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about the composition

April Sky, composed in 2014, is a brief work for symphony orchestra dedicated to the Northern Symphony Orchestra of Anoka, Minnesota, an ensemble conducted by Michael Halstenson. It was adapted from a string orchestra work of the same title composed in 2009 for the Champlin Park High School Concert Orchestra of Champlin, Minnesota, conducted by Judy Blomgren.

April Sky, composed by Carl Schroeder of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has an approximate performance time of five minutes.

listen to April Sky
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YouTube video of April Sky reading session recording


Generously recorded by the
Northern Symphony Orchestra
Michael Halstenson, 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 Association’s Young Composer Mentor Project, where he took lessons with composers Mark Camphouse, Donald Grantham and Dana Wilson. He composed April Sky for string orchestra in 2009 and completed a full-orchestra adaptation in late 2014.

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more on April Sky

June 20, 2015: Northern Symphony Orchestra; Michael Halstenson, conductor - Anoka, MN premiere

June 13, 2015: "Orchestra performs from ‘Italy to Finland’" (Sue Austreng, ABC Newspapers)

Details & Ordering Information

Instrumentation (Full Orchestra Version): 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 2 hn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, tuba, timp, susp cym, strings
Instrumentation (String Orchestra Version): violin I, violin 2, viola, cello, bass
Difficulty Level: Grade 3 (Ideal for college, high school and community orchestras)

View the Complete Score (PDF) | Order a Score/Parts Set ($50)

Listen to Recording (YouTube) | Reading session recording by the Northern Symphony Orchestra (Michael Halstenson, conductor)