NewMusicShelf Anthology of New Music for Mezzo-Soprano, Vol. 1


20 songs for mezzo-soprano and piano

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About the Anthology

Curated by mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen, this collection of 20 art songs is ideal for active performers looking for exciting new repertoire, voice teachers searching for fresh contemporary songs for their studios, or student vocalists seeking out unique and culturally-relevant new works to fulfill 21st century repertoire requirements.

These songs, composed exclusively in the 21st century, represent a broad range of compositional styles from composers living and writing today, and were curated for intermediate through advanced voices. Many of the songs in this volume are excerpted from larger cycles of songs, available directly from the composers.

The NewMusicShelf Anthologies of New Music are a bold, new publishing initiative aimed at bringing new and unknown composers and repertoire to student and professional performers alike. With an emphasis on works not found in the traditional publishing ecosystem, each volume is curated by performers who have a reputation for championing new music, with an eye toward selecting works with a range of styles and difficulties that are suitable for concert and recital performance.

With this innovative mode of publishing, NewMusicShelf advocates for self-published composers in a way previously unheard of in the realm of classical music: all self-published composers retain full ownership of their work while earning a generous royalty on every sale. Your support of this project directly benefits these composers, and also helps NewMusicShelf to continue to promote the works of the many excellent composers writing today. We encourage you to explore these composers' catalogs in greater depth, and hope that these songs inspire many fruitful and rewarding collaborations!

Songs in this volume

ComposerSong TitleAuthor of TextYear Composed
Michael Betteridge First Time He Kissed Me Elizabeth Browning 2012
Mark Buller From the unreal (from To the Soul: Five Sacred Songs) The Upanishads 2017
Stephen DeCesare Sister Maude Christina Rossetti 2015
Douglas Fisk love is a place (from Three Songs) e.e. cummings 2003
Matt Frey Without A Thorn Matt Frey 2017
Jodi Goble I would live in your love (from Three Teasdale Songs) Sara Teasdale 2013
Ricky Ian Gordon Let Evening Come (from Late Afternoon) Jane Kenyon 2007
Cara Haxo Im Harren Stefan George 2016
Cameron Lam Death (from Fragments of Solitude) Luis de Gongora/Edith Grossman 2015
Cecilia Livingston Give Me Your Hand Duncan McFarlane 2015
Shona Mackay Silent Noon (from Three Songs) D.G. Rossetti 2016
Tony Manfredonia Prairie Dawn Willa Cather 2017
Nicole Murphy Air Stirs Bashō 2016
Eric Pazdziora Thief's Song (from The Accidental Feast of the Holy Fool) Jane Yolen 2013
Frances Pollock Scheherazade Richard Siken 2016
Julia Seeholzer Prayer at my parting (from Portraits of Disquiet) Kendall A. 2016
Alan Thiesen Look Down Fair Moon Walt Whitman 2017
Dennis Tobenski Good Bones Maggie Smith 2017
Moe Touizrar Dark Pines Under Water Gwendolyn MacEwen 2003
Ed Windels Blackbird Etude A.E. Stallings 2015

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About the Curator

Mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen is a tireless promoter of contemporary classical music for the voice. Her performances thrive on elaborate sound worlds and fully-developed dramatic interpretations. Megan recently debuted on the Oh My Ears Festival, SPLICE Festival, Omaha Under the Radar, Detroit New Music “Strange Beautiful Music Marathon”, the Works and Process at the Guggenheim series, and with NYC-based Stone Mason Projects. Her 'This World of Yes' recital featuring 21st Century compositions with saxophonist and composer, Alan Theisen, has traveled to over a dozen cities in the US. Her recording of Garrett Schumann’s “Bound” with Latitude 49 was selected for both the I CARE IF YOU LISTEN Fall 2015 Mixtape and the CarpeDM Seize Des Moines “Music Mix: Volume III” featured at the 2016 SXSW Festival. Learn more about Megan at



A Note on Binding

To adhere to recommendations by the Music Library Association, and to aid in library shelving, the NewMusicShelf Anthologies are perfect bound books. Since perfect binding frequently prevents books from lying flat (which is especially helpful for pianists), you may choose to have the anthologies rebound for use in performance. Most copy shops are able to - quickly and cheaply - shave off the spine of a perfect bound book and rebind it with a coil/spiral. Coil binding is usually preferable to comb binding in this instance because coils preserve the pages better, and turn more quietly, provided that the coil is wide enough to accommodate page turns.

Additional information

Weight 0.875 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × 0.3 in


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