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Florida native Edward Lein (b. 1955) is the Music Librarian at Jacksonville Public Library's Main Library, and holds Master's degrees in both Music Theory and Library Science from Florida State University. As a tenor soloist he appeared in recitals, oratorios and dramatic works throughout his home state, and drawing on his performance experience the majority of his early compositions are vocal works. Following performances of pieces by the Jacksonville Symphony, including "Meditation," for cello, oboe and orchestra (premiered June 2006) and IIn the Bleak Midwinter" (premiered December 2007), his instrumental catalog has grown largely due to requests from Symphony players for new pieces.