Pen & the Inkwell
Winner, 2011 Storytelling World Award. Journey through the sacred stories of Hans Christian Andersen with story performer Roger Petersen and composer Daniel Barta. Visit a castle enveloped in roses and a greenhouse in which all the plants have heartbeats. Meet an arrogant inkwell, a wise willow tree, a lake that collects pearls, and Night. Experience a violent thunderstorm, the flashing northern lights, and a mother's sweet lullaby. Explore compassion, humility, loneliness, redemption, and unexpected grace. Roger Petersen, Story Performer Roger Petersen is Professor of Speech and Story Performance at Philadelphia Biblical University where he has taught since 1982. Roger holds a B.S. in Bible from Philadelphia Biblical University, an M.A. in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, an M.Ed. in storytelling from East Tennessee State University, and a D.Litt. In narrative studies from Drew University. His dissertation focused on the adaptation of the life and works of Hans Christian Andersen for solo performance. He is presently working on a one-man play on the life and works of Hans Christian Andersen, which includes all of the stories on this recording. Roger has made three trips to China presenting storytelling concerts. He has twice been a featured storyteller at the International Storytelling Institute at East Tennessee State University. In June, 2000, he performed at the International Hans Christian Andersen Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Roger has written numerous articles for Storytelling World and was a contributing author to Treasures from Europe: Stories and Classroom Activities published by Libraries Unlimited. He is a senior instructor with Walk Thru the Bible Ministries headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Recognized as one of the organization's top instructors, Roger has told the story of the entire Bible to over 100,000 people at over 700 seminars. Roger resides in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, with several rose bushes and Japanese maples. Daniel Barta, Composer Daniel Barta is Professor and Director of Music Theory and Composition at Roberts Wesleyan College where he has taught since 2007. For fourteen years he served as Chair of Music Theory and Composition at Philadelphia Biblical University. Dan holds the B.Mus., M.Mus., and DMA from Temple University, where he studied with Clifford Taylor, Maurice Wright, and Matthew Greenbaum. His compositions include instrumental and vocal solos, choral works, chamber music, and works for wind ensemble and orchestra. His works have been performed by Anne Martindale Williams (Principal Cellist, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), David Kim (Concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra), Michael Stairs (Organist, Philadelphia Orchestra), Sharon Sweet (soprano and Associate Professor, Westminster Choir College) and Samuel Hsu and Paul Jones (duo-pianists, Tenth Presbyterian Church). Dan's works are recorded on the DTR label and published by Concordia, Choristers Guild, and Paul Jones Music, Inc. He lives with his wife Peggy and two children, Jessica and Jonathan, and Havanese dog Pippin in Rochester, New York.