Jerry Casey, Composer

Jerry Casey, Naples, Florida, has composed works in all genres from solo voice to full orchestra. Her works have been performed across the United States, and in China, London, England, Spain, and Slovakia. She has received the ASCAPLUS award for over 24 years.

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Premiere of Finding Rest

Ellie Jenkins, horn and natural horn, and Lou Ann Knight, piano, have collaborated with me on a piece for horn, natural horn and piano entitled Finding Rest. This work will be premiered on a recital the two are giving on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. at the Christ Presbyterian Church , 520 South Tibbs Road, Dalton, GA 30720. Some of the other works on the program include Nevertheless, She Persisted by Edward Knight, written in 2017 and L’Automne by Jean Baptiste Victor Mohr, a professor from the Paris Conservatory in the late 19th century. Lou Ann Knight will also perform some solo piano works.

Dr. Ellie Jenkins, a native of coastal Georgia, joined the faculty at Dalton State College in 2010, and is an Affiliate Artist in horn at Berry College. An active performer, she is principal horn in the Carroll Symphony and the Chamber Players of the South, and second horn with the Rome Symphony. She also performs in Austria most summers with the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt. Dr. Jenkins holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (DMA), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (MM) and the University of Miami (BM).

Lou Ann (Pope) Knight taught at Harper College in the Chicago area, and was the Co-Coordinator for the Piano Pedagogy Department at the University of Michigan. She most recently taught piano at Dalton State College. She was recently married and will open a new piano studio in Calhoun, GA in the fall. Mrs. Knight holds degrees from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (Master in Piano Pedagogy) and Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, (Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with emphasis on Pedagogy)

Composer’s Voice features Argus Quartet presenting Casey and others on 4/15/2023 at 2:00 PM EDT

Composer’s Voice features Argus Quartet presenting Casey, Game, and Korneitchouk on Manhattan Neighborhood Network April 15, 2023 at 2:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)

The Argus Quartet is committed to bringing thoughtful and personal programs to both seasoned listeners and audiences new to classical music. This quartet has won recognition as a “vivacious foursome … [that] plays canonical standards with authority and verve and approaches modern music with care and assurance” (The New Yorker). Member of the quartet include: Clara Kim, violin; Giancarlo Latta, violin; Maren Rothfritz, viola; and Mariel Roberts, Iva Casian-Lakos, cello. Jerry Casey’s work being featured is “One, Yet Different.”

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Honorable Mention for 2020-2021 American Prize Choral Category (shorter works)

Recently she was awarded Honorable Mention in the Choral Category (shorter works) of The 2020-2021 American Prize for her composition, “Yet, I Will Rejoice,” for SSATB and Chamber Orchestra, performed here by the Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra of Otterbein University, under the direction of Dr. Gayle Walker. Click play button below to listen.

Yet, I Will Rejoice

Samantha Sherman collaborative art song

Samantha Sherman, a voice student of Dr. Cheryl Coker, Millsaps College, Jackson, MS, collaborated with me on the writing of the art song, “The Key-Note,” (poetry of Christina Rossetti). I sent her several poems; she selected “The Key-Note,” Samantha told me why she chose the poem, spoke of favorite vocal composers, and mentioned some of her favorite musical styles. Her teacher, Dr. Coker, sent me videos of Samantha’s performances that I might get acquainted with her voice which, by the way, is very beautiful. With these thoughts in mind I wrote the music for this art song. On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Samantha presented her senior recital which included this collaborative art song. Click the link to listen to her performance accompanied by Lynn Raley at the piano.

The Key-Note
Samantha Sherman holds an autographed copy of “The Key-Note”
as she stands beside her voice teacher, Dr. Cheryl Coker.

One, Yet Different

On February 4, 2022 Robert Voisey’s Composers Voice presented a Virtual Concert of Contemporary Quartets performed by the outstanding Argus Quartet composed of Clara Kim and Giancarlo Latta, violins, Maren Rothfritz, viola, and Audrey Chen, cello.  My one movement string quartet, “One, Yet Different,” was a part of the concert. Below are the program notes for the work and a link to the performance. This work was commissioned by the Ohio Federated Music Clubs in honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Federated Music Clubs.   

Program Notes: Music, a unifying force, is expressed in many differing ways. This thought, central to the National Federated Music Clubs, is this work’s basis. Opening with unison pitches in fanfare[1]like manner the intervals gradually grow wider leading to the opening theme in the first violin accompanied by sustained fifths in the cello with the second violin and viola offering syncopated pizzicato chords. The cello and first violin exchange roles. Finally the two inner instruments play the theme in unison with the outer ones adding the punctuated chords. Descending pizzicatos lead to sustained chords by the lower strings while the first violin plays a lengthy cadenza-like melody. The final section is in fugato-style using the melody of the NFMC national hymn, “Lasst uns erfreuen,” as thematic material. The ending is the opening in retrograde, the final note being in unison as it was in the beginning.

One, Yet Different

Jesus Has Come At Last

I recently attended the sixth International Festival of Music by Women at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. A selection from my Seven Signs (Song Cycle for Seven Vocalists and Seven Instrumentalists) entitled “Jesus Has Come at Last” (Soprano/horn) was premiered. Performers were Dana Zenobi, soprano, and Ellie Jenkins, horn. Below are the program notes followed by the live-stream.
The raising of Lazarus from the tomb is revealed through the eyes of Martha, his sister, (soprano) and the descriptive work of the horn.

Fountain Fantasy

I was able to attend the Sixth International Festival of Music by Women at Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS, March 3-5. My “Fountain Fantasy” was performed on one of the concerts by Michelle Kiec, clarinet and Jonathan Levin, piano. Here are the program notes followed by the live-stream performance.

Program notes: The clarinet opens this work with a fairly long solo meant to depict the “fits and starts” of a great design of multiple fountains beginning to display their glittering water. The piano enters and allows the clarinet to rise and fall in ever ascending passages to picture the great fountain complex. After a short solo section by the piano the clarinet begins its slow, undulating fall until the clarinet solo ending which is the opening in retrograde. Once more the fountain is still.

Fountain Fantasy — Sixth International Festival of Music by Women