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Joseph Rivers   


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Joseph Rivers completed the film score to Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Bo Bergstrom, with a soundtrack album to be released in the next year.  He was also commissioned to compose a piece for the Starlight Band of Tulsa by Mark Watson and Friends of the Starlight Band in honor of Tulsa flutist Debbi Turner. 


Overture for Debbi by the Starlight Band on 6/29/10.  The Wanderings of Ayumi by Lise Glaser, oboe and Lorelei Barton, harp at a concert sponsored by the Oklahoma Composers Association, the University of Tulsa and St. John’s Episcopal Church on 10/25/10.


The Fundamentals of Tonal Music, was published in 2010.  The music theory textbook consists of both “basic” and “advanced” fundamentals, with music examples accessible online.


Echoes of War-Visions of Piece by the Kiev Philharmonic was released by ERMMedia on Volume 15 of its “Masterworks of the New Era” series.  His CD album Nuova Avventura was also released, consisting of piano compositions in various styles, along with flute, violin, clarinet, or string quartet for some of the tracks.



Joseph Rivers teaches composition, theory, and film scoring at the University of Tulsa, where he presently serves as Chair of the School of Music. Rivers organized a concert last fall to celebrate the Oklahoma Statehood Centennial with music by University of Tulsa composers.  The concert included music from works Rivers composed to honor the cultural heritage of the state. Compositions celebrating the Oklahoma Centennial include his recently composed Piano Trio; Will Rogers Self-Portrait, commissioned by the Will Rogers Heritage, Inc. and the Claremore Community Chorus; Prairie Dreams, a one-act opera set in Oklahoma pioneer days; and Lonely People of the Osage, a choral setting of the beautiful poem by Oklahoma poet Winston Weathers about the Osage people near Tulsa, OK. Rivers’ orchestral tone poem, Echoes of War – Visions of Peace, commissioned and premiered by the Signature Symphony of Tulsa, was recorded by the Czech Philharmonic under the direction of Robert Winstin for inclusion on the ERMedia Masterworks of the New Era CD series, to be released in March 2008. A CD of his compositions for piano, violin, clarinet, and synthesizer was released in the fall of 2007.


Trio for Violin, Violoncello, and Piano, composed in fulfillment of the 2007 Oklahoma Music Teachers Association (OMTA) Commissioned Composers Award, was introduced by Trio Tulsa in June during the OMTA Convention in Norman, OK.

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