JUDY SPECHT

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Judy composes primarily for choirs, solo voices, keyboards and instrumental ensembles.  While composing she has enjoyed a diverse career, including that of:  choir director and church organist; university lecturer in Harmony and Counterpoint; studio teacher of Piano and Theory; music director and creator of electronic scores for live theatre; and most fun of all, multi-instrumentalist with The Trollsons theatre troupe touring  China, Singapore, Korea and Canada.  

She was nominated for a Jesse Richardson Award for her music for Chinese instruments performed by the Orchid Ensemble in Pangaea Arts’ production of The Life of Paper. She has had choir pieces published by Gordon V Thompson (now Warner) and piano compositions published by the Canadian Conservatory of Music.  She holds an ARCT in piano, a M.Mus in composition from U.B.C. and is an Associate of the Canadian Music Centre. She currently composes from her home on Gabriola Island. (2022)

 

Breathing

by Judy Specht

SATB with piano – CP 2114 – duration 5:15

This piece has two opposing sets of lyrics.  One is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist mantra, chanted over and over so as to lead the mind into a relaxed state of being.  The other is a series of intriguing thoughts (from the poem Breathing, by Naomi Beth Wakan) that interrupt the focus, causing the mind to wander in and out of the meditation three times before the mantra finally prevails.  At the end, the singers sustain an “om” for as long as their breath holds out.

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