Livestreamed concert and conversation with
Composer Stacey Philipps
and performances by Oregon Repertory Singers
Sheet music for songs featured in the livestreamed concert
I like to collaborate and communicate
I like telling stories with the complexity, nuance, and metaphor of music
I like to think about what intrigues and entices performers and audiences
I like to gather information, brainstorm, let ideas percolate, and receive and give feedback
I like to explore the grey areas of life, where questions are plentiful and answers are questionable
I like poetry, essays, news, fairy tales, personal anecdotes, courtroom drama, biographies, declarations, accusations, debates, justice, daily minutiae, anniversaries, adventures, mathematical schemes, conflict, resolution, suspension, animation, translation, truth, lies, observations, hypotheses, discoveries, and pure conjecture (and the Oxford comma)
I like lyricism, breath, blending, and the magic of phrasing
I like dissonance, intensity, and contrast
I like rhythmic expectation, change, and trickiness
I like messing things up and fixing them up again (or not)
(When things are really messed up, I also like baking, because I know that's always going to turn out well)
I like how overtones can give goosebumps
I love the infinite spectrum of colors and timbres of the human voice and acoustic instruments
I love beauty, surprise, humor, poignancy, silliness, spectacle, pathos, banter, curiosity, and deeply felt emotions
I love finding out if what I thought and wrote and described is what you saw and understood and performed and made your own
I love to make things and watch the metamorphosis from notion to idea to notation to rehearsal to concert
I love the ephemeral thrill of live performance right here, right now, and never again
I love the chance for magic and connection at every concert
Let's make some music
Stacey Philipps writes music to share the thrill of creation, collaboration, and performance. An early- and new-music devotee, Philipps is a multi-instrumentalist and lifelong singer currently in the alto section of the Oregon Repertory Singers. From the sounds of the mountain dulcimer, drum set, ukulele, piano, and banjo in her studio to the wish list of harpsichord, viola da gamba, and crotales, Philipps also draws inspiration from mythology, documentaries, fairy tales, current events, personal narratives, and poetry, along with modal harmonies, folk songs, hymns, shape note music, and the melodic and rhythmic elements of the world around her. Her music for choirs, chamber ensembles, soloists, and orchestras has been performed across the country, and she holds degrees in composition from Portland State University and in philosophy from St. John’s College, Santa Fe. A finalist for the American Choral Directors Association Genesis Prize, ASCAP Plus award recipient, and third place winner of the American Prize Short Choral Division, Philipps is also a member of the American Composers Forum, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Composers, Cascadia Composers, and ASCAP, as well as the proprietor of Sirensong Publishing, the sole distributor of her work.
Matthew Neil Andrews for Oregon Arts Watch on Witch Trial
Matthew Neil Andrews for Oregon Arts Watch
Oregon Repertory Singers' new album Shadow on the Stars celebrates music of Dr. Morten Lauridson and composers from the Pacific Northwest, including me and many of my favorite colleagues. The album features live performances of Lauridsen's Madrigali – my absolute favorite pieces of his – and Sure on This Shining Night, along with stellar studio recordings of music by Joan Szymko, John Muehleisen, Giselle Wyers, and Steven Goodwin and Naomi LaViolette.
Everywhere you get music!
Oregon Repertory Singers' album Shadow on the Stars celebrates music of Morten Lauridson and composers from the Pacific Northwest, including me and some of my favorite colleagues. The album features live performances of Lauridsen's Madrigali – my absolute favorite pieces of his – and Sure on This Shining Night, along with stellar studio recordings of music by Joan Szymko, John Muehleisen, Giselle Wyers, and Steven Goodwin and Naomi LaViolette.
DELGANI STRING QUARTET IN CONCERT
October 10, 7:30 pm PDT
Virtual Performance from Oregon on YouTube
Cellist Eric Alterman of Delgani String Quartet will be performing my miniature piece The blackbird whirled for solo cello at a free virtual concert of music by members of Cascadia Composers. Excerpted and arranged from my song cycle Looking at a Blackbird for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, this solo features soaring lines and shows off the range and colors of Eric's virtuosic playing.
OREGON REPERTORY SINGERS: THE SPERRY SESSIONS
December 8, 7:00 pm PST
Virtual Performances and Interviews with me on YouTube and Facebook Live
In honor of his tenth year leading the Oregon Repertory Singers, Artistic Director Ethan Sperry is hosting a series of online concerts and interviews featuring his favorite composers. Save the dates for October 27, when we'll be singing music of Morten Lauridsen; on November 17, music of Joan Szymko, and on December 8, music by me! Join us for the online performances and for conversation. We'll be answering questions and taking audience comments live. Tune in on YouTube by clicking the button below!
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY CHORUS
Virtual Performance from Washington DC
The American University Chorus will be performing my piece Sudden Light at a virtual concert this fall. Dr. Casey Cook, conductor of the choir and adjudicator, selected this piece for third place in the American Prize Short Choral Works division and liked it so much, he purchased it for his choir!
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