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By Carl Schroeder

Commissioned by the


of Minneapolis, MN (Timothy Mahr, conductor)
for the 25th anniversary season of 2002-2003


about the composition

Agora (2003) was commissioned by the Minnesota Symphonic Winds, a Twin Cities-based adult concert band under the direction of Dr. Timothy Mahr, in commemoration of the group's 25th anniversary season of 2002-2003. The title refers to the ancient Greek word for a gathering place.

Agora, composed by Carl Schroeder of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has an approximate performance time of 4 minutes.

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Generously recorded by the
Minnesota Symphonic Winds
Timothy Mahr, conductor

about the composer

Carl Schroeder of Minneapolis, Minnesota, composes music for concert band, orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles and solo piano that often draws inspiration from American history, current events, natural surroundings and memories. His large ensemble music has been performed by more than 40 concert bands, orchestras and choirs, including the Air Force Band of Mid-America and Ukraine's Chamber Choir Kyiv. He has written commissioned works for the Cornell University Symphonic Band, Minnesota Symphonic Winds, Southwest Wind Ensemble, Calhoun-Isles Community Band, Wells Fargo Chorus and other ensembles and individuals, and four CDs of his music have been released. His choral work Two December Carols has been published by Boosey & Hawkes.

Schroeder is a 2005 graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he studied composition primarily with Timothy Mahr and Peter Hamlin. In 2001, he was named "Composer with Most Potential" by the Minnesota Music Educators Association, and in 2004 he was one of three under-25 American composers chosen to participate in the National Band Associationís Young Composer Mentor Project, where he took lessons with composers Mark Camphouse, Donald Grantham and Dana Wilson. He composed Agora during the winter of 2003 and completed a revised version in July 2005.

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more on Agora

Selection, 2004 National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project
Second Place, 2004 Claude T. Smith Composition Contest
Selection, 2006 C
alifornia State University (Bakersfield) Concert Band Guest Composer Concert
Finalist, 2006 Penfield (NY) Music Commission Project Composition Contest

May 3, 2003: Minnesota Symphonic Winds; Timothy Mahr, conductor - Minneapolis, MN premiere
June 8, 2003: Minnesota Symphonic Winds; Timothy Mahr, conductor - Plymouth, MN
Nov. 8, 2003:
St. Olaf Band; Timothy Mahr, conductor - Northfield, MN
June 21, 2004: Air Force Band of Mid America; Andre Feagin, guest conductor - Normal, IL
March 6, 2006: California State University Bakersfield Concert Band; Patricia Childress, conductor - Bakersfield, CA
March 25, 2006: Randolph County Senior High All-County Band; Andre Feagin, conductor - Asheboro, NC
Nov. 29, 2006:
Appalachian State University Concert Band; John Stanley Ross, conductor - Boone, NC
Oct. 17, 2016: Southwest Wind Ensemble; Reid Wixson, conductor - Minneapolis, MN

Aug. 28, 2004: "Mentoring the Leaders of Tomorrow" (Elizabeth Dallman,

The Minnesota Portraits and Other Music by Carl Schroeder - Minnesota Symphonic Winds; Timothy Mahr, conductor
Music from the Hill 2005 - Minnesota Symphonic Winds; Timothy Mahr, conductor

Details & Ordering Information

Instrumentation: pic, 2 fl, ob, bsn, 3 cl, b cl, 2 a sax, t sax, b sax, 3 tpt, 4 hn, 3 tbn, euph, tuba, timp, 4 perc, piano
Difficulty Level: Grade 4 (Ideal for college/professional and advanced high school/community bands)

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Listen to Recording | Recorded by the Minnesota Symphonic Winds (Timothy Mahr, conductor)