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Roosevelt's Chamber Orchestra to perform and record Stacy Garrop's music

Posted: 02/19/2014

Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) Chamber Orchestra will perform and record two orchestral compositions by award-winning Roosevelt University composer Stacy Garrop (pictured above) in March.

Led by guest conductor and music director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Markand Thakar, the CCPA Chamber Orchestra will present Garrop’s Shadow, a 2001 piece chronicling the composer’s stay at the Yaddo artist colony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and her 1999 three-movement piece, Thunderwalker, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,  March 4 in Roosevelt University’s seventh-floor Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.  Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 and Ottorino Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1 will complete the concert program, which is free and open to the public. For information, call 312-341-2238 or visit

Following the live performance, the CCPA Orchestra, under Thakar’s direction, will record the Garrop pieces for a CD being produced by Chicago-based Cedille Records.

“This will be the first commercial recording by CCPA students as an entity, and it is a tribute to the quality of our orchestral program that our students are to be featured on a label with worldwide distribution and a sterling international reputation,” said CCPA Dean Henry Fogel.

Garrop is the head of CCPA’s Composition Program. She has written and published multiple works for brass, chorus, orchestra, mixed chamber ensembles, piano, piano trios, saxophone, string quartet and voice. 

She is also the recipient of many awards and grants including: a Fromm Music Foundation grant; the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award; the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s Harvey Gaul Composition competition; the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize; two Barlow Endowment commissions; and Chicago Symphony Orchestra and American Composers Orchestras prizes.

Garrop’s compositions are featured on 16 CDS, with seven released by Cedille Records, including a recording entitled In Eleanor’s Words, which solely features Garrop’s compositions for voice and piano, piano trio and string quartet.
“Stacy Garrop is a major younger-generation composer who is known for her direct and dramatic narrative,” said Jim Ginsburg, president and founder of Cedille Records. “Her music is modern sounding, but very accessible.  There is real development to her work and we are proud to be recording and releasing a CD of her works for orchestra.”

The composer’s upcoming recording, which will be released as early as fall 2015, will be the first to solely feature Garrop’s orchestral compositions including her monumental work, the five-movement Mythology Symphony, composed between 2007and 2013. Mythology Symphony will be performed and recorded in February 2015 by the CCPA Orchestra under the direction of celebrated guest conductor Alondra de la Parra.
“It’s not often that a composer has this many orchestral pieces recorded. I am thrilled to have this opportunity and I think it’s a significant opportunity as well for our CCPA Orchestra and students to show what they can do,” Garrop said.

Last updated 01/09/2015