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TWU to host Gwyneth Walker as composer-in-residence
Nationally acclaimed composer Gwyneth Walker will unveil a
new orchestration of “Songs for Women’s Voices”
during a gala concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Texas
The concert, part
of a two-day composer-in-residence event, will take place
in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, located at the intersection
of Oakland and Sawyer streets on TWU’s Denton campus.
There is no charge for admission. For more information, call
Dr. Pamela Youngblood,
TWU professor of music, said “Songs for Women’s
Voices” originally was written with only piano accompaniment,
but added that Walker has created orchestral accompaniment
for the piece and will perform it with the TWU Concert Choir
and instrumental ensemble. The performance will mark the Texas
premiere of the orchestrated piece.
The gala concert
also will include performances by TWU chamber singers and
soloists, and will feature the Woodrow Wilson All-Star Choir
in the composer’s “23rd Psalm” and “Crossing
Walker, a graduate
of Brown University and the Hartt School of Music, holds bachelor’s,
master’s and doctoral degrees in music composition.
She taught at Hartt, the Oberlin College Conservatory and
the Hartford Conservatory before becoming a full-time composer
in 1982. She lives on a farm in Braintree, Vt., and is a founder
of the Vermont Composers Guild. She received the “Lifetime
Achievement Award” from the Vermont Arts Council in
the year 2000.
catalog includes more than 150 commissioned works for orchestra,
band, chorus and chamber ensembles.
writes accessible music,” Dr. Youngblood said. “It’s
music everyone can relate to easily.”
Funding for the composer-in-residence event is provided in
part by the Greater Denton Arts Council, the Arts Guild of
Denton, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment
for the Arts and the Texas Woman’s University School
of the Arts.
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