Janice Giteck - Composer
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Bhudda with bag

Kyle Gann of the Village Voice wrote of Om Shanti (Dedicated to People Living with AIDS) "...typical for Giteck in the way it fuses elements of Javanese, Hasidic and Buddhist musical traditions into a joyous unity...it is a postminimalism heavily informed by more different world musics, perhaps, than that of any other composer of her generation."



By Genre or instrumentation
* = commission


Potlatch Symphony, Seattle Symphony, chamber orchestra and Native American performers, ‘Day of Music’, Benaroya Hall, Seattle Washington. 2013-2015*

TREE 1981 Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony*

Loo-Wit 1983, viola and orchestra, Mid-Columbia Symphony*

with voice(s):

Navigating the Light Thomasa Eckert-soprano, Jay Clayton-jazz vocalist, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Arts West, Seattle, Spring 2000*.

Tikkun – Mending John Duykers-tenor and Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra*, Meany Hall, Seattle, Spring 2000, Stanford University Orchestra, 2000, Fairbanks Symphony 2002.

Go Gently into That Good Dawn for 20th Anniversary of Northwest School of Arts and Science: chamber orchestra, mixed chorus, audio collage of ESL students. Seattle Arts Commission, 1999*

How to Invoke a Garden, How to Invoke the Same Garden Chamber orchestra with vocal quartet, organ. Mills College, Oakland, California, Jean Louis LeRoux, Conductor, 1969. Reviewed by John Rockwell.


She Who Dances Through the Sky (5 songs from the life of Yeshe Tsogyel), The Esoterics, a capella chorus. Seattle performances at various churches, National Endowment for the Arts Award, 2005*

Far North Beast Ghosts the Clearing 1978, Chorus, percussion, 2 string basses. Chamber Singers, University of Texas*, Whitman College Chorus, 1994-97, Cornish College, 1984

Aphrodite The Esoterics, a capella chorus in 4 parts, Planets Series, Seattle, Tacoma 2002*

From Childhood (Text: Arthur Rimbeau) The Esoterics, a capella chorus in 6 parts, GALA Northwest Festival, 2002*

Go Gently into That Good Dawn for 20th Anniversary of Northwest School of Arts and Science: chamber orchestra, mixed chorus, recorded audio collage of ESL students. Seattle Arts Commission, 1999*

HOME (revisited) 1992, men's chorus, Indonesian gamelan (pelog) Philandros of the Seattle Mens' Chorus and Gamelan Pacifica at:

Pictures of the Floating World 1987 Chorus and chamber orchestra-five movements, Performa '87 King County Arts Commission*

Chamber Music


Ricercare (Dream Upon Arrival), Saint Helens String Quartet, Snoqualmie Concert, 2012*

Where can you live safely, then? In Surrender Saint Helens String Quartet, 2004* Cornish College of the Arts, UNESCO Unity Conference, Benaroya Hall, Seattle.

“1967” Saint Helens String Quartet, Seattle 2004 Ridge Quartet, San Francisco Conservatory 1981, Mills College 1968, Aspen Composers' Forum 1967.

In a Camel's Ear for Seattle Flute Society, 9 flutes, The Town Hall, Seattle, 2005.

Ishi (Yahi for 'man') Seattle Chamber Players, with film by Emiko Omori, 2004*, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, ‘CityArts Award’, Seattle Arts Commission. Subsequent performances in Seattle area: On the Boards, Snoqualmie Center, SAM, in Costa Rica (2007), and Beijing, China (2008), Other Minds Festival in San Francisco (2011).

Sleepless in the Shadow 1993-95, flute, oboe, saxophone, bassoon, viola, string bass, piano, percussion. Music-in-Motion* Relache Ensemble, Seattle Art Museum, April 1994.

First Puja-1997 two versions: cathedral bells (35 perf.), St. James Cathedral, New Year's Eve* Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet, organ.

Leningrad Spring 1991, flute(s), piano, percussion. Paul Taub* "American Originals" Fairbanks, 2002, University of California at Santa Cruz 1998, Orlando Art Museum 1996, Soundwork Northwest, New Music Across America, Seattle 1992 Relache Ensemble, Composer-to-Composer Festival, Telluride, Colorado 1991, Seattle Spring Festival 1991.

Ahimsa (non-violence) 1990, viola, cello, piano. Fidelio*

Tapasya 1987, viola and percussion, Mimi Dye*

Breathing Songs from a Turning Sky - ten meditations 1984 version, flute, clarinet, bassoon, cello, piano, percussion. National Endowment for the Arts*

Breathing Songs from a Turning Sky - ten meditation 1980, flute, clarinet, bassoon, cello, piano, perc, National Endowment for the Arts*

Helixes 1974, fl, trb, vln, cel, guitar, piano, perc. Port Costa Players*

Including voice(s):

Om Shanti - Dedicated to People Living with AIDS 1986, soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, synthesizer, percussion. Institute for Transformational Movement*

Callin' Home Coyote a burlesque 1978 for tenor, steel drums and string bass; text: Lewis MacAdams, California Arts Council*

Thunder, Like a White Bear Dancing performance ritual 1977 soprano, flute, piano, percussion, text: Ojibwa Indians

Eight Sandbars on the Takano River 1976, 5 women's voices, flute, bassoon, guitar, text: Gary Snyder

The Screamer 1993, soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, synthesizer, percussion. Meet-the-Composer/ Readers Digest*

Anew for male voice and piano, text: Louis Zukofsky 1969

L'Ange Heurtebise tenor or soprano, piano; text: Jean Cocteau 1971

Solo Performer

Snow Mandala for solo piano, Jane Harty, Music NorthWest Series, 2006*

Tara's Love Will Melt The Sword Vicki Ray, solo piano, 4 pieces, PianoSpheres, Los Angeles, 2002* ArtsWest, Seattle, Banff Centre for the Arts, LucyWenger on Innova Records (2004 release), Peter Mack at Cornish 2005.

TREY three pieces for solo piano 1968

Trees and Cherokees Peggy Benkeser, perc., Emory University, Atlanta, Meet The Composer 2002*

Agrarian Chants piccolo, c flute, alto and bass flutes-one performer, Seattle Arts Commission* 1997 Paul Taub* Seattle/New York/San Francisco, Juilliard Focus Festival "Beyond the Rockies" 2003.

Puja: Songs to the Divine Mother 1995-96, classical guitar

  • Scott Kritzer* Portland, Oregon.

Peter and the Wolves 1978, solo trombone/actor, elect. tape

  • T. Peter Tomita*, Jeunesse Musicale Tour, France 1978-79

Matinee D’Ivresse 1976, soprano solo, text: Arthur Rimbaud

  • Thomasa Eckert, Opus One Series, Seattle 1983
  • Marnie Nixon, Seattle 1981
  • Judith Nelson*, Jeunesse Musicale Tour, France 1976.


A'AGITA - Ceremonial Opera 1976, 3 singers, 1 dancer/actor, 8 instrumentalist/actors, text- Pima/Papago Indian Mythology, Ronald Giteck librettist, Port Costa Players Bicentennial Tour* - 1976:
  • University Art Museum, Berkeley
  • San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco
  • Oakland Museum, Oakland
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Theater Vanguard, Los Angeles
  • Palomar College, San Marcos, California
  • Indian Valley College, Marin, California
  • Veterans Auditorium (sponsored by San Francisco Opera)
  • Temple of Music and Art, Tucson, Arizona
  • American Music Festival, VPRO Radio, Holland 1977
An audio recording of one of the performances can be found at this page of the Archive.org website.

The Four Dignities: Buddha Art Rene Yung, visual artist, Berkeley Art Center, Jack Straw Media Gallery, Seattle, 2004*

Tlinget and Lakota sound installations (permanent), Ferrero Films* Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, 1997.

Modern Odysseys 1991-93, performance/media collective work, ARTp - Artists Regional Transit Project (Metro*), Seattle 1992 Public and Commercial, television, telephone Twenty live sites in King County

AH-AH (sh! listen) 1981 Javanese gamelan, strings, tympani, dancer.

  • San Francisco Contemporary Music Players*, Berkeley Gamelan,
  • San Francisco Museum of Art 1981

"A Picture of Dorian Gray" music for theater/dance adaptation 1974 XOREGOS PERFORMING COMPANY*

  • Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco 1974
  • Sunset Center, Carmel 1974
  • Theater Workshop of New York 1975

Messalina a mini-opera for male singer, cello, piano; text: Alfred Jarry 1973

  • Port Costa Players tour of colleges, 1974-75: California,
  • Arizona, Oregon, Alaska, Oakland Museum

How to Invoke a Garden, How to Invoke the Same Garden Chamber orchestra with vocal quartet, organ. Mills College, Oakland, California, Jean Louis LeRoux, Conductor, 1969. Reviewed by John Rockwell.

Geophorusa a theater piece, two narrators, three dancers, chamber orchestra, text: Jeanetta Jones 1967. Aspen Music Festival, Leonard Slatkin, cond. 1967, Mills College, Jean-Louis LeRoux, cond. 1967.



Whidbey Island Earthquakes - What to Expect and How to Prepare documentary about the earthquakes of Whidbey Island and western Washington, produced by the 4-HD club of Whidbey Island led by R Elphick, 2013.

Teaching of the Tree People documentary of Skokomish Indian (Seattle area) artist Bruce Miller, three-year installation, Seattle Art Museum, PBS (20 minutes). PBS, US festivals, Smithsonian Institute (1 hour.) Katie Jennings filmmaker, flutes, cello, guitar, native voices, 2004-5.

The Red Pines, 12 minute documentary about Japanese-Americans on Bainbridge Island, WA. IslandWood Installation, Lucy Ostrander, filmmaker, Flutes, Koto, Percussion, 2003*, Smithsonian Institute 2003.

Daddy and Papa one hour documentary about gay fatherhood in America. Persistent Visions Films, Johnny Symons-Director, premiered at Sundance Film Festival, 2002, presently circulating major film festivals in US, Asia and Europe. PBS in 2002.

One Land, Many Voices, 23-minute video documentary of Sacagawea ARTS-UP Project. Seattle Arts Commission. Wrick Wolff-engineer, Giteck-producer, 2002*

Yield to Total Elation (the life of Achilles Rizzoli) a San Francisco visionary artist. Pat Ferrero-filmaker, John Duykers-tenor voice, (short version) 1998 for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; (full version) 2001 premiered at Santa Fe Film Festival, 2001.

Rabbit In the Moon a feature documentary about the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII. By Emiko Omori, premiered at Sundance Film Festival and received a television Emmy Award for best historical program, 1999-2000 season, also approx. 40 international festivals, 1999. Public Television: USA, France, Germany and Japan.

Exiled To India The Plight of Tibetan Buddhist Nuns; 22 minutes, documentary of the Tibetan Nuns Project. Giteck, audio producer, 2000.

Hearts and Hands one hour documentary: The American Experience" PBS, Pat Ferrero filmmaker, music: Janice Giteck, 1987 (National Endowment for the Humanities) Ferrero Films, San Francisco, California. International distribution in all English speaking countries.

HOPI: Songs of the Fourth World a film by Pat Ferrero, music: Giteck, 1984 Ferrero Films, San Francisco, California. Sundance Film Festival premiere. International distribution in all English speaking countries and in German.

ODYSSEY a film collaboration by Frank Video, Judy Anderson, John Koval and Janice Giteck: ARTp (Artists Regional Transit Project) 1993. Metro Arts Program, Seattle, Washington.

Modern Odysseys (ARTp) by Peter Vogt and Lars Larson, music by Janice Giteck, 1992. Metro Arts Program, Seattle, Washington.

American Women Conductors and Composers in Performance, 1987 Center for Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon, Eugene.



Two String Quartets; performed by St. Helen's Quartet on American Dreams CD Navona Records (2015 release)

Tara's Love Will Melt the Sword; performed by Lucy Wenger, piano, on Through An Open Window CD Innova Records (2004 release)

Agrarian Chants; Paul Taub, flute, CD, 2000, Periplum Records, San Antonio Texas.

AURON II CD Magazine; New Performance Group, CD, 1993 Auron Publishing, San Francisco

  • Om Shanti (1986) movements 2 and 3

HOME (revisited) Janice Giteck, Dedicated in prayer to benefit people living with AIDS; CD, 1992 New Performance Group, Philandros of the Seattle Men's Chorus, Gamelan Pacifica, Mimi Dye, viola solo New Albion Records, 584 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

  • Om Shanti (1986) 19:29
  • Tapasya (1987) 13:45
  • Leningrad Spring (1991) 17:55
  • HOME (revisited) (1992) 13:22

The New Performance Group in Music By Janice Giteck; CD, Cas, 1988 MODE Records, NY

  • Breathing Songs From A Turning Sky - ten meditations (1980, revised 1984) 30:23
  • Thunder, Like a White Bear Dancing - performance ritual (1978) 13:39
  • "Callin' Home Coyote" a burlesque(1977) 9:02

MUSIC FROM MILLS In Celebration of the Centennial of the Chartering of Mills College 1885-1985 (Anthology: a selection of works featuring composers and performers from the Mills College Music Department and Center for Contemporary Music) LP, 1986

  • Breathing Songs from a Turning Sky - meditations #5 and #6