April 2023 E-News

Greetings from sunny Southern California! I am excited to share some opera news with you:

On February 3, 2023, the Wilmington Concert Opera Original Cast Recording album for Girondines was released! [I confess it is a tad amusing to me to have the release date of this opera featuring several waltzes to be “2-3-23.”] You can stream the album via AmazonMusic, Spotify, AppleMusic, Pandora, YouTubeMusic, and more platformsPhysical CD copies of the album are being manufactured presently by DiscMakers and will be available to ship in May! Click the button below for CDs:

Album proceeds benefit the opera’s composer-librettist team (myself and Kirsten C. Kunkle) as well as Wilmington Concert Opera (WCO), an exclusively woman- and minority-run company founded on principles of diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility. For those curious to compare outcomes of online vs. physical CD enjoyment: album streaming online results in fraction-of-cent proceeds for artists vs. physical CD purchases generating artist income in whole dollars. (Plus you’d have a beautiful keepsake which features cover art by yours truly ūüé∂ .)

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This album is receiving great reviews, including a write-up on the Operaville blog:

‚ÄúComposer Sarah Van Sciver and librettist Kirsten C. Kunkle have created a stirring, intriguing concert opera about six prominent women of the French Revolution‚Ķ Kunkle addresses the imposing morass of French politics by approaching at an intimate level, beginning with the good possibility that these six women conferred with each other on a regular basis. Van Sciver delivers these meetings with propulsive piano parts that convey the tension and terror in the Paris streets, while the addition of cello and violin add the feel of an 18th century salon. Especially in the early pieces, she works these meetings into conversational fugues, imbued with fascinating layers, harmonics and rhythms. The primary subject of these discussions is Charlotte Corday…[who] reveals her plan to murder Jean-Paul Marat, the Montagnards‚Äô leader (‚ÄúSeptember Massacre.‚ÄĚ) Librettist Kunkle sings the piece herself, deploying a powerful soprano and a great sense for emotion and dynamics. Two of the top notes are so forceful and exposed that they will stop the listener cold‚Ķ Other intriguing pieces in the work are ‚ÄúMy Dear Marie-Antoinette,‚ÄĚ a musing by the queen‚Äôs favorite portraitist, Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun (sung by Tracy Sturgis), and ‚ÄúBonaparte,‚ÄĚ a comic jab at Napoleon by writer Madame De Stael, sung with great wit and enunciation by Raffaella Lo Castro. ‚Ķa remarkable¬† and stimulating creation.‚ÄĚ Michael J. Vaughn, Operaville

And the music has been enjoyed by industry professionals who were introduced to the album via Groover:

‚ÄúThe lyrics are impressive.‚ÄĚ -AFIF

‚ÄúListening to this artistic artwork is enjoyable for every audience.‚ÄĚ -AK-47

‚ÄúSuch a great sound.‚ÄĚ -Behrouz

‚ÄúAmazing performance with powerful lyrics.‚ÄĚ -Best Songs from MH

 ‚ÄúLa sensibilit√© et l’intensit√© sont au rendez-vous‚Ķ servi avec des arrangements d’une grande richesse musicale. (Sensitivity and intensity rendezvous‚Ķ served with arrangements of great musical richness.)‚ÄĚ -Boulimique de Musique

‚ÄúI really love the experimentation and mix of genres that you create.‚ÄĚ -Gabriele Carone (NewAir Studio)

‚ÄúThe beautiful melody of your music mesmerizes my heart.‚ÄĚ -Chaam Sound

‚ÄúThe songwriting is excellent.‚ÄĚ -Dust Might

‚ÄúBellissimo il vocale molto espressivo (very expressive beautiful vocals).‚ÄĚ -Frequenze Musicali

‚Äú…a moving release with a gorgeous string arrangement and stunning vocals‚Ķ‚ÄĚFV Music Blog

‚ÄúMelody that transports‚Ķ voice that pierces the soul. I like the atmosphere. Wonderful bravo.‚ÄĚ -Journal d’une tatou√©e

‚ÄúExcellent opera performance.‚ÄĚ Last Day Leaf

‚ÄúSicuramente potenza vocale e carisma (definitely vocal power and charisma).‚ÄĚ -PAKO Music

‚ÄúThe entire composition is a masterpiece.‚ÄĚ -PlaylistCamps

¬†‚Äú…an emotional and powerful performance, creating a dramatic and intense atmosphere‚Ķ piano and the strings complement the sound with complex and enveloping harmonies. The composition is capable of provoking a deep reflection on the social issues that still affect women around the world‚Ķ a manifesto against gender inequalities and violence, demonstrating the strength and resilience of those who fight for justice and equality. The opera is impressive… sure to leave a lasting mark on listeners’ hearts and minds.‚ÄĚ -R√°dio Armaz√©m

‚ÄúQuality performance, really skilled vocal delivery.‚ÄĚ -Secret Eclectic

‚Äú…vocals are truly remarkable‚Ķ music is calming and uplifting, with a blend of classical and modern elements that create a unique sound‚Ķ production is top-notch.‚ÄĚ -Showland Productions

‚ÄúThis masterpiece is inspiring.‚ÄĚ -UTH Sound

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Wilmington Concert Opera (WCO) produced this Live Original Cast Recording of Girondines, a new opera in English by composer Sarah Van Sciver (c’est moi!) and librettist Kirsten C. Kunkle. Kirsten is a voting citizen of the Muscogee (Mvskoke) Nation who has been lauded as the leading Native American soprano in today‚Äôs classical music world. And Sarah writes, arranges, records, and produces scores, songs, sounds, images, and video for opera, film/TV, theater, concert, and studio album productions, blending classical, contemporary, experimental, and commercial styles.

Girondines features a vocal sextet accompanied by piano and strings. The opera shares the interconnected stories of six real-life feminist, intellectual, revolutionary, creative French Revolution women. Three are guillotined: radical murderess Charlotte Corday, moderate feminist writer Madame Manon Roland, and radical feminist writer Olympe de Gouges. Three survive political upheaval: prolific portrait-painter √Člisabeth Vig√©e Le Brun; political theorist Madame Germaine de Sta√ęl; and inventive chemist Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze.¬†

Women are still fighting for their voices. Gender disparity pervades opera composer and librettist distribution, and stereotypes dominate lead opera roles. Stories about real women and their personal goals, desires, and relationships with one another shift opera audience perspectives to be more inclusive of women’s lived experiences. The Girondines story epitomizes inequities, turmoil, abuse, and violence with which women continue to wrestle, struggling for autonomy of mind, body, and soul. Women worldwide pursuing science, literature, arts, and activism are still threatened. Opera itself is one of the battlegrounds on which women still fight to be fairly represented and treated in life and art. The Girondines team is proud to harness the power of opera in a fight for a better future. Vive la r√©sistance!

THE GIRONDINES ALBUM FEATURES:

For folks involved with voice, opera, theater, musical theater, or performing arts venues, companies, festivals, or university programs, please send me a message if you’re interested in exploring opportunities to have your own reading, concert, or staging of Girondines. A piano-vocal reduction score will be available soon – stay tuned!

And for those seeking copies of my earlier albums (songwriting EPs Ophelia’s Song and Puzzle Pieces plus film-scoring and concert music EP Overture to an Adventure), visit the same platforms listed above for streaming and digital downloads, or order physical copies of CDs here.

Seeking a creative collaborator for music, audio, video, web/graphic design, sound, songs, jingles, film, theatre, piano, harp, ukulele, voice, a cappella, mentorship, lessons? I look forward to connecting with you to learn more about how I can help!

Cheers,

Sarah

Order “Overture to an Adventure”…

CDs are arriving, today ~ ORDER YOUR COPY, NOW! 

…OFFICIAL ARTWORK…

Click here for DiscMakers’ 3-D Preview

SPECIAL THANKS TO HANNAH VAN SCIVER FOR HER BRILLIANT PHOTOGRAPHY!

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TRACK LISTING
1. The Final March
2. Days and Days
3. Goodbye
4. Decision
5. Overture to an Adventure
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…RECORDING SESSION PHOTOS…

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Special thanks to
Berenice Leung (cello), David Rosenfeld (oboe), Eugene Chieffo (clarinet),
Geoffrey Baker (viola/violin), Gin Ah Lim (violin), Lawrence Major (violin),
Matthew Roberts (double bass), Sirmina Dremsizova (flute),
Sudarshan Muralidhar¬†(flute), and¬†Yoomi Kwon¬†(cello)¬†… the orchestra
Hannah Van Sciver¬†… photography
William Murdoch¬†… graphic design
Studio Crash¬†… recording / mixing / mastering
DiscMakers¬†& CDBaby¬†… CD production / distribution
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Please stay tuned for announcements regarding:

  • Preview Video for the CD
  • CD Release on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more
  • Digital Downloads
  • Internet Radio and Streaming

‚ôꬆplease spread the word¬†‚ôę

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Looking to finish up holiday shopping?
Order Overture to an Adventure – EP &¬†Ophelia’s SongEP.

CD Order Holidays

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If you buy my songs as digital downloads through ReverbNation, half of the proceeds go directly to the Fender Music Foundation.

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Check out more of my music

Check out the most recent additions to my Discography

Check out Ophelia’s Song – EP

Ophelia’s Song Preview Video¬†* Ophelia’s Song Lyrics & Credits¬†*¬†Order CDs¬†*¬†Book a Gig¬†*¬†Download my Mobile App¬†*¬†Additional Links

All Original Music and Recordings ¬©‚Ąó SARAH VAN SCIVER.

Album Art for New CD…

COMING SOON: “Overture to an Adventure – EP,” featuring 5 original film scoring pieces.

…OFFICIAL ARTWORK…

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Click here for DiscMakers’ 3-D Preview

SPECIAL THANKS TO HANNAH VAN SCIVER FOR HER BRILLIANT PHOTOGRAPHY!

~
TRACK LISTING
1. The Final March
2. Days and Days
3. Goodbye
4. Decision
5. Overture to an Adventure
~

…RECORDING SESSION PHOTOS…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

~
Special thanks to
Berenice Leung (cello), David Rosenfeld (oboe), Eugene Chieffo (clarinet),
Geoffrey Baker (viola/violin), Gin Ah Lim (violin), Lawrence Major (violin),
Matthew Roberts (double bass), Sirmina Dremsizova (flute),
Sudarshan Muralidhar¬†(flute), and¬†Yoomi Kwon¬†(cello)¬†… the orchestra
Hannah Van Sciver¬†… photography
William Murdoch¬†… graphic design
Studio Crash¬†… recording / mixing / mastering
DiscMakers¬†& CDBaby¬†… CD production / distribution
film background

Please stay tuned for announcements regarding:

  • Preview Video for the CD
  • Pre-Orders
  • CD Release
  • Digital Downloads
  • Internet Radio and Streaming

‚ôꬆplease spread the word¬†‚ôę

~

Looking to finish up holiday shopping?
Order¬†physical copies of¬†Ophelia’s SongEP.

CD Order Holidays

~

Sarah%20Van%20Sciver

If you buy my songs as digital downloads through ReverbNation, half of the proceeds go directly to the Fender Music Foundation.

Sarah%20Van%20Sciver

albumart

Check out more of my music

Check out the most recent additions to my Discography

Check out Ophelia’s Song – EP

Ophelia’s Song Preview Video¬†* Ophelia’s Song Lyrics & Credits¬†*¬†Order CDs¬†*¬†Book a Gig¬†*¬†Download my Mobile App¬†*¬†Additional Links

All Original Music and Recordings ¬©‚Ąó SARAH VAN SCIVER.

Teaser Photos for New Album…

In the next few weeks, I am releasing my second album, “Overture to an Adventure,” an EP of film scoring pieces for a variety of ensembles.

…TEASER PHOTOS…

SPECIAL THANKS TO HANNAH VAN SCIVER FOR HER BRILLIANT PHOTOGRAPHY!

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TRACK LISTING
1. The Final March
2. Days and Days
3. Goodbye
4. Decision
5. Overture to an Adventure
~
Recording Session Photos:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

~
Special thanks to
Berenice Leung (cello), David Rosenfeld (oboe), Eugene Chieffo (clarinet),
Geoffrey Baker (viola/violin), Gin Ah Lim (violin), Lawrence Major (violin),
Matthew Roberts (double bass), Sirmina Dremsizova (flute),
Sudarshan Muralidhar¬†(flute), and¬†Yoomi Kwon¬†(cello)¬†… the orchestra
Hannah Van Sciver¬†… photography
William Murdoch¬†… graphic design
Studio Crash¬†… recording / mixing / mastering
DiscMakers¬†& CDBaby¬†… CD production / distribution
film background

Please stay tuned for announcements regarding:

  • Album Art
  • Preview Video for the CD
  • Pre-orders
  • CD Release
  • Digital Downloads
  • Internet Radio and Streaming

‚ôꬆplease spread the word¬†‚ôę

~

If you’re¬†still looking to finish up holiday shopping,
consider¬†ordering physical copies of¬†Ophelia’s SongEP.

CD Order Holidays

~

Sarah%20Van%20Sciver

If you buy my songs as digital downloads through ReverbNation, half of the proceeds go directly to the Fender Music Foundation.

Sarah%20Van%20Sciver

albumart

Check out more of my music

Check out the most recent additions to my Discography

Check out Ophelia’s Song – EP

Ophelia’s Song Preview Video¬†* Ophelia’s Song Lyrics & Credits¬†*¬†Order CDs¬†*¬†Book a Gig¬†*¬†Download my Mobile App¬†*¬†Additional Links

All Original Music and Recordings ¬©‚Ąó SARAH VAN SCIVER.

Track Listing for New Album…

In the next few weeks, I am releasing my second album, “Overture to an Adventure,” an EP of film scoring pieces for a variety of ensembles.

TRACK LISTING

1. The Final March

2. Days and Days

3. Goodbye

4. Decision

5. Overture to an Adventure

~
Recording Session Photos:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

~
Special thanks to

Berenice Leung (cello), David Rosenfeld (oboe), Eugene Chieffo (clarinet),

Geoffrey Baker (viola/violin), Gin Ah Lim (violin), Lawrence Major (violin),

Matthew Roberts (double bass), Sirmina Dremsizova (flute),

Sudarshan Muralidhar¬†(flute), and¬†Yoomi Kwon¬†(cello)¬†… the orchestra

Hannah Van Sciver¬†… photography

William Murdoch¬†… graphic design

Studio Crash¬†… recording / mixing / mastering

DiscMakers¬†& CDBaby¬†… CD production / distribution

film background

Please stay tuned for announcements regarding:

  • Teaser Photos
  • Album Art
  • Preview Video for the CD
  • Pre-orders
  • CD Release
  • Digital Downloads
  • Internet Radio and Streaming

‚ôꬆplease spread the word¬†‚ôę

~

If you’re¬†still looking to finish up holiday shopping,
consider¬†ordering physical copies of¬†Ophelia’s SongEP.

CD Order Holidays

~

Sarah%20Van%20Sciver

If you buy my songs as digital downloads through ReverbNation, half of the proceeds go directly to the Fender Music Foundation.

Sarah%20Van%20Sciver

albumart

Check out more of my music

Check out the most recent additions to my Discography

Check out Ophelia’s Song – EP

Ophelia’s Song Preview Video¬†* Ophelia’s Song Lyrics & Credits¬†*¬†Order CDs¬†*¬†Book a Gig¬†*¬†Download my Mobile App¬†*¬†Additional Links

All Original Music and Recordings ¬©‚Ąó SARAH VAN SCIVER.

CDs are available!

CDs have arrived!

CDs!

Buy your copy online, today ~

…and friends in Philadelphia, feel free to stop by my place to pick up your copy to avoid paying shipping. ‚ô¨

**Click here for a SNEAK PEEK at the ALBUM DESIGN**

**Click here for the ALBUM’s TRACK LISTING, LYRICS, & CREDITS**

Special thanks to

  • the band (Jay, Harry, and Steve),
  • co-lyricists (Hannah & Harry),
  • Studio Crash (Mike),
  • Disc Makers (Sean),
  • and graphic design (Will).

Please stay tuned for announcements regarding:

  • the EP becoming available for digital download and to stream through Internet radio

‚ôꬆplease spread the word¬†‚ôę

Harp.piano@gmail.com is PayPal verified

Pre-Order your copy of Ophelia’s Song – EP, now!

Front Cover - Ophelia's Song - EP

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Go to the store section of my website to pre-order

Ophelia’s Song – EP¬†!

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TRACK LISTING:

  1. Means to an End
  2. Dear Danny (S.W.A.K.)
  3. Election Day in New York City
  4. 10,000 Times
  5. Ophelia’s Song

CDs will be ready to ship by the end of August!

If you live in the Philadelphia area and would prefer to pick up your copies rather than having CDs shipped to you, drop off an order form to me in person, and I will contact you when CDs are available for pick-up.

**Click here for a sneak peek at what the album looks like!**

Special thanks to

the band (Jay, Harry, and Steve),

co-lyricists (Hannah & Harry),

Studio Crash (Mike),

Disc Makers (Sean),

and graphic design (Will).

Please stay tuned for announcements regarding:

  • the unveiling of a lyrics / extended credits page for the EP
  • the EP becoming available for digital download and to stream through Internet radio

‚ôꬆplease spread the word¬†‚ôę

back cover - Ophelia's Song

album back cover