John Cummins, Elissa Kana and Marilyn Shrude
|John Cummins||Soprano saxophone|
|Elissa Kana||Soprano saxophone|
John Cummins is an active and versatile saxophonist who has appeared across the U.S. and Europe in a wide variety of performances. Recent awards include the National First Prize of the 2009 MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition.
John holds a B.M. from the University of Minnesota and a M.M. from Bowling Green State University. His principal teachers have been John Sampen, Eugene Rousseau, and Jane Benyakhlef.
An active chamber musician and soloist, Elissa Kana has performed in festivals and conferences in the United States and Europe. Most recently, she was featured at the 2011 Bowling Green State University New Music Festival.
Elissa received a M.M. from Bowling Green State University and a B.M. from Northwestern University. Her principal teachers have been Frederick L. Hemke, John Sampen, and Karen Wylie.
Composer Marilyn Shrude is known for her warm, lyrical music, highly linear and multi-layered with timbral contrasts that result in a bright, shimmering and delicately wrought sound world.
Among her more prestigious honors are those from the Guggenheim Foundation (2011 Fellow), American Academy of Arts and Letters, Rockefeller Foundation, Chamber Music America/ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Litanies - Marilyn Shrude
LITANIES captures another important part of Roman Catholic ritual. The litany was chanted while processing, and the line was often so long that it fell out of synchronization-considerable echoing and overlapping. The present version is an adaptation and revision of a 2008 work for flute, oboe, and piano.