Sunday, August 25, 2019

Donald L. Appert

Donald L. Appert is a member of ASCAP, with most of his works published. Dr. Appert’s Northwest Triptych was premiered by the Oregon Sinfonietta on November 7, 2010, and was performed by state orchestras in Romania, El Salvador, and Slovakia in 2011. ABEditore (Milan, Italy) published his Concertino for Bass Clarinet and String Orchestra and Vignette for String Quartet (or String Orchestra).

In June, 2013 Rocco Parisi’s Bass Clarinet Quartet premiered Quartetto Basso, which they had commissioned from Dr. Appert. The work was included on their CD entitled A tempo, a Modo: Path tracking Vito Marsico, and may be obtained through They performed the work for the 5th Annual European Clarinet Festival in Ghent, Italy in September of 2015.

Dr. Appert’s Nara Variations received its world premiere in December, 2007 by the Ashiya Chamber Orchestra in Kobe, Japan. Additional performances in 2008 – 2009 of this work for string orchestra were by the El Salvador State Symphony, The L’Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Grosseto (Italy), Filharmonica “Milhail Jora” Bacau (Romania), and the Orquestra Sinfonica de Sant Cugat (Spain) with the composer conducting.

In October, 1998 the Ashiya Chamber Orchestra performed the Japanese premiere of In the Similitude of a Dream. This piece for string orchestra was recorded by the Clark College Orchestra on its first compact disc, and received its Australian premiere in August, 1999.

The Ashiya Chamber Orchestra also gave the Japanese premiere of Thru a Glass Darkly in October, 1999, and in their November, 2001 concert they gave the world premiere of Elegy, a work they commissioned from the composer. Dr. Appert has since conducted this work with orchestras in the United States, the Czech and Slovak Republics, France, Romania, and Portugal. The Audienda-Chor premiered Who Shall Know? for a capella choir in Krefeld, Germany in November, 2002. Donald L. Appert’s music may be heard via the Internet on his publisher’s website at or his website

Three Representative Works:

 Northwest Triptych for Orchestra
 Nara Variations for String Orchestra (2003)

Visit Me Online:

• Music: Soundcloud
• Video: YouTube
• Social Media: Facebook

Oregon Connection: Music Director/Conductor of Oregon Sinfonietta and the Jewish Community Orchestra of Portland. Both have premiered my works and also performed non-premieres as well.

Up-coming: The Oregon Sinfonietta will perform the world premiere of my Concerto for Viola and Orchestra with world renowned violist Brett Deubner as soloist in their March 13, 2016 concert. Mr. Deubner will also perform with the Clark College Orchestra on March 9, 2016. JCO will premiere my Sacred Song Cycle with Douglas Webster, star of Broadway's "Les Mis" on April 10, 2016. Both works were composed for the respective orchestra.