The University of Cincinnati Men's Choir will premiere "Ignis Spiritus" as a part of their program at the Intercollegiate Men's Choir National Seminar.
Northern Arizona University and Dr. Edith Copley will premiere "Your Hand in Mine" this coming February. The performance will take place as a part of the Annual Jazz/Madrigal Festival Host Concert at the Ardrey Memorial Auditorium on the NAU campus. Dr. Copley has informed be there will be over 1,500 high school students in attendance.
The Master Singers of Eau Claire Wisconsin have commercially recorded my work, "A Star's Light". This is an arrangement of John Jacob Niles' "I Wonder as I Wander" for SATB A Cappella Choir. Visit the Master Singers' website for information regarding purchases.
Premiere of "At Night" by the Fox Chapel Area High School Madrigal Singers, Benjamin Murray, Conductor. The piece will premiere at Pennsylvania Choral Director's State Conference.
Derrick Brookins and the Plano Senior High School Men's Choir will perform "She Walks in Beauty" as a part of their National ACDA performance this coming February.
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.
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".
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!
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!
Tori LaCroix and the St. Edmond's Catholic High School Concert Choir will be premiering a new setting of Thomas Moore's "On Music" in honor of a late community member, and advocate for the arts. The piece is written for SATB Choir with Piano.
Dr. Derrick Fox and the Ithica College Concert Choir perform, "She Walks in Beauty" and "The Waters Wrecked the Sky".
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!
Steve Boehlke and the Minnesota Valley Men's Chorus premiere, "To the Even-Song" This Friday and Saturday in Minneapolis, MN. "To The Even-Song" sets a wonderful text by Robert Herrick which was famously set by Benjamin Britten in his Five Flower Songs.
The Wartburg College Ritterchor will premiere "Black is the Color" for Men's Choir and Piano at the Wartburg College Chapel. The work is an arrangement of the timeless melody by John Jacob Niles that dramatizes the text using a character-esque accompaniment along with vocal solos and lush harmonies.
The Mason City High School Concert Choir will premiere, "When Music Sounds" for SATB choir with piano under the direction of Joel Everist (Rachel Everist accompanist). The choir will open their set in Sioux Falls, SD with the piece as a part of their North Central American Choral Director's Association Performance.
The Decorah High School Concert Choir will premiere, "I Go Among Trees". A setting of a beloved text by Wendell Berry for SATB choir with piano and cello. The piece will also be performed at Luther College's Dorian Vocal Music Festival in January for over 1,000 audience members.
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!!
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!
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.