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2023.6.14 Deanna Witkowski Composer Spotlight

Deanna Witkowski


June 14, 2023

Event Type

Composer Spotlight

Erica Seguine

Event Type Description

Composer Spotlights feature a Presenting Artist outlining compositional concepts contained within their own work by examining score & audio excerpts.


Setting Text for A Cappella SATB Choir

About the Presenting Artists(s)

Known for her adventurous, engaging music that heals the soul, pianist-composer Deanna Witkowski moves with remarkable ease between Brazilian, jazz, classical, and sacred music. Witkowski’s explosive performances combine virtuosity and heart, telling stories that reveal her innate curiosity of the human condition. Her first book, Mary Lou Williams: Music For The Soul, published in September 2021, is the winner of the 2022 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award and the 2022 Jazz Journalists Association Award for Biography of the Year. Her seventh recording, Force of Nature, released in January 2022, reached number five on the JazzWeek nationwide radio chart and remained in the top ten most played albums on jazz radio for more than ten weeks. A frequent winner of composition competitions for her concert and sacred choral pieces, Witkowski has received funding for new work from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Choral Arts Initiative PREMIERE|Project Festival.

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