Joseph Turrin’s music has been commissioned and performed by some of the worlds leading orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists. His work encompasses many varied forms, including film, theater, opera, orchestral, chamber, jazz, electronic, and dance. Several of his films and recording projects have been nominated for Emmy and Grammy Awards. Turrin’s works have been recorded on RCA, EMI, Teldec, Naxos, Summit, Klavier, Cala, Albany, Crystal, and others. Not only a recipient of several commissions from the New York Philharmonic, the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, and Live from Lincoln Center, his works have been championed by such noted musicians as Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Wynton Marsalis, Beverly Sills, Canadian Brass, and Ann-Sophia Mutter. In 2006, Joseph Turrin was awarded an honorary Master of Humane Letters from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester. He is currently on the faculty of the Hartt School and Montclair State University.
Philip Smith, Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, has been with the orchestra since October 1978, when he was appointed as Co-Principal Trumpet by Zubin Mehta. His early training on the cornet was under the tutelage of his father, Derek Smith, himself a renowned cornet soloist. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, having studied with Edward Treutel and William Vacchiano. While still at Juilliard, Mr. Smith was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Sir Georg Solti, in January 1975.
Mr. Smith regularly appears as soloist, recitalist and clinician. He has performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic on numerous occasions, and has also appeared with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Newfoundland Symphony, Columbus (Indiana) Symphony, Pensacola (Florida) Symphony, Hartford (Connecticut) Symphony, and Beaumont (Texas) Symphony.
Mr. Smith has also appeared with many symphonic wind ensembles, including the United States President's Own Marine Band, La Philharmonie des Vents des Quebec, Hanover Wind Symphony, Ridgewood Concert Band, and many major university wind ensembles.
An avid brass band enthusiast, Mr. Smith has been guest soloist with the United States Army Brass Band, Goteborg Brass (Sweden), Black Dyke Mills and Ridged Containers Bands (Britain), Hannaford Street Silver Band and Intrada Brass (Canada), and numerous American and Salvation Army Brass Bands.
Mr. Smith has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, and has appeared as recitalist and clinician at Caramoor International Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Swiss Brass Week, Bremen (Germany) Trumpet Days, Oslo (Norway) Trumpet Week, Harmony Ridge (Vermont) Festival, Scotia Festival of Music and numerous International Trumpet Guild conferences.
Mr. Smith enjoys performing with his Gospel ensemble, Resounding Praise, throughout North America.
Baritone Stephen Lancaster, born and raised in Ontario, Canada, has sung roles ranging from Nanni in Haydn’s L’infedeltà delusa to Schaunard in Puccini’s La Bohème, in appearances with Arbor Opera Theater, Motor City Lyric Opera, Great Lakes Lyric Opera, University of Michigan Opera Theater, Opera Notre Dame, and the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. His concert appearances have included the Haydn Harmoniemesse, Handel Messiah, Duruflé Requiem, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem & Five Mystical Songs, and the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, and Fauré Requiem with the South Bend Symphony. Indulging his passion for song literature, he frequently performs a wide range of repertoire in recital and will collaborate with Martin Katz in 2010. He holds a D.M.A. in vocal performance from the University of Michigan, where he studied with George Shirley and Caroline Helton, and he currently studies with Judith Haddon.
In addition to classical singing, he is active in sacred music, as an organist, singer, & choral conductor, having served in various churches, performed sacred concerts, and conducted workshops both in the United States and France. Currently he serves as Choir Director and Associate Organist at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Elkhart, IN. Since 2007, he has served on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame in the undergraduate vocal performance and Master of Sacred Music programs.
A beloved TV personality and entertainer, Regis Philbin is known throughout the nation as the host of the popular morning television program, Live, with Regis and Kelly. His television career has spanned over forty years earning him three Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on Live as well as his popular game show Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. In 2008 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards and in 2004 he set the Guiness World Record for "Most Hours on Camera" with 15,188. His work is enjoyed by countless Americans and his love of Notre Dame is a frequent topic on his morning show.
Philbin is a 1953 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a proud supporter of his alma mater.