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Naomi Stephan (b. 1938)

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Naomi Stephan's upbringing in a Lutheran parsonage with a clergyman father and a musicologist/singer/organist mother in the shadows of Indiana University destined her life path for singing and scholarship. Her performance background spans solo, ensemble and choral repertoire including medieval, renaissance and baroque sacred music, as well as madrigals, oratorio, art song, and contemporary.

Naomiís undergraduate and graduate studies at IU and the University of Illinois centered on German literature, voice and musicology. During those studies, Naomi received two consecutive Fulbright scholarships for Lieder and sacred music, and earned a second B.A. in Voice from the Berlin Hochschule fŁr Musik, and where she performed regularly. She was a further awarded a German Government Grant (DAAD) to the University of DŁsseldorf to write a dissertation on the Lieder of Robert Schumann set to poems of Heinrich Heine.

After thirteen years as a professor/performer at Valparaiso University (IN), Naomiís musical interest expanded to composing for womenís choruses to poems largely by women, herself included. Her first composition,†Spring Song, (one of three poems set to poet Sue Carroll Moore), was the only woman composer to be programmed at the Chorus America Convention in L.A. in 1993. Two other poems in YR include Learn to Think Lizard and Our Promised Land.

Many of Naomiís compositions have resulted from grants, commissions, or competitions targeted for professional, community, church and college choruses. Her style incorporates unusual combinations of voices and instruments, using neo-medieval, fugal, percussive, and rhythmic experimentation while maintaining a modal, tonal or harmonically-based foundation. Naomiís compositions in English, German, Latin and without text cover a wide range of themes, from celebration of the Vagina in protest of female mutilations (Ave Pudendum), Sing Out, Sing Out! (SATB) for Gay Pride Day in Lexington Kentucky and later for International Aids Day in New York, settings of medieval poets, four ancient Christmas Carols, to a contemporary Requiem for women, and settings to male poets.

Catalogue readers will note that Naomi creates, where possible, multiple settings of pieces, such as SSATB/ SSAA, SSAA/ SAA, or SSA/SAB, for example, to ensure a greater appeal to church and community choruses. In 2004 and 2011, Naomi received two awards from an international blind competition, in 2004 with Ave Maria (First Prize) and again in 2011.

From 1999 on, first in California and then Germany, Naomi launched and directed four choruses, which featured her works and those of other women composers and poets. Naomi is a member of IAWM (Int. Assoc. of Women in Music), and ASCAP. In Germany, she continues to create, revise and write. Further information on her some 40+ choral works can be obtained by contacting the composer (see below).

Dr. Naomi Stephan

P.O. Box 182

Ojai, CA 93024

In Germany:
+49 (0) 681-968-5350-0
and via email:
naomimusic.com (under revision)


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YR4005 Alleluia
YR4012 Angels We Have He...
YR4016 Ave Pudendum
YR4003 Ideo
YR4014 In Dulci Jubilo
YR4011 Liebst du um Scho...
YR4004 Our Promised Land
YR4009 Spring Song
YR4010 Susanni - From He...

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