Jim Dalton: Compositions Jim Dalton: Compositions

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    Other Links of Interest

    Member, Salem (MA) Chamber of Commerce *** Singing String Music (Jim and Maggi Dalton)

    Founding Members, Creative Economy of the North Shore (CEANS)

    Institute for Music, History, & Cultural Traditions (IMHCT)

    Back issues of The Singing String News

    Cultural Resources/Other Sites of Interest

    I am a composer of music in many genres.

    My influences range from European and American concert music and vernacular American music to the formal structures of non-Western music such as that of India, Indonesia, China, Japan and Korea.

  • Catalog of Works
  • Sound Files


    Sestina (for G. F. H.)

    March 18th by organist Paul Ayres.

    time: 3pm

    location: All Saints' Church, Margaret Street, London W1 (near Oxford Circus)


    Keep checking back for new entries.

  • Etude #6 from Etudes Book 1 for Mandolin
  • Invention #2 from Three Inventions for Two Mandolins

  • My compositions have been performed across the U.S. and Canada and in Europe. My choral composition, "The Rocky Road to Dublin," won first prize in the 1997 Toronto Camerata Competition.

    Two of my pieces for carillon have been published in anthologies by Fenwick Parva and the Friends of the Albany Carillon. My mandolin composition Gifts of the Bard is published by Wolfhead Music.

    My works are available through these publishers and Singing String Music.

    I am on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory, teaching music theory, ear training and world music courses for both the Music Theory and Music Education Departments.

    I also maintain a private teaching studio.

    I recently (2004-2005) received a MACRO research grant (Univ. of Wisconsin) to study and analyze palindromic compositions in the concert music repertoire; and I presented this work at the 2005 Macro Musician's Workshop in Madison WI.

    Jim Dalton plays and endorses the Phoenix Neoclassical Mandolin

    About the Artists--Downloadable PDF form

    Programs--Downloadable PDF form


    Jim's book,

    Mandolin for Beginners, has been published by Alfred Publishing (and National Guitar Workshop)

    It's available online and in retail stores both nationally and internationally.

    You can learn everything from how to hold/ tune a mandolin, how read tablature and strum -- to reading music, tremolo techniques, improvising.

    It's full of interesting tunes and practical advice. There's a CD in it, so you can hear as well as read all the good stuff in the book.

    48 pages Book & CD

    Order it online: NGW Store

    WWW http://singingstring.org

    copyright 1997-2007 Jim & Maggi Dalton