Introduction

Member of ACF Atlanta Chapter since 1999, MLBadarak composes for chorus, orchestra, chamber ensembles. Available for commissions and workshops in composition and choral music.

Biography

Mary Lynn Place Badarak moved to the high desert of New Mexico near Santa Fe, in the summer of 2003, to compose; she soon became active in the New Mexico arts scene as Guest Conductor for Sangre de Cristo Chorale in Santa Fe, NM. Mary Lynn Place Badarak moved to the high desert of New Mexico near Santa Fe, in the summer of 2003, to compose; she soon became active in the New Mexico arts scene as Guest Conductor for Sangre de Cristo Chorale in Santa Fe, NM. Badarak received her bachelor's and master's degrees in composition at the University of California, Riverside and her doctorate in music theory is from Northwestern University. For several years she was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Chorus under Robert Shaw and recently she has worked with noted composer Alice Parker at the Melodious Accord Institute. Dr. Badarak was the founding director of the Santa Cruz Chorale and has taught music theory and composition at the University of Northern Iowa, the University of California Santa Cruz, Georgia State University, Clayton College, and at Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia. She was Composer-in-Residence at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Atlanta from 1999 to 2003 and is the founding music director of the professional chamber choir, Impromptu. Her Christmas carol Brightest and Best won the national 2002 Welcome Christmas! Carol Competition sponsored by the American Composers Forum and VocalEssence Choral Ensemble. The previous spring, her composition Explorers for Chorus (SATB) with String Quartet was selected to receive a reading by the Plymouth Choral Series under the direction of Philip Brunelle in the first annual Essentially Choral Reading Sessions sponsored by the Jerome Foundation and the American Composers Forum. In April, 2003, two of Badarak's settings of poems by Denise Levertov "Lady Julian of Norwich" and "Caedmon" were presented in the New York debut recital of Arietha Lockhart in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall. "I'll Sing On", a CD of Badarak's sacred choral music performed by the choirs of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany was released in December, 2001. Dr. Badarak is active in the American Composers Forum and the College Music Society and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Her choral works are published by G. Schirmer, Hal Leonard Publications and Walton Music and are performed by community choruses and church and school choirs worldwide.

Additional info

Recent Works:

Brightest and Best, Carol for chorus (SATB) and percussionBelievers, Songs for Soprano Solo and Chorus (SATB) with Piano, on poems by Denise LevertovExplorers, for chorus (SATB) and string quartetNew Mexico Suite for Oboe, horn, Vln, Vla, VC & Perc.Moon of Wintertime, Huron Carol for a cappella chorus (SATB)Amanecer (Dawning) for OrchestraWildwood Flower, Overture for Orchestra

Artist Statement:

In my perfect world, everybody sings.