Original music compositions

BY DEANNA STEPHENS

Music is the

      universal language...

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent."

~Victor Hugo

A Song to Call Your Own

In past centuries, nobles and the wealthy commissioned composers to write music to commemorate special events in their lives.  Patrons of the arts would then gift these pieces to posterity.  Now this tradition is being revived.  You can commission a talented young composer to write a piece of music that will help your special event to live in history.


To begin your musical journey, you have to consider the following questions.   Have you ever wanted to express your feelings with music? The composer will work with you to develop the style and emotion of the piece.  Have you ever wanted an original piece of music for your wedding, birthday, memorial, or other event? Now, that can be yours.


Your music will be composed especially for you to be used by you at your own event. It is completely yours. The composer will personally work with you to create music that reflects your own personality (or the personality of your loved one).  Instruments and/or lyrics that reflect your personality will be interwoven by the composer to meet your exacting tastes. The composer will also work with the singers and musicians that you have chosen to select the right vocal ranges and/or instrument choices that will work best for them. 

Latest Songs

Into the Rest of Our Lives
This is a graduation song that was composed specifically for Unity Christian High School's graduation. (See YouTube for more details.)

Tango in Barcelona
‚ÄčThis is an early piece written for piano and recorded on ProTools. It was inspired by a guitarist playing on the corniche by La Seu in Palma de Mallorca. 

These clips are from a Mini Musical entitled Staring at My Future. It is a story that follows a girl through trials, loss, temptation, and redemption. These pieces illustrate some of the different styles that can be developed. The first piece is based on a fairly traditional waltz. The second is based on a contemporary pop style. The third is a tango. The fourth is a classical piece for pipe organ with a complex pedal (bass) line. The fifth is based on a contemporary Christian worship song style.


The first piece featured a large ensemble of instruments, including first and second trumpets, a trombone, a tuba, a harp, first and second violins, a cello, and voice to carry the melody. The second piece was written for piano and voice. The third was written for two classical guitars, a piano, a clarinet, and voice. The fourth featured a pipe organ. The fifth used voice, piano, first and second violin, viola, and cello.

This is a graduation song composed specifically for Unity Christian High School. It was written to suit volunteer instrumentalists/vocalists of the graduating class. As a result, the ensemble consisted of three voices (Soprano, Alto, Tenor), piano, guitar, trumpet, and cajon. (This demonstration was recorded using Sibelius sounds. Therefore, the voices cannot sing lyrics.) This song demonstrates how compositions can be suited to the instruments available.

This piece is a piano duet composed for the New Music Festival at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. Thomas Seivert and Ashley Taylor performed this piece at the Helen K. Persson Recital Hall.

Into the Rest of Our Lives
This is a graduation song that was composed specifically for Unity Christian High School's graduation. (See YouTube for more details.)

Into the Rest of Our Lives
This is a graduation song that was composed specifically for Unity Christian High School's graduation. (See YouTube for more details.)

Minecraft Dance Theme

This fun little bit of electronic music was written for a friend's YouTube channel regarding the popular video game Minecraft. It is an early composition,

This is a prelude  based on the hymn This Is My Father's World. A requiem could be written in this style to honor the memory of a loved-one, inspired by his or her favorite piece of sacred music. This prelude was written for a brass ensemble of nine instruments (3 trumpets, 2 French horns, 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, and a tuba). Please note that this is a recording from the notation software used to write the piece, not from actual instruments, so the sound of the instruments and the interpretation of the music lack emotional depth. Free sheet music is available upon request. Requests can be sent using the form on the Contact page. 

This piece is composed for flute with piano accompaniment. This piece is a perfect example of a specialized wedding song that could be composed for you. It has been recorded using the notation software, Sibelius, so the sound of the instruments and the interpretation of the music is somewhat mechanical.