Therese Schroeder-Sheker: Composer
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Therese Schroeder-Sheker studied composition with Dr. Evan Copley in the master’s degree (composition) program at the University of Colorado Greeley, and later, for three years with the distinguished Prix de Rome winner, Normand Lockwood (Academie des Beaux-Arts, Paris). After crucial formative time in Paris, Oxford, and Chichester, she returned to the United States and provided original scores and performances for theatre productions in Denver and San Francisco, which allowed her to develop numerous chamber works for trios and quartets. Her early string quartets were influenced by the atonal and polytonal idioms of the early twentieth century masters, but quickly, she moved to intimate song cycles for voice and harp, and shimmering, polytonal and polyrhythmic instrumental and choral chamber works of emotional and spiritual intensity.
Concurrently, she laid special emphasis on the harp as a premiere solo instrument. Her middle works feature a cappella choral text settings of Emily Dickinson, Edith Sodergran, Carmen Bernos de Gasztold, Chilean and Argentinian poets, mass movements, psalm settings, and poems of St. Therese of Lisieux.
Schroeder-Sheker’s Opus 32 (1999-2000) is entirely devoted to settings of the psalms and the mystical Pauline texts. Opus 33 (2001) is a cycle of twelve mystical texts from the Gospel of St. John, set for a chamber choral ensemble with accompanying bells and strings. Recent works in Opus 34 (2003-2004) continue with mystical texts and the poets of the spirit for mixed chamber choirs.
In the near future, some of these choral works and harp compositions or arrangements will be available on line.
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