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  • Gustav Theodore Holst  9/21/1874 – 5/25/1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher.

  • Best known for his orchestral suite: The Planets (1914-1916)

  • Influences included: Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel.

  • There were professional musicians in the previous three generations of Holst's family. He hoped to become a pianist, but was prevented by neuritis in his right arm. He pursued a career as a composer, studying at the Royal College of Music under Charles Villiers Stanford. Unable to support himself by his compositions, he played the trombone professionally and later became a teacher.

  • Composed First Suite in Eb in 1909 and premiered in 1920 at the Royal Military School of Music

John Barnes Chance (November 20, 1932 – August 16, 1972) was an American composer. Chance's first musical experience started when he was 9 years old and began to take private piano lessons. Chance studied composition with Clifton Williams at the University of Texas, Austin, and is best known for his concert band works, which include Variations on a Korean Folk Song, Incantation and Dance, and Blue Lake Overture. While serving in Seoul, South Korea, as a member of the Eighth U.S. Army Band, Chance came across a pentatonic Korean folk song named "Arirang" (pronounced AH-dee-dong) that served as the inspiration for his 1965 composition Variations on a Korean Folk Song, which became his best-known work.

ron nelson composer

Ron Nelson was born in Joliet, Illinois on December 14, 1929.  He currently lives in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife,  Michelle.

He received his bachelor of music degree in 1952, Master’s degree in 1953 and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 1955, all from the Eastman School of music at the University of Rochester.  He also studied in France before taking a teaching position at Brown University until he retired in 1993.

He wrote Courtly Airs and Dances in 1995.