April 5, 2005
Tui St. George Tucker “Requiem” Premieres
Tui St. George Tucker from a 1956 photo taken at Camp Catawba.
Tui St. George Tucker
BOONE – A requiem
composed by the late Tui St. George Tucker will be premiered
April 30 at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian
State University. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Rosen Concert
Hall at the School of Music.
Admission is free, but contributions to the Tui St. George Tucker
Scholarship Fund at Appalachian will be welcomed. The new scholarship
fund in her honor will aid composition students in the Hayes School
Tui St. George Tucker was a well-known composer and recorder virtuoso.
Although New York City was her winter home, she was music director
of Camp Catawba in Blowing Rock during the summers from 1947 to
1970. She made Blowing Rock her permanent home after 1985. She
died in April 2004.
The requiem was composed over a 50-year period. St. George Tucker
had started work on the requiem in the late 1940s, following the
death of her mother.
While living in Blowing Rock, St. George Tucker was befriended
by Douglas Miller, a member of Appalachian’s Hayes School
of Music. Miller saw the piece stacked in a corner of her cabin
and persuaded St. George Tucker to let him prepare the composition
Miller worked with St. George Tucker for three years prior to
her death preparing the piece for performance. Although she did
live to hear the finished work, as each section was completed
Miller would “play” it for her using a computer software
program that played the arrangement.
Tui St. George Tucker was famous for writing in a nonstandard
microtonal scale that used quarter tones, but her requiem is
a tonal work
modeled after Faure’s “Requiem,” Miller said.
The requiem will be performed by an 80-voice chorus and full orchestra.
Several guest musicians, including Camp Catawba alumni organist
Paul Jordan of Connecticut and pianist Samual Bartos of New York,
will play keyboard works. In celebration of Tui St. George Tucker
and Camp Catawba, a special exhibit will be shown in the Broyhill
Music Center lobby and many Camp Catawba alumni are expected to