Keith Torgan is a poet, author, singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, storyteller and educator a multidisciplinary artist with more than twenty years of experience in children’s music who has appeared at hundreds of theaters, cabarets, universities, museums, schools, and libraries throughout the United States. As composer Torgan created scores for The Tempest and Ring Round the Moon at the Williamstown Theater Festival, as a solo cabaret artist Torgan has performed in such noted New York venues as The Knitting Factory and the Judith Anderson Theater. Torgan was the founder and songwriter for “Morgan, Torgan & Teri;” guest performer and writer for BMG’s Early Ears” series, and composer and lyricist of the popular children’s musical, “There’s Always a Dragon to Slay”. He has written a multitude of songs and is the author of all the Green Golly Project stories including the Parents’ Choice Gold Award and Family Choice Award winning Green Golly & Her Golden Flute. Torgan is a recipient of an Ars Veritas Foundation Grant for his work in music education and music curriculum development. He is presently working on a musical memoir called “Life in the Middle Ages” and is busily touring the world with the Green Golly Project in reaches as near as your corner school and as far as the Great Wall of China. Keith’s studies include The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Circle in the Square Theater School.
Barbara Siesel is a flutist, entrepreneur, educator, producer, and actor — a multifaceted interdisciplinary artist. She’s the co-founder of the award winning Green Golly Project, an organization established to introduce children to classical music through live theatrical performances, educational outreach, books, flutes, sheet music, CD’s/DVD’s and animation. The project’s mission is to change the conversation about classical music education in the US, to help stop the erosion of support by creating a program that appeals to children and their parents and gets children actively participating in music as part of their daily lives. Siesel has appeared as flute soloist in principal halls of China, Korea, Spain, Japan, Taiwan, Russia and the United States and was flute professor and director of woodwinds and contemporary ensemble at The New World School of the Arts and Colby College. In 2014-15 she will be teaching entrepreneurship at The Juilliard School. Active for many years in new media and interdisciplinary performance she co-founded the Storm King Music Festival (1999-2003), a festival which was devoted to the intersection of acoustic classical performance and new media. 2013 saw the launch of The Flute View: www.thefluteview.com which she co-founded with colleagues Andrea Fisher and Viviana Guzman. The online magazine and interview’s are about everything flute in the 21st century — a way for flutists to create community in our changing musical landscape. Siesel has received grants and awards from the NEA, NYSCA, Ars Veritas Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Edward Cone Foundation as well as a 2015 “Deserving Person Award” from the Dr. David Milch Foundation. Her books and CD’s have won a Parent’s Choice Gold award and a Family Choice award. 2014-15 projects included the re-staging and filming of Green Golly and her Golden Flute and a Green Golly teaching and concert tour of China. Siesel is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she received both BM and MM degree’s.
Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda, illustrator is an award-winning graphic designer, artist and illustrator. As director of publications and graphic designer at State University New York Potsdam for 25 years, she produced admissions and development materials that earned her professional, state and national awards for publication design that often incorporated her illustrations. Her career has also included educational communications design for classroom and educational television at CUNY and SUNY Geneseo.
Ms. Langelier-Lebeda illustrated both the cover and chapter illustrations for the book The Reindeer Keeper, HYPERLINK “http://www.thereinderkeeper.com” www.thereinderkeeper.com. Graduating with a B.S. in art education from Buffalo State that included study in Siena, Italy; she taught art K-12; earned a M.F.A. in graphic design and painting from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her career has included educational communications design for classroom and educational television at CUNY and SUNY institutions.
She established SnowLine Design to concentrate full time on freelance graphic design and illustration as well as on personal fine art work. She is an exhibiting member of the Adirondack Artists’ Guild in Saranac Lake, New York. She lives on the edge of the Adirondack Park on the Raquette River where she is presently working on the book version of Green Golly and Her Golden Flute.
Iva Kaufman: Project Development- global corporate and community relations specializes in collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to philanthropy, grantmaking, and not-for-profit management. She also advises socially responsible businesses on the design and development of programs in the public interest. Her work spans years for a far-reaching expertise in areas of women, environment, community, arts and culture and economic development, often using collaboration between these areas for innovative solutions and connections.
David Milch: Ars Veritas Foundation – A foundation devoted to social change through the arts
Randall Keith Horton, Album Producer is the man who made the Parents’ Choice Gold award winning album Green Golly and Her Golden Flute possible. Mr. Horton is the founder of the American Music Educational Television Project and the American Music Media independent label, organizations created to educate and remind Americans of their proud and varied musical heritage. Early in his career Horton was chosen by Duke Ellington to serve as his composing and conducting assistant, an experience that informed much of his musical career. Randall arranged music for the Jackson Five, Martha Reeves and Marvin Gaye. He holds degrees in television production and media management and has produced his American Music television shows from colleges in California, Illinois, Texas and New York. Randall and his amazing wife, Andrea, live in New York City, where they continue to develop Rakeiho Musical Offerings, a not-for-profit which serves as the parent corporation for their television and recording vision.
Bob Bralove, Album Producer “Little Kids Little Songs” was the MIDI wizard, producer (Infrared Roses, Built to Last), and co-writer of Gold and Platinum selling songs including, Picasso Moon, Way to Go Home, Easy Answers, Parallelogram, Little Nemo in Nightland, Sparrow Hawk Row, with The Grateful Dead for the last eight years of the long strange trip. Bralove, who has a Masters Degree in composition, studied with Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Wayne Peterson, focusing on composing orchestral and chamber works. He perfected his skills in the digital manipulation of sound, as the sound designer and computer music director for Stevie Wonder (Woman in Red, In Square Circle). After eight-year tenure with Stevie, he began working with the Grateful Dead. His first project was to help score the CBS remake of the television series The Twilight Zone.
In addition to songwriting, producing and MIDI wizard activities for the band, Bralove is especially well known for his undeniable creative sound, performing and designing with the Grateful Dead, the mind-bending, avant-garde, Drums and Space segments of their live shows. Bralove also performs his art work and music live across the U.S. and in Japan in solo concerts, with Dose Hermanos and The Psychedelic Keyboard Trio. Bralove’s paintings and prints have been featured in a three gallery/installation at the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts in Fremont, MI and at Newago Council of the Arts Gallery.
Bruce Lazarus, Orchestrator and Arranger: Composer Bruce Lazarus’ characterizes his music as “concise, architectural, contemporary, and in turn meditative, humorous, moody, and exuberant,” and his work include pieces for flute, piano, solo voice, chorus, chamber ensemble, and theater. His new album, Musical Explorations of the Messier Catalogue of Star Clusters and Nebulae, is available on CD or download at iTunes and Amazon. Bruce Lazarus resides in New York City. www.brucelazaruscomposer.com
Emily Thompson-Schweer (Curriculum Writer and Educational Consultant) has been a teacher of English since 1992. She studied music theory, ear training, and various instruments at Mannes College of music from 1977 to 1988. She has a BA with High Honors in English Literature from Smith College and a MA in the teaching of Creative Writing and Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Thompson- Schweer has designed curriculum for Creative Arts and Literature as well as the award winning SALAD program, which was acknowledged by Character Education Partnership in 2011.
Thompson-Schweer has taught all grades K through 12 and also directed opera at the New School University from 1999 to 2009. She is a teacher and director of a gifted and talented enrichment program in New Jersey. Thompson-Schweer is also a writer of children’s musicals published under the name Emily Clare Thompson.