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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 performed 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

Courage Shining Forth

The Minnesota Symphonic Winds will again perform Courage Shining Forth at their “Summer Potpourri” outdoor concert at Centennial Lakes Park at 7pm on June 13, 2018. The piece was commissioned and premiered in 2013 by the Symphonic Winds in memory of Marc Fuller, a trombonist with the group. Click here for more information.

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.


Shirley’s first published works were all pedagogical piano duets, and now another one, Dreamland, has joined their ranks at Alfred Music!

Dreamland (Alfred Music)

The Three Snow Bears

Shirley Mier and playwright Jennifer Kirkeby will adapt Jan Brett’s children’s book The Three Snow Bears for Stages Theatre’s upcoming 2018-19 season. This new musical will run Jan. 18 – Feb. 18, 2019. Click the link below and see you at the show!

The Three Snow Bears 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 Spring Awakening in Fall 2018! As described by Music Theatre International, this Tony award-winning musical “explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable.” Performances will be at 7:30pm on Oct. 26, 27, Nov. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, and 2pm on Nov. 10. Check the Century College website and the Century College Theatre and Century College Music Dept. pages on Facebook for future updates.


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).