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In 1989, Anita Smisek and Joel Blahník established Alliance Publications, Inc., a publishing house for the production of quality music for school, church, and community ensembles specializing in ethnic music, particularly Czech and Slovak. Building a bridge with composers, performers, and publishers of the Czech Republic and other international groups, Alliance Publications focuses on classical, traditional, and contemporary music, providing great latitude for various musical mediums.
API has commissioned many composers including Petr Eben, Zdeněk Lukáš, Jindra Necasová, Jiří Ropek, Josef Svejkovský, Evžen Zámečník, Jeroným Zajíček, and Miloš Mareš. API sponsored the recording of piano master classes with Czech pianist, Radoslav Kvapil. API also sponsors the recording of music compositions for band, orchestra, brass, woodwinds, and ensembles for promotional use. API is the leading publisher of works by Antonín Dvořák.
Today, over 25 years later, Alliance Publications, Inc. publishes a broad array of distinctive music in contemporary, traditional, and folk formats from composers on five continents. The API catalog contains over 3,000 works in all mediums of classical and folk-art music.
Anita Smisek and Joel Blahník are both 3rd generation Czech/Americans. They conduct presentations at various universities, state and national conventions, schools, churches, and religious institutions across America. In addition, they have performed in the Czech Republic as soloists, conductors, teachers, and co-founders of music festivals.
Smisek's expertise is as vocal soloist, keyboard artist, conductor, editor, publisher, and musicologist. Blahník works as a composer/arranger, conductor, clinician, brass performer and editor. Each has taught over 30 years in American secondary schools.
API music titles continue to be chosen for state and national reading sessions, honor choirs, and state festival lists throughout the USA and Europe.