jvandervelde01@hamline.edu
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Janika Vandervelde
jvandervelde01@hamline.edu

Janika Vandervelde

Music Lesson Instructor

Contact Info

Janika Vandervelde
jvandervelde01@hamline.edu

Biography

Over the past 30 years, composer Janika Vandervelde has written more than 100 works for orchestras, choirs, chamber ensembles, soloists, and the stage, including works for theater and dance. Her scores have been commissioned and performed by groups at all levels, from professionals to children, including Chanticleer, the Dale Warland Singers, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the New Zealand String Quartet, the Melbourne (Australia) Chamber Choir, the Minnesota Orchestra (Music for Young Audiences and KinderKonzerts), the Glen Ellyn Children's Choir (Chicago), the Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis), and numerous church, school, community, and festival choirs. Her music is published by Hothouse Press, earthsongs, Boosey & Hawkes, Augsburg Press, and Miela Harmonija.

Teaching Style

Dr. Vandervelde believes strongly that everyone can and should experience music from the perspective of the composer. She works frequently with students new to composition, and offers guidance geared to each student’s needs and desires. Students are encouraged to design their own projects, which they then develop throughout the semester, working one-on-one with Vandervelde on a weekly basis. In this way, students are enabled to explore and develop their own creative visions, personal voices, and styles of compositional expression in a nurturing, supportive environment. At the end of each semester composers have the opportunity to present their work to others in a low-key, semi-formal public setting, followed by a discussion with audience members.

“Exploring creativity through music has the potential to connect us more deeply with ourselves and each other. Today, with the help of music technology, anyone can explore the sonic realm through the lens of a composer. Just as we all learn to read, write, and speak our languages, we all have the capacity for direct experience with the creative side of music as a communicative art.”

—Janika Vandervelde