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 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.
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.
ARWEN MYERS IN CONCERT: ARTSLANDIA HAPPY HOUR
April 8, 5:00 pm
Livestreaming at https://artslandia.com/category/happy-hour/
Mark your calendar, and click the link above to join the virtual audience for a concert featuring the radiant voice of soprano Arwen Myers, a featured soloist and performer with Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Oregon Bach Festival, Seraphic Fire, Early Music Vancouver, and many others. Arwen will be performing a program of new and old songs for unaccompanied or minimally accompanied voice live from her living room. I wrote her a new little art song called In the Moment set to a text by seven-year-old Hilda Conkling, whose poem about a butterfly was published in the summer of the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918. Her joyous conversation with a butterfly is a reminder of how to live in the moment even when we don't know what's next.
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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.
RADIANCE ENSEMBLE: COLLABORATION
June 27, 7:30 pm
Facebook Live via Seattle, Washington
SUPER excited to have the excellent Radiance chamber choir perform my SATBB a cappella piece Love Tender Breathing Fragrant as part of their program celebrating living composers and the beauty of the natural world. Artistic director Markdavin Obenza will orchestrate an evening that features his wonderful ensemble along with performances by several additional choral groups from the Pacific Northwest. It's sure to be a stunning evening of music.
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