NewMusicShelf Anthology of New Music: Trans & Nonbinary Voices, Vol. 1


21 songs for trans/nonbinary voices and piano

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About the Anthology

Curated by writer and singer Aiden K. Feltkamp, this collection of 21 works for solo voice and piano accompaniment is ideal for trans and nonbinary singers looking for repertoire written by their community, teachers searching for exciting new repertoire for their studios, presenters expanding the diversity of their programming, and singers of any ability or gender seeking out new works. The anthology spans genres, including Western classical art song, opera, musical theatre, and singer-songwriter.

These works, all of which were composed in the 21st century, represent a broad range of compositional styles from composers living and writing today, and were curated for beginner through advanced singers of all vocal ranges. All songs are available for transposition into any key by request.

Songs in this volume

ComposerSong TitleAuthor of TextYear Composed
Keith Allegretti "Breathe" from Good Country Cecelia Raker 2019
Penrose Allphin Open-Mouthed Gemini Morgan Ureña 2019
Adam Burnette Spätherbst Hermann Allmers 2013
Griffin Candey Foxes Anastasia Pennington-Flax 2019
Nell Shaw Cohen Fallen Star Mashuq Mushtaq Deen 2017, rev. 2020
Rosśa Crean Solitaire Amy Lowell 2019
Rylan Gleave Walrus Elizabeth Foster 2020
Grey Grant "Prelude" from Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region Grey Grant 2019
Leo Hurley "Chapel Hill Gets Lonely" from The Body Politic Charles Osborne 2016
Dana Kaufman "To my mother's closet", Caitlyn's Aria from Cycle Kardashian Tom Swift 2017
Melissa Li "Loser Dumplings" from Interstate Melissa Li & Kit Yan 2016
Tony Manfredonia Your Heart Aiden K. Feltkamp 2018
Pax Ressler Love Song for Me Pax Ressler 2019
Hope Salmonson "At a Dinner Party" from Three Amy Levy Songs Amy Levy 2019
Isaac Schankler "With Such Teeth" from Sharp Jillian Burcar 2007
Ashley Seward Let the Little Birds Sing Edna St. Vincent Millay 2020
brin solomon And Still the Last Abandoned Angel Sings (Hallel) brin solomon 2020
Mickie Wadsworth Lake Song Angela Rebrec 2020
Yoshi Weinberg Captain of my Soul William Ernest Henley 2018
LJ White Labor Day Erika Meitner 2012
Thomas Yee "The Smoke Curls into the Sky" from Eva and the Angel of Death Aiden K. Feltkamp 2019

Audio Samples

Griffin Candey: Foxes

Grey Grant: "Prelude" from Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region

Yoshi Weinberg: Captain of My Soul

LJ White: Labor Day


Melissa Li: Loser Dumplings

About the Curator

Aiden K. Feltkamp (they/he) began their musical life at the age of 5 playing a quarter-size cello and now they’re "upending preconceptions about voice and gender" (New York Times) as a trans nonbinary writer and specialist in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Aiden’s operatic libretti center marginalized characters, and span the serious and the ridiculous, the real and the surreal. Their work includes a queer sequel to Don Giovanni, an homage to Clara Schumann, a vignette of an old married couple on Long Island, and Holocaust remembrance art. Their libretti have been commissioned by Albany Symphony, Cantus, The University of Texas at Austin, The Emily Dickinson Museum at Amherst College, and the International Museum of Surgical Science. They also write science fiction, poetry, and educational non-fiction. Most recently, their work has been published in Crêpe & Penn, Bait/Switch, and NewMusicBox.

Aiden began as a mezzo-soprano specializing in Baroque opera and new music. Now they wrangle composers and administrators as the Director of Emerging Composers and Diversity for American Composers Orchestra. They hold degrees from Hofstra University and Bard College Conservatory of Music, and a certification in DEI from Cornell University. They live in Jersey City with their partner, cat, two parrots, and robot dog.

You can find them online as @TransCherubino and at



A Note on Binding

To adhere to recommendations by the Music Library Association, and to aid in library shelving, the NewMusicShelf Anthologies are perfect bound books. Since perfect binding frequently prevents books from lying flat (which is especially helpful for pianists), you may choose to have the anthologies rebound for use in performance. Most copy shops are able to - quickly and cheaply - shave off the spine of a perfect bound book and rebind it with a coil/spiral. Coil binding is usually preferable to comb binding in this instance because coils preserve the pages better, and turn more quietly, provided that the coil is wide enough to accommodate page turns.


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