Roger Ames was born in Cooperstown, New York, the son of a self-taught church organist and first grade teacher (his free pass to play the organ as a teenager). This and undoubtedly his mother’s 42 years as a teacher helped define his passionate love for creating music as well as teaching and conducting it.
He has written numerous large works, both sacred and secular. His Requiem for Our Time, using the poetry of Anne Sexton, has been performed both in the United States and abroad, and received its New England premiere by the Boston Chorus Pro Musica in November of 2007. It was recently nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music.
Ames’ fascination with American folk music and his love for choral music have inspired him to write many folk song arrangements, some of which are in the GIA catalog. His choral fantasy on Amazing Grace was commissioned and premiered by Dr. James Jordan and the Williamson Singers of Westminster Choir College, and has been performed by many choirs since it was published in 2004. His collaborations with Dr. Jordan have helped create several books of choral warm-ups and exercises, all published by GIA. He has several extended works for chorus, Let There Be Joy (for cello, harp and chorus, in 3 movements), Ancient Songs of the Universe (a rhapsody for piano and chorus). These are currently available by contacting the composer directly at email@example.com. His one-act operas are available at the same address.
Colorado Springs Conservatory Opera Intensive - Music EducationJuly 3 - July 19, co-sponsored by Central City Opera in Denver. Designed for outstanding high school singers, the workshop covers performance practice, coachings, dance and movement, acting instruction, performing opera and music theater scenes, and creating an original one act opera based on "rags to riches." Admission by audition. Call Shantell Autry, assistant director of the conservatory, for further information. 719.229.6046 Roger Ames, composer in residence.
Music Words Opera Workshop, Denver, CO June 29. - Music EducationInstruction for educators interested in helping their students write and produce their own operas, using their current curriculum and developing cross-discipline alliances with other teachers and subject areas. Usually offered through opera companies in 'home cities.'
Music Words Opera Workshop, St. Louis, June 15-19 - Music EducationInstruction for educators interested in helping their students write and produce their own operas, using their current curriculum and developing cross-discipline alliances with other teachers and subject areas. Usually offered through opera companies in 'home cities.'
- Choral Ensemble Intonation-Modal Exercises for Choirs
- Choral Reflection on Amazing Grace
- She Moved through the Faire
- Splendor in the Grass
- Annie Laurie - Danny Boy
- Erie Canal, The (from Three Appalachian Folk Songs)
- Love's Gift
- Come, O Christ
- The Choral Warm-Up: Accompanied Canons for Choirs
- Riddle Song, The (from Three Appalachian Folk Songs)
- Old Dan Tucker Meets Cindy