Composer-in-Residence Jon Deak was for many years the Associate Principal Bassist of the New York Philharmonic. His Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, "The Headless Horseman," was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. He founded the Very Young Composers, a national award-winning program, whereby Public School children, age 9 – 13, composed and orchestrated their own music for the New York Philharmonic and the Colorado Symphony (where he was Composer-in-Residence from 1994-1997). Mr. Deak's compositions have been performed at music festivals worldwide and by such institutions as the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago, National, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Seattle, New Jersey, Atlanta, Colorado, and many other symphony orchestras and chamber groups. Mr. Deak has been an outspoken environmental advocate. He performed his solo work “B.B. Wolf, an Apologia” before congress in defense of wolves. An avid wilderness mountaineer, he has led climbing expeditions into the Canadian Rockies, Alaska, and the Himalayas.