Hello Friends,

I hope you’ve all been well. Following are some recent and upcoming highlights of my work:

Duke Vespers Ensemble Commission I’m very happy to announce that the Duke Vespers Ensemble has commissioned me for a new setting of the Compline hymn, Te lucis ante terminum (“To you before the end of light”). DVE is led by the exciting young conductor, Brian Schmidt, and is composed of some of the elite singers from Duke University and the surrounding communities. The new work will be three to four minutes and will be premiered in the 2014-15 season.

See-A-Dot to publish Alleluia The innovative NYC publishing house, See-A-Dot Music, is set to publish my Alleluia, a 4-part piece from 2003 that I revised earlier this year. The outer sections contain some of the most spare and reserved music I’ve written, texturally dominated by a mantra-like chanting of the title word. The drama and syncopations of the climactic central section present a strong contrast and ecstatic uplift before the piece returns to the original mood. An optional organ part provides pitch grounding, if desired. The piece is suitable for strong high school ensemble, community, or college chorus. See-A-Dot will also publish a men’s chorus arrangement (TTBB) of the piece. For more information check www.seeadot.com over the next few weeks.

NATS gives Honorable Mention to Gitchee Gumee In late March the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) announced the winners of its 2014 Art Song Composition. Daniel Neer, the author of the text, and I were pleased to learn that our three-movement cycle, Gitchee Gumee, had received an Honorable Mention. Composer Libby Larsen was the finalist judge. The text explores the 1975 sinking of the ship, the Edmund Fitzgerald, from the perspectives of three generations.

How Sweet I Roamed Friday at Harvard Memorial Church The Holy Cross College Choir will perform my setting of an early William Blake poem for the third time this spring, on Friday, May 16, at 7:00PM. The church’s address is 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA. The concert is free to the public. The program is quite diverse, featuring music of Arrell, Haydn, Berlin, Vaughan Williams, and Green Day.

Thanks for reading and happy spring!

My wind ensemble piece, En Seumeillant: Reflections on a 14th-century French Ballade will be premiered by the Manhattan Wind Ensemble on March 2, 2014 at 4PM. The performance is part of the Columbia Festival of Winds and will take place at the Roone Arledge Auditorium, Columbia University, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY. The work was commissioned by the ensemble’s Music Director, Christopher Baum.

Other performances over the next month-plus:

  • St. Johns Dance for alto saxophone and piano

 David Wozniak, saxophone; Krista Wallace-Boaz, piano

1. Sunday, February 23, 2014 (tomorrow!), 4:30pm
Church of the Reconciliation, 110 N Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill, NC

2. Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 7:30pm
Broyhill Chapel, Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC

  • Stabat Mater for mixed chorus

University of Illinois Chorale
Kristina Boerger, conductor
March 15, 2014, 7:30PM
Foellinger Great Hall
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL

  • How Sweet I Roamed for mixed chorus

Holy Cross College Choir
David Harris, conductor

1. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 8PM
St. Joseph Memorial Chapel
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

2. Friday, April 4, 2014, 8PM
Brooks Concert Hall
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

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