Composer Allen Shearer http://allenshearer.com/ received the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, the Charles Ives Award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, four residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the first-ever residency at the Aaron Copland House. The National Endowment for the Arts has funded major works of his orchestral, choral and chamber music, as well as his first opera The Goddess. His three most recent operas (2009-12), including The Dawn Makers, all on libretti by Claudia Stevens, have received successful, fully staged productions. As the recipient of three commissions by Chanticleer, his choral works have been performed throughout the US, in many cities in Europe, the former Soviet Union, and South Africa. He is an Artistic Director of the new music presenter Composers, Inc. and an affiliate of BMI.
Librettist Claudia Stevens http://www.wm.edu/as/music/