The Inside Story: Jan Jirásek and WHEN THE SOUL SPEAKS

Since 1989, esteemed Czech composer Jan Jirásek’s works have been presented on numerous stages and festivals worldwide. Jan composes music for major music houses and interpreters. Examples of his work include his Bread and Circuses composition for six players on percussion instruments, a postmodern arrangement of J.S. Bach’s St. Luke Passion, his Missa propria choral... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: David Holdhusen and I CARRY YOUR HEART

Esteemed conductor, director, and educator David Holdhusen is the Director of Choral Activities and the Douglas and Susan Tuve Distinguished Professor of Choral Music at the University of South Dakota. His responsibilities include serving as conductor for the Chamber Singers and teaching courses in conducting. In addition to his teaching duties, David is currently the Chair of... Continue Reading →


Connecticut native Scott Perkins enjoys a multifaceted career as an international prize-winning composer, a versatile performer, an award-winning scholar, and a music professor at California State University, Sacramento. Praised by critics from publications including the Washington Post (“dramatic,” “colorful”) and the Washington Times (“perfectly orchestrated,” “haunting,” “a remarkable and welcome musical surprise”), his work has been commissioned... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Joel Mandelbaum

Today's 'Inside Story' feature is debut PARMA artist, Joel Mandelbaum, composer, and educator, best known for his use of microtonal tuning. Enjoy! Who was your first favorite artist(s) growing up? The Greenwich Village Gilbert and Sullivan Players and Danny Kaye.  Later, Toscanini and Bruno Walter.  Around 1950, ten years before his vogue began, I became... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Scott Perkins

We’re starting a new series here at PARMA, entitled “The Inside Story”.  The series is aimed at obtaining a glimpse of the lives and personalities of the masterminds behind your favorite and upcoming albums. Each “story” will stem from a selected artist’s responses to their choice of 4-8 questions developed by our PARMA Marketing Team. ... Continue Reading →

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