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Composer, Conductor


A Musical Story of the American Pioneers


            Heartland is a full-length Musical Theatre work based on the Willa Cather novel, O Pioneers! The libretto was written by Burt Peachy. Completed in 2006, the work was realized in a studio demonstration recording in mid 2007. During the recording sessions, filmmaker Alex D'Lerma captured scenes and interviews of some of the performers by Karen Sharp, radio personality and host of KOST 103.5's Lovesongs on the Coast. He then used that footage to develop a documentary, The Making of Heartland.

            In April, 2008 Heartland was one of four works selected in a national competition to be presented at the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop at Disney Studios headed by Grammy and Acdemy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz and featuring a world-renowned cadre of panelists.

Heartland CD Cover

"Heartland is a wonderful new work that is simply the 'Appalachian Spring' of the opera world.  Without question, this great work will fill a large gap in the lyric theatre repertoire!  

 Donald McInnes
  Professor of Viola

  University of Southern California
           Thornton School of Music        
  Los Angeles, California