Blake R. Henson is an active theorist and composer currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Theory at The Ohio State University, where he teaches undergraduate music theory and aural skills. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Theory and Composition as well as a Master's degree in Composition from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Hailed by the Westminster Journal of Music as "one of the most important composers of our time," Henson has been praised for his diverse and imaginative musical works which the New Jersey Star-Ledger called "powerful and thoughtful at the same time." Sought after for his choral, vocal, and orchestral work, Mr. Henson has received numerous commissions from professional ensembles, colleges, high schools, churches, and community choruses and orchestras including Chanticleer, Westminster Kantorei, Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra, the the New Jersey Chamber Singers, and Anam Cara. His music is published by GIA Music. As a theorist, Mr. Henson is currently developing a system of generative theory that demonstrates the connection between German Romantic music and the early works of Arnold Schoenberg, focusing particularly on his choral work Friede auf Erden (op.13). Mr. Henson is a student of Gregory Proctor.
Benjamin Williams is a composer in central Ohio pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition at The Ohio State University School of Music. He is married to violinist Emily Williams. Williams has had performances by The Akron New Music Ensemble, The University of Akron Chamber Choir, and The Cleveland Chamber Symphony under the direction of Dr. Daniel McCarthy. Recent performances include the 2008 The Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, Electronic Music Midwest Festival, Kentucky New Music Festival, SCI Region VI Conference and the University of Nebraska New Music Festival. He has recently been awarded by the Johnstone Woodwind Master Series III Competition and the APSU 21st Annual Young Composers Competition. Williams has also been a National Federation of Music Clubs recipient of the ASCAP/Victor Herbert Award as well as an honorable mention by the San Francisco Choral Artists. Recent commissions include the University of Akron Men's Chorus.