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Robert Denham’smusic includes works of every genre and has been performed to great acclaim across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He has worked closely with Carl St. Clair and the Pacific Symphony Chamber Orchestra, who recently gave two world premiere performances with the Biola Conservatory Chorale of his 65-minute oratorio, Under the Shadow; these concerts were made possible through generous gifts from Howard and Roberta Ahmanson (Fieldstead and Company) and Biola University. The composer recently traveled with Tyler Thompson and Emily Helvey on a premiere tour (5 performances) of his 60-minute song cycle, Sutter Creek: 21 Songs for Tenor and Piano. Other champions of Denham’s music include Timothy Lees (Concertmaster, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Ilan Morgenstern (Bass Trombone, San Antonio S.O.), Charles Koontz (Tuba, Burbank Philharmonic, Brass Pacifica), Rodney Winther (Conductor, CCM Wind Symphony and Chamber Players), Elizabeth Larson (Credo Trio), and Susan Ali (Mezzo-soprano).

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Robert Denham holds a DMA in composition from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he studied with Michael Fiday, Joel Hoffman, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. His other degrees are from UCLA (MA Composition) where he studied with Roger Bourland, Ian Krouse, and the late Jerry Goldsmith, and Biola University (BM, Trumpet Performance). Dr. Denham managed the annual new music festival MusicX for four years, and currently leads the New Music Ensemble as Associate Professor of Theory and Composition at Biola University in La Mirada California. He has received annual awards from ASCAP since 2005.


An avid conductor, and member of ASCAP, CFAMC, and SCI, Denham's music is published by Cimarron Music Publishing, Falls House Press, GIA Publishing, Imagine Music Publishing, Pasquina Publishing Company, Pelican Music Publishing, and Tuba Euphonium Press. For recordings and videos of his music and performances, please visit www.RobertDenham.com


Ilan Morgenstern is the bass trombonist with the San Antonio Symphony and is an Affiliate Artist in Trombone at the University of Houston Moores School of Music.  Ilan began his musical studies at the municipal youth conservatory in his hometown of Rehovot, Israel.  At age 18 he joined the Israel Defense Forces as a trombone and euphonium player in the IDF Army Band. Following completion of his service, Ilan earned a Bachelor's degree in trombone performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master's degree in trombone performance from the University of Michigan School of Music. 


Prior to his current positions, Ilan has held positions with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony and Kansas City Symphony, and in addition has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Utah Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and Detroit Symphony. 


As a soloist, Ilan has performed concertos with the with the San Antonio Symphony, United States “Pershing's Own” Army Orchestra, the Millennium Orchestra (Seoul, Korea), the Jeju Symphony Orchestra (Jeju, Korea), and the National Repertory Orchestra, and has won numerous awards for his playing including the Alessi Seminar Solo Competition, Jeju International Brass and Percussion Competition, Baur Competition, Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Competition, Van Haney Bass Trombone Philharmonic Prize, National Solo Competition at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, and the National Repertory Orchestra's Concerto Competition. 


To learn more about Ilan go to ilanmorgenstern.com



A highly regarded collaborative pianist, David Gilliland has performed with many leading artists including Joseph Alessi (trombone), Carol Jantsch (tuba), Amy Porter (flute) and George Shirley (voice). He has been a pianist for both the Sphinx and William C. Byrd Competitions, and was a convention pianist for the 2014 National Flute Association in Chicago. In 2012 David served as a coach and repetiteur for the Grammy nominated recording of Darius Milhaud’s L’Orestie d’Eschyle produced by the University of Michigan; he has also recorded the complete wind compositions of Henri Dutilleux on Block M records.  


In 2014 David joined the Davidson College Music Department as their Artist Associate of Accompanying. This past year in North Carolina he has performed with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and Charlotte Symphony, in addition to accompanying for the Davidson Chorale and Chorale Arts Society. Previously, he was a staff pianist for the University of Michigan Wind Department for nine years. Concurrently from 2010-2014 he was the pianist for the Michigan Men’s Glee Club, and was prominently featured on their tours to Cuba, China and throughout the United States. He has also served as the Director of Accompanying at Albion College, and was the Collaborative Piano Coordinator for the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. To learn more about about David Gilliland please go to 
davegilliland.com.

David has received graduate degrees in accompanying from the Eastman School of Music (M.M) in 1999 and the University of Minnesota (D.M.A) in 2003; his primary teachers include Jean Barr, Margo Garrett and Karl Paulnack. He has studied in the Austro-American Institute in Vienna, and participated in the Music Academy of the West, Banff Centre of the Arts and Mannes Song Festivals. Outside of music, David enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife, Beth, and six year old daughter, Morgan.



Dr. Eddie R. Smith is currently in his 21st year at the University of Redlands serving as Director of Bands, Professor of Saxophone, Music Education and Conducting. He also served as Conductor of the University of Redlands Symphony Orchestra from 1994-2004. Most recently he was appointed to the position of Assistant Dean of the School of Music.

Prior to his appointment to the University of Redlands, Dr. Smith served as Director of Bands at the University of Wyoming where he conducted the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Chamber Winds Ensemble, Jazz Band, and taught conducting, music education and saxophone. Smith also served as State Chair for the College Band Directors National Association and the National Band Association as well as Research Chair for the Wyoming Music Educators Association. He was also recognized as Mortar Board’s “Top Professor”.

Dr. Smith is in high demand as a conductor, clinician, lecturer and adjudicator throughout the United States. A champion for new wind and orchestral literature, Dr. Smith has been a member of numerous national commissioning projects, and has conducted the University of Redlands Wind Ensemble and Orchestra in over 35 premier performances. His ensembles have performed at various Music Educators National Association and College Band Directors National Association conferences.


Dr. Smith is an active member of the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, California Music Educators Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, California Band Directors Association and the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association.  Dr. Smith has served SCSBOA since 1991 as an adjudicator, clinician and host of 8 Regional Festivals and has also been honored with membership in Pi Kappa Lambda (Sigma Chapter President since 1993) Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha iota, and Tau Beta Sigma.