music for tb choir
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.
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.
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.