HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY

Director’s Choice, Mainstream Musicals:  Michael Mayer

Finalist:  O’Neill National Music Center

“I have been a huge fan of composer Roger Ames ever since I heard his 'Amarantha' in the '80's.  To this day his wonderful melodies come to mind often.  Much more recently, we worked together on his musical adaptation of 'How Green Was My Valley.'  I consider this and many of his other works to truly be masterpieces."

- Paulette Haupt, former Artistic Director, O’Neill National Music Theater Center

 

NO PARKING

Knight Foundation Grant, Minnesota

For development and production at Nautilus Music-Theater

Ben Krywosz, Producer and Artistic Director, Nautilus Music-Theater, St. Paul


LAUDATE DOMINUM

Composition Prize:  Astoria Symphonic Choir

“Roger Ames is one of the most unique composers I know.  His original music is always tuneful, fresh, and original.  He is also an excellent arranger with a flair for the dramatic.  I highly recommend his music to choirs of all abilities.” 

- Matthew Mehaffey, Professor of Music, University of Minnesota, Artistic Director, Oratorio Society of Minnesota, Music Director, The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh


REQUIEM FOR OUR TIME

Pulitzer Prize Nomination (Boston Chorus Pro Musica Premiere)

 

MARTIN GUERRE

Best Play of the Year (Connecticut Journalists Award)

O’Neill National Music Theater Conference: (3 residencies)

 

“Roger Ames writes beautiful music.”

- Pelham Pearce, General Manager, Central City Opera

 

NEW YORK CHILDREN’S SOCIETY

First Prize, Choral Music

 “Roger Ames is one of the most skilled and honest composers I have had the privilege of knowing and performing in my career.  His ability to marry texts to sound is astounding and deeply compelling.  His music is a treasure all of us should know and live with...” 

- James Jordan, GRAMMY nominated conductor, Westminster Choir College; Artistic Director and Conductor, The Same Stream Choir

 

EN MIS PALABRAS

First Prize, Opera Division:  Boston Metro Opera

 

“Mr. Ames’ compositions convey true human emotions. His music reaches listeners on a deep but entirely familiar level – as if he knows us, and is reminding us to hear what our own hearts have to say.”

- Deb Morrow, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Central City Opera

 

SUMMER SANG IN ME

Winner, call for scores:  E4TT (Ensemble for These Times)

International Composition Competition

 

 

I WONDER

Second Prize, International Clarinet Society Composition Contest

 

“Two composers I have been blessed to know are Carlisle Floyd and the late Samuel Barber. The third is a man who studied with both of them - Roger Ames.  The symbiosis with word and situation that occurs with Roger's music is emotionally electric, a beautifully crafted synthesis of joy with an inner pulse that always propels and inspires the performer, director, and audience. He writes darn good!... darn good..."

- David Grabarkewitz, Stage Director, former director, NYC Opera, and former CEO and Artistic Director, El Paso Opera.