Suzanne Wieland

Suzanne Wieland (MA) is a composer who lives in the Tampa Bay area. Her compositions have been recorded by Ablaze Records. Suzanne received her education at Florida State University, University of North Texas, and Florida Atlantic University. Recent performances of original works include Sinfonietta by the Brno Philharmonic in Czechoslovakia, the premiere of Sonata for Flute and Piano at the Florida Flute Fair and Salve Regina by the Walden School Choir. Her piece was selected as a finalist in the Southwest Texas Brass Association. Other compositions include Odes for voice and piano, Song of Solomon for SSAA choir, Jeremiah 31 for SATB choir, Psalm for a Wounded Nation and Requiem for a Young Musician for chorus and orchestra, Celtic Cross for Woodwind Quintet, Poseidon Calling for Wind Ensemble, Naiads and Dryads for Wind Ensemble and Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. In addition, she retains an active schedule as a performer both as a flutist and as a vocalist and works as a private studio instructor. Honors include winner of the Florida Flute Association Masterclass Competition and member of the Florida Intercollegiate Band. Suzanne also enjoys conducting and arranging music.



Artist’s Blog



I attended a composers retreat at the Walden School in New Hampshire in 2014.  This year, I received an invitation to attend an alumni event.  When they told me they wanted me to write a piece for them, I was on board.

After seeing the list of available instruments, I decided to write a woodwind trio.  I created a piece for flute, oboe and bassoon.  I patterned it after the Imani Winds trio, a group that performs out of New York.

A week later, I received an email from the event coordinator saying that they were very happy with the piece, but could I please re-score it because the second part would be played by clarinet instead of oboe.  I said…um…ok.

I enjoyed re-visiting the camp, as it is in a very beautiful area of New Hampshire.  I got to hear the piece performed and it went very well.  I got several good comments afterward.

Anyway, now that I’m back I am going to be working on my pieces for maestro Sforzini and the composers’ exposition in September.  I hope to get recordings of the woodwind trio performance and the Charlotte Music Festival as well.


my lesson

My mentor for the Emerging Artist grant is Maestro Mark Sforzini.  He is the director of the St. Petersburg Opera and the Tampa Bay Symphony.  I have had the privilege of working with him before, as I did a stint as the principal flute of the Tampa Bay Symphony.  During this time, I also got to observe his abilities as a composer, as we played one of his pieces.

We held our lesson at the St. Pete Opera headquarters.  We discussed one of the movements of my Requiem.  He had a lot of good ideas about orchestration.  Some of the changes he suggested included changing instruments and using different registers.  He also felt that when writing vocal music, music should reflect the text.

It is very helpful to me after having written a piece to have it heard by another set of ears, especially by a trained musician who can offer feedback.  A mentor can hear things you probably have not thought of and give a fresh take.  I am also hoping for career advice from someone who knows this area and has a lot of wonderful ideas of what can be done, and what it takes.


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