A Ring of Birds by Jeffrey Van
A Ring of Birds, Van’s wistful 2009 song cycle for voice with guitar featuring texts by Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Amy Lowell. Composer Jeffrey Van has premiered over 50 works for guitar, including Dominick Argento's Letters from Composers, five concertos, and a broad variety of chamber music. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and as part of Duologue, with flutist Susan Morris De Jong, has premiered and recorded commissioned works from more than a dozen composers, including Stephen Paulus, Roberto Sierra, Tania Leon, Michael Daugherty, Libby Larsen and William Bolcom.
He has been featured on many National Public Radio broadcasts, including St. Paul Sunday, has made several solo and ensemble recordings, and appears on eight recordings with the Dale Warland Singers. Van has taught master classes throughout the United States, and earned an M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota School of Music, where he is a lecturer in classical guitar. Mr. Van's compositions include works for guitar, guitar and violin, guitar and flute, chorus, chamber ensemble, vocal solo, and organ. A recording of his Reflexiones Concertantes (Concerto for Two Guitars and Chamber Orchestra) has been released on the Centaur label.