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STACY’S MUSIC is centered on dramatic and lyrical storytelling. She shares stories by taking audiences on sonic journeys - some simple and beautiful, while others are complicated and dark - depending on the needs and dramatic shape of the story. Stacy is a freelance composer living in the Chicago area.


News

JARBA, MARE JARBA RECORDED BY CHANTICLEER
Featured as part of their 40th anniversary season Then and There, Here and Now tour and CD!


MY DEAREST RUTH
ON NPR
National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg ran a segment on Cedille Records’ “Notorious RBG in Song” CD, featuring excerpts from Stacy’s My Dearest Ruth interwoven with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking the text. Click on the image below; the excerpts begin at 5’21”.
ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY COMMISSION
Stacy will be composing a new work for the St. Louis Symphony, to be premiered in 2020 or 2021. The League of American Orchestras commission is funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and administered by the American Composers Orchestra. For more information, click here.

KRONOS QUARTET PREMIERES
GLORIOUS MAHALIA AT CARNEGIE HALL
Kronos Quartet and Carnegie Hall commissioned Glorious Mahalia from Stacy. This piece delves into audio recordings of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson conversing with oral historian/WFMT radio host Studs Terkel. The piece premiered in Zankel Hall on 1/19/18. For more information, click here.
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Darrell Hoemann Photography


2018 BARLOW PRIZE WINNER
Stacy is the winner of the Barlow Prize! The Prize provides a commission for a new work for reed quintet (oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet, and bassoon) to be exclusively performed by the Calefax Reed Quintet, Akropolis Reed Quintet, and the BYU Reed Quintet until January 1, 2020. Stacy has finished the piece, entitled Rites for the Afterlife, which follows the journey of an ancient Egyptian soul from the moment of death to its arrival at the Field of Reeds, the final resting place all Egyptians aspired to reach.

CHICAGO OPERA THEATER’S “EMERGING OPERA COMPOSER”
Stacy is the first composer in Chicago Opera Theater’s new Vanguard Initiative. She will be in residence with COT for 2018-2020, during which she will write a new chamber opera. For more information, click here.

MUSIC ALIVE RESIDENCE WITH THE CHAMPAIGN-URBANA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras have chosen Stacy and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra as one of five orchestra/composer pairings for Music Alive’s multi-year residence program. The pairings will develop and implement programs to work within the orchestras and their communities, as well as to mentor younger composers. The pairings will also work together as a cohort, learning from each other and sharing their experiences on this journey. Click here to read the press release.

15-MEMBER UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM PRODUCES QUICKSILVER
Quicksilver was commissioned by fifteen colleges and universities. Our member groups are: Appalachian State University, Arizona State University, Baylor University, Butler University, Carthage College, Louisiana State University, Penn State University, SUNY Potsdam, University of Alabama, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Oregon, and the University of South Carolina. These groups will be performing the work in 2018 and 2019. 


Featured CDs



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Chanticleer
Work recorded:
Jarba, Mare Jarba
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Patrice Michaels, soprano
and
Kuang-Hao Huang, piano
Work recorded:
My Dearest Ruth
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Cedille Records

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CCPA Orchestras
Works recorded:
Mythology Symphony, Shadow, and Thunderwalker
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Cedille Records

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Avalon String Quartet
Work recorded:
String Quartet No. 4: Illuminations
To order:
Cedille Records