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Joan Szymko (b. 1957)

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In addition to being an active composer, Joan Szymko has directed choirs in the Pacific Northwest for over twenty-five years. Abundant lyricism, rhythmic intensity and vigorous attention to text are hallmarks of her diverse and distinctive choral writing. Especially noteworthy is Szymkoís significant contribution to the body of literature for womenís voices. ìSzymko... continue[s] to provide opportunities for womenís choruses to stretch beyond the ordinary and the expected to the refreshing and powerful." [Choral Journal]

With nearly sixty octavos in print, her music is sung by distinguished choral ensembles across the country and abroad, including performances at international competitions and festivals (IFCM) and at four consecutive national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association(ACDA). Szymko has been recognized with awards from regional arts commissions (Seattle, Oregon, RACC [Portland] ) and was selected to participate in ASCAP's prestigious Film Scoring Workshop. She is a past Fellow of the Instituto Sacatar, an Artist Residency at in Bahia, Brazil. The ACDA has selected Szymko as the composer of the 2010 Raymond W. Brock Commission.

Joan currently directs the 100+ voices of Aurora Chorus ñ powerful women singing peace. Szymko founded and directed Viriditas, a select women's chamber ensemble from 1994-2001. Viriditas is featured on Szymko's 1998 compact disc recording of her compositions, ìOPENINGS,î and made critically acclaimed appearances with Do Jump! Movement Theater. Szymko has been a resident composer with Do Jump! since 1995, performing her music with the company at their home theater in Portland, OR and on tour, including runs on Broadway, the Kennedy Center, and at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. ìDo Jump!î is buoyed by Joan Szymkoís original music..." [LA TIMES]

In addition to Yelton Rhodes Music, her choral music is published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Roger Dean Publishing Company, earthsongs, and Treble Cleff Press.


Music by Joan Szymko
Arranged by Joan Szymko


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YR7206 Pendulum
YR4321 Why Oh Why
YR7205 Woman am I

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