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'At Night' Premiere
May
16
to May 17

'At Night' Premiere

I will be writing a 3-5 minute work for unaccompanied choir for the Fox Chapel Area High School Madrigal Singers. The ensemble is located in Pittsburgh, PA and is conducted by Benjamin Murray. The work will be performed at the PA ACDA Conference in 2017. 

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"a little space" wins YNYC's Nathan Davis Prize in Composition
Jun
18
to Dec 18

"a little space" wins YNYC's Nathan Davis Prize in Composition

After a great time in New York last weekend and an amazing performance by Michael Kerschner and the Young New Yorkers' Chorus, I am proud to take the title of "Winner of the Nathan Davis Prize" in composition. The Young New Yorkers' Chorus has an amazing competition for young composers and it has long been a goal of mine to be a part of it. The ensemble does a brilliant job of supporting new music and fostering creativity in young artists. I hope that all composer friends will choose to be a part of it!

View http://ynyc.org/composers-competition to see/hear more. 

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Young New Yorkers' Chorus Premieres "-a little space-"
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Young New Yorkers' Chorus Premieres "-a little space-"

The Young New Yorkers' Chorus will premiere "-a little space-" for SATB Choir with piano in New York City as a part of their Young Composer's Competition. The piece sets a text by Walt Whitman that begins with, "out of the rolling ocean". The work is an attempt at contributing to the concert's theme of "connections". 

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She Walks in Beauty- Minnesota Men's All-State
May
28
to Aug 6

She Walks in Beauty- Minnesota Men's All-State

Dr. Andrew Last will lead the Minnesota Men's All-State Chorus in a performance of "She Walks in Beauty" published by Walton Music. This is one of my favorite organizations/ensembles to work with. I have had the pleasure of watching this week of music making change the lives of young singers under the direction of Lee Nelson and can't wait to see the same result under the engaging Andrew Last!

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The Master Singers, Composer-in-Residence
May
28
to Apr 28

The Master Singers, Composer-in-Residence

I am so thrilled to be serving as Composer-in-Residence for The Master Singers of Eau Claire, WI this coming year. The group is masterfully lead by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff of University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire. I will be writing two works for the ensemble in this season, the first of which will be an arrangement of "I Wonder as I Wander" entitled, "A Star's Light". The work will serve as the center piece for the Singers' December concert. The second work is TBD. Visit http://www.themastersingers.net/index.html for more information!

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Santa Barbara Music Publishing to Publish Two SSA Pieces!
Apr
23
to May 31

Santa Barbara Music Publishing to Publish Two SSA Pieces!

Santa Barbara Music Publishing will publish two pieces this coming spring, "The Waters Wrecked the Sky" and "Light, My light"; both for SSA choir with Piano. These two pieces are excellent choices for treble ensembles that provide great contrast to the existing choral repertoire. Please consider viewing both of these works to purchase and perform!

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Magnum Chorum Performs "There is No Rose"
Dec
12
to Dec 13

Magnum Chorum Performs "There is No Rose"

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Angels we have heard on high! The voices of Magnum Chorum bring the joy and wonder of Christmas to you and yours in this splendid seasonal serenade. We long for the coming of Christ in Salvator Mundi by Howells, and journey to a humble cradle for the miraculous story of the child’s birth in the Wexford Carol and Olaf Christiansen’s nostalgic Sing Nowell! Sing Gloria! With sparkling brass, your spirit will soar to In Dulci Jubilo by Praetorius and a jubilant Trinity Te Deum by Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds. In brilliant music by our good friends, we lift up our voices in Lo, How a Rose by Craig Hella Johnson combining ancient text with The Rose made popular by Bette Midler, and a stunning newAlleluia by Composer in Residence Paul Rudoi. Beloved hymns, a rousing Nigerian carol, and Ola Gjeilo’s sonorous Sanctus with music inspired by Sting illuminate the wonder of Christmas as a “little child whose bed is straw, make new lodgings” in all of our hearts. Visit http://magnumchorum.org/tickets/ to order tickets!!

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NLC Performs, "There is No Rose" at the Basilica of St. Mary
Dec
11
to Dec 12

NLC Performs, "There is No Rose" at the Basilica of St. Mary

The acclaimed National Lutheran Choir conducted by David Cherwien will perform, "There is No Rose" as a part of their Christmas Program: The Spotless Rose. This is one of Connor's favorite choral ensembles and in fact, a seminal part of his journey as a choral composer. This will truly be an extraordinary concert series that should not be missed! Visit www.nlca.com  for more information!

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MPLS (imPulse) to premiere "All the Hemispheres"
Oct
10
10:00 PM22:00

MPLS (imPulse) to premiere "All the Hemispheres"

From mplsimpulse.org:

Dreams... Reality... Can we really tell the difference? Our October performance will explore the world of dreams in choral music. From our most pleasant dreams to the obscure, 
Falling Awake will leave you laughing, crying, and on the edge of your seat. For this performance, MPLS (imPulse) will collaborate with Rachel Jendrzejewski, founder ofoneir0nautics, which is an ongoing public art project that explores dreams and their relationships to everyday life. Rachel will collaborate with MPLS (imPulse) to incorporate oneir0nautics within the performance. This partnership will connect audience members and their own dreams to the music being performed. The performance will also feature the world premiere of All the Hemispheres, a newly commissioned work by award winning composer and conductor, Connor Koppin. 

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