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WORKS

Schneider has written over 95 works. The most noted are below.
For questions about scores, e-mail winstonfschneiderinquiries@gmail.com (updated May, 2024).

Expiculatory Octet (2024)

for flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola and contrabass
Duration: 10.5 min.

* this is the third in my series of expiculatic works... a fourth piece coming

Bringing Light to the Shadows (2024)

for clarinet in A, violin 1, violin 2, cello, percussion (suspended cymbal, marimba, and glockenspiel), flute, and harp
Duration: 5 min.

* dedicated to Charles Kay Jr. 

* created for "Community Engagement: One-on-One" project as a part of From the Top Fellowship program

* a companion piece to Harmonious Projection

Symphony in B-flat Minor, Movement III (2024)

for orchestra
Duration: 24 min. 

Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle Quartet (2024)

for string quartet
Duration: 10.5 min. 

* second in a series of Tiger Beetle chamber pieces

Salt Creek Tiger Beetle Quintet (completed and revised) (2023)

for string quintet (2 violins, 2 violas, and cello)
Duration: 12 .5 min. 

* inspired by one of the world’s rarest insects, an endangered species that is only found in Nebraska

* now a four movement piece (see info. about SCTBQ Movements I & II below)

* Movement I, 2023 Sempre Musick Composition Competition national winner, to be performed May 25, 2024, in Andover, MA

* winner of Young Composer Competition at the Community Music School of Webster University, performed by Chamber Project Saint Louis  at Community Music School Concert Hall in Saint Louis, MO on March 24, 2024

Main Line Locomotive: Reading and Northern #2102 (a Car Knocker's Chronicle) (2023)

for wind ensemble
Duration: 3 min. 

* sonic depiction of a locomotive train. This piece spotights Car Knockers, who are railroad repairmen and inspectors that check the soundness of railroad equipment by tapping or knocking on the equipment. You will hear several percussive and rhythmic elements throughout the piece that illustrate a Car Knocker in action.

Shortchanged Scherzo: a Fleeced Fandango (2023)

for clarinet (doubling on bass clarinet), bassoon, trumpet, percussion and string quartet, plus contrabass
Duration: 6 min. 

* MTNA National Composition Competition winner 2024

* Scherzos and Fandangos are lively musical forms (or in the case of a Fandango, a dance), that are usually in some sort of triple meter. However, this piece has been shortchanged, or fleeced, of one beat in each measure. 

Symphony in G minor, Movement IV: Allegro con brio
adapted and abridged for youth orchestra (2023)

for youth orchestra

* to be premiered by OAYO's (Omaha Area Youth Orchestra) Youth Philharmonic, November 2023

* dedicated to OAYO's Music Director and Principal Conductor Aviva Segall

Salt Creek Tiger Beetle for string orchestra, Movement I (2023)

for string orchestra
Duration: 4 min.

* a string orchestra arrangement of Salt Creek Tiger Beetle Quintet 

* inspired by one of the world’s rarest insects, an endangered species that is only found in Nebraska

* premiered at Soundwaves, Simon Concert Hall, Omaha Conservatory of Music, July 29

The Barnestormers (2023)

for piano duet
Duration: 5.5 min. 

* commissioned by the Lied Center Piano Academy

* premiered Friday, July 21, Lincoln, Nebraska

* dedicated to Dr. Paul Barnes

Symphony in B-flat Minor, Movement II (2023)

for orchestra
Duration: 9 min. 

Arachnida (2023)

for orchestra
Duration: 21 min. 

* completed Jan. 28

* Arachnida is a class of joint-legged invertbrate arthropods. 

* six movements, each named after an order of Arachnid: I. Scorpiones (Scorpions), II. Opiliones (Harvestmen), III. Urgpygi (Vinegaroons), IV. Amblypygids (Tailess Whip-Scorpions), V. Solifugidae (Camel Spiders, Wind Scorpions or Sun Spiders), VI. Araneae (Spiders) 

Harmonious Projection (2022)

for clarinet in A, violin, cello, percussion (crotales, bongos & congas, suspended cymbal, and marimba), and harp
Duration: 5 min. 

* commissioned by Project Harmony, an organization that works to end child abuse

* premiered October 15th at the Holland Performing Arts Center for Projects Harmony's 25th Anniversary Gala

* to be performed by Rico Amador, violin; Tim Strang, cello; Galante, clarinet; Rob O'Brien, percussion;  Katie Wychulis, harp

Anniversary Overture (2022)

for orchestra
Duration: 9.5 min. 

* commissioned by KVNO classical music radio station for their 50th anniversary celebration

* premiered September 23 and 24 (2022) by the Omaha Symphony at the Holland Performing Arts Center 

* conducted by Maestro Ankush Kumar Bahl

* live broadcast on KVNO

* regularly heard on KVNO's weekday morning program, Symphonic Sunrise 

* performed by the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra for their concert "Virtuoso," September 22 and 23 (2023) 

Recording from live radio

broadcast available upon request 

Symphony in B-flat Minor, Movement I (2022)

for orchestra
Duration: 20 min. 

* completed January 2, 2022

2022 NFMC (National Federation of Music Clubs )Young Composers Contest national winner

* additional NFMC Regional Oscar Valentin award 

Symphony in G minor (2021)

for orchestra
Duration: 45 min. 

* a four-movement piece

Salt Creek Tiger Beetle Quintet, Movements I & II (2021)

for string quintet (2 violins, 2 violas, and cello)
Duration: 9.5 min.

* 2022 MTNA Junior Composition Competition national winner  

* inspired by one of the world’s rarest insects, an endangered species that is only found in Nebraska

* performed and recorded by Jenna Ferdon, violin; Jessica Hanson, violin; Jesse Griggs, viola; Ruth Meints, viola; Time Strang, cello

* included in Nebraska Public Media's "What If..." series, Good Living Camp - Season 4, Episode 1

The Big Umbrella / La Sombrilla Grande (2021)

for violin, viola, cello, bass, piano and spoken voice
Duration: 3.5 min.

* commissioned by the Omaha Conservatory of Music, for their "Stories from Childhood" series, sponsored by Debbi and Speedy Zweiback

* featuring the book, "The Big Umbrella" by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates

* English and Spanish version available on YouTube

* Melissa Tatreau-Holtmeier, violin; Jenna Ferdon, violin; Jesse Griggs, viola, Dr. Elizabeth Grunin, cello; Dr. Janka Krajciova, piano; Grazzia Rode-Sagastume, narrator 

* premiered August 14, 2021

Performing Ernestly (2021) 

for violins, viola, cellos and piano
Duration: 3 min.

* commissioned by Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory 

* premiered July 2021 at RMSC Goes Virtual in Concert

* performed by RMSC musicians, now on YouTube 

* inspired by Ernest Richardson

Expiculating Quintet (2021)

for clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, and cello
Duration: 8 min. 

 

* prestigious award for American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) 2021 Morton Gould Young Composers Award

Battle of Five Armies (2021)

for winds , brass, and percussion 
Duration: 3 min. 

* recorded by the New York Youth Symphony on May 2, 2021, conducted by Na'Zir McFadden

* released on May 13, 2021 on Spotify

* inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, “The Hobbit”

String Symphony No. 1 in G Major "Composed At One" (2020)

for string orchestra
Duration: 9 min.

* premiered July, 2021 at SoundWaves Concert, by SoundWaves Continuum Orchestra

* first place, SoundWaves 2020 Composition Contest

* conducted by Maestro Ernest Richardson

* inspired by composition competition prompt by Patti Ritchie 

Chamber Symphony in G minor (2020)

for chamber orchestra

* written during pandemic year

* inspired by the countless hours spent composing alone when the world shut down

Symphony in E Major (2020)

for chamber orchestra

* written during pandemic year

* inspired by the countless hours spent composing alone when the world shut down

Chamber Symphony in D Major (2020)

for chamber orchestra

* written during pandemic year

* inspired by the countless hours spent composing alone when the world shut down

Trying to Catch a Cloudless Sulphur (2020)

for solo flute
Duration: 4.5 min. 

* performed and recorded by virtuosic flutist Mimi Stillman

* selected for "ComposerLab Flute: Young American Composers" program for composers under 30, 2021

* performed for “Broadcast: Young Composers Marathon,” Curtis Summerfest 2020 

* inspired by trying to catch by cloudless sulphur butterflies at “Dandelion Park” growing up, and the one time I didn’t catch any 

Pests, Parasites and Plagues (2020)

for viola and clarinet
Duration: 2 min. 

* played by Jessica Meyer and Benjamin Fingland as a part of the New York Youth Symphony Composing Program, fall 2020

The Summer of COVID-19 (from the Perspective of a 17-year-old Girl) (2020)

for septet and spoken voice 
Duration: 6 min.

* commissioned by the Omaha Symphony, a joint project with the Durham Museum, to archive the pandemic 

* performed and recorded by the Omaha Symphony, October, 2020 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, conducted by Maestro Ernest Richardson 

Recording from live radio

broadcast available upon request 

Expiculating Solo (2020)

for solo cello
Duration: 2.5 min. 

* played by Philip Sheegog as a part of the New York Youth Symphony Composing Program, fall 2020

* inspired by Halloween and the character Jack Skellington (previously titled "Jack Skellington’s Prelude")

Festival in Hobbiton (2020)

for string octet
Duration: 9 min.

* MTNA regional first place, 2020

* inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's book, "The Hobbit"

Sonatina in D minor (2020)

for solo violin
Duration: 4 min. 

* performed by Hannah Landrum of the Minnesota Orchestra, summer 2020

Beryllium (2019)

for cello, violin, clarinet and piano
Duration: 6 min.

* performed and recorded by Ars Futura (Cleveland based contemporary music ensemble)

* inspired by the silver-grey, alkaline earth metal element 

The Jocund Overture (2019)

for chamber orchestra
Duration: 3 min. 

* played by Orchestra Omaha, 2019

* MTNA regional first place, 2019

* an orchestration and expansion of "The Jocund Melody"

The Jocund Melody (2018)

for string trio
Duration: 3 min. 

* commissioned by the Omaha Conservatory of Music for their fall fundraising “melody reveal” annual appeal helped to raise $68,800 ($38,800 over their $30,000 goal), 2018.

Insect Suite (2018)

for orchestra
Duration: 11 min. 

* an 11-minute orchestra piece debuted in New York by Face the Music in 2018 as a part of MATA Jr. Festival

* performed by the Omaha Symphony in February, 2020 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, conducted by Maestro Ernest Richardson

* three movements: I. The Stinkbug, II. The Whistling Tarantula, III. Fireflies 

* included in Nebraska Public Media's "What If..." series, Winston - Season 1, Episode 1

Early Works (2015 - 2018)

Scherzo of the Feather Stars

for string quartet
Duration: 1 min. 

* performed by Dallas Symphony players in Dallas in 2018

* won first nationally in NAfME Composition Competition, 2018

* included in Nebraska Public Media's "What If..." series, Winston - Season 1, Episode 1

Ootheca (The Insect March) 

electronic 
Duration: 3 min. 

* won first nationally in NAfME Electronic Composition Competition, 2018

* inspired by a praying mantis egg case 

* included in Nebraska Public Media's "What If..." series, Winston - Season 1, Episode 1

String Quartet in G minor

for string quartet
Duration: 3 min. 

* included in Nebraska Public Media's "What If..." series, Growing Great Beginnings - Season 1, Episode 2

String Quartet in E-flat Major

for string quartet
Duration: 1.5 min. 

* included in Nebraska Public Media's "What If..." series, Root Research - Season 2, Episode 2

Violin and Piano Waltz in E minor

for violin and piano
Duration: 1 min. 

* performed at OCM Composer's Symposium

* featured in the Nebraska's Rising Stars concert (UNO)

* also titled "Sonatine in E minor" 

String Quartet in A minor

for string quartet
Duration: 1 min.

* performed at OCM Composer's Symposium

* featured in the Nebraska's Rising Stars concert (UNO)

String Quartet in D minor 

for string quartet
Duration: 1.5 min. 

* NFMC's Nebraska Junior Composers Contest, first place, 2018

String Quartet No. 1

for string quartet
Duration: 5 min. 

* MTNA regional first place, 2016

Attack of the Jabberwock

for solo piano
Duration: 1.5 min. 

* national second place winner in "Hal Leonard, Carol Klose Composition Competition," 2015

* featured in "Inside the Mind of the Artist" Composers Symposium (OCM)

* inspired by Lewis Carroll's poem "Jabberwocky"

Earliest Works 

Cicada Named Fada 

for solo piano

Snowman, Snowman, Don’t You Melt

for solo piano
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