Program Notes: Boundaries


How do boundaries and borders effect us? How can some be helpful andothers harmful? Some are geographic, some are emotional and some are spiritual. These short movements are inspired by wondering about these and other big questions. This work is a collaboration with composer David Berlin and Poet Rosaly DeMaios Roffman. The voice of the narrator is that of the poet herself and the musical material was created and realized by the composer. This team has created nearly two-dozen collaborations since 1989.



David Berlin

David Berlin is a composer, music educator, educational content developer and arts education consultant. He has collaborated extensively in dance-theatre and multi-artist, performances. His orchestral and chamber music and his compositions have been performed by such groups as the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Classical Symphony Orchestra, the Laureate Woodwind Quintet, the Renaissance City Woodwind Quintet, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Sterbrooke Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan and at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. Internationally, his work has been performed by the Cuarteto de Saxófones de Barcelona in Spain and by Ensemble HND in Sweden. In 2010 his work for three cellos and percussion, "Critical Response," had its world premiere performed by the rock cello band "Cello Fury". His piece "DNA" is a large-scale collaborative piece with 59 other composers and video artist Patrick Liddell, and has been presented repeatedly, both nationally and internationally. More information can be found on his website:

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman


Rosaly DeMaios Roffman, Professor Emerita, taught literature and writing courses at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also founded and directed a Myth/Folklore Studies Center at IUP. Co-editor of Life on the Line and author of I Want to Thank My Eyes (Tebot Bach, 2012), Going to Bed Whole, Tottering Palaces, The Approximate Message, and In the Fall of the Sparrow, she has collaborated on 20 pieces with potters, composers, musicians, and dance/theater companies. She is the recipient of a National Endowment Grant and a Distinguished Faculty in the Arts award. She has read her work in Ireland, Mexico, Greece and Slovakia. Her poems have been translated into Mandarin, Japanese, Slovak, and Hebrew. She has published in journals, magazines and anthologies and was invited to read her poems on a BBC production entitled the "Wild and the Sacred."