Cherokee Kid

Jim Alberty is a member of the Bird Clan of the Cherokee Tribe of Oklahoma. Born in Claremore, OK he now lives in Maine, working as a composer, writer and Creative for Apple. He is active in the Casco Bay area arts and education communities as a composer, musician, social dancer and actor.


I have written music for many theatre companies - both educational and professional. Here are some non-representative samples.

10 years ago an extraordinary group of children and educators at the Drowne Road School created a massive study project - the Cirque du M-A (think "Soleil" but with two letters). The kids spent the better part of the year studying Canada and then reported out in the form of circus acts - for which I wrote an original score and coached in performance, choreography, singing and staging.

"Fairy Houses" was written for the Children's Theatre of Maine. Based on the picture book by Tracy Kane the script, written by CTM Artistic Director Pamela DiPasquale, focussed on a mother who returns to Monhegan Island with her daughter. The magic of the fairies brings them together and they form a new family together.

Written for the American Renaissance Theatre in Portland, Maine, the brief from the director was "Star Wars meets the Princess Bride". Battles and perfect breasts". What could go wrong. This was the first score that was not "alarums and excursions" but a full experience.

Finale and Curtain Call for the Portland (Maine) High School Shakespeare Club's production of Henry IV, Pt.1. I had the incredible honor to write several scores for this groundbreaking group of young actors. The club is still going at the school today - still innovating, still asking questions found deep in some of the greatest texts in English.