Biography

Biography

Shelley Foster Gurin’s commissioned works include: Perspectives, for brass quartet, commissioned by the Northeastern Illinois University Music Alumni, Fanfare for 8 Trombones, commissioned by the Atlanta Trombone Ensemble; Northeasterly Winds, with a High of 8, for solo piccolo trumpet and wind ensemble, commissioned by the Director of the Northeastern Illinois University Wind Ensemble, Dr. R. Shayne Cofer and soloist Dr. Travis Heath; Quartal Spaces for solo trumpet and symphonic band, commissioned by The Commission Project; LOVE, commissioned by David A. Cohen (private commission); Pathway to Clarity for Eb, 2Bb, Bass and Contra Bass Clarinets, written for Vandoren Artist Rose Sperrazza; Polyphonic Portrait, commissioned by the Highland Park Strings; Now I Who Saw, commissioned by the Michigan State University Children’s Choir; Grand Journey for symphonic band, commissioned by Illinois School District 74; Time In!, for jazz band, strings and vocal, commissioned by Illinois School District 202; Musical Formations, for symphonic band, commissioned by Illinois School District 28. Documentary works include: Telling Truths (Holocaust), Inclusion for Educators (Special Education) and The Active Intellect (Northwestern University promotional film). SFG’s orchestral piece Sentiments for Piccolo was a semi-finalist in the National Flute Association Newly Published Music Competition and her jazz band piece Absolutely! won the Sadie Rafferty National Composition Contest.

Shelley Foster Gurin’s music has been performed and conducted by artists such as Walfrid Kujala of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Jan Gippo of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the late conductor and educator John P. Paynter of Northwestern University and Don Owens, retired conductor of Jazz and Contemporary Music at Northwestern University. Ensembles that have performed her music include the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Highland Park Strings, Northwestern University Ensembles, the Northeastern Illinois University Wind Ensemble, the DePaul University Wind Symphony, the Northshore Concert Band as well as Symphonic Bands in St. Louis Missouri, Racine Wisconsin, Wasilla Alaska and Sweden. Her works have also been performed at the International Trombone Association Festival and the Clarinet Association Festival.

Early in her career, Shelley Foster Gurin was involved in the Chicago radio and television commercial recording industry, first as a trombonist then as a composer/arranger/producer. Her degrees include a Doctor of Music in Composition, a Master of Music in Trombone Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education, all from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. SFG formerly taught courses in Instrumental Conducting, Music Theory and Music Education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois where she was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award. She has retired from that position to devote her time to composing. Shelley Foster Gurin is a member of ASCAP.