Stacey Philipps writes music of close, lush harmonies and contrapuntal textures, exploring the human experience and the timbre of voices and instruments in minute, exposed detail and vibrant, sweeping gestures. A lifelong choral singer, Philipps is an early- and new-music devotee, and she currently sings with the Oregon Repertory Singers. Her vocal interests extend to a love of composing choral music and art song, as well as collaborating with solo instrumentalists and chamber music ensembles. She is also a concert producer and arts advocate committed to building community by facilitating the evanescent thrill of live performances.
A sometime pianist and frequent dabbler in playing underappreciated instruments – Philipps has an accordion, mountain dulcimer, ukulele, and banjo on hand and is pining for a harpsichord, viola da gamba, and all the crotales – she holds degrees in music composition from Portland State University and in philosophy and math from St. John’s College, Santa Fe. Her work has been performed by Wet Ink, Choral Arts Initiative, Delgani String Quartet, Raphael Spiro String Quartet, The Mousai, Northwest Piano Trio, The Bodhi Trio, Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers, Vox16, Vox Femina, Resonance Ensemble, Choral Arts Ensemble, Oregon Repertory Singers, and mezzo-soprano Laura Beckel Thoreson, among others. She is a member of the American Composers Forum, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Composers, Cascadia Composers, and ASCAP and is the proprietor of Sirensong Publishing.
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.
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Oregon Repertory Singers' newest 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.
PRESENTATION AT OREGON MUSIC EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION
January 19, 8:30 am
ACDA Reading Session, Eugene Graduate Center
I'll be presenting three pieces to choral conductors attending the Oregon Music Education Association's state conferene in Eugene. Join me and three other Oregon composers for an ACDA reading session of music for choir by local composers.
CONCERT MOSAIC: NEW MUSIC AND ART BY NORTHWEST WOMEN
February 15, 7:30 pm
Lincoln Recital Hall, Portland State University
My new song cycle, Looking at a Blackbird, for mezzo-soprano Lisa Neher and Delgani String Quartet will be on the program with a shimmering mosaic of pieces for string quartet, clarinet, French horn, percussion, and vocalists inspired by the work of Northwest artists.
Join us for world premieres by Northwest composers Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson, Lisa Ann Marsh, Lisa Neher, Christina Rusnak, Dawn Sonntag, and Linda Woody and artwork by Ellen Blazich, Karen Drain, Cindy Geffel, Paulette Insall, Susan Johnson, Ildiko Kalapacs, and Teresa Saia.
2 & 3
OREGON REPERTORY SINGERS: SOUTH BY NORTHWEST
May 2 and 3, 2020, 3:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson, Portland, Oregon
The excellent Oregon Repertory Singers are going on tour in South America this spring, and this concert is your chance to hear the program in Portland. We will be performing music by Northwest composers, including Morten Lauridsen, Joshua Rist, and me! We will also be delving into songs by Argentinian composer Carlos Guastavino, as well as American spirituals, and more.
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