Joan Szymko

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"Szymko specializes in choral works of
haunting beauty." *

Joan Szymko's music is sung by distinguished ensembles across North America and abroad, with performances at international competitions and festivals, at state and regional conferences, and at six consecutive National Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Works such as "Nada te turbe" and "It Takes a Village" have entered into the standard repertoire. Especially significant is Szymko's contribution to the body of quality literature for women's voices. The ACDA has recognized Joan's lasting contribution to the choral arts by selecting her as the recipient of the 2010 Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission, "All Works of Love."

Composing for choir was a natural outgrowth of Joan's creativity as a conductor. She has led community and church choirs in the Pacific Northwest for over three decades. As with her conducting, Joan's dedication to craft and artistry, her love and respect for the singer, and her insistence on quality texts are all reflected in her choral writing. She joined the choral faculty at Portland State University in 2013 as director of Vox Femina and has begun her 20th season as Artistic Director of Aurora Chorus, a 100-voice community choir.

Selected Works: 
Titlesort icon Composer Order
A Burst of Song
TTBB, piano
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music
A Burst of Song
SSAA, piano
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music
A Kiss of Blessing
TTBB, piano
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music
A Kiss of Blessing
SSAA, piano
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music
As a Woman
SSA a cappella
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music

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At Such a Dizzy Height
SATB, tenor solo, cello, violin, piano
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music
Be It Therefore Resolved
SATB, ten / bar / mezzo-sop soli, pno, vc, vn
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music

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Braided Light
SSAA mezzo solo
Joan Szymko

Printed Sheet Music

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Despertar al Amor   (Awaken to Love)
SSAA, cello, piano, large frame drum or surdo
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music

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Eagle Rounding Out the Morning
SSAA, optional trio, piano
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music

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Eli, Eli
SATB, soprano solo, cello (also available SSAA: VMP016)
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music

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Eternal Winter
SATB, sop solo, vc, pno; also avail. as SSAA
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music
Ffe Mwe, Mwe Ffe
SSAA, hand drums and perc.
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music

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Finding Her Here
SSAA some div, a cappella
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music
Gamaya
SA, or TB, or any combination of two equal voices
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music

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Go Out in Joy
SSAA, piano, hand clapping
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
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Herbst (Autumn)
SATB, alto solo, piano
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music
I Look Long and Long
TBB, piano
Joan Szymko

Printed Sheet Music

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O Lux Beatissima
SSAA some div, a cappella
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
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Quite Regularly Gay
SSAA, piano, optional soprano solo
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
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Remembering
SATB, oboe, cello
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
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River
SSAA Chorus, treble soloist, piano
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music
River
SATB, soloist, piano
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music

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She Who Makes Her Meaning Clear (Gamba Adisa)
SSAA div, clave, shekere
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
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Sioux Prayer
SAB a cappella; also available as SSA
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music

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The Freshness
SATB div., harp (or piano), narrator / also available in SSAA div., voicing
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
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There Shall Be Christmas Day
SATB, div a cappella
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
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To Build a Swing
SATB, piano, violin
Joan Szymko
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Todo o meu ser (All of My Being)
SATB, opt. solo, piano, hand percussion (conga, clave, pandeiro); also available for SSAA voicing
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music
viva sweet love
SSAA, piano
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music

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We Are Clay
SATB, piano, opt.flute
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
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Where Is the Door to the Tavern?
SATB, dbl bass & pitched bottles (as edge-blown aerophones) or accordion
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
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Wynken, Blynken and Nod
SSA, piano
Joan Szymko
Digital Sheet Music
Printed Sheet Music
Street:
7866 SE 46th Ave
City:
Portland
,
Province:
Oregon
Postal Code:
97206
Country:
United States
Phone:
503.777.6754
Performing Rights Affiliation: 
ASCAP
Birth Year: 
1957
Birthplace: 
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Current Home: 
Portland, Oregon, USA
Education: 

B.S Music Education, University of Illinois

Grants and Awards: 

- 2013, Composer; New Dramtists / Nautilus Music-Theater, Composer-LIbrettist Studio, New York, NY
- 2010, ACDA; Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commissioned Composer
- 2009, Instituto Sacatar; Awarded Fellowship for 7 week residency ( Itaparica, BA Brazil)
- 2002, Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC/Oregon); Project Grant for "A Choral Conspiracy"
- 2001, Oregon Arts Commission; Individual Artist Fellowship
- 2001, ASCAP; juried selection as participant in annual LA Film Scoring Workshop

Residencies: 

1995-present, Composer-in Residence, Do Jump! Movement Theater, Portland, Or
1994-2000, Composer in Residence, Concord Community of Choirs, Portland, Or

Available for Workshops?: 
Contact me for details.
Available for Commissions?: 
Yes, I'm available for commissions.