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  • On Sunday, November 13, 2016 and Sunday, November 20, 2016, Kairos: A Consort of Singers, under the direction of Edward Lundergan, performed the premiere of my new work Mood Swings -  settings of 3 of William Shakespeare's sonnets. Click here to listen to a concert recording of the work.

  • On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, The SUNY-New Paltz College-Community Chorale performed the premiere of my new work, Creatures - a set of three pieces for concert choir and piano. The common denominator is the fact that they are based on poems about living creatures. Click here to listen to a concert recording of the work.

  • On Tuesday, December 9, in Studley Theater on the SUNY-New Paltz campus, the SUNY-New Paltz College-Community Chorale premiered "Merry Notes" - a set of three pieces based on poetry by William Shakespeare. Click here to listen to a concert recording of the work.

  • The ensemble Madera Vox (oboe, bassoon, piano, percussion & voice) premiered my composition The Dreamer, Awakened, at SUNY-New Paltz on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

  • As part of the third concert of their 2011-2012 concert season ("Nature in Music") , the Poné Ensemble presented my 2002 composition, Private Menagerie (scored for soprano, tenor, cello, and piano) on Sunday, March 4th, at New Paltz United Methodist Church. I played the piano part myself. I also performed "Galop", the first movement of "Seven Short Pieces for Piano", written in 2009. Read the review from the Times Herald Record here.

  • On Saturday, November 5th, 2011, the New York City Labor Chorus held their gala 20th Anniversary Concert at The Town Hall, in New York City. Among many inspiring songs, they performed my own composition - Invocation for Women In Black - which the New Paltz Women In Black (a group dedicated to promoting the ideals of justice and peace) sing every Saturday afternoon at the end of our weekly vigil -  It was an exciting concert, and I was pleased to be a part of it.

  • The Poné Ensemble for New Music performed Shirley's 2005 composition Acadia (for oboe, viola and piano) on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the New Paltz United Methodist Church as part of a concert of works by contemporary female composers.

  • The premiere of Shirley's new choral work, In a New Season, was performed by the College-Community Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Edward Lundergan, on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. in McKenna Theater at SUNY-New Paltz. In a New Season is based on three poems by poet Margaret P. Gallagher from her book "In a New Season".

  • Elegy for Margaret (for english horn, cello and piano) was performed as part of the Poné Ensemble concert on Friday, May 29, 2009 at 8:00 p.m., at the New Paltz United Methodist Church.

  • On Tuesday, December 9, 2008 the SUNY-New Paltz Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Edward Lundergan, performed Nocturne, the piece Shirley composed for the Concert Choir in 2001. Accompanying the Concert Choir was Gary Palmieri on piano. Click here to listen to the original performance of Nocturnes.

  • Shirley's story was featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Tuesday, October 14, 2008. Click here to view/print article (article is in pdf format).

  • On Sunday, April 20, 2008, saxophonist Lois Hicks-Wozniak, cellist Susan Seligman and pianist/composer Shirley Warren performed Irae Variae as part of the Earth Day Concert presented by Christ Episcopal Church in Poughkeepsie. Shirley rewrote the work (originally written for oboe) for soprano saxophone.

  • On Tuesday, February 20, 2007, oboist Joël Evans, cellist Susan Seligman, and pianist Ruthanne Schempf presented the world premiere of Elegy for Margaret, Shirley's newest work for English horn, cello and piano.

  • Irae Variae was performed by the Pone Ensemble for New Music on March 12th, 2006 in New Paltz, New York, as part of the inaugural concert of the 2006 Memorial Concert Series. This series is dedicated to the memory of Karen Pone, the co-founder and artistic director of the Pone Ensemble, who died on December 21, 2005.  The Pone Ensemble is celebrating its 32nd anniversary season, presenting chamber music of the 20th and 21st century to audiences in New York’s Hudson Valley.

  • On March 11, 2006, Voices for Peace sang at a rally at SUNY New Paltz, protesting the 3rd anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. The rally was sponsored by the March 11 Stop the War Coalition, and co-sponsored by several dozen progressive and antiwar groups from the Hudson Valley region.  Congressman Maurice Hinchey, representing New York’s 22nd Congressional District, delivered the keynote address.

  • On November 28, 2006, the SUNY-New Paltz Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Edward Lundergan, presented the premiere of Joyful Noise, a four-part mixed choral work with piano accompaniment.  The songs are based on settings of five children's poems detailing the inner lives of insects by American author and poet Paul Fleischman: "Moth's Serenade", "Grasshoppers", "Fireflies", "Cicadas" and "Water Striders".

  • Elixirs, a new song cycle for a cappella chamber choir, was written for Kairos: A Consort of Singers in 2005.  The songs are based on the poetry of David Appelbaum, Professor of Philosophy at SUNY New Paltz.  The cycle consists of three songs:  "The Earthworm Jar", "Love Song", and "Purpose of a Cat".  The cycle was premiered on Kairos' spring concerts in May 2006.