"Jesus of Nazareth, Savior and King"
Composer Christopher LaRosa’s music has been described as “deftly crafted” by the Boston Classical Review and “charismatic, well scored, and positively received” by the Hartford Courant. Born and raised in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Christopher’s small town upbringing provides his music with an intimate and American style. His music has been performed throughout the continental U.S., Austria, and Mexico by ensembles such as the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the "President's Own” United States Marine Band, the Boston New Music Initiative, and CEPROMUSIC.
Christopher composes for diverse instrumentations and media. In 2014, Christopher's Sextet won the CEPROMUSIC/BU Composition Competition. In 2012, his Symmetries for two string quartets won the Frank Robert Abell Prize and the Louis Smadbeck prize, and his dramatic song cycle Vignettes of Two Lovers was selected for the Boston Metro Opera’s 3rd Annual Contemporary AmericanaFestival. His flute preludes, Mythologies won second place for the Louis Smadbeck prize in 2011, and in 2010 his song cycle Spring Giddiness won the Jack Downey Prize and was selected by the Boston Metro Opera’s 2nd Annual Contemporary AmericanaFestival.
Christopher completed his Bachelor of Music at Ithaca College and Master of Music at Boston University. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he taught as the Composition Instructor and Choir Director at IES Abroad in Vienna. Christopher is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at Indiana University.
Joseph Sowa (b. 1984) is a composer of orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal music. His works have been performed by the BYU Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, the Lydian String Quartet, the Quartetto Indaco, the Awea Duo, the Tower Duo, Douglas Bush, Daniel Stepner, and Charity Tillemann-Dick, among others. He has been commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the Laycock Endowment for Creative Collaboration in the Arts, Douglas Bush, Neil Thornock, and Arianna Tieghi. His arrangement of “For the Beauty of the Earth” was recorded by soprano Charity Tillemann-Dick on her album American Grace, which debuted no. 1 on the Billboard® “Traditional Classical” chart. He is currently a PhD candidate in composition and theory at Brandeis University.