David Maslanka's Mass

April 20, 2017

6:50 p.m. Pre-concert talk with the composer
7:30 p.m. West Coast Premiere of the Mass

A creative collaboration with the Corvallis Repertory Singers and OSU Music

Ticket Information

The LaSells Stewart Center - Oregon State University

This concert supported by funds from the Patricia Valian Reser Professorship Endowment

A Transformative Work

“I have come to understand that transformation is the main theme of my life. Over the course of many years and a long inner journey, I have gravitated toward the Latin Mass as the significant statement of transformation …

The whole of the Mass supports and makes plain this inner transformation and its result: the heart of love, the voice of praise, the assurance that the universe is ultimately personal and that no one is lost.

In mysterious statements and in a “dead” language, the Mass texts speak to the opening of the heart and its connection to God.”

- David Maslanka

Explore the text of the Mass

About the Composer

David Maslanka was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1943. He attended the Oberlin College Conservatory where he studied composition with Joseph Wood. 

He spent a year at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and did masters and doctoral study in composition at Michigan State University where his principal teacher was H. Owen Reed. Maslanka’s music for winds has become especially well known. Among his more than 130 works are forty pieces for wind ensemble, including seven symphonies, fifteen concertos, a Mass, and many concert pieces.His chamber music includes four wind quintets, five saxophone quartets, and many works for solo instrument and piano. In addition, he has written a variety of orchestral and choral pieces. 

David Maslanka’s compositions are published by Maslanka Press, Carl Fischer, Kjos Music, Marimba Productions, and OU Percussion Press. They have been recorded on Albany, Reference Recordings, BIS (Sweden), Naxos, Cambria, CRI, Mark, Novisse, AUR, Cafua (Japan), Brain Music (Japan), Barking Dog, and Klavier labels.He has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Geneseo, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, and since 1990 has been a freelance composer. He now lives in Missoula, Montana. David Maslanka is a member of ASCAP.

From DavidMaslanka.com | Photograph by Sue Rissberger Photography


A Colorful and Inventive Scoring

36 Instrumentalists

Mixed Choir & A Children's Choir

Soprano Soloist

Baritone Soloist

View the full score online:

Book 1 | Book 2

Listen to the 2005 Revision 

A Creative Collaboration

Conducted by Dr. Chris Chapman

Corvallis Repertory SingersOSU Wind EnsembleOSU Chamber ChoirBella Voce

Featuring soloists Amy Hansen (soprano) and Nicolai Strommer (baritone)

Choral prepartion - Dr. Steven Zielke - The Patricia Valian Reesr Professor of Music and Dr. Sandra Babb

The performance is presented with support from:

The Patricia Valian Reser Professorship Endowment

The Oregon Community Foundation - The Corvallis Clinic - Samaritan Health Services - Corvallis Arts for All