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221 for SATB choir, soprano solo, bongos and electric bass (2016)
Duration: 4 min.
Written as part of Vance's "Live Composer in the Classroom" project for 2015-16 Nevada Union High School Chamber Choir and director, Rod Baggett. Premiered May 24, Don Baggett Theater.
3 Songs on Poems by Antonio Machado for soprano and percussion (2013)
Duration: 11 minutes
"The Wind One Brilliant Day, Has My Heart Gone to Sleep and Last Night As I Was Sleeping" by Antonio Machado (1875-1939). Written for soprano, Carrie Hennessey and Rootstock Percussion Trio w/Daniel Kennedy, Christopher Froh and Loren Mach. for NCCC's Wet Ink Concert July 1, 2013 at Music in the Mountains SummerFest.
A Moth to a Flame for clarinet and cello (2002)
Duration: 8 min.
Premier: Tom Rose, clarinet and Ray Edens, cello: MiM's Summer Festival
at the Amaral Center, Grass Valley, CA. June 2002
Anawan 1938 for clarinet and piano (2011)
Duration: 15 min.
Anawan 1938 commemorates the place and time where John and Helen Tomb first met (a summer camp where Helen was working near Meredith, NH) It was commissioned by her children; Ellen Tomb Knill, Eric Tomb and Donald Tomb in honor on Helen's 90th birthday in 2010. Four Movements: 1. Lake Winnipesaukee 2. Silhouettes 3. The Dance 4. Morning Premiere: Wet Ink, June 20 2011, Amaral Center with Mark Dubac, clarinet and Janet Coleman, piano from the The Third Angle Ensemble.
Aquamarine Blue for flute, vibes, bass and drums (2007)
Duration: 4.5 min.
written for River Play, a film about the Yuba River. A collaborative project with watercolorist, Jerianne Van Dijk and videographer, Patty Eacobacci.
Premier: 6th Annual Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, Jan. 11-13, 2008 in Nevada City, CA
Avalanche for orchestra (1998)
Duration: 7 min.
Ave Maria for SATB, a cappella choir (2004)
Duration: 7 min.
Premier: '04-'05 NUHS Chamber Choir, Rod Baggett, director, Grass Valley CA.
Don Baggett Auditorium, May 2005
Bethlehem Rejoices for SATB and Orchestra (2015)
Duration: 4 min.
Commissioned by Ken Hardin and InConcert Sierra. Premiered 12/19/15 and 12/20/15 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Grass Valley, CA.
Bethlehem Rejoices for TTBB and English horn (2011)
Duration: 2:45 min.
A Christmas Carol using John of Damascus' text: Bethlehem Rejoices, finished 8/2/2011.
Blackbird, The for voice and piano (2017)
Duration: 4 min.
Text by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892). Premiere August 13, 2017, Besemer Concert Hall with bass, John Ames and pianist, Lynn Schugren,
Brown Eyes for SATB a cappella choir (2010)
Duration: 3 min.
A setting of Glenn Cochran's poem, Brown Eyes, for the NUHS Chamber Choir for their Spring Concerts. This work was made possible by Tangible Applause.
Collisions for piano solo (2009)
Duration: 2 min.
A set of short works for piano dealing with the concept that we are sometimes derailed and sent off in very different directions by an unexpected events. Sometimes it's something small, sometimes large and life changing.
Creek, The for SATB, a cappella choir (2000)
Duration: 4 min.
Premier: Nevada County Composers Cooperative Festival of New Music, NUHS Chamber Choir, Rod Baggett, director, Don Baggett Auditorium, Grass Valley. May 2000
Days of Our Choir for SATB, a cappella choir (2003 ACF Grant Project)
Duration: 7 min.
lyrics by the 2003-’04 NUHS Chamber Choir (2004)
Commission: NUHS Choir funded by an American Composers Forum Subito Grant
Premier: NUHS Chamber Choir, Rod Baggett, director, Sacramento Choral
Society’s Invitational Choral Festival, Our Lady of the Presentation
Catholic Church, Sacramento, CA, May 2004
Declaration of Rights for chorus and orchestra (1995)
Duration: 12 min.
Premier: MiM Summer Festival Orchestra and Festival Chorale, Paul Perry,
conductor, MiM’s Summer Music Festival, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass
Valley, CA July 1995
Doctor Cold for SA with piano accompaniment (2005)
Duration: 4 min.
Commission: Terry Jackson, Jesse Beck Elementary School
Downshift for 6-part, SSATBB, a cappella choir (1999)
Duration: 4 min.
written for NCCC’s Festival of New Music
Premier: NUHS Concert Choir, Don Baggett, conductor, Nevada Union High
School Grass Valley, CA, May 2000
Downshift for TTTBBB, a cappella men’s choir, (2004)
Duration: 4 min.
Arranged for Jameson Marvin and the Harvard Glee Club
Encantar for flute, bassoon and piano (2014)
Duration: 12 min.
Written for friends: flutist, Kirsti Powell, bassoonist, Dave Riddles and pianist, Lynn Schugren. This work musically explores the range of meaning of the word "encantar". Written in 4 movements: curious, fascinated, infatuated and obsessed played attacca. Premiered by the musicians listed above 7/3/14 at Wet Ink, Amaral Center, Grass Valley, CA
Fanfare for Orchestra (2006)
Duration: 8 min.
Commission: Music in the Mountains to celebrate their 25th anniversary
Premier: June 25 2006 MiM Summer Festival Orchestra, Paul Perry,
conductor, MiM’s Summer Music Festival, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass
Valley, CA
Fanfare for Snare for snare drum (2009)
Duration: 3 min.
Designed as a theater piece, this work was made possible by the generous support of the commissioning group, Tangible Applause.
Premier: Wet Ink 2009 as Duo for Percussion with Pete Newsom, snare, Greg Schulte, bass drum and Estelle Barber, waitress at the Amaral Center
Five American Haiku for soprano and piano (2011)
Duration: 6 min.
5 haiku taken from Steve Sanfield's book The Perfect Breeze, a collection of his "american haiku". 1. That First Narcissus, 2. Their Beauty Is Clear, 3. None More Bewitching, 4. Twenty Five Years Later, 5. Crickets Singing. With support from Tangible Applause.
Flow My Tears for soprano and piano (2009)
Duration: 6 min.
A setting of English composer, John Dowland's, Flow My Tears made possible by the generous support of the commissioning group, Tangible Applause.
Premier: Center for the Arts Steinway purchase-membership drive. Anne Fredrickson, soprano and Ken Hardin, piano, 10/11/09 Grass Valley, CA
For Whom the Bell Tolls for SATB Choir, Piano, Brass and Percussion (2010)
Duration: 6.5 min.
Premiere at WET INK June 22, 2010 With the NUHS Choir, Sierra Master Chorale, MIM Festival Chorale, CSUS Percussion Ensemble, brass quartet and piano conducted by Rod Baggett. Text taken from John Donne's Meditation 17. This work was made possible by the generous support by Tangible Applause. The performance was made possible by a California Arts Council grant.
Glory Train for a cappella, 2 SSATBB choirs and 2 baritone soloists (2003)
Duration: 10 min.
An antiphonal work combining the American spiritual and the Roman liturgical (Gloria).
Premier: Celebrating the first time collaboration of 2 well-known community choirs, Rod Baggett’s NUHS Concert Choir and the MiM Festival Chorus. Daniel Douros and Jason Hunt, baritone soloists, Ken Hardin, conductor, Nevada County Composers Cooperative’s 4th Annual Festival of New Music, Amaral Family Center, Grass Valley, CA, June 2003
Going to Sleep for SATB, a cappella, choral work (2008)
Duration: 5 min.
A setting of Nobel Prize winner, Hermann Hesse's, Beim Schlafengehen, "Going to Sleep",
for 2007-2008 NUHS Chamber Choir and conductor Rod Baggett. This work was made possible by the commissioning group, Tangible Applause.
Premier: May 22, 2008
Goldfish for piano (2014)
Duration: 11 min.
A set of 4 miniatures for piano 1. muscular 2. graceful 3. perpetual motion 4. revved
Premiered 7/3/14 by Anne Rainwater Wet Ink, Amaral Center, Grass Valley, CA
Heaven and Hell for piano (1970)
Duration: 5.5 min.
Premiered composer, American River College
I Wish She'd Never Been Born! for voice and piano (2007)
Duration: 5 min.
Collaborative work with librettist, Glenn Cochran. A tongue and cheek depiction of
a distraught woman who wishes her female tormenter had never been born. It turns out her "tormenter" is her younger sister with whom she has to share a room.
Premier: NCCC Benefit Concert Ann Wilder Home Nov. 30, 2007 Soprano: Ginny Trapani and Piano: Ken Hardin
In These Uncertain Times for violin and piano 4 hands (2010)
Duration: 12 min.
Commissioned: Twin Cities Concert Association (In Concert)
Premier: scheduled for Jan 17, 2010, Violin, Richard Altenbach, piano, Aileen James and Ken Hardin SDA Church, Grass Valley, CA With help from the commissioning group, Tangible Applause.
Las Noches Calientes de Verano for bandoneon, guitar and string quintet (2006)
Duration: 4.5 min.
written specifically for NCCC’s Meet the Composer Series “Tango-rific”
Premier: Nov. 2006 at the Nevada City Winery
Macbeast, Hectate’s monologue from Shakespeare’s Macbeth for soprano, alto sax, violin, cello and percussion (2003)
Duration: 6 min.
Commission: Theo Black, director, Nevada Union High School Drama Department
Premier: Production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth NUHS (2003)
March and Fairy Tale for string orchestra, woodwind quintet and perc. (2015)
Duration: 6 min.
Commissioned: Richard Stone for the Nevada County Youth Orchestra to be premiered in fall 2015
Moire for piano (1981)
Duration: 7 min.
Commission: Lynn Schugren
Premier: Lynn Schugren, piano, Old First Church, San Francisco, CA 1982
Morning Mistress for solo piano (1970)
Duration: 6 min.
Premier: Bard Suverkrop, American River College
My Prime of Youth (Tichborne's Elegy) for SATB, a cappella (2007)
Duration: 7.5 min.
Commission: A collaborative project: Live Composer in the Classroom with the '06-'07 NUHS Chamber Choir.
Premier: NUHS Spring Concert director Rod Baggett and the '06-'07 Chamber Choir,
Don Baggett Auditorium, May 15, 2007
Nevada County Epitaphs for piano (2003-2004)
Duration: 34 min.
Commission: Cliff Smith and Toni Laub
Premier: Katarzyna Musial Nevada County Composers Cooperative’s 5th Annual Festival of New Music Grass Valley, CA June 2004
November String Quartet for string quartet (Nov. 2004)
Duration: 5 min.
Commission: Jay Sydeman
Nyumbani for Marimba solo (2007)
Duration: 12 min.
Commissioned: Julia Amaral and Mark Strate for percussionist, Mathew Darling.
Nyumbani is Swahili for "our home"
3 movements: 1. The Pond, 2. Dragonfly 3. Dusk
Premier: NCCC's WET INK, June 24, 2008 with Matt Darling on marimba
Old Red Pickup for SATB, a cappella, choral work (2015)
Duration: 6 min.
A collaborative work with writer, Louis Jones, and the Nevada Union High School Chamber Choir exploring coming of age, beginning to drive, an inherited old pickup and getting to the river.
Piano Trio No. 1 for violin, cello and piano (2006)
Duration: 16 min.
Commission: Tigan/Cochran
Premier: Pegasus Trio: Pauline Yang, piano; YooKyung Oh, violin; Tina Guo, cello
Wet Ink Concert Amaral Center June 27, 2006
Piano Trio No. 2 "Danse et Jeux" for violin, cello and piano (2007)
Duration: 17 min.
Commission: Smith for the Pegasus Trio
Premier: Pegasus Trio: Jason Issokson, violin; Tina Guo, cello; Pauline Yang, piano
Wet Ink Concert Amaral Center June 26, 2007
Points in Time for piano (2017)
Duration: 20 minutes
Commissioned by pianist, Lynn Schugren, Points in Time is a set of programmatic 4 movements each describing a different point in the composers life. Mov. 1 is about seeing Mount Rushmore for the first time as a teenager from the family station wagon. It was framed in the tunnel on Highway 16A in the Black Hills, SD. It was so majestic and magnificent no one could talk. Mov. 2 is based on a trip to Skagit Valley in WA. It had just stopped raining and there was a huge rainbow stretching across the sky over acres and acres of tulips. One field of all red, the next all yellow, then pink, the purple, it was astounding. Mov. 3 was based on a family reunion to Folly Beach in Charleston SC. We had rented a beach house and were all sitting on a rooftop deck watching the sun go down. Layers of orange, yellow, pink, purple and blue filled the sky. Family and a slow motion sunset. Mov. 4 deals with the horrible realization on 9/11. Watching the news reports we were stunned, hurt, unbelieving, confused, dazed and angry.
Prelude no. 1 lent et douloureux for piano (2008)
Duration: 4 min.
Premier: Joan Tumilty, 2/2009, Ann Wilder's Home
This work was generously made possible by the commissioning group, Tangible Applause.
Prelude no. 2 rapidement avec humor for piano (2009)
Duration: 3.15 min.
This work was generously made possible by the commissioning group, Tangible Applause.
Prelude no. 4 la pluie de printemps for piano (2010)
Duration: 3 min.
Made possible by Tangible Applause
Prelude no. 5 lamenter Amérique for piano (2010)
Duration: 3 min.
Made possible by the generous support of Tangible Applause
Reflections for piano and film (2010)
Duration: 4.5 min.
Reflections is film is driven by a live performance of Vance's Prelude no. 1 for piano and visual images assembled by Mentzer all shot on location at the Wilder home. Reflections is about contemplation and introspection. It's an opportunity for the viewer slow down and take a deep breath. A collaborative project with pianist, Joan Tumilty, and videographers, Dick Mentzer and Carle Bumpus and sound recording, Ken Schumacher.
Romeo and Juliet for choir and orchestra (1992)
Duration: 16 min.
Commission: Music in the Mountains
Premier: MiM Summer Festival Orchestra and Festival Chorale, Paul Perry,
Conductor MiM’s Summer Music Festival, Saint Joseph's, Grass Valley, CA 1992
Rosa Parks for SATB, a cappella, choir with narration (2006)
Duration: 10 min.
Commission: Nevada Union Boosters Club for ‘05-’06 NUHS Chamber Choir a
collaborative project in the classroom with the choir helping write the lyrics.
Premier: NUHS Spring Concert director Rod Baggett and Chamber Choir, May 23 2006
Sea Shanty Project for a cappella SATB (2013)
Duration: 4 minutes
Created as part of Vance's ongoing "Live Composer in the Classroom" project. Working with the 2012-'13 NUHS Chamber Choir and conductor Rod Baggett to compose a new work together. Premiere scheduled for June 2013
Serenade for Paul for oboe, bassoon and strings (2006)
Duration: 5 min.
Commission: MIM Board of Directors to honor Maestro Paul Perry's 70th birthday
Premier: Solisti Glitterati, Neil Tatman, oboe; Carla Wilson, bassoon; Vance conducting, MIM's Fall Festival, Amaral Center, Nov. 2006
Sonatina for Violin and Piano (2002)
Duration: 9 min.
Premier: William Barbini, violin and Dmitri Cogan, piano
NCCC’s 3th Annual Festival of New Music Grass Valley, CA June 2003
String Quartet no.1 "Between Midnight and Dawn" for string quartet (2009)
Duration: 17 min.
A five movement work exploring the extraordinary time between midnight and dawn.
Commissioned by Tangible Applause for the Del Sol String Quartet.
Premier scheduled for NCCC's WET INK CONCERT June 10 7:30 pm
Summer for elementary school choir and piano (2005)
Duration: 3.5 min.
Commission: Jesse Beck Elementary Reno, NV. with an American Composers Forum Subito Grant
Premier: Jesse Beck Elementary School Choir with Terry Jackson director and pianist. Jesse Beck Elementary School Reno, NV. (2005)
Sweet Betsy from Pike for arr SATBB, a cappella choir (2003)
Duration: 6 min.
Premier: Nevada Union High School Chamber Choir, Rod Baggett, director
Golden Empire Choral Festival, Cal. State University Sacramento, winter 2003
Symphony No. 1 for orchestra (rewrite 2000)
Duration: 25 min.
Premier: MiM Summer Festival Orchestra, Paul Perry, Conductor
MiM’s Summer Music Festival, Don Baggett Auditorium, Grass Valley, CA (2000)
Symphony No. 1 for orchestra (1987)
Duration: 24 min.
Commission: Music in the Mountains
Premier: MiM Summer Festival Orchestra, Paul Perry, Conductor
MiM’s Summer Music Festival, Saint Joseph's, Grass Valley, CA (1988)
Tango (film) for (2008)
Duration: 5 min.
a visual medium for Las Noches Calientes de Verano featuring dancers Michelle Gorre and Chris Peake with videographer Lawrie Kirkham
Terracotta Warriors for orchestra, bamboo flute and Chinese percussion (2008)
Duration: 10 min.
Commissioned: Music in the Mountains
Premier: June 22, 2008 MIM Summer Festival Orchestra, Paul Perry conducting
The terracotta warriors (8,099 life-size Chinese terracotta warriors and horses) were buried with the Emperor Qin Shi Huang di in 210-209 BC. Their purpose was to help him rule in the afterlife.
Tetrascape, overture for orchestra (1982)
Duration: 10 min.
Commission: George Kerley and Nancy Rains for Daniel Brooks
Premier: MiM Summer Festival Orchestra, Paul Perry, Conductor
MiM’s Summer Music Festival, Saint Joseph’s, Grass Valley, CA (1983)
The Creek (film) for oboe, english horn and strings (2007)
Duration: 7 min.
a film depicting Deer Creek for NCCC's Sound and Vision Festival 2007
with Evan Rosky videography. Premier March 2, 2007.
The Elements for sound design (2011)
Duration: 5 min.
Earth, Air, Fire and Water Created with Garage Band for Dick Mentzer's video production with narrator for NCCC's 2011 Sound and Vision Festival.
The New Life for violin and piano 4-hands (2002)
Duration: 14 min.
Commission: Twin Cities Concert Association
Premier: Ken Hardin and Aileen James, piano 4-hands, and Larissa Shahmatova, violin
Twin Cities Concert Association, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Grass Valley, CA, Spring 2002
The Trumpet Player for voice and piano (1992)
Duration: 10 min.
text by Langston Hughes "The Trumpet Player"
written for baritone, Bard Suverkrop
Three Poems by Langston Hughes for 3-part (SAB) choir and piano (1997)
Duration: 13 min.
Premier: Seven Hill Middle School, Cathy Dowling, director, Linda DiMartini, piano
Seven Hills Middle School Spring Concert, Nevada City, CA, May 1997
Three Sweet Dreams for a Little Boy for clarinet and piano (1986)
Duration: 6.5 min.
Commissioned by Music in the Mountains
Premier: Tom Rose, clarinet and Lynn Schugren, piano
MiM’s Summer Music Festival, Saint Joseph's, Grass Valley, CA (1986)
Toccata for piano (2007)
Duration: 5.5 min.
for pianist Pauline Yang.
Premier: Pauline Yang, piano Music in Me Benefit Concert at Besemer Concert Hall,
Nevada City, March 18, 2007
Two Loves, a sonata for violin and piano (2005)
Duration: 22 min.
Commission: Smith and Laub
Premier: June 28, 2005 with Robin Mayforth, violin and Katarzyna Musial,
piano, Nevada County Composers Cooperative’s 6th annual Festival of New
Music “WET INK” Grass Valley, CA, June 2005
Two Serenades for oboe, english horn and strings (2005)
Duration: 11 min.
Valentine Voodoo for piano (2004)
Duration: 5.5 min.
A variation on Rodgers and Hart’s “My Funny Valentine”.
written for NCCC’s Meet the Composer Series
Premier: Commission: Nevada County Composers Cooperative’s Meet the Composer
Series at the Nevada City Winery, Feb. 11 2005
Valentines Out of Season for string orchestra, harp and percussion (1997)
Duration: 16 min.
Commission: Music in the Mountains
Premier: MiM’s Summer Music Festival, Don Baggett Auditorium, Grass Valley, CA 1998
Vengeance for orchestra (2004)
Duration: 6 min.
written for submission for an orchestral competition Loudoun Symphony
Veris Leta Facies for SATB a cappella (2011)
Duration: 4.5 min.
Veris Leta Facies (Spring's Merry Face) was created as part of Mark's "Live Composer in the Classroom" program. The challenge was to create a choral work about Spring, in Latin, starting in a chant-like style, morphing to a madrigal style and ending in a jazz style. The text is taken from the 11th and 12th century "Songs of Beuern" (Carmina Burana) manuscripts. Premiered by the 2010-11 Chamber Choir with Rod Baggett conducting, May 26, 2011 at the Don Baggett Auditorium in Grass Valley, CA. With support from Tangible Applause.
Violin Concerto for violin and orchestra (2012)
Duration: 26 min.
Commissioned by Music in the Mountains for June 28th 2012 premiere with violinist, Caitlin Kelly and conductor, Greg Vajda conducting the Music in the Mountains Summer Festival Orchestra.
Virtues and Vices, for concerto grosso for fl. ob. cl. bsn and orchestra (2004)
Duration: 24 min.
Commission: Music in the Mountains
Premier: Summer Music Festival Orchestra, Paul Perry, conductor, Jane
Lenoir, flute, Neil Tatman, oboe, Tom Rose, clarinet and Carla Wilson,
bassoon. Summer Festival, Amaral Family Center, Grass Valley, CA, June 2004
Weary Night for Bassoon and Harp (2011)
Duration: 11 min.
Weary Night is a set of 8 miniatures, each describing one of the eight stanzas from the famous insomnia poem written by the 7th century Chinese poet, Du Fu. Premiere July 10, 2011 at St. Joseph's Hall in Grass Valley CA with harpist, Sage Po, and bassoonist, Dave Riddles. With support from Tangible Applause
Winter Wind for SA and piano (2005)
Duration: 2.5 min.
Winter Wind for voice and piano (2005)
Duration: 2.5 min.
Premier: Center of the Arts Janis Martin, soprano, Paul Perry, piano March 2005
Wit, Sarcasm and Second Thoughts for percussion quartet (2016)
Duration: 16 min.
Commissioned by Julia Amaral and Mark Strate for the Impetus Quartet (Sarah Basiletti, Adam Pietz, Mike Downing and Robert Strong, w/Lynn Schugren on piano). Premiered at Wet Ink July 23, 2016, Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley, CA

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