Recordings and PerformancesOctober 2017
New video recordings are available for my Out of the Box collections. Click here to listen. And this reaction from my very talented colleague, Martha Hill Duncan.
“Great Out of the Box collection – absolutely stunning Susan – certainly some of your finest work yet! I loved Charissa’s performance. The collection is complex, sophisticated, quirky and great thematic connection – they all seemed to belong together. Super!”
Martha Hill Duncan, Composer
Re-issue Book ReleaseAugust 2017
Two of my original collections have been re-issued. They have been improved with new covers, additional music and revised layout for easier reading.
For Let’s Pretend! – a new piece Cowboy joins the gang. The Great Wizard has been re-written to fit nicely between both hands and Beautiful Princess is now in a key to eliminate all those flat accidentals. Take a look!
Out of the Box has been enhanced with some exciting new music and a few title changes. I’m very excited about ‘Parade for One’ - formerly Marching to your own Drummer. High quality video recordings are being scheduled in the next month but here is an initial (rough) sound file
And Shhhhh is now called Veiled. Spinning has jumped up a level and a new piece, Brush Strokes has been added to balance the ‘quieter side’ of the collection. Have fun exploring the scores here!
Syllabi and PublishingJuly 2017
I was excited to have my ‘Huron Carol’ duet selected to be included in the Canadian National Conservatory’s publication of Canadian folksongs in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday! Here is a short score sample.
You can purchase the book on the CNCM website at this link.
New Book Release!April 2017
The CFMTA has published a book containing the scores of the winners of the 2017 Call for Compositions. This book also contains artwork, four of which are my images. You can open the book by clicking here.
My piano piece, The Road Goes On was one of the winning entries selected by the CFMTA Call for Compositions. Click here to hear the piece performed on You Tube by the amazing pianist Arianne Ewing-Chow.
Recordings and PerformancesJanuary 2017
NEW! Arctic Voices Video Collection
You can see videos of all the pieces in the Arctic Voices collection on You Tube. Click here.
World Premier Performance!May 2016
A sextet for Two Pianos, 12 Hands, Sixty Fingers, was commission by Margie Feduck and premiered at the 2016 Port Colbourne Music Festival of the Arts. Our six performers included Margie Feduck, Angela Willet, Sheila Brown, Lynne Brazeau, Linda Caldwell and Ted Ellis.
This sextet is a high energy, percusive musical romp with a few humorous moments along the way. This sextet is a big crowd pleaser and particularly well suited to close any recital programme.
A score sample and sound sample can be found on the Composition/Ensembles page.
The CFMTA Canadian Music Teacher magazine published a lovely reivew of my Winter Collection. You can read the review by opening this link CFMTA Review of Winter Collection.
Syllabi and PublishingMarch 2016
Good News! My Jester’s Dance duet has been selected for publishing in the CNCM Early Intermediate Duets Collection. The collection will be released in August 2016 at the Summer Sizzle Convention in Yorkton Saskatchewan.
New Book Release!January 2016
A new piano duet Amaryllis for the intermediate player, about grade 5/6. Graceful, gentle, lush, sparkling and warm to add some sunshine to those bleak winter months. You can see some of the score on the Composition Ensembles page.
A wonderful review of Jester’s Dance duet by the Canadian Music Teacher Magazine. You can read the review by clicking on Jester review
I had a wonderful time adjudicating all the amazing young musicians performing Canadian music at the Contemporary Showcase Festival in Toronto this November. The Festival is such a well run event and I received some wonderful feedback that I’d like to share. It’s not often we get input like this. Thank you to Belinda Huang. Link to Contemporary Showcase Toronto.