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Works by American Millennial Composers

Dear Friends,
I am looking for your repertoire suggestions in two categories, both of which are related by a common thread:
1)  Your favorite new (or relatively new) SATB or SATB Divisi works that have been composed by young millennial American composers in their twenties and thirties. 
2) Your favorite new Three-Part Mixed works (for a middle school ensemble) that have been composed by young millennial American composers in their twenties and thirties. 
David Simmons
Washington, DC
on March 7, 2016 5:09am
We have been enjoying the work of Dale Trumbore. "Where go the Boats" is a lovely piece based on a Robert Louis Stevenson text. She also wrote two new secular Christmas works. A lot of her work is self published. Or available through ECS Schirner.
Applauded by an audience of 2
on March 7, 2016 7:38am
Hi have a student named, Ryan Stennes, who recently won a few competins with his new composition, "When I am dead my dearest," for SATB choir and characterized by delicate cluster chords with easy voice-leading. 
Here is his contact information, if you would liek a recording or perusal score:  stennesrc(a)
on March 7, 2016 8:09am
Try this:
Home by Stephen Feigenbaum.
His arrangements performed by the Boston Children's Chorus were also featured the the Choral Journal articles by Anthony Tracek King.
on March 7, 2016 8:15am
Trevor Manor, who lives in Arlington, is writing some gloriously beautiful works.
on March 7, 2016 9:42am
Dear David,
Looks like I fall into your category as a young millennial American composer in his twenties, so I'd like to suggest a few of my own works:
SATB works:
I hope you find something that interests you, and please let me know if you have any questions.
on March 7, 2016 1:27pm

I also seem to fit your criteria. I have several SATB pieces you might enjoy. 
In addition, I have a handful of TTB pieces for developing voices that you might look at for the future. As of right now, I don't have any three-part mixed music. 

Journeyman's Song
Frobisher Bay
Best of luck finding new repertoire!

on March 7, 2016 7:16pm
Hi David, 
I'm another millennial.  Here are three of mine from the last two years.  Sheet music is available through CPDL ( or anyone who is interested can contact me.   
SATB a cappella "The Shepherd's Lullaby" (springy, not Christmasy)
double choir SATB a cappella "Consider the Lilies"
SAT a cappella if your boys haven't bassed out of the range yet... "Rabbits All Around"
Thanks for the opportunity to share!
M. Furtak
on March 8, 2016 8:02am
I would heartily recommend the music of Melissa Dunphy (b. 1980); you can find samples of her work on both her website,, and on YouTube. She has composed for both mixed voices and upper voices only. It is elegant and inspired, and she is not afraid to take unusual texts and themes, but treat them in an approachable and enticing manner.
Philip Barnes
St. Louis (MO)
on March 8, 2016 10:02am
Hi David,
I rather like the music of Jake Runestad, Dale Trumbore, and Braeden Ayres (among others). 
Also, my compositions are growing increasingly popular these days and I invite you to check them out at my website or on MusicSpoke.
You may especially be interested in my Spiritual "Soon One Day" (full perusal score and recording) (full perusal score and recording)
God Bless,
Michael Sandvik
on March 9, 2016 11:43am
Hi David,
I'd recommend music by Daniel Elder (b. 1986) and Steve Danyew (b. 1983). Here are links to the their catalogs:
Hope this helps!
on March 10, 2016 5:06am
For SATB, perhaps investigate the work of Sarah Quartel ( My women's choir has recently discovered some of her SSA and SSAA pieces and plan on programming one soon.
I will definitely be interested to hear if you get any suggestions of millenial composers writing for 3-part mixed!
on March 15, 2016 11:03pm

Here's a really tasty 6-minute piece by a young Arizona composer, Jay Nelsestuen – the only problem might be that he hasn't yet reached his twenties.

The work resulted from a call for scores by the British chamber choir, Sansara. The call was for settings of poems by W.B. Yeats. Here's Sansara's recording:


Jay's contact details are on the SoundCloud page.


All the best,

David Basden,

Sydney, Australia

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