Juliana Hall
American art song composer Juliana Hall specializes in creating vocal works: “glistening, poignant music” (Gramophone), “complex in conception and construction” (Planet Hugill, London) with “graceful, nuanced vocal lines” (Opera News). Her more than 60 song cycles, monodramas, and vocal chamber works have been called “brilliant” (Washington Post), “beguiling” (The Times, London), and “the most genuinely moving music of the afternoon” (Boston Globe)—“masterful writing in every respect” (NATS Journal of Singing).
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Juliana Hall

Juliana Hall specializes in composing works for the voice, described as “glistening, poignant music” (Gramophone), “complex in conception and construction” (Planet Hugill), with “graceful, nuanced vocal lines” (Opera News). Hall’s 60+ song cycles, monodramas, and vocal chamber pieces have been called “brilliant” (Washington Post) and “the most genuinely moving music of the afternoon” (Boston Globe).

Mentors and colleagues have praised Hall too, calling her “strikingly imaginative” (Dominick Argento) and “one of the finest text setters writing English song anywhere” (Margo Garrett), remarking that “her ability to illuminate poetry is splendid” (Alan Louis Smith); it is “positively magical” (Stephanie Blythe).

Hall has written works for dozens of singers, including Brian Asawa, Stephanie Blythe, Molly Fillmore, Anthony Dean Griffey, David Malis, Randall Scarlata, Dawn Upshaw, and Kitty Whately, and she received SongFest’s 2017 Sorel Commission. More than 700 singers and pianists have performed her music in 35 countries, in concerts at the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie (Weill) Hall, Herbst Theatre, the Library of Congress, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Wigmore Hall; the Buxton, Carmel Bach, Norfolk, Ojai, Oxford Lieder, and Salisbury Festivals, in addition to the London Festival of American Music, Rhonefestival für Liedkunst, and Schumannfest Düsseldorf; CollabFest (Guest Composer), Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar (Guest Composer), and the Tanglewood Music Center.

Numerous groups have presented Hall’s works, among them the Boston Art Song Society, New York’s Center for Contemporary Opera, the CHAI Collaborative Ensemble in Chicago, Cincinnati Song Initiative, the UK-based Duo Emergence, San Francisco’s Ensemble for These Times, Lyric Fest in Philadelphia, Northern Ireland Opera and New York's On Site Opera, Canada’s Société d’Art Vocal de Montréal, Australia’s Song Company, and Voices of Change in Dallas.

Hall's music has been studied and performed at more than 200 colleges, music schools, and universities across America and around the world, a few of which include the Bard and Cincinnati Conservatories; Cleveland and Peabody Institutes of Music; Eastman, Hartt, Jacobs (IU), Juilliard, Longy, Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music; as well as schools abroad including the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Royal Welsh School of Music & Drama in the UK, the Conservatorio di Musica F. A. Bonporti in Italy, and Fontys Conservatorium in the Netherlands.

Broadcasts of Hall’s songs include the BBC and NPR, and recordings of her work have been issued by the Albany, Arsis Audio, Blue Griffin, MSR Classics, Navona, and Stone Records labels, among others. NATS Journal of Singing’s Gregory Berg declared of Hall’s CD Love’s Signature [MSR Classics MS1603], “One comes away from this disc with a profound appreciation for the excellence and innovation of her music…music whose beauty could enhance the text at hand without drawing attention away from that text…masterful writing in every respect…”

Hall twice served as a judge for the NATS Art Song Composition Award Competition, and was a mentor during the inaugural year of the NATS Composer Mentorship Program. She also adjudicated the initial Dominick Argento Opera Composition Fellowship Competition. Hall graduated from the Yale School of Music with a masters degree, completed her formal composition studies with Dominick Argento, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition.

Juliana Hall’s vocal music is published primarily by the E. C. Schirmer Music Company, and most works are available in both print editions and downloadable PDF files. Printed works are available from dozens of sheet music distributors around the world, and more recently a large number of her pieces have been made available on the nkoda digital subscription platform. There are additional vocal publications by Boosey & Hawkes and NewMusicShelf.

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