Brian Vlasak (b. 1979) received both his B. Mus. and M. Mus. from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where he studied composition with David Heinick, Paul Siskind, and Paul Steinberg. He is currently a doctoral student in composition, taking lessons with David Gompper and Larry Fritts and teaching Musicianship III. In addition to composing and teaching, Mr. Vlasak has recently discovered a love for conducting, having directed two of his own works, a world premiere of a chamber work by George Hufnagl, and a fully staged operatic production whose realization almost moved the reviewer 'to tears.'
Brian's music has received local and national awards ranging from a composition fellowship at the University of Iowa to various awards from ASCAP. He has had the good fortune of having his music presented at the 2005 SCI Student National Conference in Morgantown, West Virginia and the 2005 ACDFA Northeast Regional Conference in Orono, Maine. Other venues range from radio stations in the northeastern United States to conservatory settings in Melbourne, Australia.
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