Joel Eric Suben


Joel Eric Suben (1946-2023) was active as orchestral conductor, chiefly in Europe. He appeared on 70+ commercial CD recordings. Frequently invited by Polish Radio to make archival recordings of Polish-born composers' works, incl. Karol Rathaus and Jerzy Fitelberg. He held many posts through his career, including Music Dir., Peninsula Symph (VA) 1981-87; Music Dir. Center Chamb. Orch. (NJ), 1986-88; Music Advisor, Wellesley Philharmonic (MA), 1993-97; and Finalist, 1976 Hans Haring Cond. Competition of Austrian Radio. As composer, he won first prize in 1967 nationwide composition contest of Amer. Guild of Organists, first prize in 1986 Music Teachers Nat. Assoc. composers' competition, first prize in 1986 WSCMS nationwide composers' contest (NYU), first prize in 1986 Bucks County (PA) Symphony composition contest. His degrees included Eastman School of Music (B.Mus cum laude, composition with S. Adler), Brandeis Univ. (M.F.A., Ph.D., comp. with S. Shifrin, A. Berger, M. Boykan), Mozarteum Salzburg (conducting with Otmar Suitner), Vienna Conservatory (cond. with Witold Rowicki), Curtis Institute (cond. masterclass with S. Celibidache), and private conducting study with Jacques-Louis Monod (NYC) 1973-1977. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Poland 1977-78, with composition studies with H.M. Gorecki.

ACE Publications

56 title(s)
Joel Eric Suben ABOUT A CHILD SATB a cappella
Joel Eric Suben ADAGIETTO
Joel Eric Suben ADONAI MA ADAM
med voice, org(or pf)
Joel Eric Suben AGREMENTS for flute solo
Joel Eric Suben CANON for String Orchestra str orch: 2-1-1-1
Joel Eric Suben CIACCONETTA for viola and orchestra 2222-2222-2111 perc, mandolin, harp, solo viola
Joel Eric Suben CONCERT PIECE for clarinet and wind-band Pic-2-2-ehn-3-bcl,cbcl-atb sax-2, 4-3-2-euph-1, timp,perc,pf,cb
Joel Eric Suben CONCERTO CLASSICO fl solo, cham orch: 0-1-1-1; 1-1-1-0; timp, pf; str
Joel Eric Suben Elegy from "String Quartet" String Quartet
Joel Eric Suben FANFARE FOR A YOUNG AUDIENCE brass: 1-2-1-0
Joel Eric Suben Fantasy-Variations on a Theme by Maria Theresia von Paradis Vln solo, 2,2,2,2-3,1,0,1-perc (1)-Hp-Mandolin-Strings
Joel Eric Suben Fantasy-Variations on a Theme by Maria Theresia von Paradis - Violin and Piano vln, pf
Joel Eric Suben FANTASIA SU' UN SOGGETO CAVATO orch(1-a sax- bcl-bsn,1-1-1-1,glock,vib,hp,pf,str(1-1-1-1)
Joel Eric Suben FIVE GOETHE SONGS Baritone, guit, vcl
Joel Eric Suben FIVE SPIRITUALS - piano vocal Voice and piano
Alt version: high voice & cham orch (fl,cl/Eb,pic cl, a sax,bsn, hn,tpt,tb,hp,pf, 5 str
Joel Eric Suben Four Choral Settings (Gilbert & Sullivan): SATB SATB a cappella
Joel Eric Suben Four Choral Settings (Gilbert & Sullivan): TTBB Male Chorus (TTBB) a cappella
Joel Eric Suben FOUR RHAPSODIES- vln-orchestra 3 Fl, Ob, BsCl, Hn, Tp, Tn, Tu, 1 perc, Mandolin, Hp, Pf (in orch), Strings
Joel Eric Suben FOUR RHAPSODIES- vln-piano violin, piano
Joel Eric Suben G4 Four Cellos
Joel Eric Suben GESUALDO TRIPTYCH, for Str Orch str(3-1-1-1)
Joel Eric Suben GIVE EAR TO MY WORDS, O LORD uni chor,keyb
Joel Eric Suben HALLELUJAH Chorus SATB with keyboard or Brass Quartet.

Additional Works

I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes Unto the Hills (chorus SSA and Pf)(1973) 2 min., Murbo Music (International Music Publ.)

Schumann Suite no. 1 (chamber orch.) (1982) 5 min., E.F. Kalmus (perf. set for sale)

Irving Fine, Alice Suite no. 2 for chorus SATB & Pf, arr. for chor. SATB and orchestra (1999), 9 min., Boosey & Hawkes rental