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, and ASCAP, as well as the proprietor of Sirensong Publishing, the primary 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.
June 25 -
OREGON BACH FESTIVAL COMPOSERS SYMPOSIUM
Virtual Conference and New Music Festival from Eugene, Oregon
I'll be writing new music for two projects at the OBFCS: a work for string quartet and Bb clarinet to be recorded by Fear No Music this fall, and two vocal/choral pieces for the Songs of Connection Project spearheaded by Craig Hella Johnson and Robert Kyr. Details on performances and sheet music coming soon!
WASHINGTON ACDA READING SESSION
Virtual Presentation from Seattle, Washington
My piece Love Tender Breathing Fragrant will be featured on the Washington American Choral Directors Association reading session, along with a number of other wonderful northwest composers. Radiance Choir from Seattle made a fantastic recording of this piece for a virtual concert last spring, and sheet music is available here and on JW Pepper.
THE LETTER: CHICAGO DRAMATISTS TEN-MINUTE MUSICAL PREMIERE
Virtual Presentation from Chicago, Illinois
My friend and talented colleague E.M. Lewis and I collaborated on a musical theater project brought to life by a stellar cast of singers in Chicago. Featuring a cast of three with piano accompaniment, this short musical captures a pivotal moment in the life of a young woman as she opens a letter that will change her life. Suitable for online performance and studio recitals! Sheet music coming soon!
OREGON ACDA READING SESSION
Virtual Presentation from Oregon
New music by me and a host of other composers will be featured on the Oregon American Choral Directors Association reading session. Hope to see you there!
Livestreamed concert and conversation with
Composer Stacey Philipps and performances by Oregon Repertory Singers (begins at 8:31)
Sheet music for songs featured in the livestreamed concert
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