S.R. Kisselbaugh was born in Illinois in May 1985. Kisselbaugh received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Research from Murray State University in Murray, KY in 2008. This was followed by earning a Master of Music in Composition in July 2010 from Ball State University. Kisselbaugh is currently a DA candidate in Music Composition and Theory with a secondary in Choral Conducting at Ball State University. At Ball State, Kisselbaugh has studied under Dr. Derek Johnson, Dr. Eleanor Trawick, Dr. Vera Stanojevic, Dr. Jody Nagel, Dr. Richard Pressley, Dr. Amelia Kaplan, and Dr. Keith Kothman. Kisselbaugh studied conducting under Dr. Andrew Crow.


Chiyogami Suite

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When Stephanie began writing Chiyogami Suite, she was struggling to find inspiration. As a vocalist and a composer of many vocal pieces, she was used to having a text to work with. Inspiration finally did come, but not through text. This time, she found inspiration through the works of art of a friend of hers, Jerry Philips. Each movement of the suite is based on one of his pieces by the same title. The term “chiyogami” is used to describe a type of brightly colored, decorative Japanese paper.

Another Day Goes By

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“Another Day Goes By” is an extremely emotional piece for the composer. The poem was written by the composer’s father on a sheet of notebook paper and was only made aware of the poem’s existence when her father suddenly passed away on May 30, 2008. He was 51 years old. Kisselbaugh’s parents divorced when she was young, and “Another Day Goes By” was written as a father’s reaction to the sudden loss of his children. It speaks of knowing that his children are growing up away from their father and of the realization of all that he is missing.

Some Other Existence

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Written for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Stephen Porter, Re-Imagining Beethoven for piano solo. One of my favorite works by Beethoven is his String Quartet No 15, Op. 131, and No. 6 is my particular favorite of the work. It is simple and hauntingly beautiful. This piece uses the melody from that movement and re-imagines it using only material found in that melody.

Beautiful Chaos

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"Beautiful Chaos" is a work that explores one part of life that has always fascinated me: chaos' ability to be beautiful. This is a conundrum; a dilemma that occurs. Even if you do not realize it at the time, some of the most chaotic moments in life often turn out to be the most beautiful. My goal was to express this in three movements. The first is the chaotic moment, where nothing seems to be in place. This is followed by a murky scene where the beauty starts to peak through. The final movement is once again chaotic, but this time all the parts work together. The listener is finally able to see the beauty that occurs in the midst of all the chaos.