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Stacy Garrop’s music is centered on dramatic and lyrical storytelling. The sharing of stories is a defining element of our humanity; we strive to share with others the experiences and concepts that we find compelling. Stacy shares stories by taking audiences on sonic journeys – some simple and beautiful, while others are complicated and dark – depending on the needs and dramatic shape of the story.

Stacy is currently on a journey that is redefining her personal narrative. After teaching composition full-time at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University from 2000-2016,
she stepped down from her position to become a freelance composer. In 2016/17, she collaborated with a number of performers and organizations, including Anima Singers, Boston Choral Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, Gaudete Brass Quintet, Sinfonia Salt Lake, Carthage College Wind Ensemble, and a consortium of fifteen saxophonists for a new tenor saxophone and piano work. In the 2017/18 season, Stacy will have several premieres: Quicksilver, a concerto for alto saxophone and wind ensemble commissioned by a consortium of fifteen universities; Krakatoa, concerto for viola, string orchestra, and percussion to be premiered by Michael Hall and both the Bandung Philharmonic (Indonesia) and Baroque on Beaver Music Festival; Mother of Exiles, a choral piece for the 2018 Golden Gate International Choral Festival featuring the text The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus; and a new string quartet for Kronos Quartet that will feature recordings of Studs Terkel, the legendary oral historian, author, and radio host.

New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras have chosen Stacy and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra as one of five orchestra/composer pairings for Music Alive’s 2016-2019 residence program. Stacy has additionally received 
awards and grants including the Barlow Prize, Fromm Music Foundation Grant, three Barlow Endowment commissions, Boston Choral Ensemble Commission Competition, Utah Arts Festival Composition Competition, Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Composition Competition, Sackler Music Composition Prize, Sorel Medallion Choral Composition Competition, and competitions sponsored by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, and the New England Philharmonic. She is a recipient of a 2016 Meier Foundation Achievement Award. Earlier in her career, Stacy participated in reading session programs sponsored by the American Composers Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra (the Composers Institute), and Dale Warland Singers.

Theodore Presser Company publishes her chamber and orchestral works; she self-publishes her choral works under Inkjar Publishing Company. She is a recording artist with Cedille Records, with works on nine CDs; her works are also commercially available on Blue Griffin Recording, Chanticleer, Chicago a cappella Records, Equilibrium, Innova, Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Ravello Records, Saxophone Classics, and Summit Records. She has served as composer-in-residence with several organizations including the Albany Symphony, Skaneateles Festival, and the Volti Choral Institute for High School Singers. Garrop has attended residencies at the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, Oxford Summer Institute, Ragdale Colony, Round Top Music Festival, Ucross Foundation, Wellesley Composers Conference, and Yaddo.

Stacy has been
commissioned and performed by the Albany Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra; by the Capitol Saxophone Quartet, Gaudete Brass Quintet, and Rembrandt Chamber Players; and by Chanticleer, Chicago a cappella, Piedmont East Bay Children’s Chorus, San Francisco Choral Society, South Bend Chamber Singers, and Volti. Cedille Chicago, Music in the Loft, Norton Building Concert Series, and WFMT 98.7 FM have commissioned works as well. Additional performances have been given by the Cabrillo and Grant Park Music Festival Orchestras; “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra; Amarillo, Charleston, Columbus, Illinois, Omaha, and Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestras; National Repertory Orchestra; Civic Orchestra of Chicago; New England Philharmonic, and Symphony New Hampshire; by the Avalon, Biava, Cecilia, Chiara, and Enso String Quartets; by the Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, Lincoln Trio, New EAR, Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, and Voices of Change; and by Clerestory, Grant Park Music Festival Chorus, and Voices of Ascension.

As an
educator, Stacy has created innovative programs to bring music to young people. For a residence with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, she helped middle school students compose a semi-staged music production about the explorer Henry Hudson. In collaboration with the Skeaneateles Festival, she designed a series of workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students in which the students learned and created musical works using Hyperscore, a computer program that allows people to write music without having to read music. From 2012-2017, Stacy taught at Fresh Inc Festival, sponsored by Fifth House Ensemble and held in Kenosha, WI.

Stacy earned degrees in music composition at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (B.M.), University of Chicago (M.A.), and Indiana University-Bloomington (D.M.).


Photos clockwise from the top left:
• With Maestra Marin Alsop and 2014 Cabrillo Festival composers
• With members of Chanticleer
• With Chicago
a cappella
• With the Lincoln Trio

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