Mark Francis’ musical career has varied from teaching, composing, performing and writing to orchestral administration. He has studied composition with Walter Hartley and James Eversole, and guitar with Joanne Castellani, Clare Callahan and Joseph Fratianni. He holds a D.M.A. in composition from the University of Kentucky and has taught at Mississippi State University, Centenary College, Northwestern State University, Emory University, Midwestern State University and Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex.
He has received 10 ASCAP Standard Awards and 8 ASCAP Plus Awards for his compositions. His works has been performed internationally and have been part of the Corcoran Gallery Contemporary Music Series in Washington, D.C. The Jackson State University Orchestra premiered his composition on the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., The Trumpet of Conscience, at the Library of Congress in 2007. Conners Publications and Imagine Music publish his compositions.
Edna Alejandra Longoria is a Mexican-American composer born in McAllen, Texas and raised in Reynosa, Tam. México. Longoria obtained a MM in Music Composition at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB, and a BM in Music Composition from UTSA. Edna’s music has been premiered by various ensembles and musicians such as Verdant Vibes ensemble, North/ South Consonance ensemble, Chatter ensemble, Sonic Apricity, Elixir Piano Trio, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, pianist Clare Longendyke, flutist Iwona Glinka, soprano Noel Archambeault among others. Miss. Longoria’s music has been performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, SCI National Conference, Music by Women Festival, SCI Region VI Conference, LunArt Festival and the Alba Composition Festival. Edna’s piece “Danzas cautivas” won the 2019 call for scores at the LunArt Festival. In addition, Miss. Longoria won the 2019 San Antonio Performing Arts Grant Award. Edna’s music has been premiered in the US, Mexico, and Europe. Bio
Emily Madonia began studying the violin at age three in Anchorage, Alaska. After winning the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Young Artist’s Concerto Competition at age eighteen, she went on to earn a B.M. in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2006. Prominent teachers include: Beverly Beheim, Therese Fetter, Fred Halgedahl, Mikhail Kopelman and Zvi Zeitlin. She has appeared as a soloist with the Laredo Philharmonic, and has given numerous solo recitals. Emily has been a member of the Marini String Ensemble, Quartsemble and currently performs with Terra Vista Strings, Third Floor Music, Avalon Strings and Divisi Strings. She has taught chamber music at the Hochstein School, Eastman Community School and maintains a private studio in Houston. She also performs with the Corpus Christi, Victoria, Kingsville Symphony Orchestras, and the Houston Grand Opera.
Robert Saenz was raised in San Antonio, Texas where he studied percussion with Bill Powellson, Eric Remsen, Kirk Scott, and Dean Witten. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in music performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, under the tutelage of John Beck. As a freelance percussionist he has lived and worked in Rochester; New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and has performed across the United States.