Dr. Stacy Garrop’s musical aesthetic embraces a diverse range of styles and languages, which she weaves together into a musical tapestry that fits the needs of each new piece. Her music has strong dramatic and programmatic tendencies, which are tempered by more abstract, gesture-based ideas. In all that she composes, she strives to clearly communicate the intention of each piece, whether this is to musically portray the words of poets, to depict Greek myths, or to simply explore a range of sonic qualities.
Dr. Garrop has received numerous awards and grants including a commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s Harvey Gaul Composition Competition, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize, two Barlow Endowment commissions, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s First Hearing Composition Competition, Omaha Symphony Guild’s International New Music Competition, San Francisco Song Festival’s Phyllis C. Wattis Prize for Song Competition, and the New England Philharmonic’s Call for Scores Competition. She has participated in reading session programs given by the American Composers Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra (the Composers Institute), and the Dale Warland Singers.
Theodore Presser Company publishes her chamber and orchestral works; Inkjar Publishing Company publishes her choir music. Cedille Records, Innova, Equillibrium, Chicago a cappella Records, Ravello Records, and Summit Records have recorded her music on fourteen commercial CDs. Of particular note, Cedille Records released in February 2011 the first all-Garrop CD that includes String Quartet No. 3: GAIA, Silver Dagger, and In Eleanor’s Words.
Dr. Garrop is on the composition faculty of the annual Fresh Inc Festival, sponsored by Fifth House Ensemble and held in Kenosha, WI. She was in residence with both the Skaneateles Festival and the Volti Choral Institute for High School Singers in 2011, Albany Symphony Orchestra in 2009/10, and Chicago’s Music in the Loft chamber music series in 2004/05 and 2006/07. She has attended residences at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, Oxford Summer Institute, Ragdale Colony, Round Top Music Festival, Wellesley Composers Conference, and Yaddo Colony.
Her orchestra works have been performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Erato Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Youth Orchestra, Nashua Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and the Women’s Philharmonic; her string quartets by the Avalon, Biava, Cecilia, Chiara, Enso, and Artaria String Quartets; her chamber ensemble works by the Ambassador Duo, Anaphora Ensemble, Capitol Saxophone Quartet, Dinosaur Annex, EARPLAY, Empyrean Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, Gaudete Bras Quintet, Indiana University’s New Music Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Lincoln Trio, New EAR, Orion Ensemble, Pilgrim Chamber Players, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Seattle New Music Ensemble, Society for New Music, Third Angle, and Voices of Change; mezzo-sopranos Buffy Baggott and Julia Bentley, sopranos Patrice Michaels and Josefien Stoppelenberg, saxophonists Christopher Creviston and Timothy McAllister, and pianists Amy Briggs, Winston Choi, and Kuang-Hao Huang; and her choir works by Chicago a cappella, C4, Ecco (of the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir), Grant Park Chorus, musica intima, Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Princeton Singers, Sacred and Profane, Santa Cruz Chamber Singers, University of Michigan Chamber Choir, Voices of Ascension, Volti, and the Wicker Park Choral Singers. Her works have been choreographed by the a-ha! Dance Theatre of Kansas City, and she has worked with numerous conductors including Martín Benvenuto, Christopher Bell, Jerry Blackstone, Cliff Colnot, Karen Lynne Deal, Robert Geary, Apo Hsu, Paul Hostetter, Carlos Kalmar, Jonathan McPhee, David Alan Miller, Peter Oundjian, Donald Portnoy, Jeffrey Renshaw, Steven Sametz, James Setapen, Stephen Squires, and Victor Yampolsky.