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.
Composer, pianist, and singer Deanna (Levsen) Wehrspann is a professional musician based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She has been named Composer-in-Residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE, in August 2013. Her choral work, "May Your Voice be at Peace," is published by Augusburg Fortress, and another, "It Was Always You," was a winner in the 2013 Morningside College (IA) Composition Competition. She frequently sets texts of award-winning playwright and poet Ivan Fuller.
Three songs from "Awake in Me" (Olga Berggolts text; Ivan Fuller, translator & playwright) Sop/piano (prem. 2013: Natalie Campbell, U. of South Dakota); "The Drama of Water and Love" (Ivan Fuller text) Sop/piano (prem. 2013: Maren Engel, Augustana Coll.); "If You Were Coming in the Fall" (Emily Dickinson text) Sop/piano (prem. 2013: Abby Trei, Augustana Coll.); "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" (Emily Dickinson text) Tenor/piano (prem. 2013: Ben Winkler, Augustana Coll.); "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) 3rd place winner, 2013 Morningside Coll. Choral Competition; 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) 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
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
JERRY CASEYJerry Casey, Worthington, Ohio, has composed works in all genres from solo voice to full orchestra. The Otterbein University (Westerville, Ohio) Concert Choir premiered three choral compositions in 2010: What Shall We Bring? at its Winter Concert, Yet I Will Rejoice (with orchestra) at its Spring Concert and Autumn at its Fall Concert. Autumn was a part of the concert program when the choir toured China in late 2010. These three works plus two others are a part of her new CD, Yet, I Will Rejoice, released in January, 2011
What Shall We Bring? (SSAATTBB a cappella, Amos 6:6-8); Autumn (SSAATB a cappella, poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow); Yet, I Will Rejoice (SSATB with chamber orchestra, Habakkuk 3:17-19); O Death, Rock Me Asleep (soprano and solo violin, poetry of Anne Boleyn); A Short Suite for Two Flutes.
Shirley Mier has been a composer, music director and performer in the Twin Cities for nearly two decades. She composes music of all kinds, in the theatre, educational and concert world. Theatre works include a musical adaptation of "Madeline?s Christmas," which has been performed nationwide; text settings for Shakespeare?s "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Twelfth Night"; and "Alexander at Delphi," a one-act musical drama about Alexander the Great.
BLINK: a string quartet in 100 notes, 2007STRANGE ATTRACTOR, ballet (string quartet & tape), 2007Nancy Carlson's HARRIET & WALT (Stages Theatre), 2007A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Stages Theatre), 2006MAIDEN VOYAGE, concert band, 2005VISAGES: A Song Cycle for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra, 2005 I. "Tibetan Girl" II. "Luguhu's Calling" III. "Beijing Hutongs"(also available in piano-vocal reduction)MADELINE'S CHRISTMAS (Stages Theatre), 2004TWELFTH NIGHT (Shakespeare in the Park), songs, 2003THEME AND DEVIATIONS FOR BAND, 2003MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (University Theatre), incidental music & songs, 2002ALEXANDER AT DELPHI (Center for Independent Artists), Musical Drama in One Act, 2002INVENTION FOR STRING TRIO, 2001ALBUM LEAVES for Brass Quintet, 2001THE BUCK IN THE SNOW (setting of the Edna St. Vincent-Millay poem), mezzo-soprano + piano, 2001
Martha Bishop is a cellist and viola da gamba performer in Atlanta. She composes for a wide variety of chamber players and singers. She has written and published a variety of exercises for viola da gamba and cello. Music for early instruments (recorders and viols) is published by PRB Publications, and music for school string orchestras (many with harp) are published by Fountain Park Music Publishing.Martha Bishop is a cellist and viola da gamba performer in Atlanta. She composes for a wide variety of chamber players and singers.
"The Dieties" String Quartet"Deus, Deus meus" for SATB and piano"Missa Brevis""Euphonium Euphoria" for euhonium/tuba quartet"Eye of the Storm" for flute ensemble"Underground Caverns" for double string orchestra"Vampire Dance" for school orchestra and harp, grade level 2"Serna Suite" for solo bass viola da gamba"A Shaker Prayer" for SATB choir"Jasmine" for piano trio"Stabat Mater" for choir and viola da gamba quartet"Solstice Serenade" for choir and solo viola"Te Deum" for choir and orchestra"Wave Lengths" for recorder, oboe, clarinet, bassoon"Hijaz" for solo cello or viola da gamba"Time Travel" for cello quartet and viola da gamba quartet"Waterfalls" for school string orchestra and harp, grade 5/6"Listening for Christmas" for choir and solo French horn"In Nomines Incognito" for viol quartet"Tango In Nomine" for viol quartet, arr. string orchestra"What News!" for choir and solo celeste"Stations of the Cross" for choir, soloist, speaker, string quartet (or viols)
I have come late to composing, so I'm making up for the lost time. All of the works listed as "recent" were written in the last 3 years.
Concordia College, BA, Magna cum Laude, music education, vocal, organ 1969 (included choral conducting, and musical composition)
Graduate course work:
Composition with Henry Gwiazda, Moorhead State University, MN
Independent study with Dr. Daniel Breedon, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
COMPOSITIONS available in the following categories
"Song for Holy Baptism" I have Called you by Name
mezzo soprano / piano
"Fill my Heart with Your Whispering" original text
mezzo soprano/ piano
"A Tiny Bit of Beauty" original text
mezzo soprano / piano
"Gather Together" Book of Hymntune Settings - for use through the liturgical year
"Praise to the Lord" in second book - also published as sheet music: Noteworthy Press @ 453 3rd Ave NW, Valley City, ND 58072-2925
"Gather Together Again" second Book of Hymntune Settings - for use through the liturgical year
ORGAN & BRASS
"Ein Feste Burg" " A Mighty Fortress is our God" Trio Setting for Trumpet, Horn in F, Pipe Organ - 3 instruments are balanced in difficulty; Beautiful, uplifting
WIND ENSEMBLE / CONCERT BAND
"Moods on the Wind" original composition
"Oh Grant us Peace" sacred text
Quartet, flute, oboe, piano, mezzo soprano/unison
"Come and Sing! Sing unto the Lord" sacred text
SATB choir, pipe organ, 2 octaves, English handbells/chimes
"Glorious Light! A Song of Thanks for Light" original text and composition
SSA chorus, flute, piano
“Blessed Are Those” text based on the Beatitudes
SATB choir, piano
“Great Joy To All People” Christmas anthem
SSA or SATB or unison, piano, finger cymbal
“Tranquility, Serenity” general choral work
SSA with piano, flute
“Christmas Pageant: God’s Great Gift To You And Me” original text blended with scripture of Christmas. 35 to 40 minutes, readings may be dramatized if desired, or costuming added
Unison choirs, piano, flute
With piano accompaniment
“On Wings of Praise”
“On Wings of Praise”
“Rondeau a la Carillon”
I am grateful. With wonderful encouragement from family, teachers, and friends, I have been able to flourish as a musician since childhood.
My Grandmother was a major influence, herself a fine pianist, taking me to hear the pipe organ at Central Lutheran, (Minneapolis, MN) many a Christmas Eve. I knew I wanted to play the organ someday.
My Mother always had superb classical records playing in our home for inspiration and accompanied me to every concert that came to town.
The band director lead me to appreciate the beauty of various instrumental tone colors.
The church choir director expected excellence and offered me many opportunities, from section leader, to triple trio participation, to solo experiences.
When I heard the Concordia Choir, (Moorhead, MN) on Tour, I again knew, I wanted to sing in that choir some day.
The new pastor's wife had studied organ at Julliard, coming to town precisely when I was ready to take organ lessons.
Most of all, I cherish the experience of singing in the Concordia Choir under the direction of Dr. Paul J. Christiansen.
I share a duel appreciation, both of people and of the joy of music. It is a pleasure to pass my love of music along to my students of all ages, and along to others through my compositions.
I hope to continue to find musical opportunities for composing and performing through community ensembles, within local churches, through the Federation of Music Clubs, from the area Arts Council, and through the American Composers Forum.
Receipt of a Lake Region Arts Council Grant, funded by the McKnight Foundation, created the impetus to compose for the Lake Agassiz Concert Band. This superb 60 piece wind ensemble premiered my work "Moods on the Wind".
Composing since high school years, I blend my personal abilities, interests, and talents to write for musical friends, for my own usage, plus for grant funded and special commissioned works. My compositions have been performed in MN, ND,SD, WI, CO, AZ, CA, and for a family reunion in Sweden.
Continuing to grow as a composer is one of my major goals. Thanks for your interest in my compositions.