Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year!

Here is what is new with me these days. This e-newsletter is sent twice a year, now posted as part of my blog, and I hope you enjoy receiving it.

E-mail me if you would like free perusal scores of anything you read about here. I can provide either paper copies of published and manuscript scores, or pdf files through the internet of manuscript pieces.

A big, big thank you to all of you who have already performed my music in the
2009-2010 concert season. It’s great to hear back from you about performances, singer and audience reaction, etc.

Coming up soon for me:

Lynne Gackle has programmed my fun tune Peace on Earth...and lots of little crickets (Walton cat. # HL08501658) for the grade 7-9 honors choir she will lead at the 2010 Central Division ACDA convention in Cincinnati. This should be fun, and I will attend. Peace on Earth... is Walton Music's #1 seller for the last two years.

Sigrid Johnson has programmed A City Called Heaven (Roger Dean catalog number 15/2593R) for her grade 10-12 women's honors choir at the Southern Division ACDA convention in Memphis. Nice news from two really great conductors who have given so much of themselves and influenced countless young musicians during their careers. Thanks Lynne and Sigrid!

Also at ACDA: Incheon City Chorale, the professional choir from South Korea that blew people away last year at ACDA in OK City, will be one of the featured guest choirs at the Western Division ACDA in Tucson and during their interest session they will be showcasing the chorally virtuosic Missa Brevis Incheon they commissioned from me. I was able to attend the successful premiere in Seoul in October, what a delight to work with one of the very best choirs on the planet! I am also hoping to be at this convention.
(pictured, Paul with ICC director Hak-won Yoon)

Two premieres of commissions coming up this Spring, one at Briar Cliff University directed by Dr. Sean Burton and another at Jacobs High School in the Chicago area, directed by Andrew Collins. Please feel free to contact me now about any interest you may have for a commissioned piece for the 2010/11 concert season. I love working with directors and choirs on new pieces, it is so rewarding for us all!

Early 2010 new octavo releases from Roger Dean:
Most of these have score and/or soundclip samples on my website at and all should be on display at the upcoming ACDA conventions.

Ding Dong Merrily on High (SATB/ piano or harp) uptempo fun in some mixed meters. Cat. # 15/2705R

Winter Solstice (SSA/harp or piano) Two movements, with beautiful nature/winter solstice imagery by New Mexico poets. Cat # 15/2715R in Janet Galvan’s series

The Star (Twinkle, twinkle little star), for SA/piano. This is the witty poetic parody of the famous poem as filtered through the vocabulary of an astronomer. The piano part is taken from Mozart's Twinkle variations- a fun, fun piece for young choirs. Cat #15/2719R in Janet Galvan’s series.

And as always, thanks to you all for supporting not-dead composers such as yours truly.

Best wishes,