Angela Broeker

Angela Broeker is Director of Choral Activities at the University of St. Thomas where she conducts the Chamber Singers and Women’s Choir and teaches undergraduate courses in choral conducting and choral methodology. She is active in the school’s Graduate Programs in Music Education, teaching two choral conducting and two choral literature courses for students pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music Education with a Choral Concentration. Since arriving at UST in 1999, Dr. Broeker’s choirs have sung at the ACDA regional convention in 2008, the ACDA-MN in 2004, and the MMEA conventions in 2007 and 2001.

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Angela Broeker is Director of Choral Activities at the University of St. Thomas where she conducts the Chamber Singers and Women’s Choir and teaches undergraduate courses in choral conducting and choral methodology.  She is active in the school’s Graduate Programs in Music Education, teaching two choral conducting and two choral literature courses for students pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music Education with a Choral Concentration.  Since arriving at UST in 1999, Dr. Broeker’s choirs have sung at the ACDA regional convention in 2008, the ACDA-MN in 2004, and the MMEA conventions in 2007 and 2001.

In addition to her university responsibilities, Dr. Broeker is a national clinician specializing in treble choirs.  She presents for national, regional, and state conventions of the Music Educators National Conference, the American Choral Directors Association, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Dr. Broeker serves as guest conductor for numerous honors choirs including all-state treble or children’s choirs in Indiana, Maryland, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Minnesota, South Dakota, Alabama, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Hawaii, Ohio, Connecticut, and North Carolina.  In 2003 and 1999 she conducted the National OAKE Children’s Honors Choruses and will do so again in 2008.  She conducted ACDA regional honors choirs for the North Central and Central Divisions in 2002 and 1996.

Dr. Broeker received her D.M.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma and her M.M. and B.M.E. degrees from Indiana University.  Her research interests include seventeenth-century vocal music suitable for treble choirs and authentic, respectful performance of music from diverse cultures.   She served as guest editor of the April 2006 Choral Journal and has written articles for the July 2000 Music Educators Journal, the April 2006 Choral Journal, the MENC Spotlight on Teaching Chorus, the winter 2008 Orff Echo as well as many local and regional music publications.

Aaron Brown

Aaron M. Brown is the Director of Liturgy and Chapel Music in the Campus Ministry Department and the Director of the Liturgical Choir and Schola Cantorum in the Music Department at the University of St Thomas. His graduate degree is in Liturgical Music from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

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Aaron M. Brown is the Director of Liturgy and Chapel Music in the Campus Ministry Department and the Director of the Liturgical Choir and Schola Cantorum in the Music Department at the University of St Thomas. His graduate degree is in Liturgical Music from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr is the author of The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome, Memory Wall, and the forthcoming novel All the Light We Cannot See, which will be published in May 2014.

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Anthony Doerr is the author of The Shell CollectorAbout GraceFour Seasons in RomeMemory Wall, and the forthcoming novel All the Light We Cannot See, which will be published in May 2014. Doerr’s fiction has won four O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short StoriesThe Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. He has won theBarnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, the Pacific Northwest Book Award, threeOhioana Book Awards, the 2010 Story Prize, which is considered the most prestigious prize in the U.S. for a collection of short stories, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which is the largest prize in the world for a single short story.  His books have twice been a New York Times Notable Book, an American Library Association Book of the Year, and made lots of other year end “Best Of” lists. In 2007, the British literary magazine Granta placed Doerr on its list of 21 Best Young American novelists.

Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two sons. Though he is often asked, as far as he knows he is not related to the late writer Harriet Doerr.

For more information about Anthony, visit his website

László Fassang

Having won several prizes at major international organ competitions since 2002, László Fassang has quickly established himself as a major young talent in the international organ world. In 2002 he won the Improvisation Gold Medal at the Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition. He was also the 2004 winner of the coveted Grand Prix de Chartres Interpretation and Audience Prizes, and in 2006 he received the Liszt Ferenc Prize awarded by the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture and the Prima Prize awarded by the National Association of Entrepreneurs.

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Having won several prizes at major international organ competitions since 2002, László Fassang has quickly established himself as a major young talent in the international organ world.  In 2002 he won the Improvisation Gold Medal at the Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition.  He was also the 2004 winner of the coveted Grand Prix de Chartres Interpretation and Audience Prizes, and in 2006 he received the Liszt Ferenc Prize awarded by the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture and the Prima Prize awarded by the National Association of Entrepreneurs.

A native of Budapest, László Fassang was born into a musical family and began to study the organ at age thirteen under the tutelage of István Baróti.  He graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in 1998 having studied piano under Ilona Prunyi and organ with Ferenc Gergely and István Ruppert.  Mr. Fassang then entered the Paris Conservatory, where he studied organ with Olivier Latry and Michel Bouvard, as well as improvisation under Loïc Mallié, Philippe Lefebvre, Thierry Escaich and Jean-François Zygel.  In 1993, he won first prize at the Zoltán Gárdonyi Memorial Competition in Budapest.

In 2000, Mr. Fassang took a one-year sabbatical to become the resident organist at the Sapporo Concert Hall in Japan.  That year he performed several concerts in Japan and recorded a CD on the Kern organ at Sapporo Concert Hall that included music of Bach and Liszt as well as his own improvisations.  Since 2002 he has performed concerts in Europe, Japan and the United States.

Mr. Fassang currently teaches organ and improvisation at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where he was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Organ.  From 2004 to 2008 he taught improvisation at the Musikene College of Music in San Sebastian, Spain, and since 2006 he has been Artistic Consultant for the organ concerts at the Palace of Arts in Budapest where he served as consultant for the new organ in Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in 2006.

Recordings by Mr. Fassang include a disc issued recorded in 2005 on the organ of the Cathedral of Chartres featuring works of Bach, Liszt and French composers, and duo CD with Vincent LêQuang (piano-saxophone) entitled “The Course of the Moon,” issued in 2007 by ORPHEIA.  “The Art of Organimprovisation – The Four Seasons (Vol. 5)” was recorded at the Palace of Arts in 2008 and released by the German company Organ Promotion.

Performances by Mr. Fassang are especially interesting because his improvisational style demonstrates the versatility of the organ through the incorporation of jazz and folk music influences.  He often performs with French jazz-saxophonist Vincent Lê Quang, Hungarian folksinger Bea Palya, and bagpipe player Balázs Szokolay Dongó.

For more information, visit Mr. Fassang’s website at www.fassang.hu.

David Jordan Harris

David Jordan Harris is co-founder and Artistic Director of Voices of Sepharad. He has pursued study and performance of Sephardic music throughout North America, Morocco, Greece, France, Israel, Turkey, Poland, Bosnia, and Spain. Integrating his skills as a singer, actor, and dancer, David has appeared as a guest artist with Zorongo Flamenco, Corning Dances and Company, Walker Art Center, Illusion Theater, Rose Ensemble, North Star Opera, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Opera, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Espaῆol, and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. David is the Interfaith Arts Special Consultant for the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and Executive Director of Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council.

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David Jordan Harris is co-founder and Artistic Director of Voices of Sepharad. He has pursued study and performance of Sephardic music throughout North America, Morocco, Greece, France, Israel, Turkey, Poland, Bosnia, and Spain. Integrating his skills as a singer, actor, and dancer, David has appeared as a guest artist with Zorongo Flamenco, Corning Dances and Company, Walker Art Center, Illusion Theater, Rose Ensemble, North Star Opera, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Opera, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Espaῆol, and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. David is the Interfaith Arts Special Consultant for the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and Executive Director of Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council.

Nirmala Rajasekar

Nirmala Rajasekar has been featured in many world-renowned venues, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, United Nations, Symphony Space; the Music Academy in Chennai, India; the Rumi International Festival in Konya, Turkey; and Musee Rietburg in Zurich, Switzerland. Nirmala made her debut as a solo performer on the 7-stringed veena at age 13 in Bangelore, India. Radio India has pronounced her a Grade A artist for All India Radio since 1990. Nirmala has performed in numerous collaborative settings with musicians from many backgrounds, including Western classical, Chinese, Indonesian gamelan, and jazz. She is the Artistic Director of the Naadha Rasa Center of Music based in Plymouth, where she teaches the art of Carnatic music.

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Nirmala Rajasekar has been featured in many world-renowned venues, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, United Nations, Symphony Space; the Music Academy in Chennai, India; the Rumi International Festival in Konya, Turkey; and Musee Rietburg in Zurich, Switzerland. Nirmala made her debut as a solo performer on the 7-stringed veena at age 13 in Bangelore, India. Radio India has pronounced her a Grade A artist for All India Radio since 1990. Nirmala has performed in numerous collaborative settings with musicians from many backgrounds, including Western classical, Chinese, Indonesian gamelan, and jazz. She is the Artistic Director of the Naadha Rasa Center of Music based in Plymouth, where she teaches the art of Carnatic music. 

For more information about Nirmala, visit her personal website