Move over Mozart, Chopin and Beethoven.


As the future unfolds, these innovative piano solos will inspire, impress, and sweep you away on a sophisticated listening journey.


From sweet reflective melodies to percussive, riveting patterns, Jill crafts these compositions to perfection.

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The CD “The Piano Solos: A Tribute to P.E.O. Founders” is now available on this website

A collection of piano solos with a variety of styles including :Classical,
Contemporary, a March and the Roaring 20s. There are also some very
peaceful quieter composition.Some uses for these songs are: giving Founder’s Day Program,
being played at initiations and many of these songs have been played at State Conventions!

Cost of the CD is $15 plus $3.50 for shipping and handling. Please contact Jill with orders or

questions. Thank you!

P.E.O. Founders’ Music 2016 and beyond

Vancouver, WA.               February 13, 2016                 SW Washington Reciprocity Luncheon

Bellingham, WA.             March 12, 2016           Whatcom County Founders’ Day Celebration

Spokane, WA.                  June 3, 2016                            Washington State Convention

Ellensburg, WA.              October 15, 2016                    Central Washington Reciprocity

Pittsburgh, PA.                October 22, 2016                    Founders’ Day Concert

Tacoma, WA.                   June 1, 2017                             Washington State Convention

Artist Statement

On January 9, 2016 I applied for my first grant in hopes of financing two upcoming piano solo Cds.
The following is the Artist Statement which I submitted.
Finger crossed!

I am pleased to submit this application for a $7,500 grant from the Artist Trust. If I were awarded the requested funding, I would use it for the following projects:

I. Beloved Literary Characters
To compose a suite of piano solos that reflect classic literary characters and to produce both recorded (CD) and written (sheet music) versions of the composition(s).

Four of the pieces to be composed will exemplify the characters from Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel, Little Women. Each piece will reflect the personality of its character. Meg’s solo will be in the classical style; Jo’s will be an exciting march; Beth’s will be a sweet, melodious song; and Amy’s will be a fiery, high-spirited dance.

An additional three compositions will reflect characters and events from The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings. The Storm will be represented by a spectacular technical whirlwind of a solo; Fodder Wing, the frail neighbor boy, will have a tender and poignant tune; Ol’ Slew Foot, the dangerous lurking bear, will have a song that sounds menacing and scary.

Two pieces will feature heroines from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poems. The music that reflects “Evangeline,” the tragic story of a young woman who searches in vain for her lost love, will be lyrical and romantic. The music that reflects Laughing Water (Minnehaha), the bride in “The Song of Hiawatha,” will be playful and sound like cascading water.

The last composition will be named for Helen Hunt Jackson’s “Ramona,” a tragic love story about a Scots-Native American orphan girl who lived in Spanish California in the late 1800’s.

II. Women of France
The second project I would undertake with the Artist Trust grant is to compose a suite of piano solos entitled “Women of France.” As in the previous project, the individual pieces within this suite will be created to reflect the personalities of the women for which they are named. An as in the previous project, I will produce both recorded (CD) and written (sheet music) versions of the compositions.

The first piece planned is a longer one in four movements entitled “Voices: A Tribute to Joan of Arc.” This work will begin with phrases that sound like galloping horses, representing Joan’s life as a young warrior. The next section will be somber, reflecting divine intervention, followed by the sad music of the trial and execution. After the heavenly ascent, the sounds of galloping horses will be heard again.

In addition, the CD and written music will include eight shorter piano works that represent women important in the history of France. The composition planned for Marie Antoinette is in the style of Mozart, delicate and elegant. I have planned a solo composed for Josephine Bonaparte, wife of Napoleon, which will be flowing and lyrical. Madame Bovary, although a fictional character, will be represented by a composition with a country style of carefree innocence that spirals down to sadness and despair. The work for Josephine Baker will include music representative of the Roaring 20’s. Marie Curie’s song, in Baroque style, will emulate her orderly, scientific mind. The song for George Sand will be the most romantic, as this famous novelist was well known for her affair with Frederic Chopin. The piece for Margaret of Valois will have a “queenly” feel to it. The final composition will be dedicated to “The Unknown Burlesque Dancer” and will be a spectacular Can-Can dance number with a grand finale.

The funds will be used to compose the piano solos, record the compositions, edit the sound recording, produce the CD, edit the written music for publishing, and publish and copyright the written/sheet music.

These projects, although more ambitious, are commensurate with the successful P.E.O. Founders project I undertook previously. (My P.E.O. chapter has sold nearly 300 copies of the CD as a fundraiser!) If I am awarded the requested funds, it would be a great privilege to debut the new piano solos at the Artist Trust Meet the Artist performances.

New album release “A Song for Every Rose”

Here are fresh new original piano solos for 2015 which portray different moods and styles.
The “Princess Di Roses” solo is a poignant, lush, haunting composition.
“Rose Buds” makes for a perfect lullaby and “Rose Petals” is a grand waltz which is
sure to set your toe a tapping.
These ten piano solos are also presently available on I tunes.
click here for link to the Rose CD on CDBaby

2 Successful Concerts : Tacoma and Mercer Island

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Two extraordinary events have taken place this year. First, the P.E.O. Founders’ Day
Celebration in Tacoma, WA in January 2014, and second, the P.E.O. Founders’ Day
Celebration on Mercer Island, WA. in March 2014. Both events were well attended
and both featured the same program: “The Piano Solos: A Tribute to the P.E.O. Founders”.

Some of the attendees commented that they were surprised at how different each piano
solo was from each other. For example: Franc Roads’ song is an aggressive march, but
Suela Penfields’ composition reflects the era of the Roaring 20’s.

Thankfully, I’m already booked in Ellensburg, WA for January 2015, but certainly looking for
other opportunities.

Composing with a first grade

On May 9th,2014 , its my great privilege to debut “Dear Grandparent, and Grand friends”  at Saint Matthew’s School.

The first graders chose their favorite style of music, their favorite melody line and then composed the lyrics!

The song covers an array of activities : from Grandma drinking tea, to spending birthdays and holidays with Grandparents and Grandfriends, to Grandpa napping all afternoon!  Well done first grade!

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Here are the compositions on the CD…

Alice Bird Babb Cultural, Reader of Classics, Intellectual, Mozartish
(composer note: Listen for her grand entrance at the end)

Hattie Briggs Bousquet Comforting, Note of Joy, First to propose sisterhood, Simplistic,  Elegant

EIla Stewart Social, Lively Irish

Daisies This song was composed for Chapter BL in honor of all your support. Thank You!

Suela Pearson Penfield  Musician, Flapper of the group, Rare Beauty, Roaring 20s

Alice Virginia Coffin Queenly, Warm Hearted, Fun, Light
(composer note: This is the longest composition I had trouble getting this song to end)

Franc Roads Strong, Vigorous, Artist, March

Mary Allen Stafford Graceful, Motherly, Cheerful, Flowing

Sister Eternal written in loving memory of my mother in law Elizabeth Raymond

“My P.E.O. Sister” to debut at the Convention

In honor of Kay Ebert’s 2013 P.E.O. State Convention,

the new piano solo “My P.E.O. Sister” will be sold for $5 as

a convention fund raiser. This composition is the perfect gift

for a fellow P.E.O. sister or treat yourself to some inspiring

piano music!

P.E.O. Founder’s CD will be available to order at the State Convention

 Presently this CD is Chapter BL’s fundraiser.

Below are some of the songs that will be heard at Convention this year.

 

Alice Bird Babb    Cultural, Reader of Classics, Intellectual  Mozartish

(composer note: Listen for her grand entrance at the end)

Hattie Briggs Bousquet   Comforting, Note of Joy,   Simplistic Elegant

Ella Stewart    Social, Lively,  Irish 

Daisies  This song was composed for Chapter BL in honor of all your support. Thank You!

Suela Pearson Penfield Musician, Flapper of the group, Rare Beauty   Roaring 20’s  

 Alice Virginia Coffin  Queenly, Warm Hearted, Fun Light

(composer note: This is the longest composition I had trouble getting this  song to end) 

Franc Roads   Strong, Vigorous, Artist    March

Mary Allen Stafford  Graceful, Motherly, Cheerful     Flowing