After graduation she received a fellowship to work in the Creative Associates, performing contemporary music on synthesizer, in Buffalo, NY and New York City. This group was directed by composers Lucas Foss and Morton Feldman and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
When that fellowship was completed she created and directed the Sonora Music and Arts Festival in Haines, Falls, NY and over a five year period, produced over 100 programs of contemporary poetry, music and performance art in the upstate New York community with funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment and CETA.
The festival produced the composer’s ensemble, the Sonora Ensemble in which Ms. Sainte Croix performs on piano, synthesizer and voice and also conducts. The Sonora Ensemble, which has taken different forms throughout her career, combines electronic instruments and tapes with acoustic instruments and has often appeared along with other performance groups in the production of her operas.
Two Jerome Foundation grants
Mary Flagler Cary Trust Recording Grant
Heathcote Arts Foundation Grant
A New York State Council on the Arts Grant for the creation of a multimedia work on the life of Louis Armstrong.
Recent New York premieres and concerts include:
“Visions of Light and Mystery, a concert, at Merkin Concert Hall, 6/98
“Heart Like a Wild River”, premiered by Orchestra of St. Luke’s at the DIA Art Foundation, 5/98
“Rise Up! The Enemy Is Us”, premiered at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and performed again at the National Arts Club and the Kitchen, May/Oct. 1998
“The Bright Leaf Trios”, Judith Sainte Croix (piano), Daniel Barrett (cello) and Lisa Arkis (flute) on the Composer’s Concordance concert at New York University, 5/98
Orchestral awards and commissions include:
The Gaudeamus Competition in the Netherlands for “Love Brings Good Fortune”. The piece was premiered by the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Ernst Bour, and Ms. Sainte Croix received a Martha Baird Rockefeller travel grant to attend the performance.
“Burning in the Center” for chorus and string orchestra, which was premiered by the North Carolina Symphony, Gerhardt Zimmermann, conducting.
“Anodos (The Goddess Arising)” which is based on the pre-patriarchal Goddess myths of Aphrodite, Pandora, Persephone and Hera for the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor.
“Inspiration Overture” commissioned by The Minnesota Youth Symphonies for their 20th year celebration with funds from the Minnesota Composer’s Forum Commissioning Program.
Opera commissions and performances include:
“The Secret Circuit”, an opera set in outer space, for three singers, six dancers, projections and light show, a twelve piece chamber orchestra with electronic instruments. Commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Sonora Ensemble and conducted by Tania Leon.
“The Rainbow Mother Weaves Hummingbird Dream Bundles”, commissioned by PS9 in Manhattan, with funds from Meet the Composer. The opera–the theme of which is facing fear and the discovery of personal creativity–was premiered by 350 children. The following year it was performed in Eastchester, New York with a cast of 450 children. Recently, the opera was produced in Shoreview, Minnesota, the composer directing and conducting, with a cast of 1000 children. Next year the opera will have its fourth performance in Morristown, New Jersey.
“How Music Came Into the World” a bilingual opera in English and Spanish, based on a poetic text from an ancient Mayan Indian Codex, was commissioned by PS 189 in Manhattan for the Sonora Trio, Bass Baritone, Dancers and Children’s Choruses. Funded by Meet the Composer, The New York State Council on the Arts and District Six.
“The Vine of the Soul” (a work in progress) is a contemporary drama set in the Rain Forest which explores the conflicts surrounding sustainable harvesting and fair treatment of Native people in the Rain Forest today. The story and libretto were created in collaboration with visual artist Diana Carulli. The Jerome Foundation has just commissioned the completion of this opera.
Works based on experiences with Native People:
“The Kachina Preludes”. The Kachinas are the nature spirits of the Hopi Indians and these piano pieces seek to reconnect the listener to nature through imagery and intention. Pianist Norman Krieger has performed four of the preludes, “Pakwabi (Tadpole)”; “Poli Mana (Butterfly)”; “Hahai-I-Wuhti (Mother of the Kachinas)”; “Nangasohu (Star Chaser)”; in Norway; Copenhagen; Hawaii; Taiwan; Syracuse, NY; Denver, Colorado; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Old Lyme, Connecticut; New York City and Durango, Colorado. “Tukwinong (Cumulus Cloud)” is on the CD “Visions of Light and Mystery” performed by Judith Sainte Croix.
“Vision I”, and “Vision II” are recorded on the new release from Sonic Muse, “Visions of Light and Mystery”
“Mask: An Oratorio for the Earth”, is a piece which combines the text of Native American leaders Black Elk, Geronimo and Chief Seattle with contemporary poetry and theatre.
Works for Abstract Musical Chamber Theatre:
“Rise Up! The Enemy Is Us” for harp, dance, voice, and visual art.
“Dear One” for tenor, tape and dramatic lighting.
“The Lighthouse” for tenor, tape and mask (to be premiered next season).