"We received fifty solo scores from as far afield as Munich, Seoul, Paris, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Novi Sad, Serbia plus 16 American states and Canada. Composers were asked to seek inspiration from the compositional style of Bartok’s Microcosmos, and many of the works they sent have interesting rhythmic combinations and exciting colors. In addition to the solo pieces, we had 18 entries for the chamber/vocal competition....HONORABLE MENTIONS L[a] Petite Vie by C.J. Darnieder"
"...Okay, make it Eight Things I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: We love the Transfer/Via restaurateurs because their food is good, they’re nice guys, they advertise with us and they do stuff like this: CJ Darnieder, a young composer who works for Transfer is moving to New York to launch his career. So the guys are letting him put on a farewell concert at Via, 2625 N. Downer Ave., at 9:30 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 9). They’re cramming a chamber orchestra into the place for a program of Darnieder’s music. Very cool."
“Milwaukee-based composer C.J. Darnieder’s works will be featured during The Muses Creative Artistry Project’s “Celtic Spring” event at 3 p.m. Sunday at Anthony Chapel in Garvan Woodland Gardens. It is Darnieder’s 21st composition and his first work for harp. When he invited his Twitter followers to listen to his music online, harpist Shana Norton of Austin, Texas, did just that. The piece was conceived with Norton. The flurry of Tweets that followed inspired the composition “Renaissance, Suite for Clarsach and Flute,” which will premier at the concert.”
"Also in september 2009 composers from all over the world were called for a first international "Plathner's Eleven Composers Competition". The results of the auditions in december revealed three winners - Matteo Bertolina, Gordon Williamson and CJ Darnieder."
“Self-taught classical music composer C.J. Darnieder will release his first CD, “Untamed” on December 16. The CD features all of his piano works to date and will be available at no cost. Darnieder has completed approximately sixteen multimovement chamber and orchestral pieces to date. C.J. is currently working on three orchestral works: his first symphony, a violin concerto, and a small suite for chamber orchestra. The pre-release version of the CD will contain three final bonus tracks on a bonus tracks and will only be available to those who request CDs before the launch. This piece is his fourteenth opus which the composer also is entering into the Elevens of Hanover composition competition on the same day as the official CD release. To request a CD prior to the launch, for other information about C.J. Darnieder or to contact him, visit: www.cjdarnieder. com.”