JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

NEWS  regarding  GUEST APPEARANCES

MAY 29, 2022    —    THE LIVING LEGACY SERIES

 

I loved speaking with Audrey Johnson about my musical journey as part of her wonderful Living Legacy Series of interviews with living composers. Many thanks to Audrey for this special opportunity to speak about my compositions, and my thanks to her for a beautiful performance of my song on a letter of Edna St. Vincent Millay, To Mother.

Watch the interview and performance.

Read about the Living Legacy Series.

APRIL 3, 2022    —    BOSTON NEW MUSIC INITIATIVE

 

Prismatic Congruency 1-5 Composer Chat

with guest composers Phivos-Angelos Kollias, Robert Kendall, Simon Hutchinson, Melika Fitzhugh, Daniel Zlatkin, Juliana Hall, Cory Brodack, Richard Derby, Samn Johnson, and Anthony Lai, by interviewer Beth Ratay and soprano Danielle Aldach

 

I loved making the acquaintance of the folks at the Boston New Music Initiative, and was thrilled that for five concerts in their Prismatic Congruency series of concerts for solo pieces, works of mine were chosen to be presented on three of them. Two songs from my unaccompanied soprano song cycle on poems by E. E. Cummings, In Spring, were performed beautifully by Danielle Aldach and the solo viola version of my piece The Ballad of Barnaby was performed forcefully by violist Arjun Mudan.

Many thanks to BNMI for programming my music, and for this special opportunity to speak about my compositions!

FEBRUARY 21, 2022    —    VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, BLAIR SCHOOL OF MUSIC

 

Virtual Class Presentation About Composing Vocal Music

with special guest Juliana Hall, composer of art songs

 

I had such a nice time speaking to the voice students at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, and thank Dr. Amy Jarman for her gracious invitation to speak to her class about American art song and, more specifically, my vocal works. The class also watched the amazing performance by Maggie Finnegan of my early song cycle Night Dances from the excellent Calliope’s Call series in Boston.

In addition to sharing my life as a working composer, I enjoyed answering the students’ excellent questions from the perspective of both voice study and composition.

FEBRUARY 16, 2021    —    ON SITE OPERA | VIRTUAL DISCUSSION

 

Making Anne Sing: How Her Words Became Music

with special guest Juliana Hall, composer of A World Turned Upside Down

 

I was very pleased to participate in the second of two virtual discussions with the founder and artistic director of New York’s On Site Opera, Eric Einhorn, and its musical director, Geoffrey McDonald, continuing where we left off in the January 5th discussion.

We discussed my soprano song cycle based on excerpts from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, A World Turned Upside Down. As part of the discussion, I showed various aspects of decision making in the composition process, including areas of text setting, vocal melodies, the creation of atmosphere using the piano, and more.

On Site Opera – The Beauty That Still Remains: Diaries in Song

FEBRUARY 9, 2021    —    GEORGIA COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

 

Virtual Class Presentation About Composing Vocal Music

with special guest Juliana Hall, composer of art songs and works of vocal chamber music

 

I had such a fun time speaking to the singers and composers studying at Georgia College, and thank Dr. Jennifer Piazza-Pick for her gracious invitation to speak in anticipation of her upcoming recital Anonymous Was a Woman, which presented a full program of music by composers who are women – including a stunning performance of my monodrama Sentiment.

In addition to sharing my life as a working composer, I enjoyed answering the students’ excellent questions from the perspective of both voice study and composition.

JANUARY 5, 2021    —    ON SITE OPERA | VIRTUAL DISCUSSION

 

Making Anne Sing: How Her Words Became Music

with special guest Juliana Hall, composer of A World Turned Upside Down

 

I was very pleased to participate in the first of two virtual discussions with the founder and artistic director of New York’s On Site Opera, Eric Einhorn, and its musical director, Geoffrey McDonald, in which I discussed my life as a composer. Giving examples, I went through the song cycle A World Turned Upside Down and spoke about how I choose text and create a libretto for a theatrical song cycle like this one.

I showed various aspects of decision making in the composition process, including text setting, how vocal melodies are created, and the use of harmony and rhythm to develop atmosphere that supports the meaning of the text and its context within the entire cycle, among other topics. In addition, we spoke of my studies with the great vocal composer Dominick Argento, who following my studies became a beloved friend for the last 30 years of his life, as we exchanged correspondence sharing our family news and the ups and downs of musical life.

The wonderful audience was engaged, and presented me with quite interesting questions about my work and my life as a composer. This has been a wonderful project, and it’s been such an honor for my work to be presented by this extraordinary organization.

On Site Opera – The Beauty That Still Remains: Diaries in Song