Lemon, Karen

Australian composer Karen Lemon (b.1961) counts amongst her qualifications a PhD in Musicology from the University of Sydney (on Schoenberg’s post-tonal music c.1910) and a License in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

However her career as a composer is in its early stages: despite minor studies in composition in her undergraduate days (with Anne Boyd and Gillian Whitehead, amongst others), it has only been in recent years that Karen has returned to it. She has been privileged to have had her music performed in locations as far afield as Sydney, Los Angeles, New York, Cambridge and Helsinki, and by such distinguished performers as Thomas Hutchinson, Artur Cimirro and Gwion Thomas. Karen has composed music by commission or on request for CAMS, Hourglass Ensemble and the University of Bristol Schola Cantorum, and several of her works have been prizewinners in composition competitions, including Gesualdo Six, the Renée B. Fisher Award, Opus Dissonus and the Tapiola Choir.

As a performer, though Karen is a pianist by training (having studied with Albert Landa and Adene McInnes), she was most active as a chorister and vocalist, notably as a foundation and lifetime member of the Sydney-based new music choir The Contemporary Singers and as founder and director of and arranger for the pop-jazz a cappella ensemble The Five Skins.

Karen has worked as a lecturer in Musicology at the University of Sydney and the University of Tasmania, and enjoys representation with the Australian Music Centre. She currently divides her time between Australia and France.

https://karen-lemon.com/

Works

Title of the work (Translation) Price

Duration Division of parts Year of composing
Poet/collection Language Style

SA choirs

7`

00``

SSA-div

2018

Isidore of Seville, Bible: Revelation, Old Hispanic Officium

Latin

Contemporary, Sacred

3`

00``

3S2A-div

2023

/2024

Bible: Psalms

Latin

Contemporary, Sacred

3`

45``

SSAA-div

2015

Lemon, Karen

English

Light

SATB choirs

3`

45``

SATB-div

2017

Herrick, Robert

English

Christmas

5`

00``

SSAATTBB

2015

Bible

Latin

Contemporary, Sacred

3`

45``

SATB-div

2016

Bible: Song of songs

French

Contemporary, Sacred

5`

15``

SATB-div

2019

/2020

English Book of Common Prayer

English

Contemporary, Sacred

9`

00``

SATB-div

2019

/2020

English Book of Common Prayer

English

Contemporary, Sacred

3`

45``

SATB+SATB

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Latin

Contemporary

3`

45``

SATB-div

2019

/2020

English Book of Common Prayer

English

Contemporary, Sacred

3`

30``

SSATB-div

2017

Hopkins, Gerard Manley

English

Contemporary

3`

45``

SATB-div

2015

/2021

Lemon, Karen

English

Light

TB choirs

Multiple choirs

3`

45``

SATB+SATB

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Latin

Contemporary