Brian Dallow, composer, studied at the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the London School of Economics, Brandeis University, and Rutgers University. He holds degrees in performance, composition and theory, and musicology. Brian taught music theory and composition at Rutgers University in New Jersey and at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is the co-author of “Elemental Music Craft.,” a music theory textbook published by Rutgers University Press and his compositions include chamber music, incidental music for theatre and film, as well as musical scores for four musicals. Brian is the President and Executive Director of Music For All Seasons, Inc.®, an organization created to bring the therapeutic power of live music to underserved audiences, which he and his wife, Artistic Director Rena Fruchter, founded in 1991. Brian was instrumental in launching an innovative new MFAS program, Voices of Valor®, which uses the writing of lyrics and music to address issues of trauma and stress in veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Voices of Valor, has received major grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, and PNC Bank. He was a founding co-chair of the Alliance for Arts and Health New Jersey, and serves on the Research Committee of the Global Alliance for Arts and Health. In addition to Music For All Seasons, Brian is the co-founder of two orchestras, the New York Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey (now The Discovery Orchestra). In April of 1997 he was awarded a Certificate for “Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community” by the United States Congress.
Rena Fruchter is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Music For All Seasons, an organization that presents musical programs for people confined in institutions including hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and special facilities for children. The organization runs the acclaimed “Voices of Valor” project. Music For All Seasons was co-founded by Rena and her husband, Brian Dallow, in 1991.
Ms. Fruchter is a distinguished pianist, writer and educator. Her performances have taken her throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and the Far East in both solo and ensemble appearances. With long-time friend and colleague Dudley Moore, Rena toured the United States and Australia in duo-piano performances.
A Philadelphia native, she made her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of six, performing the Haydn Piano Concerto in D Major. At age eleven, she gave her first performance with the Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler at the Esplanade, later returning to perform the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall.
A graduate of Brandeis University, Rena also holds degrees in both piano performance and pedagogy from the Royal College of Music in London, England, where she studied with Louis Kentner and Lamar Crowson.
For twelve years, Rena Fruchter was a music columnist for The New York Times/NJ Weekly, and music critic of the Central New Jersey Home News. She was also a music critic and an arts commentator for New Jersey Public Television, a critic and London Music Correspondent for the Boston Herald and a contributor to many other publications. She hosted the radio interview program, “Backstage Portraits.”
Ms. Fruchter is the author of three critically acclaimed books—two in the biographical genre—Dudley Moore—An Intimate Portrait, and I’m Chevy Chase…and you’re not. Her most recent book, The Orchestra Murders—A Cynthia Masters Mystery, was released the United States and throughout the world.
Newly appointed (as of Nov. 1) Senior Director Peter Hill, a resident of Fanwood, NJ, will bring a wealth of musical and organizational experience to MFAS. Peter has served as director of music in Methodist, Presbyterian, and RCA churches.
Peter served as director of choirs for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, CA, and has teaching and administrative experience with the All-Saints Episcopal Day School, Hoboken, NJ., the Cleveland Music School Settlement, the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, NJ; and with the Suburban Music Study Club in Middlesex County, NJ, where he serves as president. He has also directed the Carter Burden Singers, a community chorus of the Carter Burden Network in East Harlem. Peter holds a master of music degree in piano performance and a professional studies diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music; a master of education in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a bachelor’s degree in music from Bucknell University. Commenting on the next phase of his career, Peter said: “Throughout my career, I’ve dedicated my skills to serving others through music, so I am thrilled to join the team of MFAS and to support the mission of bringing music to where it is needed most.”
Dana Daddio is Administrative Assistant at Music For All Seasons. Dana is a graduate of Montclair State University, holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Studies with a minor in Vocal Performance. Dana has been recognized by The Paper Mill Playhouse of Milburn, New Jersey as a nominee of their Rising Star award program as a young theatre artist.
Dana is excited to be working with Montclair State University once again through MFAS’ new partnership with the John J. Cali School of Music’s new Cali Collective Ensemble program. The program mentors MSU graduate students in live MFAS programs in various facilities.
In addition to her administrative duties, Dana is currently a working vocalist who tours New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire with several bands and tribute acts. She is represented by leading New Jersey talent agencies Monte Entertainment and Beatgig, which has presented her performances at Met Life Stadium for NFL game pre-shows, Penn State University, Rutgers University, and theatres and casinos across the East Coast, including Caesar’s Palace, The Larcom and Majestic Theatre of Massachusetts. Her other passions include reading, attending Broadway shows, and being an active donor and member of the ASPCA guardian program, assisting adoptions and securing foster homes for animals in need of FURever homes.