This spring, a new work will be premiered by Saline High School (Saline, MI) under the direction of Sarah Price. '
Michigan Men’s Glee Club and conductor Mark Stover will perform ‘O Ignis Spiritus’ as a part of their spring concert. The work is set to a text by Hildegard von Bingen and paints the ‘fiery’ spirit of the creator. It will be a brilliant performance!
Available now through Walton Music- I Dream A World
The work was originally written for Cedar Falls High School in memory of Benjamin Bartlett, elementary music teacher at Cedar Heights Elementary.
The work is powerful, memorable, and heartfelt. Please consider programming it as it will surely be remembered by your students and community.
I am really excited to be finishing my first work for Wind Ensemble. "At Night" will be available as a wind ensemble work coming in the Fall of 2018. Look for a score and recording this coming fall. The work will be co-commissioned by two PA high school bands.
An audio recording of 'Your Hand in Mine' from this past spring is now available. Thank you to Dr. Copley and Shrine of the Ages Choir for bringing such magic to the piece. Additionally, I would like to thank Central Sound and Arizona Public Radio for capturing this performance at Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley.
Give the piece a listen!
Four new recordings are now available through Soundcloud!
- O Ignis Spiritus- Kevin Coker and the University of Cincinnati Men's Choir
- Your Hand in Mine- Edith Copley and the Shrine of the Ages Choir of Northern Arizona University
- I Dream A World- Walton Music
- Let us Walk Softly on the Earth- Matthew J. Curtis
Consider perusing one of these works for your ensemble for this fall! Your singers will so enjoy the experience.
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 University of Cincinnati Men's Choir will premiere "Ignis Spiritus" as a part of their program at the Intercollegiate Men's Choir National Seminar.
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".