music for tb choir

Black is the Color.... 

Wisconsin Men's All-State Choir, Lee Nelson, Conductor

This is an arrangement of John Jacob Niles' beloved folk song, "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair".  The arrangement makes use of a guitar-like piano accompaniment that serves as the driving force behind the piece. Much like a folk musician playing increasingly intensely as the text becomes more dramatic. 

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Jesu Dulcis Memoria

Written for Lee Nelson and the Wartburg College Ritterchor

I wrote this as a junior in college at Wartburg College. It was one of my first adventures into writing for choirs. The work is written in the style of a Renaissance motet for men's voices, yet makes use of contemporary harmony. Whilst composing the work I was heavily influenced by the work of Morten Lauridsen, his sound is not lost on this piece. 

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Light the World

written for Ted Brimeyer and the Urbandale High School Men's Choir

 

The work is set to a synthesized text by three different presidential inaugural addresses. The texts are intended to inspire hope and purpose in what was a very difficult year for those of us who traversed the terrain of the 2016 presidential election. The work is fast and spirited in ways that compliment men's singing. A rather involved accompaniment adds to the drama of these ever-inspiring words.

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O Ignis Spiritus

written for Kevin Coker and the University of Cincinnati Men's Choir

Premiered at the National Intercollegiate Men's Chorus Festival

Rhythmic, smoldering, robust, and visceral, this work is a tremendous opportunity to open a concert with excitement. The text speaks of the 'fire' of the Holy Spirit and incorporates percussive stomping as well as mixed meters. Accessible to both High School and Collegiate TB choirs.

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She Walks in Beauty

written for Andrew Last and the Luther College Norsemen

Written as a gift to a friend. I set one of, if not, the seminal poem in vocal music, Lord Byron's 'She Walks in Beauty'. Andrew suggested Oboe obliggato, which I gladly obliged. Canonic writing appears at the end of the work which finely represents the ray of light spoken of early on. 

Work was performed for Minnesota and Texas All-State Men's Choirs.

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Row, Red's Men, Row

TTBB Choir, piano, violin, hand drum, and hammer/steel

Written for Tracy Resseguie and the Shawnee Mission East High School Men's Choir. The work is set to a text by Charles Anthony Silvestri and portrays the story of Viking men sailing for glory. The work is thrilling, gripping, and charged with energy and enthusiasm. Tracy and the Men's Varsity Choir from Staley HS will premiere the work at Missouri Music Educator's Association Conference in 2019. 


When Music Sounds

 

Re-voiced for Sean Baugh and the Turtle Creek Chorale

 

The work is written for TTBB ensemble and piano. This descriptive texts speaks to the mystical transformative power of music in all its various forms. The piano writing is enigmatic and lively, it requires a capable accompanist in order to perform effectively. 

To hear the work, visit its page to hear the USC CHAMBER SINGERS perform it. 

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