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Recent and Upcoming Events

Of Lakes and Legends

New release!!  Written for the Century Chamber Orchestra (at Century College, White Bear Lake, MN), Shirley’s orchestral suite Of Lakes and Legends was recorded by the Croatian Chamber Orchestra last fall with PARMA Recordings and has just been released on their Navona label on the album Legends and Light, a compilation of contemporary orchestral works.

Legends and Light – Navona Records

New PARMA Artist: Shirley Mier

The Century Chamber Orchestra premiered Of Lakes and Legends in May 2017 and performed the work again last spring as part of Century College’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

Courage Shining Forth

The Minnesota Symphonic Winds performed 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, is now available from Grand Mesa Music Publishers! 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.

Steampunk Overture


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 is music-directing Century College’s fall production of Spring Awakening! 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. 3 and 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

The CD Legends and Light (featuring Of Lakes and Legends) is reviewed in the online articles linked below:

Midwest Record

Records International

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).