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DeaconoffCyril Deaconoff

American composer, conductor, pianist, and organist Cyril Deaconoff, originally from Russia, was born in Moscow. He attended Gnesine State Music College and is a graduate of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Composition and Choral Conducting). In December 2006, Deaconoff completed his Doctoral degree in Conducting at Indiana University Bloomington, where he also studied composition with Sven-David Sandström. His other composition and orchestration teachers included Marina Kovaleva, Andrei Golovin, Alexander Pirumov, Yuri Butsko, and Roman Ledeniov. Deaconoff’s choral composition Two choruses for children’s voices with Lyrics by Maikov received one of the prizes at the Pushkin Composition Contest in 1998 and was subsequently performed at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. A number of his works, including a choral ballade A Northern Tale, were also performed at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

An active choral/orchestral conductor, Dr. Deaconoff was one of only sixteen conductors chosen by Chorus America to participate in the 2006 Beethoven Conducting Master Class with the Philadelphia Singers and their Music Director David Hayes, and Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoff Eschenbach. He taught at Carroll College, Wisconsin and Indiana University. Deaconoff’s recent conducting projects at Indiana University included a concert with the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and orchestra entitled “American Tribute”, a performance of his new cantata, and a recording of his orchestral overture Symphonic Parallels. Several of his recent works, including cantata Canticles of Love, Despair, and Hope; A Northern Tale; and Symphonic Parallels have been recently published by E.C. Schirmer. Audio tracks for these and other works may be found at www.myspace.com/cyrildeaconoff A recording of Cyril Deaconoff’s most recent work, Gloria, may be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brw41b7hNNg

Dr. Deaconoff’s recent work, String Quartet No.1, was selected by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra for their concert of contemporary music entitled Valley Voices. A concert of Cyril's chamber instrumental, vocal, and choral music took place in San Francisco on May 25 2008. Dr. Deaconoff received commissions from the Vallejo Choral Society and the Arts Council Silicon Valley. Cyril Deaconoff is currently Artistic Director of the Vallejo Choral Society, Organist and resident Composer at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in San Francisco and Assistant Conductor of the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale in San Jose.

Anna De FoeAnna De Foe

Anna De Foe is a composer and arranger of works for choir, solo piano, and instrumental ensembles including string orchestra. She earned her BA in piano performance and MA in music performance (composition emphasis) from California State University, Fresno. She has studied composition with Budd Udell, Jack Fortner, and Robert Strizich, and has studied piano with Patricia Dinkins, Karen Waters, and Ena Bronstein. De Foe has received commissions for works for choirs in Florida, California, Kentucky, and Idaho. Her music is published by ECS Publishing, National Music Publishers, Twin Elm Publishing, Treble Clef Press, ValleySong Press, and St. James Press. She currently resides in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Richard DeLong

Richard DeLong (1951–1994) has a national reputation as a choral composer with a wonderful gift for creating fresh and appealing melodic lines. His compositions are particularly successful in small and mid-sized churches where the simple beauty of his music is well suited to both choir and congregation. Mr. DeLong was very active at the national level with both the American Guild of Organists and the American Choral Director’s Association.  For many years he served as Director of Music for St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Plano, Texas where his choir had been chosen to perform dozens of world premiere performances.

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