Joan Szymko Music Distributed by Graphite Publishing

Joan Szymko (b.1957) is a composer and conductor living and working in Portland, Oregon where she is entering her 23rd season as the Artistic Director of Aurora Chorus. As a frequently commissioned composer with a catalog of over 100 published choral works, her music is performed by ensembles across North America and abroad. Since 2003, her music has been performed at every National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association. In 2010 the ACDA recognized Szymko’s lasting impact on the choral arts in America by selecting her as the recipient of the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission. Joan enjoyed a fruitful, decade-long collaboration with Robin Lane and Do Jump! Movement Theater (1994-2004) performing her original music with the company in Portland and touring on Broadway, at the Kennedy Center and at the Geffen Playhouse in LA. She has served on the choral music faculty at Portland State University (2013-15). As a visiting artist, she workshops her music with choirs in a variety of educational settings across the US and most recently, in the Netherlands.

Szymko was recently commissioned by Eugene Vocal Arts (Oregon) to create the libretto and compose a large scale work which focuses on those faced with the tragedy of Alzheimer’s dementia. “Shadow and Light” for mezzo-soprano, tenor, soprano, SATB chorus and full chamber orchestra premiered in April 2016 to great critical acclaim. This notable addition to the choral-orchestral repertoire will be made available by Joan Szymko Music in 2017. In addition to her own published works, Joan’s music appears in the catalogs of Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Lorenz Corporation (Roger Dean Publishing), earthsongs, Treble Clef Press and Walton Music. She is a founding member of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative.


Music Published by Joan Szymko Music

A Burst of Song (3 movements)

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 4, piano, 5-10 min.

A Portal of Hope

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 3, organ, 3-5 min.

A Winter Ride

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, piano, less than 3 min.

At Such a Dizzy Height

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 3, 1-2 instruments, piano, 5-10 min.

At the Shore of the World

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 4, percussion, piano, 3-5 min.

Be It Therefore Resolved

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 3, 1-2 instruments, piano

Blessed Be

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 4, a cappella, piano, 3-5 min.

Blessing

Joan Szymko 2+ voices, tb choir, mixed choir, treble choir, Difficulty : 2, piano, less than 3 min.

Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, piano, less than 3 min.

Braided Light

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 4, a cappella, 3-5 min.

Call

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, a cappella, percussion, 3-5 min.

Come Dance and Sing

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 2, piano, 3-5 min.

Coventry Carol

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 2, piano

Eagle Rounding Out the Morning

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, piano, 5-10 min.

Eli, Eli (SATB)

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 4, 1-2 instruments, 3-5 min.

Eli, Eli (SSAA)

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 4, 1-2 instruments, 3-5 min.

Ffe Mwe, Mwe Ffe (SATB)

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 3, percussion, 3-5 min.

Ffe Mwe, Mwe Ffe (SSAA)

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, percussion, 3-5 min.

Finding Her Here

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 4, a cappella, 3-5 min.

Gamaya

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 2, 1-2 instruments, piano, 3-5 min.

Go Out In Joy

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 4, piano, 3-5 min.

Herbst

Joan Szmyko mixed choir, Difficulty : 3, piano, 3-5 min.

Hymn of Grateful Praise (SATB)

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 3, piano, 3-5 min.

Hymn of Grateful Praise (SSA)

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, piano, 3-5 min.

I Am

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 3, chamber ens., piano, 5-10 min.

Light Beauty Peace (SATB)

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 3, piano, less than 3 min.

Light, Beauty, Peace (SSAA)

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, piano, less than 3 min.

Listen Closely

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, piano, 3-5 min.

Look Out (SATB)

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 3, piano, 5-10 min.

Look Out (SSAA)

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 3, piano, 5-10 min.

Love Bears All Things

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 2, 1-2 instruments, piano, 3-5 min.

Malala

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, a cappella, 3-5 min.

Nothing Short of Grace

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, piano, 3-5 min.

O Lux Beatissima

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 4, a cappella, 3-5 min.

Quite Regularly Gay

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 4, piano, less than 3 min.

Red and Green (SATB)

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 3, percussion, piano, 3-5 min.

Red and Green (SSAA)

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, percussion, piano, 3-5 min.

River (SATB)

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 4, piano, 3-5 min.

River (SSAA)

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 4, piano, 3-5 min.

She Who Makes Her Meaning Clear (SATBB)

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 3, a cappella, percussion, 3-5 min.

She Who Makes Her Meaning Clear (SSAA)

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, a cappella, percussion, 3-5 min.

Sioux Prayer (SAB)

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 2, a cappella, less than 3 min.

Sioux Prayer (SSA)

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 2, a cappella, less than 3 min.

Stars in Your Bones

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, piano, 5-10 min.

The Freshness (SATB)

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 3, 1-2 instruments, piano, 3-5 min.

The Freshness (SSAA)

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, 1-2 instruments, piano, 3-5 min.

The Gift to Sing

Joan Szymko tb choir, mixed choir, treble choir, Difficulty : 2, piano, 3-5 min.

There Shall Be Christmas Day (SATB)

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 3, a cappella, piano, 3-5 min.

There Shall Be Christmas Day (SSAA)

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, a cappella, piano, 3-5 min.

This We Know

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, 1-2 instruments, 5-10 min.

Todo o Meu Ser (SATB)

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 3, percussion, 3-5 min.

Todo o Meu Ser (SSA)

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, percussion, 3-5 min.

Until

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 2, a cappella, 3-5 min.

Water Women

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 4, piano, 5-10 min.

We Are Clay

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 1, 1-2 instruments, piano, less than 3 min.

Where is the Door to the Tavern

Joan Szymko mixed choir, Difficulty : 4, 1-2 instruments, percussion, less than 3 min.

Wynken, Blynken & Nod

Joan Szymko treble choir, Difficulty : 3, piano

1: (Easy) No divisi in voice parts, accompaniment doubles or supports vocal parts, diatonic, symmetrical phrases, textures mostly homophonic, simple rhythms, stepwise voice leading (conjunct), moderate ranges, no extended techniques, and limited sustained singing.

2: (Medium Easy) Limited divisi, voices somewhat independent from accompaniment, some chromatics, phrases may be longer or more fragmented, mostly homophonic, moderate rhythmic complexity, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderate ranges, extended techniques are simple, limited sustained singing.

3. (Medium) Limited divisi, unaccompanied, or with independent accompaniment (voice parts not doubled), many chromatics, phrases of varying lengths, more contrapuntal textures, moderately complex rhythms, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderately difficult/challenging ranges, extended techniques are potentially challenging, and some sustained singing.

4. (Medium Difficult) Abundant divisi, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, many difficult intervals (disjunct motion), difficult/challenging ranges, potentially difficult extended techniques, and a demand for sustained singing.

5. (Difficult) Adundant divis, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, extreme ranges, use of challenging or unusual extended vocal techniques, abundant sustained singing.