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A native from Cuba, Ivette Herryman Rodríguez holds a B.M in Music Composition from the Instituto Superior de Artes (Higher Institute of Arts), in Havana, a M.M in Music Composition from Baylor University, and a M.M in Music Theory and D.M.A in Music Composition from Michigan State University. She studied composition with Juan Piñera, Scott McAllister, Ricardo Lorenz, and Zhou Tian.
Ivette’s music has been described as “absolutely exquisite” and “breathtakingly beautiful” (Kevin Noe-Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and Director of Orchestras at Michigan State University). She is the composer of a bestseller piece for women’s choir, published by Walton Music. She is the winner of a Cubadisco Special Award, a Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition given by the CINTAS Foundation, and the 2019 Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA) Composer Commissioning program, among other awards.
Ivette’s most recent commissions include new compositions for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Michigan State University’s Symphony Band, Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA) 2019 Conference, Truman State University’s Wind Ensemble, percussionist Alex Smith, and the Aria Reed Trio from Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam.
Ivette has taught Music Theory and Composition at the Instituto Superior de Artes, the Opera of El Salvador (OPES), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Western Illinois University, where she also taught Class Piano. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, NY.
To learn more about a piece, please click on its title.
• Siruin in the Air (violin) 6’. Dedicated to Niuris Naranjo Dorta, – 2022
• Let’s talk Cuba (for Piano solo) 7:30′ – 2019
• Sympathetic Tones (Trombone and Sustain Pedal) 8:00′, 2019
• On the Inside (Viola and Loop Pedal) 6:34’, 2016
• Son para Luis y Mara (Viola) 3:25’, 2016
• Dúo para un solista-A Duet for a Soloist (Bass Clarinet) 6:40’, 2016
• Los musiniños encuentran un tesoro (5 solo works for Guitar, Violin, Cello, Piano, and Prepared Piano) 15’, 2009
•El libro de los musiniños, part I (Piano solo) 12’, 2005
•Sutiles (Piano solo) 4′, 2003
• Sonhos reconstruídos (Trumpet in Bb and Viola), 5:50’, 2020
• Convergencias (Tenor Saxophone and Piano version) 14’, 2017
• Black montuno (Clarinet in Bb and Piano version) 12:45’, 2015
• Three Dances for Bassoon and Piano: Tanxibanera, Habanxixango, and Mabanxixera (Bassoon and Piano) 9’, 2015
• Texeando (Alto Saxophone and Piano) 12:20’, 2012
• El libro de los musiniños, part II (Two Pianos) 8’, 2005
• Let’s Talk Cuba (Arrangement for Saxophone Quartet) 7:37′ – 2020
• Convergencias, rapsodia concertante (Tenor Saxophone, Percussion, Piano, String Quintet) 15′, 2017
• By the Rhythm of Your Truth, Set Us Free (Flute, Bassoon, Violin, Cello, Marimba) 6:50’, 2016
• Fun-fare (7 Trumpets in Bb) 3’, 2015
• Sol de las Esperanzas (Baritone Voice, Soprano Saxophone, Harp, Percussion, String Quintet) 7:48’, 2015
• Advent Overture (Oboe, Piano, Strings) 3:12’, 2012
• Ofrenda (Trumpet, Double Bass, Piano, Drums) 3:10’, 2005
• Voices of the Soul (Voces del alma) (Mezzo-soprano and Orchestra) 15’, 2013
• Cerca del Río (Zarzuela for 6 soloists, Choir, and Orchestra) 55’, 2006
• Electroescenas 4’, 2003
• Hijo de Tigre (Short film). Directed by Federico Naguil, 2004
• El Dorado (Documentary). Directed by Ozren Milharcic, 2005
• Respira (Short film). Directed by Gustavo Torres Riffo, 2007
• El último de los Forajidos (Short film). Directed by Gustavo Torres Riffo, 2008
• Los Desplazados (Short film). Directed by Gustavo Torres Riffo, 2009
• Benediction Song, 2018
• Wait and See, 2015
• Canción de adviento, 2012
• Salvo por segunda vez, 2012
• Yo sé, 2012
• Venimos a la casa de Dios, 2011
• Bendita navidad, 2010
• Canción de la abuela, 2010
• Madre, 2010
• En quién confiar, 2008
• Padre amoroso, 2008
• Canción de la mujer, 2006
• Dime alma mía, 2005
• Yo dependo de Él, 2001
• Glorioso día aquel, 2000
Listen and Watch
My piece Memorial for soprano, cello and piano is featured in the new CD, Sonidos Cubanos 2, released by Neuma Records and produced by composer Orlando Jacinto García.
To listen and learn more about the CD, please follow this link
Siruin in the Air by Ivette Herryman Rodriguez
Performed by Tiani Butts (violin)
Edited by Stephanie M. Neumann
Videography by Galle Studios
This performance was originally recorded on April 15, 2022 by Galle Studios and premiered online on June 1, 2022, as part of the Virtual Artist Partnerships Program (VAPP 2021-22) by the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. Special thanks to Harumi Rhodes and Ed Dusinberre for allowing this recording to take place in their lovely home!
EVENTS upcoming & past
RECENT & UPCOMING
July 2022, Adagio y Danza (Trumpet in Bb, Horn in F, Trombone) International Trombone Festival, Lantana Brass Trio.
May 2022, Black Montuno (clarinet and piano). Irish Premiere. West Wicklow Festival, Ireland. Cathal Killeen, clarinet.
May 2022, Black Montuno (clarinet and piano). Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Alexander Gray, clarinet; Ivette Herryman Rodriguez, piano.
May 2022, Bliss, a Mellifluous Chorale for Band (middle school band); Geral Philip, conductor. World Premiere, Virginia, USA.
May 2022, Dúo para un solista (bass clarinet). Sarah Manasreh, bass clarinet. Wisconsin, USA.
April 2022, En mí, familia (Symphonic Band). Michigan State University Symphony Band; David Thornton, conductor. Wharton Center, Lansing, MI
April 2022, Quiéreme entera (SSAA, piano accompaniment) Aurelia choir, Stuart Chapman Hill, conductor. Webster University Community Music School.
April 2022, Adagio y Danza (Trumpet in Bb, Horn in F, Trombone) Dr. Brianne Borden, trumpet; Dr. Lauren Becker, horn; Dr. Christopher Hernacki, trombone. Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.
March 2022, Son para Luis (violin) Johan Chapellín, violin. Costa Rica, Central America.
February 2022, Black Montuno (Clarinet in Bb and piano) UK Premiere. Bothwell recital series, Glasgow, Scotland. Cathal Killen (clarinet), Órán Halligan (piano).
February 2022, Memorial (soprano voice, cello, and piano)
-Performance by Dr. Deborah Massell, soprano; Dr. Marie-Elaine Gagnon, cello; Brock Tjosvold, piano Vocal Chamber Recital, Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam
December 2021, Advent Overture (oboe, piano, and string orchestra)
Performance by Derian Rowe, oboe; Christopher Jeager, piano; string orchestra formed by students from the Crane School of Music; Christina Morris, conductor Hosmer Hall, Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam
November 2021, Quiéreme entera (SSAA with piano accompaniment)
-Performance by the Phoenix Club Choir; Dr. Nils Klikken, conductor; Dr. Ivette Herryman Rodriguez, piano. Hosmer Hall, Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam
October and November 2021, Sigue (SSAA and piano)
-Performances by the Chamber Singers Choir at Florida Atlantic University
October and December 2021, Let’s Talk Cuba (arrangement for SATB saxophone quartet, created by Dr. Lynnsey Lambrecth)
-Performance by the Truman Graduate Saxophone Quartet.
October 2021 Adagio y Danza World Premiere by the Lantana Brass Trio, University of North Texas.
October 2021, Black Montuno (concertino for Wind ensemble and Clarinet in Bb)
-Performance by the University of North Florida Wind Symphony
Dr. Sunshine Simmons, clarinet in Bb; Dr. Erin Bodnar, conductor
September 2021, Texeando (alto saxophone and piano)
-Performance by Dr. Matthew Tracy, saxophone; Dr. Olivia Burke, piano
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
August and September 2021, Son para Luis performed by Johan Chapellín (violin), Costa Rica, Central America.
Performance Date TBA:
- New version of By the Rhythm of Your Truth, Set Us Free, for chamber ensemble. Performance by Arial Reed Trio, Dr. Casey Grev, alto saxophone; Ivette Herryman Rodríguez, piano. Crane School of Music at SUNY-POTSDAM.
- Sohnos reconstruídos (Trumpet in Bb and Viola), world premiere
June 2021 Black Montuno for Clarinet in Bb and Piano, Virtual Performance. Christopher Mothersole, Clarinet in Bb, Ivette Herryman, piano.
May 9th, 2021 Let’s Talk Cuba for Piano solo Virtual Performance at the SCI National Conference, Ivette Herryman, piano.
May 8th and 9th, 2021 Participant at the Bassoon Practicum for Composers: Guidry and Samson, part of the Tidriks Distance Learning 2020-2021 series organized by the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. Reading of a Bassoon excerpt composed for this occasion.
April 13th, 2021 Virtual Performance of Texeando for Alto Saxophone and Piano. Casey Grev, Alto Saxophone; Ivette Herryman, piano; and Memorial for Soprano voice, Cello and Piano, Lindsay Kesselman, Soprano, Norbert Lewandowski, Cello, Oscar Micaelsson, Piano.
November 5th, 2020
Texeando, for alto saxophone and piano. Virtual Performance: Matthew Tracy, alto saxophone.
November 1st. 2020
Quisiera (originally titled Pain: the Darkest Place), reduction for mezzo-soprano and piano. Virtual Performance: Lorraine Yaros Sullivan, mezzo-soprano; Ivette Herryman Rodríguez, piano. Voice Area Women’s Composer Recital, Crane School of Music at SUNY-POTSDAM.
April 9th, 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19)
By the rhythm of your truth, set us free. (version for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone, and piano.) Aria Reed trio with Casey Grev (saxophone) and Ivette Herryman Rodríguez (piano) Crane School of Music.
April 5th, 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19)
Sigue and Quiéreme entera for women’s choir, Carnegie Hall, NYC
February 24th, 2020
Black Montuno – a concertino for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble. Christopher Mothersole, Clarinet solo. UWG University Symphonic Band Cale Self, Conductor.
February 9th, 2020
Convergencias (Convergences), version for tenor saxophone and piano. Tenor saxophone: Casey Grev, piano: Ivette Herryman. Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam.
March 11-14, 2020
Sigue (New Version for SATB & Piano) – Hispanic Honor Choir, Southern Division of ACDA – World Premiere
January 31st, 2020
Preludio for flute and piano. Chelsea Tanner, flute | Ivette Herryman Rodríguez, piano Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam.
Nov. 2nd Let’s Talk Cuba, for piano world premiere – Ivette Herryman (piano)
Nov. 4th Sigue, for women’s choir Performers: Women’s Chamber Choir at Michigan State University.
Nov.-18-23: Sigue, for women’s choir. Performed as part of the “Primer Festival International de Coros Femeninos en Latinoamerica” (First International Festival of Women’s Choir in Latinoamerica), celebrated in the cities of Puerto Madryn and Chubut, in Argentina.
October 5th Sigue, for women’s choir. Performers: Ithaca College Treble Chorale, conducted by Janet Galván
North Star Festival at Truman State University:
Oct. 25th Texeando, for alto saxophone and piano. Saxophone: Xin Gao, piano: Hyeing Cho
Sigue for women’s choir Voci choir, conducted by Mark Jennings. Piano by I.Herryman.
Oct. 26th A Duet for a Soloist, for bass clarinet Bass clarinet: Kendall Johnson
By the Rhythm of your Truth, set us free for Mixed Chamber Ensemble Performers: Uncommon Practice Ensemble from Truman State University
Memorial, for soprano, cello and piano. Performers: Uncommon Practice Ensemble from Truman State University
Santiago, for Wind Ensemble world premiere Performers: Truman State University Wind Symphony I, conducted by Dr. Curran Prendergast
October 28: Presentation on my music. Western Illinois University School of Music.
October 30th: Presentation on my music. Bradley University.
April 6, 2019 | Performance of “Memorial” | Western Illinois University School of Music
April 21, 2019 | Performance of “A duet for a soloist” | Macomb, Illinois
March 26 | Premiere in the UK of “A Duet for a Soloist” for bass clarinet in B-flat | Performer: Cathal Killen
March 5 | Performance of “Sympathetic Tones” | New Music Festival of Macomb, Illinois
February 26 | Performance of “Black Montuno” (Clarinet in Bb and Piano) | The Crane School of Music at SUNY Postdam, NY
Performance of “Memorial”
COFAC Recital Hall
Western Illinois University
Performance of “Son para Luis y Mara” (for Viola)
Performer: Mara Tieles
Performace. “Memorial” (Soprano voice, Cello & Piano)
Performers: Musique 21 Ensemble from the College of Music of Michigan State University
Faichild Theatre at Michigan State University
Performance of “Black Montuno“
The Ball State Symphony Band with Dr.
Elizabeth Crawford as a soloist.
Caroline Hand, conductor.
Sursa Performance Hall in Muncie, IN
World premiere. Flores y semillas (SSAA with piano accompaniment)
2018 More Than Music Here festival. Grand Rapids, MI
World premiere. Memorial (soprano voice, cello, and piano)
Commissioned by Kevin Noe and the Pittsburg New Music Ensemble (PNME).
February 21, 2018
Performance of “Three Dances for Bassoon and Piano: Tanxibanera, Habanaxixera, Mabanxixango.“
Illinois Modern Ensemble from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Foellinger Great Hall, KCPA
March 15, 2017
Performance. Sutiles, for piano solo.
University of Nevada, Reno.
April 11, 2017
Premiere. In the presence of beauty, version for tenor saxophone and piano.
Michigan State University College of Music
April 11, 2017
“The Barge Haulers” – World Premiere
Premiere by the Georgia State University Wind Orchestra
Chester Phillips, conductor
Rialto Center for the Arts, Georgia State University
April 18, 2017
Performance. From El libro de los musiniños: Arcoiris, Homenaje a Carlos Fariñas, Nana de los musiniños, and Guitarra, for two pianos.
Michigan State University College of Music
Performance. By the rhythm of your truth, set us free.
February 2, 2017
Premiere of Black montuno (a concertino for clarinet in Bb and Wind ensemble)
Michigan State University Symphony Band
John T. Madden, conductor
Soloist: Sam Davies
Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center, East Lansing, Michigan
February 28, 2017
Dúo para un Solista (A duet for a soloist)
San Davies, Bass Clarinet in Bb
Michigan State University College of Music (MSU)
Performance of Sigue (foro women’s choir) by Choral Luna under Wilmia Berrier, conductor
Paula church, Havana, Cuba
Premiere of Ofrenda for jazz quartet and symphony orchestra National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
Cosette Justo, conductor
32 International Festival Jazz Plaza
Premiere of Black montuno (version for soprano saxophone and symphony orchestra)
National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
Cosette Justo, conductor
32 International Festival Jazz Plaza
Nov 29: “Duet for Bassoon and piano.”
Performers: MSU professors Michael Kroth and Deborah Moriarty.
Performance of On the inside in Cook recital hall,
MSU College of Music
Performer: Matt Pickart
Nov: “Son para Luis y Mara” (viola).
Written for violist Mara Tieles.
Premiere of the work On the inside, for viola and loop pedal in Amsterdan, The Netherlands. Written for Mara Tieles.
July 30th: “Duo para un solista” (Duet for a Soloist)
for Bass Clarinet
La Paz, Bolivia
— World premiere —
May 1st: “By the rhythm of your truth, set us free.”
for Chamber ensemble
Soup Spoon Cafe / 4:00 PM
East Lansing, MI
— World premiere —
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April 2016: “Un danzón a mi manera”
for Symphony orchestra
World premiere by the MSU Concert Orchestra
conducted by Weimar Arancibia
Fairchild Theater at Michigan State University
April 2016: “Who? Where? Eat.” & “Hungry for more“
World Premieres by the Children’s Choir of the MSU Community Music School. CMS Singers
Wharton Center, East Lansing, Michigan.
October 19th: “Sigue”
for Women’s choir
Performance by The Harlingen South High School Combined Women’s Chorus. Harlingen, TX.
November 14th: “Sigue”
for Women’s choir
Performance by the TMEA
District-Treble Choir. Harlingen, TX.
November 24th: “Black Montuno” (piano and clarinet version), Performance by clarinetist Samuel Davies and pianist Ivette Herryman-Rodriguez in Cook Recital Hall. College of Music, Michigan State University.
This post is sort of a journal with sound, intended to record my work as I compose new pieces of music. My idea is to post recordings that reflect the end of each day of work, along with some text about what I have achieved in such day. The recordings will explain through sound what […]