Joshua David is a pianist and composer from Birmingham, Alabama. He began taking piano lessons at age four, and at age five, began studying classical piano at Birmingham-Southern College Conservatory. At age 16, Joshua released his first album, Joshua David, a collection of original jazz compositions which has received radio airplay across the U.S. and the U.K.
Joshua graduated cum laude from Samford University in May of 2021 with a Bachelor of Music Degree. While at Samford, he majored in music composition and continued to study classical piano. He was a member of the jazz ensemble, commercial music ensemble, and gospel choir.
Currently, Joshua is doing what he loves: composing, songwriting, producing, and performing music. In addition to helping out with area ensembles, Joshua is music director, pianist and a vocalist for the Samford gospel choir. He has been commissioned to compose four contemporary classical works, has composed music for independent films and is working on his second album. He performs at events around Birmingham with his band and is the worship leader at Restored Sight Christian Church.
Joshua David's music is available for purchase on his website IAmJoshuaDavid.com, iTunes and Amazon. You may stream Joshua's music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other streaming platforms.
Lynnsey Lambrecht is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Bradley University in central Illinois. Previously, she was an instructor at Western Michigan University, an instructor at Interlochen Arts Camp, and a graduate teaching assistant at Michigan State University. Dr. Lambrecht graduated from Michigan State University with a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition and a Master of Music in theory. She earned a Master of Music in theory and composition from the University of Northern Colorado, and she graduated summa cum laude from Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelor of Arts in music education.
Dr. Lambrecht has presented widely throughout the U.S. and abroad, and she continues to publish her research, most recently in The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy and the Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. In addition to composing and teaching, her interests reside in post-tonal theory pedagogy, composition pedagogy, 20th & 21st-century analysis, and learning about the best practices for music theory tutoring.
Dr. Lambrecht has compositions and arrangements published by Grand Mesa Music Publishers, Eighth Note Publications, Pámpano Publications, and Blue Note Music Press, and she has studied composition with Ricardo Lorenz, Charles Ruggiero, Paul Elwood, and Darin Kamstra. For more information, visit her website at LynnseyLambrecht.com.
Late-American composer Henry Mollicone (1946-2022)* worked actively as a free-lance conductor of opera, symphonic, and new music, while holding various university teaching posts. He was a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow from 1997 and since then served on various panels and onsight visits for The National Endowment for the Arts.
Mr. Mollicone worked tirelessly to use his compositions to advocate for social issues. His Beatitude Mass (Mass for the Homeless), with Latin texts and additional English texts by William Luce is based upon interviews with homeless people in California and is dedicated to the San Jose Symphonic Choir. More recent commissioned works include three large choral pieces: Misa de los Inmigrantes (Mass for the Immigrants) for the S.J. Symphonic Choir, A Song for Our Planet for Seattle First Baptist Church & Plymouth Church in Seattle, and All God’s Children for Vancouver Singers USA. In addition, for the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and Quartet San Francisco, Mr. Mollicone composed Fantasia Nostalgica, and most recently for a benefit concert, a new song cycle, Sueños de Esperanza, which consists of four songs with texts based upon true stories of four Mexican immigrants and their experiences in crossing the border to California.
For more information on Mollicone or to purchase his music, visit HenryMollicone.com.
*Mr. Mollicone passed away during the preparation of this project. May his name, passion, and zeal for those without a voice live on through his music.
Milad Yousufi was born in June 1995 during the civil war in Afghanistan. At that time, the Taliban ruled Afghanistan in terror and banned the arts, including music. At the age of two, Milad started to draw; not long after, he drew piano keys on paper and pretended to play the paper piano.
Milad is a pianist, composer, conductor, poet, singer, painter and calligrapher from Afghanistan. Milad’s work is deeply inspired by his country and culture. Milad has a dream to make a difference in the future of music and culture in Afghanistan. Milad studied piano performance with the world-renowned pianist Simone Dinnerstein and received his masters degree in composition under Dr. Dalit
Warshaw's mentorship in 2022. He has been commissioned to compose for numerous venues internationally: The New York Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Center, Refugee Orchestra Project, Kronos Quartet, Carnegie Hall, Music Worcester, Terezin Music Foundation, Boston Symphony Hall, Refugee Orchestra Project, Barbican Center in London, Raleigh Civic Symphony Orchestra, Trio Solisti, Worcester Chamber Music Society, and Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2022, Hollywood made a movie about Milad’s life called Paper Piano. Milad had the privilege to write the original score for Paper Piano, released on Apple TV, "Little America". In June 2023, Milad wrote the film score for Oscar-qualifying film titled The Night Doctrine which was selected among 8,000 short films from all around the world for the Tribeca Film Festival.
To see more of Yousufi’s work, visit MiladYousufi.com.