Ed Robinson

Edwin C.Robertson is emeritus professor of music at the University of Montevallo. He was named the 2004 Carnegie Foundation/Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Alabama Professor of the Year. Robertson retired in 2005 after a 34-year career. Twice, he received the University Scholar Award at the University of Montevallo and was the winner of numerous ASCAP awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for his musical compositions. He was named the 1986 winner of the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, presented by the UM National Alumni Association. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Robertson earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Richmond and his doctor of music degree from Florida State University. At Montevallo, he taught music theory, music composition and music technology.

Charles Norman Mason

Charles Norman Mason has received many awards for his compositions, including the 2005 Samuel Barber Rome Prize Fellowship, the 1998 Premi Internacional de Composicio Musical Ciutat de Tarragona Orchestra Music prize, and a 1994 National Endowment of the Arts Individual Composers Grant. He has held residencies at the Hambidge Center, the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, the ppIianissimo New Music Festival in Bulgaria, and was sponsored by the Seaside Institute as a "Escape To Create" composer-in-residence at Seaside, Florida. Mason was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and holds a doctorate in music composition from the University of Illinois. sn strong advocate of other composers and new music in general, Dr. Mason is executive director of Living Artist Foundation, an organization devoted to promoting new music. Mason was editor of the Living Music journal for fifteen years prior to taking over the Foundation in 1999. Mason is also co-founder of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance, an organization whose primary purpose is to present concerts of new music in the Birmingham area. He teaches composition and theory at Birmingham-Southern College.