Brett L. Wery

Brett L. Wery

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Watch a performance of Mungi Ibariki Afrika by Michele Von Haugg, Scott Horsington, and Clarinets for Conservation Mungi Ibariki Afrika

Brett L. Wery is an active composer/arranger in the Capital Region area of upstate New York. For twenty-five years he taught theory, conducting, and applied woodwind studies at the State University of New York, Schenectady County Community College where he also directed the college wind ensemble. As a professor at SUNY Schenectady, Wery has been the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, and the SCCC Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. Wery later served as dean of the School of Music at SUNY Schenectady before retiring from academia to pursue composition full time. He is also the Music Director/Conductor of the Capital Region Wind Ensemble in Schenectady, NY—a group of professional musicians that has premiered many of Wery’s works for wind ensemble and band. An award winning member of both The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and Society of Composers, Inc., Brett Wery’s compositions have been performed and recorded around the world. Recently premiered works include Sonata for Four Guitars, String Quartet No. 1, Oot-kwa-tah for chamber orchestra and The Song of Cyrus Kleiner, the Nanotechnologist for baritone and string quartet. In 2015, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra trumpeter Peter Bond performed Wery’s Three Conversations with Coffee on the International Trumpet Guild New Works Recital in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Wery’s suite for unaccompanied clarinet and looper, The Mpingo Parables will be performed at the 2021 International Clarinet Associations annual conference.

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Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra

Oot-kwa-tah,for chamber orchestra
Three Canvases
Three Conversations with Coffee,
for solo Oboe, Trumpet and String Orchestra

Wind Ensemble and Band
Berceuse, for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble
Dance Suite for Wind Ensemble
Facets of Pele, a Rondo for Bass Trombone and Young Band
Grendel Suite for Band
Mortals Gods and Heroes
The Poor Soldier Suite for Band

Chamber Music
The Mpingo Parables,for solo clarinet
a tough and resilient town, for Flute Quartet
Four World Variants, for Clarinet Quartet
Letters from Cohoes, for Baritone, Flute, Harp and String Quartet
Latin Dance Suite for Saxophones, for Saxophone Quartet
Mungi Ibariki Afrika, for Young Clarinet Choir and Two Solo Clarinets
Piano Sonata in C
String Quartet
The Maenad's Daydream,
for Flute, Viola and Harp
The Passage of Orpheus, for English Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello
The Passage of Orpheus, for Saxophone Quartet
The Song of Cyrus Kleiner, the Nanotchnologist, for Baritone and String Quartet

The Poor Soldier, reconstruction of William Shield�s 1783 comic opera


Letters from Cohoes
Mortals, Gods and Heroes
A suite For Concert Band
Three Conversations With Coffee
a Sinfonietta For Oboe, Trumpet And Strings
String Quartet
Violin I
Violin II

I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante Affetuoso
III. Presto

Sting Quartet is dedicated to the Hyperion String Quartet.

The Hyperion String Quartet premiered the piece in Schenectady in April, 2014.