Dan Campolieta was born on Long Island in 1984 and raised in Connecticut. He is a pianist, organist, and composer in the Hartford, CT area. Dan's musical interests range from historically informed early music, to the most avant-garde, and everything in between. Having trained as both a classical organist and jazz pianist, his style of composition often fuses elements of both genres. Dan has worked with composers Morten Lauridsen, Chen Yi, Kenneth Fuchs, and Steven Sametz and has written a number of choral works and chamber compositions that have seen performances throughout the Northeast and beyond.
Dan received bachelor's degrees in organ performance and music education from the University of Connecticut in 2008. Dan serves as Organist and Associate Music Director for Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford. Recent commissions include compositions for the 26th General Synod of the United Church of Christ, an event in 2007 which featured Barack Obama as the keynote speaker, the Annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival at Asylum Hill Church in Hartford, and William Hall High School in West Hartford through support by the Goldfarb Memorial Trust, and most recently Voce through The Peter Bagley Commissioning Fund for New Works of Art. Dan's compositions and arrangements have been performed in Montreal, QC and Sevilla, Spain, as well as the Hartford XL Center, in Bushnell Park, Hartford, and at many prominent churches including Arlington St. Church in Boston, Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, and South Church in New Britain. His works have been performed by both professional ensembles, including Voce, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the Princeton Singers, as well as collegiate and high school choirs. In 2012, his first CD as a composer, Guided Imagery, was released featuring a 10-movement song cycle written for current Chanticleer baritone Marques Jerrell Ruff, as well as a shorter piece for clarinet trio.
Highlights of Dan's performance career include performing the Poulenc Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G Minor and the Finzi Eclogue for piano and strings with orchestras in Hartford, collaborating with composer Morten Lauridsen and playing piano on the recording premiere of his chamber work Be Still, My Soul, and playing piano on the premiere of jazz bassist Rufus Reid's composition for big band and soloists, Quiet Pride.
In addition to music, Dan is a fitness and wellness advocate. He lives in West Hartford with his wife, Christen, and Shiba Inu, Xander.
Colin Britt, originally from Maine, holds a bachelor's degree in music composition from the Hartt School and a master's degree in choral conducting from the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. His compositions have been performed by ensembles in Connecticut, including Voce, CONCORA, and the Yale Schola Cantorum, and by ensembles across the country and on three continents. Also active in musical theater, Mr. Britt has directed music for productions with the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival, the Summer Place Players, and Playhouse on Park in Connecticut. He has served as music director of Marquand Chapel at Yale, on the adjunct conducting faculty at Hartt, as the conductor of the Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers, and as the assistant music director at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. He is currently pursuing a DMA in Choral Conducting with Patrick Gardner at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He and his wife, Victoria, live in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Jeffrey Cregeur (b. 1996) is a senior at Montville High school aspiring to be a professional musical composer. He began his musical career studying piano with Paul Dubenetsky and currently studies piano with Debra Lyon and voice with Mary Beth Lee. Jeff began composing in his sophomore year of high school with his choral piece “The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked” using text from Psalm 1 of the Bible. The piece was premiered by the Montville High School Chamber Choir in the Navy Chapel in Annapolis and performed again at the World Heritage Festival in Annapolis, where Jeff received an award for the work. In February of 2014, the Music Department at Montville High School will perform another one of Jeff’s pieces, “Moon of my Delight,” which is a combined choir and band score set to the text of two poems from “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”. Jeff is beyond excited that his newest choral work, “Look to the Rose”, has the privilege of being premiered by the Voce Choir. Jeff’s love of composing flows from the urge to create the music he would like to hear.