3339 15th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN. 55407

Warren Park

Phone: 612-729-0711

e-mail: wpark@comcast.net

March 2010

1964-1969 Studied at the University of Minnesota, graduated with a B. A. in Philosophy and Music. Studied composition with noted choral and orchestral composer Dr. Paul Fetler.
1969-1972 Irregular graduate level studies in music composition with Dr. Paul Fetler.
Sept. 1970 Founded the West Bank School of Music.
1970-1984 Chief executive officer for the West Bank School of Music. Organizer and project director for over 200 concerts and recitals, including several involving Minnesota composers, and several featuring non-classical styles of music. Special projects have included the West Bank School of Music New Music Projects (1977 and 1983), and the West Bank School of Music Folk Music Series.
1970-2000 Member of the Board of Directors of the West Bank School of Music.
1970-1984 Instructor of music theory, ear training, improvisational piano, composition, music fundamentals, classical piano at the West Bank School of Music.
1983-1994 Originated and designed the West Bank School of Music Jazz Composer Series project. Served as Project Director throughout its history.
1973-present Member of the Minnesota/American Composers Forum.
1970-present Solo pianist for my own compositions, approximately 90 performances.
1970-present Self-employed piano tuner/technician, owner of Ye Olde Piano Shoppe, a sole proprietorship. Piano tuning, repairs, reconditioning; resale of reconditioned used pianos.
1984-present Owner of Warren Park Music Co. working with the production and printing of sheet music and the typesetting of music for instruction books, instrumental parts and scores, and the publishing of my own compositions.
1972-present Active composer of contemporary music. My compositions have been performed publicly a total of 60 times (approximately) by various professional and student ensembles. My music has been broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio on ten occasions. I have received commissions from First Universalist Church for choral works and a commission for a piece for alto voice and piano. The Minneapolis Trombone Choir commissioned and premiered a new work, The Casual Observer, in March 2008. I have participated in several the Delian Society (international tonal music composer organization) projects, 2006-2010, including the writing of new music for the 2008 Silent Movie Score project, the 2009 Verlaine Variations (Bassoon and String Orchestra) and the 2010 Haitian Lullaby Project (Flute and Guitar). Between 2006 and the present I have written a number of pieces for various dance productions, especially with Minneapolis' Eclectic Edge Ensemble, and for puppetry shows with Mad Munchins Productions. Some shows as were a combination of dance and puppetry. Audio samples for many of these shows can be heard within the Compositions button by clicking on the Listen Only box. These pieces are for listening only, with no sheet music available at this point. I anyone wants to have any of these pieces printed out for instrumental performances, arrangements can be made for a reasonable cost by contacting Warren Park Music.
I was granted a major commission to write new music for the Minnesota Sinfonia chamber orchestra in 2015. I wrote for them a three-movement work called Three Musical Flavors. The movements are named Unexpected Changes Rag, Modal Myth and A 60's Celebration. Each short movement features a wholly different style of writing.
Main Catalog: My most important self-published pieces, oldest to newest:

Woodwind Quartet #3 - ('Newfoundland') (1973)
Fantasia for Seven Players - (Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Doublebass, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion--same instrumentation as Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale) (1975)
Ancient Song - for brass trio (1976)
Green Laughter of Spring - for SATB choir and piano (1982)
Ancient Windows - (intermediate solo piano set) (1983)
Polytonal Percolator - for synthesizer (1990)
A Cradle Song - for SATB choir and piano (text by William Blake) (late 1995)
Everywhere Will Be Called Eden Once Again - SATB Choir and piano (text by artist Judy Chicago) (late 1998)
Sailing the Sky, Waltzing - for clarinet and piano (late 1998)
Remember Me - SATB a cappella (late 1999)
The Rhodora - for alto voice and piano (text by Ralph W. Emerson) (2001)
Groove Surfing - for Violin, Marimba, Piano and Bass (2002)
Slipstream - for 16-piece jazz band (2002)
Recollection - for Solo Piano (2003)
Unexpected Changes Rag - solo piano piece in ragtime (2004)
Mesmer's Waltz - for trombone or tenor sax, with piano and double bass (2004)
Within Your Eyes - for Soprano and Piano (2005)
Georgia Saw the Blue Line - for SSA and Piano (poem by Mary Junge) (2006)
Old American Mechanical Toys - for Saxophone Quartet (5 movements) (2006)
The Universal Beauty - for SATB Choir and Piano (2007)
Sirocco - for Computer Chamber Ensemble (dance work) (2007)
A Casual Observer - for Trombone Choir (2008)
From Lydia - for Flute and Piano (2008)
Viva Verlaine - for Bassoon and String Orchestra (2008)
Taking the Fifth - for Two Cellos or Cello and Bass Clarinet (2009)
Dodo Titite Waltz - for Flute and Guitar (2010)
Three Musical Flavors - for Chamber Orchestra (2017)
Awards Minnesota State Arts Board composition grant, 1977; prize winner in the U of Minnesota's 'Of Media' composition contest, 1980, finalist in the Los Alamos, N. M. Arts Council composers competition, 1979.