Dream a Story
Paul Safar (Artistic Director/Composer/Music Director) is an award-winning composer with a B.Mus in composition/theory. He has produced five CDs of original music in a wide variety of styles. His choir pieces have been performed in Seattle and Eugene and his chamber music in New York City's CAMI Hall. Recently, Paul has been the music director and primary composer for Cherry Blossom's show Visual Music. Together with Nancy Wood he wrote and recorded the original children's musical Nisse's Dream, and has also composed a number of contemporary pieces which have been performed at The Seventh Species Composer's Series in Portland OR. Paul also had an original folk opera entitled Chenoa performed in Greenville, Ohio in 1995. Paul teaches piano and composition at his private studio in Eugene. His students range in age from six to sixty. He is the proud parent of two wonderful children. Nancy Wood (Artistic Director/ Performer/Choreographer) has an eclectic background in music, dance and theater. As a vocalist and lyricist, she writes and performs new music with Paul Safar, as well as other contemporary composers. Recent projects include directing and performing in Visual Music 2006 and 2007, and producing her and Safar's original children's musical, Nisse's Dream. Nancy originated the stage role of Mother/Witch in Nisse's Dream in 2005, and is the narrator and on the storytelling CD of the same musical. As a dancer she performed with San Nicholas and Co. And toured with Holiday on Ice International. She has choreographed a number of works for children and adults, including "The Troll Dance" from Nisse's Dream, and "Clouds Pass By", a multi age modern dance piece. In addition to her work with Cherry Blossom, she teaches music, dance and pilates at Ballet Northwest Academy and The Eugene Ballet Academy. She is raising two amazing children of her own.