Juliana Hall

Juliana Hall

1958 -

Composer Juliana Hall has set the poetry of countless American poets to music in her song settings, including Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Amy Lowell, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Carl Sandburg, Marianne Moore, e. e. cummings, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Please visit her website, listed to the right, for a full listing of Ms. Hall's songs and to order sheet music and CDs.


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Photo: Juliana Hall, www.julianahall.com


Juliana Hall is primarily known as a composer of classical art songs. She has written over 35 song cycles (comprised of more than 250 individual songs), anthems for a capella choir, a cantata, and a chamber opera. In recent years, she has also composed several collections of childrens’ piano music (nearly 40 separate pieces), as well as a variety of instrumental works for cello, english horn, piano, and saxophone.

Hall's music has been performed in at least 24 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, at performance venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York, NY) and Wigmore Hall (London, UK). Festival performances include concerts at the Norfolk Chamber Music (Norfolk, CT), Ojai (Ojai, CA), and Tanglewood (Lenox, MA) summer music festivals.

Her compositions have been broadcast over numerous radio networks, including the BBC (London), NPR (Washington, DC), Radio France (Paris), Radio MonaLisa (Amsterdam), and Radio ArtsIndonesia (Jakarta). Several works have been recorded on the Vienna Modern Masters label, and a new recording of her song cycle Letters from Edna is slated for a summer 2013 release on the Albany record label. In addition, her song cycle Syllables of Velvet, Sentences of Plush is published by Boosey & Hawkes.

Hall's songs have been taught at a number of universities and professional music schools, and she has also given seminars in song writing at the Hartt School of Music, where she was a Visiting Professor of Composition in 2006.

Hall's teachers include Martin Bresnick, Leon Kirchner, and Frederic Rzewski at the Yale School of Music (where she earned a Master of Music in Composition) and she completed her formal composition studies with Dominick Argento. Piano teachers include Boris Berman, Martin Canin, Jeanne Kirstein, Seymour Lipkin, and Lee Luvisi.

In 1989 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, and her commissions include two from the Schubert Club of St. Paul, Minnesota, one for a song cycle for soprano Dawn Upshaw (Night Dances) and one for a song cycle for baritone David Malis (Winter Windows).

---Excerpted from www.julianahall.com

Songs & Song Collections BY Hall (entered to date)


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