Courage, Carlyle. We're going through the night air, with our arms wide.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Offshore Pirate)

Who am I?

Joel WeissI was lucky enough to be born into a family that loved music.  My folks gave up most of their free time and carted my brother and I to our various rehearsals and performances throughout high school.  At Catholic University, where I studied voice and theory, I performed in the opera studio, sang in master classes with Regine Crespin and Todd Duncan (who became my voice teacher), and my first compositions were written and performed by fellow students. It was here that Gian Carlo Menotti heard my song “Jenny Kiss’d Me” in recital and called it a “great tune.” (That was a good day.) While in college, I was a cantor and sang in the choir at the National Shrine where music director Leo Nestor took me under his wing, teaching me conducting and choral composition.

I received my master’s degree at UNC-Greensboro before moving to NYC.  I had a pretty good run as a performer – a few off-Broadway shows, tours, some TV work and regional opera gigs in the states and in Europe.  I got sick in 2008, and was forced to leave the singing behind and focus on writing full-time.

My music has been well received – performances in the states, Germany, Canada and Mexico.  I have had two composer-in-residency positions, was a visiting artist at The University of Notre Dame as well as guest composer at St. Patrick’s in New York, and currently hold the same position at Temple Emanuel in Wichita, Kansas.

Recently my work was featured in a recital at the Staatstheater in Kassel, Germany, and my song “Ode to the cat” was part of a concert to benefit SAVE – an animal rescue organization in Princeton, NJ.  Christopher Street Opera produced the one-act operas Ferris Wheel and Ophelia as well as commissioning and premiering The Offshore PirateOphelia premiered at the opening of the St. John’s Concert Series in Manhattan and the musical I wrote with David L. Williams Tess’ Last Night had a nice run in NYC before being selected to be part of the NYC Fringe Festival where it received some good press while playing at the Greenwich House Theatre in the Village.

Current and recent projects include: a one-act opera from Romeo and Juliet’s “balcony scene,” a setting of Henry V’s famous St. Crispin’s Day speech for tenor and wind ensemble, a song cycle in German to poetry by Heirnich Heine, as well as the song cycle “I Love Red Poppies” to poetry by the Canadian poet Virna Sheard.

Please feel free to contact me for scores, further information, commission requests or just to say hi.

 

 

Who am I?

Joel WeissI was lucky enough to be born into a family that loved music.  My folks gave up most of their free time and carted my brother and I to our various rehearsals and performances throughout high school.  At Catholic University, where I studied voice and theory, I performed in the opera studio, sang in master classes with Regine Crespin and Todd Duncan (who became my voice teacher), and my first compositions were written and performed by fellow students. It was here that Gian Carlo Menotti heard my song “Jenny Kiss’d Me” in recital and called it a “great tune.” (That was a good day.) While in college, I was a cantor and sang in the choir at the National Shrine where music director Leo Nestor took me under his wing, teaching me conducting and choral composition.

I received my master’s degree at UNC-Greensboro before moving to NYC.  I had a pretty good run as a performer – a few off-Broadway shows, tours, some TV work and regional opera gigs in the states and in Europe.  I got sick in 2008, and was forced to leave the singing behind and focus on writing full-time.

My music has been well received – performances in the states, Germany, Canada and Mexico.  I have had two composer-in-residency positions, was a visiting artist at The University of Notre Dame as well as guest composer at St. Patrick’s in New York, and currently hold the same position at Temple Emanuel in Wichita, Kansas.

Recently my work was featured in a recital at the Staatstheater in Kassel, Germany, and my song “Ode to the cat” was part of a concert to benefit SAVE – an animal rescue organization in Princeton, NJ.  Christopher Street Opera produced the one-act operas Ferris Wheel and Ophelia as well as commissioning and premiering The Offshore PirateOphelia premiered at the opening of the St. John’s Concert Series in Manhattan and the musical I wrote with David L. Williams Tess’ Last Night had a nice run in NYC before being selected to be part of the NYC Fringe Festival where it received some good press while playing at the Greenwich House Theatre in the Village.

Current and recent projects include: a one-act opera from Romeo and Juliet’s “balcony scene,” a setting of Henry V’s famous St. Crispin’s Day speech for tenor and wind ensemble, a song cycle in German to poetry by Heirnich Heine, as well as the song cycle “I Love Red Poppies” to poetry by the Canadian poet Virna Sheard.

Please feel free to contact me for scores, further information, commission requests or just to say hi.

 

 

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