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Chicago Flute Club Forums 2022-2023

Sunday, November 20, 2022 (2-3:30 pm CST)

Jay Berger, head of copyright and licensing for Presser and Fischer, with 15 years' experience in pop licensing preceding his present position, will cover many topics ranging from how to protect one's copyrights, earn royalties from original works and arrangements, how and when to obtain permission to use other writers' words or music, and the ever-changing world of licensing and social media.

Daniel Dorff has run Theodore Presser Company's publication department for over 30 years, during which time the company has evolved into one of the world's leading sources for flute repertoire and pedagogical methods. He will moderate the afternoon presentation and Q & A. 

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Jay Berger is the Manager of the Licensing and Copyright Department at both Carl Fischer Music and the Theodore Presser Company. Jay earned a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Since graduating law school in 1988, Jay has worked in the music industry representing a far range of clients from music publishers and record labels to diverse recording artists and songwriters ranging from doo wop artists of the 50’s, disco kings and queens from the 70’s to the old school pioneer hip-hop artists. Jay is a frequent copyright lecturer who has spoken at regional and nation music industry conventions.

Daniel Dorff has run Theodor Presser Company’s publication department for over 30 years, during which time the company has evolved into one of the world’s leading sources for flute repertoire and pedagogical methods. A sought-after expert on music engraving and notation, he has lectured at many colleges as well as Carnegie Hall, won over 50 MPA Paul Revere Awards for Excellence in Music Engraving, and advised the leading notation software companies. He serves on the Boards of Directors for the Music Publishers' Association of the USA, Charles Ives Society, Vincent Persichetti Society, Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, the New Music Committee of the International Clarinet Association and has served on the Board and committees of the National Flute Association.

Dorff's compositions have been published by Presser, Fischer, Keiser/Southern, Shawnee, Mel Bay, and Kendor, and recorded on Albany, Bridge, Centaur, Crystal, Azica, and many other labels. Performers have uploaded over 500 YouTubes of his compositions and arrangements, which have received over 1,300,000 views.

Daniel Dorff's flute music has entered the repertoire and is frequently performed and recorded worldwide; in the 6 years since its publication, over 35 flutists have shared YouTube performances of his Sonata (Three Lakes). Dorff has written 7 commissions for the Philadelphia Orchestra's education department , and the Minnesota Orchestra's Kinder Konzert series has performed his music over 200 times.

Highlights of 2022 include the Philadelphia Orchestra Education Department's music video of Dorff's A Treeful of Monkeys (Narrator and Mixed Quintet) to be released as a YouTube free to the public; several rescheduled premieres of works postponed during the quarantine period; Jasmine Choi's rescheduled performance of Concertino for Flute and Orchestra at the Cote Festival in Geneva, Switzerland, and many on-campus recitals of woodwind solo and chamber music.

Daniel Dorff was born in New Rochelle, NY; acclaim began at age 18 with First Prize in the Aspen Music Festival's annual composers' competition. Dorff received degrees in composition from Cornell and University of Pennsylvania; teachers included George Crumb, George Rochberg, Karel Husa, Henry Brant, Ralph Shapey, and Elie Siegmeister. He studied saxophone with Sigurd Rascher and bass clarinet with Ronald Reuben. Dorff served from 1996 through 2015 as Composer-In-Residence for Symphony in C, in which he played bass clarinet from 1980 through 2002.

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