Choral Composers

P. Peter Sacco
P. Peter Sacco

P. Peter Sacco was a freelance composer, vocalist, jazz pianist, and voice teacher. Born into a musical family in Albion, New York, he began piano study at age four and later studied trumpet and tuba. Mr. Sacco was a faculty member and composer-in-residence at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan; the University of Hawaii; and for 22 years, San Francisco State University, where he taught most of the musical disciplines and headed the Composers Workshop.

Sacco was a recipient of many awards and grants, such as the National Endowment for the Arts (1974), Ford Foundation Recording Fund, National Foundation for the Arts, and ASCAP. He is listed as composer in Grove's Dictionary of Composers, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Composers, International Biographical Society (Cambridge, England), and Contemporary American Composers (a biography compiled by H.W. Jacobi).

Sacco wrote over 300 works for most forms, including jazz songs, jazz instrumental pieces and opera. Sixteen of those were for orchestra and string orchestra. Peter Sacco composed and performed music in the jazz idiom all his life.

A complete P. Peter Sacco CD with Dr. Paul Freeman conducting the National Czech Symphony Orchestra is available through MMC Records. Peter's works are published by Swan River Press, Lawson-Gould, Carl Fischer and Summy-Birchard.

Swan River Press is delighted to carry Peter’s choral music that combines his innovative yet accessible harmonic language with a sweet innocence and grace in melody and text.

Peter passed away in 2000 but his music lives on.


Kevin Allen-Schmid
Kevin Allen-Schmid

Kevin Allen-Schmid has taught K-12 music and choir around the world, including 21 years in Montana and stints in Germany, Spain and Malaysia. He now directs high school and church choirs in Bellingham Washington.

Ed Harris
Edward J. “Ed” Harris

Ed Harris is a nationally known composer and music educator. He earned music and music education degrees from the University of Montana and a graduate degree from the University of Washington. Ed was one of the first Montana music teachers to become professionally certified and registered by the Music Educators National Conference. He received the Montana Music Educators Association (MMEA) President’s Award in 2005, honoring his lifetime of service to Montana music. As MMEA’s long-serving Cadenza magazine editor, he brought the publication to a new level of excellence. His music is published by Swan River Press and Hinshaw Music.

Ed frequently appeared on the musical stage as a performer, accompanist and musical director. During his prolific career he was called to music ministry and his messages through word and song faithfully guided Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and American Lutheran Church in Billings. Instrumental in the formation of Rimrock Opera and its board, he made his RO debut in 1999 and performed his signature role as Baron Zeta in the 2001 production of The Merry Widow. Audiences enjoyed him in six additional operas.

Ed passed away in 2006 but his music will live forever. Swan River Press is honored to offer Prayer of Earth and Sky, which combines his devout Christian beliefs with his Native American heritage in an inspired setting for SATB choir and piano.

Ed wish was “to be remembered as husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend – an ordinary person who used kindness, patience, persistence, imagination and wit while attempting to achieve extraordinary things.”