Sharon Fendrich

About    Sharon

American neo-classical composer Sharon Fendrich captures the essence of emotions in her music written for piano, violin, cello, voice, flute, orchestra, and ambient sounds. Whether grief, sorrow, hope or love, the music is a place of peace and safety where listeners are invited to walk the pathways of their own experiences, dreams and memories. Along the way she welcomes the manifestation of grief processing, self-acceptance, tranquility, resolution and inspiration.

Fendrich released her self-produced debut album, Red Sky Prairie, on August 1, 2019. Grounded in Classical and inspired by New Age, the 11 tracks are full of lush, passionate melodies that immediately captivate the listener’s heart. Within the music one can hear the influences of Enya, Secret Garden, Ludovico Einaudi, Chopin and Debussy.

The inspiration for the album came from a daydream Fendrich had about a place where a palpable red-orange sky covered a prairie after the passing of a storm. A profound sensation of acceptance and peace permeated this scene inspired the creation of Red Sky Prairie

Fendrich traveled to the Netherlands to record and mix Red Sky Prairie at Kerani Music Studio, the home of award winning neo-classical artist Kerani. Solo musicians featured on the album are frequent principal players and have toured with the André Rieu Orchestra. Mastering was done by engineer Stephen Marsh, known for his work with some of Hollywood’s greatest composers.

Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, USA, Fendrich began music studies at age three. Raised by a family who frequented live events, her young ears and eyes were filled with symphony, opera, ballet and stage performances. Despite forays with violin and flute, she pursued piano and voice. She completed advanced studies in piano, choral music, conducting, orchestration, world music, and composition in college at Tufts University. There, she scored a student film, conducted the orchestra in a film score inspired work, and wrote music for small ensembles.

After college, she continued to explore composition as she raised her family and held marketing, development and production roles for the La Jolla Music Society and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, in California. “My favorite memories of that time were composing on the concert grands left on empty stages long after the headlining pianists had finished a performance.” She currently studies voice, with a focus on opera, musical theatre and jazz.

In Fendrich’s compositional process, she relies on her fingers and ears to guide her into crafting a complete solo piano work. Then, as she begins to add layers of sound through improvisation, counter-melodies emerge and contribute to a full harmonic palette and tempos full of breathing room. The result is a sonically magical world in which the listener is comfortably immersed.

The Story Behind  the Album

“The inspiration for the album came from a daydream I had about a place where the sky was filled with dusty, red-orange, luscious hues after the passing of a storm. A hushed early evening breeze had fallen upon a prairie. I saw myself at various ages residing in a weather-worn white farmhouse, able to feel the emotions of the phases of life. A profound sensation of safety and peace permeated the air in this scene and the feeling has stayed with me ever since. Red Sky Prairie was born.”

Above, below, around, all glows with the warmth of freedom. A grove of trees afar proves an impermeable boundary.

A weather-worn, wooden farmhouse clad in tired whitewash stands rooted to its foundation despite the battering torment of storm upon storm. The weary porch offers just enough space to gaze upon the forever-open prairie.

An elderly woman has found contemplative comfort in the rocking chair. Its finish so closely resembles the peeling paint of the house that from a distance all three woman, chair, and house become one.

She wears a storied white nightdress, and a shawl of long silver hair warms her neck. Kneeling at her side, I rest my cheek on her knee and look out on the expanse. Her age-spotted hand slowly, lovingly strokes my hair. The scent of her gown is filled with acceptance.

The plink-plonk of a piano lingers and lures. The muted padding of my bare footsteps upon the plank floor echoes through the void and invites me to go deeper.

A lacquered upright brushed with memory and dust lives in the little front sitting room. The tiny fingers of the girl at the keys have given the ivory a light brown polish. Her hair and gown are much the same as mine. She’s peacefully wrapped in her musical escape.

I am an apparition in an antique-white nightdress, edged with handmade lace. The early evening breeze flits down the hallway, tickling my earthen hair.

Reflected in the solitary upstairs window, the eyes of a young woman are lost in a trance of longing, as she conjures a fantastic vision through the rippled glass.

Under the time-tested oak tree shading the porch, I turn slowly with outstretched arms, again and again. Its leaves whisper the stories of the emotions experienced in its shadow. My face tilts to the sky, like a child spinning in the grass.

This is Red Sky Prairie.

About    Sharon

American neo-classical composer Sharon Fendrich captures the essence of emotions in her music written for piano, violin, cello, voice, flute, orchestra, and ambient sounds. Whether grief, sorrow, hope or love, the music is a place of peace and safety where listeners are invited to walk the pathways of their own experiences, dreams and memories. Along the way she welcomes the manifestation of grief processing, self-acceptance, tranquility, resolution and inspiration.

Fendrich released her self-produced debut album, Red Sky Prairie, on August 1, 2019. Grounded in Classical and inspired by New Age, the 11 tracks are full of lush, passionate melodies that immediately captivate the listener’s heart. Within the music one can hear the influences of Enya, Secret Garden, Ludovico Einaudi, Chopin and Debussy.

The inspiration for the album came from a daydream Fendrich had about a place where a palpable red-orange sky covered a prairie after the passing of a storm. A profound sensation of acceptance and peace permeated this scene inspired the creation of Red Sky Prairie.

Fendrich traveled to the Netherlands to record and mix Red Sky Prairie at Kerani Music Studio, the home of award winning neo-classical artist Kerani. Solo musicians featured on the album are frequent principal players and have toured with the André Rieu Orchestra. Mastering was done by engineer Stephen Marsh, known for his work with some of Hollywood’s greatest composers.

Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, USA, Fendrich began music studies at age three. Raised by a family who frequented live events, her young ears and eyes were filled with symphony, opera, ballet and stage performances. Despite forays with violin and flute, she pursued piano and voice. She completed advanced studies in piano, choral music, conducting, orchestration, world music, and composition in college at Tufts University. There, she scored a student film, conducted the orchestra in a film score inspired work, and wrote music for small ensembles.

After college, she continued to explore composition as she raised her family and held marketing, development and production roles for the La Jolla Music Society and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, in California. “My favorite memories of that time were composing on the concert grands left on empty stages long after the headlining pianists had finished a performance.” She currently studies voice, with a focus on opera, musical theatre and jazz.

In Fendrich’s compositional process, she relies on her fingers and ears to guide her into crafting a complete solo piano work. Then, as she begins to add layers of sound through improvisation, counter-melodies emerge and contribute to a full harmonic palette and tempos full of breathing room. The result is a sonically magical world in which the listener is comfortably immersed.

The Story Behind  the Album

“The inspiration for the album came from a daydream I had about a place where the sky was filled with dusty, red-orange, luscious hues after the passing of a storm. A hushed early evening breeze had fallen upon a prairie. I saw myself at various ages residing in a weather-worn white farmhouse, able to feel the emotions of the phases of life. A profound sensation of safety and peace permeated the air in this scene and the feeling has stayed with me ever since. Red Sky Prairie was born.”

Above, below, around, all glows with the warmth of freedom. A grove of trees afar proves an impermeable boundary.

A weather-worn, wooden farmhouse clad in tired whitewash stands rooted to its foundation despite the battering torment of storm upon storm. The weary porch offers just enough space to gaze upon the forever-open prairie.

An elderly woman has found contemplative comfort in the rocking chair. Its finish so closely resembles the peeling paint of the house that from a distance all three woman, chair, and house become one. She wears a storied white nightdress, and a shawl of long silver hair warms her neck. Kneeling at her side, I rest my cheek on her knee and look out on the expanse. Her age-spotted hand slowly, lovingly strokes my hair. The scent of her gown is filled with acceptance.

The plink-plonk of a piano lingers and lures. The muted padding of my bare footsteps upon the plank floor echoes through the void and invites me to go deeper.

A lacquered upright brushed with memory and dust lives in the little front sitting room. The tiny fingers of the girl at the keys have given the ivory a light brown polish. Her hair and gown are much the same as mine. She’s peacefully wrapped in her musical escape.

I am an apparition in an antique-white nightdress, edged with handmade lace. The early evening breeze flits down the hallway, tickling my earthen hair.

Reflected in the solitary upstairs window, the eyes of a young woman are lost in a trance of longing, as she conjures a fantastic vision through the rippled glass.

Under the time-tested oak tree shading the porch, I turn slowly with outstretched arms, again and again. Its leaves whisper the stories of the emotions experienced in its shadow. My face tilts to the sky, like a child spinning in the grass.

This is Red Sky Prairie.

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