New piano music for students

The past two years I have been working to polish new music for students. I have published two books of six pieces each, for early intermediate and intermediate students. They are called Character Pieces, volume 1 and 2. Soon, I will have ready another set of seven pieces for late elementary students, all in flat keys, to help students learn to play in Ab, Bb, Eb, Gb, Cm and F. All of these pieces have been played by my students, which really helped me to finalize the music before offering it to others. Look for Seven Pieces in Flat Keys soon.

Writing a new ballet

In December 2017 I was commissioned by the Yaro Dance Company to write music for a new ballet. Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling was chosen as the story for the new ballet. I am writing music for piano duet that will help tell the story, and Ami Yaro will choreograph the ballet, which will debut in September in Des Moines, Iowa.

Piano Composition Winner

I am please to announce that my piano piece, “Twilight”, has won first place in the intermediate category of a composition contest sponsored by Sheet Music Plus, Composers Inc. and Steinway Piano Gallery of San Francisco. The piece will be promoted on the Sheet Music Plus website and performed by Steinway Artist Mina Perry in the Steinway Piano Showroom in Walnut Creek, California, on March 5, 2016.

To hear “Twilight” performed by pianist Gabriel Quenneville-Belair, visit

The sheet music is for sale at or

SHEET MUSIC PLUS is home to the world’s largest online sheet music selection: “We are very excited to be partnering with Steinway, the world’s piano leader and nonprofit, Composers Inc. to encourage original and creative piano composition,” said Jenny Silva, CEO of Sheet Music Plus. “Sheet Music Plus has always taken pride in the original work of its member musicians. This contest allows us to celebrate and promote our independent community of composers and arrangers.”

COMPOSERS INC is a nonprofit advocate for living American composers. “As an advocate for living American composers, Composers Inc. is proud to be partnering with Steinway Piano Galleries of the San Francisco Bay Area and Sheet Music Plus in this contest which will honor the winning composers and provide a professional-caliber performance of their works,” said Robert Greenberg, President of Composers Inc.

STEINWAY PIANO GALLERY: “Steinway Piano Gallery is proud to be partnering with Sheet Music Plus, home of the world’s largest online sheet music selection and Composer’s Inc.,” said Justin Levitt, Manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Walnut Creek. “Like Composer’s Inc., we are honored to celebrate new original piano pieces from living composers. We look forward to celebrating the winning pieces in our Bay Area showrooms.”

Piano compositions

This summer I was thrilled to have several of my piano pieces recorded by a wonderful pianist, Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair. The performances are great, and I have put them on Youtube. Below are the links. I hope you enjoy listening to them.

Prelude No. 1

Prelude No. 2


Song for a Soldier



Duet Competition Winner

For the second year in a row, my duet was chosen for performance by the junior A division of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association honors concert. The concert was held on June 6, 2015 at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium. Twenty 9 and 10-year-olds performed “Cuban Dance” on ten pianos. It was a lot of fun to meet the kids, sign their copy of the music, and hear them play.

Upcoming Recital – Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

A recital of (mostly) piano music composed and performed by Minneapolis composer Corey Sevett at Grace University Lutheran Church on the U. of Minn. campus, 324 Harvard Street, 55414.

Minneapolis composer Corey Sevett will perform a recital of his music for piano on Sunday, November 9, 2014. He will perform eight piano compositions written in the last five years. The event will also include Sevett’s Sonata for cello and piano, with cellist Rosa Thompson-Vieira, and his work for violin and piano, featuring violinist Gary Schulte. The recital will be held at Grace University Lutheran Chuch, 324 Harvard Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55414.

“After years of writing for other musicians, I decided to start writing music for piano for myself to play. I have performed these pieces for friends and family, and look forward to presenting them to the public,” says Sevett. “I am also thrilled to be performing with Gary and Rosa.”

Many of the pieces he will play were inspired by “assignments” that a local composers group regularly gives themselves, such as gestures, rhythmic or harmonic ideas, or visuals. “It is surprising to me how inspirational a simple idea can be at generating an entire music work,” said Sevett. “One of my favorite pieces I will play was based on the idea of ‘motion outward to inward.’ I plan to give listeners some insight as to the inspiration from which the music sprung.”

Master violinist and improviser Gary Schulte will be featured in a performance of a structured improv piece for piano and violin, created in 1988. Gary and Corey premiered the music live at a concert of modern dance, and have performed it at other concert venues. Gary will also perform a solo improv from audience suggestions.

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Duet Composition Winner

I am happy to report that my duet, “Frolic–a duet in C” has won the Minnesota Music Teachers Association Duet Composition Contest for 2013-14. The duet is written for Junior-A level students and will be performed at the MMTA Honors Recital in June, 2014.