Jewels, set to words by the American poet Sara Teasdale, was awarded 2nd Prize (Category 1) in Recital Music's 2010 Song Writing Competition. The music has a beautiful simplicity, creating imaginative and atmospheric sound worlds, while beautifully enhancing the evocative words. There are few technical challenges for either performer, but much to explore and convey to an audience within a relatively short timespan.
Lisa Vornberger Bennett writes in an accessible style and sets a lyrical vocal line against a simple but inventive piano accompaniment.
Lisa Vornberger Bennett (b.1966) lives in Malvern, Pennsylvania, where she teaches piano and serves as the choral director for three groups: the 'Counterparts', a Philadelphia area mixed voice a cappella jazz ensemble; the 'Women's Chorus' of the hundred year-old Musical Coterie of Wayne, and a choir of seniors at Bellingham Retirement Living. She previously taught high school chorus and music theory and received her Bachelors of Music Music Education, summa cum laude, from James Madison University.
Having done some arrangements to meet the needs of her choirs, Lisa is enjoying her newly shifted focus toward composition. In addition to her recognition with the 2010 Recital Music Song Writing Competition, she also received an Award of Distinction in the 2011 Longfellow Chorus International Composers Competition for her setting of 'The Builders'.