Gryc, Stephen, 1949-

American composer Stephen Michael Gryc has always been fascinated by sounds and musical instruments. An intimate understanding of the technique of instruments and the imaginative use of instrumental color are hallmarks of his music. He holds the position of Professor of Music Composition and Theory at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford where he teaches traditional orchestration courses as well as original courses in writing for wind ensembles and for voices. His instrumental expertise has brought him commissions from a diverse group of the world's leading soloists including oboist Bert Lucarelli, flutist John Wion, and trumpeter Philip Smith. Gryc's most recent commissions include a string quartet for the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and a trombone concerto for Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic. Gryc has written for every type of western instrument and ensemble from duo to large orchestra. His works for flute have served as contest pieces for three international performance competitions, most recently the Albert Cooper Competition held at the International Flute Festival in Stratford- upon-Avon, England in August of 2003. His music has been performed by such ensembles as the New Jersey PercussionEnsemble, Philadelphia Brass Quintet, Avalon String Quartet, Cascadian Choral, United States Marine Band, and Minnesota Orchestra. His works have been heard in 43 US states and in 23 foreign countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Stephen Michael Gryc was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1949. He earned four degrees in music, including the degree Doctor of Musical Arts, from the University of Michigan where he studied composition with William Albright, Leslie Bassett, and William Bolcom. His music is published by Alphonse Leduc, Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer, Robert King, and others and is recorded on the Capstone, Centaur, Klavier, Opus One and Summit labels. Among his many awards are the 1986 Rudolf Nissim Prize for orchestral music and the James and Frances Bent Award for Artistic Achievement from the University of Hartford. Stephen Michael Gryc's music is licensed by ASCAP. (from the composer's website)

Printed Music Held in Allen Library

2 Portraits for Bass Drum
Acoustic Aquarium
Agnus Dei
Alma Mater
Las Campanas
Choral Prelude: 'Lasst uns erfreuen"
Cinq Preludes pour Flute Seule
Con Sordino
A Dance Concerto
A Dance Concerto
Delicate Balances
Desert Light
Dream Vegetables
Evensong
Evensong
Fanfara Agitata
Fanfare for a Noble Rebel
Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Bela Bartok
Faribault Fanfare
Five Pieces from Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'
Five Studies on Exotic Scales
Four Songs from Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'
Hallelujah
Inno di Mameli
Kandinsky: Six Images for Organ
Land of Steady Habits
Masquerade Variations
Moon Thoughts
Music for Tuba and Timpani
Passaggi
Pigs in Clover
A Pop of the Cork
Reflections on a Southern Hymn: for horn alone
Romance
Shadowdance
Six Mechanicals from A Midsummer Night's Dream
String Quartet
Three Excursions
Three Small Resonant Pieces
Two Poems of Henry David Thoreau

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