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Denise Ondishko


Denise Ondishko's works are "ground-breaking, imaginative, and beautiful." --Kyle Horch, classical saxophonist, Royal Academy of Music They cover a wide range of genres, including wind ensemble, orchestra, saxophone with computer-synthesized tape, mixed choir, solo voice and piano, children's theater, and elementary school band. Ondishko has recently written Symphony of the Nightingale and Symphony of the LowCountry encapturing nature field recordings which she collected herself. Her chamber...show more Denise Ondishko's works are "ground-breaking, imaginative, and beautiful." --Kyle Horch, classical saxophonist, Royal Academy of Music They cover a wide range of genres, including wind ensemble, orchestra, saxophone with computer-synthesized tape, mixed choir, solo voice and piano, children's theater, and elementary school band. Ondishko has recently written Symphony of the Nightingale and Symphony of the LowCountry encapturing nature field recordings which she collected herself. Her chamber ensemble work, Without and Within is recorded on Opus One records, and Rush for percussion quartet and tape was premiered at the International Computer Music Conference in Montreal (1991). She has also received prizes and awards from BMI, the US Federation of Music Societies, and the Eastman School of Music. Her commissioned works for saxophone and computer-synthesized tape have been extensively performed by Kyle Horch, London, UK. Ondishko is particularly fascinated with folk song, music within nature, and the innate music of children. Denise (Dede) Ondishko, Ph.D. began playing the piano at age seven at the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, MD. She began composing at age 14 at The Walden School and went on to complete a B.F.A. in piano (conservatory) and composition at Carnegie-Mellon University. Ondishko received her M.M. and Ph.D. degrees in composition from the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers include Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Barbara Kolb, Paul Dvorak, Leonardo Balada and David Hogan. She has done extensive research into the work of computer music pioneer Paul Lansky. She has taught composition at the Walden School and Oberlin Conservatory. Ondishko has also succeeded in a parallel career as an information technology management specialist and has headed IT and telecommunications departments at several large institutions, including the University of Rochester (1986-1996) and Hunter College at City University of New York (1997-99). Ondishko is a National Board Certified Teacher and has taught public school music to every grade from pre-kindergarten to college in AZ, NY, OH, SC, and VA. Her passion is music integration with all subjects, and helping children explore the living language of music as they too write their own music. She is now retired and living with her husband in Palm Springs, CA where she is at last able to write music!  show less

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