Link: Home page for Judith Kay, Guitar and Voice, Wilmington, Delaware


Composer and Arranger Judith Kay


Judith Kay is an active composer and arranger for some twenty years. A former arranging student of Manny Albam, her jazz writings are noted for being both swinging and catchy for the listener, while simultaneously providing complex and interesting challenges for the musician players. She arranged all of the music for her group Judith Kay's ChamberJazz™ Ensemble, which performed extensively for thirteen years. She wrote and arranged all of the music on her CD Sounds Like Brazil.

Philadelphia area High School/College choral directors - take note! Because of the dearth of good jazzy material available for this age group, Judith is currently writing a series of new choral works aimed for high school and college. To arrange an artist residency/commission with her, or to find out about purchasing music, please contact Judith Kay.

A partial listing of compositions available for purchase from I DIG MUSIC:

Waiting For The Rain SSAATTBB [Level: Advanced]
originally commissioned by the Berkshire Chorale, Reading PA
Lyrics by Cecilia Vore. 7 min. DEMO RECORDING AVAILABLE.

Crunchy Granola SATB [Level: Intermediate/Adv]
For High School/College Choir; Piano Accompaniment. 5 min.

Ba SATB [Level: Intermediate]
For High School/College Choir; Piano Accompaniment. 5 min.

Ukrainian Bell Carol [based on the traditional Ukrainian melody]
For Three-Octave Handbells and Chimes
Originally Commissioned by The Chesapeake Bronze. 10 min.

The Red Balloon Suite [A jazzy crossover chamber piece for low female voice, classical guitar, oboe/english horn, bassoon, and double bass] Five Movements. 15 min. DEMO RECORDING AVAILABLE.

Lead sheets are available for the following songs

(all from Sounds Like Brazil CD, except where noted):

Crazy You [from Judith Kay Live CD]
Preciso de Você na Minha Vida [I Need You In My Life]
That's What It's All About
Um Abraço no Brasil
[A Big Hug for Brazil]
Sounds Like Brazil