The new Star Trek musical, ARENA GORN SUPERSTAR takes the stage.
ARENA GORN SUPERSTAR is a new musical based on an episode from the original Star Trek series, ARENA. With music and lyrics by Jason Heald, director Christina Allaback has produced a fast-paced musical that is innovative and entertaining. It opened on May 21st on the outdoor stage at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center for a two week run.
The new musical, FRONTIER FAMILY FEUD, premieres on YouTube
In commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley commissioned Frontier Family Feud, a musical based on the relationship between the “mother of equal suffrage”, Abigail Scott Duniway, and her brother, Oregonian editor Harvey Scott. With the music, lyrics, and book written by Jason Heald, this 40 minute musical breathes life into these dynamic historical figures and reveals some of the complexity of their sibling relationship. The musical was created for live public and school performances to bring both history and music to audiences of all ages.
FIVE SETTINGS BY CHRISTINA ROSSETTI for mezzo-soprano now available.
"Five Settings by Christina Rossetti" is a set of art songs for mezzo-soprano and piano. The selections include "Who has Seen the Wind", "When I am dead, my dearest", "Sleeping at Last", "A Daughter of Eve", and "A Better Resurrection" .
Classical double bassists love to play in small ensembles, but finding chamber repertoire that includes double bass can be difficult. Fortunately, Score Exchange is now carrying many of Jason Heald's compositions for chamber ensembles that feature double bass, including string trios comprised of two violins and double bass, and violin, viola, and double bass. An excellent opportunity for double bass players to expand their opportunities to play exciting new repertoire with small chamber ensembles!
The Bone Dawgs premiere holiday music for four trombones.
The trombone quartet, Bone Dawgs, performed two new arrangements of traditional Christmas carols. "I Heard the Bones on Christmas Day" is a delightful medley of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" and "Deck the Halls" which opens with a lush chorale, then shifts into an up-tempo swing groove and then into a jazz waltz, concluding with a blazing finale. "O Come, All Ye Bones" is a swinging arrangement of "O Come All Ye Faithful".
Now is the time to purchases new holiday choral music!
Call of the Wild Publishing is featuring Christmas choral music, both sacred and secular selections, through J. W. Pepper and Sheet Music Plus. Included are traditional favorites and new original works in a variety of musical styles. Check it out!
"Heroes" now available through JW Pepper.
One of Jason Heald's most popular songs, "Heroes", can now be purchased though JW Pepper. A beautiful tribute to all those that sacrifice to serve others, this SAB arrangement is also available for solo/unison voices.
Thirty titles from the A Cappella Collection now on sale through Sheet Music Plus!
Sheet Music Plus is now carrying over thirty a cappella selections by Jason Heald including many evergreen favorites like "Kiss from a Rose", "Lady Marmalade", "Shining Star", and "Count Your Blessings".
Browse Jason Heald's a cappella selections at Sheet Music Plus!
2/13/20 Ruth Ginelle Heald presented Settings of Katherine Mansfield in its premiere performance in Ganz Hall at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. New Zealand poet, Katherine Mansfield, (1888-1923), was the subject of sabbatical research by Jason Heald in Spring of 2019. Settings of Katherine Mansfield was one of several compositions that were inspired by Heald's travels in New Zealand.
Here Ruth Ginelle Heald perform selections from Settings of Katherine Mansfield!
New Easter Anthem, "Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven", now available through Augsburg Fortress.
Jason Heald's setting of the Christopher Wordsworth text, "Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven", has recently been published by Augsburg Fortress. The composition is for SAB voices and trumpet, and is perfect as an Easter anthem or general use.
Check out "Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven"!
Guitarists Cameron O'Conner and James Bishop-Edwards premiere a new work, Dos Guitarras.
Award-winning guitarist Cameron O'Conner joined forces with James Bishop-Edwards to perform a newly commissioned work, Dos Guitarras, at the Corvallis Guitar Society on February 16, 2019. In addition, they performed the work at Centerstage Theatre in Roseburg, Oregon.
The Umpqua Singers return to Spain to perform in Aranda de Duero.
The Umpqua Singers performed a program that featured vocal arrangements by Jason Heald, including several new arrangements of Spanish and Latin American jazz standards. The Spanish audiences were enthusiastic in their response, prompting several encores. The tour schedule also included a performance in Reykjavik, Iceland, where the Umpqua Singers' music was also met with a very warm reception.
Triptych for Guitar and Viola, is featured at the Corvallis Guitar Society and Jefferson Classical Guitar Society.
A new three movement suite for guitar and viola, Triptych, was performed by guitarist James Bishop-Edwards and violist Kimberly Fitch at two recent concerts. The duo performed at the Corvallis Guitar Society on March 5, 2018, and the following night at the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society at the Pachal Winery in Talent, Oregon.
See TRIPTYCH video!
Nancy Rumbel performs two new works by Jason Heald on her recent tour.
Grammy award-winning multi-instrumentalist Nancy Rumbel premiered two new compositions on her February, 2018 performances in southern Oregon. The new works included "Meditation", a piece or oboe and string orchestra, and "Tropical Sunrise", a lively composition for ocarina and choir.
Violinist Alex DePue will perform with the Umpqua Chamber Orchestra and Umpqua Singers on November 14, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church of Roseburg. The program will include a wide mix of musical styles, ranging from Bach's A Minor Violin Concerto to a Michael Jackson/Yes Medley. The performance will also include the premiere performance of Jason Heald's "Entr'acte" for solo violin and chamber orchestra.
Contralto Samantha Stiner features "Lighting the Blue Lantern" on concert series, Hot Off the Press.
Samantha Stiner premiered Jason Heald's "Lighting the Blue Lantern", a setting of a poem by Ho Nansorhon, at University of Wyoming in September, 2016, and included the song in a recent performance at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania on September 9, 2017. Stiner's program, "Hot Off the Press" featured new works from prominent international composers.
James Bishop-Edwards premieres Four Pieces for Guitar on recent tour.
The Umpqua Singers perform at the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival!
The Roseburg Concert Chorale performs Three Settings by Robert Louis Stevenson on their 2017 Scotland Tour.
The Delgani String Quartet, featuring James Bishop-Edwards, perform Five Brief Conversations in Roseburg.
The Tesla Quartet performs String Quartet 5 on recent Northwest TourThe Tesla Quartet performed "Moll Roone" for String Quartet #5 as its encore selection on its tour in March 2017. The Tesla Quartet is Quartet-in-Residence at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick as well as Artists-in-Residence in Hickory, North Carolina.
Soprano Laura Wayte performs Passwords for Songs at Tsunami!Eugene soprano Laura Wayte, accompanied by pianist Nathalie Fortin, performed Passwords, three settings by William Stafford, for a packed house at the opening night of the performance series, Songs at Tsunami, on October 22, 2016. The Stafford selections were part of a diverse and emotionally charged program that displayed Ms. Wayte's amazing technical and interpretive skills.
The new musical, Constance, premiered at the Oregon Musical Theatre Festival!Constance Lloyd and Oscar Wilde, scandalous celebrities of the Victorian Era, are the personalities, both real and imagined at the center of the original musical production in Center Stage during the Oregon Musical Theatre Festival’s 2013 summer production. This original musical, brought to life by the book of Troy Pennington, and the music and lyrics of Jason Heald is an absurdist depiction of this heartbreaking, tough and yet vibrant couple. An explosion of imagination and relentless churn of intellect and wit!
The Umpqua Singers perform in Rio de Janeiro!
The Umpqua Singers, the vocal jazz ensemble from Umpqua Communtiy College, received a warm Brazilian welcome during their recent tour which included performances in Rio de Janeiro. Their repertoire included Brazilian favorites by Dorival Caymii and Antonio Carlos Jobim arranged by Jason Heald, and several new a cappella arrangements.
Daughter of Erin is performed on the Emerald Isle
The Roseburg Concert Chorale featured Daughter of Erin, a new cantata by Jason Heald, on its tour of Ireland in March 2013. The cantata tells the story of Maud Gonne, the fiery Irish revolutionary, through original lyrics and settings of poems by William Butler Yeats. Mezzo-soprano Donna Spicer was featured as the voice of Maud Gonne. The Roseburg Concert Chorale tour included performances in Dublin, Kilkenny, and Cork.
Choir Girls, a new comic musical, is featured at the 2012 Oregon Musical Theatre Festival
The 2012 Oregon Musical Theatre Festival presented eight performances af Jason Heald's new music, Choir Girls. Choir Girls is a sneak peek into a rehearsal of a women’s quartet, the Sabbath Serenaders, from the Church of Saint Paul in the Mall. We follow the four women and their male accompanist through a rollicking Thursday night rehearsal where more time is spent discussing their personal lives then actually rehearsing the Sunday anthem.
Vocal Jazz selections featured
on 2012 Umpqua Singers Tour to Ukraine:
Державний Гімн України
( Ukrainian National Anthem) ........................................... PDF
Chervona Ruta (Червона рута in Ukrainian) is a popular Ukrainian song written
by Volodymyr Ivasyuk in 1968 and performed by many singers. The song was
never copyrighted and therefore is considered the Ukrainian folk song.