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Eric Schneeman received his B.A. in Music from the University of California at San Cruz, a M.M. in Musicology from the University of Texas, Austin, and is a doctoral candidate in Musicology from the University of Southern California.  His working dissertation title is “The German Reception of Christoph Willibald von Gluck in the 19th Century.”  He is currently working as the Grants Writer for the San Antonio Symphony.  

Francis Kayali is a doctoral candidate in composition at the University of California's Thornton School of Music. He received a B.A. in music from Bowdoin College and an M.A. in composition from Stony Brook University. Kayali has received commissions from the Chamber Opera of USC and Bowdoin College. His Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano was performed at the 2008 ACA Festival of American Music at Symphony Space in New York City. His music has been performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the Chamber Opera of USC, the Bowdoin Concert Band, and the Bowdoin Chamber Choir. He is currently at work on a piece for orchestra, which will serve as his dissertation. Visit franciskayali.com.

Alan Chan is a multi-faceted composer who has written music for concerts, film, theatre and the visual arts. His personal connection with musics around the globe, such as music from Bali, China, Japan and American jazz, has become part of his rich musical language. In addition to frequent commissions and performances, his music has been recognized two times by the Percussive Arts Society, ASCAP and the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong. Since Fall 2008, he has been a member of the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in New York City. Visit alanchanmusic.com.

Matthew Alan Thomas is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at the University of Southern California. A regular contributor of program notes for the Salzburg Mozart festival, Matt teaches musicianship and music appreciation at Pasadena City College and works as a professional choral singer in Los Angeles. He is currently writing his dissertation under the advisement of Dr. Mina Yang concerning the influence of documentary film, the Pulitzer Prize, and State Department public diplomacy tours on the canonization of jazz.