R o g e r   L o w e

Roger Lowe has written music for orchestra, chamber groups, piano, organ, guitar, choir, solo voice, electronic, and rock ensemble. He holds a BM, Music Composition from Gardner-Webb University (2013). 
He studied composition with Dr. Frank McCarty at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Dr. Matt Whitfield at Gardner-Webb University. He has studied piano, organ, flute and guitar. 
Roger played keyboards in Christian Rock groups from 1981–1987 and has been a church organist since 1992. He is currently organist and Minister of Media and Technology at Boiling Springs Baptist Church. 

Live performance videos:

Symphony No.1, Movement 1  http://youtu.be/jn4NWqCeekA

Movement 2  http://youtu.be/mtkNkeYNGTk

Movement 3  http://youtu.be/OszxFFnfpo4

Movement 4  http://youtu.be/D-8XdtSznII

The One for Brass and Guitar  http://youtu.be/ZHLmIXcUrbI

Sunrise at Roanoke  http://youtu.be/ZR8RPZHnrSs

Prelude No. 1 for piano  http://youtu.be/BpsV08fks7U

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar: some kind of waltz http://youtu.be/s82WeTsVAz4

Previous Music, parts 2 & 3  http://youtu.be/ZZAU_6HT4Y0

Rejoice in the Lord  http://youtu.be/54uZ8CY9Cnk

Organ Arrangements

Lift Every Voice and Sing  https://youtu.be/li3kimpdABg

Jesus Shall Reign/On Eagle's Wings (in the style of the Vierne Finale) http://youtu.be/S-ZEhnUqvZA

Be Thou My Vision  http://youtu.be/0sYUnPDEJkM

Great Is the Lord/A Mighty Fortress  https://youtu.be/E0jJ9HPIdQs

Music Videos with Finale performance

An American Landscape  https://youtu.be/jB0_YOKZn-I

Sunrise at Roanoke  http://youtu.be/qKjBO8ESrwE

Music Videos of songs

A Dream Within A Dream  https://youtu.be/OrvJdXbcRp8

Nothing To Say  http://youtu.be/Y4uBf0UT4N4

Christmas For Them  http://youtu.be/6uMzbWE1mCc

Links to Other Pages

SoundCloud  https://soundcloud.com/roger-g-lowe

ReverbNation  https://www.reverbnation.com/rogerlowecomposer

 

LIST OF PUBLICLY PERFORMED WORKS

PREVIOUS MUSIC (1981)
Instrumentation: piano
Duration: 5:20
Performed at University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1981 and Gardner-Webb University in 2011 (with additional percussion)

HEAVEN’S LOVE (1985)
Music for the 1986 Word Records release Sacred Fire
Instrumentation: band, soloist with backing vocals
Duration: 4:18
Radio single for the album

BORN FROM A DREAM (2005)
Music for anthem commemorating the Gardner-Webb University centennial in 2005 with lyrics by C. Douglas Bryan
Instrumentation: SATB with piano
Duration: 3:28
Four performances in 2005

HAPPY TO BE PART OF THE TEAM (2006)
Words and music for one-act musical comedy
Instrumentation: band with some additional instruments or keyboards, soloists with chorus
Duration (of musical): 1 hour
Written for class MUS400 “Writing the Musical”
Staged reading at Gardner-Webb University in 2006

REJOICE IN THE LORD (1980; revised 2007)
Instrumentation: soprano and piano
Duration: 3:40
Performed at Gardner-Webb University, Fall 2011

CUBICLE! (2008)
Music and some lyrics for full-length musical comedy
Instrumentation: orchestra, soloists with chorus
Duration (of musical): 2 hours
Staged reading at Gardner-Webb University in 2009

THE ONE LAMB (2008)
Music for film soundtrack
Instrumentation: orchestral with additional instruments; performed on keyboards
Duration (of film): 2 hours
Proceeds from film go to charity
Limited national theater release in 2009; available on DVD

BLESS HIS HOLY NAME (1992; revised 2007/2011)
Words and music including an arrangement of the hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy”
Instrumentation: SATB with Piano
Duration: 3:28
Performed by the Gardner-Webb University Concert Choir on their Spring 2012 tour

SUNRISE AT ROANOKE (2012)
Instrumentation: flute and harp
Duration: 4:41
Performed at Gardner-Webb University, Spring 2012

SIR DIGBY CHICKEN CAESAR: SOME KIND OF WALTZ (2012)
Instrumentation: alto sax, trombone and piano
Duration: 4:00
Performed at Gardner-Webb University, Spring 2012

SYMPHONY NO. 1 (2012)
Music for orchestra in four movements
Instrumentation: full orchestra with drums and electric bass
Duration: 24:00
Senior project for Bachelor’s in Music, Music Composition
Performed at Gardner-Webb University, Spring 2013

THE ONE FOR GUITAR AND BRASS (2013)
Instrumentation: guitar, trumpet, trombone, bass and drums
Duration: 4:47
Performed at Gardner-Webb University, Spring 2014

THE SLEEP CYCLE (2014)
A Song Cycle in seven movements based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe
Instrumentation: mezzo-soprano and piano
Duration: 16:00
Performance scheduled for fall 2018

VARIOUS HYMN ARRANGEMENTS
Instrumentation: piano, organ and orchestra
Durations: 2:30-3:30
Performances: preludes and offertories for worship services, 1992 to present

 

Compositions

Symphony No. 2 Movement 1


PDF score

This work reflects the unrest and division in the United States, and in the world. There is a section representing the hope for peace near the end, but the final section brings us back to the drums of war.


Symphony No. 1, Movement 3


PDF score

This movement has a lively pizzicato and percussion highlights with a brass chorale in the B section. This performance was on April 29, 2013 at Gardner-Webb University.


Sunrise at Roanoke


PDF score

Music for flute and harp. This piece was inspired by watching the sunrise over Albemarle Sound from Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC. The style is impressionist. There have been several pubic performances of this, but the best recording is the Finale generated one presented here.


A Dream Within A Dream


PDF score

This selection from The Sleep Cycle sets the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe to music. In this collection of poems from the 1800's, we follow the sleeper from twilight and the beginnings of sleep through a series of dreams. "Is all that we see or seem, but a dream within a dream," comes to new life in this melodic setting Vocals by Jondra Harmon. The entire work is available at www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/20200679