Shirley Mier



Shirley Mier is a composer, music director and music educator in the Twin Cities area. She writes music of all kinds, in the theatre, educational and concert world. Theatre works include children’s musicals commissioned from Stages Theatre in Hopkins, MN (where she is a Resident Artist), scores for Shakespeare plays, and music for Greek tragedies. Her theatre music has been heard at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Shakespeare in the Park, The Playwrights’ Center, and many other stages across the U.S. and Canada. Published musicals include Twelve Dancing Princesses, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and Madeline’s Christmas.


Concert band works include commissions from Minnesota school bands and community bands, and several publications and award-winning works. Theme and Deviations for Band won the Fifth Annual H. Robert Reynolds’ National Wind Ensemble Composers Competition and was performed at Carnegie Hall in 2004, and Maiden Voyage (published by Grand Mesa) placed as a finalist in the first Frank Ticheli Composition Contest in 2006. Works published by Alfred Music include the concert band pieces Forge Ahead! and Song of the Wind: An Aztec Legend, and several educational piano duets.


Dr. Mier earned a B.A. in Music at Grinnell College and completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Composition from the University of Minnesota. She is currently part of the music faculty at Century College in White Bear Lake, MN, where she teaches a variety of music courses and conducts the Theatre Orchestra ensemble. She is a member of ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, and the Dramatists Guild.


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