Siren Song

Program Notes
Siren Song, composed for Rachel Holland is a work for soprano and electronics. The electronic sounds are largely created from recordings of Dr. Holland, and have been manipulated through a variety of processes to construct the “sound world” for the composition. The work recreates the Song of the Sirens from Greek mythology, luring sailors with their seductive voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. As her song emerges, she is accompanied by her own computer-enhanced voice adding an additional depth, making her irresistible to sailors at sea! The harmonic overtones of the pitch “C” are used to create a harmonic pallet that the singer interacts with throughout the work. The voice is used instrumentally, as she “vocalizes” and no text is sung.

Biographical Sketch

Christopher Cook received the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University where he served as assistant director of the Center for Electronic and Computer Music. He has received awards and honors from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, MTNA, and the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies. He was Composer-in-Residence at Amherst College, the University of Evansville, Monroe County Community Schools Corporation (Indiana) and for the city of Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
His compositions are widely performed in university and festival settings, including June in Buffalo, Music of Our Time, the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival, The Society of Composers Inc., Annual American Music Week (Sofia, Bulgaria), and the Utrecht Music Festival (The Netherlands). His Electro-acoustic works have been presented at conferences and festivals including the International Computer Music Conference, Society for Electro-acoustic Music in the United States, Florida Electro-acoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, and the InterMedia Manifold TechArt exhibit. He is director of theory and composition at Christopher Newport University.


Soprano Rachel Holland has been praised for possessing a voice of both power and sweetness. Since her operatic stage debut, Ms. Holland has striven to perform a variety of styles from the opera and concert stages to recital and chamber works. Her professional credits include companies such as The Virginia Opera Association, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Indianapolis Opera, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Cedar Rapids Symphony, and the Sioux City Symphony. She currently resides in Newport News, VA where she serves as the Director of Vocal Studies at Christopher Newport University.