Flutist-composer-pianist Gary Schocker is an accomplished musician of outstanding versatility. As a flutist, Mr. Schocker has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra (both while still in his teens), I Solisti Italiani, the Dallas Symphony, and the New Jersey Symphony. He has performed in recital throughout the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Panama, Taiwan, Germany, France, Canada, and Japan. He often appears in concert with guitarist Jason Vieaux. Mr. Schocker teaches many students who travel to his home bases of New York City and Easton, PA, and many others in master classes throughout the world. He is currently on the faculty at NYU.
In addition to being the most published living composer for flute, Gary Schocker has composed sonatas and chamber music for most instruments of the orchestra. He also has written several musicals and children’s musicals, including Far From the Madding Crowd and The Awakening, which can be heard on Original Cast Recordings. Both shows were winners of the Global Search for New Musicals in the UK and were performed in Cardiff (2003 and 2005) and at the Edinburgh Festival (2005), as well as in New Zealand. In New York they have been seen as winners of the ASCAP music theatre awards as well as in the NYMF and NAMT festivals.
Mr. Schocker has won the International Clarinet Association’s annual composition competition twice and the National Flute Association’s annual Newly Published Music Award numerous times. Sir James Galway commissioned and premiered his three-movement concerto Green Places at Ireland’s Adair Festival and has also performed the work with the New Jersey Symphony. Sir Galway performed Schocker’s Musique FranÃ§aise on his US tour in 2002.
Gary Schocker can be heard in his debut recording, “Regrets and Resolutions”, on Jonathan Digital, and on 4 highly-acclaimed CDs on the Chesky label. The 1998 Jonathan Digital recording titled “Airborne” features his own works for flute with piano and harp. “Dreamtravels”, on the Azica label, presents Mr. Schocker in duo with guitarist Jason Vieaux. “Arioso”, also on Azica, is an all-Baroque disc featuring Mr. Schocker’s interpretations of sonatas by Bach, LeClair, and Vivaldi. Gary Schocker’s concert music can also be heard on the Koch, Troy, Sazas, Gionata, SNE, Paulinas Comep, Fleur de Son, and Innova labels, and on the all-solo “Flute Forest” release from Azica. New recordings of all-Schocker music featuring the composer on piano and flute, respectively, are “Conversations” and “Healing Music”, both on the Azica label.
“For Dad” is a recording of his works as well as the music of Poulenc, Hindemith, Faure and Caplet with pianist Hugh Sung. Release date is July 2008 on Azica Records.
Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation Flute Solo 8 EtudesFor Solo Flute 11:00 10 EtudesFor Solo Flute 20:00 Blip Blip BlipFor Solo Flute 7:45 Cadenzas for Mozart’s Flute Concerti Chiaroscuro 7:00 Solo Flute Don’t Wake The BabyFor Solo Flute 6:30 Flute Unaccompanied Down the Garden Path 4:00 Solo Flute Extreme Sports11 Virtuoso Etudes for Flute 15:00 Flute Flute ForestFor Solo Flute 8:30 Flutter and FlitFor Flute Alone 4:30 Gilded and Bronzed Once Upon A . . . Guitar Partita In A Minor for Solo Flute and The Bach Partita “Ghost” To Be Played As A Duet With The Bach Partita In A MinorPlus The Bach Partita ‘Ghost’ To Be Played As A Duet With The Partita In A Flute Short StoriesFor Solo Flute 7:00 SolosuiteFor Unaccompanied Flute 8:00 Three FlavorsFor Solo Flute 6:00 Flute Unaccompanied Walking SongsFor Solo Piccolo Piccolo Flute and Piano A GasparFor Flute And Piano 3:30 Flute, Piano Airborne 7:30 AmbidextranataFor Flute and Piano, One Player 5:20 AriosoFor Flute and Piano 4:00 ArirangFor Flute and Piano(arr.) 1:30 Flute with Piano At NightThree Nocturnes for Flute and Piano 7:00 Atlantis for Alto Flute and Piano Au Delà Du BrouillardBeyond The Fog 8:00 Flute with Piano Back To SchoolFor Flute and Piano 5:00 Birthday Music Biwako Wind Flute, Piano Blue Bossa, Red BossaFor Flute and Piano 6:30 Coffee BreakFor Flute & Piano Flute, Piano Concertino ItalianoFor Flute And Piano 8:00 Flute, Piano ConversationsFor Flute and Piano 14:00 Dances and Daydreams(11 Pieces for Flutists Of All Ages) for Flute and Piano 18:00 Dark Star DCfor Piccolo and Piano 3:30 Piccolo, Piano A Dream Flute, Piano Erev ShalomFor Flute and Piano 3:00 Fee Fie Faux FumFor Flute and Piano 4:30 FigmentsFor Flute and Piano 11:30 Five Carols for ChristmasFor Flute and Piano(arr.) Flute, Piano FlameFor Flute and Piano 5:30 Flute with Piano A Fond FarewellMeditations On September 11, for Flute and Piano 7:00 For Dad For FriendsSmorgasflute! Flute, Flute / Piano From My Journal Hannah’s GladeFor Flute and Piano 7:00 Healing Music (After J.S. Bach)For Flute and Piano 5:00 In MemoriamFor Flute and Piano 3:30 In The AirFor Flute and Piano 12:00 Inside OutFor Flute And Piano 5:00 Flute, Piano Jazzbird!For Flute and Piano 7:30 KissFor Flute and Piano 2:00 A Latesummer Night’s DreamFor Flute and Piano 7:30 LiedFor Flute and Piano 2:45 Little FlowerFor Flute and Piano 4:00 MadrigalFor Flute & Piano Flute, Piano Memory BookFor Flute and Piano MockingbirdFor Flute And Piano 3:30 Flute, Piano Musique FrançaiseFor Flute and Piano 14:30 Flute solo, Piano Nach BachFor Flute and Piano 7:00 Native American Suite 6:00 November SongFor Flute and Piano (Or Harp) 4:00 Old BirdsFor Flute And Piano 1030 Flute, Piano Ollie and MeFor Flute and Piano 4:00 Oomp!A Demented Waltz-Fantasy for Flute and Piano Flute with Piano Outside My Window, BirdFor Piccolo and Piano Piccolo, Piano Pickles and Ice CreamFor Piccolo and Piano Piccolo, Piano Prelude, Theme, and Free AssociationsFor Flute and Piano 10:00 Pressed Flowers for Flute and Piano QuirksFor Flute And Piano 12:00 Flute, Piano Rain and ShineFor Flute and Piano Regrets and ResolutionsFor Flute and Piano 8:30 Flute with Piano Sailfor Flute and Piano 6:00 Flute, Piano ScherzoFor Flute and Piano Scrapbook, Vol. Ifor Flute and Piano 10:00 Flute, Piano Second SightFor Flute and Piano 4:00 Show Tunes SicilienneFor Flute (Or Oboe) and Piano 2:00 SleepsongFor Fltue and Piano 3:20 Small Sonata for A Large FluteFor Bass Flute and Piano Bass Flute, Piano SoliloquyFor Flute and Piano 4:00 Flute, Piano Sonata for Short Attention Spans 9:30 Flute Duet with Piano Sonata No. 1For Flute and Piano Sonata No. 2For Flute and Piano 20:00 Sonata No. 3For Flute and Piano 12:30 Sonata No. 4(Summer Sonata) – for Flute and Piano 10:00 Sonata No.5For Flute and Piano Flute, Piano Sonata 6“La Salmonella” Flute, Piano Sonata No.7 Flute, Piano Sonata No.8For Flute and Piano Flute, Piano Sonata No. 9For Flute and Piano 15:00 Flute, Piano Sonatina No.1For Flute and Piano Sonatine 9:00 Flute, Piano Song Without Words for Flute and Piano SpringsongsFor Flute and Piano 13:50 Such Sweet SorrowFor Flute and Piano Flute, Piano Sunrise, SunsetFor Flute and Piano(arr.) 1:40 Three Minute SonataFor Flute and Piano 3:00 Flute solo, Piano Three Mystery PiecesFor Flute and Piano 11:30 Under The SultanFor Flute and Piano 5:00 Flute with Piano VelvetFor Alto Flute And Piano 4:00 Alto Flute with Piano VivianaFor Flute & Piano Flute, Piano VocaliseFor Flute and Piano 3:00 Wabi-SabiFor Flute And Piano 8:00 Flute, Piano Winter Jasminefor Flute and Piano 5:00 Flute with Piano XynoglykoFor Flute and Piano 7:00 Flute Duets, Trios, Quartets, and Choir 3 X 2 2 Flutes Accident ProneFour Dances for Two Flutes and Piano 12:30 2 Flutes, Piano Adventures Under A LeafFor Flute & Bass Flute Flute Duet Celestial Bodies 6:00 Flute Quartet Coffee NervesFor Four C Flutes 2:00 Flute Quartet Danger: High VoltageFor Two Flutes And Piano 9:00 Dangerous DuetsFor 2 Flutes 8:00 Flute Duet Diverse DuetsFor Two Flutes 14:00 Flute Duet Flute Quartet No.1For 2 Flutes( First Doubling Piccolo), Alto Flute and Bass Flute 14:00 Flute Quartet Flutes In The GardenFor 3 Flutes 5:30 3 flutes Flutey TalesFor Two Flutes 6:30 Flute Duet Flutum Mysterium Flute Ensemble French ToastFor Two Flutes and Piano 8:30 Flute Duet with Piano The Further Adventures Of Two FlutesFor Two Flutes and Piano 11:00 Flute Duet If It Ain’T Baroque…For Two Flutes 3:00 Flute Duet IkebanaFor Flute Ensemble Flute Ensemble The Last WordFor C Flute And Alto Flute 8:00 Flute Duet LovebirdsFor 2 Flutes 4:00 Flute Duet Mitzvah Bars 2 Flutes NymphsFor Flute Quartet 7:30 Flute Quartet One-Sided ConversationsFor Two Flutes 4:00 Flute Duet One Size Fits AllDuets for Flutes & Flutists Of Most Sizes 2 Flutes Out Of Doors DuetsFor Two Flutes Flute Duet Over The MoatFor Two Flutes 2 Flutes PeregrinationsFor Two Flutes 3:00 Flute Duet Pop Flute Ensemble SkyFor Two Flutes 10:00 Flute Duet Sonata In A Minor(Plus The C.P.E. Sonata “”Ghost”” To Be Played As A Duet)(ed.) 11:30 Spelunking 6:45 2 Flutes SyllogismsFor Two Flutes 5:00 Flute Duet Tapestry SonataRemembering Julius Baker – for 2 Flutes and Piano 15:00 Flute Duet with Piano Telemann Fantasias and PhantomsFor Two Flutes(arr.) Flute Duet These Flutes Are Made for Walkin’For Three Flutes 4:00 Flute Trio Three Dances for Two FlutesAnd Piano (Or Strings Or Band) 8:30 Flute Duet with Piano Three More DancesFor Two Flutes and Piano 8:30 Flute Duet with Piano Three Nuns In The DesertFor Three Flutes Or Two Flutes and Alto Flute Flute Trio Traditional Japanese MelodiesFor Two Flutes 2 Flutes Traditional Korean MelodiesFor Two Flutes 2 Flutes 2 Flutes In 3 ScenesFor 2 Flutes and Piano Flute Duet with Piano Two Flutes (On The Loose) In FujianFor Two Flutes and Piano 7:30 Flute Duet with Piano Two Pipers Piping13 Christmas Favorites(arr.) 25:00 Flute Duet Underwater FlowersFor Two Bass Flutes 8:00 Bass Flute Duet UnexpectedOr Under A Rock 2 Flutes Views From Falls House Flute Ensemble Zefiro DelicatoFor Flute Ensemble Flute Ensemble Flute and Mixed Instruments AirheadsFor Flute and B-Flat Clarinet 4:30 Woodwind Duet AirspaceFor Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, and Piano 11:30 Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Piano Amuse-BouchesFor Flute, Oboe & Piano Woodwind Duet AriosoFrom Cantata No. 156 (Bwv 156) and Harpsichord Concerto In F Minor (Bwv 1056)(arr.) 4:00 Cherry BlossomsFor Flute, Clarinet, Harp & String Quartet Mixed Ensemble Child’s Play 8:30 Chimera for Flute and Harp Fantasy for Flute and Harp Flusooning (Or, Unexpected Romance)For Flute and Bassoon (Or Cello) Woodwind Duet Go To SleepFor Flute, Viola, and Harp 4:59 Chamber Ensemble Good Morning, Mr. Bluebird! Woodwind Trio Dream Travels for Flute & Guitar Flute and Guitar Garden Music Flute, Cello, Guitar Green PlacesFor Flute and Chamber Orchestra (Solo Part and Piano Reduction) 15:00 Flute solo, Piano In MemoriamFor Flute and Harp 3:30 Flute with Accompaniment My Summer Vacation Flute, Cello, Piano Mysterious BarcodesFor Flute and Guitar Flute, Guitar Odd BedfellowsFor Flute and Tuba (or Bassoon) 7:30 Flute, Tuba (or Bassoon) Pas De Deux Flute, Cello Piece for Lis for Flute and Piano Praeludium for Flute and Organ Rachel Was Flute and Harp The Red Cedar CollectionArtistic Celebration for The 21st Century: for Flute and Guitar September MornFor Flute, Oboe & Harp Mixed Ensemble Serenade Flute, Violin, Cello SilkwormsFor Flute and Guitar Flute, Guitar Singletree I & Ii Flute, Marimba, Tuba Sonata No.1 Woodwind Trio Sonata No. 2For Flute, Clarinet, and Piano 13:00 Flute with Piano Sonata Souffle Woodwind Trio Still AirheadsFor Flute and Clarinet 7:00 Woodwind Duet Summer Morning, Summer Afternoon Flute, Viola, Harp This Little LightFor Piccolo (Or Flute) and String Quartet Mixed Ensemble Water MusicFor Flute, Horn and Piano Flute, Horn, Piano Flute and Large Ensemble Airbornefor Flute and Strings 7:30 DragonflyArrangement for Flute and String Orchestra 3:00 Solo Fl.; Str. Erev ShalomFor Flute and String Orchestra 3:00 Fl.; Str. Green Placesfor Flute and Chamber Orchestra 15:00 Solo Fl.; 0 2(E.H.) 1 1 – 3 0 0 0; Hp. Str. Hannah’s Gladefor Flute and Orchestra 11:00 Solo Fl.; 0 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0; Hp. Str. Piccolo Italianoor Me & My Gold Piccolo Solo Picc.; 2 2 4(B.Cl) 2, 2 A.Sax, Ten.Sax, Bar.Sax – 4 3 3(B.Tbn) 1, Euph; 6 Perc. Regrets and Resolutionsfor Solo Flute and Chamber Orchestra 8:30 Solo Fl.; 1(Picc.) 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0; Hp. Str. Regrets and Resolutionsfor Solo Flute and Wind Ensemble 8:30 Solo Fl.; 2(dbl. Picc.) 1 5(AltoCl., B.Cl., Cb.Cl.) 2 2AltoSax. 1Ten.Sax. 1Bar.Sax. – 4 3 3 1 Bar.; 2 Perc. Second SightArrangement for Flute and String Orchestra 4:00 Solo Fl.; Str. Three Dancesfor Two Flutes and String Orchestra 7:30 2Fl. Soli; Str. Three Dancesfor Two Flutes and Wind Ensemble 7:30 2Fl. Soli; 1(Picc.) 1 5(A.Cl. B.Cl.) 1 – A.Sax. T.Sax. B.Sax. – 4 3 2 0 Bar.; Perc. Cb. Wintersuitefor String Orchestra 9:30 Str. XYNOGLYKOArrangement for Flute and String Orchestra 7:00 Solo Fl.; Str. Green PlacesArrangement for Flute and Wind Ensemble 17:45 Solo Fl.; 3(Picc.) 2 5(E-flatCl., B.Cl.) 2 2AltoSax. 1Ten.Sax. 1Bar.Sax. – 4 3 3 1 1Bar.; Perc. Cb. Piano Solo Bagatelles 9:00 EnvelopesFor Piano 12:00 Piano Unaccompanied Four IntermezziFor Piano 18:00 Piano Unaccompanied In MemoriamFor Solo Piano Piano Unaccompanied SonataFor Piano Piano Unaccompanied Three Pieces for Piano Piano Unaccompanied Piano with Instrument 2 Piano Music 2 Pianos 4 Hands A Better DayFor Clarinet and Piano 6:00 Clarinet with Piano Dear DiaryFor Bb Clarinet and Piano 6:30 Clarinet with Piano Diary Of A SongbirdFor Piccolo And Piano 10:00 Piccolo with Piano HillsongsSix Appalachian Vignettes for Piccolo and Piano(arr.) 6:00 Piccolo with Piano Piccolo Italiano Piccolo, Piano Regrets & Resolutions Clarinet with Piano Sonata SonataFor B-Flat Clarinet and Piano 13:00 Clarinet with Piano SonataFor Bassoon and Piano 12:30 Bassoon with Piano SonataFor E-Flat Alto Saxophone and Piano 15:00 Alto Saxophone with Piano SonataFor Two Clarinets and Piano 13:00 Clarinet Duet Sonata for A Lost PlanetFor Alto Flute and Piano 13:00 Alto Flute with Piano Sonata No. 1For Piccolo and Piano 15:00 Piccolo with Piano Sonata No. 2For Piccolo and Piano Piccolo with Piano Sonata No. 3 For Piccolo and Piano 10:00 Piccolo, Piano Harp Solo Chorinho Woodwind Quintet ForestFor Harp 7:00 Harp Unaccompanied HypnotizedFor Guitar and Harp Guitar, Harp In The Moon Of WintertimeFor Harp(arr.) 50:00 Harp Unaccompanied Joy to the World!21 Favorite Christmas Carols arranged for Harp(arr.) 1:00:00 Harp Unaccompanied My Kingdom For A HarpFor Solo Harp 14:00 Harp Unaccompanied Quest-ReunionFor Solo Harp 6:00 Harp Unaccompanied Sonata No. 1For Harp 8:00 Harp Unaccompanied Things I Learned From My CatFor Solo Harp 16:00 Harp Unaccompanied Three Dances For Two Saxes 8:30 Saxophone Duet To Touch Their Harps of Gold22 Favorite Christmas Carols 16:00 Harp TreeludesFor Harp 13:00 Harp Unaccompanied WavesFor Harp 4:00 Harp Unaccompanied Vocal / Choral Always & ForeverFor Tenor, Flute and Piano Vocal Ensemble Diary Of An Urban Maiden Voice & Piano Unknown Soldier’s PrayerFor S.A.T.B. Chorus, A Cappella 5:00 SATB Large Ensemble SextetFor Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in B-Flat, Bassoon, Horn in F & Piano Woodwind Quintet Sonatafor Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble 15:00 Solo Alto Sax.; 1 1 4(B.Cl.) 1 2Alto Sax. 1Ten.Sax. 1Bar.Sax. – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1 Euph.; 3Perc.
… appealing to both audience and performer. The beautiful, lyrical opening section leads to a jazz waltz. The waltz theme is repeated frequently to show off the lyric qualities in a light jazz style.
Most appealing in the Schocker was the section called Nightblooming. The composer inserts a hauntingly beautiful jazz ballad for the instrument’s lower register, with notes bent and shaped with lots of vibrato. Then the flute rushes through challenging runs with an improvised feel. The third and final section, Troll Garden, sounds like an Irish folk dance, which Galway relished.
–Ken Keuffel, Jr, Philadelphia Inquirer
…compelling… “Green Places” relies on wit, grace, light-heartedness, splashes of orchestral color, and an airy Gaelic charm, all of which revolve around a phantasmagoric slow movement, smoldering with bluesy atmosphere. The writing for flute could not be more fluent and attractive.
–Michael Redmond, Star-Ledger
Written for flute quartet, this ensemble is lyrical and enjoyable to play because each part is important rather than featuring a solo flute part and accompanimental others… Musicians will find this ensemble a treat to perform.
Commissioned by the National Flute Association, the unaccompanied flute solo is a free-wheeling excursion into mixed meters and a meandering harmonic format. Covering the full range of the instrument, the piece will challenge both the technical and interpretive skills of performers.
SONATA FOR B-FLAT CLARINET
This is a fun piece to play and an entertaining one for the audience. There is enough challenging material here to make this a good choice for a lighter piece on a college recital and is also within the grasp of a good high school player. The ICA award is surely based on the wide appeal Schocker’sClarinet Sonata will enjoy.
–Jerry L. McBride, MLA Notes
FACETS: MUSIC FOR FLUTE AND GUITAR
Cline / Cuestas Duo (); October 14, 2016
Performer(s): Cline/Cuestas Duo (Jenny Cline, flute; Carlos Cuestas, guitar)
Albany Records (TROY1628); May 1, 2016
Performer(s): Gary Schocker, flute, Emily Mitchell, harp
Work(s): In Memoriam
My Kingdom for a Harp
REGRETS AND RESOLUTIONS
Jonathan Digital Recordings (JDR1004); September 17, 2014
Performer(s): Gary Schocker, flute, Dennis Helmrich, piano
Work(s): Regrets and Resolutions
THE NEW LYRIC FLUTE
Centaur Records (CRC2907); April 29, 2008
Performer(s): Susan Royal, Flute; Nathan Hess, piano
Work(s): Hannah’s Glade
Azica Records (ACD71231); July 5, 2005
Performer(s): Angela Kelly, Flute; Gary Schocker, piano
Work(s): Blue Bossa, Red Bossa
Prelude, Theme and Free Association
Three Mystery Pieces
Azica Records (ACD71225); February 24, 2004
Performer(s): Gary Schocker, flute
Work(s): Flute Forest
Jonathan Digital Recordings (JDR1002); July 24, 2000
Performer(s): Gary Schocker, flute, Elisha Gilgore, piano
AMERICAN CLARINET TREASURES
Elysium Recordings (GRK 718); March 15, 2000
Performer(s): American Chamber Players
Work(s): Sonata for Two Clarinets and Piano
OLD WORLD MEETS NEW WORLD
Société Nouvelle d’Enregistrement Records (SNE-631-CD); December 30, 1997
Performer(s): Michèle Gingras and Diane Gingras, clarinets, composer, piano
Work(s): Sonata for Two Clarinets and Piano
Two-time International Clarinet Association’s annual composition competition winner
National Flute Association’s annual Newly Published Music Award
Arrangement for Flute and Wind EnsembleGreen Places
for Flute and Chamber OrchestraHannah’s Glade
for Flute and OrchestraRegrets and Resolutions
for Solo Flute and Chamber OrchestraThree Dances for Two Flutes
and String OrchestraThree Dances for Two Flutes
and Wind Ensemble