Stacy Garrop’s music is centered on direct and dramatic narrative. The sharing of stories is a defining element of our humanity; we strive to share the experiences and concepts that we find compelling with others. In her works, this manifests in programmatic pieces without text (sometimes subtly, sometimes overtly) and more directly in pieces that draw upon poets and writers for source material.
Stacy has received numerous awards and grants including a Fromm Music Foundation Grant, Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s Harvey Gaul Composition Competition, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize, Sorel Medallion Choral Composition Competition, two Barlow Endowment commissions, and competitions sponsored by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, and the New England Philharmonic. She has participated in reading session programs sponsored by the American Composers Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra (the Composers Institute), and Dale Warland Singers.
Theodore Presser Company publishes her chamber and orchestral works; she self-publishes her choral works under the name Inkjar Publishing Company. She is a recording artist with Cedille Records, with works on eight CDs; her works are also commercially available on Blue Griffin Recording, Chanticleer, Chicago a cappella Records, Equilibrium, Innova, Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Ravello Records, Saxophone Classics, and Summit Records.
She has served as composer-in-residence with several organizations including the Volti Choral Institute for High School Singers, Skaneateles Festival, Albany Symphony, and Music in the Loft. Garrop has attended residencies at the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, Oxford Summer Institute, Ragdale Colony, Round Top Music Festival, Ucross Foundation, Wellesley Composers Conference, and Yaddo.
Stacy has been commissioned and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Chanticleer, Chicago a cappella, San Francisco Choral Society, Piedmont East Bay Children’s Chorus, Capitol Saxophone Quartet, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Gaudete Brass Quintet, and the Rembrandt Chamber Players; the Chicago Classical Recording Foundation, Music in the Loft, Norton Building Concert Series, and WFMT 98.7 FM have commissioned works as well.
Additional performances have been given by the Cabrillo and Grant Park Music Festival Orchestras; Amarillo, Charleston, Columbus, Illinois, Nashua, Omaha, and Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestras; National Repertory Orchestra; Civic Orchestra of Chicago; and the New England Philharmonic; by the Avalon, Biava, Cecilia, Chiara, and Enso String Quartets; by the Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, Gaudete Brass Quintet, Lincoln Trio, New EAR, Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, and Voices of Change; and by Clerestory, Grant Park Music Festival Chorus, South Bend Chamber Singers, Voices of Ascension, and Volti.
As an educator, Stacy has created innovative programs to bring music to young people. For a residence with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, she helped middle school students compose a semi-staged music production about the explorer Henry Hudson. In collaboration with the Skeaneateles Festival, she designed a series of workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students in which the students learned and created musical works using Hyperscore, a computer program that allows people to write music without having to read music. Stacy is on the composition faculty of the annual Fresh Inc Festival, sponsored by Fifth House Ensemble and held in Kenosha, WI.
Stacy earned degrees in music composition at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (B.M.), University of Chicago (M.A.), and Indiana University-Bloomington (D.M.). She is an Associate Professor of Composition at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.