Grace Gollmar
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • United States
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* "June" Lyrics

Posted on August 5, 2012 at 3:00pm 1 Comment

I recently finished a composition called “June” for SSAATTBB choir and piano. Here are the lyrics:

June (x3), in June.

The quiet falls from solemn skies,

while heaven ignites a vibrant moon.

With its light…

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* Soundtrack Dissonance

Posted on July 15, 2012 at 5:00pm 3 Comments

Most of the time, composers of film and television scores are careful to mimic the mood evoked in each scene with their music. For example, uptempo pieces are generally reserved for action sequences, and major keys are aligned with calm or joyful…

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Grace Gollmar (b. 1997) has been playing, studying, and writing music for most of her life. She is an accomplished pianist and an aspiring choral composer who also enjoys writing poetry and fiction. In 2013, she received first place in her category of the MTNA State Composition Competition for "June". She also received first place in the Junior division of the competition for "The Hanging Tree" in 2011 and an honorable mention in the Senior division in 2012 for "Theme from Impressionists". 

Comments on her compositions:

"Theme from 'Impressionists'"

“Theme from ‘Impressionists’” is a composition that I wrote to accompany a story. This story focuses on two individuals who have become mentally superpowered in ways that complement their characters. I wanted the theme for “Impressionists” to represent both heroism and intrigue, and to contain some of the soaring qualities of a classical superhero theme without compromising the quirks of each character. The main motif, in D minor, represents the villain of the story, who is also the protagonist. Later, there is a motif in C minor that represents the more heroic antagonist of the story.

"June"

This song is a choral piece for which I wrote the music and lyrics last summer. The lyrics focus on themes of rebirth and uncertainty in the natural world, and I tried to reflect this beauty and hesitancy with the chords and melodies that I chose.

"The Hanging Tree"

This piece, which I wrote for an 8-voice choir (SSAATTBB), is a setting of lyrics from The Hunger Games series of books by Suzanne Collins. These slightly morbid lyrics come from a folk song that the main character once learned, and they describe a man hanged for murder who is inviting his beloved to be with him in death. With this song, I took the simplicity of a single melody and expanded it to multiple parts, building the theme to a point before ending in a quiet round.

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At 6:58pm on December 6, 2013, Harmonia said…

Congratulations to Grace Gollmar for winning the MTNA Southern Division Composition Competition, Senior Level.  Grace's piece "June" was premiered by our Virtual Choir on June 1, 2013.   Those of you who have heard or performed "June" know why the judges raved about this lovely and well-written piece.   Excellent work, Grace!

Grace is now a National Finalist.   The national winners will be announced in late January.   We're all cheering for you, Grace.

At 4:23pm on October 15, 2013, Harmonia said…

Congratulations to Grace for winning the MTNA Composition Competition Senior Level for the state of North Carolina.  Many of us were involved in the premiere of her lovely choral composition, "June", which took the highest prize at the competition.   You deserve it, Grace - it's such a gorgeous piece!

At 3:30am on July 16, 2013, Raymond Kemp said…

Hi Grace,

I notice you haven't posted the final version of June in your music player. Is there a problem in doing so? I wouldn't have thought there are any legal issues involved after all, everyone including me gave our time for the challenge with no expectation of fame and fortune. :)

Kind Regards

Ray

At 10:17pm on April 18, 2013, ChinaBlues said…

Hi Grace - Happy Birthday from China!

At 9:07am on April 18, 2013, Harmonia said…

Happy Birthday to Grace - an extraordinary composer and pianist!

 
 
 

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