...seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and help build His kingdom by encouraging Christian fellowship among its members in the context of their work and witness as composers of art music. We pray that believers will embrace our musical integrity because of our Christian witness, and that our commitment to musical excellence will allow us to bring our Christian witness to the wider art music world....
The CFAMC National Conference 2014 will be held at Biola University in Los Angeles on October 9-11. The Call for Scores is now closed, but we still invite and encourage all non-presenting CFAMC members to attend. For details, see below.
...that there is a 24/7 CHRISTIAN CLASSICAL streamed radio station? CFAMC member Bill Vollinger just recently found out himself, and he is glad that he now has something to listen to besides iTunes when he's not composing. Now you know.
To hear some really worthwhile and interesting music, tune in to http://www.classicsradio.org when you're not composing. And while you're at it, please consider making a donation to this important little (like us) station.
Keith Peters, who runs the station, recently contacted our president Andy Sauerwein, and then interviewed Bill since he does the monthly listening pages. You can check out Bill's most interesting interview at
We are also working on potential opportunities to have the music of our members streamed on the station as well, and also the possibility of Keith Peters interviewing some of our members.
Interested? Stay tuned!
The CFAMC Listening Page Archives have also been updated with our latest contributors' pieces. If you haven't already heard them from the listserve or our Facebook page, be sure to check them out. As always, amazing variety!
The Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC), in cooperation with the Biola University Conservatory of Music and the Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts (http://ccca.biola.edu/), is pleased to announce the National CFAMC Conference 2014. The conference will be held at Biola from October 9-11 of 2014, although additional CCCA activities involving our keynote speaker will likely extend through that entire week (a follow-up announcement will be sent to all CFAMC members as to where they can access a calendar for the entire week's activities).
The 2014 meeting will feature keynote speaker Ivan Moody, and will also include the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Ensemble Christo LA, Paul Delgado Singers, pianists Paul Barnes and Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu, baritone Richard Zeller, and more. Composers, especially, of any age are invited to attend.
Dates for the conference: October 9-11, 2014
Open to: Composers, especially, of any age or nationality
Registration fee: $30
Registration: To register online, go to: http://ccca.biola.edu/events/2014/oct/9/cfamc-conference-registration/
If you would rather send a check, please make it out to "CCCA" and send it directly to:CCCA c/o
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639
Transportation information: There are five airports that serve the Los Angeles metropolitan area around Biola: LAX, Long Beach, Burbank, Orange County, and Ontario. To get from any of these to the university, you can rent a car at the airport; take a bus, taxi, or train; or choose a combination of these methods. For information about the local Metro transportation system, visit: http://www.metro.net/ or http://trains.com/
La Mirada lies at the southeastern edge of Los Angeles County, at the border of Orange County. It can be approached from the I-5 freeway by exiting at Beach, Valley View, or Auto Center Drive, and heading north. The official address is 13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada.
Most of the conference events will be held at Crowell Hall Conservatory of Music, and the campus cafeteria which is next to it. To reach these buildings, you can enter the university in one of two ways. The Valley View gate will place you on an access road that leads around the back of the University, and you may park in any lot or garage and walk to Crowell Hall. The La Mirada Blvd. gate also leads you on an access road along a creek behind the university, and if you make the second right turn you will be directly behind Crowell Hall. Park in the small lot, or retrace your route slightly and park in one of the large garages. Parking is free: http://now.biola.edu/campus-maps.
If you are still having difficulty locating the conference, simply approach any Biola student and ask: "Where is the music building?" Although it has about 6500 students, Biola is compact enough that you can walk to any location on campus from any other.
Lodging information: There are three nearby motels that offer a Biola discount:
You can contact any of these and simply mention that you will be attending a conference at Biola, and you will receive the discount.
There is no dormitory housing on campus for this conference.
Dining information: Dining in the full-service on-campus cafeteria is available for all three meals every day. The cost for a single meal ranges from about six to about eight dollars. There are also many fine restaurants on Beach Boulevard, which is 12 miles east of campus.
Concert schedule: For those of you desiring tentative program information, Robert has provided this tentative concert schedule for the conference. We encourage you to check it out, especially if you are having a piece performed and/or you need the information to make appropriate travel arrangements. If you see any problems with the schedule as it currently stands, please notify Robert Denham as soon as possible.
Parts (for those having works performedplease read carefully, to be sure you are sending parts to the correct party):
If you are not supplying your own performers, or if you have not already sent hard copies of your scores and parts to the performers assigned to you, then please send them immediately to the following addresses.
General submission of scores and parts:Biola Conservatory of MusicScores and parts for any ensemble member marked "CME" (Cadillac Moon Ensemble) or for the accepted CME proposal works (from the last concert on the program)In the case of a mixed ensemble (some members from CME and some not) please send the individual parts to CME that apply to them, and the other parts to the Biola address. Parts for CME members should be sent to:
c/o Robert Denham
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639Roberta MichelParts for the Ensemble Christo LA concert should have already been sent in by this point. However, if you still haven't sent them in, please do so immediately to:
c/o The Cadillac Moon Ensemble
207 Starr Street, #2-5
Brooklyn, NY 11237Ensemble Christo - Los AngelesSolo pieces for Paul Barnes do not require hard copies at this point.
Attn: Elliott Bark
14631 Leffingwell Rd.
Whittier, CA 90604
For those who have choral pieces for the Paul Delgado Singers, please wait for more information before sending parts.
For more information:
Regarding the conference program of performances, contact Robert Denham at:
Regarding travel and accommodations, contact Larry Mumford at:
The Center for Christianity Culture and the Arts: CCCA is a new organization made possible by Fieldstead and Co. (Howard and Roberta Ahmanson). It is particularly interested in creating an ongoing cross-discipline engagement between art and theology. Ivan Moody will be serving not only as our keynote speaker, but as the Center's "Visionary in Residence" for the Fall 2014 semester. For more information, see http://ccca.biola.edu/.
Biola University (Bible Institute of Los Angeles) is a non-denominational Christian school located in La Mirada, California, 15 minutes north of Disneyland, 20-30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, 40 minutes from Hollywood, and 40 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. For more information, visit http://www.biola.edu/.
"Two movements of my work for trombone sextet titled 'Smear Tactics' were premiered in March at the SCI Region V conference in Kalamazoo, MI, by the ensemble of Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger, Western Michigan University, Professor of Trombone. The separate movement titles are 'Kaslideoscope' and 'Sack(but) Race.' A video of the performance can be found on YouTube at this link: http://youtu.be/TjDEHT3y40Q."
We recently received this invitation from Larry Schultz from the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC:
My congregation recently launched an annual Church Music Search (a contest for authors and composers) and I am writing to share this information with The Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers.
This year's Search is for an Easter choral anthem and carries with it an award of $1500. I've attached a press release, poster, and ad that give additional information.
Deadline for entry is February 1, 2015. Full information and submission criteria is found at: www.pullen.org/musicsearch.
CFAMC member David Canfield sent out this offer:
Many of you may know that my "day job" is that of a record dealer. For 27 years, I sold collector's classical records (mostly LPs) to collectors all over the world. In 2005, I transitioned to wholesaling, selling since then mainly to dealers. Even in that capacity, I have well over 100,000 records and CDs come through my hands every year.
I've begun pulling out those that I've encountered with music by CFAMC members on them on the theory that their fellow members might be interested in exploring some music by their colleagues.
At the moment, I've got four such records (LPs) in stock, and can offer them to my fellow members (all four of these have a cherished spot in my own collection):
- Allen Brings: Piano Sonata, performed by Genevieve Chinn, pf, on Orion ORS 84464.
- Allen Brings: Sonata for Solo Violin, performed by Nancy Cirillo, vln on Orion ORS 81406.
- William Vollinger: More Than Conquerors, for baritone, clarinet & piano on Grenadilla GS-1009.
- A 2nd copy of the above, with minor damage to the cover, although the disc should be fine.
All of these items look to be in excellent condition, with the exception noted above. I'm not trying to get rich on offers of this sort, and so any or all of these may be purchased for $10.00 each, postpaid, and will be sold on a first-come basis.
If there is any interest expressed the our membership here, I shall continue to look for, and offer, recordings of our members' music (realizing that I collect music of all of our members, and so the first copy of anything I find goes into my own collection).
Some time ago, CFAMC member David Canfield also passed along a great opportunity he is offering to the CFAMC membership:
“As many of you know, I have a small CD company called Enharmonic Records. For years, I did very little to promote my releases, which are up to 22 by now, but last year, I finally began to promote my label, and obtained national distribution. The thrust of my releases has been to record worthwhile music by under-recorded composers. Only 2 or 3 of my issues to date have been performer-oriented.
“I would like to propose that Enharmonic Records issue one CD per year by a member of CFAMC. This represents about ¼ of our current total number of annual releases. Unlike many companies, I will not charge the person whose music I issue any money whatever (more and more the norm among smaller companies). On the other hand, given the unlikelihood that I would recoup the ca. $2000 in production costs, I will not be able to pay royalties for sales, or mechanical rights for the music that I issue.
For more details, contact David Canfield (email address available on the online Members' Directory page.