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.


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Prayer of St. Francis

This is my last post as an Emerging Artist grantee for Creative Pinellas.  I normally do not post about religion, but, following my experience with the Artist’s Showcase this weekend, I would like to share my favorite prayer by my favorite saint, as it articulates my philosophy as an artist and my art:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace

Where there is hatred, let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is despair, hope

Where there is darkness, light

And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console

To be understood as to understand

To be loved as to love

For it is in giving that we receive

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Thank you,

Suzanne Wieland




Winding down…

During the course of this grant period, I have had the opportunity to create and to perform.  These past few months have been fruitful, creative, and productive.  I have met many people, both local and from other parts of the world and have enjoyed interacting with them.  I have a lot of ideas of future projects, of ways I can grow not only for myself as a musician, but for the artistic community and Creative Pinellas in particular.  I have enjoyed having the opportunity to show my work and to introduce myself to new audiences.  I am especially looking forward to the lecture this week and the musical performance next week.  However, my musical journey will not stop here.  I will continue to write and perform locally, and hopefully outside the Bay area as well.  I will network with band directors to create interest in my music for wind ensemble.  I hope to find local singers who would rally in support of my choral requiem.  I wish to have more pieces performed and recorded.  I may return to school to further study composition.  I will definitely attend more festivals and masterclasses.  Whatever I do, you can follow me on social media, as I do post regularly.



Burning the Midnight Oil

The grant period is winding down, and for me that means the Exposition is fast approaching.  As part of the grant I am commissioned to write a five minute work to be performed in workshop.  This music is for chamber ensemble.

I have decided to write a trio for flute, oboe and piano.  The challenging part was finding musicians available and willing to perform a piece of new music on September 20.  Once I found my group, the writing was able to begin.

I have been working and focusing solely on my exhibition concert and other musical projects have temporarily been moved to the back burner.  I have made progress on the trio, but a lot of work still remains to be done before I can hand the music to the other musicians.  Each day I add little by little.  The growth of music is organic, yet one must step up when there is a deadline to be had.  My normal meticulous nature must now stand aside and let my perfectionism make way for speed.

I am confident in the final outcome of this presentation, which both the organizers and I have been looking forward to.  However, it is not there yet.  The time for procrastination is over.  That being said, let me return to the drawing board and I’ll let you know when I come up for air!

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