Founded in 2001 by double bassist Lucas Drew, editor, and harpist and editor of harp publications Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup, St. Francis Music Publications is dedicated to enhancing the repertoire for double bass, cello, harp, and string ensembles. Since its inception more than ninety works have been published for double bass and piano (harp), harp, unaccompanied bass, and string ensembles. Approximately ten new works are added to the catalogue each year. Also available from St. Francis Music are three Double Bass Sampler CD's, primarily designed for students and teachers.
A fundamental philosophy of the St. Francis Music catalog is that the study of original and transcribed compositions is necessary for the complete education of the double bassist. Original solos and etudes are the foundations of the double bass literature; however, transcribed works of the masters offer students as well as professionals a glimpse into each composer's world. Insight into the orchestral repertoire is also enhanced. All players have the potential to become better musicians for having studied transcriptions, whether or not they are ever performed in public. Janet Clippard serves as Associate Editor of double bass publications.
Seven volumes of original harp solos, transcriptions, and arrangements by Edward Vito, Toscanini's solo harpist, have been compiled and edited by Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup. It is the first time that these works have been made available to the public. Vito's daughter, Elaine Vito Ricci, chose St. Francis Music Publications to publish her father's music. More titles from Mr. Vito's vast library will be added to the St. Francis catalog over the next two years. The series is entitled From the Library of Edward Vito.