Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Alexandra Rose Czyzewicz

Alexandra Rose Czyzewicz, but those familiar with my work may know me as Ally Rose. I am a Polish-Italian American with a true love for my cultural background! Growing up in the Portland, Oregon area, I spent Saturdays attending Polish School where I studied the Polish culture. I also enjoyed weekly lessons with my Father learning to speak the language.

I spent my childhood studying violin, piano and voice and became obsessed with the idea of writing my own music and incorporating the Polish language! This began what would be a long-lasting passion for and devotion to writing original music and sharing my love for the Polish culture.

I studied music composition at Marylhurst University, and then at Portland State University where I received my BM in Music Composition.

I believe that music is unique in its ability to convey emotions that are too rich or complex to be described with words. That is something truly valuable, and as a composer I work to use that power to connect with my listeners. Each piece that I write is a collection of moments and memories, both my own, and those of the listener; though I write each piece with my own moments in mind, the listeners use their own memories to create for themselves a listening experience that is truly unique to each of them.

Three Representative Works:
Diversity - for intermediate band (2018)
Jesienia (2019) 

Oregon Connection: have been a native Oregonian living in the Estacada area for the past 24 years, most of my life! I love everything about Oregon even the rain. I have worked closely with the community in Estacada over the last five years composing music in many capacities. I collaborated with Estacada Together to compose an original musical including professional performers from the community; Brett Paschal, Linda Roth and Ken Riedel as well as local students.

Other Oregon commissions and collaborations include:
- Jeremy Dell with Madison High School Choir & Band
- Seth Arnold with Gladstone High School Band
- Rendell Frunk with the Estacada High School Choirs
- Erika Lockwood Rex Putnman High School Choir