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Pamela Marshall

Location: Massachusetts, USA
Pamela J. Marshall studied at Eastman and Yale and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Her commissions include South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Master Singers of Lexington, Green Mountain Youth Symphony, Assabet Valley Mastersingers. Spindrift Music publishes much of her work ( Several recent projects are connected to poetry: Poetry-Inspired Solos for various instruments and Art-Poem-Music, an artist-poet-composer collaboration that has resulted in several sets of songs with chamber ensembles. She has been a member of the Just In Time Composers collaborative and is part of the planning group for the Vortex Series for New and Improvisational Music. She is a board member of the Concord Orchestra and the International Alliance of Women in Music. Pamela plays horn, leads improvisation workshops, records concerts and nature soundscapes, and, with her husband David Emerson, does photography and web design ( and
She has written several environmentally inspired pieces for chorus as well as settings of old-time Christmas carols. Shepherds and Angels for SATB with violin and harp is designed to be an Appalacian and American companion to Britten's Ceremony of Carols. For information, visit
Her music for chorus includes:
  • The Future of Life for SATB chorus, trombone, piano (2007), texts by conservation biologist Edward O. Wilson, poets Anne Baring, Judy Grahn - 8 movements, 30 minutes
  • Bee-Song for SATB or SSAA and piano, poem by Anne Baring, 3 1/2 minutes, excerpt from The Future of Life
  • Grand Grand Mother is returning for SATB or SSAA, piano optional trombone, poem by Judy Grahn, 5 minutes, excerpt from The Future of Life
  • How Spiders Came to Hawaii for SATB, trombone, piano, wrods adapted from Edward O. Wilson, 3 minutes, excerpt from The Future of Life
  • Weaving the World for SATB chorus, oboe, piano, percussion (2005), text by environmental essayist and writer Janisse Ray, 17 minutes
  • Wordless Prayer for SATB or SSAA acappella, 2001, in memory of September 11, 3 minutes
  • Deepest Shade for SATB acappella, text by the composer about losing a loved one to dementia - 8 minutes - NEW
Christmas and holiday music:
  • Shepherds and Angels for SATB chorus, violin, harp, tamborine (2010), prelude and 9 settings of old American Christmas songs, 25 minutes
  • Windshine for SATB chorus and cello (2005), a winter carol, text by the composer, 3 minutes
  • Traditional Christmas for treble or adult chorus (unison or 2-part) or sing-along leader, with piano or orchestra (2003), seven familiar Christmas carols, 10 minutes

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