MISHA V. STEFANUK
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Misha has written more then 130 works for a variety of instrumentations, as well as music for over thirty theater shows, including an original score for Y2K Survival Guide with Leonard Nemoy. Misha has composed a significant amount of music for network television, including programs such as Good Morning America, All My Children, Lincoln High and One Life to Live (ABC), Passions (NBC), The Chris Isaak Show (Showtime) Young and the Restless and First Monday (CBS), and DVD release of Laverne and Shirley. Among his nineteen books are the Mel Bay Publications best-sellers Jazz Piano Chords (nr.1 in Jazz Piano since 2002), Jazz Piano Scales, Jazz Piano for the Young Beginner, Jazz Piano Album, Step By Step, How to Improvise Classical Music on Piano and Piano for Adults.

Mr. Stefanuk was a monthly columnist for Creative Keyboard and served as adjudicator at the Chopin Youth Piano Competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2004-06. Mr. Stefanuk was a prize-winner of the Stereotypes and Nations Composition Competition held by Muzica Centrum Art Society in Cracow, Poland for his composition Equinokse for oboe, string trio and prepared piano, and of the Concerto Aria Composition Competition at Belmont University for his piece The New American Symphony. He was also named Outstanding Piano Player at the l29th Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and has won full scholarships at Belmont University, Washington State University, and Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute.

Misha and his wife, Evan, teach over one hundred students at Johnson Ferry Conservatory of Music in Atlanta Georgia and privately. Among them are recording artists, TV personalities, winners of national and regional competitions, and teachers. Misha's students attended a number of prestigious music schools in US, and abroad. Mr. Stefanuk has released over twenty CDs varying from Contemporary Classical to Jazz, including a recording of Bach’s Inventions. In 2007 Mr. Stefanuk became the musical director of The New Opera, the company dedicated to produce new operas written in English and for contemporary audience with productions and CD recordings of Misha’s operas An American Story: George Gershwin, Wolfy, The Kitty Who Lost Her Meow and The True Story of Wolf and Red Riding Hood.

 

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