Brian Rice

Brian Rice (b. 1980) sought out music in his life from an early age.  Brian began with experimenting with alternative methods of playing the piano (beating candlesticks on the keys at age 3), moving to the Viola and French Horn, and finally settling on the Euphonium, with a brief interlude on the Tuba.  He began composing at 18 and has written pieces for orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, and chamber ensembles.

Brian is currently attending the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he is studying composition with Dr. Steven Strunk. Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Redlands.  He also attended the Sessione Senese per la Musica e l'Arte in Siena, Italy.  He has studied with Walter Ross, Carl Roskott, Joseph Del Principe, and Angela Jelliffe. Brian was awarded with the University of Virginia, McIntire Department of Music Departmental Recognition Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Contribution, and elected into Pi Kappa Lambda, a music honor fraternity. His piece 
Triptych was funded in part by the Composer Assistance Program of the American Music Center.

Brian is a member of Phi Mu Alpa Sinfonia, ASCAP, the American Music Center, the American Composers Forum, and the College Music Society.

Richard Zarou

Richard Zarou, a native of Centreville, Virginia, is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. His education includes Doctoral and Master’s degrees in composition from Florida State University and a Bachelor’s degree in composition from Shenandoah University.  His primary composition teachers include Mark Wingate, Ladislav Kubik, Clifton Callender, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, William Averitt & Thomas Albert.  He has also participated in masterclasses and lessons and with Chen Yi, Michael Torke, Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, Robert Morris, Andrew Rindfleisch & Paul Richards.  

Zarou has written over forty-five compositions including instrumental and vocal chamber music, works for large ensemble, and multi-channel studio pieces.  His works have been performed at festivals such as Electronic Music Midwest, The Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, The Imagine2 Electro-Acoustic Festival, The College Music Society National Conference and international in the Czech Republic and at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in the United Kingdom.  His awards include the New Music @ East Carolina University Competition in 2002 for Fragile Wraths and again in 2003 for Upon a Child.  A lullaby for women’s chorus, Upon a Child has been performed frequently since its premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2002.  In 2005, The Smell of Wet Dogs After a Summertime Rain, for bass trombone and CD, was commissioned by Aaron Misenheimer who performed the composition at thirteen universities and recorded the piece as the title work for a commercial CD.  Zarou has also composed the music for 12 films including the feature-length documentary Breaking the Silence: Torture Survivors Speak Out.  Currently, Zarou is the host of the weekly podcast No Extra Notes which features up-and-coming composers.

Sarah Horick

Sarah M. Horick, a native of Charleston, SC, is currently a doctoral student in composition at Catholic University.  She earned an M.M. in Music Composition and an M.A. in Music Theory from Florida State University and a B.M. in Music Theory from Furman University.  Her primary composition teachers have included Ladislav Kubik, Mark Wingate, Mark Kilstofte, and private study with Christopher Theofanidis.  She has participated in lessons and masterclasses with Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Chen Yi, eighth blackbird, Andrew Rindfleisch, and Paul Richards.  Ms. Horick’s works have been performed in the United States, Canada, and Europe on the programs of international music festivals such as the Asolo Song Institute (Paderno del Grappa, Italy) and the Schlern International Music Festival (Völs am Schlern, Italy) and on a number of collegiate festivals and recitals including La Salle University’s War and Peace concert, Delta State University’s Electroacoustic Juke Joint, Grand Valley State University’s FreePlay 10, Florida State University’s Festival of New Music,  Florida International University’s FEASt FEST, and the University of South Florida’s Women Composers’ Symposium where she served as a guest composer.  Ms. Horick was also recently featured on a concert at the Chequer Mead Arts Center in Sussex, UK.  Her saxophone quartet was recently recorded by the Erie Quartet for an upcoming CD release, and she has been commissioned to write and perform a new work for mezzo-soprano, trumpet, and piano to be included on an upcoming volume of the Nuove Musiche per Tromba CD series.Winner of the 2009 Region IV SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition, Ms. Horick has been commissioned to write pieces for the Erie Saxophone Quartet, Furman University’s Wind Ensemble, soprano Tamara Matthews, The Belltower Boys, mezzo-soprano Wanda Brister, saxophonist Matthew Olson, bass trombonist Jonathan Warburton, clarinetist Jeffrey Brooks, and trumpeter Gary Malvern. Her work Laudamus Te was recently premiered in a concert held by the Furman University chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota to benefit the ASTEP(Artists Striving to End Poverty) program.  In addition to being a finalist in the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s Young Composers Competition, Ms. Horick was also a finalist in the 2007 Schlern International Music Festival Competition in voice, received an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award nomination for her classroom teaching at Florida State University, and is a member of  Pi Kappa Lambda.