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Marilyn Shrude   

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Marilyn Shrude


Marilyn Shrude was named a 2011 Guggenheim fellow. The 2011 Sorel Medallion in Choral Composition was awarded to three composers, including Marilyn Shrude. She was the featured composer for the Women in Music Series at Wittenberg University (Oct. 2011). Shrude and musicians John Sampen, Richard York and Jessica McCormack, who organized the entire residency, presented a concert of eight of her compositions.  Marilyn Shrude’s Lacrimosa was included in the concert repertoire of Duo Solaris (Joel Diegert, alto saxophone, and Mariam Vardzelashvili, piano), who competed in the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition April 2011 in Amsterdam. The duo received 3rd Prize in the competition.


Essay for Solo Saxophone and Band, John Sampen, saxophone, Memorial Junior High School Band, Barry Hartz, director, South Euclid, OH, Feb. 2011. La Folia II: Lacuna was Robert Satterlee, piano, Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI on March 2011; the work is one of seven works commissioned by Satterlee in memory of William Albright; also, Coe College, April 2011, University of Iowa April 2011, SUNY-Fredonia, Sept. 2011.


Memorie di luoghi . . . Maria Sampen and Xak Bjerken, and by Ioana Galu and Solungga Fang-Tzu, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, June 2011; also Bowling Green State University and Heidelberg University April 2011.  Fantasmi and Renewing the Myth, Noa Even with I-An Chen, Phil Pierick, and the Amigo Saxophone Quartet, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore, July 2011.  Trope, John Sampen, saxophone, Albion College, Bowling Green State University, DePauw University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Michigan, Fall 2011 tour.  Into Light, Interlochen Philharmonic, Octavio Mas-Arocas, director, July 2011.  Raining Glass, Puget Sound Piano Trio (Maria Sampen, violin, David Requiro, cello, and Duane Hulbert, piano); included performances in Tacoma, Minneapolis, and Vancouver BC, Fall 2011 concert tour. The trio is in residence at the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA).


Continuum (Postscript ’97), Carrie Koffman and Margreet Francis, alto saxophone and piano, on Carillon Sky (Impermanence Records CD 600G). Marilyn Shrude’s Trope for alto saxophone and pre-recorded saxophones, John Sampen, James Fusik and Jeffrey Heisler for CDCM Computer Music Series Volume 38, Music from Bowling Green State University, MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music.



Marilyn Shrude’s works Fantasmi and Trope were featured at the Thailand International Composition Festival 2010, Bangkok on 7/12 – 7/16/10, Mahidol University on 7/15/10, and the Taiwan Saxophone Camp 7/20 – 7/24/10. Performers included John Sampen, Shyen Lee, Chia-Hsiu Tsai, Po-Yuan Ku, Wen-Chun Chang, and Po-Fang Chang.


River Song by John Sampen, saxophone at the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China on 5/19/10. It is dedicated to Professor Li Yusheng.  Caritas by John Sampen, saxophone and Marilyn Shrude, piano at the Shanghai Conservatory on 5/15/10. It received its US premiere by James Bishop, saxophone and Joseph Kreines, piano at Stetson University in DeLand, FL on 7/12/10. The work was commissioned by Bishop’s students.


Lacrimosa by William Street, saxophone and Roger Admiral, piano, on their Fall 2009 tour, which included University of Alberta (Edmonton), University of Dayton, Gustavus Adolphus College, University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, Millikin University, Stetson University, Colorado State at Fort Collins, University of Illinois, Lawrence Conservatory and Wright State University.  Passage of Years by the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra directed by Octavio Mas-Arocas on 10/23/09.  La chanson du printemps by the University of Puget Sound String Orchestra directed by Christophe Chagnard on 10/28/10.  Trope for alto saxophones and pre-recorded saxophones by John Sampen, James Fusik and Jeffrey Heisler at Bowling Green State University on 2/3/10, at the 2010 Biennial Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance at The University of Georgia, on 3/3/10 and by The Royal College of Music Ensemble directed by Kyle Horch in London on 6/28/10.  Secrets by Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano, Maria Sampen and Steven Miahky, violins, Timothy Christie, viola, and Katri Ervamaa, cello at the University of Puget Sound on 3/6/10.


Teaching Composition in Twenty-first Century America: An Interview with William Bolcom, in the journal American Music (Summer 2010).  Drifting Over a Red Place was selected for inclusion in Notations 21 by Theresa Sauer (New York: Mark Batty Publisher, 2009). The book was inspired by John Cage’s Notations, and includes works that have important visual aspects.


A Virtual Reality by the Bowling Green Philharmonia directed by Emily Freeman Brown for Albany Troy 1214. The CD also features works by Elliott Carter, Avner Dorman, Raymond Lustig and Steven Stucky.




Shrude was a featured guest at The Crane School of Music, SUNY-Potsdam (September 10-13, 2008); Ball State University’s Festival 39: New Music 2009 (January 30-31); Capital University’s NOW New Music Festival (February 11-13); and the University of Kansas School of Fine Arts (April 13-15). Performers included Mary Kothman and Maria Sampen, violin; Jeff Heisler and John Sampen, saxophone; Hannah Gruber, I-Chen Yeh, and Marilyn Shrude, piano; and Charles Guy, tuba. The composer’s Renewing the Myth was the subject of an extensive article, “Analytical Considerations in the Preparation for Performance of Marilyn Shrude’s Renewing the Myth” by Eric M. Nestler, in The Saxophone Symposium, Volume 32 (2008), pp. 27-89. Shrude and saxophonist John Sampen performed several of her works on their Asian tour in July 2009, which included performances at the World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok and at the China Saxophone Workshop at Qinghai University in Xining, China.


The Duo Montagnard presented Face of the Moon on its Fall 2008 tour, which included Syracuse University, Oberlin Conservatory, Clarion University, Youngstown State University, Slippery Rock University, and Otterbein College; the work was performed again February 27, 2009, College of Wooster; March 1, Westminster College; and in July in Australia and New Zealand. Sampen performed Trope on his Fall 2008 tour, which included Bowling Green State University, Florida State University, New World School of the Arts, University of Central Florida, Brevard Community College and the University of North Florida. Matins, for wind symphony, was given four performances August 27-30 by the Orquestra Nacional de Sopros dos Templarios under the direction of Octavio Mas-Arocas, in Macao, Sardoal, Serta, and Tomar, Portugal. Litanies, for flute, oboe and piano, was presented February 4, 2009, by Nina Assimakopoulos, Jacqueline Leclair, and the composer, Bowling Green State University. Saxophonists James Fusik, Han-Tao Li, Carl Wiggins, Andy Braet, and John Sampen performed Fantasmi, February 25-27, Wilfred Laurier University, University of Windsor, and University of Western Ontario. The Masterworks Chorale gave a performance of How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place March 14 at the Monroe Street United Methodist Church in Toledo, OH. A Gift of Memories was heard in a March 22 performance by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony under the direction of Steven Smith, Baldwin-Wallace College.



Shrude’s interviews of renowned composers and pedagogues Milton Babbitt and Samuel Adler, “Teaching Composition in Twenty-first-Century America,” were published in the journal American Music, Volume 25, Number 3, Fall 2007 (312-333) and Volume 26, Number 2, Summer 2008 (223-245).


Matins (2007) for Wind Symphony, commissioned by Bruce Moss for the 50th Annual Band Music Reading and Directors Clinic, was introduced January 25, 2008, by the Bowling Green State University Wind Symphony under the direction of Moss. Commissioned by the Spectrum Trio (Ronda Mains, Theresa Delaplain, Barbara Fast), Litanies (2008), for flute, oboe and piano, was premiered by the trio July 23 at the International Double Reed Society 37th Annual Conference, Brigham Young University, UT.


The Ohio Music Educators Regional Orchestra, conducted by Emily Freeman Brown, performed the orchestral work Into Light in November 2007, Cleveland, OH; and on May 11, 2008, the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra led by Katherine Kilburn, performed the work at Yale University, New Haven, CT. Lacrimosa, a work commissioned by Sigma Alpha Iota for alto saxophone and piano, was performed by John Sampen and the composer February 22, 2008, SCI National Conference, Georgia State University; April 14, Appalachian State University; April 16, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga; and April 19, North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, University of South Carolina; as well as by Joel Diegert and the composer, April 7 at Bowling Green State University. Timothy Ruedeman and Dan Lippel presented Face of the Moon for alto saxophone and guitar, April 10, University of North Carolina New Music Festival. Memorie di luoghi… for violin and piano was performed June 5 by Maria Sampen and the composer at the ACA Festival of American Music,Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space, New York, NY; and Raining Glass was heard June 17 at the Walla Walla (WA) Chamber Music Festival in a performance by the Icicle Creek Piano Trio. The Panas Duo performed Visions in Metaphor for alto saxophone and dancer June 25 at the XIX. Festival Forfest, The Czech Republic.

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