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Donald M. Skirvin (b. 1946)

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Donald Skirvin studied music at the Jordan Conservatory of Music, Indianapolis, and at Indiana University, Bloomington. As composer-in-residence with The Esoterics, he has written over 30 new works for the group, many of which are available on CD. He has received three NEA grants for commissions through The Esoterics. His composition, We Sing the Dream, was selected as the Festival Anthem prizewinner for the GALA V music festival in 1996 and was performed by 1,500 singers at the conclusion of the festival.

Choruses around the US and abroad have performed his works to resounding acclaim. Music critic David Vernier, writing for Classics Today, said that the Donaldís work, Alchemy, ďÖis rich in imagery wrought by imaginative use of harmony and apt, sensitive text-setting. And itís also just plain gorgeous music that speaks well for this composerís facility with voicesÖ.Ē For the complete review, please visit this website: http://www.classicstoday.com/review.asp?ReviewNum=8499. Alchemy was recorded by the GRAMMY-nominated music ensemble, Conspirare, and is available on their Through the Green Fuse CD. This work was commissioned and is available on The Esotericsí IMMAGINOSA CD.

Earlier works include Earth Chants, scored for menís voices, piano, organ, didgeridoo, percussion, and wine glasses, a commission from the Seattle Menís Chorus and performed in St. Markís Cathedral as part of the acclaimed theatre piece, Foolís Passion. Also commissioned by the Seattle Menís Chorus, Do not weep is scored for menís chorus, bass solo, trombone, and piano, and is recorded on the SMC Pink Album CD. Other works have been premiered or performed by such Seattle ensembles as The Bainbridge Chorale, the Northwest Chamber Chorus, The Seattle Choral Company, and Kirkland Choral Society.

Some recent choral works include Yet, Love Endures, commissioned by ∆donis and released on their AMORE CD, Östars to hold, commissioned by The Esoterics and recorded on their NOTTURNA CD, Winter Reverie, commissioned by the Seattle Womenís Chorus and performed in their 2006 winter concert, Songs of Enlightenment, a three-movement work that sets texts from various Buddhist traditions and which is available on The Esotericsí MANDALA CD, and two settings of Shelley poems Hymn to the Moon, and Song of Apollo, available on The Esotericsí OURANIA CD.

Donald is a member of ASCAP, and his publisher is Yelton Rhodes Music (www.yrmusic.com), which has published his music since 1996. For more information about published and unpublished works, both choral and instrumental, please visit Donaldís website at http://donaldmskirvin.musicaneo.com/. Please also see his page on The Esoterics' website at http://www.theesoterics.org/about/composer-in-residence.


Music by Donald M. Skirvin

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YR2414 Alchemy
YR2417 Winter Reverie
YR2418 Yet, Love Endures

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