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Carla J. Giomo (b. 1961)

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Carla J. Giomo is a composer, author, and teacher who resides in Glendale, Arizona. She received her B.M. and M.A. in music, piano performance, from the University of Denver and her Ph.D. in music education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has taught at the University of Colorado at Denver, at the University of Denver, at Mesa (Arizona) Community College, and at Glendale Community College. She also taught piano and organ privately and for a while maintained a studio of thirty students a week. She currently is a general music specialist and children's choir conductor at a Title I school in the Cartwright school district.

Dr. Giomo's interest in music composition grew out of her experiences as a parish musician. She has composed for choirs, for organ, for brass quintet, for brass and organ, and for liturgical usage. Her first CD, in which she accompanies on the piano, features her choral music for Holy Week and a setting of Vespers. It is offered through GIA Publications. Her Easter setting for brass and organ is also offered by GIA (http://www.giamusic.com).

Dr. Giomo has received commissions, most of which resulted in published and/or recorded works. Among the commissioning groups are the Red Mountain Brass, based in Phoenix, and Canto Spiritus, a professional choral group based in Denver.

Since leaving the world of church music, Giomo's spiritual journey has led to her explore the writings of such mystics as Teresa of Avila, the poet Rumi, and many others. Her choral works frequently use texts that she has written and reflect a deep interest in spirituality and mysticism.

A Prayer for Peace grew out of the feelings evoked by the events of 9/11. The text, which she wrote, explores the notion that in order to obtain peace, we must master the lessons in all the situations where peace does not exist. Peace cannot be imposed by an outside force, but must take root in the human heart.

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