Lyric Opera of Chicago commissioned the youth operas Stone Soup, A Noteworthy Tale, and African Stories presented in Chicago, and other American cities. The Lira Ensemble commissioned works including Blessing which premiered live on WFMT Radio and Sonnet, for chorus and orchestra premiering at Chicago’s Symphony Center. An alumnus of the Midwest New Musicals Writers Workshop, Philip is a Senior Lecturer at Columbia College Chicago and heads the Music Lab at writingmusicaltheatre.com in conjunction with the Academy for New Music Theatre in Los Angeles. Mr. Seward’s choral music is published by Porfiri & Horvath.