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  • PREMIERE DATE SET FOR "CAPITOL FANFARE": AUGUST 11
    Posted June 25, 2017 by Carl Schroeder

    I'm excited to share news that the Minnesota State Band has set a premiere date for my newly-completed concert band work Capitol Fanfare as part of a celebratory weekend of activities this August marking the grand reopening of the Minnesota State Capitol building. The premiere performance will take place on Friday, August 11, at 12 noon on a stage outside the Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Minnesota State Band, conducted by Keith Liuzzi, is the Official Band of the State of Minnesota and commissioned Capitol Fanfare especially for this occasion. The piece is about three and a half minutes long and includes portions of Hail, Minnesota, the Minnesota state song, along with newly-composed themes. Visit my Performance Calendar page for more information and go to this page for full details about the Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration weekend.

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    SUMMER $5 SALE ON CD RECORDINGS
    Posted June 22, 2017 by Carl Schroeder

    This summer, my CD recordings 88 Keys, The Minnesota Portraits and MACH 12 will be on sale for only $5 each on a special sale offer at the independent music site CD Baby. 88 Keys features 10 of my solo piano compositions, The Minnesota Portraits contains 14 tracks of my large, chamber and solo piano compositions, and MACH 12 is a CD of my electronic music. Click the links above to visit CD Baby and try one (or all three!) of these CDs.

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    NEW COMMISSION FROM MINNESOTA STATE BAND
    Posted April 16, 2017 by Carl Schroeder

    I'm very happy to announce a new project: the Minnesota State Band has commissioned me to write a new concert band work in celebration of the reopening of the Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Minnesota State Band is the Official Band of the State of Minnesota and has been in existence for 118 years, and is conducted by Keith Liuzzi, who was my band teacher at Southwest High School and has generous supported my music dating back to my earliest band compositions. The new piece will incorporate Hail, Minnesota, the Minnesota state song, along with newly-composed themes. The premiere is tentatively scheduled for August 2017. I'll post updates as the project progresses. Thanks, Minnesota State Band, for the opportunity to write for you!

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    NEW COMPOSING PAGE ON FACEBOOK
    Posted March 14, 2017 by Carl Schroeder

    Visit and like my new official composing page on Facebook! I'll be sharing updates about my new projects, performances, and a "Composition of the Month" with stories about my past compositions. Click here to visit the page.

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    "SOUTHWEST MEMORIES" RECORDING ON YOUTUBE
    Posted December 14, 2016 by Carl Schroeder

    A video recording of this month's world premiere performance of Southwest Memories by the Southwest Wind Ensemble is available on YouTube! Follow the link here. Thank you to the Southwest Foundation for the commission and to conductor Reid Wixson and the Southwest Wind Ensemble for the wonderful performance! And thank you to Scott Olson, Leigh Shadko and Noel Schenker for the video and audio. I'll post a higher-quality stereo version of the audio from this performance at a later date. Best wishes to all for a happy holiday season!

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    "SOUTHWEST MEMORIES" TO PREMIERE AT BASILICA
    Posted December 1, 2016 by Carl Schroeder

    I'm excited to announce that my newest band piece, Southwest Memories, will be premiered by the Southwest Wind Ensemble in a concert later this month at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. I composed the new piece this past summer on a commission from the Southwest Foundation in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Southwest High School. Reid Wixson will conduct the premiere as past of the annual Basilica Concert of the Southwest High School music ensembles on Monday, December 12. Visit the performance calendar for full details!

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    NEW COMMISSION CELEBRATES SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL
    Posted May 22, 2016 by Carl Schroeder

    I'm very pleased to announce a new commission that's going to be a fun summer project! I'll be writing a new work for the Southwest Wind Ensemble in celebration of the 75th anniversary of (Minneapolis) Southwest High School. I've decided to adapt Southwest Memories, a piano solo I wrote in 2001 for the last concert of my senior year at Southwest. Thank you to the Southwest Foundation for commissioning the work, and also to Reid Wixson, who initiated the project and will conduct the premiere this December at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Another Southwest High School alumnus, Libby Larsen, will be writing her own commissioned work to mark the 75th anniversary of Southwest.

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    "SNOWFLAKE SONG" RECORDING NOW ON YOUTUBE
    Posted May 3, 2016 by Carl Schroeder

    One of my favorite composing projects was back in 2005, when I wrote Two December Carols for the Wells Fargo Chorus and conductor Carsten Slostad. It was my first chance to work with poets, Joyce Kennedy and Shannon King, who wrote the beautiful texts. I've just added a video on YouTube of the Wells Fargo Chorus performing the first movement, "Snowflake Song," with lyrics displayed as the music is sung. Check out the YouTube link here.

    In related news, the Composers' Choir of New Haven, Connecticut, will soon record "Snowflake Song." More on that project soon!

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    APRIL SKY READING SESSION VIDEO NOW ON YOUTUBE
    Posted June 18, 2015 by Carl Schroeder

    Earlier this year the Northern Symphony Orchestra and conductor Michael Halstenson generously gave a reading of my orchestra piece April Sky, and video of that session is now available on YouTube. Click here to view the video. A big thank you to the NSO, which will be premiering the work in concert on Saturday, June 20.

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    UPCOMING PREMIERES IN ANOKA AND EDINA
    Posted May 29, 2015 by Carl Schroeder

    A world premiere is a composer's favorite occasion, and this summer I'm thrilled that two new works of mine (both based on earlier works) will receive their first performances in the Twin Cities suburbs of Anoka and Edina.

    On June 20, the Northern Symphony Orchestra, an Anoka-based ensemble under the direction of Michael Halstenson, will premiere my April Sky. This is a new full-orchestra adaptation of a work I wrote six years ago for the Champlin Park High School Concert Orchestra. The Northern Symphony selected this work for its 2015 New Music Reading Session, and did a wonderful reading of the work last January. I'm very excited about this performance, which will be my first full-orchestra premiere in nine years, and I'll be dedicating the work to the Northern Symphony Orchestra and Michael Halstenson. General admission tickets to this performance, held at Anoka High School, are $10.

    One month later, on July 20, the cleverly-named Minneapolis-based flute ensemble Flute Cocktail will premiere Historic Fort Snelling, a new work for flute ensemble and snare drum. It's an adaptation of the first movement of my concert band suite The Minnesota Portraits, and it pays tribute to the historic 1819 settlement at the juncture of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. It has been fun to work on this project for Flute Cocktail and its director Cindy Farrell, and I'm thankful to Inez Bergquist and Karen Koepp for commissioning it! The premiere will take place at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina as part of a program of American music.

    Visit my performance calendar page for full details as summer approaches.

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    UPCOMING PERFORMANCES OF "TWO DECEMBER CAROLS"
    Posted December 5, 2014 by Carl Schroeder

    I'm very pleased that four terrific Minnesota ensembles will perform one or both movements of my Two December Carols at holiday concerts this month. Two December Carols originated in 2005 as a choral work commissioned by the Wells Fargo Chorus, setting texts by Minnesota poets Joyce Kennedy and Shannon King, and evolved into a concert band arrangement in 2013 on a commission from the Calhoun-Isles Community Band and Ann M. Verme in memory of Carol Voight.

    The Edina High School Concert Band, conducted by Paul Kile, will perform Two December Carols at its Winter Jubilee concerts on December 12 and 13. The following day, the first movement, "Snowflake Song," will be performed in separate concerts by both the women's vocal ensemble Seven Gifts, conducted by Carsten Slostad, and the Hopkins Westwind Concert Band, conducted by Mike Anderson. Finally, on December 18, the Star of the North Concert Band, conducted by Wayne Feller, will perform both movements in a free concert at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. Visit my performance calendar page for full details, and have a wonderful holiday season!

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    NOW AVAILABLE: "TWO DECEMBER CAROLS" FOR BAND
    Posted August 24, 2014 by Carl Schroeder

    My concert band work Two December Carols is now available for purchase! This instruments-only holiday/winter-themed composition is an arrangement of my earlier choral work, and is inspired by the poetry of Joyce Kennedy and Shannon King. It was commissioned in 2013 by the Calhoun-Isles Community Band and Ann M. Verme in memory of Carol Voight.

    Conductor's scores are available for $5 each, and a complete score/parts set is available for $75. Consider adding this work to your holiday band music repertoire! Listen to a recording, view sample score pages, or visit the purchasing page to order this and other works.

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    NEW ON YOUTUBE: "88 KEYS"
    Posted August 17, 2014 by Carl Schroeder

    Just up on my YouTube channel is a video of my solo piano composition 88 Keys, which uses all 88 keys of the piano once each. Click here to watch a visual depiction of a piano keyboard as each key is played!
    If you're a piano enthusiast and want to try it out yourself, then download the sheet music.

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    "PORTRAITS" PERFORMANCE AND "SCARS" ARTICLE
    Posted May 19, 2014 by Carl Schroeder

    Thank you to the Northeast Orchestra for their wonderful performance of my suite The Minnesota Portraits at its final concert of the season this month. The ensemble, under Dr. Jeffrey Stirling's direction, performed a great program of music written by composers early in their careers. It was an honor to have my music on the program, and it makes me want to write more music for orchestra sometime soon!

    Another recent project, my music for the short film Scars (directed by Leah Teravskis), was mentioned in a very nice online article about the film. Click here to read the article, and follow the link at the end of the article to view the film.

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    "SCARS" AND "SCANDIUM": NEW VIDEO AND AUDIO
    Posted March 30, 2014 by Carl Schroeder

    I've written music for a new short film, Scars, that's available online on Vimeo and was screened earlier this month at the Twin Cities Youth Media Network Showcase at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Scars was written and directed by Leah Teravskis and tells the story of a woman and how she came to acquire her various scars. I composed and performed music for the film last December on an electronic keyboard. Click here to view the film.

    After visiting Minneapolis Southwest High School earlier this year I searched through my archives and found the premiere recording of my very first work for concert band, Scandium. It was performed by the Southwest High School Wind Ensemble under Keith Liuzzi's direction, and I've posted the audio recording to YouTube to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the premiere. Click here if you're interested in listening!

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    RECENT BAND PERFORMANCES IN MINNEAPOLIS
    Posted February 8, 2014 by Carl Schroeder

    Thank you to two wonderful Minneapolis ensembles for their recent performances of my music: the Calhoun-Isles Community Band and Southwest High School Wind Ensemble. In mid-December the Calhoun-Isles Community Band gave the premiere performance of Two December Carols for concert band, composed in memory of founding Calhoun-Isles Community Band member Carol Voight. Ann Verme, who co-commissioned the work along with the band, made an eloquent spoken introduction, and the band gave an excellent performance under Tedd Gullickson's direction. Special thanks to the two poets whose texts inspired the original choral version of Two December Carols, Joyce Kennedy and Shannon King, and to Carsten Slostad, whose Wells Fargo Chorus commissioned the choral version in 2005.

    Earlier this month I was fortunate to visit Minneapolis Southwest High School for a rehearsal and performance of Remembrance by the Southwest High School Wind Ensemble under conductor Keith Liuzzi, who has generously supported my music for years, going back to my first concert band works written while I was a student at Southwest. The Wind Ensemble did a fine job as part of a concert that included several musical works connected with wars. Remembrance honors the many who served in the Civil War and was commissioned by Carl Schenker and Susan Sherman Richardson. It was premiered in 2009 by the Minnesota Symphonic Winds with Timothy Mahr conducting.

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    NEW BAND ARRANGEMENT OF "TWO DECEMBER CAROLS"
    Posted October 15, 2013 by Carl Schroeder

    I'm very pleased to announce the completion of my first new large ensemble work in four years, a concert band arrangement of Two December Carols. This new piece is an arrangement of a choral work I wrote in 2005 for the Wells Fargo Chorus. The new arrangement was co-commissioned by the Calhoun-Isles Community Band and Ann M. Verme, and the Calhoun-Isles Community Band is slated to premiere the work in a free concert at Jefferson Elementary School in Uptown Minneapolis on December 17, 2013, with Tedd Gullickson conducting. Visit my performance calendar for information on this performance.

    The band arrangement is dedicated to Carol Voight, who performed with the Calhoun-Isles Community Band from its founding in 1981 until shortly before her death of cancer in 2012. Carol was a close friend of Ann's, the band and many others, and it seemed very fitting to adapt these two holiday carols in Carol's honor.

    The Calhoun-Isles Community Band, with which I play percussion, has been generously supportive of my music for 10 years, having commissioned and premiered my band suite The Minnesota Portraits in 2003, and given many additional performances. Big thanks to the band and Ann Verme for this opportunity, and I hope those of you in the Twin Cities will be able to attend the scheduled premiere performance in December!

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    "REMEMBRANCE" NAMED FINALIST IN NY-BASED CONTEST
    Posted January 15, 2013 by Carl Schroeder

    My concert band work Remembrance has been selected as a finalist in the 2013 Penfield Music Commission Project/Wegmans Composition Contest for Wind Ensemble Music. The competition, based in Penfield, New York, selected six finalists from 170 entries. The other finalists are
    Patrick Hahn of Austria, Jukka Viitasaari of Finland, Richard Williams of Utah, Christopher Weiss of New Hampshire, and Ilari Hylkila of Finland. My earlier concert band piece Agora was a finalist in the same competition in 2006.

    Remembrance, a tribute to the many who served in the American Civil War, was commissioned by Carl R. Schenker, Jr., and Susan Sherman Richardson. It was premiered in October 2009 by the Minnesota Symphonic Winds under the direction of Dr. Timothy Mahr. For further information on the work and to hear the Minnesota Symphonic Winds' recording, click here.

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    TWO HOLIDAY SEASON PERFORMANCES IN TWIN CITIES
    Posted November 26, 2012 by Carl Schroeder

    Two of my compositions will be performed this December in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

    On Tuesday, December 18, the Calhoun-Isles Community Band will play the first movement of The Minnesota Portraits, "Historic Fort Snelling," in a concert at the Jefferson Community School in Uptown Minneapolis, with Tedd Gullickson conducting.

    That same week, on Thursday, December 20, the Schubert Club's lunch-hour Courtroom Concert series will feature numerous holiday carols by Minnesota composers, including my "Snowflake Song," a setting of text by Joyce Kennedy.

    Details about these concerts can be found on the Calendar of Performances page.

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    TWO PAST PERFORMANCES NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE
    Posted February 28, 2012 by Carl Schroeder

    Two past performances of my music are now available on YouTube.

    The Fond du Lac Symphonic Band's January 2011 performance of the concert band arrangement of Christine's Lullaby, led by conductor Jill Wagner, is available at this link. Thank you to band member Mary Arthur for making this video available.

    The Minnesota Band Directors Association's 9-10 State Honor Band, conducted by Tim Diem, performed the "Historic Fort Snelling" movement of The Minnesota Portraits in April 2009. To view that video, click here.

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    "REMEMBRANCE" TO BE PERFORMED AT BAND FESTIVAL
    Posted April 21, 2011 by Carl Schroeder

    On Saturday, April 30, the University of Minnesota will host the Festival of Community Bands, featuring five ensembles from throughout the Twin Cities area. The Calhoun-Isles Community Band will perform my work Remembrance, a tribute to the many who served in the American Civil War.

    The Calhoun-Isles Community Band, currently under the direction of Paul Kile and Tedd Guillickson, has performed several of my works in recent years, including The Minnesota Portraits, which it commissioned and premiered in 2003. I've been a member of its percussion section for several seasons.

    If you're in the area, please stop by Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota on April 30 and support local music-making!
    Further information about the concert is available on my performance calendar.

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    BOOSEY & HAWKES PUBLISHES "TWO DECEMBER CAROLS"
    Posted February 1, 2010 by Carl Schroeder

    My holiday choral work Two December Carols has just been published by New York and London-based Boosey & Hawkes. The two-movement work sets texts by Minnesota poets Joyce Kennedy and Shannon King. Two December Carols is my first commercially published work. A big thank you to Joyce and Shannon for providing the beautiful poetry, and to Carsten Slostad for initiating the project.

    For more information, visit Boosey & Hawkes or Hal Leonard Corp. The work is now available for purchase at J.W. Pepper, and at many other online sheet music sites.
     

  • ASCAP AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
    Posted October 25, 2009 by Carl Schroeder

    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has announced its 2008-09 ASCAPlus Awards, and for the third consecutive year I've been named as an award recipient.

    For more information about ASCAPlus Awards, click here.
     
  • MINNESOTA SYMPHONIC WINDS SCHEDULED TO PREMIERE "REMEMBRANCE"
    Posted August 18, 2009 by Carl Schroeder

    I've just received word that the Minnesota Symphonic Winds, conducted by Timothy Mahr, are scheduled to premiere my newest concert band work, Remembrance, at their October 24 concert at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Remembrance, a tribute to the many who served in the American Civil War, was commissioned by Carl R. Schenker, Jr., and Susan Sherman Richardson. Further information about the concert is available on my performance calendar.

    The Minnesota Symphonic Winds have generously supported my music in recent years, having commissioned and performed my band work Agora in 2003 in addition to performing The Minnesota Portraits in 2005. I hope those of you in the Twin Cities area will be able to attend the October 24 concert!
     
  • "APRIL SKY" PREMIERES AT CARNEGIE HALL
    Posted April 12, 2009 by Carl Schroeder

    The Champlin Park High School Concert Orchestra, conducted by Judy Blomgren, has premiered my new string orchestra work April Sky at concerts in Minnesota and New York's Carnegie Hall. I was thrilled to be on hand at the New York concert, and the students performed beautifully. Thanks to Judy and her students for giving me the opportunity to write a new work for them!
     
  • NEW CD FEATURES "TWO DECEMBER CAROLS"
    Posted December 15, 2008 by Carl Schroeder

    My holiday choral work Two December Carols is featured on a just-released CD from the Wells Fargo Chorus titled Wells Fargo Chorus Celebrates 63 Years of Singing. The CD also features arrangements of holiday favorites such as Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, among other works. Two December Carols, which sets texts by poets Joyce Kennedy and Shannon King, was commissioned and premiered by the Wells Fargo Chorus in 2005.

    For information on purchasing the new CD (makes a great holiday gift!), email Wells Fargo Chorus conductor Carsten Slostad at carstonian@hotmail.com.
     
  • SECOND ASCAP AWARD
    Posted October 10, 2008 by Carl Schroeder

    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has announced its 2007-08 ASCAPlus Awards, and I'm honored that I've been chosen as an award recipient for the second consecutive year.

    For more information about ASCAPlus Awards, click here.
     
  • THREE CDs NOW AVAILABLE ON iTUNES
    Posted June 15, 2008 by Carl Schroeder

    MACH 12, my 2002 CD of original electronic music, is now available for download on Apple iTunes. If you have iTunes installed on your computer, you can click on the CD image at the right to visit the MACH 12 page on iTunes and listen to audio samples. If you don't have iTunes, you can click here to learn more about the MACH 12 CD.

    Two of my previous CDs, The Minnesota Portraits and other music by Carl Schroeder and 88 Keys: Piano Music by Carl Schroeder, are also available on iTunes. Clicking the links above will take you directly to iTunes.
     
  • "THE MINNESOTA PORTRAITS" PERFORMED ON STATE'S SESQUICENTENNIAL
    Posted May 13, 2008 by Carl Schroeder

    In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Minnesota's statehood, the Calhoun-Isles Community Band performed a special program at Minneapolis' Ritz Theater on May 11 that included many works honoring Minnesota, including the first and third movements of my concert band suite The Minnesota Portraits, with Matt Dockendorf conducting. The Northeast Community Band also performed at the same concert. The Calhoun-Isles Community Band commissioned and premiered The Minnesota Portraits in 2003.
     
  • "REMEMBRANCE" COMMISSION COMPLETED
    Posted January 1, 2008 by Carl Schroeder

    I'm pleased to announce the completion of my tenth commissioned piece, Remembrance, a concert band work honoring the many who served in the American Civil War. The piece was commissioned by Carl R. Schenker, Jr., and Susan Sherman Richardson. The Minnesota Symphonic Winds, a Twin Cities-based civic wind ensemble under the direction of Dr. Timothy Mahr, tentatively plans to premiere the work sometime in 2009.

    Thanks to Carl, Susan and the Minnesota Symphonic Winds for inspiring this new work!
     
  • ASCAP AWARD RECOGNIZES COMPOSITION ACHIEVEMENTS
    Posted October 17, 2007 by Carl Schroeder

    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has announced its 2006-07 ASCAPlus Awards, and has chosen me as an award recipient. ASCAPlus Awards recognize achievement in music composition and writing. I'm honored to receive recognition from such an excellent organization!

    For more information about ASCAPlus Awards, click here.
     
  • MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA JOB COMBINES MUSIC, WRITING
    Posted September 1, 2007 by Carl Schroeder

    In news that is not directly related to my composing career, I have recently accepted a full-time position as Staff Writer for the Minnesota Orchestra, an exciting opportunity for me to combine my interests in music and writing. In my new capacity, I will regularly contribute to the Orchestra's monthly program magazine, Showcase, and write various other materials in support of the organization's publicity and publication operations. I will continue pursuing composing and performance opportunities in my spare time.

    If you attend Minnesota Orchestra concerts, look for my name in Showcase starting this month!
     
  • CAPSTONE RECORDS FEATURES "88 KEYS" ON NEW CD
    Posted July 23, 2007 by Carl Schroeder

    A new nationally-distributed CD recording from Capstone Records features my piano composition 88 Keys, an "88-tone row" for solo piano that uses the instrument's keys once each. The recording, titled Musings, is the 22nd release in the SCI (Society of Composers, Inc.) CD Series, and features new music by ten composers from around the world.
     
  • NEW BAND COMMISSION WILL EXPLORE CIVIL WAR THEMES
    Posted June 21, 2007 by Carl Schroeder

    Carl Schenker and Susan Richardson of Washington, DC have commissioned me to write a new concert band work reflecting on the U.S. Civil War. I've scheduled time this summer to compose the new work, which will be my 10th piece written on commission. Thanks to Carl and Susan for this commission. Watch this page for additional information about the project!
     
  • PIANO SOLO "88 KEYS" PUBLISHED IN MUSIC JOURNAL
    Posted May 15, 2007 by Carl Schroeder

    My piano composition 88 Keys, an "88-tone row" for solo piano that uses the instrument's keys once each, has been published in the newest volume (#39) of the internationally-distributed music journal SCI (Society of Composers, Inc.) Journal of Music Scores. The journal is published twice annually by European American Music and is distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation.
     
  • KENWOOD ORCHESTRA PREMIERES "BIRMINGHAM"
    Posted May 7, 2007 by Carl Schroeder

    The Minneapolis-based Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Stirling, performed the world premiere of my newest orchestral work, Birmingham, at a series of concerts on May 1 at Ramsey International Fine Arts Center and May 6 at Annunciation Catholic Church, both in Minneapolis.

    Birmingham was composed in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and incorporates spoken excerpts from his 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Chief Judge Edward Toussaint of the Minnesota Court of Appeals was the special guest narrator for Birmingham.
     
  • BOOSEY & HAWKES TO PUBLISH "TWO DECEMBER CAROLS"
    Posted April 8, 2007 by Carl Schroeder

    New York and London-based publisher Boosey & Hawkes has announced plans to publish my two-movement holiday choral work Two December Carols. Two December Carols, which sets texts by Minnesota poets Joyce Kennedy and Shannon King, will be my first commercially published work.

    Last fall Two December Carols was released on the commercial CD Holidays of the New Era, a compilation of modern holiday music performed by Ukraine's Chamber Choir Kyiv and the Kiev Philharmonic.
     
  • "CHRISTINE'S LULLABY" PERFORMED AT LINCOLN CENTER
    Posted March 28, 2007 by Carl Schroeder

    On March 26, the Fox Lane High School Symphonic Band of Bedford, New York premiered my new concert band arrangement of my 2001 orchestral work Christine's Lullaby in a special concert at New York's Lincoln Center. The performance was conducted by Dr. Paul Tooker, who generously arranged for me to attend the performance as a guest of the band.

    Christine's Lullaby was composed to honor Christine Lee Hanson, the youngest victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The March 26 performance marked the first time any arrangement of the work has been publicly performed in New York.
     
  • UPCOMING PIANO PERFORMANCE PREVIEWED IN ARTICLE
    Posted March 10, 2007 by Carl Schroeder

    The current issue of the Northeaster newspaper includes an article detailing the March 29 Spiritual Arts Festival in Northeast Minneapolis, which will include a concert performance of my solo piano suite A Celestial Triptych. Click here for the article, or visit my performance calendar for information on the March 29 performance.
     
  • SOUTHWEST HS COMMISSIONS REVISED BAND WORK
    Posted February 10, 2007 by Carl Schroeder

    The Minneapolis Southwest High School Wind Ensemble, conducted by Keith Liuzzi, has commissioned a revised version of my 2001 band work The Eagle's Island. The original version of this work won First Place in the 2002 MMEA Collegiate Composition Contest, and was recorded by the St. Olaf Norseman Band for my 2004 CD The Minnesota Portraits and other music by Carl Schroeder. Watch for further news about The Eagle's Island in the coming months!
     
  • FREELANCE JOURNALISM UPDATE: TIMOTHY MAHR PROFILE
    Posted February 6, 2007 by Carl Schroeder

    Occasional freelance journalism work is one way I support my composing career. Sometimes my music and journalism interests overlap, as in my recently-published profile of St. Olaf Band director and composer Timothy Mahr, who is one of my former composition teachers. Fans of the Minnesota classical and contemporary music scenes may enjoy reading the article, "A Musical Mind," which appears in the January 2007 issue of the St. Olaf Magazine.
     
  • NEW BAND WORK "MONUMENTS" SCHEDULED FOR DEBUT
    Posted January 30, 2007 by Carl Schroeder

    My newest concert band work, Monuments, will receive its public debut at a reading session of new elementary concert band music at the 2007 MMEA (Minnesota Music Educators Association) Mid-Winter Clinic on February 17 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Full details are available on my performance calendar.

    Monuments was commissioned by the Carondelet Catholic School Concert Band, which tentatively plans to premiere the work in concert later this spring.
     
  • "TWO DECEMBER CAROLS" BROADCAST IN 3 U.S. STATES
    Posted December 24, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    DECEMBER 24 -- As you celebrate the holidays, tune in to your local classical music radio station and you may hear an airing of my two-movement choral work Two December Carols, which is included on the new internationally-distributed CD Holidays of the New Era. So far this month, Two December Carols has been aired in Georgia (Georgia Public Broadcasting), Minnesota (Minnesota Public Radio) and New Jersey (WRPB 103.3FM).

    I'm also pleased to announce that Two December Carols has received the ERM Media Masterworks Prize in conjunction with its recording and release on the CD Holidays of the New Era.

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone celebrating the season!
     
  • "88 KEYS" NAMED TOP PICK BY SOLO PIANO PUBLICATIONS
    Posted December 4, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    My recent CD 88 Keys, which features ten original solo piano works, is listed as a "Reviewer's Pick" for the month of December by Solo Piano Publications. In a generous review, critic Kathy Parsons writes: "Schroeder is a young artist with a unique vision and voice... an accomplished pianist who obviously feels very much at home with the instrument. [88 Keys ranges] from smoothly melodic to more experimental... Very highly recommended!"

    Click here to read the complete review, and please consider sticking around the site to read other great reviews of new classical and solo piano CDs.

    NEW HOLIDAY CD INCLUDES "TWO DECEMBER CAROLS"
    Posted November 3, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    A new CD of modern holiday music, titled Holidays of the New Era, includes my two-movement choral work Two December Carols, a setting of texts by Minnesota poets Joyce Kennedy and Shannon King. The two-disc set, produced by ERM Media, is the first internationally-distributed commercial CD to feature one of my works. Click here for more details and info about ordering CDs.

    COMMISSION ACCOMPLISHED: PART 2
    Posted September 21, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    For the second time this month, I'm pleased to announce the completion of a commissioned piece - this time, it's a three-movement solo piano suite titled A Celestial Triptych. It was anonymously commissioned, and inspired by an intriguing series of space landscape paintings by Minneapolis-based artist Kendall Bohn. The movement titles are "Shadows of Ancient Stone," "Ringworld" and "Reflections at Nightfall."

    If you're in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, I hope you'll consider attending the premiere of A Celestial Triptych on Sunday, October 1, part of a concert of my piano music in conjunction with an exhibition of Kendall Bohn's art at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in St. Louis Park, MN. Full information on that event can be found on my calendar of upcoming performances.

    COMMISSION ACCOMPLISHED: PART 1
    Posted September 5, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    I'm very pleased to announce the recent completion of my tenth work for concert band, titled Monuments. It's a 3-minute work written on a commission from the Carondelet Catholic School Concert Band of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is a very special commission for me, since Carondelet (formerly Christ the King - St. Thomas the Apostle) was my elementary school and the site of some of my first premieres as a budding composer. Its band is conducted by Jeffrey Ruhnke, who began leading the group when I was in 8th grade.

    The premiere is not yet scheduled, but is slated for sometime during the 2006-2007 school year. I'll add details to my performance calendar later this year.

    MIDWEST RECORD RECOMMENDS RECENT CD "88 KEYS"
    Posted August 27, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    Midwest Record gives 88 Keys, my newly-released CD of original piano music, a generous thumbs-up in its new review, declaring "...with a bunch of recognition already under his young belt, [Schroeder is] more impressionistic than George Winston, less new age than Yanni, not jive cocktail and just plain good... [88 Keys is] warm, up close and personal... This is a cat to watch for."

    Thanks for the kind review! Visit Midwest Record to read reviews of other new CDs released by regional and independent labels.

    "CHRISTINE'S LULLABY" EXCERPTED IN 9/11 DOCUMENTARY
    Posted August 22, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    Excerpts from the Minnesota Youth Symphony Orchestra's performance of my orchestral elegy Christine's Lullaby, which was composed to honor Christine Lee Hanson, the youngest victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, are used as background music in "Flight 175: As the World Watched," a new cable documentary from ABC News Productions. The documentary, which tells the story of the 2nd plane to hit the World Trade Center on 9/11, airs on The Learning Channel (TLC) at 8pm Central on Wednesday, August 30.

    In coming weeks, as the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks approaches, please take a moment to remember the victims and their families.

    PIANO SOLO TO APPEAR IN MUSIC ANTHOLOGY
    Posted August 1, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    My piano composition 88 Keys, an "88-tone row" for solo piano that uses the instrument's keys once each, will be published in a forthcoming issue of the SCI (Society of Composers, Inc.) Journal of Music Scores, an anthology of music published twice annually by European American Music. Separately, the work will be recorded for the Fall 2007 SCI Compact Disc Series, released on the Capstone Records label.

    ORCHESTRAL WORK HONORS MARTIN LUTHER KING
    Posted June 4, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    I've recently completed my fifth orchestral piece, titled Birmingham. It's a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and incorporates spoken passages from his 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail," which Dr. King's estate generously granted permission to use.

    NEW CD "88 KEYS" RELEASED; JUNE 25 CONCERT PLANNED
    Posted May 21, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    My new CD of original piano music, 88 Keys: Piano Music by Carl Schroeder, is now available. You can listen to samples from each track on my CD recordings page, and I will be performing music from the CD at the official release concert on Sunday, June 25 at Christ the King Church in Minneapolis. For more info on that event, visit my performance calendar.

    "PORTRAITS" SCHEDULED FOR SUMMER PERFORMANCES
    Posted May 17, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    My three-movement concert band work The Minnesota Portraits will be performed by the Minneapolis-based Calhoun-Isles Community Band, conducted by Paul Kile, during its summer 2006 outdoor concert season. The Calhoun-Isles Community Band commissioned the work in 2003 and is currently celebrating its 25th season. Visit my performance calendar for dates, locations and more details.

    TRACK LISTING ANNOUNCED FOR UPCOMING PIANO CD
    Posted May 4, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    I'm pleased to announce a track listing for my upcoming CD 88 Keys: Piano Music by Carl Schroeder. CDs will be available later this month, and an official CD release concert release will be held on Sunday, June 25. CDs can be ordered through this form, and will be delivered by mail as soon as they arrive.

       88 KEYS: PIANO MUSIC BY CARL SCHROEDER
       1) Mississippi River (2004)  2:08
       2) Jenny's Song (1998)  3:29
       3) Birmingham (2006)  6:40
       4) Fenn's Theme (2000)  3:11
       5) 88 Keys (2004)  1:35
       6) Memories from the Hill (2005)  8:38
       7) Christine's Lullaby (2005)  4:35
       8) Snowflake Song (2005)  2:39
       9) Wisdom (2005)  2:55
       10) Switch Track (2006)  4:49

    "TWO DECEMBER CAROLS" CHOSEN FOR COMMERCIAL CD
    Posted April 4, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    My two-movement work for SATB choir and piano/harp, Two December Carols, has been selected for inclusion on "Holidays of the New Era," a new Christmas release from ERM Media, producers of the groundbreaking "Masterworks of the New Era" CD series. Recording will take place in Prague from May 2-12 with the Kyiv Municipal Chamber Choir performing, and the CD will be released in November 2006.

    FINAL RECORDING SESSION HELD FOR UPCOMING CD
    Posted March 30, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    MARCH 30 -- Today I recorded seven new piano works for my upcoming CD of original piano works, tentatively titled "88 Keys: Piano Music by Carl Schroeder." The CD, which will feature ten tracks of music, is scheduled for release in summer 2006, and is being recorded and produced by Joshua Wyatt of Pacific Rim Sound. Watch this page for more details in coming months.

    PIANO SOLO "88 KEYS" PICKED FOR COMPOSER'S CONCERT
    Posted March 22, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    My piano composition 88 Keys has been selected for performance at the inaugural concert in the American Composers Forum's new Sound Check series featuring music by Minnesota composers. The concert will take place on April 11 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. Visit my performance calendar for more details.

    NEW "CHRISTINE'S LULLABY" ARRANGEMENT COMPLETED
    Posted March 1, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    I have completed a concert band arrangement of my orchestral work Christine's Lullaby at the request of Dr. Paul Tooker, conductor of the Fox Lane High School Wind Ensemble in Westchester County, NY. The ensemble tentatively plans to premiere the band arrangement in a special concert at Alice Tully Hall in New York's Lincoln Center in March 2007.

    "AGORA" TO RECEIVE FIRST EAST COAST PERFORMANCE
    Posted February 20, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    My good friend Andre Feagin, a talented young conductor I met through the 2004 National Band Association Young Composer/Conductor Mentor Project, has contacted me with the good news that he plans to program my concert band work Agora at next month's Randolph County Senior High All-County Band performance in Asheboro, NC, where he will be a guest conductor. Watch for Andre's name in the future -- he's a rising star!

    CONCERT BAND WORK NAMED COMPETITION FINALIST
    Posted February 9, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    My concert band work Agora has been named a finalist in the 2006 Penfield Music Composition Contest, sponsored by Penfield High School Wind Ensemble in Penfield, NY.

    FREELANCE JOURNALISM UPDATE: JANIS HARDY PROFILE
    Posted January 7, 2006 by Carl Schroeder

    Occasional freelance journalism work is one way I support my composing career. Recently the St. Olaf Magazine published my profile of Twin Cities-based soprano Janis Hardy, titled "All the world's a (lyric) stage." Fans of the Minnesota classical and contemporary music scenes may enjoy reading the article.

    CALIFORNIA BAND PICKS "AGORA" FOR MARCH CONCERT
    Posted November 7, 2005 by Carl Schroeder

    My concert band work Agora, composed in 2003 in celebration of the 25th anniversary season of the Minnesota Symphonic Winds, has been chosen as one of three pieces to be featured at the California State University (Bakersfield) Band's 2006 Guest Composer Concert in March 2006, with Dr. Patricia Childress conducting. I will be a guest composer of the ensemble in Bakersfield, CA from March 3-6, 2006 and will introduce my work to the audience at the March 5 concert.

    INTRODUCING A NEW WEBSITE SECTION
    Posted November 1, 2005 by Carl Schroeder

    This new section of the website will feature brief updates about new compositions, upcoming projects and performances and other news. In recent years, I've been fortunate to have many fine performances and opportunities come my way, and I hope to share news of continued success on this page. As always, the Performance Calendar page will contain the most recent information about all upcoming performances that have a confirmed date.


MEDIA ARTICLES & CD REVIEWS

    May 5, 2014 -- "Digital Video and Media Production Alumnus Screens Film at the Walker Art Center" (Maija Jaaska, Minnesota School of Business blogs)

    June 4, 2013 -- "Liquid Music's new season: a fearless push of the restart button" (Pamela Espeland, MinnPost)

    Sept. 11, 2007 -- "Local musicians perform tribute to 9/11 victims" (Joy Powell, Star Tribune)

    March 23, 2007 -- "Spiritual art to be displayed in Minneapolis" (Staff Report, Star Tribune)

    March 14, 2007 -- "Concert Recap" (Chris Porter, Band Director Blog)

    March 7, 2007 -- "Juried Spiritual Arts Show will be at St. Boniface, March 23-30" (Nancy Sartor, Northeaster)

    Dec. 2006 -- CD Review: 88 Keys (Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications)

    Nov. 22, 2006 -- "Appalachian Concert Band performs Nov. 29" (Appalachian State University News)

    Sept. 11, 2006 -- "Alumnus composition part of Sept. 11 documentary" (David Gonnerman, St. Olaf College NewsArticle no longer online

    Sept. 8, 2006 -- "A musical memorial" (Michael Anthony, Star Tribune Article in paid archives

    Aug. 21, 2006 -- CD Review: 88 Keys (Chris Spector, Midwest Record RecapArticle no longer online

    June 16, 2006 -- "A new classic" (Michael Metzger, Southwest JournalArticle no longer online

    April 14, 2006 -- "St. Olaf composer honored victims" (Aisha Aedy, Star Tribune Article in paid archives

    Sept. 12, 2005 -- "Pain gives way to memory" (Glenn Howatt, Star Tribune) Article in paid archives

    Sept. 9, 2005 -- "Business owner produces annual 9-11 Tribute with community's help" (Roxanne Furlong, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

    Feb. 9, 2005 -- "Composer visits PAHS band practice" (Michael Jacobson, Paynesville Press)

    Jan. 27, 2005 -- "Nebraska Wind Symphony sets sights on youths" (Kim Roberts-Gudeman, Omaha World-Herald)

    Aug. 28, 2004 -- "Mentoring the Leaders of Tomorrow" (Elizabeth Dallman, BandDirector.com)

    July 21, 2004 -- "A Weekend for the Books" (Kim Ode, Star Tribune) Article in paid archives

    May 2004 -- "Student composer hits high note with compositions, leadership" (Anna Palmer, St. Olaf Magazine)

    April 30, 2004 -- "St. Olaf student, alumnus, selected for prestigious mentoring project for musicians" (David Gonnerman, St. Olaf College News)

    Sept. 12, 2003 -- "Ceremonies, Dedications Honor Mass. Sept. 11 Victims" (WHDH-TV)

    Sept. 11, 2003 -- "Butterflies make Easton couple's heart flutter" (Bill Bittar, Fairfield Minuteman)

    May 5, 2003 -- "The Bleat" (James Lileks, Lileks.com)

    May 4, 2003 -- "Big impact felt in post-9/11 work by budding composer" (Gwendolyn Freed, Star Tribune)

    April 27, 2003 -- "Three musical anniversaries held this week" (Michael Anthony, Star Tribune) Article in paid archives


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