CONFERENCE | 2018
NYSMTA 2018 Conference Clinician
Wynn-Anne Rossi, composer / pianist / educator | www.rossi-music.com
Wynn-Anne Rossi is a nationally acclaimed composer and dynamic educator whose works have reached audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Iceland and Australia. Commissions include works sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Wynn-Anne has over 100 piano publications, with original repertoire ranging from vocal works to full orchestra.
Rossi has lectured throughout the United States and beyond its borders on a variety of subjects. She specializes in composition residencies, sponsored by a variety of professional arts organizations. Residency commissions have included orchestral and band works inspired by student musical ideas. Her passion for promoting creativity in young musicians is reflected in her projects with Alfred Music, including “Creative Composition Toolbox” and the “Wednesdays with Wynn-Anne” video series.
Ellen Mandel, composer, has written many art songs to texts by E.E. Cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats, Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Mew, and others. Mandel’s art songs have been performed in concert at venues including the Tribeca New Music Festival, St Mark’s Church on the Bowery, Klavierhaus, and the Century Center, all in New York City, the Sirena Poetry Festival in Pennsylvania, the In-Series in Washington DC, the Florio Street Concerts in California, the Peterborough Players in New Hampshire, the New Gallery Concert Series in Boston, in concerts from Mississippi to Ohio to Maine, in Ireland at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, and in concerts in Scotland, England, and Germany.
Ms. Mandel has also created music for over seventy plays: Phoenix Theatre Ensemble’s Medea (NYIT nominee Best Music/Sound design), Don Juan in Hell (NYITA Best Revival), The Gambler and Agamemnon Home, New Yiddish Rep’s Death of a Salesman (Drama Desk nom Best Revival 2016), also Antaeus (Scenie Award: music for Top Girls), Peterborough Players (nominee Best Music and Best Musical Director) Jean Cocteau Rep Resident Composer, Mint, Arkansas Rep, Asolo. She has created music and lyrics for six shows for children: The Toymaker’s Apprentice, The Three Pigs, Aesop’s Fables, Puss in Boots, Little Red, Rumplestiltskin, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and Cindy Reilly (Cinderella). She has composed scores for five indie films, and for dance and cabaret, as well as on the spot for improv comedy.
Ms Mandel has released six CDs: a wind has blown the rain away (E.E. Cummings songs), and the first of all my dreams (E.E. Cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats, and other songs), Every Play's an Opera (theatre music); The Cat and the Moon, (settings of Heaney, Yeats, Thomas Hardy, and Daniel Neer), and There Was a World (Seamus Heaney and Glyn Maxwell settings), and I So Liked Spring (Charlotte Mew, Thomas Hardy, Shakespeare and Yeats settings). Dizzy Gillespie called her a “wonderful musician.”