Medicine Woman

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Over the past 30 years, composer Janika Vandervelde has written over 100 works for orchestras, choirs, chamber ensembles, soloists, and the stage. Her scores have been commissioned and performed by groups at all levels, from professionals to children, including Chanticleer, the Dale Warland Singers, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the New Zealand String Quartet, the Melbourne (Australia) Chamber Choir, the Kitka Women's Choir (San Francisco), the Minnesota Orchestra, the Glen Ellyn Children's Choir (Chicago), the Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis), and numerous church, school, community, and festival choirs. Vandervelde currently teaches composition at the Perpich Center for Arts Education (Golden Valley, MN) and Hamline University (Saint Paul, MN). Her music is published by earthsongs, Boosey & Hawkes, Hothouse Press, and Miela Harmonija.

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Medicine Woman

Authored by Janika Vandervelde
Text by Ellen Kort

This 10' SATB choral piece is scored for Native American flutes, percussion, piano bows, and narrator. The score calls for one performer to play the various Native American flutes and percussion, as well as chant. The part is largely improvised from graphic notation. The piano bows are easily made with fishing line (instructions are found in the score) and are played by members of the choir.

Medicine Woman was commissioned by World Voices, Eden Praire, MN, in 2005, in celebration of its tenth anniversary.

Publication Date:
1490964525 / 9781490964522
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Music / Printed Music / Choral

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