JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

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American art song composer Juliana Hall specializes in creating vocal works: “glistening, poignant music” (Gramophone), “complex in conception and construction” (Planet Hugill, London) with “graceful, nuanced vocal lines” (Opera News).

Hall’s more than 60 song cycles, monodramas, and vocal chamber works have been described as “brilliant” (Washington Post), “beguiling” (The Times, London), and “the most genuinely moving music of the afternoon” (Boston Globe)“masterful writing in every respect” (NATS Journal of Singing).

strikingly imaginative … gracious to sing and hear, interesting piano accompaniments, always worthy texts

— Dominick Argento

Hall attended the Yale School of Music as a graduate student, studying composition with Frederic Rzewski, Leon Kirchner, and Martin Bresnick, receiving her master’s degree in 1987. Following Yale she moved to Minneapolis to study with renowned vocal composer Dominick Argento.

Shortly after arriving in Minnesota later in 1987, she wrote a song cycle as a first commission for soprano Dawn Upshaw. The piece received both popular and critical acclaim, with performances across America and around the world. In 1989, Hall was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, as well as her second commission for a song cycle for Metropolitan Opera baritone David Malis.

she understands the singing voice and the great art of collaboration … positively magical

— Stephanie Blythe

Since completing her studies, Hall has composed works for dozens of singers, including vocal luminaries Brian Asawa, Stephanie Blythe, Molly Fillmore, Anthony Dean Griffey, Zachary James, Randall Scarlata, and Kitty Whately.

In discussing her long-time career interest in writing vocal music, Hall shares that, “I have rarely gone a day without some sort of text in my mind, primarily poems — but also diaries, fables, letters, play texts, and sacred writings. Great writers illuminate beauty, truth, and magic present in even the smallest of things in our world, and since song is all about text, it is their insights I wish to share in my songs.”

absolutely, unequivocally beautiful music

— Martin Bresnick

Hall’s music has been performed in dozens of countries on six continents by some 700 singers, pianists, and other musicians. Concert venues where Hall’s works have been heard include the 92nd Street Y, Herbst Theatre, Library of Congress, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Wigmore Hall, among many, many others. Festival performances include concerts at the London Festival of American Music, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Ojai Music Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, and Tanglewood Music Center.

one of the most gifted song writers of our time … leading with her distinctive and feminine voice combined with a big pianist’s brilliance and her uncanny way of writing music that gives singers the ability to be better than their best

— Margo Garrett

Recitals dedicated to Hall’s work have been presented by Calliope’s Call in Boston, New York’s Sparks & Wiry Cries, Princeton’s Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project, the Re-Sung art song series in London, the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, the University of North Texas’ CollabFest program (where she served as 2018 Resident Composer), and the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar (where, at the invitation of artistic director Stephanie Blythe, she was the 2018 Guest Composer).

Other special concerts include performances in the Joy in Singing’s Edward T. Cone Composers Concert at New York’s Lincoln Center, a Holy Week meditation service at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Dawn Upshaw’s First Songs Project at New York’s Morgan Library & Museum.

her ability to illuminate poetry is splendid

— Alan Louis Smith

Numerous other groups have presented Hall’s works, too, among them ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, Art Song Colorado, Aural Compass Projects, Baltimore Musicales, Boston Art Song Society, Center for Contemporary Opera, CHAI Collaborative Ensemble, Cincinnati Song Initiative, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Duo Emergence, Ensemble for These Times, Feminine Musique, Lynx Project, Lyric Fest, Mirror Visions Ensemble, Northern Ireland Opera, On Site Opera, Seattle Art Song Society, Société d’Art Vocal de Montréal, taNDem, The Song Company, Voces8 Foundation, Voices of Change, and SongFest, which awarded Hall its prestigious Sorel Commission.

remarkable songs – gems with both substance and beauty

— Richard Lalli

A favorite of faculty and students alike, Hall’s vocal works have been researched and published in both master’s level theses and doctoral level dissertations, and they have been studied and performed at 200 colleges, music schools, and universities around the world, a few of which include the Bard College Conservatory, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Hartt School of Music, Juilliard School of Music, Longy School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, and Westminster Choir College., in addition to colleges and universities across America.

Abroad, Hall’s music has appeared at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Royal Welsh School of Music & Drama in the UK; the Conservatorio di Musica F. A. Bonporti in Italy; Fontys Conservatorium in the Netherlands. Performances overseas have also been presented at the Collège Mont-Saint-Louis, University of Alberta, and Western University in Canada; Universidad de Costa Rica in Costa Rica; the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, and Oxford in England; the University of Bonn in Germany; the University of Aveiro in Portugal; and both Chung Yuan Christian University and the National Taipei University of the Arts in Taiwan.

singers of every level will find challenging and satisfying repertoire in the music of Juliana Hall. Her adroit text choices, sensitivity to the demands of each voice for whom she has written, and the lively, fulfilling collaborative accompaniments are sure to please

— Darryl Taylor

Hall’s music has been broadcast over the BBC and NPR radio networks, as well as classical music radio stations around the world, including Classical King (Seattle), CJSW-FM (Calgary), CKIA (Québec), NPO Radio 4 (Amsterdam), Radio ArtsIndonesia (Jakarta), Radio France (Paris), Radio Horizon (Johannesburg), Radio Monalisa (Amsterdam), RTVE Radio C (Madrid), Sociocultural Radio Establishment (Kirchberg, Luxembourg), Swiss Radio SRF 2 Kultur (Zürich), WGBH (Boston), and WQXR (New York). Her songs have also been heard on special radio programs broadcast by Hawaii Public Radio (Gary Hickling’s Singing and Other Sins show), WHUP Hillsborough, NC (in the Composer’s Studio, with hosts Tarik Ghiradella and Anna Linvill), and WPRB Princeton (on Marvin Rosen’s Classical Discoveries program).

Her vocal works have also appeared on the Albany, Arsis Audio, Blue Griffin, MSR Classics, Navona, Shokat Projects, Solo Musica, Stone Records, and Vienna Modern Masters record labels, as well as on Zachary James’ award-winning visual album CALL OUT.

Juliana’s work is pure delight.

— Jayne West

In recent years, Hall was asked to participate in the initial season of the NATS Mentoring Program for Composers as one of ten established composers chosen to act as mentors to young African-American composers, and twice she judged the NATS Art Song Composition Award competition (first as one of three preliminary round judges, and later as the sole final round judge). In 2021, Hall served as one of three judges adjudicating the first-ever Dominick Argento Opera Composition Fellowship competition.

Juliana has mastered the ability to compose gorgeous art songs for any voice type

— Brian Asawa

Juliana Hall’s vocal music is published primarily by the E. C. Schirmer Music Company, most works available in either print editions or as downloadable PDF files. Printed works are available from dozens of sheet music distributors around the world, and more recently a large number of her pieces have been made available on the nkoda digital subscription platform. There are additional vocal publications by Boosey & Hawkes and NewMusicShelf, and her instrumental solo and chamber works are published by Juliana Hall Music.

AROUND THE WORLD
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Colombia
Costa Rica
Denmark
England
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Scotland
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
United States
Uruguay
Wales

ACROSS THE U.S.
Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
U.S. Virgin Islands
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin

VENUES
92d Street Y
Ambassador Auditorium
Art Museum of South Texas
Blackheath Halls
Boston Court Pasadena
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Bruno Walter Auditorium
Burning Coal Theatre
Caffe Vivaldi
Cellblock Theatre
Cincinnati Art Museum
Concours Nicati
Corcoran Gallery of Art
De Kring Roosendaal
DiMenna Center
Emily Dickinson Museum
Frauenmuseum
French Library
Herbst Theatre
Holywell Music Room
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Library of Congress
Lyceum Club di Firenze
Marigny Opera House
Morgan Library & Museum
Music Center at Strathmore
National Opera Center
Ordway Music Theater
San Diego Museum of Art
Singapore Embassy
Snape Maltings
Société d’Art Vocal de Montréal
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Tall Ship Wavertree
Teatro Mancinelli
Teatro Principal de Ourense
Theater Concordia
Theatrebarn
The Concertgebouw
The Greene Space
The Old Church Concert Hall
The Sheen Center
The Street Theatre
The Warehouse Waterloo
Trinidad Theatre
Trinity Church Wall Street
Wadsworth Atheneum
War Memorial Arts Initiative
Weill Recital Hall
Weisman Art Museum
Wigmore Hall

FESTIVALS
Beverley Chamber Music Festival
Bitesize Proms
Buxton International Arts Festival
Carmel Bach Festival
Christiansen Art Song Festival
CollabFest
Collaborative Piano Institute
Darkwater Music Festival
Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar
International Song Festival Zeist
Middlebury Song Fest
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Ojai Music Festival
Orvieto Musica Festival
Oxford Lieder Festival
Rhonefestival für Liedkunst
Saint Paul Summer Song Festival
Salisbury International Arts Festival
Schumannfest Düsseldorf
SongFest
Source Song Festival
Tanglewood Music Center
Voces8 Spring Festival

MUSIC SCHOOLS
Bard Conservatory
Cincinnati Conservatory
Cleveland Institute of Music
Eastman School of Music
Guildhall School of Music
Hartt School of Music
Jacobs School of Music
Longy School of Music
Manhattan School of Music
Mannes School of Music
Music Academy of the West
New World School of the Arts
Peabody Institute of Music
Royal Academy of Music
Royal College of Music
Royal Irish Academy of Music
Royal Northern College of Music
Royal Scottish Conservatoire
Royal Welsh School of Music
The Juilliard School
University of North Texas
Westminster Choir College
Yale School of Music

RADIO BROADCASTS
BBC Radio 3 – London
CKIA – Québec
Classical KING – Seattle
NPO Radio 4 – Amsterdam
NPR – Washington DC
Radio France – Paris
RTVE Radio C – Madrid
SRF 2 KULTUR – Zürich
WGBH – Boston
WPRB – Princeton
WQXR – New York

Stephanie Blythe, contralto
Alan Louis Smith, piano

Zachary James, bass baritone
Charity Wicks, piano

BOLD BEAUTY: SONGS BY JULIANA HALL
Blue Griffin Recordings, BGR559
Molly Fillmore, mezzo-soprano
Elvia Puccinelli, piano

CD REVIEWS
CVNC Arts Journal
EarRelevant
Gramophone
Journal of the IAWM
NATS Journal of Singing
Opera News
Planet Hugill
Textura



SHEET MUSIC REVIEWS
Cameos – soprano & mezzo-soprano versions
Ahab – monodrama

NEW PUBLICATION from E. C. SCHIRMER

Laura Strickling, soprano
Daniel Schlosberg, piano

Some Things Are Dark   [Edna St. Vincent Millay]

Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Margo Garrett, piano

Death’s Echo   [W. H. Auden]

Richard Lalli, baritone
Juliana Hall, piano

Lawn as White as Driven Snow   [William Shakespeare]

Darryl Taylor, countertenor
Juliana Hall, piano

Dream   [Marianne Moore]

Susan Narucki, soprano
Donald Berman, piano

Godiva   [Caitlin Vincent]

Kitty Whately, mezzo-soprano
Joseph Middleton, piano