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Emma Lou Diemer   


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Judge/Evaluator for the State Contest of the Composers Today, Music Teachers Assoc. of CA. 2012. Judge for the Sorel Medallion in Choral Music, NYC, 2011. Interview and critique in Santa Barbara with Amanda Setlik regarding her doctoral dissertation and lecture recital at University of Colorado, Boulder, on ELD’s piano music, fall of 2011. Santa Barbara Overture will be the opening work of the season by the Santa Barbara Symphony, Nir Kabaretti, conductor. Oct. 20-21, 2012.


Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Philip Ficsor and the Westmont College Orchestra, Michael Shasberger, conductor. Montecito, CA, (Titles: A Little Parlour Music, Remembrance of Things Past, Santa Barbara Rag), October, 2012. Trio for Trumpet, Trombone, and Piano (“The Answered Question”). Amy and Dan Cherry, International Women’s Brass Conference, Kalamazoo, MI, June, 2012. Cantate Domino for youth choir, organ, piano, saxophone, guitar, T. Andrew Hicks, conductor, Trinity Episcopal Church, Iowa City, Iowa, May, 2012.


Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano (“Summer Day”). Charles Yassky, clarinet, Evelyn Estava, violin, Diana Hughes, piano, Third Annual Social Networking Concert curated by Douglas Townsend, St. Peter’s Church, NYC, April, 2012. Also, Trio Contraste (Martha MacDonald, William Terwilliger, Andrew Cooperstock), Westlake United Methodist Church, Austin, TX, June, 2011. Homage to Poulenc, Mozart, and MacDowell, Saint Cecilia Trio (Lisa Winter, flute, Peter Kirchner, cello, Natalia Heikes, piano), United Methodist Church, Motley, MN, April, 2012. Songs for the Earth, San Francisco Choral Society and Orchestra, Robert Geary, conductor, Davies Hall, San Francisco, August, 2012. Music for Woodwind Quartet, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Woodwind Quartet, Severance Hall, Cleveland. May, 2012. Four Biblical Sketches, Gail Archer, organist, St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University, R. C. Church of St. Agnes, NYC; St. Francis Xavier R. C. Church, NYC; Rutgers Presbyterian Church; Central Synagogue, NYC. January - May 2012.


Two orchestral works published by C. Alan Publications, 2012: St Anne--O God, Our Help in Ages Past, and My Eyes Have Seen the Glory (Battle Hymn). Suite No. 1 for Children for piano and Four on a Row for piano. Certosa Verlag (Germany), 2012. Organ Voluntaries on Saintly Tunes for organ. Augsburg Fortress, 2012. Suite for Harpsichord. 1982. Certosa Verlag (Germany), 2012. Concerto for Trumpet. 1982. Certosa Verlag (Germany), 2012.


Emma Lou Diemer: Chamber Music. Trio for Violin, Cello & Piano; Quartet for Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, & Piano; Seven Pieces for Marilyn for Piano. L. Kobayashi, E. Grolman, J. Dixon, L. Anton, S. Woodward, B. Anton, ELD. Albany Records Troy 1302. 2011. Pacific Ridge. Major Works, Emma Lou Diemer. Santa Barbara Overture, Concerto in One Movement for Piano, Concerto in One Movement for Marimba. PARMA Recordings, 2012.




ASCAPLUS AWARD for 2010-11. Judge for the State Contest, Composers Today, Music Teachers Association of California, 2011. Information/interview to/with Dr. Jennifer Kelly, Lafayette College, for her book on 25 living American women composers (final interview), 2011. Commissioned by Wyatt Smith, concert organist: an organ work for his Junior Recital at Univ. of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota. Commissioned by Philip Ficsor: a new work for violin and orchestra. Commissioned by Elizabeth Augsburger and Sara McDaris of Huntsville, AL: a setting/incidental music to Sara’s story “Creation”. Guest Artist on Jeannine Jordan’s Pro-Motion Music on the web.


Piano Trio No. 2 (2009) commissioned by the Rawlins Piano Trio (Univ. of South Dakota), Eunho Kim, violin, Marie-Elaine Gagnon, cello, Susan Keith Gray Gray, piano; Colton Recital Hall, University of South Dakota.  Also performed by them at First Congregational Church, Sioux Falls, SD; Trinity Lutheran Church, Yankton, SD; La Fundación Sinfonía Concertante, Teatro Nacional, Panama; First Presbyterian Church, Sioux City, SD, Feb. 2011.  Legend of Sleepy Hollow for chorus and keyboard, Cappella Gloriana of San Diego and San Diego North Coast Singers, Stephen Sturk/Virginia Sublett, conductors, Encinitas Community Library, Encinitas, CA; Chula Vista Public Library, Chula Vista, CA Halloween concerts, Oct. 2010.  Canberra Bells, Lyn Fuller, carillon., National Carillon, Canberra, Australia, Apr10; written for the 40th anniversary of the Canberra Carillon.


Hallelujah for Mixed Chorus and Organ, Cantores Minores, Warsaw, Poland, Joseph Herter, conductor, USA tour, 2010. Toccata and other piano works, Becky Billock, pianist, at venues in Olympia, WA, Portland, OR, Salem, OR, College Place, WA, Seattle, WA, Pittsburgh, PA, Nov. 2010. Toccata for Piano, Matthew Weissman, piano, Doctoral recital at Indiana University, Bloomington, Dec. 2010. Also Salten Hall, New York Insitute of Technology, Brookville, Long Island, May 2010; (Also on YouTube, as are several performances of this work). Toccata for Six (mallet percussion), Drum Joy Ensemble, Ruth Cahn, conductor, Eastman School of Music, March 2010. In One of the Stars for chorus, guitar, piano, Cantabile Chamber Chorale, Rebecca Scott, conductor, Christ United Methodist Church, Piscataway, NJ, April 2010.


Seven Pieces für Klavier (originally Seven Pieces for Marilyn), written in 1982, published by Certosa Verlag (Karthause, Germany), 2010.  Concerto for Trumpet, Suite for Harpsichor, published by Certosa Verlag, 2011. Improvisation für Violoncello und Klavier (Improvisations for Cello and Piano), written in 2000 for Ellen Grolman and Joan DeVee Dixon, Certosa Verlag publisher (see above), 2010. Bells Over Sydney for Carillon: A Quiet Walk-About, Walk-About and Away, Variations on Waltzing Matilda, commissioned by June Catchpoole, NSW, Australia; published by Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), 2010.


An early Orion recording of four of Diemer’s chamber works was “revived” on ClassicsOnLine and the Naxos Music Library (Four Chamber Works by Emma Lou Diemer).  Toccata for Piano is on the album Muses Nine: Eight American Composers Plus One Pianist, Becky Billock, Piano; CD Baby, 2011.  Four organ works (hymn-based) are on the album Stewart Scharch plays the Organ at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, CD Baby 2011. An Emily Dickinson Suite (5 settings of Dickinson poems) for women’s chorus are on the album Sisters Concerto Della Donna, Baby 2011. Sonata for Flute and Piano is on the album Diamonds Uncovered, Deanna Little, flute and Jerome Reed, piano, CD Baby 2010. Toccata for Piano is on the album Music by Women, re-issued by Parma as the Capstone Collection, (originally issued by Capstone).




Quartet for Flute, Violin, Cello, and Piano on Themes by Howard Hanson by Carmen Lemoine, flute, Maria Razka, violin, Mark Bridges, cello, Liu Liu, piano at the Women in Music Festival 2010 at Eastman School of Music at Christ Church in Rochester, NY on 3/10.  Canberra Bells by Lyn Fuller, carillon at the National Carillon at Canberra, Australia on 3/10.  Fantasy for Carillon by Margo Halsten, carillon at University of California, Santa Barbara for the 40th anniversary of the Storke Tower and carillon on 10/09.  Five Limericks for women’s chorus, 2 pianos, percussion by the Women’s Ensemble of Georgia College & State University, directed by Jennifer Flory at the First Baptist Church in Milledgeville, GA on 4/09.  St. Anne (O God Our Help in Ages Past) by the Westmont College Orchestra conducted by Michael Shasberger at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Barbara on 4/10.


Movement for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Piano by Katherine McClure, Melissa Bohl, Kenneth Ellison, Esma Pasic-Filipovic at Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University, Princeton, NJ on 9/09.  Fiesta for Organ by Yasuko Harada at Minato Mirai Concert Hall in Yokohama, Japan on 4/10.  Three Pieces for Piano by John Hord at Fresno City College in Fresno, CA on 7/09.  Variations for Piano, Four Hands by Tachell Gerbert and Bradley Gregory at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village, CA on 10/09.  Quartet for Trumpet, Horn, Trombone and Piano by John Harbaugh, Jeffrey Snedeker, Mark Babbitt, Nikolas Caoile at Central Washington University Concert Hall on 2/10.


Improvisations for Cello and Piano published by Certosa Verlag, D-55270 Klein-Winternheim, Karthause 10, Germany, Isolde Weiermüller-Backes, editor, 2010.   Seven Pieces for Piano, published by Certosa Verlag, 2010.  Bells Over Sydney for Carillon, commissioned by June Catchpoole, NSW, Australia, published by Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, 2010.  Fantasy for Carillon, commissioned by Margo Halsted, published by American Carillon Music Editions, 2010.  Time Pieces for Trumpet and Organ, published by Zimbel Press/Subito, 2010, written for Colby and Carson Cooman. 


Summer Day, The Complete Works for Violin and Piano by Emma Lou Diemer.  Philip Ficsor, violin; Emma Lou Diemer, piano.  Aria and Scherzo, Before Spring, Suite for Violin and Piano, Homage to Paderewski, Three Hymns, Catch-A-Turian Toccata.  At and on YouTube. Truetone Productions. 11/09.  Sonata No. 3 on album American Journey with Roger McVey, piano, is at CD Baby, etc. 2010.  Serenade/Toccata from Sonata No. 3 on album TOUCH: the toccata project with Philip Amalong, piano. Albany Records. 2010.  




Variations on Old One Hundredth for Piano and Organ, published by Zimbel Press, was premiered by Betty Oberacker and the composer in November at the Santa Barbara Music Club's concert at the Unitarian Society in January, 2009, with subsequent performances by Josephine Brummel and the composer at First United Methodist Church in Santa Barbara and by Ruth Lee and the composer at Valley of the Flowers United Church of Christ in Lompoc, CA.  Creation Songs for Narration and Oboe, commissioned by St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Bloomington, MN, and Joan Devee Dixon, was premiered in December, 2008 at St. Michael's by Jane Horn, the author of the narration, and oboist Kristen Cooper. Premiered by Philip Ficsor and the composer at the Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, in May, 2008, was Suite for Violin and Piano, written for Philip Ficsor and published by Hildegard Music Publishing in January, 2009.


Time Pieces for Trumpet and Organ, written in January, 2009, for Colby and Carson Cooman, has been published by Zimbel Press.  Also published by Zimbel Press: Verses on the Birth of Christ for chorus, organ, and bells, commissioned by the Harvard University Choir. 


Bellsong performed by Margo Halsted, carillionneur, on the 61-bell, 5-octave carillon at the University of California, Santa Barbara, March, 2009, and also at the University of Sydney by June Catchpoole, February, 2009. Quartet for Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, and Piano performed by Colin Jones, Amy Black, Susie Scarr, and Juan Chattah, at Agnes Scott College in March, 2008. Homage to Paderewski and Catch-A-Turian Toccata performed by Philip Ficsor and the composer at the Santa Barbara Music Club, Faulkner Gallery, November, 2008. Four Psalms for Percussion and Organ performed by David Gay, organ and Homero Cerón and Barbara Freischlad, percussion, at St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church, Tucson Arizona, November, 2008. Trio for Flute, Cello & Marimba performed by the Poné Ensemble, at Unison Arts & Learning Center, New Paltz, NY. Three psalm settings performed by John Floreen and the Rutgers University Chorus, December, 2008.


Recent recordings of Diemer's music are A Requiem for Woodwind Quintet and String Quintet, on the album Reflections, by North/South Consonance Recordings; Poem of Remembrance for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra, on the album St. Petersburg Orchestra, by John Russo and the St. Petersburg Orchestra; Before Spring for Violin and Piano, on the album Feminissimo!, by Laura Kobayashi and Susan Keith Gray.



In March 2007 Emma Lou Diemer was Composer-in-Residence at Meredith College, Raleigh, NC. Concerts of her music were presented by the Capital City Girls Choir, Fran Page, conductor; the Meredith Chorale and the North Carolina State University Varsity Men’s Glee Club, Lisa Fredenburgh, conductor; duo pianists Kent Lyman and Donna Jolly; organists David Lynch, Kathryn Webb, and Miriam Davis; and sopranos Jessica Jernigan and Rebecca Sealey. The Kirk Choir presented a concert of her works May 19 at Pasadena (CA) Presbyterian Church. Gregory Norton conducted, with organist Timothy Howard, trumpeter Marissa  Benedict, and the composer as organist. Her intermediate piano collection, Reaching Out, published by FJH Music (Helen Marlais, editor) was chosen for the 2007 MTAC “Certificate of Merit” Syllabus. Among newly commissioned works, is the piece Verses on the Birth of Christ for choir, organ, and bells (commissioned by Harvard’s Memorial Church Choir, Edward Elwyn Jones, conductor) for the 2007 Christmas carol service, which, according to organist Carson Cooman, is America’s oldest carol service.


Variations on Endless Song for organ, commissioned by Marilyn Mason to commemorate 60 years of teaching at the University of Michigan, was introduced by the composer in January 2007 at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Felicity Cashman and the College of Saint Rose Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Robert Hansbrough, presented Concerto in One Movement for Marimba and Wind Ensemble (arranged from the original orchestral work) in March at St. Vincent De Paul Church, Albany, NY. O Beautiful for Spacious Skies, for Symphonic Band, transcribed from the organ solo, was first heard in an April performance by the Tennessee High School Symphonic Band, led by Kevin Hebert, at Ground Zero, NYC. Organist Dudley Oakes presented the commissioned work I Danced in the Morning during the May dedication of the new pipe organ at First Presbyterian Church, Albemarle, NC.


The Shasta (CA) College Community Chorale, under the direction of Elizabeth Waterbury, performed The Mass, for chorus, percussion, and two pianos, in May 2006. Carillonneur Lyn Fuller presented Bell Song for Carillon in October 2006 at the National Carillon Recital Series, Canberra, Australia. Neighbor, Take This Torch of Peace for chorus and piano (text by Dorothy Diemer Hendry) was heard in a February 2007 performance by the Global Harmony Community Chorus, led by Jennifer Anderson, at North Como Presbyterian Church Third Annual Benefit Concert for Peace in the Holy Land, Roseville, MN. Also in February, pianist Joan DeVee Dixon performed Spirituals for Piano in recital at Frostburg (MD) State University. Old Black and White Movie was presented in July by the Basso Moderno Duo, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.


Concerto in One Movement, marimba and wind ensemble; C. Alan Publications. I Danced in the Morning, organ; Zimbel Press. Neighbor, Take This Torch of Peace, chorus and piano (text by Dorothy Diemer Hendry); Neil A. Kjos Music Company.


Paul Freeman Introduces Marilyn Mason includes Concerto in One Movement for organ and chamber orchestra, Marilyn Mason and the Prague Radio Symphony under the direction of Paul Freeman; Albany Records.


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