DR. GREGORY NEWTON
Dr. Newton is an internationally recognized concert guitarist, festival performer, professor, clinician and director of the American Guitar Society. He regularly commissions new works. One of these, "Three Songs for Guitar," written by Elizabeth Sellers, has had a number of performances locally and internationally and is included in the website playlist.
OWL AND DOVE
Award-winning singers, songwriters and musicians, David "Searching Owl" Beaulieu and Janet "Quiet Dove" DeBlois hail from New Hampshire. They perform regularly at powwows and record their music under the name Owl and Dove. Their haunting melodies are referenced in two tracks on my new CD, Night Moves and Night On The Mesa.
Lucas Fehring is a Grammy winning engineer, CSUN Media Composition graduate, and a former student of Elizabeth Sellers. He is freelancing around LA as an assistant, mixer, and composer and is the lead engineer at MB Gordy’s recording studio in Tarzana, CA. He has engineered hundreds of sessions for movies, games, and TV projects.
Elizabeth Sellers is a retired full professor for the Department of Music at California State University, Northridge. She founded and directed an internationally recognized B.M. degree option for the study of commercial music composition, one of less than a handful of such programs.
She holds degrees with honors in composition and orchestral conducting including a graduate certificate in film and TV scoring. She has studied with Aspen and Juilliard teachers and with major orchestral conductors. Her professional work has earned her the doctoral equivalent. Elizabeth has garnered Prime-time Emmy Award recognition for her work on the opening ceremonies for the Salt Lake Winter Olympics.
Elizabeth’s extensive experience includes guest conducting for composers like Joan Tower, session conducting for Disney and musical theatre director/arranger work. She has written concertos, scored commissions for Shakespeare productions, choral ensembles and touring dance troupes and has premiered new works at CSUN. Elizabeth received the Exceptional Creative Accomplishments Award from Northridge for a documentary music score and collaboration. Recently Elizabeth conducted for John Debney at a concert in the CSUN Soraya Performing Arts Center. Her groups regularly host Hollywood A-list composers.
Her scores have been showcased at the Palm Springs and LA Film Festivals as well as other local and international venues. Reviewers have noted Elizabeth’s writing is eclectic and versatile, powerful and evocative. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Composers and Lyricists, running a program for mentors and new members.