ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Orville Stoeber was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1947 and grew up as an army brat on various bases around the world, including France, Germany, Missouri, Alaska, Nebraska, and Illinois. By birth a Lutheran – loving Bach’s perfectly balanced affirmations of faith swirling through the congregation; by temperament a Baptist – celebratory, soulful, simple. By then he had found German lieder and oratorios and was a soloist in The Christian Science Church. Since moving to New York in 1969 he has written and recorded music for the theatre, feature films, documentaries, and television. He moved to Los Angeles, CA – in 1980 and, while continuing to write music, he has worked as a Music-for-Healing therapist and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2007 for his time at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
In addition to his other musical activities, Orville works and performs with pre-school children at First Step Nursery School in Santa Monica, CA. His CDs include Whispering Roots (2001), and My Fatal Flaw (2006). In the 20th Century he recorded an LP, Songs (Uni Records). He has acted in films and is also an assemblage artist, exhibiting in two gallery shows in 2008. He is a long-time friend of Margaret and is honored to have been chosen by her to provide musical spirit for the God’s Gardeners Oral Hymnbook.