Jonathan Clarke Schwabe

Jonathan Clarke Schwabe

1957 -

Jonathan Clarke Schwabe has set the poetry of Walt Whitman in his song cycle A Clear Midnight.


The audio selection in the player to the right features tenor Jeffrey Brich and the University of Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra with Rebecca Burkhardt conducting. It was recorded in 2005 at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, UNI. This track is used with the permission of the composer. To listen, please click on the track name itself.


Jonathan Clarke Schwabe earned his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of South Carolina and is Professor of Theory and Composition, and chairs the composition and theory area at the University of Northern Iowa. His works have been performed in the US and in Europe by such organizations as the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Sheboygan Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana Ballet Theatre, and the University of Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra. His orchestral work As I Remember was performed at the Kennedy Center in the summer of 1999 and has received numerous subsequent performances.

In 2000 and 2004, his operas The Hard Years (in collaboration with librettist Beth Webb Hart), and The Sojourner (based on the Carson McCullers short story) were premiered at the Maude Powell Music Festival under the direction of Kevin MacMahon. In 2007 he composed songs for the musical comedy The Bake Shop Ghost in collaboration with author Jacqueline Ogburn. In 2010 he was commissioned to write a new work for wind symphony and mixed voices to commemorate a historic visit by His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama to the University of Northern Iowa. In July of 2012 his work A Toi Cometé Vagabonde was premiered at the World Saxophone Congress in Aberdeen, Scotland.

His principal teachers include Samuel Adler, John Anthony Lennon, Dick Goodwin, and Peter Hesterman. His music is published by Musikverlag Bruno Uetz, Veritas Musica Publishing and Alafia Press.

--Biography submitted by the composer [email protected]

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