ANDREA RAMSEY

Andrea Ramsey

- Composer, Conductor, Teacher, Presenter -

Sara Teasdale

“The dreams of my heart and mind may pass. Nothing stays with me for long. But I have had from a child, the deep solace of song.”

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“Andrea Ramsey is one of those rare individuals whose very presence inspires. Her effervescent spirit, gracious demeanor and zest for all that's 'good' in life is not only reflected through her personality, but through the music she writes and ensembles she conducts. The world needs more people like her and certainly the music profession benefits from her talents."

Dr. Eph Ehly, Choral Conductor and Clinician, Professor Emeritus, Conservatory of Music & Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Abbreviated Biography

Andrea Ramsey

Dr. Andrea Ramsey enjoys an international presence as a composer, conductor, scholar and music educator. Before leaping into full time composing and guest conducting, Andrea held positions at The Ohio State University and the University of Colorado Boulder, respectively. An award-winning composer with approximately 100 works to date, she believes strongly in the creation of new music. A native of Arkansas, Andrea has experienced in her own life the power of music to provide a sense of community, better understanding of our humanity and rich opportunities for self-discovery.

LIST OF WORKS

HEAD SHOTS (High Resolution available for Download)

Professional Affiliations

  • ACDA (American Choral Directors Association)
  • ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers)
  • NAfME (National Association for Music Education)
  • CMS (College Music Society)
  • NCCO (National Collegiate Choral Organization)

Full Biography

Andrea Ramsey

Dr. Andrea Ramsey enjoys an international presence as a composer, conductor, scholar, and music educator. Her teaching experiences range from work with adolescent and children's voices to high school and collegiate voices. She enjoys regular opportunities to conduct all-state and divisional level honor choirs, festival events at Carnegie Hall, and serves as a principal conductor for the Pacific International Young Women's Choral Festival in Eugene, Oregon. Before leaping into full time composing and guest conducting, Andrea held positions in music education and conducting at The Ohio State University and the University of Colorado, respectively.

An ASCAPlus award-winning composer, Andrea believes strongly in the creation of new works. Her compositions, available with traditional publishers and also through www.musicspoke.com residency collaborations with the Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, Ithaca College, and the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans.

As a scholar, she has presented for state, divisional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the 6th Annual Symposium on Sociology in Music Education, as well as The Phenomenon Singing Symposium in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. She has co-authored articles published in the Choral Journal, as well as the Journal of Research in Music Education. A native of Arkansas, she has experienced in her own life the power of music to provide a sense of community, better understanding of our humanity, and rich opportunities for self-discovery.

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Banjo Pickin’ Girl

Accompanied, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, Video, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

Requiescat

High School/Collegiate, Men's Chorus, Secular, TTB/TBB/TTBB, Unaccompanied

Three Quotes by Mark Twain

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, Secular, Unison/Two Part

What Can I Bring

Accompanied, Sacred, Unison/Two Part

Wake Me a Song

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, Women's Chorus

Sing to Me

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, SATB/SSAATTBB, Secular, Women's Chorus

The Sky Is Strung with Glory

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

God Be In My Head

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, Sacred, Unison/Two Part, Women's Chorus

Doors of Daring

High School/Collegiate, SATB/SSAATTBB, Secular, Unaccompanied, Video

Veni, Sancte Spiritus

Accompanied, High School/Collegiate, Men's Chorus, SA/SSA/SSAA, Sacred, TTB/TBB/TTBB, Unaccompanied, Video, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

Here Inside My Heart

Accompanied, High School/Collegiate, Sacred, SATB/SSAATTBB

The Dream Keeper

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

The Roof

Accompanied, High School/Collegiate, Men's Chorus, SA/SSA/SSAA, SATB/SSAATTBB, Secular, TTB/TBB/TTBB, Video, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

Letter From a Girl to the World

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Sacred, Secular, Unaccompanied, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

The Adventures of Isabel

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, Secular, Unison/Two Part, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

From a River’s Edge

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, Unaccompanied, Women's Chorus

Works by Andrea Ramsey

I See the Heaven’s Glories Shine (picfest 2014)

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Sacred, SATB/SSAATTBB, Video, Women's Chorus

Jesu (picfest 2014)

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Sacred, SATB/SSAATTBB, Video, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

Luminescence

High School/Collegiate, SATB/SSAATTBB, Secular, Unaccompanied, Video

I See the Heaven’s Glories Shine

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Men's Chorus, SA/SSA/SSAA, Sacred, SATB/SSAATTBB, TTB/TBB/TTBB, Women's Chorus

Home on the Range

Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, Men's Chorus, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, TTB/TBB/TTBB, Unaccompanied, Women's Chorus

Commissioning a New Work

Commissioning a new work can be a dynamic and invigorating experience:

  • Breathe first life into a completely original composition
  • Stretch yourself as a conductor to interpret and create from scratch
  • Add to the body of repertoire for choral conductors and singers
  • Allow your audience to hear a work never before performed
  • Treat your singers to an inside-out experience and connection with a living, breathing composer
  • Consider combining with other choirs to commission a new work as a consortium and save on cost

quoteAs an educator and conductor, the selection of high quality repertoire of substance is one of the greatest foundational factors of success. Dr. Ramsey's compositions provide content that is musically satisfying in technical concepts and elicits aesthetic response. She chooses texts care-fully and sets them so they work for the singer and the listener. close quote

Dr. Julie Yu
Co-Director of Choral Activities
Kansas State University

Commissioning A New Work

What does it cost?

Before providing a cost estimate, Andrea gathers a complete understanding of what the commissioning choir and/or conductor is looking to achieve or experience through the process. Taking into consideration the following factors: creative appeal of the project, voicing & instrumentation, calendar availability, recent commissions, duration of the work, and budgetary considerations of the commissioning body, an estimate is crafted. This may be a fee range or an exact figure depending on the project.

Who makes the decisions?

The commissioning party decides upon: Wording of the title dedication, Desired duration of the piece, Voicing and instrumentation, Style & mood, Vocal range limitations

The composer decides upon: Text, Musical setting of text

As the text is typically the starting point, it’s imperative that Andrea connects creatively with the text. The commissioning body is strongly encouraged to suggest meaningful text options, as frequently these options may work. However, the composer reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the text.

Are there any satisfaction guarantees?

Once the above details have been decided upon, a contract will be created before any composing is done to ensure that both parties are happy with the defined parameters and that all requests are clearly understood. As beauty and art are subjective forms, no guarantee is offered, but Andrea does her best to fully understand the commissioning body’s desires for the work and to honor those. It is not uncommon for her to send 1-2 page previews to commissioning parties as she begins to compose to ensure she is on the right track.

What is the time frame?

It is generally best to contact Andrea at least two years in advance of when the piece is needed for the first rehearsal. It will not take two years to craft your piece, but as Andrea is full-time faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder and frequently traveling for guest conducting and presenting, it may take longer for her to complete certain projects. Visiting the project calendar below can also help a potential commissioner to see what works are up next for Andrea

Will the work be published?

Most likely, but the composer reserves the right to choose whether or not to publish, and in what format. Andrea works with a variety of traditional publishers (Hal Leonard, Boosey & Hawkes, GIA, Carl Fischer, Walton, Santa Barbara, Colla Voce, and Pavane) yet is also venturing into digital distribution through new composer marketplace, MusicSpoke (www.musicspoke.com) Regardless of whether the piece is published traditionally or digitally, it is likely that it will be made available to others after your ensemble’s premiere of the work.

How Do I Get Started?

Send a commission inquiry directly to Andrea Ramsey:
Sending an inquiry is in no way binding. It just opens a conversation.
Please use the form below, or submit via email to Andrea: andrearamseymusic@icloud.com

Sample of Past Commissions

Sample of Past Commissions

Southwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association

University of Kentucky Women’s Chorus

Oklahoma All-State Children’s Choir

Waukee High School, Des Moines, IA

Turtle Creek Chorale, Dallas, TX

Allegro Choirs of Kansas City

Tennessee Music Educators Association

Crescent City Choral Festival, New Orleans, LA

Sistrum Women’s Chorus, Lansing, MI

ACDA Women’s Chorus Commissioning Consortium

quoteAndrea Ramsey successfully revitalized all the conductors and students with whom she came in contact at our state convention. She related to us and offered great practical knowledge. Missouri Choral Directors were sent back to their own trenches with fabulous ideas to use in rehearsals the very next day!

In addition, the leadership of MCDA found Andrea to be incredibly efficient, well prepared and extremely professional. This is was a welcome breath of fresh air.

When choosing a composer for the first-ever commission by the Missouri Choral Directors Association for the 7th & 8th Grade State Honor Choir, Andrea’s attention to text and beauty of line were the top reasons we asked her to compose for us. She inquired about our needs and met them expertly. close quote

Christy Elsea
R & S Chair for Middle Level Choirs
Missouri Choral Directors Association

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Event Calendar

2017

April 15-18
Guest conductor, Manhattan Concert Productions Octavo Series, Carnegie Hall, NYC

April 23-24
Coda Concerts, Composer-in-Residence, Carnegie Hall, NYC

April 28-30
Festival Adjudication
Kansas City, MO

May 4
Appearance on "Colorado Matters"; Colorado Public Radio

May 18-19
Premiere of "La Noche Esta Celebrando" and workshop at Stanford MS in Long Beach, CA

July 9-15
Arkansas Choral Connection Choir Camp and graduate credit workshop, Conway, AR

July 19-22
Missouri ACDA, Children's Honor Choir

August 1-6
Mirabai recording project, Dr. Sandra Snow, conductor

August 12-13
New York ACDA
Summer JH/MS Honor Choir

September 22- Oct 8
Workshop with Chulalongkorn University, school choirs in Chiang Mai, and 23rd Annual Bangkok International Choir Festival; Bangkok, Thailand

October 20
Residency at Traverse City West High School
Traverse City, MI

October 22-24
Residency in Flint, Michigan; premiere of SATB voicing of "But a Flint Holds Fire"

October 26-28
Louisiana ACDA All-State Women's Chorus

November 1-6
Workshop with Michigan Festival of Sacred Music and Children's Chorus of Kalamazoo

November 11-12
Annual Composer Festival, First United Methodist Church, Birmingham, MI

November 17-19
Guest Conductor, Minnesota All-State JH/MS Treble Choir

December 15-17
Residency with Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble

2018

January 12-13
Choristers Guild Winter Inservice, Atlanta, GA

January 15-25
International School Choral Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

February 2-3
Guest Conductor,
North Dakota JH/MS All-State Choir

February 9-10
Columbus Children's Choir Festival; Columbus, OH

February 16-17
Pensacola Children's Chorus Festival

February 21-24
Presenting at Southern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association

March 2-3
Residency with Boston Children's Chorus

March 7-11
Conducting Northwest Division ACDA Men's Honor Choir, Portland, OR

March 12-14
Residency with choirs at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

March 21-24
OAKE National Women's Honor Choir, Oklahoma CIty, OK

April 14-17
Manhattan Concert Productions Event, National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.

April 19-21
Rocky Mountain Choral Festival, Banff, Canada

May 18-19
Baltimore Boychoir Festival

June 1-2
Wyoming Children's Honor Choir

June 28-July 3
Crescent City Choral Festival, New Orleans, LA

July 9-15
Pacific International Choral Festival's Young Women's Festival, Eugene, OR

July 18-19
Headliner at Washington ACDA
Tacoma, WA

October 4-6
Idaho ACDA, presenter

November 9-10
TMEA Region 28 Treble choir, Harlingen, TX

2019
Jan 20-23
Wyoming High School Mixed All-State Choir

Jan 25-26
All Carolina Honors Chorus

February 14-16
Georgia Music Educators Association 9-10 grade mixed honor choir

March 7-8
Residency at San Jose State University

March 12-16
Adjudication at Choir Alberta festival, Canada

March 21-23
Present at North Dakota Music Educators Conference

July 8-10
Present at Arizona Summer ACDA conference

October 9-10
North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus

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Photography

MSU In the Snow

January 26, 2015

Resources

- Documents for Download -

The Meanings of the Choral Experience

Grades 7 -12

The Meanings of the Choral Experience

Link to PDF (2.3 MB)

Swagger, Gentlemanliness & Brotherhood

National ACDA Presentation

Swagger, Gentlemanliness & Brotherhood

Link To PDF (1.5 MB)

Andrea Ramsey - Head Shots

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Andrea Ramsey - Head Shots

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Embracing the Non-Auditioned JH/MS Chorus

Presentation

Embracing the Non-Auditioned JH/MS Chorus

Link to Presentation

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Contact Andrea

Contact Andrea

For commissioning, guest conducting or presentation inquiries, please email:
andrearamseymusic@icloud.com

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“Andrea Ramsey successfully revitalized all the conductors and students with whom she came in contact at our state convention. She related to us and offered great practical knowledge. Missouri Choral Directors were sent back to their own trenches with fabulous ideas to use in rehearsals the very next day! In addition, the leadership of MCDA found Andrea to be incredibly efficient, well prepared and extremely professional. This is was a welcome breath of fresh air. When choosing a composer for the first-ever commission by the Missouri Choral Directors Association for the 7th & 8th Grade State Honor Choir, Andrea’s attention to text and beauty of line were the top reasons we asked her to compose for us. She inquired about our needs and met them expertly. "

Christy Elsea
R & S Chair for Middle Level Choirs
Missouri Choral Directors Association

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Young Women's Chorus

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"Andrea Ramsey brings both expertise and excitement to her work as a choral clinician. Andrea represents the best of our ideals as choral leaders; the singers fortunate enough to be in her presence are the beneficiaries."

Dr. Tim Sharp
Executive Director
American Choral Directors Association

“Ramsey's music makes for a deeply satisfying sing. In "I See the Heaven's Glories Shine," her understanding of the color palette of the treble voice meets the rich imagery of the poetry. This is a composer with something to say and the means to say it. The women of the Michigan State University Women's Chamber Ensemble took refuge in this piece, returning again and again to the message of optimism & strength.”

Sandra Snow, Ph.D.
Prof. of Choral Cond. & Music Ed.
Michigan State University

"As an educator and conductor, the selection of high quality repertoire of substance is one of the greatest foundational factors of success. Dr. Ramsey's compositions provide content that is musically satisfying in technical concepts and elicits aesthetic response. She chooses texts carefully and sets them so they work for the singer and the listener."

Dr. Julie Yu
Co-Director of Choral Activities
Kansas State University

"One of the most talented ‘young lions’ emerging in the choral field. As a conductor and motivator, Andrea is among the best. As a composer and arranger, her works are always artistically set and meaningful. Her lovely music has reduced me to tears on numerous occasions."

Bill Grace
Choral Music Educator,
Conductor & Adjudicator
30 years + experience in Missouri Public Schools

"A master teacher, a master musician and a master composer. She chooses texts carefully and seems to have that necessary instinct to know what texts children will love. Her melodies are creative and memorable and her music will stand the test of time. She is a rare combination of talent and efficiency. Her energy and vibrant teaching ideas make her a first class composer and clinician."

Janeal Krehbiel
Founder,
Lawrence Children's Choir

“Ramsey's music makes for a deeply satisfying sing. In "I See the Heaven's Glories Shine," her understanding of the color palette of the treble voice meets the rich imagery of the poetry. This is a composer with something to say and the means to say it. The women of the Michigan State University Women's Chamber Ensemble took refuge in this piece, returning again and again to the message of optimism & strength.”

Sandra Snow, Ph.D.
Prof. of Choral Cond. & Music Ed.
Michigan State University

“Andrea Ramsey successfully revitalized all the conductors and students with whom she came in contact at our state convention. She related to us and offered great practical knowledge. Missouri Choral Directors were sent back to their own trenches with fabulous ideas to use in rehearsals the very next day! In addition, the leadership of MCDA found Andrea to be incredibly efficient, well prepared and extremely professional. This is was a welcome breath of fresh air. When choosing a composer for the first-ever commission by the Missouri Choral Directors Association for the 7th & 8th Grade State Honor Choir, Andrea’s attention to text and beauty of line were the top reasons we asked her to compose for us. She inquired about our needs and met them expertly. "

Christy Elsea
R & S Chair for Middle Level Choirs
Missouri Choral Directors Association

“...one of my favorite young composers of choral music. Her music shows great range-- lyrical, dramatic, beautiful-- and she has the rare talent write really fresh-sounding music but well within the capabilities of all kinds of ensembles. Her text choices are remarkable and varied. I'm always excited to see each new piece of Andrea's!”

Lee Kesselman
Composer & Arranger
Director of Choral Music
College of DuPage, Chicago, Illinois

"Andrea Ramsey brings both expertise and excitement to her work as a choral clinician. Andrea represents the best of our ideals as choral leaders; the singers fortunate enough to be in her presence are the beneficiaries."

Dr. Tim Sharp
Executive Director
American Choral Directors

“I've found that Dr. Ramsey's quality works are very appealing to a wide variety of age level groups. This rare feat is accomplished by very few and she will certainly be one of the most often programmed composers."

Dr. Joshua Oppenheim
Co-Director of Choral Activities
Kansas State University

“I've found that Dr. Ramsey's quality works are very appealing to a wide variety of age level groups. This rare feat is accomplished by very few and she will certainly be one of the most often programmed composers."

Dr. Joshua Oppenheim
Co-Director of Choral Activities
Kansas State University

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