Instrumentation unaccompanied female voice with notated movement

Timing ca. 22′, in four songs

Composed 2016, supported by a project development grant from the British Columbia Arts Council

Poems by Rachel Rose

World Premiere February 17, 2018, Open Space, Victoria, Canada. Heather Pawsey, soprano/Astrolabe Musik Theatre

Performance Note Unheard is a suite of four Song Theatre works which may be performed separately or in any combination. Each song has its own page which may be accessed by clicking on the links below.

Daphne, Unheard
Persephone, Unheard
Shamhat, Unheard
Yasodhara, Unheard

Programme Notes

Unheard is a suite of Song Theatre works for unaccompanied female voice with notated movement. Poet Rachel Rose has been writing an on-going series of poems in which she gives voice to female characters from literature and mythology who are largely unheard in traditional tellings, usually in favour of the male characters. We hear from these women after they have left their stories, expressing their experience in hindsight and illuminating for us a different perspective while connecting with women’s experience in contemporary times.


Heather Pawsey, soprano; Diane Park, performative costumer. At the Chali Rosso Gallery in Vancouver, BC. Presented by Astrolabe Musik Theatre. Followed by an hour-long interview between Heather Pawsey and the composer.

Get music

Perusal scores can be viewed on the individual song pages. Store coming soon. Versions for high voice and medium voice will be available. Meanwhile, please contact me.