Choral Music

All choral titles are available from G. Schirmer.

Cantate Domino (2000: revised 2009)

For double SATB choir, soprano solo, and piano. Commissioned and introduced by Choral Arts Society of Washington at the Kennedy Center, June 2000: Norman Scribner, Music Director. Fifteen minutes duration.

Audio Excerpt
Excerpt offered with the kind permission of Choral Arts Society of Washington.

The Christmas Life (2014)

The enterprising recording company Pentatone, which is firmly committed to new American music, commissioned from me this setting of Wendy Cope’s lovely poem for chorus and chamber orchestra; San Francisco’s chamber choir Volti sang the premiere, which was released on disk that winter. G. Schirmer has published the piece in both its original version and in one for chorus and piano, available here.

Garland (2006)

For SSAA choir and piano or chamber ensemble (piano, violoncello, two clarinets.) Poems by Emily Dickinson. Commissioned and introduced by The Young People’s Chorus of New York at the Society for Ethical Culture, New York, N.Y., April 2006; Francisco Nuñez, music director. Twelve minutes duration.

God’s Grandeur (2009)

For unaccompanied SATB choir. Poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Commissioned and introduced by the Gregg Smith Singers in 2009. Four minutes duration.

Audio Excerpt
Excerpt offered with the kind permission of the Gregg Smith Singers.

Here (2012)

I discovered this Marcus Argentarius poem while writing the libretto for Lysistrata; it had no place in that opera, but its exuberant fatalism stayed with me, so I leapt at the chance to score it for SATB choir and piano when Harold Rosenbaum and his New York Virtuoso Singers invited me to join his 25 X 25 anniversary recording

Audio Excerpt
Excerpt by kind permission of Harold and NYVS.

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Matewan Music (1995: rev. 2007)

Three folksongs arranged for soprano or mezzo-soprano solo and SATB choir. Commissioned and introduced by the Congressional Chorus of the United States, Hart Building Atrium Concerts, Michael Patterson, music director. Ten minutes duration.

No. 10: Supreme Virtue (2000)

For double SATB choir. Translation by Stephen Mitchell of verses from the Tao te Ching. Commissioned and introduced by The Dale Warland Singers in Minneapolis, MN, June 2000: Dale Warland, Music Director. Recorded by Esoterics in May 2008: Eric Banks, music director. Six minutes duration.

Audio Excerpt
Excerpt offered with the kind permission of The Esoterics: Eric Banks, Music Director, Seattle, WA.

Pied Beauty (1996; revised 2009)

For unaccompanied SATB choir. Poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Commissioned and introduced by the Paul Hill Chorale in 1996: performed and recorded in November 2009 by Octarium: Krista Lang Blackwood, music director. Four minutes duration.

Audio Excerpt
Excerpt offered with the kind permission of Octarium.

The Poet Speaks of Praising (1996; revised 2009)

For unaccompanied SATB or TTBB choir. Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke; translated by John L. Mood. Commissioned and introduced by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington in 1996: revised for performance (TTBB) in December 2009 by Empire City Men’s Chorus. Six minutes duration.

Same Train (2010)

I arranged this for Craig Hella Johnson and his peerless Conspirare when they had the inspired idea to commission new arrangements of some of the African-American spiritual repertoire for concerts in 2010.

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