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STACEY PHILIPPS

Composer

Instruments

I like to collaborate and communicate

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I like telling stories with the complexity, nuance, and metaphor of music

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I like to think about what intrigues and entices performers and audiences

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I like to gather information, brainstorm, let ideas percolate, and receive and give feedback

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I like to explore the grey areas of life, where questions are plentiful and answers are questionable

Flutist

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)

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I like lyricism, breath, blending, and the magic of phrasing

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I like dissonance, intensity, and contrast

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I like rhythmic expectation, change, and trickiness

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I like messing things up and fixing them up again (or not)

Cake

(When things are really messed up, I also like baking, because I know that's always going to turn out well)

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I like how overtones can give goosebumps

I love

I love the infinite spectrum of colors and timbres of the human voice and acoustic instruments

Harp

I love beauty, surprise, humor, poignancy, silliness, spectacle, pathos, banter, curiosity, and deeply felt emotions

I love

I love finding out if what I thought and wrote and described is what you saw and understood and performed and made your own

Person Playing Bassoon

I love to make things and watch the metamorphosis from notion to idea to notation to rehearsal to concert

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I love the ephemeral thrill of live performance right here, right now, and never again

Piano on Stage

I love the chance for magic and connection at every concert

Sheet Music

Let's make some music

About

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Stacey Philipps writes music to explore human experiences, lean into dissonance, and share vibrations with those on the stage and in the audience. Drawing inspiration from mythology, documentaries, fairy tales, current and historical events, personal narratives, and poetry, along with modal harmonies, folk songs, Renaissance polyphony, hymns, shape note music, and the melodic and rhythmic elements of the world around her, this “…rising star,” is one of “…Portland’s most forward-thinking composers,” who is “…establishing a new normal of what will someday be called early 21st-century classical music.”

An early- and new-music devotée, Philipps is also a multi-instrumentalist and lifelong singer currently in the alto section of the Oregon Repertory Singers, as well as the Composer-in-Residence for the Oregon Repertory Singers Youth Choir and board member of Resonance Ensemble. Recent projects include the adventurous and versatile book of “Gathering Rounds: 52 Original Rounds and Canons for Choirs,” and a forthcoming book of even more rounds for beginning and intermediate singers. Her music for choirs, chamber ensembles, soloists, and orchestras has been performed across North America, and she holds degrees in composition, philosophy, math, and culinary arts (just to mix things up). Philipps writes music, gardens, and herds cats in Portland, Oregon, where she is the proprietor of Sirensong Publishing, the primary distributor of her work.

Press

Bruce and Daryl Browne for Oregon Arts Watch on Sudden Light

Bio
Events

Upcoming Events

Now!
 

GATHERING ROUNDS AVAILABLE!
52 Rounds and Canons for Choirs Set to Poetry and Prose by Women
Available right here!

It's here! The brand-new book of Gathering Rounds is a vibrant, engaging collection offering a round or canon for each week of the year featuring poetry and prose by women – some famous, some infamous, some longtime favorites, some newly discovered, all captivating – set to original music by Stacey Philipps.

Bound in a handy 6" x 9" spiral-bound book, these rounds and canons are welcoming, encouraging, flexible, musically and textually meaningful miniatures to enjoy with anywhere from a few people around a campfire to a large choir in a traditional performance space. Each song is enriched with brief program notes and an introductory biography of the poet or writer.

Gathering Rounds are great for choral warmups, icebreakers, sight-reading, processionals, recessionals, transitions, encores, sing-alongs, and just for fun. Written for two to six voices or groups for a WIDE variety of skill levels, ranges, and keys, some Gathering Rounds are easy enough for children and beginning singers, some are challenging for expert choristers, and most are in between.

Order your copy of Gathering Rounds now! Discounts for a six-pack and for a classroom- or ensemble-sized box of 30.

May 5
2023

 

SCAPPOOSE HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT CHOIR GOES TO STATE
LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon

Scappoose High School Chamber Choir will be performing a set of songs for their state competition, including my new arrangement "Scarborough Rose," written for and with them as a collaborative multi-visit project last winter. The students contributed ideas, text responses and lyric inspiration, and we had a wonderful time creating this song combining elements of "Scarborough Fair" with the well-known round, "Rose Red" along with a fresh take on the story.

May 13 & 14
2023

 

OREGON REPERTORY SINGERS IN CONCERT
6:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
1828 SW Jefferson
Portland, Oregon

As composer-in-residence for the Oregon Repertory Singers Youth Choirs for the past two seasons, I've had the honor and pleasure of writing new music for all the singers in this wonderful organization. This season, I've written one piece for the entire K-12 choir to sing together! This interesting project incorporates new music, old music, poetry and nursery rhymes, multiple languages, and a cool "stellar hum" (you'll have to come hear it!), plus all the logistical considerations of age and topical interests, singing ranges and experience, and rehearsal times for multiple sets of hundreds of singers – quite a fun and challenging set of parameters!

Find more information about this wonderful spring concert, "Beautiful Wild Fores," which includes several pieces by composer Jake Runestad, at the button below.

June 4
2023

 

OREGON REPERTORY SINGERS YOUTH CHOIRS IN CONCERT
6:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
1828 SW Jefferson
Portland, Oregon

As composer-in-residence for the Oregon Repertory Singers Youth Choirs for the past two seasons, I've had the honor and pleasure of writing new music for all the singers in this wonderful organization. This season, I've written one piece for the entire K-12 choir to sing together! This interesting project incorporates new music, old music, poetry and nursery rhymes, multiple languages, and a cool "stellar hum" (you'll have to come hear it!), plus all the logistical considerations of age and topical interests, singing ranges and experience, and rehearsal times for multiple sets of hundreds of singers – quite a fun and challenging set of parameters!

Find more information about this wonderful spring concert, "Beautiful Wild Fores," which includes several pieces by composer Jake Runestad, at the button below.

July 2-11
2023

 

OREGON REPERTORY SINGERS ON TOUR
Prague, Salzburg, & Vienna

I'll be on tour in the alto section with the Oregon Repertory Singers this summer. If you're in the area, contact me for concert venues and dates to hear an eclectic program of music from a wonderful group of singers!

Past Events

November
10 & 11
2022

 

CHOR LEONI IN CONCERT
November 10, 7:30 pm
November 11, 2:00 and 5:00 pm
St. Andrew's Wesley United Church,1022 Nelson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Chor Leoni presents a moving, meaningful concert annually on Canada's Remembrance Day, and this year, I'm honored to have my piece "So Close" included on the program. Originally written for SSATB and entitled Close Distancing, the song of connections reached for, cherished, and lost takes on a literally deeper meaning in the low, resonant voices of Chor Leoni, Vancouver, British Columbia's premier men's chorus and in the context of the universal experience of loss and remembrance embraced in this concert. This new TTTBB arrangement was commissioned by Artistic Director, Erick Lichte, and will be available next spring after the exclusive commissioning window ends.

December
1
2022

RESONANCE ENSEMBLE ON-DEMAND CONCERT
Starting December 1, 7:00 pm Pacific

 

"We Dissent," a concert focusing on reproductive justice and bodily autonomy, including my rather hair-raising song Witch Trial. The live concert performance of this piece was the best I've ever heard. Details will roll out soon here, and the premiere viewing session will be available here beginning December 1 at 7 pm PST.

December
9, 10, 11, & 13
2022

EMPIRE CITY MEN'S CHORUS IN CONCERT
December 9, 8 pm
First Unitarian Congregational Society, 119 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, New York
December 10, 8 pm
Church of the Ascension, 127 Kent Street, Brooklyn, New York
December 11, 5 pm and December 13, 7 pm
Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 9th Avenue, New York, New York

New York has multiple opportunities to hear the premiere of the TTBB version of Hidden in the grey, bending sky, commissioned by artistic director and my inspiring colleague, Vince Peterson. Set to the subtle, quiet poetry of Leone Kelley, choirs love performing this piece that includes a flexible, simple, and effective section of aleatory that puts the listener right in the middle of gently swirling snowflakes.

December
11
2022

ADELPHI CHORALE IN CONCERT
December 11, 4:00 pm Eastern
Adelphi College Performing Arts Center Concert Hall
Garden City, New York

Adelphi Chorale will also perform Hidden in the grey, bending sky at their annual winter concert. I'll repeat here that choirs love to sing this piece, especially the approachable and immersive aleatoric section of snowflakes.

December
2022

 

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE CHOIR IN CONCERT
Performance and livestream details coming soon
Lessons and Carols Service
Middlebury, Vermont

Middlebury College Choir will also be performing my evocative snowy song Hidden in the grey, bending sky (SATB) as part of their annual Lessons and Carols performance at the college. Set to the subtle, quiet poetry of Leone Kelley, choirs love performing this piece that includes a flexible, simple, and effective section of aleatory that puts the listener right in the middle of swirling snowflakes.

Now!

 

ALBUM RELEASED!
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.

Report a Performance

Are you or your ensemble performing a piece I wrote? Fantastic – thank you! Please send me a program from your concert and any details I can help publicize.

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Music with Oregon Repertory Singers

Livestreamed concert and conversation with
Composer Stacey Philipps featuring 
performances by Oregon Repertory Singers
(begins at 8:31)

Sheet music for songs featured in the livestreamed concert

Order our album!

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Music of Pacific Northwest composers including my song, Sudden Light

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