10 x 10 - Holiday Repertoire

Anna’s 10 x 10 - Composers you should know series: Holiday Repertoire!


Last month, a colleague asked me to offer a few suggestions for holiday compositions (specifically for the December holidays) by women and/or BIPOC composers. To my surprise, the task was trickier than I had thought it would be! Though I did find some great pieces, I realized that there were very few orchestral compositions in this genre. So this is definitely a niche market that needs to be addressed.

As many of us look towards a challenging concert season, I hope we all encourage and provide opportunities for these composers to produce new works for holiday celebrations. What a delight it would be to have an abundance of new uplifting compositions to add to our holiday programs!

Until then, it is my pleasure to introduce (or possibly reacquaint) you to a few terrific compositions to listen to and add to your holiday programming list.


I hope you enjoy!



Entries will follow the following format:


1. Composer Name (links to additional info about the composer)


Ensemble

  • Titles hyperlink to more information and recordings

  • Length

  • Orchestration

  • Link to rental information via publisher or composer



HERE WE GO!



1. Quinn Mason


Orchestra


2. Augusta Read Thomas


Orchestra


3. Vítězslava Kaprálová


Orchestra


4. Margaret Bonds

Choir and Orchestra


5. Sally Beamish


Orchestra


Choir


6. Adolphus Hailstork

Chorus


Orchestra


Orchestra w/ Treble Choir, Narrator, Visuals (for a Children’s concert)


7. Barbara Harbach


Orchestra


8. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (arr. Sydney Baines)


Orchestra


9. Nancy Galbraith


Orchestra



10. Stacy Garrop


Chorus or Strings


For more information on these compositions, please go to: Anna’s Composer Database


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