JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

NEWS  regarding  GUEST APPEARANCES

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