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Greg A. Steinke   


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Greg Steinke

Greg A Steinke (1942 - ) is Former Chair, Departments of Art and Music, (The Joseph Naumes Endowed Chair in Music), also Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon (now retired, 6/15/01); Associate Director, Ernest Bloch Music Festival (‘93–97) and Director, Composers Symposium (‘90–97) (Newport, OR); Professor Steinke holds a B.M. degree from Oberlin Conservatory, a M.M. degree from Michigan State University, a M.F.A. degree from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is the author of articles on new oboe literature and music composition; he has done the revisions to the Paul Harder Harmonic Materials in Tonal Music, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10th Ed., Basic Materials in Music Theory, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11& 12th Ed., Bridge to Twentieth-Century Music, Rev. Ed. for Prentice-Hall, and most recently with H Owen Reed a revision to the Harder-Reed Basic Contrapuntal Techniques for Warner Bros. Pub.; and an article, “Music for Dance: An Overview” in The Dance Has Many Faces, 3rd Ed., Ed. by Walter Sorell, a cappella books. He holds membership in a number of professional organizations. He has served as the National Chairman of the Society of Composers, Inc. (1988–97) and is currently national President of NACUSA (‘12–) and Secty/Treas of NACUSA Cascadia. Professor Steinke is very active as a composer of chamber and symphonic music with a number of published/recorded works and performances across the United States and internationally, as a speaker on interdisciplinary arts and as an oboe soloist specializing in contemporary music for oboe.

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Co-winner of 5th NACUSA Texas Composition Competition for my From ARMGART for Soprano and Piano, 2/27/10.  One of 6 finalists for RAM 2010 call for scores (for saxophone quartet) with my In Memoriam – Sacagawea, 3/6/10.  Notified of renewal of ASCAP Standard Award for 2010 – 2011.  Commissioned work: 4/10 - 5/10 El Grillo, arrangement of madrigal by Josquin des Prez for Guitar Quartet for Corona Guitar Kvartet of Denmark - Tierra del Mar Music.  Music for Desmond for Piano, 4/10.  In progress commissioned work, 5/10, Lifschey Cards I for Oboe and String Quartet - Tierra del Mar Music.


From Armgart by Juli Wood, Soprano and Eric Thompson, piano at the 5th NACUSA Texas Composition Competition in San Marcos, TX on 2/27/10.  Van Gogh Vignettes (Image Music XXII-B) version for Flute & Viola at the NACUSA Cascade Chapter Concerts in Hillsboro and Portland, OR on 10/29 – 10/30/10.


Moments at Canyon De Chelly (Image Music XXVI) by Sonja Giles, flute and Kevin Schilling, oboe at the Iowa Composers Forum Fall Festival, Ames, IA on 10/15/10.  A Vortex Of Urgent Winds (Image Music XIII) by Paul Reilly, guitar at Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival inTerre Haute, IN on 10/29/10.  Van Gogh Vignettes (Image Music XXII-B) by Dawn Weiss, flute, Victoria Gunn Pich, viola, NACUSA Cascade Chapter Concerts in Hillsboro & Portland, OR on 10/29 – 10/30/10.  To Get To Fresno by Kathleen Kasdorf, soprano, Diane Tucker, flute and Miles Graber, piano at the NACUSAsf Composers Performing Ensemble Concert in Palo Alto, CA on 11/6/10.  In Memoriam: Sacagawea – Aria for Generic Ensemble by CYE ContemporarY Ensemble in Malmö, Sweden on 11/14/10.



Steinke continues to work as music engraver and editor for several composers and music organizations, while serving on the board for Oregon Advocates for Arts Education. Working as needed as Syndication Associate for New Music Connoisseur magazine (New York City), he is also involved as advisor and resource person for the Bloch Legacy Foundation (Ernest Bloch II, President) and for the creation of a Bloch Institute for the Humanities. Recently he completed two works for premiere: Regaining (Image Music XXXII) for soprano saxophone, clarinet, bassoon, violin, and cello (commissioned by the Auvillar “Etchings” Festival in France, ECCE Ensemble); and Hope Rising (Image Music XXXI) for wind ensemble (commissioned by the West Michigan Concert WINDS, conducted by Gail Brechting). Commissions in progress are chamber works for Row Twelve Ensemble of Boston, and for Paula Lifschey based on the postcards of Marc Lifschey. Steinke received an ASCAPlus award in 2009. Two presentations of note were a paper at the 2008 SCI Region V Conference, Clarke College, Dubuque, IA, titled “Too Many Musicians – Too Many Notes?” and “Mother Earth: A Native American View,” a lecture/demo at the 2009 The College Music Society National Conference in Portland, OR.


Expressions on Paintings of Edvard Munch, for string quartet, was introduced March 13, 2009, by Fear No Music, National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA) Cascade Chapter Concert, Portland, OR. Hope Rising (Image Music XXXI) for wind ensemble was first heard May 9, West Michigan Concert WINDS, led by Gail Brechting, Muskegon; while i (Image Music XXXII) for soprano sax, clarinet, bassoon, violin, and cello, received its premiere June 3, ECCE Ensemble, Auvillar “Etchings” Festival, France.


Expressions III (Image Music XXIX) for clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano, was heard in a March 2, 2009, performance at the University of Central Missouri New Music Festival, Warrensburg, MO. The composer presented the solo oboe version of Four Desultory Episodes, April 4, at the Western Oregon University New Music Festival, Monmouth, OR. Movement IV: “In Memoriam – Sacajawea” from Wind River Country for woodwind quintet, was presented June 6 by Avenue Winds, NACUSA Concert, Valley Presbyterian Church, Portola Valley, CA. “Morning Light” from Three Early Songs for soprano and harp, was presented by Valerie Miller and Paul Hurst at the NACUSA LA Chapter Concerts, October 23, Donald R. Wright Auditorium, Pasadena (CA) Public Library; and October 24, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica (CA) Public Library. Three movements from the solo cello version of Santa Fe Trail Echoes (Image Music VIII) were presented by Carey Bostian, October 8; and A Flight of Virtuosity for six handclappers, was presented by the Butler University New Music Ensemble, October 9; both at Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) Region V Conference, Clarke College, Dubuque, IA.


Tomorrow on Yesterday (Image Music IV) for harp; score published by SCI Journal of Music Scores, Vol. 43. Basic Materials in Music Theory, 12th edition; Harmonic Materials in Tonal Music, parts I and II, 10th edition; both by Pearson Prentice Hall.


Italian Concerto, Bach, arranged by Steinke for guitar quartet; Corona Guitar Quartet of Denmark; Albany Records/Troy 1084.



Steinke was the First Place Co-winner of the 2008 Open Category for Van Gogh Vignettes for Flute Duet, in the 2008 Areon Flutes Chamber Music Competition, Composition Division; the composer also received an ASCAP Standard Award for 2008-2009. Commissions in progress include a chamber work for Row Twelve Ensemble of Boston (March 2009) and a wind ensemble work for West Michigan Concert Winds (May 2009). The lecture/demonstration Mother Earth, A Native American View was presented at CMS Regional Conferences March 15, in Santa Barbara, CA, and April 10, in Missoula, MT. Steinke works as needed as Syndication Associate for New Music Connoisseur magazine of New York, NY; he is also working as music engraver and music editor for several composers and music organizations; serves on the boards for Newport Symphony and Oregon Advocates for Arts Education; and is involved as advisor and resource person for the Bloch Legacy Foundation (Ernest Bloch II, President).


Van Gogh Vignettes for Flute Duet was introduced April 6, 2008, by the Areon Flutes on the Chamber Music Competition Awards Concert, Mountain View, CA; it had previously received a March 9 preview from the Row Twelve Ensemble, Sharon, MA. The composer completed Newport Celebration (Image Music XXXa) for small band, on a commission from the Newport Middle School and Isaac Newton Magnet School Band in Newport, OR. Director Joyce M. Staffenson introduced the piece June 9, 2008.


Episodes for Saxophone was presented November 29, 2007, by Joseph Wytko, Willamette University. In Memoriam Sacajawea (version for saxophone quartet) was performed by the Wytko Saxophone Quartet Friendship Village, February 21, 2008, Tempe, AZ; February 23, Tubac Cultural Center; February 24, Arizona State University Kerr Cultural Center; and February 27, University of Minnesota; the version for flute quartet was performed October 31 by the California State University, Sacremento (CSUS) Flute Quartet, SCI Region VIII Conference, Turlock, CA. Adah T Jones and the composer gave a performance of Moments at Canyon de Chelly for Flute and Oboe, February 23, NACUSA Texas Conference, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX. To Get To Fresno for tenor, flute, and piano was heard in a March 15 performance for the CMS Super Regional Conference, by Grey Brothers, Eileen Holt-Helwig, and Steve Hudson, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA; it was also performed the same day by the SyZyGy Ensemble for the NACUSA Southern Oregon Chapter Concert, Methodist Church, Wesley Hall, Ashland, OR. Diversions and Interactions for Percussion Trio was performed April 11 by the University of Montana Percussion Trio, Missoula, MT; and East of . . . West of . . . was presented by guitarist Peter Yates NACUSA concerts on May 2 at Cal Poly Pomona, CA, and May 4, UCLA Organ Studio, Schoenberg Music Building, Los Angeles, CA.


Basic Materials in Music Theory, 12th edition; Harmonic Materials in Tonal Music, Parts I & II, 10th edition; both by Pearson Prentice Hall.


Italian Concerto (Bach, J.S./Steinke) arranged for guitar quartet, Corona Guitar Quartet of Denmark.

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