Member Biographies


Leigh Baxter Allan Blank Peter Blauvelt
Celeste Gates James Guthrie Adolphus Hailstork
Jeraldine Herbison Walter Ross Harvey Stokes
Paul Stouffer John Winsor Teresa Yoder

Leigh Baxter


Leigh Baxter teaches Music History, American Music, and works in the admissions office at John Tyler Community College in Richmond, VA. His symphonic poem "Lewis and Clark" was premiered in 2003 by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, performed at the Lewis and Clark National Bicentennial Celebration in St. Charles, MO, and recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra on Vol. 6 of Masterworks of the New Era. In 2006, he was commissioned by the Eastern VA Brass to compose music celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown Colony. Other works include music for concert band, jazz band, chorus, piano, string quartet, organ, guitar, and various chamber ensembles. Several works are published by Seesaw Music, Inc.

Allan Blank

Allan was born in New York City in 1925. His early training was at the High School of Music and Art, Juilliard School of Music (1945-47). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington Square College in 1948 and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 1950. He had additional study at the University of Iowa.

Allan was a violinist in the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1950 to 1952, the Gershwin Concert Orchestra and the National Orchestral Training Association Orchestra in 1952. In the summer of 1953, he studied orchestral and chamber music at Tanglewood. In 1954, he studied chamber music at the Mannes School of Music. From 1954 to 1956, he completed the Teachers Certification Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He then taught instrumental music at New York's JHS 118 (1956-57) and JHS 44 (1957-60). In the summer of 1959, he taught 16th Century counterpoint at Teachers College, Columbia University. From 1960 to 1961, he taught music theory and composition at the University of Alabama. In the summer of 1961, he taught music appreciation at Seton Hall University. He taught instrumental music from 1961 to 1962 at Yorktown Heights Schools and from 1962-1965 at the High School of Music and Art. During the 1965-66 school year, he taught in the New York city public schools. During the summer of 1966, he was a doctoral assistant at the University of Iowa. He taught music theory and composition at Western Illinois University from 1966-1968, at Paterson State College from 1968 to 1970 and from 1977 to 1978, and at Herbert H. Lehman, CUNY from 1970 to 1977.

Allan is Professor Emeritus of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he taught from 1978 to 1996. Allan's works are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Associated Music Publishers, Carl Fischer & Company, Seesaw Music Corporation, Music For Percussion, Roncorp Incorporated, Falls House Press, and others. His music is recorded on CRI, Orion, Advance, Open Loop, Centaur, Contemporary Record Society, Titanic, Pro Viva, and North/South labels. Allan's composition prizes include awards from the George Eastman Competition (1983), the National Endowment for the Arts (1983), the Virginia Music Teachers Association (1979, 1988, and 1991), the Eric Satie Mostly Tonal Award, the Chautauqua Annual Choral Competition Award, the Lind Solo Song Competition (1989), and the Flute Choir Competition at the University of Toledo (1994). Allan is listed in a number of references including the New Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

Peter Blauvelt

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Peter Blauvelt was born in France and grew up in Germany where he began his studies in composition and piano. In 1975 he came to the U.S. where he studied at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. There he received three degrees - including a doctorate in composition - and taught theory, composition and piano.

Since 1968 he has often given recitals - not only of his own pieces - in the U.S., France and Germany in public and on the radio, and has received numerous prizes for both composition and piano. Meanwhile, his pieces have also been performed in other European and North American countries.

After leaving the Boston area for Florida in 1984, he co-founded the "Tampa Bay Composers' Forum" in 1989 and served as treasurer, vice-president and president. He also founded Creative Arts and Tutoring Services" in 1990. To date, he has written over 135 compositions, mostly chamber music, and has had over 100 of them performed in public. A number of compositions are also available on commercial CD's.

Celeste Gates

Celeste holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music composition and creative writing from Indiana University School of Music, where she studied composition with Fred Fox, clarinet with Henry Gulick and Earl Bates, saxophone in the studio of Eugene Rousseau, flute in the studio of James Pellerite and jazz studies with both David Baker and Dominic Spera. She also holds a Master of Music degree in music composition from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied composition with Allan Blank and Dika Newlin, piano with Joan Kong and Landen Bileyu, conducting with Thomas Wilkins and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is an elected member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society (1993) and a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and the International Clarinet Association. Celeste was the conductor for the Northern Neck Community Orchestra from 1993-98 and taught music appreciation at Rappahannock Community College in 1994. Currently, Celeste is a member of the Norwood McCarty Big Band, The Hodgepodge Trio and A Jazz Trio.

James Guthrie

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James M. Guthrie (D.M.A., Louisiana State University, composer, recitalist, and music educator), currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music, and as Artistic Director of the Meherrin Chamber Orchestra at Chowan University. He also teaches composition as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Virginia Wesleyan College. His prior academic appointments include service at Louisiana University - Lafayette (LUL) and at Louisiana State University (LSU).

At LUL he served as Theory/Composition Department Coordinator, Professor of Organ, and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music. He also directed the contemporary music ensemble Musique nouvelle, and the early music ensemble the Collegium Musicum. He coordinated two annual contemporary music festivals, a Composers Forum Guest Artist Series, hosted a Southeastern Composers' League (SCL) Forum and served as editor of the South Central Journal of Music Scores. At LSU he designed and taught undergraduate composition courses as a graduate teaching assistant. He recently served on the faculty of the American Guild of Organists' (AGO) Tidewater Chapter Pipe Organ Encounters program for talented teen organists.

He has long been active in the research and performance practices of music from early periods in music history. As a founding member of the Palace Chamber Players, he performs on a variety of period instruments, including the harpsichord, virginal, viola da gamba, and recorder. He has performed with the LSU Collegium Musicum, the Delta Viol Consort, and the LUL Collegium Musicum.

Guthrie's compositions have been performed by a diversity of ensembles: The Chowan Singers, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Miami University Symphony Orchestra, the LSU Symphony Orchestra, the LSU New Music Ensemble, the LSU Opera Workshop, the LUL Trumpet Ensemble, the LUL Brass Quintet, the Miami University Brass Ensemble, the Louisiana Composers Forum Ensemble, Musique nouvelle, and the Nova Fagotti trio. His solo music has been performed by such virtuosi as Andrzej Dutkiewcz, Dinos Constantinides, Linda Wetherill, Herndon Spillman, Stephen Brown, David Thomas, Amanda McLaughlin, David Jacobs, Del Lyren and Scott Landry. His music has been featured in programs sponsored by the International Trumpet Guild, the Music Teachers National Association, The American Music Center, Meet the Composer, The Sonneck Society, The Frederic Chopin Academy (Warsaw, Poland), the American Guild of Organists, the International Double Reed Society, the College Music Society, the LSU Festival of Contemporary Music, the Society of Composers, Inc., the National Association of Composers, USA, Eglise Protestante de Strasbourg - Neudorf (France), and the Southeastern Composers' League (SCL). He is a recipient of numerous composition awards and commissions, including thirteen consecutive ASCAP standard awards for classical composition. His compositions and recordings are registered with ASCAP and distributed primarily through His compositional style ranges from formal classical studies to an advanced personal development of tonal/modal polarity. His classical studies incorporate various forms of music from the Medieval Period through the 21st Century. His personal style of modern composition strives for clarity of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic expression, carefully balancing elements of form and counterpoint.

Adolphus Hailstork

Adolphus Hailstork is Professor of Music at Old Dominion University. He received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University, where he studied with H. Owen Reed. Previously, he had studied at the Manhattan School of Music wit Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond, at the American Institute at Fontainbleau with Nadia Boulanger, and at Howard University with Mark Fax.

Dolph has written many works for chorus, solo voice, various chamber ensembles, band, and orchestra. Among his compositions are Celebration, which was recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; the award-winning band compositions, Out of the Depths and American Guernica, and the award-winning choral and chamber works, Mourn not the Dead and Consort Piece.

In 1990, a consortium of orchestras commissioned the Piano Concerto, which was premiered in 1992. Other commissioned works include Festival Music for the Baltimore Symphony and the opera Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common Ground for the Dayton Opera Company. Recent performances of Dolph's works have been led by Daniel Barenboim with the Chicago Symphony, Lorin Maezel with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Kurt Masur with the New York Philharmonic.

Jeraldine Herbison

Jeraldine Saunders Herbison (b. January 9,1941) is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Virginia State College in 1963. She majored in Violin and minored in voice and piano. Teachers who greatly influenced her compositional techniques were Undine Smith Moore, of Virginia State University, and Dr. Thomas Clark of the the University of Michigan division of the National Music Camp at Interlochen. From1963 to July,1998, she taught and directed string orchestra music in the public schools of Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. In the summer of 1979, she was elected Honorary Composer at the National Music Camp at Interlochen. Her first cello pieces were performed on the Composers Forum of The National Black Colloquem Competition at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, In 1980. Cello Concerto No.1 was commissioned and performed by the Afro-American Chamber Music Society in California, and her Concertino for Viola and Chamber Orchestra commissioned by the same group, was performed by Beverly Baker and the Richmond Philharmonic in 1996. In 1997 her Promenade was performed by Richmond Symphony in their Harmony Series. In 1997, the Hampton University, Department of Fine and Performing Arts featured Jeraldine's works on the Symposium of Black Women Composers. Her string music is published by Velke Publishing Company, in Glen Echo, Maryland. Her piano and chamber works with piano are listed in books by DeLermo, Selma Epstein and Helen Walker Hill. Jeraldine is a member of the National Association of Composers USA, the Society of Composers Inc. and the American Composers Forum. In addtion to composing, She currently plays violin with the HICO String Quartet, and the Norfolk State University Orchestra. She plays viola in the York River Community Orchestra.

Walter Ross

Walter Ross: Photo Walter Ross is professor of composition at the University of Virginia and former chairman of the music department. His works have been performed in over 30 countries. He is perhaps best known for his compositions featuring brass and woodwinds.

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1936, Walter became a professional French horn player at age fourteen. He studied composition with Robert Beadell at the University of Nebraska and then continued for his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Cornell University, where his composition teachers were Robert Palmer and Karel Husa. He received an Organization of American States Fellowship to study composition privately under Alberto Ginastera in Argentina. He also studied briefly there with Roger Sessions and Mario Davidovsky.

Walter has written over 100 works, including concertos for oboe, bassoon, flute and guitar, trombone, tuba, double bass, and violin. He is currently writing a concerto for two pianos and orchestra.

His music is published by Boosey & Hawkes, Tezak Verlag (West Germany), and Dorn Publications (Massachusetts), among others. Twelve of his works have been recorded commercially on CRI, Albany, Golden Crest, Crystal, and other labels.

Walter has received a number of awards and prizes and many significant grants and fellowships. Currently a resident of Charlottesville, Virginia, he has served as president of the Southeastern Composers League and as a judge at international composition symposia. He has been a visiting composer at the Aspen Music Festival and a featured composer at several universities and forums and on national and international radio broadcasts. He is currently a member of the board of the Capital Composers Alliance.

Harvey Stokes

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Harvey J. Stokes is Professor of Music at Hampton University. He has taught also at Miami University, Christopher Newport University, and the College of William and Mary. His oboe performance experiences include those with the Virginia Symphony, the Tidewater Winds, Symphonicity (The Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach), the Millennium Symphony, and the Royal Ethiopian Philharmonic. His degrees are from Michigan State University (Ph. D.), The University of Georgia (M. M.), and East Carolina University (B. M.). Currently, he serves on the National Council of the Society of Composers, Inc. as well as the National Association of Composers USA. He is the author of two books on music as well as an award-winning composer of numerous works, and these works are available from MMB Music, Seesaw Music (c/o Subito Music Corporation), and Albany Records. His works have been performed recently in Hong Kong, Argentina, Canada, and the United States.

" . . . fresh and stirring 20th-century romanticism . . ." - New Era
" . . . fascinating music of our century." - Daily Press
" . . . [his music] showed an attractive personality." - Boston Globe
" . . . [his music] showed a pleasant, lulling effect . . ." - American Record Guide
" . . . consistently interesting . . ." - Richmond Times-Dispatch
" . . . [his] works are lucidly elaborated, easy to follow . . ." - Records International Catalogue

Paul Stouffer

Paul Stouffer: Photo Paul Stouffer was born in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He studied clarinet with Gilbert Stange and harmony with Louis Chestnut at the Peabody Conservatory. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied composition with Robert Elmore and Andre Vauclain. He has devoted a lifetime to composition and music education. His works for band, orchestra, instrumental ensembles, and chorus have been published by leading music publishers. During his 40 years of teaching, first at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, then in public and private schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland, bands under his leadership have performed throughout the mid-Atlantic region at State and National Music Education Conventions.

Stouffer is Treasurer of Composers Service, Inc. (CSI) and Treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapter of NACUSA. He is also a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and the American Composers Forum. His compositions are published by Kendor Music, Inc., Almitra Music Co. Inc., Henry Elkan Music Publishers, Warner/Chapel, TRN Music Music Publishers, GIA Publications, Columbia Pictures, and Frank E. Warren Music Service.

Stouffer's compositions have been widely published in the United States. He has also been published under the names Paul Reff and A. Preisler in the United Kingdom by Augner Press. His Six for Two and Six for Three ensemble series published by Kendor Music, Inc., have been praised in Instrumental Magazine. His compositional idiom is conservative contemporary Neo-Classical.

Joyce Mullins, reviewing a concert for the Wilmington Evening Jurnal, wrote "Two Mobiles and Conversations for clarinet and piano were, by far the most mature works on the program. Stouffer writes as though he knows exactly what he wants to say and how he is going to say it." Donald P. Delany commented in a review for the Trenton Times wrote "Paul Stouffer wrote a wonderful piece for saxophone and piano... ...and it was delightful and cheerful. But it did not sound like it was written centuries ago. It had a modern flavor to it." Kendor Music, Inc. in their dealer's news letter wrote "Based on the perennial sales success of similar Stouffer adaptions, due in large part to their great popularity with state contest committees, we are pleased to present his latest project for instrumental duos entitled Easy Classical Canons. Charles R. Groeling, in "Music Reviews" for Instrumentalist Magazine, writes "Contrapuntal Six for Three,arranged by Paul Stouffer adds to an already impressive list of similar issues. The publisher has expanded the line to include transcriptions of works spanning three hundred years of composition from Palestrina to Brahms."

John Winsor

John Winsor: Photo John Winsor (B.Mus., Heidelberg College; M.A., Kent State University) studied clarinet with Robert Harrison, David Harris, and Robert Marcellus of the Cleveland Orchestra and composition with John Rinehart and James Waters. He has taught music theory and designed bandsman training materials at the Armed Forces School of Music. He has also taught clarinet, music theory, and composition at the Virginia Governor's School for the Arts.

John's composition prizes include 1992 and 1995 Delius Awards, 1992, 1994, 2004, and 2012 VMTA Commissioned Composer awards, and the Modern Music Festival 2000 Film Scoring Competition prize. He has received grants from the American Music Center and from Meet the Composer, Inc. and ASCAP standard awards. His works are performed throughout the United States and, occasionally, in Europe. Articles by and about John have appeared in ComposerUSA.

He is the author of Breaking the Sound Barrier: An Argument for Mainstream Literary Music (iUniverse Writer's Showcase), which is listed as an iUniverse Editor's Choice and Reader's Choice book and was a Bronze Medalist in ForeWord Magazine's 2003 Book of the Year Awards. His Three Essays for orchestra was released on Volume 2 of ERM Media's Masterworks of the New Era CD series (Philharmonia Bulgarica; Robert Ian Winstin, cond.). His Caprice for solo clarinet was released on NACUSA's very first CD, "Greetings From NACUSA," with the composer on clarinet.

John is chairmain of NACUSA's Board of Directors. He is also clarinetist and composer-in-residence for the Hardwick Chamber Ensemble, and webmaster for several organizations, including the MusicLink Foundation, NACUSA/National, the Composer-Conductor Bridge (CCBRIDGE), the Virginia Music Teachers Association (VMTA), the Richmond Music Teachers Association (RMTA), NACUSA/Mid-Atlantic, NACUSA/Los Angeles, and others. He is currently a senior computer programmer for Unisys Corporation and sole proprietor of Benchmark Web Sites.

Teresa Yoder

Teresa M. Cobarrubia Yoder is the high school music teacher at Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg, the pastoral music director for Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hampton, a grader for the Advanced Placement Music Theory exams and a founding member of Musica Intima, a chamber trio. In 1988, she graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in music composition. Teresa studied composition with John Davye and piano with Elizabeth Pappas and Frieda Vogan. During two summer institutes, she studied conducting and sang under the direction of Paul Salamunovich. In 2002, Teresa attended a summer choral seminar at Julliard, studying with Judith Clurman.

Teresa's compositions and arrangements have been performed at the Virginia Music Educators Conference, Old Dominion University, Scherzo Music Club, Tidewater Music Teachers Forum and various churches and schools in Virginia, Ohio, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. She also conducted choral workshops and assisted with the music for various Diocese of Richmond functions. In 1995, Teresa was awarded a grant from NASA for study with the Virginia Institute of Technology. She was also awarded a grant from the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce for a study with her students on implementing music technology with colonial tavern music. In 2002, Teresa was awarded another Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce grant for a study on Native American Indian music and dance with her students. She also was presented with the St. Vincent College Outstanding Teacher Award for 2002.

Teresa is the Virginia representative for National Association of Pastoral Musicians and Music Educators, the vice president for the Sigma Alpha Iota Norfolk Alumni Chapter and past treasurer for the National Association of Composers, USA, Mid-Atlantic Chapter. She also belongs to Music Educators National Conference, Virginia Music Educator Association, and National Association of Catholic Educators.