Evan C. Paul (Five Apparitions) was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1981. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in piano performance; two Master of Music degrees, one in composition and one in chamber music performance; and a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Oregon. He attended ASU from 2006 to 2010 as a DMA candidate in collaborative piano.
Evan has garnered recognition through a number of awards and competitions, including the Delta Omicron Music Solo Competition (2000), the Ed Diemente Composition Award (2002), the MTNA Young Composers Competition (2005), and the Portland Vocal Consort’s Young Composer Contest (2011), who premiered his work The Last Invocation for six-voice choir.
Evan’s influences are primarily American, French, and British composers of the twentieth century—in particular, art song and music for wind instruments. His recent commissions include a work for bass clarinet and tuba entitled Nuummite and a sonata for saxophone and piano entitled Minerva. In addition to the Five Apparitions, Evan has written a number of sacred works, including several works for men’s chorus; two masses; and his dissertation, a work for choir and brass ensemble entitled Rest: An American Requiem (2014).
Warren Cohen (No Exit) has been Music Director of the innovative MusicaNova Orchestra since its founding in 2003. Under his leadership the group has developed an international reputation for its performances and recordings of unjustly neglected music.
Warren began his musical career as a pianist and composer, with early positions including accompanist for Honolulu City Ballet and as Music Director of the Kumu Kahua Theatre group. His work in Theatre and Opera led to his becoming a conductor; his earliest assignments were for obscure works that more established conductors did want to bother to learn, but he soon developed a large repertoire that included many standard works. Within a few years he was also working as an Orchestral and Choral conductor, and over the past fifteen years he has conducted almost a thousand orchestral, operatic, and choral works.
In addition to his work with MusicaNova, Warren is Artistic Director of the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestras. For the 2012-2013 season he was Concert Artist in Conducting at Kean University, the only person ever appointed to this position. He previously was Music Director of the Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra, the Fine Arts String Orchestra, and the Southern Arizona Orchestra, where he was became Music Director Laureate in 2005.
Warren now divides his time between New Jersey and Arizona with his wife, soprano Carolyn Whitaker, and his 16 year old son Graham, an award winning composer and violist who studies in the Julliard Pre-College division in New York.