Presenting the music of composer Travis M. Ramsey




News from Kenmore Studios

Commission Announcement I have been commissioned to write a Brass Quintet to commemorate the opening of the new home of the Upper Valley Music Center on the Lebanon green. The performance will be September 9 (details to follow). [Posted 2017-07-21]

New Commission Jane Woods has commissioned me to write a new setting of the Magnificat for the Bel Canto Chamber Singers. Performance in December 2017, details to follow. [Posted 2017-06-15]

Radio Interview Hear my interview on Vermont Public Radio about working with student composers as a mentor. VPR Site. [Posted 2017-05-15]

New Recording Enjoy this beautiful performance of my SATB song Binary Stars by Full Circle, conducted by Jennifer Yocom. [Posted 2017-04-04]


Music-COMP featured an article about On The Night You Were Born this month. You can check it our here. [Posted 2017-03-12]

New Recording Here is the first movement of my new Christmas piece, On The Night You Were Born, as performed by Robert Russell and ChoralART. (Used by permission of Nancy Tillman.) [Posted 2017-01-26]


New Recording ...and here is the second movement. [Posted 2017-01-25]


Full Circle performed a beautifully-prepared premiere of my composition Binary Stars in Bradford last night. Thank you all! [Posted 2016-12-17]

Thank you to Bob Russell and ChoralART for a spectacular performance of On The Night You Were Born. Allan Kozin of the Portland Press Herald had this to say: Another highlight of the program was the premiere of Travis Ramsey s On the Night You Were Born, a work commissioned as part of ChoralART s celebration of its 45th season. Ramsey, who studied at the University of Southern Maine and Boston University, provided a richly contrapuntal, pointedly emotional work built around Psalm 139 and the title poem, by Nancy Tillman. It was in the intricacies of the Ramsey work that the choir was at its best. [Posted 2016-12-04]

Concert Announcement Jennifer Yocom will lead her chorus Full Circle in the world premiere of my new love song Binary Stars on Friday, December 16 at the Bradford Congregational Church, and on Saturday December 17 at the Lyme Congregational Church. Both concerts are at 7:30 pm. [Posted 2016-11-19]

Concert Announcement The Upper Valley Community Band, conducted by Becky Luce, will perform my arrangement of the Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition at their concert on January 28, 2017 at the Lebanon Opera House. [Posted 2016-10-15]

Contest Announcement My new composition for SATB chorus and organ called Hush: a manger song was a finalist in the Hendrix College Carol Competition. It wasn't the winning composition, but it will be in the catalog and available soon! It is also available accompanied by piano, or by vibraphone. [Posted 2016-10-01]

New Performance Announcement Jennifer Yocom will lead the world premiere performance of my newest SATB work Binary Stars on December 16-17, 2016. More information to come as the event nears. [Posted 2016-09-24]

Performance Announcement Dr. Robert Russell and ChoralArt will give the premiere performance of Nancy Tillman's On The Night You Were Born on December 2-4, 2016, in Portland, Maine. [Posted 2016-06-22]

Two New Pieces are out of my office and making their way in the world. Stay tuned for the premiere dates for On The Night You Were Born (Robert Russell and the Portland, Maine Choral Art Society) in December 2016 and TVO: Triumphant Voltage Overload (Tom Lizotte and the Cape Elizabeth High School Wind Symphony) in March 2017. [Posted 2016-05-02]

There will be a DVD release party at the Norwich Historical Society on Thursday, March 24 at 7pm for "Back To School," the documentary about one-room schoolhouses in Norwich. Featuring the soundtrack composed by Travis Ramsey. [Posted 2016-03-19]

Thanks to Lew Buckley and the Metropolitan Wind Symphony for reading through my epic band piece "Loomings" this month. [Posted 2016-03-09]

ACDA Silver Platter Award. Just heard that my composition To Reach Them My Hand received a Silver Platter Award on ACDA's Choralnet site.
View Announcement [Posted 2016-02-10]


New music. (to arrive in the KS catalog soon...) Keep your eyes peeled for two new arrangements for children: Jubilate Deo (Praetorious) for 4-part mixed treble chorus and piano; and Shalom Chaverim (traditional) for 2-part treble chorus, piano, and violin. [Posted 2015-12-17]

Many, many thanks to Jane Woods and all the members of Bel Canto Chamber Singers for a fantastic performance of my new Christmas Carol 'On Joyful Wing.' [Posted 2015-12-13]

On The Night You Were Born! Details to follow, but about a year from now Dr. Robert Russell's Choral Art Society will premiere my setting of Nancy Tillman's book. [Posted 2015-12-04]

Best Wishes to all the fine folks at the Norwich Historical Society and Historic New England with the upcoming premieres of your Schoolhouse Documentary Back to School. Thanks for commissioning the theme music! [Posted 2015-06-15]

New Commission! The Cape Elizabeth High School Wind Symphony will host the world premiere of a newly-commissioned work called Triumphant Voltage Overload [TVO] in March 2017. As you might expect, it will be neither quiet nor subtle. The work is based (with permission) on Thunderstorm in Dorset, Vermont, a poem by John Updike. [Posted 2015-05-05]

A humble thanks to Jane Woods and the Bel Canto Chamber Singers for a powerful performance of Be Not Afeard, a 2012 composition based on Caliban's speech in the Tempest. Thanks also to Carole and Heidi for providing such a creepy ambiance with their ethereal flute playing from the choir loft! [Posted 2015-05-02]


Announcing a new commission! Thank you Dr. Russell and the Choral Art Society board for entrusting me to set Nancy Tillman's beloved book On The Night You Were Born. See you next December! [Posted 2015-02-13]

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the Weathersfield School Players' performance of Treasure Island!. It was my pleasure to supply some incidental music and arrangements for such a great bunch of people. [Posted 2014-06-02]

Last night was the premiere of Be Not Afeard, a work for chorus, piano, and two off-stage flutes. Dr. Robert Russell led the USM Chorale in a very moving and technically accurate performance. Thank you Dr. Bob, for your continues support of new music and living composers! [Posted 2014-04-13]

Kudos to Lindsey Warren and the folks of Ensemble Zephyrus for a great concert last night. Thank you for hosting two world premieres in one night, my 2009 work Be With Me Still and Peace I Leave With You (a commission for chorus, string quartet, and oboe). [Posted 2014-04-06]

Thanks (once again!) to Tom Lizotte for commissioning a new arrangement of Bartok's Allegro Barbaro and performing it so ... Bartok-ly. You rock, TL. [Posted 2014-03-15]


What a night! Max Hobart and his wonderful Wellesley Symphony just gave a memorable premiere to their new commissioned work, the Legend of Longfellow Pond ... and the Mysterious Gravestone. Thanks to Benjamin and Jason for delivering the narration, and to my dear friend Megan Hartman for authoring the text. [Posted 2013-03-17]

Congrats to the Cape Elizabeth choir, symphony band, and wind symphony on a terrific concert. And thanks of course also to your fine director Tom Lizotte for commissioning the new arrangement of Aaron Copland's Happy Ending. Always grateful for your support, TL. (Happy Ending was arranged and performed with the blessing of the estate of Aaron Copland.) [Posted 2012-05-14]

Thanks to Dr. Jack Stamp and the fine IUP Honors Band for hosting the world premiere of my latest band piece, Excelsior! You sounded great! [Posted 2011-12-11]


Thanks to Wendy and the choir for a lovely performance of Only God Can Make A Tree. The performance was in the Sunday service at First Church Congregational, Malden, Mass. [Posted 2011-07-17]

My deepest thanks to Jane Woods for commissioning To Reach Them My Hand, the very first project commissioned through the MLC New Music Project. What a thrilling performance the Footnotes gave! [Posted 2011-03-15]

Thanks to Dr. Robert Russell and the Choral Art Society for the commissioning (and performing!) of my arrangement of the Bach Magnificat for Brass Sextet. What a spectacular concert this year's Cathedral series was! [Posted 2010-12-04]

Thanks to Max Hobart and the Wellesley Symphony for giving the world another chance to hear The Lost Art of Steam Heating. Will I ever think of steam radiators the same way again? [Posted 2010-10-10]

Great concert last night - thank you to Mark Manduca for your outstanding trombone soloist work, and to Tom Lizotte and the CEHS band for commissioning Dark Eyes. [Posted 2010-05-12]

Thanks to Dr. Robert Lehmann and the Southern Maine Symphony for giving a most unusual piece -- The Lost Art of Steam Heating -- it's world premiere. It's not very often I get to write for orchestra, lion's roar, and two steam radiators... and it's even more rare to find a composer daring enough to lead the premiere! [Posted 2010-02-27]

Thanks, Dr. Robert Russell, for commissioning me to arrange a brass quintet to accompany seven choruses to Messiah. [Posted 2007-12-01]

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Learn more about Travis's MLC New Music Project, a non-profit organization that allows him to compose community-driven music supported by individual donors. mlcproject.org

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