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JOHN WINS A 2022 AMERICAN PRIZE TRIFECTA!
“It was a very good year!”

 

2022 American Prize Honored Artist: Composer

The inscription on the certificate reads: “Composer John Muehleisen has been selected as an Honored Artist of The American Prize, 2022. Honored Artists are individuals (or ensembles) who have proven themselves to be of ‘sustained excellence’ over a number of seasons as laureates of The American Prize competitions. Presented by The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, the award consists of a beautifully framed citation recognizing John Muehleisen’s contributions to the art.”

Co-Winner of 2022 American Prize, Social Justice Related Division for Professional Composers
for Consolation: Requiem for Parkland (below)

2022 American Prize 2nd Place
for Larger Choral Works, Professional Division
also for Consolation: Requiem for Parkland (below)

I’m grateful to the American Prize and to their Chief Judge, David Katz, for these awards, the mission of which, as David states, is “to recognize and reward excellence in the arts wherever in America it is found.” And as the inscription reads on every American Prize certificate, “May this honor inspire you to continue to strive for the highest levels of quality in all your musical endeavors….” And it certainly does!

Featured Works

Cantata Caffeinata will be available in Late-July!
Pre-order now by clicking here.

What do you get when you:

  • Take a disillusioned member of the corporate class who longs to be a barista;
  • Mix in a frazzled coffee-house manager who has difficulty hiring good help; and
  • Top it off with a choir of over-caffeinated employees and customers who order their pretentiously complicated beverages while extolling the praises of the magical bean?

You get the clever, witty, and whimsical Cantata Caffeinata: a 21st-century response to Bach’s famous Coffee Cantata and a perfect companion piece to Bach’s original.

At 26 minutes in length, the cantata is scored for Soprano solo, Baritone solo, SATB choir, Soprano saxophone, Percussion, and Organ.

Please visit the new webpage for Cantata Caffeinata to listen to a recording of the premiere performance, to view the score, and to read the libretto, a synopsis, and program notes from John and Tony.

Watch this space for information about John’s other cantatas and oratorios, which will be added to the website throughout the summer. Those works include:

  • PIetà – 2012
  • But Who Shall Return Us Our Children: A Kipling Passion (WWI Oratorio) – 2017
  • Borders (An Immigration Cantata) – 2019/2023
  • Pilgrim Beatitudes – 2023

MORE New Works (“Something old, something new”)

 

Two Vespers Hymns – SATB (min. div) a cappella (2008)
Although these two Vespers hymns were composed in 2008 at the invitation of the esteemed British composer, Fr. Ivan Moody, for the Jubilee for the 90th Anniversary of Orthodox Theological Education in Finland and the 20th Anniversary of Orthodox Theological Education at Joensuu University, I am just now releasing them for sale with the hope these works will serve as the beginning of a body of new works composed specifically for liturgical use. Although some of my sacred choral works could be used in worship services, most of them were originally commissioned as concert works. That said, please browse the sacred works in my catalog to see if any would fit your needs.

Dawn – SATB (div) a cappella (2024)
I’m honored that Dawn was just accepted into the Q2 release of PROJECT : ENCORETM, an exclusive, competitively adjudicated online catalog of post-premiere, new choral music, reviewed and endorsed by an international panel of prominent conductors. Here is the review of Dawn from the PROJECT : ENCORETM NEWS in ACDA’s Choral Journal, August, 2024.

“Exquisite poetry, and music that emerges from it as if inevitable. Dawn is the birth of what is new following ‘that last hour’ on this earth, after striving, after fear … comfort. The writing is full without being dense. The ensemble must have beautiful tone and be secure with the eight parts, but it sings very naturally. Stunning!” – Deborah Simpkin King, PHD., Conductor. P:E Director and FounderProject Encore

Performances

2024 Performances

  • January 23 – Make a Joyful Noise for mezzo-soprano, viola, and piano (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by Our Joyful Noise Baltimore for The Nightingale Trio. (American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge: Baltimore, MD)
  • January 24 – Make a Joyful Noise (The Baltimore Station for Homeless Veterans: Baltimore, MD)
  • January 25 – Make a Joyful Noise (St. Luke’s Youth Center: Baltimore, MD)
  • January 26 – Make a Joyful Noise (Edenwald Memory Care: Towson, MD)
  • January 27 – Make a Joyful Noise (Maryland Correctional Institution for Women: Jessup, MD)
  • January 28 – Make a Joyful Noise (Azure Concert for Autistic Individuals and Their Families: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Pikesville, MD)
  • February 3 – Hope – Sammamish High School Treble Choir, Eastshore Music Education Vocal Solo & Ensemble Contest (Snoqualmie, WA)
  • February 19 – Da Pacem – Waukee High School Cantate Treble Choir, Tony Dam, cond. (Waukee, IA)
  • March 9 – Life has Loveliness to Sell – Choir of the Sound, Jeremy Matheis, cond. (St. Marks Cathedral: Seattle, WA)
  • March 10 – Life has Loveliness to Sell – Choir of the Sound, Jeremy Matheis, cond. (Bastyr University Chapel: Kenmore, WA)
  • March 14 – ““RAH!” from Eat Your Vegetables! – Set One – Appleton East High School Choirs, Dan van Sickle, cond. (Appleton, WI)
  • March 23 – The Gathering – Reprise Choir Sings,April Duvic & Janet Reiter, conds. (Vancouver United Methodist Church: Vancouver, WA)
  • March 23 – Dawn for SATB a cappella choir (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists, Matthew Culloton, cond. (Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd: Minneapolis, MN)
  • March 24 – The Gathering – Reprise Choir Sings,April Duvic & Janet Reiter, conds. (Vancouver United Methodist Church: Vancouver, WA)
  • March 24 – Dawn for SATB a cappella choir (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists, Matthew Culloton, cond. (House of Hope: St. Paul, MN)
  • March 31 – The Gathering – Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, Donald Milton , cond. (Atlanta, GA)
  • April 4 – Eat Your Vegetables! – Set One – George Fox University Concert Choir, Danielle Warner, cond. (Newberg, OR)
  • May 11 – Eat Your Vegetables! – Set One – Camerata Singers, Becky Snider cond. (Goshen, IN)
  • May 11 – And Music Shall Untune the Sky for choir and soprano saxophone (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by Brian Gorelick for Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble. Soren Hamm, soprano sax; Loren Pontén, cond. (Seattle, WA)
  • May 11 – Non si levava (after Monteverdi) for choir a cappella (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by Brian Gorelick for Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble. Loren Pontén, cond. (Seattle, WA)
  • June 1 – Humpty Dumpty’s Recitation – Seattle Children’s Choir – Arioso Treble Choir, Jean-Marie Kent, cond. (Seattle, WA)
  • June 9 – Eat Your Vegetables! – Set Two – The Boychoir of Ann Artbor, John Boonenberg, cond. (Ann Arbor, MI) – Michigan premiere
  • Aug 3 – When the Great Sea Roars for choir and piano (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by Washington Sings Project. Dean Luethi, cond. (Pullman, WA.)
  • Dec. 8 – This Night – Cantate Chamber Singers, Victoria Gau, cond. (Bethesda, MD)

2023 Performances

  • Jan. 20 – A Psalm of Life – Broken Arrow High School Chamber Choir, Justin Rosser, cond. (Oklahoma Music Educators State Conference; Oklahoma City, OK)
  • March 23 – Eat Your Vegetables! – Set One – 3. RAH! – Appleton West High School, Autumn Meyers, cond. (Appleton, WI)
  • April 23 – Two River Nocturnes: 1. Prairie Waters by Night, 2. River Moons – The Sunday Night Singers, Mike McCullough, cond. (Lancaster, CA)
  • May 11 – Eat Your Vegetables! – Set One – 3. RAH! – Shepherd High School Concert Choir, Claire Ingersoll, cond. (Shepherd, MI)
  • May 13, 2023 – Pilgrim Beatitudes (libretto by Euan Tait) for Tenor + Baritone Soloists, SATB choir, 2 Percussion, Piano, and Strings (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble to celebrate their 30th Anniversary Season. (Seattle, WA)
  • May 19 – Eternity Passing Over, Making Peace, and The Stars Still Shine – Cantabile Chamber Choir, Dustin Willetts, cond. (Venue TBD, WA)
  • May 24 – Eat Your Vegetables! – Set One – 3. RAH! – Mesa Grande Academy 7–12 Choir, Alissa Tanguay, cond. (Calimesa, CA)
  • June 2 – Singing Together – Bay Choral Guild, Sanford Dole, cond. (Campbell, CA)
  • June 3 – Singing Together – Bay Choral Guild, Sanford Dole, cond. (San Francisco, CA)
  • June 4 – Singing Together – Bay Choral Guild, Sanford Dole, cond. (Palo Alto, CA)
  • July 19–22 – Two River Nocturnes: 1. Prairie Waters by Night, 2. River Moons – Sunday Night Singers, Michael McCullough, cond. (Missoula International Choral Festival, Missoula, MT)
  • Nov. 19 – Invocation – Seattle Pro Musica, Karen P. Thomas, cond. (Olympia, WA: St. John’s Episcopal Church)
  • November 17 – Borders, (WORLD PREMIERE of Complete Version) – Great Bend Center for Music: Great Bend Chorale, Youth Chorale, and Orchestra; Tess Altiveros, sop; Matthew Melendez, cond. (Bastyr University Chapel, Kenmore, WA )
  • Dec. 9 – Invocation – Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Loren Pontén, cond. (St. James Cathedral, Seattle, WA)
  • Dec. 9, 3pm + 7:30pm – Invocation – Seattle Pro Musica, Karen P. Thomas, cond. (Kenmore, WA: Bastyr University Chapel)
  • Dec. 15, 8pm – Invocation – Seattle Pro Musica, Karen P. Thomas, cond. (Seattle, WA: First Baptist Church)
  • Dec. 16, 3pm – Invocation – Seattle Pro Musica, Karen P. Thomas, cond. (Seattle, WA: First Baptist Church)
  • Dec. 22, 7:30pm – Invocation – Seattle Pro Musica, Karen P. Thomas, cond. (Streaming Broadcast)
  • Date TBD – Eat Your Vegetables! – Set One – Beijing Normal University – Northland Choir, Su Xin, cond. (Beijing, China) – CHINESE PREMIERE

2022 Performances

  • Feb. 12 – The Gathering – newVoices Choir, Phillip Swan, cond. (Appleton, WI)
  • March 10 – Eat Your Vegetables! – Set One – Cleveland Statue University Chorale, Brian Bailey, cond. (Cleveland, OH)
  • March 27 – Eat Your Vegetables! – Set One – Ohio Wesleyan University Choral Art Society, Xin Su, cond. (Delaware, OH)
  • April 2 – De Profundis – Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Loren Pontén, cond. (Seattle, WA)
  • April 25 – The Soul’s Expression – Baylor University Chamber Singers, Brian Schmidt, cond. (Waco, TX) – TEXAS / MIDWEST PREMIERE
  • April 30 – Eat Your Vegetables! – Set One – Lakeshore Chorale, Neil Bubke, cond. (Sheboygan, WI)
  • May 21 – “Nor I for You” from After Love – Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Loren Pontén, cond. (Seattle, WA)
  • May 21 – Singing Together – Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Loren Pontén, cond. (Seattle, WA)
  • June 3 – Sing to Me! – Bay Choral Guild, Sanford Dole, cond. (Campbell, CA)
  • June 4 – Sing to Me! – Bay Choral Guild, Sanford Dole, cond. (San Francisco, CA)
  • June 5 – Sing to Me! – Bay Choral Guild, Sanford Dole, cond. (Palo Alto, CA)
  • June 5 – Eat Your Vegetables! – Set One – Boychoir of Ann Arbor, John Boonenberg, cond. (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • June 11 – Hope (poem by Emily Dickinson) for SSA choir a cappella – Seattle Girls Choir: Prime Voci, Sarra Sharif Doyle, cond. (Seattle, CA)
  • June 12 – Imagination! (poem by Phillis Wheatley) for SATB choir a cappella (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by The Donald Brinegar Singers in honor of the conductor’s 70th birthday, The Donald Brinegar Singers, Donald Brinegar, cond. (Pasadena, CA)
  • June 26 – Hope (poem by Emily Dickinson) for SSA choir a cappella – Seattle Girls Choir: Prime Voci, Jacob Winkler, cond. (Seattle, CA)
  • Various Dates – Hope (poem by Emily Dickinson) for SSA choir a cappella – Seattle Girls Choir: Prime Voci, Jacob Winkler, cond. (Summer 2022 Tour)
  • July 6 (2 performances) – Cantata Caffeinata (libretto by Charles Anthony Silvestri) for Soprano + Baritone Soloists, SATB choir, Soprano Saxophone, Percussion, and Organ (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for the Biennial National Convention in Seattle, WA, Anne Lyman, conductor. (Seattle, WA)
  • October 15 – The Gathering – newVoices Choir, Phillip Swan, cond. (Appleton, WI)
  • October 21 – A Psalm of Life – Ensign Chorus, Steve Danielson, cond. (Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA)
  • October 22 – Eat Your Vegetables! – Set Two – Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Loren Pontén, cond. (Seattle, WA)
  • December 4 – “O Adonai” and “O King of Nations” from The Great “O” Antiphons – Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, Charlene Angelini, cond. (Philadelphia, PA)
  • December 10 – “The First Miracle” from This Night and “O Emmanuel” from The Great “O” Antiphons – Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Loren Pontén, cond. (St. James Cathedral, Seattle, WA)
  • Date TBD – The Gathering – Unitarian Universalist Congregation Atlanta Choir, Donald Milton, cond. (Atlanta, GA)

Commissions/Premieres

Recent Premieres

  • June 12, 2022 – Imagination! (poem by Phillis Wheatley) for SATB choir a cappella (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by The Donald Brinegar Singers in honor of the conductor’s 70th birthday, The Donald Brinegar Singers, Donald Brinegar, cond. (Pasadena, CA)
  • July 6, 2022 (2 performances) – Cantata Caffeinata (libretto by Charles Anthony Silvestri) for Soprano + Baritone Soloists, SATB choir, Soprano Saxophone, Percussion, and Organ (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for the Biennial National Convention in Seattle, WA, Anne Lyman, conductor. (Seattle, WA)
  • May 13, 2023 – Pilgrim Beatitudes (libretto by Euan Tait) for Two  Soloists, SATB choir, 2 Percussion, Piano, and Strings (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble to celebrate their 30th Anniversary Season. (Seattle, WA)
  • November 17, 2023 – Borders, (WORLD PREMIERE of Complete Version) – Commissioned by Matthew Melendez and the Great Bend Center for Music in collaboration with the Distinguished Concerts International New York Premiere Project, with support from the Mason County Washington Historic Preservation Commission and Sierra Pacific Industries – Great Bend Chorale and Youth Chorale, and Orchestra; Tess Altiveros, soprano; Matthew Melendez, cond. (Commercial recording session on Nov. 18)
  • January 23, 2024 – Make a Joyful Noise for mezzo-soprano, viola, and piano (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by Our Joyful Noise Baltimore for The Nightingale Trio. (American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge: Baltimore, MD and other venues: see Performances)
  • March 23 + 24, 2024 – Dawn for SATB a cappella choir (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists, Matthew Culloton, cond. (Minneapolis + St. Paul, MN)
  • May 11, 2024 – And Music Shall Untune the Sky for SATB choir and soprano saxophone (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by Brian Gorelick for Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble. Soren Hamm, soprano sax; Loren Pontén, cond. (Seattle, WA)
  • May 11. 2024 – Non si levava (after Monteverdi) for SATB choir a cappella (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by Brian Gorelick for Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble. Loren Pontén, cond. (Seattle, WA)

Upcoming Premieres

  • Aug 3, 2024 – When the Great Sea Roars for choir and piano (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by Washington Sings Project. Dean Luethi, cond. (Pullman, WA)

Please contact composer for perusal scores of works above.