Therese Schroeder-Sheker: Concert & Recording Artist


The artist in concert

Forthcoming: a new solo release for Wind Over the Earth is scheduled for next year.

Major works:
Geography of the Soul 1998 Sapientia Music
In Dulci Jubilo 1991 Celestial Harmonies
Rosa Mystica 1989 Celestial Harmonies
The Queen’s Minstrel 1987 Windham Hill
Celebrant (The Historical Harp) 1984 Lady Reason Records

Guest artist performances: eleven performances on other American and European labels, including Windham Hill; RCA; Narada; Hearts of Space; Celestial Harmonies; Sonifolk; etc.

Radio documentaries: thirty-five original medieval and Renaissance music programs, 28 of which were commissioned by KVOD, a classical music station in Denver; six for an award-winning Madison, Wisconsin National Public Radio series produced by Jean Feraca entitled Women of Spirit.

Film scores: During the last decade, her recorded performances and scores have been used in films and documentaries throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America, including a performance on an Emmy-award-winning documentary by composer Scott Smith.

Theatre productions: (1972-78) Denver: Lion in Winter; Denver and San Francisco Tolstoy, Shakespeare, and Goethe productions.

Overview: Harpist and soprano Therese Schroeder-Sheker made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1980, and has concertized across three continents and through twelve countries, in university and city centers for performing arts, cathedrals, churches and monasteries. (1976 to the present). One of the pioneers in medieval harp research, medieval harp iconography, and medieval harp performance practice, she premiered a significant body of original scholarly and artistic work in the early 80’s by releasing the second recording of medieval harp music that had been produced in the United States or Europe. (Celebrant, Lady Reason Records, 1984, features performances using eight reproductions of medieval and Renaissance harps and psalteries). (1980-90)

Medieval and Modern: Ms. Schroeder-Sheker gradually but firmly expanded beyond the historical interpretations and recreations, and combined dual interests in late medieval and early 20th century repertoire, with special emphasis on the vox feminae – the woman’s voice – as expressed in prayer, love song, lament, and lullaby. She sings in French, Ladino, Latin, German, Italian, Irish, Spanish, English and Galician-Portuguese, and has performed works of Barber, Villa Lobos, Finzi and other twentieth century composers in new arrangements for voice and modern harp. (1985-2001)

Her concert career has been distinguished with stage and screen performances for American and European universities, colleges, performing arts centers, cathedrals, monasteries, art museum series, and television features. Her concerts always revolve around themes and metaphors such as The Pilgrim’s Route (from France to Spain), the Age of Monasticism (contrasting 12th and 13th century hymn and love lyric), the Woods of Broceliande (the Grail Quest), the Vox Feminae, (the woman’s voice from the 12th century to the present), Rosa Mystica (love lyric, lament, and prayer), and A Star Named Devotion, a newer repertoire for 2004.

Some performance highlights include: Wadham College at Oxford; The Scientific & Medical Network of London; Cornell University; Notre Dame University; University of Nijmegan in the Netherlands; McGill University in Canada; University of Amsterdam; Thiel College; Colorado College; Berea College; Gettysburg College; St. John’s University in Santa Fe; Purdue University; University of Iowa at Iowa City; Duke University; Harvard University; University of Kansas at Wichita; St. Laurens Cathedral in Rotterdam; University of Denver; Mt. Angel Abbey in Oregon; Regina Laudis Abbey in Connecticut; Glenstal Abbey in Ireland; Assisi Jungian Conference in Italy; Regis University in Denver; St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver; the Peace Palace in the Hague; Northwestern University in Chicago; Illinois Weslyan University; Detroit Institute of Arts; Santa Fe Art Museum; Emory University in Atlanta; St. Anthony’s Church in Cologne; The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture; the Omega Institute; the John E. Fetzer Institute; the Institute of Noetic Sciences; the Medieval Institute – Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo; University of Utah at Logan; St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California; United Nations University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica; St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota; concerts at or for over one hundred professional conferences and congresses in the fields of medicine, theology, medieval studies, women’s studies, nursing, palliative care, and integrative medicine; concerts in numerous other cities, for institutions or television stations located throughout the United States, Belgium, Scotland, France, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the Canary Islands, and Austria.

This CV/profile is continued on Composer.

Last updated Tuesday, 25-Feb-2014