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Composer's Corner

 

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”

                                     - Victor Hugo

 

"A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians."

-Frank Zappa

 

Videos and Soundfiles

     (newest first)

It's new music time! Just released, December 2019: This is my new SSA piece on a traditional Latin text.  I hope you like it!  Listen here: O Nata Lux.  Available now from Lorenz.com. Available soon on JWPepper, SheetMusicPlus and other music distribution sites.

New! Just released, December 2019.  This is my rather romantic take on a text from Shakespeare's  A Midsummer Night's Dream.  You can listen to it here: I Know A Bank Where the Wild Thyme Blows.  Available now from Lorenz.com.  Available soon on SheetMusicPlus.com, JWPepper.com and other music distribution sites.

In this Christmas song for SATB choir, I tried to impart the peace I think must have been present at the Nativity. Available from Sacred Music Press. You can listen to it and follow along with the score here:

The Golden Rose Carol

 

Update: I just found out (May 2019) that this has been named to JW Pepper's Editor's Choice list. Thanks, JWP!

This is a two-part piece I wrote last year for the Chandler Children’s Choir 10th Anniversary Concert!  You can hear their performance below, or click on the link to hear a new recording and see some pages from the score: I Can Sing, I Can Fly

The wonderful Chandler Children's Choir and their director Aimee Stewart commissioned this piece from me.  Here is their premiere performance in May 2018.  It will be published in Spring 2019 by Shawnee Music Press.

The studio recording of Hear My Prayer, for SATB choir.  Published by Sacred Music Press and available at J.W.Pepper, SheetMusicPlus.com, or your favorite music retailer.  Also check out the live performance at the National ACDA Conference by the Reed Academy Singers, below.

Hear My Prayer, SATB.  Written for and performed by the always amazing Reed Academy Singers, Springfield, Missouri, and their awesome director, Daniel Gutierrez. Composed for their performance at the March 2017 National ACDA Conference.  Published by Sacred Music Press (Lorenz.com).

Masters in This Hall.  A new arrangement for Men's Choir (TTB) of the classic Christmas carol. Published by Heritage Music Press and available from your favorite music retailer. 

Psallam Deo, SSA.  Available from Heritage Music Press or your favorite music retailer. This is the studio recording--also check out the live performance by the Reed Academy Treble Choir, below!

The fabulous Reed Academy Treble Choir, Springfield, MO, under the direction of Daniel Gutierrez in their premier performance of Psallam Deo, composed especially for them. The choir performed this piece at the Missouri MEA Convention January 29, 2015.  Published by Heritage Music Press, for SSA.

Beati Omnes, SATB.  Published by Heritage Music Press.

Beati Omnes

SSA, a cappella

Publisher: Heritage Music Press

Video by Cassandra Ewer

My arrangement of the old English sea ballad, The Coasts of High Barbary.  For Men's Choir (TBB) published by Heritage Music Press.

Images of Stars, 2nd place winner at the 2104 Ithaca College Choral Composition Contest.  Sung by the wonderful Ward Melville High School (East Setauket, NY) Camerata Singers, directed by Linda Contino. Unpublished.  Contact me for performance information.

Windflowers, SSA.  Written for and performed here by the marvelous Phoenix Girls Chorus, directed by Danya Tiller. Published by Carl Fischer.

Love Me Little, on an Anonymous 16th-century poem.  Composed for and performed here by the always beautiful Phoenix Girls Chorus, Sue Kenly Marshall, director.  Published by Carl Fischer.

Whether the Weather, for 2-part choir and piano, on a fun, anonymous text. Published by Shawnee Press.

Publications and links to Publishers

O Nata Lux, Heritage Music Press

 

I Know A Bank Where the Wild Thyme BlowsHeritage Music Press

 

The Golden Rose Carol, Sacred Music Press

 

I Can Sing, I Can Fly,Shawnee Press

 

Hear My Prayer, Sacred Music Press

 

Masters in This Hall, Heritage Music Press

 

Psallam Deo, Heritage Music Press

 

The Coasts of High BarbaryHeritage Music Press

 

Beati Omnes, Heritage Music Press

 

Windflowers, Carl Fischer Music

 

Love Me Little, Carl Fischer Music

 

Whether the Weather, Shawnee Press