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JANACEK, BEDRICH - (1920-2007)
 
JANACEK, BEDRICHBedrich Janacek (born May 18, 1920, Prague and died June 3, 2007 Lund, Sweden) studied at the Prague Music Conservatory with the famed organ virtuoso Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann. Following the re-opening of Czech high schools in 1945, he continued to study with Wiedermann at the Master Class and graduated with a Diploma in 1946. From then on, until 1948, Bedrich Janacek taught organ at the Prague Music Conservatory. In August 1948, due to severe changes in political events, he emigrated to Sweden.

In his new country, Janacek became active as a concert organist playing in most European countries as well as having two concert tours to the United States during 1968 and 1970. He worked as a church organist for several churches in Sweden, including the Cathedral Parish in Lund from 1965-1985 until his retirement.

His compositional output includes a wide variety of original works and arrangements for organ solo, organ with instruments and orchestra.

Organ Compositions by Bedrich Janacek published by Alliance Publications, Inc.:

  • Eight Chorale Preludes for Organ - AP-5006
  • Fantasy on the Bohemian chorale Saint Wenceslas for brass and organ - AP-5028
  • Preludio elegiaco e Fuga concertante for Organ - AP-5032
  • Prelude and Fugue in E minor for Organ - AP-5048
  • Preludio marziale for Organ - AP-5036
  • Suite manualiter for Organ (manuals) - AP-5041
  • Suite Pasquale for Organ - AP-5050


JANSEN, TIMOTHY J. - (b. 1964)
 
JANSEN, TIMOTHY J.Timothy Jansen, (born November 1, 1964 in St. Louis, Missouri) received his music education at the New England Conservatory of Music and CASA, the St. Louis Conservatory and School for the Arts. His teachers include Jane Allen, Daniel Schene, John Ditto, James David Christe, Daniel Pinkham and William Partridge. He is the Director of Music Ministry at St. Norbert Church in Florissant, Missouri, in his native archdiocese.

He is an active composer of liturgical music and has written works for the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica (Missouri). His compositions include "A Psalm for Christmas" which is used during the entire Christmas season at the Cathedral, a setting of "Psalm 104" used for Pentecost and Confirmation and "Canticle: Revelations 15:34" which was commissioned for the evening prayer service at the Cathedral during the 1999 Papal visit.

Timothy is a member of the American Guild of Organists and has held the position of Sub-Dean of the St. Louis Chapter. He has performed at many workshops and concerts sponsored by the AGO Guild including master classes with such distinguished artists as Simon Preston and Oliver Latry.

Jansen has performed extensively both as organist and pianist and programs a variety of repertoire from Franck'’s "Grand Piece Symphony" to Barber'’s "Piano Sonata." Engagements include performances at the Sheldon Concert Hall, Christ Church Cathedral and performances with the St. Louis Pro Musica with whom he is an Artist in Residence.


JENNINGS, CAROLYN - (b. 1936)
 
JENNINGS, CAROLYNCarolyn Jennings (born August 16, 1936) is a Professor Emerita of Music at St. Olaf College where she taught for many years and also served in administrative roles, including Chair of the Music Department and Associate Dean for the Fine Arts. Carolyn Jennings is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music magna cum laude and the University of Michigan where she received her Master of Music degree as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She also served as a church musician for over thirty years, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield, Minnesota.

Over many years she has served on arts advisory panels, as a workshop presenter, and in leadership roles in several professional organizations. She has been active in promoting the use of inclusive language in texts for singing, and has worked to heighten awareness of how language shapes as well as expresses thought.

Her compositions and arrangements include works for voices, orchestra, and piano. She particularly enjoys composing for voices. Among her many commissioned works are a children's musical, a choral song cycle, a composition for the Minnesota Aids Quilt Songbook, and many compositions for church, school and community choirs. She has received major grants from the Composers Commissioning Program through the Minnesota Composers Forum. Choral compositions and arrangements by Carolyn Jennings are widely sung by church, community, college and school choirs. Her publications include over a hundred choral compositions and arrangements, a number of text translations, contributions to several hymnals, and articles for professional journals.

She has been active in the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Teachers National Association, the Minnesota Composers Forum, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and as a guest conductor and workshop leader.

CHORAL MUSIC available from Alliance Publications, Inc:

SIX FOLKSONGS* - SATB/Piano (English & Slovak/Czech texts) - AP-135 $2.50

*1. Dance and Turn 2. Do Not Marry 3. Little Anne 4. Annie, My Sweetheart 5. Martin's Homecoming 6. Annie, Beloved


JIRAK, KAREL BOHUSLAV - (1891-1972)
 
JIRAK, KAREL BOHUSLAVKarel B. Jirak was born in Prague, Czech Republic on January 28, 1891 and died in Chicago, Illinois on January 30, 1972. He was a Czech composer who studied with Vitezslav Novak and Joseph B. Foerster at Charles University and the Academy of Music in Prague. Following his studies, he was appointed conductor of the Hamburg Opera in 1915 and from 1918-1919, was the conductor of the National Theater in Brno. From 1920-1930, he became professor of composition at Prague Conservatory after which time, he became music director of the Czechoslovak Radio from 1930-1945.

In 1947, he was invited to Chicago to deliver some lectures at Roosevelt University, but after the Communist take-over in 1948, he decided to stay in the USA. From 1948 until 1967, he was Chairman of the Theory Department at Roosevelt University. And following that, from 1967 to 1971, he served as Professor of Composition at Chicago Conservatory College.

Karel Jirak has composed over 90 works among which are 1 opera, 6 symphonies, 7 string quartets, "Symphonic Variation" (1941), "Piano Concerto," "Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra" (1957), "Violin Sonata, Viola Sonata, Flute Sonata, Wind Quintet" (1928), "Clarinet Sonata" (1947), and "Requiem" for solo quartet, chorus, organ and orchestra (1952). He is the author of a textbook on musical form (1924) and between 1945-1946 while still in Prague, wrote monographs on W. A. Mozart, Zdenek Fibich and Jan Herman, the Czech piano virtuoso. Later on, while in the USA, he wrote a small study about Antonin Dvorak for a SVU presentation.

"Symphonic Scherzo for Band, op. 65a" was dedicated to Louis M. Blaha (d. 1953), conductor of the J. Sterling Morton High School concert band in Cicero, Illinois, who commissioned this work from Jirak. It was completed in August of 1951 giving the Morton High School Band an opportunity of taking on its challenge for the premiere in the spring of 1952.

Joseph Frantik (Bb Clarinet) and Anthony Jandacek (F Horn), students at Morton who played this work, both recall the tremendous challenge that "Scherzo" gave their band. "I remember how exciting it was for us to play a premiere," recalls Frantik. "It was the most difficult piece we had ever seen! For the largely Czech audience of parents used to the harmonies of Sousa, Bedrich Smetana, Antonin Dvorak and Josef Suk," recalled Jandacek, "Jirak's writing was challenging to their ears but nevertheless, even though their reaction was a bit uncertain for this avant-garde music in 1952, it was well received."

On March 25, 1961, Frantik, principal clarinetist who had played in the premiere as a student and completed his BM and MM at Northwestern Unversity, now had the honor of selecting "Symphonic Scherzo" for his "conducting debut" as the new assistant to David McCormick on the Morton High School band faculty. Karel Jirak visited Morton in February 1961 during the preparation of the Concert Band’'s performance with Frantik and McCormick of "Symphonic Scherzo" and Smetana'’s "Vltava" (Moldau). Jirak proudly attended the March 25, 1961, performance in Cicero’'s large Morton East Auditorium.

Frantik, who remained his entire professional life at Morton, recalls telling Jirak of his student days’ memory. "I was very touched by the performance of Rudolf Firkusny’'s solo encore of Jirak’'s 'Lullaby, op. 24,' when he played with the Morton Orchestra in 1954. I don'’t recall the concerto, but the memory of the 'Lullaby' has never left me. I was not able to conduct 'Symphonic Scherzo' in April 1961 at MENC because we were expecting our first child, but Jirak remembered our chat and sent me a copy of his 'Lullaby' congratulating me upon our child'’s birth." In a letter written on April 12, 1961 accompanying this gift to conductor Frantik, Jirak, writing from Roosevelt University said, "Please accept my sincere congratulations on the performance of my 'Symphonic Scherzo' and thanks for everything you did for this composition. Convey also, please, my thanks and congratulations to the boys and girls who really did a very beautiful job."

Morton High School Band Director, David C. McCormick, recalls this visit of Jirak to Morton High School. "Jirak came to the rehearsal to hear our Concert Band play 'Symphonic Scherzo' and even conducted part of the rehearsal. He was very pleased when I said, 'You had a more virile interpretation than I had!' At the same session, Jirak rehearsed 'Vltava,' since I had programmed it as our final work. It was quite a remarkable opportunity for me, Frantik and the students. I conducted this work, in lieu of assistant conductor Frantik, on April 10, 1961, at the MENC North Central Division Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Enroute to Columbus, we played a full concert at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana which included the Jirak."

McCormick recalls having conversations with Jirak about the texture/instrumentation of the work. "Jirak said he scored it with more doubling that he would have preferred, but only because Blaha had specifically instructed him to keep everyone busy. You well remember that style of band music— students who play all the time have no opportunity to misbehave!"

Jirak also orchestrated this work for symphony orchestra, opus 65b, and it was performed first by the Chicago Symphony in 1953 with Rafael Kubelik conducting and then in 1969 by the FOK Prague Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vaclav Smetacek.

David McCormick loaned out "Scherzo" from the Morton High School Band Library to the United States Army Band of Washington, DC, Lt. Col. Gilbert Mitchell, conductor. Later on, McCormick'’s successor at Morton, director Joseph Frantik, further loaned it to John Paynter of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ilinois.

Jirak’'s widow, Blanka, had unsuccessfully tried to get the work published in Czechoslovakia. Years later, when Jirak'’s disciple and personal friend Professor, Dr. Jeronym Zajicek was assisting her in sorting through her husband’'s scores, he offered to help by submitting it for publication to Alliance Publication, Inc. which specializes in music of Czech composers. Alliance Publications, Inc. is now proud to make "Symphonic Scherzo for Band" available to concert bands throughout the world.


JOHANSEN-WERNER, BONNIE - (b. 1952)
 
JOHANSEN-WERNER, BONNIEBonnie Johansen-Werner (b. July 19, 1952) is the Composer-in-Residence for the Dubuque District of the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church. A Diaconal Minister, she is also the McCosh Assistant Professor of Music at Upper Iowa University. Steeped in the hymns and music of Charles and John Wesley, she believes strongly in the power of music to teach and celebrate biblical and theological precepts. She has held leadership positions in The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts and writes a bimonthly column of Choral Techniques for their journal. She has also held leadership positions in the Iowa Choral Directors Association and has served as adjudicator for the Iowa Federation of Music Clubs composition contest. Ms. Johansen-Werner's husband, Duane Werner, is also a Diaconal Minister of Music. She is the parent of two children, Matthew and Rebekah.


JOHNSON, DAVID W.K. - (b. 1975)
 
JOHNSON, DAVID W.K.David Wayne Kim Johnson was born in Seoul, South Korea, on July 28, 1975. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and received his bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point where he studied composition with Dr. Charles Rochester Young. Currently, Mr. Johnson is the Director of Instrumental Music in the School District of Williams Bay, Wisconsin. He has held teaching positions with the Auburndale, WI School District and was formerly a brass instructor for the Wausau (WI) Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Johnson remains active as a trombone player in several community ensembles in the Central Wisconsin area including The Swing Doctors Jazz Big Band, The Central Wisconsin Jazz Orchestra, The Wausau Symphony Band and Jazz Band, and on occasion, serves as a trombonist for the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. He has also sung bass voice with the Monteverdi Master Chorale. David W.K. Johnson holds memberships with the National Band Association, MENC, the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers, the Wisconsin Youth Band Directors Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also included in the 9th Edition of Whos Who Among Americas Teachers. He currently resides in Machesney Park, Illinois with his wife, Sara and son, Owen.


JOHNSON, STEPHEN E. - (b. 1968)
 
JOHNSON, STEPHEN E.In his own words, Stephen E. Johnson says: "I wrote 'A Parting Blessing' in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the death of my dad. ( I was 12 years old when he died.) My family was helping Mom build a new house and move out of the home where I had grown up. It brought back many memories for us and brought us closer together. It also caused many unresolved feelings to resurface in me. It was during this time of transition for my family that I wrote this piece. I don't think I knew it then, but I now realize that the composition, 'A Parting Blessing,' was a healing experience for me. It was the final step in a 15-year journey toward truly accepting my dad's death."

"Music is the gift I have been given to give me purpose in life. It has literally lead me from church to church as organist, intern, then Music Director and now Liturgy/Music Director. Through music I have been lead to a vocation in church ministry that benefits others and that has given me not just happiness, but true joy. I look forward to many more years of this journeying."

Born (1968) and raised in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, Stephen E. Johnson, had an early interest in music from young childhood, playing the hymns heard in church by ear on the family piano. Playing in the school bands, being in choirs, summer musicals and taking private music lessons all prepared him for serious musical study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He sang in the choir under the direction of Robert Fountain for five of his six years of college and was also part of the Early Music Ensemble as well. It was because of these experiences, and with the influence of friends, that he finally followed his heart and became a music major during his Junior year majoring in Voice and Music Education. Certified to teach General Music K-12 and Choral Music (6-12), Stephen has taught in schools in the Madison area. He has also served music positions in churches of Mt. Horeb, Madison, and DeForest, Wisconsin. He is now full-time Director of Liturgy/Music at St. John Vianney Church, Janesville, Wisconsin.

A PARTING BLESSING - AP-1071 - SATB/Piano $1.25


JONELEIT, JENS - (b. 1968)
 
JONELEIT, JENSJens Joneleit is a gifted contemporary composer born in Offenbach, Germany, in 1968. In his formative years as a composer, he was largely influenced by the musical environment provided by his parents who both play the piano. Realizing their son's talent in music early on, Jens Joneleit was sent to a music school to learn basic theory skills when he was seven years old. In 1975, Jens started to take percussion lessons and successively took part in performing with the marching band of his home town Nieder-Roden.

From 1984-1986, Jens Joneleit taught himself the piano during which time he became more interested in composing music, writing compositions for solo piano and percussion.

In 1988, Jens graduated from the Gymnasium finishing his Abitur. During the years in the Gymnasium, he composed his first symphony and other orchestral tone poems. For the next two years, Jens toiled in his required civil service and had little time for writing music.

After a providential train trip, in conjuction with an exchange program between the University of Oldenburg, Germany, Jens went to the University of South Dakota where he started to study art and music. It was here that he met the two composers, Dr. Robert Marek and Lewis Hamva, who became his teachers the following years.

In 1992, Jens graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Art and a minor in Music. It was the same year that he was accepted into graduate school in Madison, at the University of Wisconsin. In Madison, Jens found a highly inspirational environment which enabled him to compose steadily and prolifically. Although he was a graduate student in the art department, obtaining his Master of Fine Arts in painting, he also studied with composer Prof. Joel Naumann.

Since 1992, while living in Madison, he has composed three more symphonies, two symphonic poems, a concerto for piano and over thirty chamber works for a diverse media which have been premiered both in Madison, Wisconsin and Bayreuth, Germany. In 1996, Jens completed both his sixth and seventh symphony for orchestra. He also composed various pieces for Gerd Seifert and other musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In May 1997, Jens Joneliet graduated from the Univerity of Wisconsin with a Master of Fine Arts. He lives both in Germany and the United States.


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