JULIANA HALL: AT A GLANCE
Having begun her musical career as a pianist, Juliana Hall began study of composition at age 26 while she was in graduate school at the Yale School of Music. Her first teacher was Frederic Rzewski, who encouraged her to shift her focus from piano to composition. Study with Martin Bresnick and Leon Kirchner followed; both encouraged her to make a career in composition as well, and in 1987 she was awarded a Master’s degree in Music Composition from Yale.
After Yale, Hall moved to Minneapolis to study with composer Dominick Argento, and in the Spring of 1987 she received her first commission, from the Schubert Club of Saint Paul, MN, for a song cycle (NIGHT DANCES) for soprano Dawn Upshaw.
In 1989 Hall received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, and since that time she has become a prolific and highly-regarded composer of American art song and vocal chamber music. She was recently honored to receive the 2017 Sorel Commission to write a new song cycle for SongFest, which will be premiered on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles.
6 songs for soprano and piano on poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, and Edna St. Vincent Millay
Amy Petrongelli (soprano) and Bridget Hough (piano)
from the 2016 Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar (May 29, 2016)
DEATH BE NOT PROUD from “The Holy Sonnets of John Donne”
Song for tenor and piano on a sonnet by John Donne
Joel Burcham (tenor) and Elizabeth Avery (piano)
from the Sutton Concert Series, University of Oklahoma (November 15, 2014)
I SING TO USE THE WAITING from “Paradise”
Song for soprano and piano on a poem by Emily Dickinson
Sonja Tengblad (soprano) and Clare Longendyke (piano)
from the Calliope’s Call art song series (October 22, 2016)
Juliana Hall Music
Juliana Hall Music
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