Compositions

Stacey Berk's compositions are available through Cocobolo Music Press. Contact Stacey at stacey@berkworks.com for more information and/or if you are thinking of commissioning a work!

LARGE ENSEMBLE WORKS

  • Alice in Wonderland (orchestra, duration 19:00)

    This delightful ballet was commissioned in 2007 by the Point Dance Ensemble, Pamela Luedtke, Artistic Director. It was performed with the Point Dance Ensemble dancers and the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra at Sentry Theater in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, December, 2007.

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  • Phrygian Festival Overture (concert band, grade 3, duration 5:20) [Available from Cocobolo Music Press]

    Commissioned by the Westfield Community School 8th Grade Band, Algonquin, Illinois; Anthony Gnutek, director. This work was premiered at the Illinois Music Educators Convention in 2006

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  • Fanfare Jubilee (wind ensemble, grade 4, duration 5:10)

    Dedicated to Kenneth M. Snoeck by his present and former students and by the Lake Park High School Band Boosters Association. Premiered May 19, 2004 at Lake Park High School, Illinois.

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  • Novae (concert band, grade 4, duration 6:08)

    Commissioned by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Jack Stamp, Conductor of University Bands. Recorded on "IUP Bands 2000" available from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Portraits of the Odyssey (wind ensemble, grade 5, duration 16:00)

    Premiered by the U.S. Air Force Band of the West and played on tour throughout the southwest U.S.

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DOUBLE WIND QUINTET AND LARGE CHAMBER WORKS

  • Alice in Wonderland (fl, ob, clar, bsn, hn, tpt, vln, cello, perc - duration 25:00)

    This ballet was commissioned in 2007 by the Point Dance Ensemble, Pamela Luedtke, Artistic Director. It was performed with the Point Dance Ensemble dancers and chamber ensemble at Sentry Theater in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, March, 2007. This chamber version was the original instrumentation, then it was re-scored for full orchestra to be performed later the same year.

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  • Portraits of the Odyssey (2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 2 hn; duration 16:00)

    Premiered by the U.S. Air Force Band of the West Chamber Players, and played on tour through much of the U.S. This was the original instrumentation. It was re-scored to be performed with wind ensemble.

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  • Doodling Through History (2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 2 hn, duration 18:30) [Available from Cocobolo Music Press]

    Premiered by the U.S. Air Force Band of the West Chamber Players and performed many times. A super fun romp through history, using Yankee Doodle as the theme! This piece requires the instrumentalists to *gasp* sing and narrate! One of the musicians acts as a professor, teaching the audience about the different time periods of music history, and each instrumentalist introduces one time period. Make it even more fun with props and costumes!

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  • Summer Scenes (2 fl (picc), 2 ob, Bb cl, Bb bass Cl, 2 bsn, 2 hn, vibraphone, marimba; duration 11:30)

    Commissioned in 2003 by the U.S. Band of Mid-America; Lieutenant Colonel Steven Grimo, Commander.

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SMALL CHAMBER AND SOLO WORKS

  • Little Child (soprano and harp or piano, duration 5:00)

    A beautiful and touching lullaby. Soprano range Ab3-Bb5. Premiered with Susan Bender and Michael Keller performing, April, 2006.

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  • Valley Song I (tenor and piano, duration 1:20)

    Lovely setting of Carl Sandberg's "Valley Song" from Cornhuskers, 1918.

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  • Valley Song II (tenor and piano, duration 3:15)

    Another setting of a Carl Sandburg "Valley Song", this one from Smoke and Steel, 1922.

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  • To Daffodils (medium voice and English horn, duration 3:00) [Available from Cocobolo Music Press]

    Wistful setting of Robert Herrick's famous poem of the same name.

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  • Corncopian Fanfare: Fanfare for Plenty o' Horns (horn octet, duration 1:50)

    Commissioned by Patrick Miles and the UWSP Horn Studio for the 2006 Midwest Horn Workshop.  This commission was funded in part by the Xi Omicron chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the Alpha Alpha chapter of Delta Omicron.

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  • Myths for Solo Oboe (duration 8:00) [Available from Cocobolo Music Press]

    Composed in 1995, Myths is written in the same style as Benjamin Britten's Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, also using characters from Ovid's text, but with a few more modern performance techniques to describe the stories of the characters.

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  • Tzango! (saxophone quartet, duration 3:30) [Available from Roncorp Publications]

    Dedicated to the Drake University chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. It's a tango for sax quartet with a little jazz thrown in for good measure! This fun work will delight audiences and performers alike.



HUMOROUS DOUBLE REED WORKS

  • Swingin' the Spring (ob, 2 EH, 2 bsn) [Available from Cocobolo Music Press]
  • The Reed-Makin' Blues (2 ob, EH, 2 bsn) [Available from Cocobolo Music Press]
  • Ladder Jive (2 ob, EH, 2 bsn) [Available from Cocobolo Music Press]

    This super fun trio of pieces for double reed quintet was commissioned by the Midwest Double Reed Society for the 2008 Midwest Double Reed Festival. "Swingin' the Spring" and "Ladder Jive" are swing-style jazz versions of famous tunes. See how many quotes you can find! "The Reed-Makin' Blues" is an original work in a classic blues style for instrumentalists who don't usually get to "wail".

  • Oboi, Oboi! (2 ob, 2 EH) [Available from Cocobolo Music Press]

    Fun pastiche of songs. Each instrument gets a turn, then they all play their themes simultaneously! Performed often as a crowd pleaser!

  • Hungarian Wraps a Reed (2 ob, EH, bsn) [Available from Cocobolo Music Press]

    A great encore piece!

  • Fanfare for the Common Mandrel (2 ob, EH, 2 bsn) [Available from Cocobolo Music Press]

    Silly combination of Copland, Mickey Mouse, and others! Another big audience pleaser.

  • Pasticcio Dandy (2 oboes, English horn)

    Commissioned by the Madera Trio. This fun piece was composed for educational concerts, to introduce the music periods to audiences of all ages. It is "history rewritten the Yankee Doodle way"!

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CHORAL WORKS

  • A Prayer of the Holy Name (SATB choir, duration 4:50)

    This modal work is based on an anonymous XV century text. It is transcribed to modern English, but could be performed in old English as well.



OTHER WORKS

  • A Moon and a Mountain Away (for double reed quartet and narrator, duration 17:00)

    Commissioned by Wizards! Double Reed Consort with text by Therese Weaver