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Jonathan Posthuma

Composer / Newport, Minnesota
Member since October 2021
Jonathan Posthuma (b. 1989) is a composer based in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a growing catalogue of choral and vocal works. He graduated from Dordt University with a degree in Secondary Music Education: Choral and Instrumental, then received a Master’s in Music Composition from University of Wisconsin – Madison. As a singer, he has performed with several choirs in Minnesota and Wisconsin, including VocalEssence, mPLS, Aliro Voices, Kantorei, and the Green Lake Festival Chorus, all of which have premiered several of his choral works in recent years.

My Style

My musical style seeks to combine lyricism, evocative imagery, and emotional contrast, while maintaining clarity, balance, and careful attention to text. Though at times harmonically challenging at first, I strive for beautiful and natural musical lines that flow. Many of my works have playful wit and imagination and a poetic or poignant quality.

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Two Dickinson Poems

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“Two Dickinson Poems” (SATB div., unaccompanied) [4 min] Difficulty: 3-4 [score] A poignant yet hopeful setting in two parts of short texts by Emily Dickinson. Program / Themes: Time, Memory, Optimism/Pessimism More information on this score is available through my website.
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Heirloom Hallelujah!

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“Heirloom Hallelujah” (SATB div., unaccompanied) [4.5 min] Difficulty: 3-4 A spirited and playful setting of an original text using 160+ heirloom tomato varieties. Program / Themes: Gardening, Nature, Seasons, Growth, Harvest More information about this score is available on my website.
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Klokje Klinkt, Vogel Zingt

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“Klokje Klinkt, Vogel Zingt” (SATB, div.) [2.5 min] Difficulty: 3 [score] A playful traditional Dutch children’s song about praying or singing praise at all times. Text in Dutch with English translation included. Program / Themes: Children, Folk Songs, Prayer More information about this score is available on my website.
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Nibi (Water) Song

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“Nibi (Water) Song” (SATB div., alto solo) [3.5 min] Difficulty: 3 [score] A setting of text in Ojibwemowin, melody by Dorene Day, about respecting the water. Text in Ojibwe with pronunciation guide and English translation included. Program / Themes: Water, Nature, Indigenous Language, Sacred Traditions Note: This arrangement can be used freely through a Creative Commons License More information about this score is available on my website.
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