On Sunday, November 13, 2016 and Sunday, November 20,
2016, Kairos: A
Consort of Singers, under the direction of Edward Lundergan, performed the
premiere of my new work Mood Swings - settings
of 3 of William Shakespeare's sonnets. Click here
to listen to a concert recording of the work.
On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, The
Paltz College-Community Chorale performed the premiere of my new
work, Creatures - a set of three pieces for concert choir and piano.
The common denominator is the fact that they are based on poems about living
creatures. Click here to listen to a concert recording
of the work.
On Tuesday, December 9, in Studley Theater on the
SUNY-New Paltz campus, the
Paltz College-Community Chorale premiered "Merry Notes" - a set of three
pieces based on poetry by William Shakespeare. Click here to listen to
a concert recording of the work.
Madera Vox (oboe,
bassoon, piano, percussion & voice) premiered my composition The Dreamer,
Awakened, at SUNY-New Paltz on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
As part of the
third concert of their 2011-2012 concert season ("Nature in Music") ,
the Poné Ensemble
presented my 2002 composition, Private Menagerie (scored for soprano,
tenor, cello, and piano) on Sunday, March 4th, at New Paltz United Methodist
Church. I played the piano part myself. I also performed "Galop", the first
movement of "Seven Short Pieces for Piano", written in 2009. Read
the review from the Times Herald Record
November 5th, 2011, the
New York City Labor Chorus
held their gala 20th Anniversary Concert at The Town Hall, in New York City.
Among many inspiring songs, they performed my own composition
Invocation for Women In Black
- which the New Paltz Women In Black (a group dedicated to promoting the
ideals of justice and peace) sing every Saturday afternoon at the end of our
weekly vigil - It was an exciting concert, and I was pleased to be a
part of it.
Ensemble for New Music
Acadia (for oboe, viola and
piano) on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the New Paltz United
Methodist Church as part of a concert of works by contemporary female
The premiere of
Shirley's new choral work, In a New Season, was performed by the
the direction of Dr. Edward Lundergan, on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 8:00
p.m. in McKenna Theater at SUNY-New Paltz. In a New Season is based on
three poems by poet Margaret P. Gallagher from her book "In a New Season".
Elegy for Margaret
(for english horn, cello and piano) was performed as part of the Poné
Ensemble concert on Friday, May
29, 2009 at 8:00 p.m., at the New Paltz United Methodist Church.
December 9, 2008 the SUNY-New Paltz Concert Choir, under the direction of
Dr. Edward Lundergan, performed Nocturne, the piece Shirley
composed for the Concert Choir in 2001. Accompanying the Concert Choir was
Gary Palmieri on piano. Click here to listen to
the original performance of Nocturnes.
was featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Tuesday, October 14, 2008.
Click here to view/print
article (article is in pdf format).
April 20, 2008, saxophonist Lois Hicks-Wozniak, cellist Susan Seligman and
pianist/composer Shirley Warren performed Irae Variae as part
of the Earth Day Concert presented by Christ Episcopal Church in
Poughkeepsie. Shirley rewrote the work (originally written for oboe) for
February 20, 2007, oboist Joël Evans, cellist Susan Seligman, and pianist Ruthanne Schempf presented the world premiere of
Elegy for Margaret,
Shirley's newest work for English horn, cello and piano.
was performed by the Pone Ensemble for New Music on March 12th,
2006 in New Paltz, New York, as part of the inaugural concert of the 2006
Memorial Concert Series. This series is dedicated to the memory of Karen Pone,
the co-founder and artistic director of the Pone Ensemble, who died on
December 21, 2005. The Pone Ensemble is celebrating its 32nd
anniversary season, presenting chamber music of the 20th and 21st
century to audiences in New York’s Hudson Valley.
On March 11, 2006,
Voices for Peace
sang at a rally at SUNY New Paltz, protesting the 3rd anniversary
of the invasion of Iraq. The rally was sponsored by the March 11 Stop the
War Coalition, and co-sponsored by several dozen progressive and antiwar
groups from the Hudson Valley region. Congressman Maurice Hinchey,
representing New York’s 22nd Congressional District, delivered the
On November 28,
2006, the SUNY-New Paltz Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Edward
Lundergan, presented the premiere of Joyful Noise, a four-part mixed choral work with piano accompaniment.
The songs are based on settings of five children's poems detailing the inner
lives of insects by American author and poet Paul Fleischman: "Moth's
Serenade", "Grasshoppers", "Fireflies", "Cicadas" and "Water Striders".
a new song cycle for a cappella chamber choir, was written for
Kairos: A Consort of
Singers in 2005.
The songs are based on the poetry of David Appelbaum, Professor of Philosophy at
SUNY New Paltz. The cycle consists of three songs: "The Earthworm
Jar", "Love Song", and "Purpose of a Cat". The cycle
was premiered on Kairos' spring concerts in May 2006.