Mari Esabel Valverde (b. 1987) composes choral, vocal, orchestral and chamber works, including two song cycles. Her music has been described as a gem, known for depth and a need to go towards ecstasy. She believes music is fundamental to education and crucial to human development; she looks forward to collaborations with ensembles across the world.
"Oracle of Spring" for SATB chorus a cappella (2'30''); "Månskenskväll" for SATB chorus (div.) a cappella (2'); "Prayer of St. Francis" for SATB chorus and piano (3'30''); "Cuatro poemas de Octavio Paz" song cycle in Spanish for high voice and piano (12'); "To digte af Tove Ditlevsen" song cycle in Danish for high voice and piano (7'); "Marche des pirates" for brass quintet (3'); "Man in the Top Hat" for brass quintet (2'45''); "her first snow" for string orchestra (5'30''); "Still wie die Nacht" for SSAATTBB chorus a cappella (5'30''); "The Cloths of Heaven" for SATB chorus and piano, also available for chorus, harp, and string orchestra (3'30''); "When You Are Old and Gray and Full of Sleep" for SATB chorus and piano, also available for chorus, harp, and string orchestra (3'30'')
Music exists in order to bring people together to celebrate living, to share in sorrowful moments, to contemplate the universe, and most importantly, to expose sensitivities and communicate the depth of human emotion. The more we remind ourselves of who we are and of what we are capable, the better we feel and live. Let our songs be our love of life.
An alumnus of the University of Louisville, the Aspen Music Festival and the New College Music Festival, Wes Ramsay has built a career as performing, academic and business musician, engaged in endeavors that build bridges between the academic and business worlds and between British and American music education institutions. Currently, Wes serves as Representative of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), Academic Director of The Harp School, Inc.
Recent Premieres:When We Build, Cincinnati Children's Choir, March 2010 Winning composition, CCC National Composition Competition
Leonardo's Riddle, American Choral Directors Association National Convention, March 2009
Rejoice, The Lord Is King, Harmony International, Dublin, Ireland, December 2008. US Premiere, The Davidson Chorale, Augusta, GA
Etude for Eight Trombones, Tennessee Technological University, April 2010
Susan's Sixteen: International Trombone Festival, June 2011
Come Away To The Skies: A High Lonesome Mass, September 2011, Chor Anno, Vancouver, WA.
Deanna (Levsen) Wehrspann is a professional piano accompanist in the Sioux Falls, SD, area, working extensively at Augustana College and in opera with Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. She is a member of the South Dakota Chorale, a professional vocal ensemble, and has been pianist and/or violinist with both the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Augustana Orchestra. She is also an active church musician.
"Empty Branches, Crystalline Grace" String orch (premiered 2012: Augustana College Orchestra); "Great is thy Faithfulness" arr. SATB/piano (prem. 2012: Our Savior's Lutheran Senior Choir); "The Tie Between Us" (Mary Logue text) Sop/piano (prem. 2012: Kristen Meidinger, Augustana Coll.); "In the Beginning Was the Word" SSA/str quartet (prem. 2011: Angelus, Augustana Coll.); "Moonless Darkness Stands Between" (G.M. Hopkins text) TTBB/piano (prem. 2011: Minnehaha Mandskor); "It Was Always You" (Catherine Wehrspann text) SATB/piano (prem. 2011: Lincoln HS Choir); When Darkness Comes Home" (Ivan Fuller text) SATB/violin (2011); "Wonderings" (Mary Logue text) Sop/piano (prem. 2011: Susanne Harmon, U. of South Dakota); "Distractions" (Ivan Fuller text) Voice/piano (prem. 2010: Ivan Fuller, Augustana Coll.); "The Heart Speaks in Silence: Songs Without Words" Piano (prem. 2010: Deanna Wehrspann, Augustana Coll.); "May Your Voice Be At Peace" (Ivan Fuller/D. Wehrspann text) SATB (prem. 2010: Washington HS reunion choir) to be published 2013 by Augsburg Fortress; "Enough" (Christina Rossetti text) Tenor/piano (prem. 2010: Eric Wassenaar, Augustana Coll.); "Now Thank We All Our God" (C. Winkworth text) SATB (prem. 2010: Our Savior's Lutheran Senior Choir); Colors of Lorraine" (Ivan Fuller text; paintings by Lorraine Sack) Sop/piano (prem. 2009: Lisa Grevlos, Augustana Coll.); "Schumann-Ehrung" (Friedrich Ruckert text) Sop/piano (prem. 2009: Malerie Mertz, Augustana Coll); "Hearts River" (Lee Gregors text) Voice/piano (prem. 2009: Terra Goplen, Augustana Coll.).
I strive to create a beautiful or memorable melody, and find artistic satisfaction in taking a fine text and painting additional layers in and around it. I find joy in creating moments that might touch others emotionally.
Among my early musical impressions were those made when I attended synagogue with my parents. There was an outstanding cantor and choir, and the beautiful and haunting melodies and harmonies became indelibly etched in my ear, helping to lay the groundwork, even before I had any appreciation for the grandeur and beauty of our liturgy, for what has been a 30+year side-career as a cantorial soloist.
Prayer for the State of Israel - SATB w piano; The Lord My Shepherd Is - SATB w piano; Waltz of Days - string quartet; Four Pieces for Flute and Piano; Psalm 23 - vocal solo with organ; Psalm 24 - SATB anthem with organ: "Aria" - soprano w/orchestra; "Gallop of Heroes" - orchestra; "Blue Prelude" - orchestra; "March & Scherzo" - piano; Psalm 150 - SSAATTBB; Psalm 113 - SSAATTBB with soli; "Ma-oz Tzur" (Hanukkah Hymn) - SATB or TTBB; Haneirot Halalu (Meditation on the Hanukkah Lights) SATB divisi with solo violin; Ahavat Olam - SATB with harp; Shalom Rav - SATBB or TTBBB with piano; S'u Sh'arim (Psalm 24, 7-10) processional anthem - SATB div with organ
I believe one must compose the music one enjoys, rather than cater to vogue or current fashion, and it must be accessible to performer and audience.
Paul J. Rudoi, tenor vocalist and composer, has performed and recorded a wide range of music as a soloist and in various ensembles around the country, most recently in the male vocal ensemble Cantus. Early on in his career he sang with the Blanche Moyse Chorale, the Sons of Orpheus, and the American Boychoir, and performed various roles including Monastatos in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Orpheus in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and the title role in Carissimi’s oratorio Jonas.
"You Carry Oceans Within" - SATBB, written through VocalEssence's 2011 Essentially Choral Program for the 2012 National Chorus America Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
"Sing oh my Heart" - SATB, written for the Young New Yorkers Chorus, and winner of the 2011 Nathan Davis Prize in Composition.
"Quote II" - Viola and Chamber Wind Ensemble
"Give Us Light" - SATB and organ, written for The Anglican Singers for their tour to Bristol Cathedral in June of 2012.
"Play in Variants" - Fanfare for Trombone Quartet
"Thrice Is Sweet Music Sweet" - SATB
"Amazing Grace" - SATB and SAT soli, published through Graphite Music Publishing
"Child of the Heartless Wind" - Song Cycle for High Voice and Piano
"Parable of the Old Man and the Young" - TTTBBB and Drum
Michael J. Glasgow is a native of Detroit, Michigan. An honors graduate from the College of Charleston (SC), Michael holds B.A. degrees in music theory/composition and in journalism. He earned a summa cum laude Master of Church Music degree from Concordia University Wisconsin as the program's first double-emphasis student, in both choral and handbell music.
Leo Hurley, a recent graduate of the UNC School of the Arts, has gained recognition with commissions and performances spanning the United States, Italy, and Serbia. Leo has had the pleasure of writing for Maya Angelou's 80th Birthday Celebration, Grammy Award winner Pharoah Sanders, Winston-Salem Symphony, Beyond Words Dance Company in an Off-Broadway dance production, Sonnet Repertory Theater Company in an Off-Off-Broadway Musical, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet most notably in the performance at the La Biennale Festival in Venice, Italy, as well as several film productions. This year, Mr.
Composer Janet Peachey has written music in a wide variety of genres: opera, ballet, orchestral, chamber, piano, and vocal. Her works have been performed to critical acclaim in the United States and Europe. She recently completed both libretto and music for Wheel Ordeal, a comic opera about buying a car.Dr. Peachey has received grants for composition from the National Endowment for the Arts, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Meet the Composer, Alban Berg Foundation, and the City of Vienna Cultural Council, and has had music published by Arsis Press.
Wheel Ordeal, a full-length chamber opera Concerto for flute and orchestra"Waiting," an elegy for choir and cello on a poem by Cheryl DeniseVariations and Theme for horn and piano
Scott Lamps is an award-winning American composer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He earned his BM in Music Composition from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI.
Return of Neverland (theatre)
Holiday Fantasea (live animal show at Shedd Aquarium)
Holy Musical B@man! (theatre)
Kindred (Emmy Award winning film)
The Four Seasons (theatre)
Drum Circle Pandora (theatre)
Evensong (solo piano)
As silly as it is to attempt to explain music with words...My music is about communication. I always have the listener in mind. What they will hear, how they will perceive. I gravitate toward strong melodies for the focus and direction they bring to the compositions.