Deanna Wehrspann

 

RECENT COMPOSITION HIGHLIGHTS

Sing a New Song (Ps. 96:1; 98-4-6 text) for SATB and cello, commissioned by SD ACDA, Two Rivers Chorale (Mpls/St. Paul), and Kadlec Commissioning Fund in honor of Alan Stanga, premiere by South Dakota All State High School Honor Choir, Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD, Timothy Sawyer, conductor, August 2, 2019

 

If You Continue in My Word (John 8:31-32, Martin Luther text) for SATB choir, organ, and brass quartet, performed for SD ELCA Synod Assembly, Sioux Falls, SD, directed by Gene LeVasseur, May 31, 2019

 

Music for Nadia, incidental piano music for “In Every Note,” Ivan Fuller, playwright, premiere at Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ, April 10-14, 2019

 

Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen (Friedrich Ruckert text) for voice and piano, performed by Duy Nguyen, Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD, March 31, 2019

 

Breath for string orchestra, performed by the South Dakota Middle School All-State Orchestra, directed by Bethany Amundson, Mitchell, SD, February 23, 2019

Arise, My Love, My Fair One (Song of Solomon 2:10b-14 text) for voice and piano, premiere by Brandon Record, University of Sioux Falls, SD, January 13, 2019

 

O God, You Have Called Your Servants (text from a liturgical prayer) for SATB a cappella choir, performed by University of Sioux Falls Concert Chorale, directed by David DeHoogh-Kliewer, through the school year and midwest tour, 2018-19

 

Sleeping Beauty (Ivan Fuller text) for voice and piano, performed by Hannah Lambertz, Setnor School of Music, Syracuse, NY, April 14, 2019; and Alyssa Toepfer, Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS, November 18, 2018

 

In Deepest Night (Susan Cherwien text), congregational hymn with keyboard and trumpet obbligato, sung at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD, throughout Advent, December 2018

Dixit Maria (Luke 1:38 text) for SSA choir, commissioned by Women's Triple Trio, Gehlen Catholic School, LeMars, IA, Terra Falkena, director, fall 2018

 

A Simple Love (Ivan Fuller text), for SATB a cappella choir, performed by Singers in Accord, directed by Sigrid Johnson, Minneapolis and Edina, MN, May 5-6, 2018

 

We Have Peace with God (text Rom. 5:1-5) for voice and string quartet, premiere by Marlise Ahuna, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, March 16, 2018

 

A Simple Love (Ivan Fuller text) for SATB a cappella choir, commissioned by Beau Chant, directed by Dione Peterson Belling, premiere at MN-ACDA, Mahtomedi, MN, November 18, 2017

 

If You Continue in My Word (John 8:31-32, Martin Luther text) for SATB choir, organ, and brass quartet, commission and premiere by Our Savior’s Lutheran Church musicians, directed by Gene LeVasseur, Sioux Falls, SD, in commemoration of 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, October 29, 2017

 

Breath for string orchestra, performed by the U. of South Dakota Orchestra, directed by Luis Viquez Cordoba,  Vermillion, October 20, 2017

 

O God, You Have Called Your Servants (text from a liturgical prayer) for SATB a cappella choir, premiere at inauguration of Brett Bradfield as President of U. of Sioux Falls, SD, by USF Concert Chorale, directed by David DeHoogh-Kliewer, September 7, 2017

Breath for string orchestra, performed by Northwest Iowa Symphony Youth Orchestra, directed by Christopher Stanichar, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA, April 8, 2017

Hope Is the Thing with Feathers (Emily Dickinson text) for two-part voices and piano, published by Choristers Guild Sing! (CGE159) edited by Mary Lynn Lightfoot, March 2017. Listen and available here.

Sleeping Beauty (Ivan Fuller text) for voice and piano, premiere by Dana Carlson, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, February 18, 2017

Be Still and Know that I am God (Psalm 46 text) for mezzo-soprano and organ, as performed by Tracelyn Gesteland and Wyatt Smith on their Fall 2016 recording, "Make a Joyful Noise" on the Raven label here.

Empty Branches, Crystalline Grace for string orchestra, performed by LyricWood Orchestra, directed by Bethany Amundson, Mitchell, SD, October 23, 2016

God's Marvel (Ivan Fuller text, inspired by 1 Cor. 6:19) for SSAATTBB choir, commissioned by University of Sioux Falls for its celebration of 100 years of choral singing, Sioux Falls, SD, weekend of October 7-9, 2016

Stå opp, Guds menighet (Wallin/Landstad/Wehrspann text), premiere by Norwegian Singers Association of America at their national Sangerfest, Sioux Falls, SD,

June 11, 2016

Awake in Me (Olga Berggolts text, Ivan Fuller translation) song cycle in nine movements for voice and piano, lecture-recital and premiere by Katie Pacza, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, April 23, 2016

Deep, Deep Rest (Kathryn Timpany text) for voice, alto saxophone, and piano, premiere by Jerry Holbrook III, Shelby Wohlmuth, and Spencer Smith, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, April 12, 2016

Hear me, Lord, in my Distress (Psalm 6 and Romans 8 text) for SSATBB choir and organ, premiere by Our Savior's Lutheran Choir, directed by Gene LeVasseur, Sioux Falls, SD, March 13, 2016

The Red Bird of Winter  (Ivan Fuller text) for SATB choir and piano, commissioned by Robyn Holcomb and the Roosevelt High School Concert Choir, Sioux Falls, SD, premiere at North Central American Choral Directors Association conference, Sioux Falls, SD, February 20, 2016

At the Edge of the Pond (Ivan Fuller text) for SSA choir and piano, commissioned by North Central American Choral Directors Association for performance by the Elementary Honor Choir at their 2016 conference, Sioux Falls, SD,  February 20, 2016

 

RECENT PIANO & CHORAL HIGHLIGHTS

South Dakota High School Honor Choir accompanist, Timothy Sawyer, director, Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD, July 28-August 2, 2019

 

Fairytale Opera in the Parks Presents “The Three Little Pigs” pianist, McKennan Park Bandshell, Sioux Falls, SD, June 20-21, 2019

 

Cantabile workshop for church musicians, accompanist for guest clinician Gary Walth, Mount Carmel Ministries, Alexandria, MN, June 13-16, 2019

 

Kaitlin Pearson graduate voice recital accompanist, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, March 29, 2019

 

Grammy-nominated South Dakota Chorale “Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil” presented at Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City, IA and Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Sioux Falls, SD, January 11-12, 2019

 

South Dakota High School Honor Choir accompanist, Judith Herrington, director, University of Sioux Falls, SD, July 29-August 3, 2018

 

Fairytale Opera in the Parks Presents "The Bremen Town Musicians" pianist, McKennan Park Bandshell, Sioux Falls, SD, June 21 & 22, 2018

Cantabile workshop for church musicians, accompanist for guest clinician Dwight Jilek, Mount Carmel Ministries, Alexandria, MN, June 14-17, 2018

Samuelle Reese graduate voice recital accompanist, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, March 20, 2018

Marlise Ahuna graduate voice recital accompanist, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, March 16, 2018

 

Poetic Preludes for solo piano, and Professing: A Musical Monologue (text by Tracelyn Gesteland) performed by the composer and lyricist on the Diversity in the Fine Arts Faculty Series, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, Feb. 27, 2018.

 

Grammy-nominated South Dakota Chorale “Baltic Prayers” presented at Cathedral of St. Joseph, Sioux Falls, SD, Jan. 25, 2018; and Morningside College, Sioux City, IA, Jan. 26, 2018

 

South Dakota All-State Chorus principal accompanist, Tim Seelig, director, Sioux Falls, SD, October 5-6, 2017

 

Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. Fall Showcase artist collaborator with Alyssa Nance Toepfer and Eric Wassenaar, Sioux Falls, SD, October 6, 2017

Fairy Tale Opera in the Gym Presents “The Three Feathers” accompanist, Morningside Recreation Center, Sioux Falls, SD, July 29-30, 2017

Cantabile workshop for church musicians, accompanist for guest conductor Matthew Culloton, Mount Carmel Ministries, Alexandria, MN, June 16-18, 2017

University of Sioux Falls choral accompanist, tour to Washington, D.C. and New York City, including performance of "God's Marvel" at St. Patrick's Cathedral, March 17, 2017

 

Kayla Hernandez graduate voice recital accompanist, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, February 26, 2017

Bradley Sowell graduate voice recital accompanist, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, February 23, 2017

 

Dana Carlson graduate voice recital accompanist, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, February 18, 2017

 

Tracelyn Gesteland and Katie Pacza Faculty Voice Recital accompanist, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, February 3, 2017 and University of Nebraska, Lincoln, February 4, 2017

South Dakota Music Teachers Association State Competitions accompanist, Aberdeen, SD, November

4-5, 2016

South Dakota All-State Chorus principal accompanist, Jerry Blackstone, director, Sioux Falls, SD, October 28-29, 2016

South Dakota Chorale performance of "Songs and Sonnets", directed by Brian A. Schmidt, Sioux Falls, SD, October 8, 2016

South Dakota Chorale performance at Iowa Choral Directors Association conference, Pella, Iowa, July 26, 2016.

Fairy Tale Opera in the Park Presents "Billy Goats Gruff" accompanist, McKennan Park Bandshell, Sioux Falls, SD, June 23-24, 2016

Norwegian Singers of America National Sangerfest official accompanist, Sioux Falls, SD,  June 9-11, 2016

Katie Pacza doctoral lecture-recital accompanist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, April 23, 2016

Rebekah McLaughlin graduate horn recital accompanist, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, April 7, 2016

Elementary Honor Choir of North Central Division of American Choral Directors Association, accompanist at bi-annual conference, Sioux Falls, SD, February 20, 2016

 

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Composer, Accompanist, Choral Singer