Firehead Editions is proud to represent our distinguished composers of music for the church. Our composers have significant careers outside of their collected work here at Firehead Editions. Click on their names to explore their personal websites where you can read extended biographies, peruse more scores, and follow links to YouTube and Sound Cloud performances of their music. We strongly encourage to learn more about these artists and take a moment to contact them with any questions about their music.
Composer and organist Jared Isaac Aragón has been surrounded by music his entire life. Growing up in Central New Mexico, his parents owned a music store where he was given his first musical instrument: a glockenspiel. Soon after, he began piano lessons under Bobbi Carbajal and discovered a love for writing his own music. This passion led Aragón to pursue degrees in music composition from Eastern New Mexico University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Arizona where he has studied under composers Mark Dal Porto, Robert Mueller, and Daniel Asia, respectively. Check out his music in the Firehead catalogue.
Michael Bonaventure was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is well known as a composer, keyboardist, concertizing organist and promoter of new and experimental music based in London, Amsterdam and Edinburgh. He has composed many electronic and electroacoustic works, large-scale organ cycles “Darenth” & “In Orbit”, ensemble and solo instrumental works for Sounds Positive, David Appleton(piano-circus), Mark Spalding and an extended motet “O Virgo Virginum” for the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral. As a performer he has concertized throughout the UK, in Europe & USA, on BBC Radio 3 & Radio Scotland, premiered over 80 new works and made numerous CDs. Check out his music in the Firehead catalogue.
Winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition and Firmin Swinnen Silver Medalist at the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, Alcée Chriss III has been celebrated for his “grace, skill and abundant proficiency” by the Journal Assist News, Albuquerque. And of his prize-winning performance at the Longwood Gardens Competition, Choir and Organ Magazine declared, “Chriss stole the show.” Mr. Chriss also won First Prize and Audience Prize in the Miami International Organ Competition (2014), the Fort Wayne National Organ Competition (2016), the Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition in Wethersfield, CT (2013), and the Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists in Austin, TX (2013). Check out his music in the Firehead catalogue.
Frederick Frahm was born in Hemet, California, USA. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University where he earned degrees in Church Music and Organ Performance, his catalog of compositions includes works for organ solo including concert works and chorale preludes, chamber music, art songs and song cycles, music for handbell ensembles, several extended works for voices and orchestra, four operas, an organ concerto and a symphony. His music is represented worldwide by more than a dozen publishers. A professional church musician for more than 35 years, Frahm currently resides in Placitas, NM. Check out his music in the Firehead catalogue.
Mark Hewitt was born in Staffordshire, UK. He studied composition at the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University. His catalog includes music for orchestra, keyboard works, music for theatre, and extensive body of choral compositions. An accomplished educator, Hewitt has worked extensively with young musicians in broadening their understanding of music through creative and cultural exploration. As a choral conductor, Hewitt has founded a number of fine ensembles and presently serves as music director of Bridport Choral Society. Hewitt’s choral works have been performed by some of the UK’s finest professional choirs including the Merbecke Choir and Papagena. Check out his music in the Firehead catalogue.
Janet Jennings currently lives in Hamilton, New Zealand. She studied at the Universities of Auckland (organ, harpsichord) and Waikato (PhD in composition). She gained her formative choral experience singing in the choir of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland. She is one of New Zealand’s best known writers for voice. Her particular interest in setting the work of NZ poets is shown in such works as Magnificat from a Garden in the Antipodes which combines the Latin Magnificat text with poetry by Ursula Bethell. Her compositions include choral works, song cycles, solo instrumental works, chamber music, and operas. Check out her music in the Firehead catalogue.
Huw Morgan was born in Newport, South Wales, and studied at the University of Oxford and the Royal Academy of Music. A professional church musician for more than twenty years, he currently works in London as organist at St Laurence, Catford and director of the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral. His compositions for organ and choirs have featured at churches and cathedrals throughout the UK and Europe, on several recordings, on BBC Radio 3, and at London’s Southbank Centre. Check out his music in the Firehead catalogue.
In addition to concertizing, teaching, conducting, and composing, Joel Peters is co-artistic director and founder of Earth World, a creative force which generates new music, art, and literature through collaboration. Peters is currently Co-Director of Music (organist) at St. James United Church in Montreal. Check out his music in the Firehead catalogue.
Neil Thornock has written music for chamber, orchestral, and choral ensembles, electronic media, and a variety of keyboard instruments with emphasis on organ and carillon music. He has been awarded commissions from the Barlow Endowment three times.Neil has taught music composition and theory at Brigham Young University since 2007. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition. Check out his music in the Firehead catalogue.
Nicholas Wibberley was born in London, UK. He has been involved in professional music making at numerous Church of England and Roman Catholic churches. He is currently the Assistant Organist and Director of the Junior Choir at Beckenham Parish Church, London. Nicholas’ portfolio of compositions includes both sacred and secular works. Much of Nicholas’ writing is for voice or organ, but he has also written music for solo instruments, ensembles and orchestras. Check out his music in the Firehead catalogue.
Luiz Henrique Yudo is a Dutch/Brazilian composer of Japanese descent. He received his training as an architect at the University of São Paulo (FAU-USP) and later studied at the Nederlandse Film en Televisie Academie in Amsterdam. He studied privately with the Brazilian composer Damiano Cozzella and the American composer Tom Johnson. Many of his compositions are strongly inspired by visual associations. He writes scores in which there are aspects left open to the musicians in order to create an individual interpretation. Performers of his music are therefore invited to play a very active role in the creative process. Check out his music in the Firehead catalogue.