The Door Standing Open

Songs and Chamber Music from Joelle Wallach

The Door Standing Open celebrates composer Joelle Wallach’s ongoing engagement with vocal music, with melody and with her conviction of their connection to the collective unconscious through folk music and musical gesture. The songs selected reach through several decades and touch many interests and issues in Wallach’s life. The two non-vocal chamber works grew directly from the songs represented before them on the disk.

Performers are University of North Texas Conductors String Quartet; Tenor Stephen Alexander Carroll; Soprano Marie Therese Mattingly; Mezzo-soprano Avis Stroud; Baritone Jeffrey Snider; Violinist Felix Olschofka,, Violist Susan Dubois, Cellist Nikola Ruzevic and Pianist Pamela Mia Paul.

American composer Joelle Wallach writes expressive and beautiful music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo voices and choruses. Visit her at

2. Epistolary

3. Making Love to the Milkman

4. When Lost in the Forest

5. From the Almanac of Last Things

6. Spiritual

7. Runes and Ritual

8. Let Evening Come

9. The Door Standing Open: On the Equator

10. The Door Standing Open: Like a Girl

11. The Door Standing Open: Vetus Flamma

12 The Door Standing Open: With My God the Smith

13. Close Your Eyes

14. The Nightwatch: The Nightwatch

15. The Nightwatch: Assurance

16. Broken-faced Gargoyles

18. String Quartet #2: 2nd Movement

19. String Quartet #2: 3rd Movement

20. String Quartet #2: 4th Movement