Compositions by Stella ter Hart


The following is a complete list of compositions available, plus descriptions and computer generated sound files as available.



  • Through the Fog  programmatic symphonic work based on the Newfoundland folk song, Cape St. Mary’s
  • Millenium Shadows  ouverture for orchestra; commissioned by Symphony New Brunswick, 2000
  • Reflections for Orchestra  symphonic tone poem
  • A Maritime Suite  string orchestra work based on Canadian Maritime tunes
  • 4 Songs of Innocence  hauntingly beautiful and provocative work for soprano, percussion and brass. Commissioned by CBC Radio 2, Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the PEI Indian River Festival, 2002
  • as the light shimmers  flute and piano work; winner of the Pacific International Song Writing Competition (New Zealand), instrumental category, 2005 
  • Perambulation   eclectic, innovative and provocative work for violin and marimba. Runner up in the Marimolin Duo New Music Competition; 1996  


As part of the “Beginning Band Basics” Theory Series, Stella wrote a solo work for every instrument, one at the Beginner Level and one at the Junior/Intermediate Level.  The solos utilize and reinforce the notes, rhythms and concepts taught in all band classes.  These are fun and fantastic solos that all students can quickly learn and confidently perform!  All are enhanced by great sounding but easy to play piano accompaniments.

Two solos, one at the beginner level and oneat the junior level, are available for each of the following:

flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, french horn, baritone (euphonium), trombone, tuba, mallet percussion & timpani. 


  • When a Woman Shops – flirtatious set of 4 short works for soprano/piano. Commissioned by Dr. Jessica McCormack, Indiana State University
  • I heard the Voice of Jesus Say – haunting, contemporary arrangement of this beautiful Irish tune for voice and piano
  • Songs of the Land – delightful arrangements of Canadian folk songs for solo voice and piano
  • 3 Songs for Children – educational solos for young voices based on the poetry of R. L. Stevenson


Beginning BAND Basics Books 1, 2 & 3unique theory series for band students
Beginning VOICE Basics Books 1, 2 & 3 unique theory series for vocalists 



  • My Favourite Things  piano duets; intermediate level
  • Best Friends  piano duets; junior/intermediate level
  • Forgotten Dreams – piano solos; intermediate level
  • Dust Bunnies – piano solos; junior level
  • Off Balance Duets – piano duets: beginner level


  • Ode to the Pig  whimsical SSA/piano choral work full of fun, humour and imagination; co-winner of the 2005 Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Competition.
  • She’s Like the Swallow  stunning SSA choral arrangement of this ethereal Newfoundland folk song
  • in a corner of the stable  SSA/piano choral work; dramatic, inspiring & provocative; Christmas or Easter
  • God of Light – SATB/a cappella uplifting and inspirational Christmas work which challenges us to consider our worth in comparison to the worth of the child in the stable
  • Balm in Gilead  ethereal SSA/piano arrangement of this sublimely beautiful gospel tune
  • a humble heart gentle and inspirational SATB/a cappella piece inviting us to choose our own path and whom we walk through life with
  • The Afterglow of Pain – thought provoking SATB/piano work based on the poetry of black slave women
  • Where Fancy is Free (Come by the Hills)  Scottish folk song arranged for SSA choir and celtic harp
  • Lost Lullabies  SSAA/piano work using WW2 Jewish holocaust survivor songs as remembered by the “Saved Children”
  • The Maid on the Shore  SSAA/ a cappella work; newly composed folksong style tune based on a Nova Scotia text.  Finalist in the 1996 Diva Complex New Music Competition.
  • The Impossible Dream  Stirring SATB arrangement with piano and oboe accompaniment of this much loved Broadway hit from “The Man of La Mancha”.
  • Our Farewell Song  SA/piano; here’s a terrific song for young choirs! Fun, energetic, easy range and great message to close out any concert. Features a few “diva notes” for your rising star in the group!
  • The Bloody Gardener  Newfoundland text, newly composed folk style; highly effective dramatic a cappella work for SSAA
  • My Child  beautifully written with flute and piano accompaniment, this SSAA choral work reflects on the wonder of childhood and how its moments, though fleeting, still live forever through us all.
  • We Love Christmas (most of the time) – SSAA treble voices with piano.  Send your audience home grinning with this humorous and entertaining medley of 8 well known Christmas tunes – if you can find all 8!
  • Song for the Mira  new and fresh SSAA/piano arrangement of this well-loved Cape Breton folk song written by Allister McGillvary.
  • The Last Note  full of imagery, colour and imagination, the SSA/piano work was the winner of the 2019 Lirit Chamber Choir New Music Competition. NOT AVAILABLE to other groups until after May, 2020 (post world premiere)


Choral Compositions

  1. Ode to the Pig
  2. She’s Like the Swallow
  3. in a corner of the stable
  4. God of Light
  5. a humble heart
  6. Where Fancy is Free (Come by the Hills)
  7. Lost Lullabyes
  8. Our Farewell Song
  9. My Child
  10. We Love Christmas!
  11. The Impossible Dream
  12. Balm in Gilead
  13. The Afterglow of Pain
  14. The Maid on the Shore
  15. The Bloody Gardener
  16. Song for the Mira
  17. The Last Note (sound file available June, 2020)


Instrumental Compositions

(beginner and intermediate levels)

  1.  Spring Breezes (beginner flute)
  2. The Little Irish Girl (junior flute)
  3. The Overwrought Clock! (beginner clarinet)
  4. Summer Waltz (junior clarinet)
  5. Sweet Mystery (beginner oboe)
  6. The Lonely Princess (junior oboe)
  7. This Old Rag (beginner alto sax)
  8. Play Me Blue (junior alto sax)
  9. A Classical Sax (beginner tenor sax)
  10. Dirty Dog (junior tenor sax)
  11. The Side Shuffle (beginner bassoon)
  12. At The Parade (junior bassoon)
  13. The Officer’s Waltz (beginner trumpet)
  14. Pride and Honour  (junior trumpet)
  15. Fox Hunt (beginner french horn)
  16. Blue Boogie (beginner baritone)
  17. Smooth and Mellow (junior baritone)
  18. Step a Slide (beginner trombone)
  19. Matador (junior trombone)
  20. A Bumpy Waltz (beginner tuba)
  21. Tubas on Parade (junior tuba)
  22. Silk Fan (beginner mallet percussion)
  23. Music Box (junior mallet percussion)
  24. The Giant’s Tale (beginner timpani)
  25. Distant Thunder (junior timpani & mallet duet)