Listening Page #55: Deborah Monroe

MAY 17, 2009

Deborah Monroe: “Where Morning Dawns and Evening Fades” performed by Dr. Stacy Maugans

Psalm 65:8 “Those living far away fear your wonders; where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy.” (NIV)

What better instrument to call forth songs of joy than the alto saxophone? The processed sounds on the CD are derived from a recording of my saxophone duet, A Chase. The shape of the work is designed to evoke the dawning of a new day, the labor of the day and the quiet of the evening sunset. Dr. Stacy Maugans recorded this performance at the NASA Biennial Conference at the University of Iowa in 2006.

Jesus makes life worth living. Knowing that God made us for a reason and has a purpose for our lives is exciting. It’s like the creator of the universe picked me to be on the winning team. It motivates me to find out what my role is on the team and work at doing it. It keeps me focused on that purpose.

In love, He adopted me to be his daughter through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace . . . (Ephesians 1:5) In my particular case, that began for me at a very early age. My older brother came home from Sunday school and told me he was going to heaven and asked me if I wanted to go too. My parents gave me an education that “integrated faith and learning.” So, it is only natural that my musical creations are an integration of faith and learning.

To quote a favorite songwriter,
I was born
I was born to sing for you
I didn’t have a choice but to lift you up
And sing whatever song you wanted me to
– U2, Magnificent

Now that I have been made alive in Christ, the Spirit confirms that I am his workmanship, or masterpiece, “created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph. 2:10). I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Deborah Monroe is a composer and church musician living in Dallas, Tx. She began her studies under Howard Whitaker at Wheaton College’s Conservatory of Music and later received her Master of Music in Composition from the University of North Texas.

She has received recognition and had works performed throughout the United States and in Europe by various organizations including the International Alliance for Women in Music, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the International Computer Music Association and the 60×60 project.

Recently, Ms Monroe has focused on works for church choir and works for saxophone. Where Morning Dawns and Evening Fades for alto saxophone and CD was commissioned by Dr. Stacy Maugans in 2005 and later taken to the 14th World Saxophone Congress in 2006. The Breath of Life for alto saxophone and viola was commissioned by Dr. Maugans and will be premiered at the15th World Saxophone Congress in Thailand this July. For more information see

– – –  SOLI DEO GLORIA!  – – –

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