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A Doctoral Document Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College of the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, Major: Music, Under the Supervision of Professor Peter A. Eklund. Lincoln, Nebraska: December, 2012

Copyright (c) 2012 Keith J. Curington


Although American choirs have been performing Allen Koepke’s compositions since 1973 and his music is witnessing greater and greater international appeal, especially in Asia, academic writings about the composer and his contribution to the choral art have been absent. This document examines Missa Brevis, the seminal work by Allen Koepke, and serves as a conductor’s guide for score study and rehearsal preparation. It will address practical problems unique to the work and will suggest solutions that will ensure excellence in its performance. A biography, a complete catalogue of the composer’s large number of choral works in print, a listing of works not published, a chapter that focuses on Allen Koepke’s compositional career, a transcript of interviews with the composer, and a score of Missa Brevis are included. The purpose of this document is to not only be a resource for conductors regarding Allen Koepke’s choral oeuvre, but also guide them as they seek to present successful and informed performances of Missa Brevis.

Adviser: Peter A. Eklund