Harriet Steinke is a composer of contemporary classical music highly motivated by literature, poetry, and narrative collaboration. Her works have been premiered within dance, art, and theatre productions involving professional and student artists as well as collaborations through youth programs in the Indianapolis area. Several of her pieces have been performed by the Butler Chorale, Spectra chorus, the North Meridian Brass Choir, Butler Chamber Singers, Butler’s University Choir, and various ensembles under Butler University Composers’ Orchestra as well as student artists Indiana University and the University of Michigan. In November 2014, the Dean of the Jordan College of the Arts partnering with the Butler Community Arts School commissioned a collaborative piece for Butler University’s annual multi-week event, ArtsFest. This work was premiered by the BCAS Orchestra in collaboration with Butler University performance majors in Spring 2015.
During the 2014-2015 year, Harriet received a grant under the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program through Butler’s Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement. She conducted research surrounding the experiences of World War II soldiers to aid to the composition of a narrative song cycle focused on the life of the American soldier. This piece premiered November of 2015. Read about the project here.
Recently, Harriet collaborated with Savannah Dunn, a student choreographer, to create a piece for her honors thesis which examined the relationship between music and movement. This piece was premiered live with dancers and chamber ensemble in March 2016. Also in the Spring of 2016, Harriet finished a choral work for the Butler University Chorale based on several lines of a short prose story written by John Leo, an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Butler.
Additional to composition, Harriet also enjoys traveling, reading, and academic writing. She has studied harmony and counterpoint at the European American Musical Alliance where she studied composition with David Conte. Harriet earned her B.M. in composition at Butler University in Indianapolis where she studied with Frank Felice, James Aikman, Ronald Caltabiano, and Michael Schelle.
Some of Harriet’s music is currently published by Colla Voce Music, and Hal Leonard Corporation.