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Recent and Upcoming Events

Of Lakes and Legends

Written for the Century Chamber Orchestra (at Century College, White Bear Lake, MN) and premiered in May 2016, Shirley’s orchestral suite Of Lakes and Legends was recorded by the Croatian Chamber Orchestra under the PARMA label last fall and will be released on an upcoming compilation CD of contemporary orchestra works!  (See below.)  The Century Chamber Orchestra will perform the work again this spring at their afternoon concert on Sat. May 5th, 2018, as part of Century College’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

New PARMA Artist: Shirley Mier

Steampunk Overture

Shirley’s most recent concert band work, Steampunk Overture, has been accepted for publication with Grand Mesa Music Publishers! It is scheduled for release in 2018. This work was commissioned by the St. Michael-Albertville High School Band (Adam Sroka, Director) and premiered in May 2016. It was also performed at Spring Lake Park High School, under the direction of Brian Lukkasson, on June 1, 2017.

The Nightingale

Shirley is teaming up again with playwright Jennifer Kirkeby to adapt Hans Christian Andersen’s The Nightingale for Stages Theatre. This musical will premiere March 9, 2018, and run for three weekends. Click the link below and see you at the show!

The Nightingale at Stages Theatre

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Shirley Mier and Jennifer Kirkeby’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses was commissioned and premiered by Stages Theatre in Hopkins, MN, in March 2015, and is now published by Dramatic Publishing!

Music-Directing Projects

Shirley will be music-directing Century College’s production of Hairspray in Spring 2018! Performances will be at 7:30pm on Apr. 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28, and 2pm on April 28. Check the Century College website and the Century College Theatre and Century College Music Dept. pages on Facebook for future updates. You can’t stop the beat!


Of Lakes and Legends

Shirley’s orchestral suite Of Lakes and Legends was featured in the January 2018 issue of White Bear Lake Magazine.  Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this article!

Composing the History of White Bear Lake

Madeline’s Christmas

Shirley Mier’s and Jennifer Kirkeby’s musical adaptation of Madeline’s Christmas has received numerous productions around the country since its publication by Dramatic Publishing in 2005. KOTA’s 2016 production in New York was recognized by TheatreMania in its article “9 Holiday Shows to Make Your Season Merry and Bright,” and this same production was named among the Best 10 Holiday Shows in New York City by KOTA produced Madeline’s Christmas again in 2017, along with many other theatres across the country – thank you for making this show a holiday tradition!

New Musical Theatre Exchange

The New Musical Theatre Exchange was featured in a recent article by Laurie Flanagan Hegge in The Dramatist – read all about it here!

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

These photos are from the premiere production of The Twelve Dancing Princesses at Stages Theatre (photography by Bruce Challgren).