Canvas the Bear

Canvas the Bear (extended version) | pierrot & percussion | 4″ | 2016
commissioned | Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble, dir. Bill Ryan
premiered | Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble @ Badlands National Park
recording | innova 044, Dawn Chorus: Music Inspired by Our National Parks

My granddad owns a very, very old jeep. A mostly nonfunctioning, terrifying vehicle. Nevertheless, a great joy of my childhood was the mountaineering that it tolerated. One day, racing an afternoon thunderstorm back down the mountain, my grandad mashed the brakes to stop short of a hulking bear. The only thing standing between the enormous animal and my meager ten-year-old body was the ancient jeep’s rusting frame. The bear meandered on, apparently unperturbed by the vehicle’s sputtering.

I spent many youthful afternoons thinking of that bear. Where does it live? How is it doing? Does it think of me too?


Other performances:

Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble 2016 National Parks Tour @ Badlands, Wind Cave, Yellowstone, & Grand Teton National Parks; Billings MT Public Library; & Grand Valley State
Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble 2018 National Parks Tour @ Voyageurs, Glacier, North Cascades, Olympic & Mount Rainier National Parks & Grand Valley State
Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble @ Grace Episcopal, Holland MI
Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble @ First Presbyterian, Grand Haven MI


All solo, chamber, and large ensemble works have score, parts, & relevant media available for purchase. Please contact me at nikodschroeder@gmail.com with inquiries. I’m happy to get my music in your hands!