River Bend drawing by Ardath Garfield
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The Library invites contributions of creative work by the residents of Orange for publication to this web page. Contact Library Director, Walt  Owens, at 978.544.2495 to schedule your "Virtual Gallery Exhibit."

We are pleased to present as our summer offering to this virtual gallery, two works by Carolyn Brown Senier, composer and resident of Orange.

Pageant Song ©2005 and 1954 by Carolyn Brown Senier
Recorded May 17, 2004, in 1794 Meetinghouse, New Salem, Massachusetts. Carolyn composed this work when she was eighteen. This excerpt is a 1.3 mb file.


De Profundis © 2005 by Carolyn Brown Senier
Performed in concert April 17, 2005 at Saint John's Episcopal Church on-the-Green, Waterbury, Connecticut, by Quabbin Valley Pro Musica, Lake Mattawa Singers, and The Lake Mattawa Chamber Ensemble Conducted by Geoffrey Hudson Orchestrated by Geoffrey Hudson

Carolyn Brown Senier was born in Waterbury, Connecticut. Growing up in a musical family, she studied piano with her father, Edward Godfrey Brown, with Vladimir Padua at New York College of Music, and with David Bacon at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She began composing when she was eighteen, in large measure for liturgical ceremonies. After the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), she was appointed to the liturgical commission of the diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, to prepare choirs and congregations for greater participation in worship. She taught music for twenty-three years. Her choral music has been heard throughout the United States and in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, and in Canada, Japan, and Central America. She continues to work on The Mattawa Song Cycle, a collection of choral and solo works.

A 464-page book, entitled The Mattawa Song Cycle and including a biographical profile by Mary-Ann DeVita Palmieri and 250 pages of Carolyn’s original choral music with piano accompaniment, was released in November, 2004, by Haley’s of Athol, Massachusetts. There is a companion compact disc. Geoffrey Hudson is music editor for The Mattawa Song Cycle.

Carolyn has music degrees from Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York, where she studied at the Pius X School of Liturgical Music, and Boston University. She also attended The New York College of Music, Hunter College, and Fordham University. Carolyn and her husband Richard Senier reside at Lake Mattawa, where they retired after more than two decades in the international retail clothing business at their shop, Celtic Weavers, in Quincy Market, Boston.

Carolyn sings with Quabbin Valley Pro Musica and Lake Mattawa Singers.


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Summer 2006 Music by Carolyn Brown Senier

Winter 2005 "Me Old Mum" by Candace Curran

Winter 2004
Artwork by young children

April & May 2004
Robert Collén
The Town and the River poem
and Ardath Garfield's
River Bend
line drawing