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OPERA and MUSIC THEATER

2003 The Bee Opera 
two act comic opera; texts by Denise Duhamel, Sorrel Hays, Gertrude Stein, Maureen Seaton, Eamon Grennan;  eight soloists and chorus; fl, cl, bsn, tpt, perc, pno, vln, vcl, db. P/v and orchestral score; or piano orchestra. 2 hours

2017 Bella, The Opera

two act opera, twelve soloists and chorus, orchestra. Libretto by Elizabeth Wood. 2 hours

 

1993 The Glass Woman 
two act opera,  libretto by Sally Ordway and Sorrel Hays, six female and four male singers, chorus. Piano vocal score. 3 hours

1998 Mapping Venus 
two act opera, on texts by Gertrude Stein, Jessamyn West, Sorrel Hays and others, for 3 sopranos, 6 mezzos and one contralto, six actresses, SSA chorus, and chamber orchestra. Piano vocal score. 2 hours

2008 Our Giraffe 
opera in three acts; libretto by Charles Flowers, 20 soloists, SATB chorus; orchestra: 2-2 2-1, 2-2-2/tuba, timp., 3 perc., pno., harp, strings.

 

2009 Toowhopera

one act fantasy, 3 sopranos, 1 contralto, tenor, baritone and bass; 9 instruments. One hour

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ORCHESTRA and BAND 


Characters 
harpsichord or piano concerto with strings, oboe, 2 clarinets, 18 minutes

The Clearing Way 
contralto, chorus and orchestra. 10 minutes 

Harmony 
string orchestra, 11 minutes

Pieces From Last Year 
3 alto recorders, alto flute, 2 ocarinas, and strings with piano. 10 minutes

 

HALT the bullies of the world

three sopranos, female chorus, and symphonic orchestra. 17 minutes

Houston Light Guard March 
for Brass Band 


Houston Light Guard March 
for Marching Band

Southern Voices 
soprano and orchestra. Score and parts available from Henmar Press/C.F. Peters. 21 minutes

Structure 123 
symphony orchestra. 5 minutes

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PIANO and ORGAN 

A Calendar Bracelet

suite for MIDI piano and electronics, 15 minutes
 

Bits 
piano, and synthesizer tuned a quarter tone higher. 15 minutes

Celebration of NO 
prepared piano and tape collage of women saying NO in many languages, (alt. version for soprano,

prepared piano, violin and tape) 17 minutes

Close Together:  A Suite 
piano solo. 10 minutes*

 

For My Brother’s Wedding 
organ. 4 minutes

M.O.M. & P.O.P. 
three pianos as suite; for three pianos, 16 mm. film, tape and mime, as theater scena. Film and tape rental. 13/21 minutes

Past Present 
for piano solo. 8 minutes

Rocker Parts 
suite for two pianos, includes cluster techniques. 20 minutes

 

Weekend Suite: piano solo. 

 

Saturday Nights, 3 minutes
 

Sunday Mornings, includes cluster technique. 4 minutes 

 

 

 


 

Sunday Nights, includes cluster technique. 6 minutes

Windy Gestures 
piano solo, cluster technique. 3 minutes

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CHAMBER ENSEMBLE and

INSTRUMENTAL with VOCAL SOLOS 


After Glass 
10 percussionists, custom instruments home-made, including glass harmonica. 10-12 minutes

Ain’t I a Woman 
treble voices, mezzo soloist, trumpet and two percussionists. 9 minutes

A Birthday Book 
baritone, oboe, and tuba, words by Gertrude Stein, 10 minutes 

Celebration of NO 
text-sound combination of women’s voices in 21 languages, for tape and soprano or prepared piano.  17 minutes*Dreaming the World 
five songs for baritone, four percussionists and piano, thirty minutes

Exploitation
for tape and soprano/chanter. 4 minutes

Ecstatic Plain (from the opera Mapping Venus)

for soprano and Venusian radio signals, (from the opera Mapping Venus). 8 minutes

Everybody Is  and Wooden Houses (from the opera Mapping Venus)
soprano and piano. On Gertrude Stein texts. 6 minutes

“Five Songs/Five Writers”  “Lady and the Lapdog” for soprano, words by Stephanie Fleischmann; “How to Rise in Cuba” for soprano, alto and mixed chorus, words by Rogelio Martinez; “Waiting”for tenor and soprano, words by Nilo Cruz; “The Word Is Out” for baritone and mezzo, words by Hillary Bell; “Saving Words” for baritone, words by Cherylene Lee; all songs with piano

Hei-Ber-Ny-Pa-To-Sy-Bei-Mos 
for flute, soprano and percussion, 10 minutes

Homing 
violin and piano. 15 minutes

Hush 
for female vocalist and two percussionists. 7 minutes

It All Sounds Like Music To Me 
for solo percussionist. Drum kit and 200 shoe boxes. 9 mminutes Score

La Luz, The Light of Brasilia 
soprano with tape. 8 minutes

On the Wind (at Scheveningen Beach)
for five flutes. 5 minutes

Quilt for a New Century 
for baritone, soprano, piano, orchestra, opt. video

Rocking 
for flute, violin and viola. 15 minutes

Segments/Junctures 
for clarinet, viola and piano. 10 minutes

Tunings 
for string quartet. Score and parts from Hildegard

Music. 5 minutes

Wake Up and Dream 
trombone and tape. 8 minutes

Wednesday Nights
for piano, clarinet and trombone

Wooden Houses Trio
for soprano, marimba, temple blocks, piano and video

Das Wetter, Berlin/The Weather, Berlin (from the opera Mapping Venus)
cabaret scene, soprano, piano and trombone. 5 minutes

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VOCAL and CHORAL 


Lullago 
for two vocalists. Ways to make a lullaby. variable duration

Hands Full 
SSA, tape and drums. Distributed by Plymouth Music. 3-4 minutes

Rainbow Love

for soprano and piano

Tis midnight and on Olive’s brow

SATB, organ, idiophone or chimes- 6 minutes

 

 

 

SCORE ACQUISITION AND LICENSING:

Southern Voices for Orchestra and Soprano  and Blues Fragments by Henmar Press, C. F. Peters Corp. 
Hands Full is distributed by Plymouth Music.
Tunings for string quartet is published by Hildegard Music. All other music is published by Tallapoosa Music, 266 Carnes Road, Buchanan, GA 30113.

 

Licensed for Broadcast by Westdeutscher Rundfunk Cologne, Germany:

Celebration of NO 
collage of women saying NO in many languages. 17 minutes

Dream in Her Mind 
radio opera/Hoerspiel for 5 sopranos and11 actors; with sopranos Melanie Sonnenberg, Cathy Cook, Kathryn Johnson, Carmen Tancredi, and Jennifer Lopez, actresses Wiltrud Fischer, Lizette Amado, Betty Vaughn, Jenna Widden, Jaquelin Chambord, Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome,Valeria Sobol, Dunja Sepcic, Mia Watanabe, Sorrel Hays, Kuang-Yu Fong, on texts by Sorrel Hays, Gertrude Stein, Jessamyn West, Simone de Beauvoir, Bella Akhmadulina, Clarice Lispector and others. About personal consciousness and the naming of interior as well as external landscapes. An audio topography of the spirit. 57 minutes

Echo: Whatchasay/Wie Bitte? 
Echoing spaces in many countries, including Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Waimai Canyon, Hawaii, Kønigssee, Bavaria, Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, Venetian canals; and digital reflections on these. 40 minutes

The Hub-Metropolis Atlanta 
audio landscape of the American southern city. 55 minutes/45 minutes

Love in Space 
radio opera/Hoerspiel with violin, 2 vocal soloists, English and German mixed choruses, and eight actors. Sona MacDonald and Wiltrud Fischer, and Mary Gemini, leads, Sorrel Hays on Synklavier; text by Sorrel Hays. 44 minutes

Something (To Do) Doing/Etwas Tun 
bilingual Hoerspiel on Sorrel Hays poem with references to Gertrude Stein and John Cage ideas of activity; Janet Lawson, scat vocalist; Lynn Singer and Wiltrud Fischer lead actresses. 24 minutes.

Sound Shadows 
for didjeridu, oboe, synth keyboard, dancer as percussionist, video and tape.
On echo sound as shadows of the spirit, with Native American chant for the dead, Jane Lind, actress chanter, Brain Charles, oboe and didjeridu, Sorrel Hays direction and keyboards, Anita Bodrogi, dancer. 35 minutes.

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MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE and IMPROVISATIONAL CONCERTS 


Sensevents 

for six instrumental soloists, motorized sculptures, dancers and interactive audience.

Sound Shadows 
for oboe, didjeridu, saxaphone, dancer as percussionist, sampling keyboards, tape and video. 35 minutes.

Traveling 
a series about journeys for didjeridu, Casio saxophone, Ultraproteus,(optional oboe or voice), and Tibetan singing bowl. Includes: *Take Another Back Country Road, electronic saxaphone, Ultraproteus tone generator and DX-7 keyboard. 15-30 minutes


Traveling to Istanbul

electronic saxophone, keyboard, percussion. 30 minutes

RADIO PROGRAMS and ELECTRONIC MUSIC 


“Echo U.S.A.” 1991, hour long audio art exploring aural space, Sorrel Hays, narrator.

"Disarming the World/ Pulling Its Leg" 1986, hour docudrama with music, about women's peace camps featuring Carolyn Kava. Available from Tallapoosa Music for broadcast.

"The Needy Sound", 17 minute audio art document created with voices of autistic children using the Brooklyn College Computer Music Center voice re-synthesis program and the Fairlight sampler, aided by an artist residency from Harvestworks, New York City.

Licensed for Broadcast by Westdeutscher Rundfunk Cologne, Germany:

Celebration of NO 
collage of women saying NO in many languages. 17 minutes

Dream in Her Mind 
radio opera/Hoerspiel for 5 sopranos and11 actors; with sopranos Melanie Sonnenberg, Cathy Cook, Kathryn Johnson, Carmen Tancredi, and Jennifer Lopez, actresses Wiltrud Fischer, Lizette Amado, Betty Vaughn, Jenna Widden, Jaquelin Chambord, Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome,Valeria Sobol, Dunja Sepcic, Mia Watanabe, Sorrel Hays, Kuang-Yu Fong, on texts by Sorrel Hays, Gertrude Stein, Jessamyn West, Simone de Beauvoir, Bella Akhmadulina, Clarice Lispector and others. About personal consciousness and the naming of interior as well as external landscapes. An audio topography of the spirit. 57 minutes

Echo: Whatchasay/Wie Bitte? 
Echoing spaces in many countries, including Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Waimai Canyon, Hawaii, Kønigssee, Bavaria, Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, Venetian canals; and digital reflections on these. 40 minutes

The Hub-Metropolis Atlanta 
audio landscape of the American southern city. 55 minutes/45 minutes

Love in Space 
radio opera/Hoerspiel with violin, 2 vocal soloists, English and German mixed choruses, and eight actors. Sona MacDonald and Wiltrud Fischer, and Mary Gemini, leads, Sorrel Hays on Synklavier; text by Sorrel Hays. 44 minutes

Something (To Do) Doing/Etwas Tun 
bilingual Hoerspiel on Sorrel Hays poem with references to Gertrude Stein and John Cage ideas of activity; Janet Lawson, scat vocalist; Lynn Singer and Wiltrud Fischer lead actresses. 24 minutes.

Sound Shadows 
for didjeridu, oboe, synth keyboard, dancer as percussionist, video and tape. 
On echo sound as shadows of the spirit, with Native American chant for the dead, Jane Lind, actress chanter, Brain Charles, oboe and didjeridu, Sorrel Hays direction and keyboards, Anita Bodrogi, dancer. 35 minutes.

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