Shirley Mier


Shirley Mier is a longtime music director and music educator in the Twin Cities area. She writes music of all kinds, in the theatre, educational, and concert world. Her concert band works include commissions from Minnesota school and community bands, and several publications and award-winning works: Theme and Deviations for Band won the Fifth Annual H. Robert Reynolds' National Wind Ensemble Composers Competition and was performed at Carnegie Hall. Maiden Voyage (published by Grand Mesa) placed as a finalist in the first Frank Ticheli Composition Contest. Works published by Alfred Music include the concert band piece Song Of the Wind: An Aztec Legend, and several piano duets.

Theatre works include children's musicals commissioned from Stages Theatre (where she is a resident artist), scores for Shakespeare plays, and music for Greek tragedies. Her theatre music has been heard at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Shakespeare in the Park, The Playwrights' Center, and many others stages across the U.S. and Canada. Published musicals include: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and Madeline's Christmas.

Dr. Mier earned a B.A. in Music at Grinnell College and completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in composition from the University of Minnesota. She teaches composition privately and is on the music faculty at Century College in White Bear Lake, MN, where she teaches a variety of music courses and conducts the Theatre Orchestra ensemble. She is a member of ASCAP and the American Composers Forum.

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