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.
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.
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.
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.
Finalist for 2020-2021 American Prize Vocal Chamber Category
Mrs. Casey was also named Finalist in the Vocal Chamber Category of The 2020-2021 American Prize for her work, “Bird Raptures,” for Soprano and Solo Flute. Performers are Cheryl Coker, soprano and Gayle Entrekin, flute. Click play button below to listen.
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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.
Jerry Casey values collaborative experiences as she creates, shares, and explores music. Thankfully for my students and me, her music growth seems to be nurtured richly through interactive experiences. When she was invited to participate with one of my classes (Women and Music) her responses to the students were thoughtful and enlightening. Her song “Bird Raptures” for voice and flute which she had sent to me, has been part of my performance repertoire for recital and conferences. Most recently she is collaborating with one of my students, using text selected by the student from options sent by Casey. The well-crafted song has been written and is now being learned for performance in a Senior Recital. I am truly thankful that our paths crossed five years ago during the Festival of Women Composers at MUW in Columbus, Mississippi. Her music has certainly enhanced music-making for many others.
Dr. Cheryl Coker
Associate Professor of Music
Yet I Will Rejoice is the premiere recording of the choral and vocal chamber music of Jerry Casey whose recent flurry of performances has shown her popularity in central Ohio and other venues. Mrs. Casey has had commissions from such diverse groups as Columbus Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI), Iowa Composers Forum (ICF), Ohio Federated Music Clubs (OFMC), Columbus Women’s Orchestra, a church in New Jersey, and a Ministers’ Chorus from Pennsylvania. She has received the ASCAP Plus Award annually since 1996.
The music of Jerry Casey is lyrical even when dissonant. Harmonies are frequently modal and quartal. Word painting, mood setting, sharp accents, driving rhythms, and judicious use of sudden silence all help enhance the meaning of the words. The sacred works on this CD have texts that resonate to all peoples such as trust overcoming calamity, the desire to praise and hope, the question of what life is really all about, the joy in a newborn child, the search for serenity, and the recognition of the power of the Creator. Two of the secular works evoke the spirit of the fall season; one is a three-fold look at love, and one is a dark call to death.
Click on the titles below to see more information about each work.
|1||What Shall We Bring?||5:12|
|2||Come, Light Serene||1:48|
|3||Psalm of Praise and Hope||12:22|
|4||How Do I Love Thee?||4:49|
|5||Never Call It Loving||4:12|
|6||Life and Love||4:30|
|7||O See This Miracle of God||3:18|
|8||Carmen deo nostro||2:53|
|9||The Lord God Almighty Is His Name||3:37|
|10||O, Death, Rock Me Asleep||8:58|
|13||Yet I Will Rejoice||5:30|
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The CD contains Gli intrighi d’amore, the woodwind quintet listed on the chamber music page, performed by the Moyzes Quintet. The CD also features Seven (A Suite for Orchestra) available for rental on the orchestral page.
The CD also contains fine works by two other composers: “Concertino” for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra by C. Edward Hupton and a choral work, “The Falcons of Arcos de la Frontera” (Requiem in Memoriam) by Louis Dean Nuemberger.
The premiere of the setting of the Christina Rossetti poem, “A Birthday,” for soprano and woodwind trio is scheduled for April, 2022, on a Women in Music-Columbus concert in Westerville, Ohio. Performers are: Jessica Kahn, soprano, Sarah Luckay, flute, Joy Norris, clarinet, and Alan Ray, bassoon.
At the International Festival of Music by Women at Women’s University of Mississippi in March, 2022 Dr. Marika Kyriakos, Professor of Voice at Arkansas State University, and Jerry Casey will present a lecture recital premiering her mono-drama, “Mary Magdalene at the Tomb” (for unaccompanied soprano). At that same conference two other works will also be performed, “Fountain Fantasy” (Clarinet and Piano) and “Jesus Has Come At Last” (Soprano and horn) from Seven Signs (A Song Cycle for Seven Singers and Seven Instrumentalists)
“What Shall We Bring?” (SSAATTBB a cappella) was featured at the CFAMC Virtual Conference, October 23, 2021. This work was recorded by the Concert Choir of Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio, under the direction of Dr. Gayle Walker. The soloist was Caitlyn Mulkie.