RESUME (for a list of compositions see COMPOSITIONS tab)

COMPOSER’S STATEMENT:

 

My special area of interest as a composer is in the creation of new interdisciplinary and hybrid forms that test the boundaries of reified amalgams of music, theatre and performance.  Many composers today (myself included) work by commission or otherwise in pre-conceived or older forms:  I seek new forms that

may or may not include avant-garde content.   Much of the contemporary avant-garde is developed in the domain of technics, yet new technologies do not necessarily produce new, groundbreaking forms.  Form differs from:  adaptation, arrangement and deconstruction, although the latter may give rise to new forms. 

 

"Stop worrying if your vision is new...Let others make that decision...they usually do...just keep Moving On"--Stephen Sondheim (Sunday in the Park with George) 

COMPOSER AWARDS:

 

2015—Bronx BRIO Award for Musical Composition, IAWM International Conference Winning Score

2009-2018--ASCAPlus Awards

2008, First Place:  FOR WOMEN ONLY Composition Contest (New York Treble Singers)

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COMPOSER COMMISSIONS:

Gail Archer (organ composition)

Bronx Concert Singers (choral work)

Miriam de Leon (musical theatre arrangements)

Mark Northcross (chamber music work for strings and vocal trio S,M,T)

Carol Stone (song cycle)

OperAvant, Inc. (theatre incidental music)

Elizabeth Szynczak (blues/jazz arrangements)

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RECENT REVIEW:

 

"Tamara Cashour’s Five Introits followed. Conceived for the brief, crucial and defining introductory moment of Protestant services that open the liturgy, these five extremely short works were jewels of effective musical writing: each work captured the essence of the sacred text coherently and immediately. As a Hart Longs was a paradigm of spiritual yearning; Be Strong and of Good Courage! was operatic in its noble vigor; O Sing Unto the Lord a New Song danced." ---Jean Ballard Terepka for Theatrescene

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ACADEMIC DEGREES:

 

B.A. Music Theory, Columbia University 1983

M.A. Music Directing and Performance, New York University 2000

MFA Music Composition, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2020

 

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WRITER:  MUSICOLOGICAL ARTICLES AND PAPERS AND/OR ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS/READINGS:

 

Presenter/”Provacateur”:  GETTYSBURG COLLEGE (for The Mayday Group):  The Impact of Music Technologies on Music Education, June 2014

 

Panelist:  THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, Washington, D.C.  (for the “Words and Music by Note-able Women” panel discussion sponsored by The American Women Writers Museum), Janice Law, Director, October 2013

 

Presenter (Pianist/Composer):  BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY (for the Alive By Her Own Hand Conference, (women composers who play their own music):  Six Lyrics of Marilyn Hacker, January 2011

 

Presenter (Reader/Lecturer):  TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY (for the Composing Women Conference)--Deconstructing Poulenc-Cocteau’s LA VOIX HUMAINE,

October 2010

 

Presenter (Lecturer/Video):  ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY, (for the National Association Of Women’s Studies Association Annual Convention)--It Ain’t Over Til the Fat Lady Dies:  Feminist Flouting of Operatic Convention, June 1997

 

Unpublished Paper:  Marilyn, The Opera:  The Persistence of Pathos:  an analysis of the New York City Opera’s 1993 staging of Ezra Laderman’s opera MARILYN (recommended for publication by Professor Peggy Phelan, Chair Performance Studies at NYU [now at Stanford University]), 1993

 

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MUSIC AND MUSIC BOOK CRITICISM/WRITINGS published online:

 

IAWM Journal (International Journal of Women in Music)--request pdfs (CD and book reviews)

Musikproduktion Hoflich  Sample Preface:  https://repertoire-explorer.musikmph.de/wp-content/uploads/vorworte_prefaces/4049.html

Womens Philharmonic Advocacy Sample Review https://wophil.org/concert-review-ustvolskaya-and-eckhardt-gramatte-featured-by-the-symphony-of-the-city-of-new-york/?doing_wp_cron=1575952245.7451899051666259765625

The Barnard Bulletin (college newspaper of Barnard College)  --request pdfs of music reviews (opera/chamber/piano/choral, and other articles)

INTERDISCIPLINARY:

Phenomenology Online (reviews@ophen.org)

 

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COMPOSER AFFILIATIONS:
 
NEW YORK COMPOSERS CIRCLE, INC. (NEW YORK COMPOSERS CIRCLE)
ASCAP (AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS)
INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE OF WOMEN IN MUSIC (IAWM)

 

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