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PO Box 547
Estacada, Oregon 97023
Our Family, composed by Alexandra Czyzewicz, is a musical celebration of the special connections of families that brings professional musicians, students, and community members together on the stage that started it all for many of us here in Estacada - our very own Middle School Auditorium. The 60-minute show consists of various movements, each named for the different members of a traditional family (mother, father, brother, sister, etc.) The styles of these movements range from pop to jazz to classical. Our Family is a musical production for the enjoyment of everyone, young and old. At its core it will inspire, educate, and celebrate the families that make our community great.
Alexandra Czyzewicz Biography:
My name is Alexandra Rose Czyzewicz. Those familiar with my work may know me as Ally Rose. Growing up in Estacada OR, I spent my childhood studying violin, piano and voice. By the time I was 12 years old I had become obsessed with the idea of writing my own music, a feat which I first accomplished shortly after turning 13. This began what would be a long-lasting passion for and devotion to writing original music. At age 15 I discovered that I was also passionate about teaching music to others, and began teaching private music lessons and eventually started my own studio hitting my 10 years of teaching this year! At 18 years old I began studying music composition at Marylhurst University, and then at Portland State University where I would receive my bachelors degree in 2015.
I believe that music is unique in its ability to convey emotions that are too rich or complex to be described with words. That is something truly valuable, and as a composer I work to use that power to connect with my listeners. Each piece that I write is a collection of moments and memories, both my own, and those of the listener; though I write each piece with my own moments in mind, the listeners use their own memories to create for themselves a listening experience that is truly unique to each of them.
I write joyful music; music that is meant to inspire and enlighten. Though it may be new and original, it should feel familiar and enjoyable even to an untrained lister. I strive to push boundaries and to remain adventurous and original. I want my listeners to feel encouraged to participate actively in the listening experience, whether it be in the moment by clapping or dancing along, or in the long-term by picking up an instrument or taking a stab at composing themselves. I write music that uses and combines a wide variety of styles and influences rather than just one; a given piece may blend jazz and blues with traditional choral music, while another may utilize both classical and fiddle elements in a single section. Children are another inspiration for me because of their innocence and purity. It is this type of pure, simple, true happiness that I try to evoke in my listeners. I also hope to use my music for the betterment of children; something they can both grasp and enjoy, as well as learn from; something that will broaden their horizons, but above all, something that will bring them joy.