Magnus Gautestad

The Missional Classical Musician: Building Crossover Bridges

New Beautiful Musical Art Exhibitions

Magnus, the summit host, is on a mission to empower beauty facilitators in music, art, and architecture for a holistic classical revival in the Western culture for the glory of God.

Through Beauty and the Faith Arts Centres, Together for Beauty Event Marketplace, and his classical crossover compositions, Magnus hopes to transcend modernism and honor the true, good, and beautiful. He is also an electric guitar player and has performed in trios with organ and violin in Norwegian churches. 

His latest concert premiered his original music together with traditional classical music and hymns, all while combining the music with beautiful visual art and reading of poetry, lyrics, and Scripture for contemplation.

Believing greater levels of collaboration across genres and art forms is one of the keys to bringing classical beauty to a wider audience, Magnus encourages more like-minded leaders in the movement to host online and local summits. He also has an ongoing crowdfunding campaign to support the first physical arts centre which will serve to share the works of new classical composers and painters.

Frederik Magle

Storytelling in Music and the Necessity of Beauty

Frederik Magle’s music has united some of Denmark’s biggest performing groups and celebrated some of the nation’s most significant milestones. As a musician, he has worked across genres and styles, represented his country at international competitions and forged an individual and distinctive path that remains unparalleled in Scandinavia. 

Born on the island of Falster, Magle was a child prodigy who was 8 when his music performed in public for the first time. He was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Music a year early, the only student approved to major in both organ and composition. Grateful but restless, he left after a year and a half, eager to get to work in both capacities. 

Magle’s relationship with the Denmark’s royal house was initiated with a work written to mark a visit by Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik to the composer’s hometown on Falster, Stubbekøbing.

In 2017, Magle was appointed to his first official organist position, at St Paul’s Church in Copenhagen, where he is employed as both performer (on organ and piano) and composer. He writes music for the church’s liturgical cycle and presents regular improvisations on liturgical tune and themes on both instruments.

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Dimitri Arnauts

Inspiration and Improvisation: The Fertile Link

Collaborating Across Art Forms: Art Song & Videography Allied With Painting or Poetry

Dimitri is a Belgian tonal composer (born in 1973), who has followed a self-taught path in music composition, poetry, and choral singing – and active professionally as a freelance composer since 2018.

Since 2001, he has written works of various sizes and settings, being mainly operas, incidental music, short film and animation film scores, concertos, symphonies and symphonic poems, suites, cantatas, psalms, oratorios, passion stories, masses, opera, and other vocal or instrumental works like art songs, chamber music suites, solo instrumental pieces, vocal improvisations, and theoretical/formal experiments with musical forms and settings.

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Rachel Devore Fogharty

Writing for The Voice: Turning Poetry Into Music

The Joy of Collaborations: Including Painters, Dancers, and Librettists with Your Music 

The Joy of Collaborations: Including Painters, Dancers, and Librettists with Your Music

Rachel DeVore Fogarty is a New York-based composer and pianist. Her works have been commissioned, awarded, and performed by organizations in the U.S. and internationally. 

Her works have been chosen for inclusion in Vox Reflexa’s New Millennium Composers project, the Cro Patria Choir Festival, and in the London Contemporary Church Music Festival. Her string quartet, sky darkening early, was selected as part of a reading session with the Grammy-nominated JACK Quartet.

Upcoming projects include the musical Unbelievable, with director Sam Scalamoni (book by John DeVore, lyrics/music by Kevin Fogarty) which was a semifinalist for the National Musical Theater Festival at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

Sean Milijasevic

Literature as a Complementary Art for Artistic Music Creation and Appreciation

Sean is a Belgrade-based craftsman of sound, specializing in creating original music and soundscapes for digital media. With a unique combination of expertise in marketing, business, music, and education Sean is helping people find the perfect sound for their art, films, video games, promotional videos, and business projects.

With a dynamic range spanning from classical to electronic and pop music, and an arsenal of technical experience in audio production Sean aims to produce new experiences for the listener through sonic landscapes that shift perspective and push towards a deeper sense of appreciation. He studied statistics, informatics, and quantitative finance at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade and has been a lifelong student of composition through mentorship and private studies. Sean also completed numerous courses and workshops in the fields of music production, and audio engineering. Some of his collaborations include renowned entities like the International Society of Bassist, Belgrade Philharmonic, and global businesses like United Naturals and NZXTS Consulting.

Boris Koller

How To Get Around The Gatekeeper System

Boris Koller is an Austrian composer and nyckelharpa player who used to live in Vienna before moving to Sweden. 

Among his works is a large-scale opera. He is also a painter specializing in Scandinavian landscapes. 

He took the initiative for what became a series of exhibitions under the Name “Gegen-Stand“, “Kitschannuale“ and “Kitschbiennale“.

Fredric Kroll

Compassionate Music: Fitting Un-Escapist Music In a World Full of Suffering

Fredric Joseph Kroll (born February 7, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American-German composer and writer.

At the age of eleven, he began to compose a cycle of 30 piano pieces in all tonalities, including the enharmonic relationships, to explore the potentials of each tonality to express different emotions. He called them “Episodes,” in order to distinguish them from Chopin’s “Préludes.” Although of uneven quality, they represent a quarry of thematic material (partially with Russian Jewish flavor) from which Kroll was later to draw in his magnum opus, his four-act opera “The Scarlet Letter.”

In 1964 in Freiburg Kroll realized that the tonal and melodic Late Romantic music still today dear to his heart was considered to be obsolete and anachronistic. Kroll feels that writing only dissonances that never resolve is tantamount to an attempt to inhale without ever exhaling, to eat hot spices without meat or vegetables. To those who might reproach Kroll’s music with “ escapism,” he replies that his compositions are not escapist at all, but replete with deep despair over the human condition, and that he feels it to be his mission to communicate to people imbued with compassion, to people to whom “just wanting to have fun” is alien in a world full of suffering, that they are not alone with their sorrows and their burdens.

Koll considers in hos own estimation that “Den ungeborenen Enkeln” (“To the Unborn Grandchildren,” 1986, after Clemens Brentano) and “Der Steppenwolf” after Hermann Hesse (2000) is two of his best works.


Composing Relationally: Making the Audience Feel What You Wanted Them to Feel

Heather compose music that explores universal questions of essence and finding beauty and joy in the midst of suffering, resulting in evocative pieces that take listeners on a journey which nourishes the soul, stimulates healing, and builds empathy.

Through her work as a composer, teacher, collaborative pianist, and church musician, she celebrates the communal and cultural aspects of music and is committed to bringing musicians and community members together through a range of musical experiences accessible to all people.


The Steps to Reunite Music and Visual Beauty

Born in the Alps, of a Swiss-French nationality and Italian-Argentinean origin, all this invite him to travel, meeting other cultures. Graduated of the Conservatory of Lyon in classical guitar and writing music (counterpoint, harmony and fugue), he obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Composition at the Conservatoire National de Lyon and then in film music at the Ecole Normale de Musique – Alfred Cortot in Paris.

He is premiered all over the world: Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cuba, France, England, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA.

Alexander Blechinger

The Necessary Courage to Compose Tonal

Alexander is a Vienna-based composer, conductor, tenor, and music teacher. In 1982 Blechinger founded Harmonia Classica, an organization devoted to the performance of contemporary tonal music and competitions for composers. He has managed to achieve success in a country where the state unilaterally favors modernist culture, and one of the key strategies to this has been hosting competitions. His passion and motto is to support New Beautiful Music.

Jeff Leigh

Crossover – Reaching new ears

Jeff Leigh is an active performer, composer, and teacher in the SW Florida area.  As a composer his recent commissions have been through collaborations with visual artists at the Von Liebig Art Gallery, the Marco Island Center for the Arts, and the Thomas Riley Studio. His compositions have been performed by the Cygnus ensemble, the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and the chamber series of the Naples Philharmonic.  He teaches violin, piano, and composition at The Village School Performing Arts Program and has released two violin albums – Christmas Sessions, I Must Decrease.

Jeff is also a pastor at Calvary Chapel Naples. He is involved with teaching, discipleship, and worship. He and his wife, Ashley, have also founded an arts ministry called “Abiding Arts Night” which features local and regional artists who desire to express the love of Jesus in their work.  Jeff has a PhD in composition from CUNY-Grad Center, two Master’s degrees from the Univ. of Akron (composition, violin), and a BM from Indiana University (violin). He is a former Tanglewood and Aspen Music Fellow. For upcoming performances go to

See the schedule, topics, and more information on all the summit sessions in our calendar