Summer has arrived!
Here in the Hudson Valley, fragrant milkweed are blooming. Fireflies are flashing. And turtles are digging their nests (a favorite, the endangered wood turtle, pictured here).
And with the season, a few fun announcements from my composing activities—including free outdoor performances, a new album featuring my music, and the release of 10 (!) new works of my vocal music. Read on for more!
Juventas Performs Nell’s Music in July
Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA (July 16)
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, MA (July 23)
My perennial collaboration with Boston’s wonderful Juventas New Music Ensemble continues with these free, outdoor performances in July:
On Sunday, July 16, as part of their Community Day, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA presents Juventas in two performances (11:00am and 2:00pm) of a full 45-minute program of my music!
This program will include FOUR World Premiere works and arrangements, exploring themes represented in the Clark’s special exhibitions: landscapes, ecology, and visual art. Highlights will include my miniature inspired by Edvard Munch’s The Sun (on exhibit at The Clark). Featuring Nick Southwick, flute; Ryan Shannon, violin; and Matthew Smith, cello. More information here.
A week later, Juventas will reprise their performance of my work Retrace in a performance at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site on Sunday, July 23 at 2:00pm in Brookline, MA, also featuring music by Christina Rusnak, Oliver Caplan, Gwenyth Walker, and Stacey Garrop. More information here.
Woman Walking on Laura Strickling’s Upcoming Album
I am thrilled for phenomenal GRAMMY-nominated soprano Laura Strickling‘s upcoming album of 20 World Premiere art songs, which she has commissioned and recorded with pianist Daniel Schlosberg—including my song Woman Walking with lyrics by Megan Cohen!
40@40 will be released by the Bright Shiny Things label on August 18. Pre-order here before August 17th with code LAURA20 for 20% off.
Selections from Sauntering Songs
Looking for new music for choir or solo voice to perform? I’ve just released the scores of 10 (!) selections from my cantata Sauntering Songs, which may be programmed as standalone pieces.
Each song explores themes of walking and wanderlust, celebrating diverse characters who search for freedom and fulfillment through subversive journeys on foot.
Explore these titles and view free perusal scores on my website:
- FURTHER OUT, DEEPER IN – SATB choir. 4 mins.
- ONE WALKS THE FLESH TRANSPARENT – SATB choir. 4 mins.
- STREET HAUNTING – SATB choir. 3 ½ mins.
- WHERE THERE WAS NO PATH – SATB choir. 2 ½ mins.
- FIRST FOOTSTEPS – Soprano, flute, and guitar. 5 ½ mins.
- JUST BECAUSE – Mezzo-soprano, flute, electric guitar, and cello. 3 ½ mins.
- WOMAN WALKING – Mezzo soprano, piano, and cello. 5 mins.
- TRESPASSING – Tenor, flute, and piano. 4 mins.
- BEST FRIEND – Tenor, acoustic steel-string guitar, and cello. 3 ½ mins.
- RARE BIRD – Tenor, baritone, electric guitar, and piano. 4 ½ mins.
Interesting in performing any of this music? Please contact me for purchasing information.