"Scribe the light!" ~ Judith

Hopefully, my work will convince you that it is never too late,

nor are you too old to believe in the callings on your life,

whether composing or writing, even if those gifts have been buried for decades.

Invest in yourself. You are worth it!

 ~ Judith Markovich ~

Discover The Listening Room

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Judith Markovich’s music.

Experience her exquisite compositions through mesmerizing scores and enchanting audio.

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Judith Markovich, an acclaimed clarinetist, achieved mastery at The Juilliard School, specializing in performance rather than composition. At the age of 65, she embarked on a new path, delving into the world of composition for pure enjoyment. Guided by the likes of David Moser McKay and mentored by Joan Tower, her inspiring journey proves that it is never too late to find yourself.

For an insightful look into Judith Markovich’s transformation into a composer, read her story here.

2024-2025

World Premieres:

Cornerstone Concerto for Viola and Piano

Brett Deubner (viola), Allison Brewster Franzetti (piano)

Oh, my son…. for Tenor/Narrator, Violin, Clarinet, Timpani, and Piano

Triple Premiere: Franklin Cohen and family, Cleveland Chamber Festival |

Charles Neidich, NYC Wa Concert Series |Boston University (players TBA)

I Think about the Star for High Soprano, Oboe, and Piano

Video release: Alysha Hinton Nesbitt, soprano

Resting Place for Solo Guitar

Sergio Puccini, 2023 premiere, recording available 2025

Ice & Fury: A Passacaglia for Solo Violin

Christina McGann

When Words Fail for Viola and Harp

Pierre Henri Xuereb and Rachel Talitman, recording available 2024

          A CONCERTO CONSORTIUM IS GATHERING!

          Contact us to join the consortium for Crossroads Viola Concerto #2.

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List of Compositions

Full Orchestra

Emergence

Premiered on October 26, 2019 by the Spring Hill Orchestra under Conductor Rebecca Vendemo

Cornerstone Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

TBA

 

Choir and Orchestra

Hallelujah in the Darkness

Chamber Music with Strings

Resting Place for Solo Guitar

   World Premiere, September 15, 2023, Sergio Puccini, Argentina. Recording will be released in 2025.

Lament for Piano, String Quartet, and Empty Chair

   World premiere, March 28, ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, Nashville

Three Miniatures for Unaccompanied Viola

   World premiere, June 6, 2020: Festival Komm Bach, Paris, France – Viola, Brett Deubner.

Released on Deubner’s HOPE album in 2023.

The Dabbling Duck for English Horn and Cello

   World premiere on April 13, 2021, River Rhapsodies V Chamber Series, Arkansas Symphony – Beth Wheeler, English Horn; Jacob Wunsch, Cello

      Alternate versions for Viola/Cello | Two Cellos | Clarinet/Cello

Remember for Viola, Piano, Chimes

   World Premiere, September 11, 2020: RESET Concert of Hope  – Brett Deubner, viola; Allison Brewster-Franzetti, piano. Parma release on Mother Earth CD, June 25, 2021

      Alternate versions: Clarinet, Piano, Chimes | English Horn, Piano, Chimes | Piano and Chimes

Cornerstone Sonata for Viola and Piano

    World premiere, Spring 2022: Brett Deubner, violist; Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano 

A Call from the Woods for Viola Solo

    World premiere, Spring 2022: Amaro Dubois, viola. Released as a single.

Ice & Fury: A Passacaglia for Violin or Viola Solo

    World premiere, August 2023: Christina McGann, violin

When Words Fail for Viola and Harp

    World premiere, Recording 2024: Pierre Henri Xuereb, viola; Rachel Talitman, harp

 

Chamber Music with Winds and/or Piano or Percussion

The Looking Glass

   For Woodwind Quintet, Trumpet, String Bass, Timpani and Percussion

King for a Day from The Looking Glass

   For Woodwind Quintet | World Premiere: International Composers Festival, Sussex, UK, May 2022

Three Reflections from The Looking Glass

   For Woodwind Quintet, Trumpet (optional)

Beyond the Noble Way for Brass Quintet

   Premiere for fall of 2020 by the University of Akron Faculty Brass Quintet (postponed)

The Dabbling Duck for English Horn and Cello

   World premiere on April 13, 2021: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra River Rhapsodies V Chamber Series, Beth Wheeler, English Horn; Jacob Wunsch, Cello | Alternate versions: Clarinet/Bassoon | Clarinet/Cello | English horn/Bassoon

Remember

   Premiered in 2020 and recorded by Brett Deubner, viola, and Allison Brewster Franzetti | Versions: Viola, Piano, Chimes | Clarinet, Piano, Chimes | English Horn, Piano, Chimes | Piano and Chimes

Instrumental Chamber Music with Voice

Oh, my son….

   For Tenor/Narrator, Violin, Clarinet, Timpani, and Piano based on a “proem” by David Stern. Premieres with Franklin Cohen and Charles Neidich in Cleveland and NYC as well as Boston in 2024-25.

I Think About the Star

   For High Soprano, Oboe, and Piano based on a poem by Lois Duncan.

   World premiere on December 2022: commissioned by Mary Ann Robinson, Beth Wheeler and David Glaze.

Came a Drop Gently

   For Mezzo soprano, Tenor, English horn, and Piano based on a poem by Walt Whitman. (2021)

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TESTIMONIALS

REMEMBER FOR VIOLA, PIANO, CHIMES

 “In writing Three Miniatures, Markovich was inspired by the rapidly changing metres of Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for solo clarinet. The opening movement engages immediately for Deubner’s commanding execution of its acrobatic dance moves, and the third likewise impresses for its freewheeling energy and abandon. It’s the eloquent lyricism of the solemn central part that registers most powerfully—the kind of mournful material for which the viola is perfectly suited.”

Reviewer: Textura

Brett Douglas Deubner, international viola virtuoso, HOPE Album

REMEMBER FOR VIOLA, PIANO, CHIMES

“Can’t wait for your concerto…I’m your champion!”

Brett Douglas Deubner, international viola virtuoso

THE DABBLING DUCK

“I just listened…what a wonderful piece! I can’t wait to start work on it.”

Beth Wheeler, English hornist, Arkansas Symphony

EMERGENCE

“Fullest admiration…if I had been a composer, this is just the sort of thing I would have composed. So delicate and full of joy…I’m honored.”

Isobel Platings, granddaughter of hymn composer, Martin F. Shaw

“Inspired to create having been at the concert….a treat to experience especially your composition.”

Nick Coetzee, international worship leader/composer

THE LOOKING GLASS

“Delightful! Terrific! So full of light and joy!”

Joan Tower, composer

“…your work has shown to be a very special one, one that we look forward to perform next year very much!”

Polo Piatti, International Composers Festival, 2022

“I babysat my niece today and we were playing your compositions. She is two and immediately looked up at me and said do you hear that beautiful music?”

Aimee Callahan, Indiana worship leader

“I absolutely love it…your creative, soulful heart and genius have taken flight!”

Franklin Cohen, former principal clarinetist, Cleveland Orchestra

BEYOND THE NOBLE WAY

“Beautiful, Judith! Such deep, thoughtful writing.”

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor, trumpeter

“Marvelous! I love it!”

Ed Zadrozny, trombonist

LAMENT

“Absolute in meaning, the most beautiful lament ever.”

Brian McDonald, Composer

CAME A DROP GENTLY

“Wow, this is gorgeous! The English horn sounds very vocal and I really love it.”

Beth Wheeler, principal English horn, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra