Tyler’s suite contents: Background on Tyler The Songs The Instrumentation The “Dreams” for the World Premiere The Recording Co-Commissioning Choruses The Composers/Librettist Background on Tyler


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Preparing for the World Premiere of TYLER’S SUITE


Background on Tyler

The Songs

The Instrumentation

The “Dreams” for the World Premiere

The Recording

Co-Commissioning Choruses

The Composers/Librettist

Background on Tyler:

The best summary of Tyler’s personal story is on the Tyler Clementi Foundation web site. You will also find a great deal of additional information on the wonderful work of the Foundation:

Tyler’s Suite: The songs
I Have Songs You Haven’t Heard Nolan Gasser

The Unicyle Song Craig Carnelia

A Wish Lance Horne

Brother, Because of You Stephen Schwartz

Just a Boy John Bucchino

I Love You More Ann Hampton Callaway

Meditation John Corigliano

The Narrow Bridge Jake Heggie

The Instrumentation

Many have asked what the instrumentation is for “Tyler’s Suite.” We have considered many options. In the end, we decided that the most important thing is for the work to be presented in its simplest form – highlighting the gorgeous music. Therefore, the plan is for the entire work to be accompanied by piano and solo violin. There are 3 or 4 soloists in the work, but other than that, the chorus is the star.

Tyler’s Suite: The dreams for the World Premiere

It is our hope to create an event that brings a wide variety of communities together – that entertains, uplifts and educates.

The first dream is to identify 500 young people and their leaders who are involved in a variety of activities and groups around the bay area and invite them to the opening night performance. We will also host a Pre-concert Q. & A. with representatives of the Tyler Clementi Foundation and Clementi Foundation.

In order to achieve this, we are seeking underwriting of $25 per comp ticket for these groups – a total of $12,500. We will be seeking individuals to underwrite one ticket ($25) or four tickets ($100) or perhaps companies or groups to underwrite larger blocks – 100 tickets ($2,500), etc.

If you have suggestions for possible underwriters, please contact the SFGMC office.

These groups will be selected from the following: (if you have contacts with any of these groups, please contact Christian at the office)

Grace Cathedral

GLSEN/GSA groups

Teen Suicide Groups


It Gets Better

Facing History and Ourselves

Local high school/college choirs/orchestras

SF Conservatory

SF AIDS Foundation

Affirming Churches:

Glide Memorial, Grace Cathedral, MCC

SF Girls Chorus

Pacific Boys Choir



Academy of Art

Family Acceptance Project

Suicide Prevention Project
The second dream is to create a multi-media presentation to go along with the music. The music absolutely stands on its own, but there is still the dream of enhancing it. The cost for this is $15,000, so it remains a dream.
Tyler’s Suite: The performance/recording

We will be creating a live performance of Tyler’s Suite at Davies Symphony Hall. In order to do this, we are seeking underwriting for both the live performance and the recording. There are eight pieces in Tyler’s Suite. We have set a goal of underwriting for each movement of $1,500. This will allow the underwriter to have a dedication in the program (4,000+) as well as in the recording. “I Love You More” has already been underwritten. Seven to go. If you are interested, please let Lynden know.

Co-Commissioning Choruses:

We are absolutely thrilled to have six MAJOR choruses as partners in Tyler’s Suite. They will all be performing the work in the first year of its life.

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus

Windy City Gay Chorus, Chicago

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles

New York City Gay Men's Chorus

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus

Turtle Creek Chorale, Dallas, Texas

Seattle Men's Chorus

Tyler’s Suite: The composers/Librettist
Because of his passion surrounding the story of Tyler Clementi, composer Stephen Schwartz agreed to select the composers for the multi-movement work titled “Tyler’s Suite.” He has chosen the following, all of whom agreed to compose a movement in the suite. It is an incredible group, indeed. Emmy’s, Tony’s, Grammy’s, Oscars…..
I Have Songs You Haven’t Heard

Nolan Gasser is a critically acclaimed composer, pianist, and musicologist – most notably, the architect of Pandora Radio’s Music Genome Project. His original works have been performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, La Salle Pleyel (Paris), and the Rose Bowl (Pasadena), among many others. Key current projects include an opera, The Secret Garden, commissioned by San Francisco Opera (premiered March 1, 2013), a musical, Benny and Joon, in partnership with H2H Productions and MGM On Stage, and a forthcoming book on the interrelation of music and science. His opera, The Secret Garden, received rave reviews and will next move to Houston Grand Opera, where it will be filmed for a future Naxos-released blu-ray DVD. His Cosmic Reflection: A Narrated Symphony – the second commission associated with NASA’s Fermi mission (depicting the entire history of the Universe) received its premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. (later this year, Naxos Records will release a CD of  Cosmic Reflection recorded by the Baltimore Symphony, under Marin Alsop

The Unicycle Song

Craig Carnelia is a composer and singer best known for his collaboration on the musicals Working, working with Stephen Schwartz and Sweet Smell of Success, partnering with Marvin Hamlisch. His works have been seen off-Broadway and across the country, including Is There Life After High School? And Three Postcards. He also composed songs for the 2002 Nora Ephron play Imaginary Friends. He has received the Johnny Mercer Award and nominated three times for the Tony Award and twice for a Drama Desk Award. IN addition he has been awarded the Kleban Award. Carnelia also serves as a mentor to young writers through the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, the Dramatists Guild Musical Theatre Fellowship and the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference.
A Wish

Lance Horne has performed alongside, composed, and/or provided arrangements for Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Ricki Lake, Cheyenne Jackson, Kelli O’Hara, Jake Shears, Meow Meow, Justin Bond, Sandra Bernhard, Amanda Palmer/Dresden Dolls, and Boston Pops. MR. HORNE received an Emmy for Best Original Song (Daytime: One Life to Live), the Jonathan Larson Award for composer-lyricist, a Bistro Award for producing Alan Cumming’s album, I Bought a Blue Car Today, and ASCAP Young Composer Awards, He has appeared with Seoul Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, London Gay Men’s Chorus, Sydney Dance Company; opened for Death Cab, Michael Feinstein, Dwight Yoakam; performed for President Obama, the First Lady, and Queen Elizabeth; conducted return engagements at Sydney Opera House, appearances two seasons at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Composition from The Juilliard School, currently completing his DMA at CUNY Graduate Center, has taught at Juilliard for a decade.

Brother, Because of You

Stephen Schwartz is perhaps the premier musical theater composer of our time. In 1971, he wrote the music and new lyrics for GODSPELL, followed by collaboration with Leonard Bernstein for Bernstein’s MASS. Then came PIPPIN and THE MAGIC SHOW. At one point, GODSPELL, PIPPIN and THE MAGIC SHOW. He next wrote THE BAKER’S WIFE, followed by a musical version of Studs Terkel’s WORKING, to which he contributed four songs and CHILDREN OF EDEN. He then began working in film, collaborating with composer Alan Menken on the scores for the Disney animated features POCAHONTAS, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, and ENCHANTED. He has released two CDs on which he sings new songs, entitled RELUCTANT PILGRIM and UNCHARTED TERRITORY.

Mr. Schwartz’s most recent musical, WICKED, opened in the fall of 2003. Mr. Schwartz the only songwriter in Broadway history ever to have three shows run more than 1900 performances. His first opera, SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON, premiered at Opera Santa Barbara in the fall of 2009 and was recently produced by New York City Opera. Mr. Schwartz has recently been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Just a Boy

John Bucchino’s songs have been performed and recorded by artists from Art Garfunkel, Judy Collins, Liza Minelli, Patti LuPone, Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein, Yo-Yo Ma, Deborah Voight, Nathan Gunn and Audra McDonald. His music has been performed by The Boston Pops and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Among his honors are two Drama Desk nominations, the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, and the Kleban Award. He has written scores for the musicals Urban Myths, Lavendar Girls, Broadway’s A Catered Affair (book by Harvey Fierstein) and the Dreamworks animated film Joseph, King of Dreams.

I Love You More

Ann Hampton Callaway (born May 30, 1958) is a multiplatinum-selling singer, composer, lyricist, pianist, and actress. She is best known for writing and singing the theme to the TV series The Nanny, writing songs for Barbra Streisand and starring in the Broadway musical Swing!.

Callaway has produced two critically acclaimed public television specials called "Singer's Spotlight With Ann Hampton Callaway" featuring guests Liza Minnelli and Christine Ebersole. Callaway composed over 250 songs for television, Broadway, off-Broadway and several of today's leading interpreters of songs. Her music and lyrics have been performed and recorded by Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, Michael Feinstein, Blossom Dearie, Peter Nero, Karrin Allyson, Donna McKechnie, Harvey Fierstein, Lillias White, Barbara Carrol, Amanda McBroom, Liz Callaway and Carole King. She composed "At the Same Time" for Barbra Streisand and that recording, Higher Ground, debuted nationally at #1, giving Ann her first of three platinum records.

She has garnered fourteen awards from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs, two Backstage Bistro Awards, The 2005 Nightlife Award, the Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award and the Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking.

John Corigliano is one of the most widely celebrated composers of the last forty years. His scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, three Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists and chamber musicians in the world. John serves on the composition faculty at the Julliard School of Music. He has composed three symphonies, an opera for the Metropolitan Opera, The Ghosts of Versailles, and major works for strings, including the score to movie The Red Violin for which he won the Oscar. His Symphony No. 1 (1991) channeled his personal grief over the loss of friends to the AIDS crisis. It has been performed by over 150 orchestras world wide.

The Narrow Bridge

Jake Heggie is the American composer of the operas Moby-Dick (libretto: Gene Scheer), Dead Man Walking (libretto: Terrence McNally), Three Decembers (libretto: Scheer), The End of the Affair (libretto: Heather McDonald), To Hell and Back (libretto: Scheer), For a Look or a Touch (libretto: Scheer) and At the Statue of Venus (libretto: McNally). He has also composed more than 250 art songs, as well as orchestral, choral and chamber music. The Dallas Opera has announced the commission of Heggie's next opera, GREAT SCOTT, with librettist Terrence McNally, set for a premiere on Oct 30, 2015.


Pamela Stewart is a lyricist and librettist with over 200 pieces in publication.

In 2000, Susan G. Komen for the Cure commissioned her to write a song cycle for chorus and symphony. Twice performed at Carnegie Hall, Sing for the Cure made its European premiere at Royal Festival Hall in London in 2010 and has been recorded with Dr. Maya Angelou as narrator. Her work has received both Editor’s Choice and Merit Series awards from top choral music distributors, and have been honored by Creator Magazine’s “Select 20.” In 2012, Pamela penned the text for “Give ‘Em Hope,” based on speeches by Harvey Milk for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. It will be included in the 35th Anniversary commemoration Harvey Milk’s assassination in June, 2013. Pamela has worked intimately with the Tyler Clementi family and foundation to create a series of stunning lyrics to capture the life and stories of an amazing young man and his family. Ms. Stewart lives in Tempe, Arizona.


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