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Dr. Giselle Wyers chosen to compose first annual commissioned work for the Summer Institute

by Reginald Unterseher, WA-ACDA R&R for Composition


WA-ACDA is pleased to announce that Dr. Giselle Wyers has been commissioned to compose a new piece to be presented at the WA-ACDA Summer Institute, July 19-21, 2017 at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA. This year’s composition will be for accompanied SATB, and is targeted at high school choirs, though we believe that designation will also make it suitable for many ensembles. Summer Institute attendees will receive a copy of the new piece, licensed to them to use with their choirs. This is the first in what we hope will become a yearly commission from Washington composers, each year rotating through the types of choirs our attendees lead.


Dr. Wyers is well-known across the country and internationally for her compositions as well as for her conducting. Her works are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing Company as part of the "Giselle Wyers Choral Series," and have been performed in the United States, Canada, Cuba, and across Europe. She has been commissioned by such choruses as Chamber Choir of Europe, A Capella Koor Cantabile of Netherlands, Choral Arts Ensemble, Dolce Canto Chamber Choir, Georgia Tech Chamber Singers, University of Tennessee Men’s Chorus, Cambridge Chamber Singers, and Cascadian Chorale.

 Wyers' dedication to exposing audiences to the music of contemporary American composers has led to publications in various national journals. She is especially interested in exploring how modern composers use music as a form of peace-making and social justice. "Waging Peace through Intercultural Art in Kyr's Ah Nagasaki," appears as the cover article of the May 2008 Choral Journal, and discusses how the act of creating and premiering a musical work can serve as a gesture of reconciliation between cultures.

  Dr. Wyers is the Donald E. Peterson Associate Professor of Choral Music at the University of Washington, where she conducts the University Chorale and teaches courses in choral conducting and voice.


As a guest conductor, Wyers has led high school honor choirs in New York (Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center), Georgia, Connecticut, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Vancouver, Canada. She has conducted semi-professional ensembles across the United States and in Europe, including the Chamber Choir of Europe in 2011.  She conducted the ACDA NW Women's Honor Choir in 2012 and will direct the Alaska All-State Women’s Honor Choir and the Nebraska Wesleyan Honor Choir in the 2013-14 season.


Reginald Unterseher, WA-ACDA R&R for Composition


Washington ACDA - A Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association
Brian Mitchell, WA ACDA President