Cindy McTee (pictured) born in 1953, was greatly influenced by the Polish composer Krzystof Penderecki, her teacher for 3 years. The winner of numerous awards, her music reflects a "charging, churning celebration of the musical ... energy of modern-day America." Her music has been performed by many orchestras, most notably among them the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is a professor of music at the University of North Texas.
Fred Lerdahl has studied at Lawrence University, Princeton, and Tanglewood, and
taught at Columbia
University as Fritz Reiner Professor of Music. His music has been performed by such premiere orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His music has been described as showing organic images unfolding in time, giving the "impression of inexorability."
Thoresen was born in 1949. His music education was at the Norwegian State Academy
of Music, followed by the Instituut voor Sonologie in the Netherlands. He was involved
with developing a new theory of music and new methods of analyzing music,
Sonology. The basis of this theory is that the emphasis of musical
analysis should be on what the listener perceives. Thoresen is also
concerned with the phenome of religion in music, and attempts to express the religious
dimension of man's existence.