Pleasure for the Ear

The Composers

Lauren Geertsen studies composition and piano with Nancy Kern. At age 15, she is the youngest composer to be featured at a Seattle Composers Symposium. Geertsen lives on Camano Island.

Gloria Wilson Swisher earned her B.A. in piano performance from the University of Washington, her M.A. in music composition from Mills College, Oakland, California, and her Ph.D. in composition from The Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. She studied composition with Darius Milhaud, Leon Kirchner, Bernard Rogers and Howard Hanson. Swisher is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity, and is Professor Emerita of Music at Shoreline Community College.

Greg Bartholomew's music has been performed across the United States and in Canada, Australia and Europe. His works are available on CD recorded by the Czech Philharmonic, the Kiev Philharmonic, Connecticut Choral Artists (Concora) and the Ars Brunensis Chorus. In May, the Coriolis chamber choir of Chicago will premiere his new Three Gnostic Poems, settings of three poems by his father. Bartholomew studies violin with Teo Benson and is currently working on a commission from Brian Chin for a work for trumpet and string quartet.

Georgia Lockwood has been a frequent performer in choirs, musicals and operettas and has given numerous solo recitals in Western Washington. She studied voice, composition and theory at San Francisco State University and Western Washington University, and currently teaches singing in Kirkland, WA. Lockwood has written several art songs, with lyrics to most written by the composer. Two of her songs are settings of anonymous statements of Native American philosophies (I Do Not Sleep and Epitaph). Her other works include three pieces for mixed choir and a trio for trumpets.

Dale Dykins was a scholarship student at the College of Music of Cincinnati from 1937 to 1941, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree with a Diploma in Piano and a Certificate in Organ. He spent the next four years in military service, and as a bombardier in the 8th Air Force was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and ETO ribbon with three battle stars and a pre-Pearl Harbor ribbon. In 1946 Dykins returned to the College of Music, where he won the Springer Gold Medal in piano and the Martin G. Dumlar Prize in composition while earning a Master of Music Degree in Composition and a Post Graduate Degree in Piano. From 1950 to 1983 Dykins taught piano, music theory and composition at the University of Northern Colorado, concluding with 15 years as Chairman of the Department of Theory and Composition.

Bernard Super took up composing in 1997 upon retiring from a career as a high technology business executive, thus fulfilling a boyhood dream. He has composed works for piano solo, for voice, choir, trumpet and flute, and an orchestral suite, and he is currently working on a symphony. His compositional style is tonal, somewhat polyphonic, with use of slightly modified traditional forms.

John David Gordon has been involved in music since his youth. He has sung with several church choirs, with the choruses of the University of California and the University of Washington, and with the Seattle Choral Company. He began composing in the early 1990s, and later studied music theory and composition under Dr. Gloria Swisher and other faculty at Shoreline Community College. His Missa Gratulationis, a 40-minute setting of the Latin ordinary, was completed in 2007. Other recent compositions include a song commemorating the events of 9/11 and a choral setting to a poem by Dick Foley. Gordon resides in Newcastle with his wife, Carol Simpson, and their son, Sam.

Fabio Ciofino teaches at Terni's Conservatory G. Briccialdi, and conducts the Schola Cantorum of St. Scholastica at the Monastery of St. Benedict, in Norcia. He studied organ, piano, and fortepiano at the Conservatory of Perugia. He continued his organ studies at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam, and obtained his "Post-graduate" in early music in 1999. He has been Organist titulaire in Collescipoli on the historic baroque organ W. Hermans (1678). Ciofino is founder and conductor of the early music ensemble Il transilvano. He is also artistic director of the Accademia barocca W. Hermans of the Hermans Festival and the Festival Villa Solomei. His CDs can be found, among other places, with the Gothic Catalogue.

Nancy Kern is Choirmaster and Organist at Christ Episcopal Church in Seattle, as well as Director and Coach for voci femmine, a Seattle-based women's chorus. She earned a BA magna cum laude from Harvard and a Master's degree in Organ Performance from the University of Washington. A recipient of the Kiwanis Scholarship for Education in Music and Art, Kern has performed at St. Mark's Cathedral, the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, and University Temple United Methodist Church, among other venues. She studied with Dr. J. Melvin Butler, Choirmaster/Organist at St. Mark's Cathedral, and Dr. Carole Terry, Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Washington.