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Composer: Denise Ondishko

Denise Ondishko's works are “ground-breaking, imaginative, and beautiful.” –Kyle Horch, classical saxophonist. They cover a wide range of genres, including wind ensemble, orchestra with computer-synthesized tape, saxophone and computer-synthesized tape, chamber ballet, mixed choir, children’s theatre, and elementary school band. Ondishko has recently written Symphony of the Nightingale and Symphony of the LowCountry with 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 completed a B.F.A. in piano (conservatory) and composition at Carnegie-Mellon University, and 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. In addition to her compositional work and research she 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 music to every grade from pre-kindergarten to college in 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.

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