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SACCHINI, LOUIS - (b. 1930)
Louis Sacchini (b. August 30, 1938) received a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from Union University, a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of North Texas (formerly North Texas State University) and a Master of Fine Arts in Clarinet Performance and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Iowa. He has taken additional studies at Duquesne University, the University of St. Louis, Illinois State University, and Boston University. His clarinet teachers include Theodore Ruta and Bernard Cerilli (Pittsburgh Symphony), Gino Cioffi (Boston Symhony), Oscar Lee Gibson, and Himie Voxman. He also has
studied flute with Goerge Morey, oboe with Noah Knepper, and bassoon with Ronald Tyre.

In addition to teaching woodwind performance, Dr. Sacchini has taught Music History, Music Literature, Music Theory Conducting, Form and Analysis, MusicAppreciation, Woodwind Pedagogy and Basic Improvisation. During the last half of his thirty years of collegiate teaching, he served as chairman of music departments in North Dakota and Wisconsin and as faculty advisor to the music fraternities of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Mu Phi Epsilon. He was elected by his colleagues to every office of the college faculty senate, including the presidency. Dr. Sacchini served as musical director and conductor for the Northern Plains Wind Symphony, a semi-professional wind ensemble he established from 1978-1982. Since 1978, he has also served on the faculty of the International Music Camp and adjudicated in many mid-western, mid-southern, north-central states and Canadian provinces. He has been selected on numerous occasions to adjudicate the Kinsmans International Band Festival. He has also served as a state chairman for the International Clarinet Society and for the Saxophone Congress. Since 1995, Dr. Sacchini is retired in Platteville, Wisconsin, and keeps an active involvement with music through teaching and performing with the Dubuque Chamber Winds.

SCHEUER, JIM - (b. 1957)
SCHEUER, JIMJim Scheuer is a Wisconsin public school instrumental teacher. A native of Mishicot, Wisconsin, and a graduate of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, he has taught band in the School District of Owen-Withee since 1980. As the only band director in a small school district, he is responsible for the district's entire band program from sixth-grade beginners through high school. He has served as an adjudicator and clinician for the Wisconsin School Music Association since 1982, and has served on the staff of both the Wisconsin State Honors Band and the Honors Orchestra. In 1992, he was named Teacher of the Year for the Owen-Withee Junior and Senior High School In 2001, Scheuer was selected as a Kohl Teacher Fellowship recipient in the state of Wisconsin, in recognition of educational excellence and innovation.

Among Scheuer's musical mentors, are Glenn Nelson, his band director at Mishicot; Herb Hardt, advisor and percussion teacher at Lawrence; and Fred Schroeder and Robert Levy, also at Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Appleton, Wisconsin.

A percussion specialist, Scheuer also claims "usable" keyboard and vocal skills. He has worked as a vocalist, keyboard player, arranger and MIDI programmer in rock and variety dance bands since age 16, and vaguely recalls regular public performances dating back to as early as age 6. In his spare time, he works with a variety dance band and operates a small MIDI and digital music recording studio.

Having passed the age of 40 some time ago, Scheuer has officially abandoned his childhood dream of being either the next John Lennon or the next Vince Lombardi.

Educational Music Publications by Jim Scheuer from Alliance Publications are:

I WANT TO BE READY - Brass Choir - AP-3037

SHADOW PLAY - Concert Band - AP-676



ADORAMUS TE, CHRISTE - 2-part Vocal a cappella - AP-127 - $ .85

SEGER, JOSEF - (1716-1782)
Josef Seger (21 March, 1716 - 22 April, 1782) was a Bohemian organist, composer, and educator. After graduating in philosophy from the Charles University in Prague and studying music under Bohuslav Cernohorský, Jan Zach and others, Seger became organist of two churches in Prague and remained there until his death. An extremely prolific composer, Seger became of the most important representatives of the Czech organ school of the 18th century. He was also an influential teacher: his pupils included Jan Antonín Kozeluh and Josef Myslivecek, and his figured bass exercises served many generations of teachers.

CHRISTUS NOBIS NATUS EST - SATB a cap - AP-127 - $2.00

SEHLING, JOSEF A - (1710-1756)
Josef Antonín Sehling (born January 7, 1710 at Touzim and died September 19, 1756 in Prague) was a Bohemian composer. Sehling since 1737 was a violinist at St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, from 1740 choirmaster at the Church of Geneva and also deputy choirmaster at St. Vitus Cathedral. Besides a large number of arias, fairs, motets and offertories he composed an opera for the coronation of Empress Maria Theresa, several school operas and some instrumental works.

DOBROU NOC / GOODNIGHT (Pastorella, 18th c.) - edited by Anita Smisek - AP-148 - SATB/ Violin/Piano (Czech & Eng text ) $6.00

SEITZ, PAUL - (b. 1951)
SEITZ, PAULPaul Seitz (born November 15, 1951) is a native of Racine, Wisconsin. He is a composer of many genres including opera, a rich variety of chamber music, vocal music, and compositions for symphony orchestra and wind orchestra. His primary composition teachers have included Stephen Dembski, Fred Lerdahl, Joel Naumann and Robert Crane. He received his DMA in Composition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (with a doctoral minor in String Pedagogy), where he also completed the M.M. degree in Music Theory. In addition, he completed an MA in Gifted Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, in a course of study that included composition study at Columbia and a teaching practicum at the famed High School of Music and Art in New York City.

In July, 2001, his opera The Children of the Keweenaw, with libretto by Kathleen Masterson, was commissioned by the Pine Mountain Music Festival and premiered in 2001. William Ivey, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, interviewed by NPR after the premiere, said that this work "demonstrates the enduring power of opera to connect with great stories." Since 2005, music by Paul Seitz has been at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millenium Stage Concert Series, the 14th World Saxophone Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the Festival Internationale del Sassofono I Faenza, Italy, the Las Vegas International New Music Festival, the Pendulum New Music Series at the University of Colorado, the University of Illinois, the University of Kansas, the University of Nevada-Reno, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Wyoming, the Reading Public Museum Concert Series and other venues. His 2004 wind orchestra piece, "Selamiut: The Sky Dwellers," is included in the new CD Spiritual Planet on the Klavier label, performed by the UNLV Wind Orchestra which commissioned the work. Seitz' music has also been performed by many All State and Honors Orchestras across the United States, including the 2005 All State Orchestras of Wisconsin and Georgia, conducted by Louis Bergonzi.

Dr. Seitz has taught string orchestra students in the Katonah-Lewisboro (NY), Briarcliff Manor (NY) and Oregon (WI) School Districts. More recently, he has been a lecturer in music theory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison an instructor and visiting professor in music theory and composition at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He continues to enjoy contact with younger string players through composer residencies with school orchestra programs, and as a clinician working with string teachers on strategies for employing original student composition activities as a powerful way to promote musical literacy, fluency and creativity. For more information, visit www.paulseitz.net.

Music published by Alliance Publications, Inc:

SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD - Tenor Soloist or Cellist and String Orchestra - AP-4035

SEMERAK, OLDRICH - (b. 1939)

SESTAK, ZDENEK - (b. 1925)
SESTAK, ZDENEKZdenek Sestak, (pronounced ZDEN-yek SHES-thahk) Czech composer born Dec 10, 1925 at Citoliby (pron. TSEE-thaw-lee-bee) near Louny (pron. LOW-nee) in the North Bohemian region of the Czech Republic. He attended the Prague Conservatory where, from 1945-1950, he studied composition with Emil Hlobil (HLAW-bil) and Miroslav Krejci (KRAY-chee). Concurrently, he studied musicology with Hutter at the Faculty of Philosophy of Charles University in Prague. It was in the 1950s that he embarked on a career as a composer and as a scholar specializing in 18th-century Czech music. He has written about the Kopriva (KAW-prrshee-vah) family of musicians (Vaclav (VAHTS-love) Jan (YAHN) Kopriva and his son Karel (KAH-rrel) Blazej (BLAH-zhay)) and has overseen the publication and recording of works by composers from Citoliby.

While his first compositions were inspired by 20th century masterpieces, in the 1970s he sought a non-compromising style of expressive chords and clearly defined themes. In his approach, he rejected the randomness of improvisation, preferring concise forms and prorportional balance, and became convinced of the ample opportunity for creativity within strict formal boundaries. Many of his works have a philosophical and/or spiritual dimension. Only music which has emotional background is viable for Sestak. Be it a large or small composition, Sestak’smusical expression is deeply felt and arouses an impression of importance, urgency and genuineness of his message.

SHROYER, RONALDRonald Lynn Shroyer is a American composer, music educator, conductor, flautist and tenor saxophonist. He is a son of John Wesley Shroyer and Esther Hope Shroyer. He studied at Northeast Missouri State University and Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. In 1963 he obtained a Bachelor of Science . Then he studied at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg, Missouri there in 1967 he earned his Master of Arts. He continued his studies at the Music Conservatory at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) in Kansas City, Missouri and promoted there to Doctor of Musical Arts in composition and music theory in 1975. Since 1976 he has taught at the Swinney Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist University (CMU), Fayette, Missouri, also serving as the Dean of the Swinney Conservatory of Music and director of the department Fine and Perfoming Arts until his retirement in 2010. He now serves as Professor Emeritus in Music, and as an adjunct woodwind instructor. Shroyer as a composer writes for different genres, but especially for wind bands.

THE LUTE IN WINTER - arranged by R. P. Drummond - AP-1016 - SATB a cap/Flute - $1.25

SINDBERG, LAURA K. - (b. 1958)
SINDBERG, LAURA K.Laura K. Sindberg (born December 18, 1958), is currently the Director of Bands at Central Middle School in Waukesha, Wisconsin. At Central, Ms. Sindberg’'s responsibilities include grade seven and eight concert bands, jazz ensemble, and chamber ensembles. Prior to teaching at Central, Ms. Sindberg was Director of Bands at Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Ms. Sindberg earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has been appointed to the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) steering committee and the Arts Propel Leadership Academy of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

In 1994, Ms. Sindberg initiated the Central Bands Commissioning Project. The Project provides new works for young band students and also provides an opportunity for students to better understand the process of composition through meeting and getting to know a composer. Each spring, a new work for young bands is premiered by Central students. Commissioned composers include Pierre LaPlante, Rick Kirby, Hugo Hartig, Jack Stamp and Timothy Broege. The Commissioning Project has been supported by grants from various organizations as well as parents and selected businesses in the Waukesha community.

In addition to working around Wisconsin and the Midwest as an adjudicator, clinician and presenter, Ms. Sindberg has served on the Wisconsin Music Educators Association Council as Public Relations Chair. Professional memberships include Music Educators National Conference, Wisconsin Music Educators Association, American School Band Directors Association, and the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band. Recently, Ms. Sindberg was invited to join the advisory board of New Band Horizons of the American Composers Forum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has written for the Music Educators Journal, Teaching Music and the Wisconsin School Musician. She is currently working on a book about the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) model for planning instruction.

"Ninni, Baba" is an arrangement for the young concert band of a song which came from an old series of song books, World Around Songs, published in 1956. Laura says, "It is my desire to share this beautiful, gentle melody with young students. Ninni, Baba is dedicated to Erin, Kari and young musicians everywhere. Perhaps as young people learn the piece, it will recall memories of their childhood and remind them of being sung to at bedtime."

Performance Notes: "Ninni, Baba" needs to be performed in a very gentle, legato style throughout. This will be a good challenge for young players, and is a skill that will transfer to other compositions. The meter changes serve to provide interest and to teach students about mixed meter. Balance between melody and ostinato is important. The use of percussion is mainly for color as opposed to pulse. Flute players will have an opportunity to develop their low register and should not be shy about this! The tempo of the piece is 84-88. It should be played with a sense of forward motion, but not be rushed. At the same time, if the tempo is too slow, the piece will become stagnant. Enjoy!

SKROUP, FRANTISEK - (1801-1862)
SKROUP, FRANTISEKFrantiaek Jan Skroup (3 June, 1801, Osice near Hradec Králové - 7 February, 1862, Rotterdam) was a Czech composer and conductor. His brother Jan Nepomuk Skroup was also a successful composer and his father, Dominik Skroup, and other brother Ignác Skroup were lesser known composers.

At the age of eleven he moved to Prague where he supported himself as a choir boy and flautist. He continued his schooling at one of the most important Czech national revival movement centres, Hradec Králové, where he was a choirboy at the cathedral. While there he studied with the local choirmaster and composer Franz Volkert (1767-1831). He later moved back to Prague to study at the university. He became a fairly successful opera and singspiel composer producing more than a dozen stage works. Among Skroup's part time jobs was organist at the "Temple of the Israelite Society for Regulated Worship," known since the late nineteen-forties as the "Spanish synagogue." His last position was as the musical director of the German opera in Dutch Rotterdam. He died there and, as a person without means, was buried in a mass grave. He also produced an oratorio, a mass, and a few other sacred works. He is best remembered today as the author of the melody for the Czech national anthem "Kde domov muj?".

From 1827 Skroup was a conductor at the Estates Theatre in Prague. There he led the Czech premières of many famous works by composers such as Richard Wagner. Skroup's oeuvre consists mainly of Czech and German opera which gained significant local popularity.

SLETTO, BARBARA - (b. 1962)
SLETTO, BARBARABarbara Sletto (born July 30, 1962), is the Director of the Des Moines Children’'s Choruses Satellite Program and Concert Choir. She also serves as the Director of Youth Choirs at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, Iowa, where her duties include teaching and conducting five choirs in grades 1-12.

As a Kodaly specialist, Barbara teaches a Kodaly certification course at Mississippi College and is in demand as a clinician in the midwest. As a children'’s choir specialist, she serves as the program director and conductor of the children’'s choir at the International Music Camp. She is active as a guest conductor for numerous choral camps, festivals, and all-state honor choirs throughout the midwest as well.

email: TBSletto@aol.com

"The Plans I Have For You" should be performed with great spirit and freshness. Keep the piece joyous by emphasizing the syncopation and not allowing the meter changes to slow down. The dolce section at measure 38 provides a striking contrast to the rest of the song when performed with flowing legato phrases. Any combination of Orff instruments will be acceptable; however, metalaphones add a nice timbre. Experiment with the melody being played by glockenspiel to help keep the descending patterns in tune.

SMISEK, ANITA - (b. 1941)
SMISEK, ANITAAnita Smisek, OP (b. 1941, Lonsdale, Minnesota), soprano, organist, pianist, demonstrates the power which music in the home can have on one’s personal and professional development. Her mother, Rose Smisek, soprano, piano teacher, choir director/organist in Lonsdale, Minnesota, fostered music with love, by example and enjoyment, as she raised her four children, of which Anita was the oldest.

Anita's fondest memories are around the family piano, with Mom playing and she and her two sisters singing along as a trio. She was an avid piano student during grade school and high school, earning a Certificate Piano Recital at Bethlehem Academy in Faribault in 1959. Further study was done under Mary Davida Wood, CSJ, Mary Edward Blackwell, OP, and Milous Ferlik. She studied organ with Rosilla Gross, OP, Miriam Murphy and Robert Luther. Her vocal coaches have Mary Margaret Leahy, Oksana Bryn and Axel Theimer.

A member of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters since 1960, Anita continues to minister through music, fostering an awareness among others of Czechoslovak music and composers, as has become evident through her direction of 6 uniquely special Nova Praha Vanocni Koncerts. She served St. Wenceslaus Church in New Prague as Music Director-Organist from 1983-1991, in which time she was able to restore to the parish its own ethnic religious song. The hymnal, Give Glory, is a historical anthology of 77 best-known Czech hymns, now in good English texts for contemporary use by the wider public as a resource and supplement to any music program. All of these programs and research are an outgrowth of her initial music research conducted at the University of Minnesota for her MA under musicologist, Dr. Johannes Reidel.

Anita has actively worked with the local people to learn and record their ancestral heritage in song through recordings: Koledy —Czech Christmas Carols, Ryba-Czech Christmas Mass, and Give Glory, Earth and Heaven (Songs of Advent/Christmas, Lent/Easter and national devotional favorites.) She has researched and performed Czech music in the USA and Czech Republic for over twenty years.

In 1989, she co-founded Alliance Publications, Inc. with composer Joel Blahnik to publish music for school, church and community ensembles and to promote the works of contemporary composers with a special interest in Czechoslovak music.

Since September 1992, she is a staff member of the Sinsinawa Mound Center (Sinsinawa, Wisconsin) where she coordinates Sinsinawa Studios and teaches private music lessons and administrates Alliance Publications, Inc. and engraves scores of new compositions for publication with computer notation.

A GIFT OF MUSIC FROM SINSINAWA, Live concert of Sinsinawa Dominican musicians - AP-025 CS - $10.00

ADORAMUS TE, CHRISTE - Stanislav Sebek/edited by Anita Smisek

  • AP-209 - Alto Recorder Duet - $ 3.00
  • AP-127 - 2-part Vocal a cappella - $0.85

CZECH CHRISTMAS CAROLS: 19 KOLEDY - Choir and Instrumentalists directed by Anita Smisek (Sung in the Czech language) Organist, Rob Strusinski - AP-001CS Cassette - $10.00

CZECH CHRISTMAS MASS - J.J. Ryba (Shepherd’s Cantata sung in English) SATB choir and soloists directed by Anita Smisek; Theo Wee, Organist - AP-002 CS Cassette - $7.00 (40 min.)

CZECHOSLOVAK FOLKSONGS - AP-157 - $ 2.00 - Melody line with Czech and English words

EJ, LASKO, LASKO - 38 Folksongs from Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia sung in native dialects by Anita Smisek, accompanied by Steven Zdenek Eckels with classical guitar.

  • AP-005 CS - Cassette - $10.00 (60 min.)
  • AP-006 CD - Compact Disk - $15.00
  • AP-1018 Songbook - $ 3.00 Melody line with Czech and English words or translation

FOUR-HAND FUN! - Hummel (March, Polka, Waltz and Mazurka) - AP-510 - Piano Duets - beginners - $5.00


  • AP-118 - Accompaniment Edition - $19.95
  • AP-119 - Vocal Edition - $6.95

GIVE GLORY, EARTH AND HEAVEN - Czech Hymnody for Liturgical Year recorded with voice, organ and instrumental ensembles representating the Czech religious folk culture brought to the USA plus new organ preludes by Vaclav Nelhybel based on these hymn tunes. (94') - AP-004 CS - Cassette - $15.00

GOD, BLESS THIS UNION - Wedding Song - Bedrich Smetana/edited by Anita Smisek and Joel Blahnik - AP-138 - Vocal (Unison or Duet)/Piano - $3.50

GOD, KEEP A CLEAN WIND BLOWING - Anita Smisek/arranged by Cecil Steffen - AP-1065 - Med Voice/Piano - $3.00

GOODNIGHT/DOBROU NOC (Pastorella, 18th c.) - edited by Anita Smisek - AP-148 - SATB/Violin/Piano (Czech & Eng text) - $6.00


  • AP-1064 - Vocal/Guitar/Piano $1.25
  • AP-024 CS - Cassette - $3.95
  • Music and Reprint Permission Pkg - $10.00

INTO THE MYSTERY: Songs of the Spirit by Sinsinawa Dominicans

  • AP-1067 V - Vocal edition - $3.00
  • AP-1067 A - Accompaniment edition - $5.00
  • AP-020 CS - Cassette (45) $10.00

INTO THE MYSTERY - vol. 2 - AP-1047 - Melody edition of spiritual songs - $3.00 LIFT UP YOUR HEADS, O YE GATES - F. Lynes - 2-pt Vocal/Piano - AP-1006 - $1.25

LOVELY APPEAR - Charles Gounod/edited by Anita Smisek - AP-113 - 2-pt Vocal/Piano - $1.25

LULLABY - Antonin Dvorak

  • AP-107 H - High Voice Solo/Piano (sopr-tenor) $3.00
  • AP-107 L - Low Voice Solo/Piano (alto-barit) - $3.00
  • AP-421 - Bb Trumpet, Trombone or Tuba solo/Piano - $3.95
  • AP-193 - SSA/Piano - $3.00
  • AP-419 - Violin, Viola or Cello Solo/Piano - $3.95

MY SHEPHERD LORD WILL LEAD ME - Mozart - 3-part canon - AP-112 - $0.85

NIGHTINGALE (Slavicek, Pastorella, 18th c.) - J. J. Ryba/edited by Blahnik - AP-126 - Sopr, Flute, Violin/Piano (Cz & Eng words by A. Smisek) - $6.00

OUR CZECH SONGS/Pisnicka Ceska - AP-110 Vocal/Piano - $3.50

PIONEER PRIEST -Musical Vignettes from the Life of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP (60 min.) with historical narratives between 16 songs by Cecil Steffen/edited by Anita Smisek - Unison, 2-3 part Chorus, Soloist, Piano

  • AP-121 V - Chorus Book - $10.
  • AP-121 A - Accompaniment - $34.95
  • AP-029 CS - Cassette Recording "Live in Concert" - $10.00

QUIET THE NIGHT - Noc Tichounka - Hynek, arranged by Blahnik - AP-104 - Voc duet/Flute & Piano (Cz & Eng words by A. Smisek) - $6.00

REGINA COELI, LAETARE - Amanda Courtaux - Alto Recorder Duet/Organ or Piano - AP-210 - $3.50

SING TO THE LORD/VENI CREATOR - Mason/arranged by Anita Smisek - 2-pt Vocal/Piano - AP-133 - $0.95

WEEPING MOTHER - Vocal Solo or Duet/Organ - arranged by Anita Smisek/Blahnik - AP-179 - $4.00

SMUTNY, JIRI - (b. 1932)
SMUTNY, JIRIJiri Smutny (b. 1 April, 1932 - Prague) is a Czech conductor and composer. From 1951-1955 he studied conducting (with V. Smetacek, R. Brock) and composition (with K. Janecek and E. Hlobil - the second branch in conducting without discharge) at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. After graduation, he joined the accompanist position at the Academy (1955/1956), since 1956, he was accompanist at the National Theatre (1956/1978). In 1980 he took the place of teacher academic subjects and musical conductor of the orchestra at the Music School in Vorailská in Prague. Between 1996 and currently serves on the secondary music school as a professor of harmony, counterpoint and musical forms.

STEFFEN, CECIL - (1919-2009)
STEFFEN, CECILCecil Steffen was born on March 21, 1919, in Chicago, the daughter of German immigrant parents whose lineage gave her a heritage of music appreciation and performance. She began her piano study at the age of 9, a study which continued through high school (St. Clara Academy, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, class of 1937) and six years of college (Dominican College, San Rafael, California and University of California, Berkeley).

Graduating with a BA in music from UC-Berkeley in 1941, she immediately began teaching piano and school music in grade schools. With her wit and humor, twinkling eye and quick laugh, Cecil often delighted the students with her improvisations. This gift is reflected in a number of compositions she created for the piano, particularly, "Heard Across the Hall" and "With a Hook and a Whirl."

Cecil followed a call to religious community life and became a Sinsinawa Dominican Sister in 1944. After her profession of vows in 1946, she continued to minister through her musical gifts in each grade and high school to which she was sent teaching piano and music appreciation, beginning in Oklahoma City. There she composed her well-known "Quam Dilecta Tabernacula Tua" for three-part women's voices in 1947.

Graduate study was undertaken at Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland where she received both a BM and MM in theory and composition in 1958 and 1959. She was awarded the Howard Thatcher prize for composition. Her classical vocal, piano, and orchestral writing took place at Peabody. In 1960, she joined the Music Faculty of Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois for three years. Cecil returned to high school music teaching in 1963.

Back to Rosary College in 1976, Cecil continued to teach piano and music theory up to the present time. She was also chapel musician for the Rosary Convent Sisters .

Sister Cecil's creative muse responds to needs at the time. In 1963, she was very effected by the students’ participation in the civil rights movement which inspired the musical setting of "I Have a Dream." Occasionally, however, a poem speaks so strongly that music emerges. This was true for "i thank You God for most this amazing." Spring'’s energies of new life and Easter combined to call forth this musical setting.

The liturgical renewal, promulgated by Vatican Council II in 1965, urged Cecil to write music for Sunday liturgies at Queen of Peace Convent in Burbank, Illinois where she was then living and working. She loved to write music for singers she knew. For her, it was a privilege to do so, and besides, there was a great need for new vernacular (English) settings of the Mass Ordinary, Psalms and Canticles. At other times, graduations and community celebrations,— social and liturgical, —called forth other compositions from her, eg. "Golden Bells", "Songs from the Mazzuchelli Suite", "Pioneer Priest", and "My Lover Belongs to Me and I to Him."

Her personal philosophy of composition was this: "I choose a text and then pray ahead of time that God will help me. I think of the words and begin working with a rhythm that fits. I look for the high point or climax of the text and develop the melody accordingly. Then I try to have the melody and harmony enhance the words. Keeping in mind the abilities and limitations of the people who will sing the songs, I determine the range of the musical line. I write out a melody and rewrite it until I am satisfied with it. Then I leave it alone and if, after returning to it, I am satisfied with it, I make copies and we sing it." And sing it, the community of Sisters to which she belongs, surely did so with pride and gratitude for the unique experience of having a resident composer in their midst.

The editors of Alliance Publications, Inc. recognized gems among her repertoire of over 150 compositions. Having personally experienced learning and using many of her compositions for liturgical use and piano and vocal study over the years, we are now proud to publish those which have stood the test of time and serve many musical purposes, not the least of which is to contribute beauty to our world.


  • AP-194 Octavo - $1.10
  • AP-194 Sc - Solo Voc/Piano - $2.95


  • AP-184 Octavo - $1.10
  • AP-184 Sc - Solo Voc/Piano - $3.00


  • AP-1123 H - High Voc Solo/Piano - $4.95
  • AP-1123 L - Low Voc Solo/Piano - $4.95

GOD, KEEP A CLEAN WIND BLOWING - Anita Smisek/arranged by Cecil Steffen - AP-1065 - Med Voice/Piano - $3.00

HEARD ACROSS THE HALL - Piano Solo - AP-522 - $3.00

HOW LOVELY IS YOUR DWELLING PLACE (Ps. 84) - AP-106 V3 - SSA/Piano - $0.85


  • AP-191 - Solo Vocal/Piano - $3.50
  • AP-1133 - SAB/Piano - $1.25


  • AP-147 - Voc Solo/Piano - $4.95
  • AP-147 Oct - Treble/Piano - $1.35

LET NOTHING DISTURB THEE (St. Teresa's Bookmark)

  • AP-1075 H - High Voc Solo/Piano - $3.00
  • AP-1075 L - Low Voc Solo/Piano - $3.00


  • AP-1033 Org Acp - $5.95
  • AP-1033 - 2-pt Vocal - $1.25

MY LOVER BELONGS TO ME AND I TO HIM - AP-165 - Voc Solo/Piano-Org - $3.75


  • AP-183 - Solo Voc/Piano - $3.50
  • AP-183 V3 - 3-part Vocal/Piano - $1.35

PIONEER PRIEST - Musical Vignettes from the Life of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP 16 nos. with historical narratives between songs (60 min.) - Unison, 2-3 part Chorus, Soloist, Piano

  • AP-121 V - Chorus Book - $10.00
  • AP-121 A - Accompaniment $34.95
  • AP-029 CS - Cassette Recdg "Live in Concert" - $10.00

POLKA FOR TWO (a la Stravinsky) - AP-518 - Piano Duet - $5.00

PRINCE OF PEACE MASS - 2-part Vocal/Piano-Organ

  • AP-1004 Acp - $2.95
  • AP-1004 Choir - $1.25
  • AP-1004 Melody ed. - $0.50


SINSINAWA - AP-1084 - 2-part Voc/Piano $0.50

SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (3 mvts) AP-532 $14.95

ST. CATHERINE'S PRAYER - AP-190 - Vocal/Piano - $3.50 (Extra Vocals $0.50)

TARANTELLA (Words-Hilaire Belloc)

  • AP-1074 H - High Voice/Piano - $4.95
  • AP-1074 L - Low Voice/Piano - $4.95

THE PIPER (Words-Jeremy Finnegan, OP)

  • AP-1136 H - High Voc Solo/Piano - $3.50
  • AP-1136 L - Low Voc Solo/Piano - $3.50

SUITE FOR PIANO (5 pcs) - AP-519 - $9.95

TO BE NEAR GOD - AP-199 - 2-part Vocal/Piano - $0.85


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STREJC, JIRI - (b. 1932)
STREJC, JIRIJiri Strejc (pron.YIH-zhee StrrAITS), was born in in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1932. Unbelievable as it may seem, he entered the arena of becoming a church musician, choir director and organist in 1943 at the height of World War II at the age of 11 out of sheer necessity. The inhabitants of Bohemia and Moravia were sent to the Reich (Germany) as slaves in the military industry to slow down the defeat of the forces which included the organist and choir director from his parish, the Church of Mary, Queen of Peace in Praha-Lhotka. This church was built just before WWII to atone for the offense caused by rabble, who after the First World War demolished a historical column of the Holy Virgin. In time of war, since nobody could immediately take over this function, musically gifted, 11 year-old Jiri Strejc, was appointed to be the church's music director. He has remained a choir director and organist all of his life at the Cathedral in Hradec Kralove.

It is understandable that he had immediately educated himself to fulfill at least minimal demands of this important church position. Before reaching adulthood, he was able to study at the State schools of music. He took private piano lessons from Professor Marie Vojtchova and studied harmony, counterpoint and other theoretical subjects from Vojtech Rehovsky, the famous composer and organist at the Church of St. Ludmila in Prague. Further studies in music education were done at the Conservatory of Music and Academy of Music Organ Performance with Professors M. Kampelsheimer and B. A. Wiedermann, and Composition with O.A. Tichy.

The publishing house Anton Boehm and Son, Augsburg, Germany, publish Ceidacona brevis, which is the first-fruit of Jiri Strejc's musical composition, outside of his school works. Its success initiated Jiri's creative work which is approximately 80 opuses in the area of sacred music, masses, motets, liturgical music, as well as vocal and instrumental works of different genres from folk to serious concert works. His organ works are published by Alliance Publications, Inc., USA.

Jiri Strejc lives in Hradec Kralove in the Czech Republic. He has two sons, the older one, Martin (1957), is also a professional musician, a choir director, and organist. Together with his father, they have collaborated on many music endeavors, liturgies, recordings, concerts. In his lifetime, Jiri Strejc has delighted many audience with his organ concerts in Prague and elsewhere. His son, Martin, now follows in his footsteps having had a significant concert tour to St. Paul Cathedral in London; Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Massachusetts; Holy Trinity Church, Boston; St. Patrick Cathedral New York; and Aachen, Germany. The younger son, Cyril (1983), is becoming a musician specializing in the area of computer music notation.

In the 1970s after Vatican Council II, a reformed liturgy was introduced which demanded deep changes even in music, bringing about the need for a new hymn book for the church. Jiri Strejc won the competition for organ accompaniment harmonizations and was appointed a member of the music section of the diocesan liturgical commission.

At that time, he founded and directed a vocal chamber choir of 12 singers, Cantores Artis Antique, which reached professional level. Because of its extraordinary quality perfor mance, this choir which gave concerts in the time of the communist persecution was able to be defended.

Since 1993, Jiri Strejc has been educating young organists at the Episcopal Grammar School of Bohuslav Balbin in Hradec Kralove. A number of them are engaged in the churches of Hradec Kralove diocese, while especially talented students study at the University Scool of Music.

Beside leading choirs, Jiri Strejc's strength been in choral composition, interpretation organ works with a special emphasis on forgotten works and organ transcriptions making his repertoire quite unique. One of his profile choir compositions Hirsadcany (Prague Castle - AP-1563) which was dedicated to the first President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel. This work was awarded the medal of the Society of Jan Masaryk and published by Alliance Publications, Inc.

SUCHON, EUGEN - (1908-1993)
SUCHON, EUGENThe composer Eugen Suchon (pronouced EH-oo-gen SOO-chawnyah) ranks among the most prominent representatives of contemporary Slovak music. Named National Artist, the composer received the fourfold Laureate of the State Prize, and won many distinctions and awards both in Czechoslovakia and abroad. His compositions acquainted the European musical scene with the typical psychological world of the Slovak man and national ethics on a high artistic level.

Eugen Suchon was born on September 25, 1908, in Pezinok to an organist'’s family, a musical milieu which fostered his talents. At age twelve he started to study piano at the Bratislava School of Music under the accomplished pianist, composer and teacher, Frico Kafenda. From 1927-1931, he continued his studies at the newly established Academy of Music in Bratislava under the same professor. In 1931, "Sonata in A flat for Violin and Piano and String Quartet" completed his piano and composition studies. Suchon completed the Academy which corresponded to Conservatory first as a piano student and later as a student of conducting. The European-standard professor, Frico Kafenda, instilled in him such a thorough education in piano performance and composition that his further two years of study at the Masters School of the Prague Conservatory under Viteslav Novak only underlined the qualities he developed under his Bratislava teacher.

Suchon began teaching music theory at the Academy of Music and Drama in Bratislava, was appointed secretary, and in 1948 became professor of composition. His pre-war works became the cornerstone of the new Slovak musical culture, especially the cycle of male choral songs, "Balladic Suite," "Sonatina for Violin and Piano," "Overture to King Svatopluk," and especially his monumental cantata, the "Psalm of Sub-Carpathian Land." From 1948-1960, Eugen Suchon was the professor and head of the Department of Music Education at the Teacher Training College in Bratislava. The numerous works of this period are dominated by the Fantasies for Violin and Orchestra and the symphonic suite for orchestra, Metamorphoses. Between 1952-1959, Suchon had worked on his second historical opera, King Svatopluk, representing the monumental dramatic fresco from the period of the Great Moravian Empire. Its premiere took place in Bratislava, Prague and Kosice in 1960.

After completing this opera, the composer wrote predominantly chamber and orchestral works, eg. the song cycle for soprano and orchestra or piano, "Ad Astra," the mixed choir cycle "On Man, Poeme Macabre" for violin and piano, "Contemplations" for narrator and piano, "Six Compositions for Strings," "Rhapsodic Suite" for piano and orchestra, and "Symphonic Fantasy" on B-A-C-H for organ, string orchestra and percussion. The cycle for piano, "Kaleidoscope," deserves special attention since this work is performed also by piano, string orchestra and percussion.

Suchon is a pensive composer driven by a powerful creative passion. He lives by Michelangelo’'s principle that it is necessary "to exert the greatest effort to work and study very hard in order to make the work, created with painstaking labour, look as if it were created quickly, without any effort, and with the greatest of ease." Suchon’'s work has become a symbol of outstanding quality in Slovak music. His principle is, "to complete each composition in such a way that there would be neither a missing note nor one to spare." His work ranges from a transition from late romantic chromatism to his own typical modality influenced by characteristic features of old Slovak folk songs to his later affinity to chromatism. He died on August 5, 1993, at Bratislava.

For more information and repertoire see www.suchon.org

Suchon Choral Works available from API:

AKA SI MI KRASNA (How Beautiful You Are) - AP-1311 - SATB a cappella

BoODAJ BY VAS CERTI VZALI (Let the Devil Take You, Boys) - AP-1099 - SATB a cappella


SUETHOLZ, FRANK - (b. 1933)
SUETHOLZ, FRANKFrank Suetholz (b. 1933) is a Milwaukee area native, who received his BA (1960) and MA (1974) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Frank is a master flutist having been a student of Samuel Baron of the New York Woodwind Quintet. A Wisconsin Music Educator, Frank Suetholz taught 5th -12th grade at Johnson Creek Schools (near Watertown, WI) from 1961-1966 and then entered the Racine Unified Schools where he taught from 1966 through 1998.

Flutist Frank Suetholz performed with the Waukesha Symphony, and for 43 years was the principal flutist with the Racine Symphony. He enjoys playing chamber music in and around the greater Milwaukee area and is active in Milwaukee's MacDowell Club. In his retiredment is teaching privately in the Racine area where he lives.


SUK, JOSEF - (1874-1935)
SUK, JOSEFJosef Suk (4 January, 1874 - 29 May, 1935) was a Czech composer and violinist. Suk was born in Kreovice. He studied at Prague Conservatory from 1885 to 1892, where he was a pupil of Antonín Dvorák and Antonín Bennewitz. In 1898, he married Dvorák's eldest daughter, Otilie Dvoráková (1878-1905), affectionately known as Otilka. In 1901, she bore him their only son, Josef (1901-1951). Otilie died in 1905, and the composer never remarried. The noted violinist Josef Suk (1929-2011) was his grandson.

He formed the Czech Quartet with three of his fellow students - Suk played second violin with them for most of his life. From 1922 he taught at the Prague Conservatory where his pupils included Bohuslav Martino, Rudolf Firkuaný and Manoah Leide-Tedesco. He died in Beneaov.

Suk's early works show the influence of Dvorák and Johannes Brahms, while later pieces use more extended harmonies to create a personal and complex style. Unlike many of his countrymen, he made little use of Czech folk music. His best known works are probably the youthful Serenade for Strings (1892) and the Asrael Symphony in C minor, (1906), a work written in response both to the death in 1904 of his father-in-law, and the next year of his wife. Music critic Norman Lebrecht thought Václav Talich's 1952 recording of the Asrael Symphony with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra one of the 100 best recordings of the century. Other pieces include the Fairy Tale suite "Raduz and Mahulena" (1898), the cycle of piano works Things Lived and Dreamed (1909), and the trilogy of symphonic poems A Summer's Tale (1909), The Ripening (1917) and Epilogue (1929, for soprano, baritone and bass soli, chorus and orchestra). Suk won a silver medal at the Art Competitions during the Olympic Games of 1932 at Los Angeles with his work Toward a New Life.

SVEJKOVSKY, JOSEFHUDBA NA SVATE HORE U PRIBRAMI (Music from Holy Hill, Pribram, Czech Republic) - Trumpet, Choir and Organ music from this famous Pilgrimage site - Josef Svejkovsky, Trumpet; Karel Hron, Organ - AP-007 CS - Cassette Tape - $10.00

PODBRDSKY KVAPIK - Galop for 9 Winds and Percussion - Josef Svejkovsky - AP-310 Set - $15.00

KVAPIK-GALOP - Josef Svejkovsky/arranged by Joel Blahnik

Tuba Trio & Drum Set (opt) - AP-305 - $8.00

2 Trombone & Tuba/Trombone & Drum Set - AP-322 - $8.00

2 Trumpet & Tuba/Trombone & Drum Set - AP-326 - $8.00

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