About Brasstown Press

Established by James & Isabel Carley in Brasstown, North Carolina in the 1970s, the Brasstown Press publishes music compositions, editions, and instructional materials.

In 2011, Anne M Carley, the founders’ daughter, edited, produced, and published four books by Isabel McNeill Carley: new editions of Recorder Improvisation and Technique Books One, Two and Three, and an original collection of Carley’s essays, entitled Making It Up As You Go.

Brasstown Press continues as an imprint of Chenille Media. IMC’s Five Little Books launched in 2013, and a tenth book, the press’ first Ebook, debuted in 2015: Taking The Orff Approach To Heart • Essays & Articles from a Pioneer of Orff in America.

See the Catalog for details about all our publications.

Isabel McNeill Carley
Isabel McNeill Carley

The first American Honors graduate of the Orff-Institut in Salzburg, Austria (1964), she was one of the founders of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and renowned teacher, composer and writer. A graduate of Queens College, Kingston, ONT with an MA in Music History from the University of Chicago, she edited the AOSA’s journal, The Orff Echo, for its first fifteen years. She retired from teaching in 2004 and died in 2011. Learn more from Wikipedia here and check out a partial bibliography here.

James Rea Carley
James CarleyEarning his PhD in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary, New York, he became professor of church music at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN (1953-1973), founder of Children’s Choir Festival in Indiana, founder and director of James Carley Singers & Carley Consort, Indianapolis. After retiring in 1973, he established a community choir and annual concert series in his new home, Brasstown, NC. In his retirement he composed many unaccompanied songs to poems of many centuries. These have not yet been published. He died in Gaithersburg, Maryland in 2006 at the age of 97.