Nancy Bloomer Deussen
(February 1, 1931 - November 16, 2019)
Nancy Bloomer Deussen (whose maiden name was Nancy Van Norman) was a prominent San Francisco Bay Area composer and co-founder of the Bay Area chapter of The National Association of Composers, USA. She was a dedicated champion of more accessible contemporary music, a viewpoint amply demonstrated in all of her works. A composer who is well-loved by audiences, Bloomer Deussen received numerous commissions from such performing ensembles and soloists as The Oakland Chamber Orchestra,The Walnut Street Chamber Ensemble (PA), The Baton Rouge and Augustana Concert Bands, The Santa Clara Chorale, De Anza College Chorale and Women's Chorus, The Women's Caucus in the Arts, Opus 90 Chamber Ensemble, The Gabrieli Brass, The Mission Chamber Orchestra, Sempervirens Environmental Club, Mu Phi Epsilon Ann and Lee E Mueller Chamber Music Commission, Jim and Pat Watt, the San Jose Choral Project, guitarist Thomas Amoriello, the Foundation for Universal Sacred Music, the United States TRADOC Army Band.Her works encompass a wide spectrum of performers and include works for band, chorus, orchestra (full, string and chamber), many chamber music combinations, recorder consort, flute, clarinet and violin solo, piano solo, brass ensemble and solo voice and piano. She has had performances by such orchestras as The Marin Symphony Orchestra,The New England Philharmonic, The James Madison University Symphony, the Redlands Symphony, The Diablo Symphony, the Lowell Philharmonic (MA), The Iowa State University Orchestra, Kenyon College Orchestra (Ohio), The Mission Chamber Orchestra, The Vermont Youth Symphony, The Sandusky Music Festival(Ohio), Kona Symphony Orchestra (Hawaii), the Providence College Orchestra (RI), The Baytown Symphony (Texas). The Los Angeles Doctor's Orchestra, the Florida West Coast Symphony and many others. She has also had numerous performances by chamber ensembles, brass ensembles, bands and soloists across the country. Ms Bloomer Deussen was the recipient of a number of awards which include: First Prize Winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon Original Composition Contest (for chamber works) in 1987 for "Woodwind Quintet", The Bay Area Composer's Symposium Performance Award for her orchestral work "Reflections on the Hudson" in 1994, The Britten on-the -Bay First Prize for "Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano" in 1996 ,the Mu Phi Epsilon Original Composition Contest (for large works) for "Concerto for Clarinet and Small Orchestra" in 1999. the Second Marmor Chamber Music Composition Competition sponsored by Stanford University in 2002 for "Woodwind Quintet # 2" and selection in a competition by The Foundation for Universal Sacred Music in 2004 to compose an original choral work which was premiered in New York City in October, 2004. Her most recent awards were First and 2nd Prize in Orchestral Category and First Prize in Choral Music in the 2006 Composition Competition of the National League of American Pen Women (2007) and the winner of the Holyoke Symphony Orchestral Composition Prize for "Trinity Alps"(2009). Her latest award was winner of The Memorial Composition Competition of the National League of American Pen Women, 2010 and Second Place winner in Chamber Music Composition of The American Prize (2013) as well as being an Honored Artist of The American Prize in 2014. Ms Bloomer Deussen passed away suddenly on November 16th, 2019, leaving all rights and responsibilities of her musical legacy to her daughter, Jennifer Bloomer.
"For me, melody is foremost."