"Terry Schlenker studied music composition at the University of North Dakota and the University of Denver, from which he holds a Master of Arts degree in composition. His choral works are widely recorded, published, and have been performed on five continents. Many of his pieces are regularly heard on the National Public Radio Network, and have been performed at most major national choral conventions. For Schlenker, to compose music is not an esoteric, intellectual exercise, but to articulate beauty, to express his deepest self, and to make a connection with the spiritual, both for himself and for others. An embryologist by profession, Schlenker co-founded and, for twelve years, directed one of the most successful human in-vitro fertilization laboratories in the world. He continues to work part-time as a consultant in embryology, and frequently lectures internationally on the topic."