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Lost & Found

30 members needed
SATB and piano
A new work to be composed by Andrea Ramsey
Difficulty: 3 ยท Medium
Length: 4 minutes
Releases on Nov. 15th 2021
Must be funded by Sep. 6th 2021
$160 / ensemble

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This project will include…

PDF score
9-month premiere window
Score guarantee


When I relocated to Kansas City in 2017, I joined my neighborhood via the NextDoor app. I was quickly amused with the number of lost and found posts going up daily: mostly a found cat here, a lost dog there, but occasionally one with a dramatic story, or sentimental appeal. For awhile I've been thinking it would be fun to scour NextDoor and Craigslist for posts about lost and found items and set some of them to music. Ideally, I'd create several miniatures (small movements) within the total work which will be about 4 minutes in length. Each miniature could be anywhere from 15 seconds to one minute long, depending on the text. Consortio's format is particularly exciting for this project, as participating choirs would be able to share links to lost or found posts they want me to consider for the final project text. I envision a work that would be artistically satisfying to sing, but could also be described with any of these adjectives: whimsical, humorous, poignant, playful, engaging for singers and audience members. Consortium participants would receive both a pdf and an audio (MIDI-based) recording of the work upon completion.


To be selected from various lost & found postings on NextDoor and Craigslist

About Andrea Ramsey

Do Not Be Afraid
They May Tell You
Dr. Andrea Ramsey enjoys an international presence as a composer, conductor, scholar, and music educator. Her teaching experiences range from work with adolescent and children's voices to high school and collegiate voices. She enjoys regular opportunities to conduct all-state and divisional level honor choirs, festival events at Carnegie Hall, and serves as a principal conductor for the Pacific International Young Women's Choral Festival in Eugene, Oregon. Before leaping into full time composing and guest conducting, Andrea held positions in music education and conducting at The Ohio State University and the University of Colorado, respectively. An ASCAPlus award-winning composer, Andrea believes strongly in the creation of new works. Her compositions are available with traditional publishers and also through MusicSpoke, a digital sheet music marketplace. She enjoys residency collaborations with ensembles and festival choirs, some of which have included: the Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, Ithaca College, and the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans. As a scholar, she has presented for state, divisional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the 6th Annual Symposium on Sociology in Music Education, as well as The Phenomenon Singing Symposium in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. She has co-authored articles published in the Choral Journal, as well as the Journal of Research in Music Education. A native of Arkansas, she has experienced in her own life the power of music to provide a sense of community, better understanding of our humanity, and rich opportunities for self-discovery.
Tim McMillin
Oct 31, 2018
It was absolutely thrilling to work with Andrea! What a beautiful, vocally-gratifying work she gave to the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble! From the moment I examined the work, I was just in heaven as I imagined the sounds coming to life. She has a stunning gift for bringing text to life through music. Harmonic interest, beautiful melodies, sensitive text setting, varied textures, vocally-conceived writing, and an amazing interaction with the text's meaning are all customary in Andrea's writing. In addition to being an amazing artist, Andrea made the commissioning process absolutely joyful. From welcoming input regarding the text to sending a sample page to represent the direction she was headed early in the process, the whole collaboration was inclusive and about ensuring success. If you are fortunate enough to be able to invite Andrea for a residency at the work's premiere, you are in for an immense treat. Her skills as a conductor, singer, and choral technician and her musical insights are immense and all wrapped in a beautiful package of humility and kindness. We were blessed by her work, and I cannot wait to share it again with the singers and ultimately our audience.