Sunday, September 15, 2019

Stacey Philipps

Stacey Philipps writes music of close, lush harmonies and contrapuntal textures, exploring the timbre of voices and instruments in minute detail and sweeping gestures. A lifelong choral singer, Stacey is an early- and new-music devotee, and she currently sings with the Oregon Repertory Singers. Her vocal interests extend to a love for composing choral music and art song, as well as collaborating with solo instrumentalists and chamber music ensembles. A sometime pianist and frequent dabbler in playing underappreciated instruments – she has an accordion, mountain dulcimer, and ukulele on hand and is pining for a harpsichord, banjo, and viola da gamba – Stacey holds degrees in music composition from Portland State University and in philosophy and math from St. John’s College, Santa Fe.

Philipps is a member of the American Composers’ Forum, the National Association of Composers, the International Association of Women in Music, Cascadia Composers, Crazy Jane Composers, and ASCAP, and she is the proprietor of Sirensong Publishing.

Representative Works:

Aurora Borealis (2013) for SSAA choir
On the Beach at Night Alone (2015) for mezzo-soprano, cello, and piano
Converge, Disperse (2015) for flute, oboe, clarinet, and piano

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Oregon Connection: I grew up in Ashland in a family that loves to sing and make music together. I studied piano from age seven with Cynthia Whittier and discovered a great love for choral, small ensemble, and solo singing under the direction of Russ Otte and Everett Winter in middle and high school. After college and other adventures, I returned to Oregon, settled in Portland, and eventually revisited my love of music, graduating from Portland State University with a degree in composition. Continuing to explore music where I live, I've written music for choral, chamber, and solo musicians around Oregon, attended the Composers' Symposium at the Oregon Bach Festival, and particularly enjoy the collaborative process of creating music for the wonderful multitude of talented local performers who also call Oregon home.