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7/9/18 When Carol Lieberman was three years old her grandfather gave her older brother a violin and Carol fell in love. She was unable to begin lessons until she was six and her parents could afford to buy the ½ violin she needed. At seven she was accepted into the Manhattan School of Music. As a freshman at the High School of Music and Art she began playing with the senior orchestra where she became assistant concert master in her second semester and first violinist of the string quartet. Although she majored in History at City College, she was at the Music department so often that believed she was a music major. She went on to get her Masters in Music at the Yale School of Music, play with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and return to Yale to receive a Doctorate in Music Arts. Listen to this gentle, self-deprecating woman describe a life dedicated to the instrument that won her heart at three years old, and hear a little to the glories music she creates.continue reading
5-28-18 Jerry Billik is a composer, arranger, songwriter, conductor, and director of stage productions. Although he downplays his skill and accomplishments Jerry’s career is extraordinary. A musical virtuoso by the age of 13, he has composed more than 50 pieces of music, from popular ballads to marches to his ‘Symphony for Band’. His concert march “Block M” composed for the University of Michigan Marching Band when he was a senior there has been voted by band composers as one of the top 100 marches of all time. He wrote the “M Fanfare” which is still played by the University of Michigan marching band prior to their playing the famous fight song. He has worked with many popular artists, including Danny Kaye, Dick Van Dyke, Leonard Bernstein, Barbra Streisand, and Neil Diamond. He has arranged music for several television series and serves as Vice President of creative development for Disney on Ice, having arranged all the music for the Disney on Ice shows, which he also writes and directs. Listen to this self-deprecatory charming man tell delightful stories of a life spent with music and theater like the ironic reason he taught himself to play piano.continue reading