School is finally out here at SC, and now that task of looking for summer work is in full swing. I’ve been looking around at some interesting jobs, but really, I’d rather be writing music for your choir.
I’ve been commissioned before by the BYU Singers, BYU Men’s Chorus, and the Chancel Choir of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas. I’ve loved working on each of these ensembles and these recipients have been very pleased with the resulting pieces. I’ve been able to write more complicated works that are challenging (in a good way) as well as pieces that are accessible for less-experienced singers. By the way, these four commissions were all delivered earlier than their proposed date of delivery.
These commissioned pieces include:
“I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go”
“Press Forward, Saints,”
and “The Pure River Flows”
By the way, you don’t have to direct a choir in order to commission a new piece of music. There are plenty of cases of people commissioning new music as a birthday present or anniversary gift for a loved one or spouse. I can then get it recorded with the gracious help of the USC Chamber Singers. It’s a one of a kind gift that no one else has. Now that’s romantic.
So, if you are in need of any new music, feel free to contact me and we can get a conversation started.
This weekend is the Fall concert of BYU Singers and BYU Concert Choir. BYU Singers will be performing “Everyone Sang” as part of their sets. I’m so glad that this piece gets to be performed for the fourth and fifth time now by this remarkable ensemble. A lot of people have been saying some very kind things about this piece. What I’m most happy about is that people from all sorts of backgrounds and levels of choral experience have told me how much they enjoy it. I’m glad I can satisfy the amateur as well as the professional.
You should also go to hear the magnificent Concert Choir and all the wonderful things they are performing, including “O Magnum Mysterium” by both Tomas Luis de Victoria and Ola Gjeilo. It promises to be a beautiful night.
Here’s another piece that is being performed during that concert by BYU Singers. ”O Sapientia” by Bob Chilcott performed “flash-mob-style” in the Harold B. Lee Library:
I just had a wonderful evening at the Salt Lake Tabernacle. BYU Singers performed my piece, “Everyone Sang” at the Utah All-State Choral Festival. The whole performance from beginning to end was just extraordinary. I’m so glad I flew up here for this.
The best part of course was being with my family as well as seeing Dr. Staheli and all my friends from BYU Singers. It was so overwhelming to see so many friends all at once. I feel like I’ve known some of those friends forever. The only downside was that it so short. I just wanted so much more time with them.
Thanks to everyone who was there. It was an incredible evening.
Friends, tickets are now available for the UMEA All-State Grand Festival Concert where BYU Singers will perform my piece “Everyone Sang.” You can reserve free tickets by visiting this website. I believe that my piece will be second on the program and will be followed by the Utah All-State Choir. It should be a great concert. I’m very excited because I’ll actually be there in person! If you can make it please come.
Thanks to an anonymous friend at BYU, I was able to get a hold of two live recordings of my new piece “Everyone Sang.” I’ve quickly stitched the two performances together for your listening pleasure. Even though they’re still live recordings from the first concert of the year, I am STUNNED by this herculean performance that the BYU Singers and Dr. Staheli have managed to put together. I cannot believe it’s now a reality. Many, many thanks to these amazing musicians with equally amazing souls.
I’ve also decided to include the “companion” piece that follows mine, “Always Singing” by Dale Warland. I wrote the end of my piece to transition smoothly into his piece, and now that I’ve heard them together I can’t imagine them apart. My goal was to set up a specific context and setting for the Warland, which I love. I hope he likes my piece and that both get performed together often!
Solos performed by Marianne Bement, Karen Embree, Marly Davis, & Lexie Orvin.