Our Members


Michael Coleman received his doctorate from the University of Maryland and the M.M. and B.M. degrees from the University of New Orleans and the University of South Alabama. His principle composition teachers were Lawrence Moss, Jerry Sieg, and Carl Alette. He has participated as composer and/or pianist in numerous new music programs and festivals in the U.S., France & Russia, including the Astrakhan Contemporary Chamber Music Festival, Birmingham Art Music Alliance, Birmingham New Arts Stage, Capital Composers Alliance, Charles Ives Center, College Music Society, Delius Association of Florida, Louisiana Composers Guild, Moscow Autumn, New Music Chicago, Society of Composers, Inc., Southeastern Composers' League, and various festivals in Kolomna, Kostroma, Moscow, and Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Coleman received the Artist Fellowship grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 1994 and a Meet-the-Composer grant through the Southern Arts Federation in 1995. Other awards include first prize in both the 1991 and 1992 NFMC National Composer's Competitions and first prize in the 1989 Res Musica Baltimore Competition. Recent awards include Certificate of Excellence for Best Short Composition and First & Second Prize in the Keyboard Category of the 2001 Composer's Guild Competition held in Farmington, Utah. He is currently teaching at Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida.

Monroe Golden is a freelance composer, computer programmer, and itinerant forest gardener. His compositions often explore microtonal systems, and have been broadcast on adventurous radio and performed in concerts throughout the world. Critics have called his music “delightfully disorienting” and “lovely, sumptuous, yet arcane.”Awards include an artist fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and commissions from solo performers, ensembles, and the Alabama Music Teachers Association. Beyond his artistry, Golden has actively encouraged and promoted the innovative arts in his resident community. He is a founding member of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance, serving as President from 2003-2005. He has also headed the Birmingham Art Association and the ARTBURST Performance Series at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham. He produced the 1998 Birmingham International Improvisation Festival, and founded the New Arts Stage of Birmingham's City Stages, directing the stage from 1999-2004. He graduated from the University of Montevallo and earned a doctorate from the University of Illinois, studying composition with James A. Jensen, Ed Robertson, Ben Johnston, Aurel Stroé, and Herbert Brün. A CD of his music A Still Subtler Spirit, is available from CD Baby and other online and independent music stores. His latest CD Alabama Places was released in August 2007 by innova Recordings.