Deanna Wehrspann

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Sioux Falls
United States of America
Dates of Residence: 
Aug 19, 2013 to Aug 30, 2013

Deanna Wehrspann is a composer of vocal, choral, string, and piano music, whose honors in 2013 include: "May Your Voice be at Peace" (choral; published by Augsburg Fortress), "It Was Always You" (choral; a winner in the Morningside College Composition Competition), "Empty Branches, Crystalline Grace" (strings; featured by Augustana College Orchestra). She is also a professional pianist, performing this past year with Metropolitan Opera stars Samuel Ramey and Dawn Upshaw and with the Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale. She is a soprano in the South Dakota Chorale and has sung as soloist/choral singer with Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Eric Ericson, and Charles Bruffy. She has degrees in music, theology, and information management, and studied for a year in Leipzig, Germany, on full scholarship from the Lutheran World Federation. Her current writing project is a song cycle on texts of Russian poet Olga Berggolts, translated by award-winning playwright Ivan Fuller.