Dr. John Corina (1928-2014) taught composition, oboe, and theory at the University of Georgia, Athens, and performed with the Georgia Woodwind Quintet for twenty-ﬁve years. While there he was a full professor, served as Chairman of Theory and Composition, was a member of the graduate faculty and, in 1985, was awarded the university's teaching excellence Professorship. He has been Professor Emeritus of Music since his retirement in 1991.
As composer of over 130 works, Dr. Corina has received fourteen awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and other organizations. As an oboist, he has performed throughout North America and Europe, accepting nine invitations to appear at the International Double Reed Society. He was a church organist and choir director for 50 years until retirement, the last 24 years of which he held the position of organist/choirmaster of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Athens. He also directed and conducted the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the Athens Choral Society, as well as numerous other choruses, orchestras, and bands.
The premiere of This Endris Night was on December 24, 2004, at St. Stephen's Anglican Catholic Church in Athens, Georgia, under the direction of organist/choirmaster, William Coscarelli. This publication is the result of a performance by University of Georgia's Collegium Musicum conducted by Dr. Mitos Andaya as part of the University's Holiday Concerts 2011.