Victoria Bond

  • A major force in 21st century music, composer Victoria Bond is known for her melodic gift and dramatic flair. Her works for orchestra, chamber ensemble and opera have been lauded by the New York Times as “powerful, stylistically varied and technically demanding.”

    In addition to Soul of a Nation, the four presidential portraits on the Albany label, highlights of Ms. Bond’s catalogue include the operas Mrs. President, Clara and The Miracle of Light; ballets Equinox and Other Selves; orchestral works Thinking like a Mountain, Bridges and Urban Bird; and chamber works Dreams of Flying, Frescoes and Ash and Instruments of Revelation, among many others. Her compositions have been performed by the New York City Opera, Shanghai, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, members of the Chicago Symphony and New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater and the Cassatt and Audubon Quartets.

    The New York Times praised Victoria Bond’s conducting as “full of energy and fervor.” She has served as principal guest conductor of Chamber Opera Chicago since 2005. Prior positions include Assistant Conductor of Pittsburgh Symphony and New York City Opera and Music Director of the Roanoke Symphony and Opera, Bel Canto Opera and Harrisburg Opera. Ms. Bond has guest conducted throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. She is the first woman awarded a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the Juilliard School.

    Ms. Bond is Artistic Director of Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival in New York, which she founded in 1998, and is a frequent lecturer at the Metropolitan Opera and has lectured for the New York Philharmonic. The Wall Street Journal, NBC’s Today Show, the New York Times and other national publications have profiled Ms. Bond.


  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    Chamber Ensemble
    114-40663 Hot Air
    Woodwind Quintet
    111-40225 How Brer Raccoon Outsmarted The Frogs
    For Narrator and Woodwind Quintet
    15:00 Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, French Horn, Bassoon
    111-40134 Molly ManyBloom
    String Quartet
    114-40729 Notes From Underground
    For Eb Alto Saxophone and Piano
    Alto Saxophone with Piano
    111-40226 The Corn In The Rock
    For Narrator, Two Trumpets, Two Horns, Bass Trombone, and Percussion
    10:00 Voice and Instrument
    111-40228 The Long Haired Girl
    For Narrator, Harp, and Strings
    10:00 Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Violoncello, Contrabass, Harp, Narrator
    114-40766 Trio
    Complete Set
    114-41391 Woven
    Inspired By The Weavings Of Jack Larsen
    10:00 Violin Duet
    114-41394 Woven
    Inspired By The Weavings Of Jack Larsen
    10:00 String Duet
    114-41395 Woven
    Inspired By The Weavings Of Jack Larsen
    10:00 Flute Duet
    Orchestra
    10061 3 Chinese Songs
    for Soprano, Tenor and Orchestra
    15:00 Sop., Ten.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 1 0 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    10062 A Modest Proposal
    for Tenor and Chamber Orchestra
    17:00 1 1 1 1 – 2 1 0 0
    17337 Ancient Keys and Mysteries
    for Piano and Orchestra
    17:00 Solo Pno.; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 1(B.Tbn.) 0; Timp. 2Perc. Cel. Str.
    23416 Bridges
    Version for Chamber Orchestra
    14:00 2 2 2(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. 1Perc. Hp. Str.
    12296 Urban Bird
    for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra
    21:54 Solo A.Sax.; 3 3 3 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
    Opera
    22147 Clara
    An Opera in Two Acts
    2:00:00
    17303 Mrs. President
    Opera in 2 Acts
    Full evening 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 1 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
    23606 Mrs. President
    Opera in Two Acts (Abridged version)
    1:30:00 1 1 2 1 – 2 2 0 0; 1Perc.(includes Timp.) Str. [3.3.2.1.1]
    Arrangements
    10436 Great Galloping Gottschalk
    Ballet Suite(arr.)
    20:00 Solo Pno.; 3 2 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Hp.
    12295 Great Galloping Gottschalk
    20:00 3(Picc.) 2(E.H.) 2 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.

  • Ms. Bond’s [music] can please the ear and stimulate the mind, often simultaneously.
    –Fred Volkmer,

    A MODEST PROPOSAL
    In “A Modest Proposal” [text from Jonathan Swift’s pamphlet of the same name], Ms. Bond sets some of the most grisly elements of Swift’s text to well known children’s songs, giving an additional twist to Swift’s satire.
    –Fred Volkmer, Southampton Press

    MOLLY MANYBLOOM
    And what better reflection of the movement of the mind than music, which can express the infinite variety and quicksilver turnings of its musings. Ms. Bond has set the text [Molly Bloom’s monologue from “Ulysses”] brilliantly, reflecting the ribaldry, the scathing fish-wifery, the wit, the tenderness, and the immense vitality of Molly Bloom.
    –Fred Volkmer, Southampton Press

    MRS. PRESIDENT
    …this preview of “Mrs. President” was far from disappointing. Even the trappings of a non-staged preview of an operatic work don’t necessarily stop the work from revealing its true beauty, and potential vibrancy. … “Mrs. President”, the fully-staged opera, is bound to be an American opera classic.

    –Chris McGovern , chrismcgovernmusic.wordpress.com

    Victoria Bond has struck gold… Ms. Bond and her librettist, Hilary Bell, have mined [Victoria Woodhull’s] story without letting historical detail overwhelm its purely operatic potential. Yes, this is a piece about a headstrong young woman and her ideas, but it is more vividly about passion, betrayal and backstairs intrigue.

    –Allan Kozinn, New York Times

    Composer Victoria Bond’s “Mrs. President” opened at the Discovery Theatre on Friday night, and the audience seemed a little surprised to find itself liking the contemporary opera as much as it did. The music, while modern, is not at all abrasive and, in fact, finds room for agreeable melodic gestures. The plot, drawn from a fascinating episode of American history, raises socio-political issues that remain resonant. …Much of the intervening score has a boisterous tone…and the voices repaid her…

    –Mike Dunham , Anchorage Daily News

    Easy on the ear… compact and dramatic …flirting with neo-romanticism. An experienced conductor of standard opera repertoire, Bond writes well for the voice [and] the two-hour piece never lags.
    –Mike Dunham, Opera Magazine

    TRIO: OTHER SELVES
    …inventively unfolding themes and harmonies that flirted with light dissonance but remained rooted in tonality.
    –Allan Kozinn, New York Times

    …a theme and variations with the interesting twist in which each variation has internal variations of its own…full of interest, dipping into a variety of styles, ranging from country fiddling, to the rag, to echoes of Bach.
    –Fred Volkmer, Southampton Press

  • Peculiar Plants PECULIAR PLANTS
    Albany Records (TROY1161); January 1, 2010
    Performer(s): Renee Jolles, violin, Sheila Reinhold, violin
    Work(s): Woven

  • 1978: Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony
    American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Walter Hinrichsen Award

  • A Modest Proposal
    for Tenor and Chamber Orchestra
    Ancient Keys
    for Piano and Orchestra
    Clara
    An Opera in Two Acts
    (Vocal Score)
    Great Galloping Gottschalk
    for Orchestra
    Mrs. President
    Opera in Two Acts (vocal score)
    Three Chinese Folk Songs
    for Soprano, Tenor and Orchestra
    Urban Bird
    for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra

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