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Jerry Owen


"The entire concert was filled with music that could be immediately

understood and enjoyed. Dr. Owen's work is exquisitely crafted,

filled with obvious intelligence and compositional integrity, and is

also highly compelling and appealing, as evidenced by the

standing ovation at the evening's end."

Robert Nassif, Iowa Composers Forum Newsletter

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Recently ...

The cello/piano work MR. RAGGITY'S SUBLIME DANCE (February, 1912) commissioned and premiered by the Murasaki Duo (Eric Kutz, cello, and Miko Kominami, piano) was taken on tour during March, 2013, in five performances on university campuses in the eastern U.S.  The program was made up of works the Duo have commissioned from select composers with whom they have collaborated in the recent past.  Concert locations included Luther College (IA), Vanderbuilt University (TN), Middle Tennessee State University (TN), Western Connecticut University (CT), and Dickinson College (PA).  A recording release of these works may be expected soon.

Orchestra Iowa re-opened the renovated Paramount Theatre for the Performing Arts in Cedar Rapids, with Owen's GLEE, a concert overture, on November 10, 2012, after the theatre had been closed by the catastrophic floods of 2008.  The concert was entitled "Homecoming."   GLEE was commissioned by Orchestra Iowa (then The Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra) under the leadership of Christian Tiemeyer in 1984.  

Owen was elected Chair of the Iowa Composers Forum in February, 2012, for the second time in his career.  Although the description of the position has changed, he still holds the title at the present time.

The premier of several movements from the new piano suite, GRANT WOOD GALLERY (August, 2011), were presented at the Spring Festival of Music by members of the Iowa Composers Forum at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, on February 4th, 2012. The pianist was Jessica Paul.

Conductor Carey Bostian of the Iowa City Community Chamber Orchestra premiered the string orchestra version of "Scherzo on Bagpipes in the Village" from the TRIO CONCERTANT OVER CZECH FOLK SONGS on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at the Englert Theater in Iowa City. This appearance of an Iowa work marks the continuation of a long and admirable (6-year) string of concerts that have featured a work by living composer (mostly Iowa composers), conducted by Maestro Bostian.

Red Cedar Chamber Music with cellist Carey Bostian performed the newly penned arrangements of "Serenade on I Shall Buy a Black Horse" and "Scherzo on Bagpipes in the Village" from the TRIO CONCERTANT OVER CZECH FOLK SONGS at the First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The October 8th 2011 concert was recorded in both audio and video and may be downloaded from YouTube.

The Childhood Songs for soprano, flute, cello, and piano were performed at the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music, May 5, 2011, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. The Samulnori Quartet had the honor of presenting the Canadian premier of the humorous set.

The Red Cedar Chamber Music recording (Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57974) of GYPSY INSPIRATIONS was featured on the nationally syndicated NPR show Classical Guitar Alive (based in Texas) on September 22nd, 2011. The broadcast has drawn attention to the pieces from far ranging parts of North America.

The new ragtime fantasy for brass quintet, THE MAROON SPITTOON IN THE TYCOON SALOON
was performed by the members of the Orchestra Iowa Brass Quintet on the evening concert of the Iowa Composers Forum Spring Festival, Saturday, May 22nd, 2010, in Cedar Rapids. Concert location: Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 42nd Street N.E., Cedar Rapids.

The suite of pieces, GYPSY INSPIRATIONS
, was performed by Bret and Annette Heim, the marvelous Heim Duo of guitar and flute, in these locations at these times: March 14, 2010 Creagan Concert Series at the Eichold Gallery, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL and April 24, 2010 Christ Church Concert Series, Christ Church, Pensacola, FL.

The String Ensemble of Cornell College, conducted by James Ellis, performed I SHALL BUY A BLACK HORSE in the string orchestra version, in the Recital Hall on the Cornell campus in Mount Vernon, IA, Monday, April 19, 2010.

April 18 & 22, 2010, Orchestra Iowa at the Englert Theater in Iowa City and Coe College in Cedar Rapids performed Owen's TANGO FOR STRING ORCHESTRA as a part of their "an Iowa composer on every Masterworks concert" season. This "Signature Sounds" program also presented works by Bach, Mozart, and Delius. This version of the TANGO was also performed on two March 20th youth concerts.

April 17, 8:00 p.m., at Coe College's Sinclair Auditorium, Dr. William Carson conducted the newly revised  AMERICAN CELEBRATION OVERTURE for symphonic band on the annual Festival of Bands Grand Finale Concert, featuring the Coe College Concert Band.

Robert Thurston, euphonium soloist, and the Bonita Springs Concert Band, the official concert band of Bonita Springs, Florida, performed VARIATIONS FOR EUPHONIUM AND BAND on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Municipal Park Band Shell, in downtown Bonita Springs. This fine band is under the direction of Dr. Dennis Hill, retired Director of Music and Bands, for Edison State College, Ft. Myers, Florida. Robert Thurston, euphonium soloist, is principal euphonium, for a number of bands including the professional Sarasota Concert Band; the National Community Band, conducted by the former conductor of the U. S. Marine Band, Col. John Bourgois, under the sponsorship of the John Phillip Sousa Foundation; and the Naples Florida Concert Band.

January 25, 2010, John Mueller, trombone and euphonium professor at the University of Memphis, in Memphis Tennessee, performed I SHALL BUY A BLACK HORSE on euphonium in a faculty recital with the clever title of "The Hunting of the Snark and other programmatic works." ...BLACK HORSE was commissioned by University of Northern Iowa tuba professor Jeffrey Funderburk in 2005 in memory of beloved trombonist Bill Behrens. It is an adaptation of the 2nd movement of the TRIO CONCERTANT OVER CZECH FOLK SONGS written in 2003 for Red Cedar Chamber Music, an ensemble of flute, viola, and guitar.

October, 2009: The Maia String Quartet, in residence at the University of Iowa School of Music, performed the TANGO AND WATUSI at the composers' festival which combined performances of works by composers from Region V of the Society of Composers Inc. and the Iowa Composers Forum at Clarke College in Dubuque, IA. During the same period the Maia Quartet performed the TANGO alone at their concert on the Old Capitol Pentacrest.

September through November, 2009, mezzo-soprano Dr. Ann Cravero, Drake University, and pianist Miko Kominami toured Iowa colleges with a program of song cycles by Iowa composers featuring Dr. Owen's FIVE SONGS ON POEMS BY ANN STRUTHERS. September 21, Iowa State University; September 27, Luther College; November 1, Coe College.

April 18, 2009 - C.R. Concert Chorale Premieres CANTICLE CHORALE
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of their founding, the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale commissioned Dr. Owen to write "Canticle Chorale" for their large mixed chorus and chamber orchestra. Utilizing 17 haiku poems about nature in Iowa, the 17-minute work is divided into three movements of five, seven, and five haiku respectively, mirroring on the large scale the miniature form of the haiku stanza. Written by Dr. Owen, the poetry holds true to the Japanese poetical style by basing the poems on the seasons of the year. In this case, Spring, The Sun Seasons (summer and autumn) and Winter. For more information about the work and to inquire about performance opportunities and materials please use the contact menu item above.

January 1, 2009 - Coe College, Cedar Rapids IA, Stewart Memorial Library announces via its supporter newsletter the "Bibliophile" that an archive of the music of Jerry Owen has been established. This article and partial list of works to be archived appeared in the spring volume of Coe's "Bibliophile."

Owen Compositions Among Works

Added to Coe College Archives

The following books and other creative works by Coe alumni and faculty have been added in the past year to the George T. Henry College Archives. Among the entries is a large number of works composed by Alma A. Turechek Emeritus Professor of Music, Jerry Owen, who retired in 2006. Owen composed nearly 70 works during his years at Coe, including many written for Coe occasions or people. Prominent among them are "Musica Coensis: Music for a Gleeful Rite," which has been performed at every commencement since 1976, as well as works written for the inaugurations of Presidents John Brown and James Phifer and a major composition written in celebration of Coe's Sesquicentennial in 2001.

Owen says he is pleased with the addition of his works to Coe's permanent archives for several reasons. "I spent 37 years at Coe -- effectively my teaching career -- and I feel very close to it. Coe has always supported me in my non-teaching career as well as my teaching. It's a great honor to have my work archived and preserved for future generations -- and it's Important to have all the work centralized and available for researchers if it becomes important to anyone in the future. The physical preservation of the work rests my soul."

The remainder of Owen's works will be added to the collection as they are converted to the engraved software format, called "Sibelius," that has become the industry standard since the 1990s. "We anticipate doubling the Owen additions when we complete the acquisition of all his works," says Archives Assistant Sara Pitcher.

Unless otherwise noted, all works are published by Indian Hill Road Music, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA:

Accolade: In Memoriam Steve Colton. (piano with string orchestra score) 2007. 

Canticle Chorale. (chorus/chamber orchestra with harp, score) 2008.

Cedar Rapids Dedication. (orchestra and SATB chorus score) 2008.

Childhood Songs. (soprano, flute, cello, piano) 1978.

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. (two pianos reduced score) 2009.

Dance Moments. (violin and piano score) 2004.

Dialog 1. (viola score) 1973.

Encounters: Eight Character Pieces for Piano. (piano score) 1986.

Flight of the Hawk for Orchestra. (orchestral score) 2007.

Four Dances for Two Pianos. (2010 rev. version) 1966.

Glisten! A Seasonal Overture for Full Orchestra. (orchestral score) 2006.

Gypsy Inspiration: For flute, viola and guitar. (score) 2003.

Haiku Suite.  Four songs on 20 Haiku poems (piano/vocal score) 1968.

I Shall Buy a Black Horse. (string orchestra music) 2008.

Licorice Brittle. (clarinet and piano score) 1994.

The Maroon Spittoon in the Tycoon Saloon. (standard brass quintet) 2009.

Music for Friends.  (Clarinet, viola, piano score) 1982.

Music for String Orchestra. 1968.

Mystic Trumpeter. (SATB soloists, SATB chorus, string orchestra, off-stage trumpet [rev. version]) 1988.

Spillville Variations: On Scherzo Theme from Dvorak's American Quartet. (flute, guitar and viola score) 2003.

String Quartet No. 1 (string quartet score) 1967.

String Quartet No.2. (string quartet score) 1994.

Soundscapes of the Heartland (sound recording) Fleur de Son Classics: Buffalo, NY, 2007.

Suite from Grant Wood Country. (string orchestra with optional harp score) 2003.

Suite for a Little Angel. (flute and harp score) 2006.

Suite of Colors. (violoncello and piano score) 1993.

Swing Fugue and Fantasy Variations: on a jazz tune. (flute, guitar and double bass score) 2004.

Tango. (string orchestra score) 1994.

Tango and Watusi. (string score) 1994.

Trio Concertant Over Czech Folk Songs: based on the collected songs of Alma Turechek. (flute, guitar and viola score) 2002.

Variations for Two Tubas and Piano. 1965.

Watusi. (string orchestra score) 1994.

Wet Dish Rag & Humoresque. (piano score) 1995.

Wild Garden. (oboe, English horn and bassoon score) 2001.

(online at www.library.coe.edu)


Background page

Jerry M. Owen, (b. 1944) is the Alma A. Turechek Professor Emeritus of Music at Coe College. Holding the Ph.D. in composition (University of Iowa, 1974), he recently retired from a 38-year-long teaching career. He holds the B.M.E. from the University of Evansville, and M.M. in composition from DePauw University. His principal composition teachers have been Richard Hervig, Peter Tod Lewis, and Donald H. White. In addition to conducting the Coe College Symphony Orchestra, he directed the music theory/composition area at Coe and served as the music department technologist. He often performs as a pianist in chamber music recitals as well as a jazz pianist in small groups and big band, and has taught in the areas of jazz, world music, music technology, and low brass studio.

Jerry OwenThe founder of the Composer-in-residence position with Red Cedar Chamber Music, Dr. Owen served in that capacity from 2002-05, producing three new chamber music works, two for the flute, guitar and viola, and one with double bass in place of the viola. Both his Trio Concertant Over Czech Folk Songs and Gypsy Inspirations were premiered at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and performed in an exchange concert at the National Library of the Czech Republic in Prague. The Red Cedar Chamber Music entourage toured the Czech Republic in October of 2004 playing those two trios in Prague and Brno. Dr. Owen was Composer-in-residence with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra from 1984-92 and founder of the residency program there which has since seen six other composers occupy the position.

He has had many awards and special performances given his music, including two Pulitzer Prize nominations, two Grawemeyer prize nominations, two performances by the late Howard Hanson at his Festival of American Music, the Iowa Arts Council prize for symphonic music, and two full-length Iowa Public Television specials devoted to his symphony, Dances of the Mind, and to his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. His Iowa Sesquicentennial composition, Meshquanowat' (Red-tail Hawk), was awarded the Iowa Composers Forum Francis J. Pyle Commission award for 1995. Among his many commissions for new works are those by the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra (3), Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale (2), Coe College (3), Mount Mercy College, the Iowa Composers Forum, Red Cedar Chamber Music (5), Linn-Mar High School, and Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School. Recently, The Iowa String Teacher's Association in conjunction with the Iowa Composers Forum and the Cedar Rapids Symphony School awarded Dr. Owen a commission to write a work for full orchestra entitled Glisten! premiered by the Iowa High School Honor Orchestra at the ISTA/IBA (Iowa Bandmasters Association) convention in Des Moines in May, 2006.

Owen CrescendoHe is a composer of vocal, choral, symphonic, chamber, and electronic/computer music. His music is published by Southern Music Company, Cimarron Music Press, Acoma-Nambe Music Publishers (Canada), Carl Fischer / Pembroke, Inc., and his own company, Indian Hill Road Music (Indianhillroadmusic.com). Centaur Records has released a compact disc of Dr. Owen's music entitled Intimate Dances (CRC 2233). His Hidden Tango was superbly recorded by Red Cedar Chamber Music on Fleur de Son Classics (FDS 57960). In January, 2006, Fleur de Son released another CD of his music recorded by Red Cedar Chamber Music entitled Czech Inspired (FDS 57974) engineered by Grammy-nominated recordist Peter Nothnagle. Also engineered by Mr. Nothnagle, Fleur de Son released the third CD of Owen's music, Soundscapes of the Heartland (FDS 57984), November 1st , 2007.

Having held the Chair of the Iowa Composers Forum (1992-94 and 2011-13), he presided over seven-fold growth in membership in the Forum, the establishment of the multiple-day Annual Festival of Music by Iowa Composers held on a different Iowa college or university campus each year, a significant increase in the number of composer activities in the State, a successful grant-writing program in support of the Forum, and a remarkable growth in the public's awareness of composers and new music in Iowa and a commensurate increase in the number of performances of music by Iowa composers by established Iowa musical organizations.

He has been active in the production of new music concerts since 1975 and has been a leader in presenting contemporary classical music to Iowa audiences for the last 25 years. In November of 2004 he presented a third retrospective concert of his works at Coe College's Sinclair Auditorium featuring the premiere by Takuya Horiuchi and Miko Kominami of Owen's Dance Moments (suite) for violin and piano; and performances by Red Cedar Chamber Music, cellist Carey Bostian, and dramatic soprano Rosanne Duncombe-Elliott.

In his final year of college teaching (2005-06), no fewer than nine works by Dr. Owen were presented by the student ensembles of Coe College. These included a commission by the Beta Kappa chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia for jazz band, a symphonic overture, a set of solo variations for the euphonium and concert band, a set of a capella S.A.T.B. chorales, and chamber works. In a January 2006 concert entitled Tribute! the Red Cedar Trio performed a concert of works written for them by Dr. Owen. The Fleur de Son Classics compact disc Czech Inspired was released on this occasion.

Homecoming concert

A lighter moment in concert.

 Compact Discs

Many works of Jerry Owen
have been recorded on compact disc . . .

Soundscapes of the Heartland on Fleur de Son Classics   FDS 57984

     Dance Moments (vln. & piano) Horiuchi/Kominami

     Licorice Brittle (clar. & piano) Bellomy/Lecuona

     Suite of Colors (cello & Piano) Bostian/Loerhke

     Piano Sonata No. 3 / Kominami

Soundscapes of the Heartland cover

Czech Inspired on Fleur de Son Classics   FDS 57974

     Gypsy Inspirations / Red Cedar Trio

     Trio Concertant Over Czech Folk Songs / Red Cedar Trio

     Two Variations on Dvorak's Scherzo of the American Quartet

Czech Inspired cover

Intimate Dances on Centaur Records   CRC-2233

     Intimate Dances (fl. & guitar) Boland/Egger

     Four Songs/Blake (sop. & piano) Morgan/Jenson

     Four Studies for Guitar / Egger

     Encounters (piano) / B. Smoker

intimate dances cover

Red Cedar Collection on Fleur de Son Classics   FDS 57960

     Hidden Tango / Red Cedar Chamber Music

Red Cedar Collection

One By One on Karrleton Recordings

     13 movement cantata

One by One

Also look for

Hidden Tango (flute & guitar) / Richard Hand & Jennifer Stinton on Cadenza CACD0907

a fine recording of "Hidden Tango" (released in 2009)


"...lyrical, exuberant and delightfully contemporary... modernized and 
indigenous... the key to its success is its compelling thematic material."

C.R. Gazette on the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

Complete list of available works 


ACCOLADE: in memoriam Steve Colton. 2007. Duration: 5'30". String orchestra and piano. Grade 3+. Commissioned by Linn-Mar High School Orchestra, Joshua Reznicow, Director. Premiere date: December 17, 2007, Marion, Iowa, the Lin-Mar High School String Orchestra, Joshua Reznicow, conducting, on the occasion of the dedication of The Colton Center performing arts addition to Linn-Mar High School. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0704.

FLIGHT OF THE HAWK. 2006. Duration: 8'. 2(II picc.)-2-2-1/4-2-3-1/timp.-3 perc./strings. Grade 3+. Commissioned by and premiered May 18, 2007 by Marty Clancey and the Thomas A. Jefferson High School Orchestra, Cedar Rapids, IA on the occasion of the celebration of the school's 50th anniversary. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0602.

GLISTEN! A Seasonal Overture for full orchestra. 2006. Duration: 7'15". 3(pic)-2-3(bass)-2/4-2-3-1/timp.-6 perc.-harp (opt. pno.)-strings. Commissioned jointly by The Symphony School of the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra and the Iowa String Teachers Association. Premiere: May 12, 2006, ISTA Honor Orchestra, Des Moines, IA, Jerry Owen, conducting. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0601 .

SUITE FROM GRANT WOOD COUNTRY for string orchestra. 2004. Three movements: 1. Indian Creek, Summer 2. Stone City 3. American Gothic. Duration: 12'. Strings with optional harp (piano) in the first movement. Premiered by the Linn-Mar High School String Orchestra, May, 2004. Commissioned by the Linn-Mar High School Orchestra, Joshua Reznicow, Director. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0401-3 .

DUO CONCERTANT (MVT. 1) (MVT. 2for Flute & Guitar with Small Orchestra. 1997. Duration: 14'.1-1-1-1/1-0-0-0/ strings. Commissioned by the Boland-Dowdall Duo. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 9801-2.

TANGO for String Orchestra. 1996. Duration: 8'. Premiere: Coe College Orchestra, May 5, 1997, Owen cond. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0303ork.

"One of the top ten cultural events in eastern Iowa this year!" [1992]

DeeAnne Rexroat in the C.R. Gazette on the Piano Concerto

CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA. 1990. Duration: 24'. 2-2-2-2/4-2-3-1/2 perc., timp., strgs., piano solo. Premiere: Jan. 25, 1992. Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Tiemeyer, cond. Brubaker, piano. Commissioned: Dr. James Stickley. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 9001-3.

CELEBRATION AND RENEWAL. 1988. Strings (no violas), brass and percussion. Duration: 8'. Premiere: June, 1988, Civic Center Concert Hall, Des Moines, IA. The composer conducting members of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra at the 75th anniversary convention, per commission. of the International City Managers' Association. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 8801 . Also for concert band.

DANCES OF THE MIND. 1985. A short symphony in three movements. Duration: 23'30". 3-3-3-3/4-2-3-1/3 perc., timp/strgs. Premiere: Dec. 5, 1985, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orch., Christian Tiemeyer, cond. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 8501-3 .

"He knows how to write music that is

brimming with elation and carefreeness."

Les Zacheis in the C.R. Gazette on Glee

GLEE. 1984. A concert overture. Duration: 4'30" 2-2-2-2/4-2-3-1/2 perc., xylo. solo, timp. /strgs. Premiere: Feb.3, 1984, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orch., Christian Tiemeyer, cond. Commissioned: CRSO. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 8401.

IOWA. 1979. Symphonic poem. Duration: 13'. Premiere: Feb., 1979. Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Richard Williams, cond.

MUSIC FOR STRING ORCHESTRA. 1968. String essay in 2 parts. Div. a6. Duration: 13'. Premiere: March, 1969, Eastman-Rochester S.O., Howard Hanson, cond.

SYMPHON. 1967. Symphonic essay. 2-2-2-2/4-2-3-1/1 perc., timp./strgs. Duration:13'. Premiere: May, 1968, Indianapolis Symphony Orch., Izler Solomon, cond.

Orchestra and Chorus

CANTICLE CHORALE.  2008.  SATB chorus and chamber orchestra (1010/0000/1 perc./strings).  Duration: 17'.  3 movements.  Commissioned and premiered by the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their founding.  Premiere:  April 18-19, 2009, First Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids IA, Fred Kiser conducting.  Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0902.

CEDAR RAPIDS DEDICATION.  2008.  SATB chorus and full orchestra (2222/4231/3 perc./strings).  Duration: 4'.  Requested by Orchestra Iowa commemorating the floods of 2008.  Premiere: September 20, 2008, Orchestra Iowa and the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale at Brucemore Historic Mansion, Timothy Hankewich, conducting; chorus trained by Fred Kiser, C.R.C.C. Music Director.

ONE BY ONE. 2001. 14 segment Cantata for 150th Anniversary of Coe College, texts on poems by Coe College authors. SATB chorus, full orchestra, soprano and bass soloists. 2-2-2-2/2-4-3-1/harp-5 percussionists-timpani-organ-strings. Premiere: December 5, 2001, Coe College Symphony Orchestra, Coe College Concert Choir, J. Owen & K. Wachsmuth, conducting. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0101-14.

"Da__, you're Good!"

Thomas Lippert, premiere conductor, "Sing to the Lord..."

SING TO THE LORD A NEW SONG. (Isaiah, Psalms). 1989. SATB chorus, orch.:1-1-0-1 / 0-2-0-0 / timp. / strings. Commissioned by Mount Mercy College on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of their founding. Premiered: April 23, 1989, Paramount Theater, Cedar Rapids, IA. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 8901 .

"...not an excursion on a toy trumpet!...a work of gargantuan dimensions...

strong syncopated rhythms projected boldly... sensuous harmonies...

orgiastic and explosive sounds... convincingly the "joie de vivre."

Les Zacheis in the C.R. Gazette on The Mystic Trumpeter

MYSTIC TRUMPETER (Whitman). 1988. Cantata. SATB chorus, soloists, string orchestra. Duration: 32'. Premiere: Nov. 5, 1988, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, C. Tiemeyer, conducting; Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale, Thomas Lippert, conducting; Commissioned by Beta Kappa chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 8801-8.



THREE A CAPELLA CHORUSES from ONE BY ONE. 2001. SATB Chorus. Duration: 8'. Premiere: Coe College Concert Choir, Dec., 2001, Karen Wachsmuth, cond. Commissioned by Coe College for its Sesquicentennial Celebration. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0101-x

See also Orchestra/Chorus above

Concert Band

AMERICAN CELEBRATION OVERTURE. 2007. Concert overture for symphonic band. Duration: 12'30". Premiere:  Luther College Concert Band, Fred Nyline, conducting, October 6, 2008. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0703.

COLLEGIATE RITE (Musica Coensis). 1976. Concert Band. Premiere: May 1976. Coe College Band, J. Owen, cond. (Cimarron Music Press ).

GLEE. Concert Overture for Band. Same as Orchestra version above but with band instrumentation. 1995. ( Cimarron Music Press),

MUSICA COENSIS (MUSIC FOR A GLEEFUL RITE). 1976. Concert band. Premiere: May 1976, Coe College Band. J. Owen, cond. ( Cimarron Music Press as Collegiate Rite).

SINFONIA. 1971. Concert band. Duration: 9'. Premiere: May, 1972, Univ. of Evansville Band, Indianapolis, IN.

Band with Solo

...performed by most of the world's top

military band euphonium soloists...

VARIATIONS FOR EUPHONIUM AND BAND. 1976. Euphonium solo. Duration: 8'. Band. Prem.: April, 1976, the composer on trombone, T.C. Slattery, cond., Coe College Band. Also available with piano accompaniment. ( Cimarron Music Press).  This recorded sample features David Werden with the United States Coast Guard Band, Lewis Buckley, conducting.

PAS DE DEUX. 1971. Soli alto and tenor saxes with band. Duration: 6'. Prem.: April, 1971, Des Moines, IA, Coe College Band, J. Story and J. Lansing, soloists, T.C.Slattery, cond. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

THREE FORMATS FOR THE DANCE. 1974. Wind and perc. ens. w/ str. sext. (2-1-1-2). Dur: 22'. Prem.: June, 1974, U. of Iowa Dance Theater, G. Chenowith, cond., A. Ludwig, choreog. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.


GRANT WOOD GALLERY. 2011. Piano set of six movements after paintings of Grant Wood.  Premiere scheduled for February 4, 2012: Iowa Composers Forum Festival, Luther College, Decorah, IA.  Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 1101.

THE MAROON SPITTOON IN THE TYCOON SALOON. 2009. Brass quintet. Duration: 6'.  Premiere:  Iowa Composers Forum  Festival, May 22, 2010, Cedar Rapids, IA.  Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0901.

SUITE FOR A LITTLE ANGEL. 2007. Flute and harp. Duration: 11'. Premiere: C. Anderson & J. Chenette, October 15, 2007, Luther College, Decorah, IA. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0706-8.

"This piece is a must have!"

John Manning, Professor of Tuba, The University of Iowa on

"I Shall Buy a Black Horse"

I SHALL BUY A BLACK HORSE2005. Tuba and piano. Transcription of "Trio Concertant..." 2nd movement. Duration: 5'. Premiere: Jeff Funderburk, January 26, 2006 on "Low Brass Day Dedicated to Bill Behrens." Cedar Rapids, IA. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0501. Available for any solo instrument.

"I love this piece!"

Takuya (Taki) Horiuchi, virtuoso violinist,

Concertmaster, Orchestra Iowa, on the Dance Moments

DANCE MOMENTS. 2003-04. Three movements for violin and piano. Duration: 12'. Premiere of movement I: November 6, 2003, Krista Geier and J. Owen, Coe College. Full premiere: November 4, 2004, Takuya Horiuchi and Miko Kominami, Iowa Composers Forum Festival, "One Man Show", Coe College. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0404-6. Recorded on Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57984, SOUNDSCAPES OF THE HEARTLAND.

SWING FUGUE AND FANTASY VARIATIONS ON A JAZZ TUNE. 2004. Flute, guitar, double bass. Duration 8'. Premiere: Red Cedar Chamber Music, November 2004, Boland/Dowdall/Orhon.

GYPSY INSPIRATIONS. 2003. Three movements for flute, guitar, and viola. Duration: 11'. Premiere: October 2003. National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Cedar Rapids, IA, by Red Cedar (Chamber Music) Trio. Commissioned by Red Cedar Chamber Music. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0301-3 . Recorded on Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57974, CZECH INSPIRED. 

TRIO CONCERTANT OVER CZECH FOLK SONGS. 2002. Four movements for flute, guitar, and viola. Duration: 14'. Premiere: October, 2002, National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Cedar Rapids, IA, by Red Cedar (Chamber Music) Trio. Commissioned by Red Cedar Chamber Music. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0201-4. Recorded on Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57974, CZECH INSPIRED.  Selected movements available for a trio of flute, guitar and cello and for string orchestra.

QUARTET CONCERTANT OVER CZECH FOLK SONGS. (Quartet Version as requested by Prague's Quartetto Telemann). 2003. Four movements for flute, guitar, viola, and cello. Duration: 14'. Premiere: November, 2003, Quartetto Telemann, Brno, Czech Repl. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0201-4b. Recorded on Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57974, CZECH INSPIRED (trio version).

WILD GARDEN. 2001. Double Reed Quartet of 2 oboes, English horn, and bassoon. Duration: 6'. Requested by WIZARDS! Double Reed Quartet. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0102.  Available as a saxophone quartet as well.

"The choice of the American composer Jerry Owen’s Hidden Tango

for the title of this recording was a good decision, as this short, four minute work,

composed in 1999, is a miniature masterpiece for this combination of instruments.

With hints of Debussy and Desportes it covers a multitude of contrasting musical ideas,

mostly optimistic and inspired by the season of spring."

Steve Marsh, Classical Guitar Magazine, April 2008

HIDDEN TANGO. 1999. Flute and guitar. Duration: 4'30". Premiere: February, 2000. Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, by the Boland-Dowdall Duo. Commissioned by Red Cedar Chamber Music. Published in the Red Cedar Collection, Theodore Presser Co., Philadelphia, PA. Recorded on the "Red Cedar Collection", Fleur de Son Classics, FDS 57960. Recorded on "Hidden Tango" Cadenza CACD0907.

MUSIC FOR AN INAUGURAL. PIPING IN PHIFER. 1996. Brass quintet, trombone quartet, piccolo quart., perc., organ. Duration: 5'. Premiere: Dec. 5, 1996. Coe College Music Department, Owen, cond. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

"...and now we come to our favorite part of the program.

We commissioned Meshquanowat' for our Iowa Sesquicentennial tours. "

Boland / Dowdall Duo (Red Cedar Chamber Music)

MESHQUANOWAT' (Red-Tail Hawk). 1995. Flute and Guitar. Dur.: 8'. Comm. by Boland/Dowdall Duo. Prem.: Sep. 8, '95. (Acoma-Nambe Publishers, Toronto).

"Well-made music: Jerry Owen is an excellent composer:

experienced and technically assured in his chosen idioms.

It's always a pleasure to become acquainted with an excellent composer

who has chosen to work with Sibelius software and offer his music on this website."

Reviewer Jay Anthony Gach 26th Jan 2007

(SibeliusMusic.com) on the Tango and Watusi

TANGO AND WATUSI. 1994. String Quartet No. 3. Dur.: 10' Prem.: Nov. 6, 1994, Stradivari Quartet. Coe College. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0303-2. 

"Combining sweet, jazzy harmonies and brittle, spiky melodies,

the piece was a tasty concoction indeed."

Prof. Jonathan Chenette in Tractor Magazine on Licorice Brittle

LICORICE BRITTLE. 1994. Clarinet and Piano. Duration: 6'. Premiere: April 17, 1994, Iowa Composers Concert. Coe College. Carson/Owen. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 9401. Recorded on Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57984, SOUNDSCAPES OF THE HEARTLAND.

"The Festival got off to a thrilling start Friday night with a retrospective concert

of the music of Jerry Owen. The evening could well have been a called a

Master Class in Composition, as Dr. Owen is a masterful composer

and one of Iowa's greatest treasures... The entire concert was filled with music

that could be immediately understood and enjoyed.

Dr. Owen's work is exquisitely crafted, filled with obvious intelligence

and compositional integrity, and is also highly compelling

and appealing, as evidenced by the standing ovation at the evening's end."

Robert Nassif, November, 2004, Cedar Rapids, IA, Iowa Composers Forum Newsletter Review

SUITE OF COLORS. 1993. Cello and Piano. Duration: 19'. Premiere: Sept. 25, 1993, ICF Festival, U. of Iowa, Bostian and Miller. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 9201-3. Recorded on Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57984, SOUNDSCAPES OF THE HEARTLAND. 

LIFE. 1990. Chamber winds / perc. Dur.: 9'. Prem.: March, 1990, 30th anniversary of Life Investors Corp. CRSO players. Comm: Life Investors Corp. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

CANON AND TOCCATA. 1990. 3 percussionists. Duration: 10'. Premiere: April 1990, Coe College, CRSO Percussion Ensemble (Harris, Lawrence, Titus). Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

Review on Sibeliusmusic.com for Encounters posted Sept. 28, 2007:

'The real 'Top scores'

"Simply the best music I've found 'till now at Sibeliusmusic. Excellent work, and bravo maestro!...

This should be [in] 'Top scores!' for a long time..."

Samir Fejzic, Professor of Music, Sarajevo

ENCOUNTERS. 1986. Piano solo. Eight character pieces. Duration: 22'.Premiere: April, 1986, Beverly Avery Smoker and Jerry Owen, Iowa Composers Concert, Coe College. (Recorded on Centaur Records, CRC 2233. 

FOUR STUDIES FOR THE GUITAR. 1985. Guitar alone. Duration: 22'. Premiere: May, 1985. Cynthia Egger, Coe College. (Acoma-Nambe Music, Toronto) (Recorded on Centaur Records, CRC 2233.

AVERY DIALOGS. 1982. Piano alone. 2 mvts. Duration: 7'. Premiere: Beverly Smoker, Coe College. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

STRING QUARTET No. 2 (1982). Dur.: 14'. Prem.: Cedar Rapids Symphony String Quartet, October, 1982, Brucemore, Cedar Rapids, IA. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 8201.

MUSIC FOR FRIENDS. 1982. Clarinet, viola, piano. Suite. Dur.: 10'. Premiere: Topolewski, Dakin, Titus. October, 1982. Comm: W. Shuttleworth. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 8202-6.

"..a charmer, you'll enjoy this little beauty."

Guitar Magazine on Intimate Dances

INTIMATE DANCES. 1981. Flute and guitar. Suite. Duration: 8'. Premiere: Boland/Dowdall Duo, Coe College, 1981. (Southern Music Co., San Antonio) Recorded on Centaur Records, CRC 2233.

DIALOG V. 1981. Bassoon and piano. Duration: 9'. Premiere: Kathy Hall and J. Owen, Coe College, Feb., 1981. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

DIALOG IV, TO ME. 1979. Trombone alone. Duration: 6'. Premiere: Jerry Owen, SOMA 3, March, 1979, Coe College. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

SONATA IN BAROQUE STYLE. 1976. Flute, hpschd, bass. Duration: 12'. Premiere: Coe Baroque Ensemble, Coe College. (Southern Music Co., San Antonio).

DIALOG III. 1975. Oboe and prepared piano. Duration 8'. Premiere: Carol Stephenson and G.H. Pro, May, 1975, Coe College. (Carl Fischer/Pembroke). 

DIALOG. 1973. Viola alone. Duration: 5'. Premiere: John Borg, Feb., 1973, Coe College. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

TERRAINS. 1969. Saxophone Quartet of soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone. 3 movements. Duration 11'. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 6905-7.

PIANO SONATA 3. 1969. Duration: 22'. Premiere: Miko Kominami, Iowa Composers Forum Festival, "One Man Show", Coe College, November 4, 2004. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 6801-5. Recorded on Fleur de Son Classics FDS 57984, SOUNDSCAPES OF THE HEARTLAND.

PIANO SONATA 2. 1968. Duration: 18'. Premiere: Steven Lewark, May, 1969, DePauw University. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 6802-5.

STRING QUARTET No. 1. 1967. Duration: 12'.  Premiere:  DePauw University Graduate Quartet, Greencastle, IN, May, 1967.  Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 6701-3.

FOUR DANCES FOR TWO PIANOS. 1966. Duration 11'.Premiere: J. Linder, J. Owen., U. of Evansville, May, 1966. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 6601.

VARIATIONS FOR TWO TUBAS AND PIANO. 1965. Dur.10'. Prem.: May, 1966, Univ. of Evansville, IN. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 6501.

PIANO SONATA NO. 1. 1964. Duration 10'. Premiere: Anna Maria Cue, June, 1967, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 6401.

Vocal Solo

FIVE SONGS ON POEMS BY ANN STRUTHERS. 2007. Mezzo-soprano and piano. Duration: 21'. Premiere: Ann Cravero, Sept. 15, 2007,Drake University, Des Moines, IA. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 0701-5.

OUT OF AMERICA. 1994. Soprano and Piano. Duration: 4'. Text by Paul Engle. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

"The music captured the metaphysical mysticism of Blake's

late-eighteenth century philosophical poems. Again, there were

tremendous contrasts of moods;

from transcendent bliss to moral outrage..."

Composer Robert Nassif on "Four Songs..."

FOUR SONGS ON POEMS BY WILLIAM BLAKE. 1985. Soprano and piano. 4 songs. Duration: 9'. Premiere: Victoria Johnson, soprano, and Beverly Smoker, Jan., 1986, Coe College. Recorded on Centaur Records, CRC 2233 Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 8601.

CHILDHOOD SONGS. 1978. Soprano, flute, cello, piano. Suite of 13. Duration: 20'. Premiere: May, 1979, Coe College. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 7801.

MUSIC AFTER TIMES OF WAR. 1973. 5 songs. Baritone voice, SSAA chorus, 2 perc., tape. Duration: 22'. Premiere: University of Iowa Composition Department, 1973. Available from Indian Hill Road Music.

HAIKU SET. 1968. Soprano and piano. Duration: 18'. Premiere: Marilyn Schaaf Owen and Steven Lewark,DePauw University, May, 1968. Indian Hill Road Music IHRM 6806-4.



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