New Commission

Just to recap, I’ve taken a new commission.  It’s for a friend of mine in BYU Singers.  She’s a fantastic singer and I’m really excited to work with her.  Here’s the text that she brought to me to work with:

“Lord, open thou mine eyes that I may see thee;
Lord, open thou my lips that I may praise thee;
Lord, open thou my heart that I may love thee,
Serve thee with joy, fear none above thee.

Christ be my sword and shield, my strong defender;
Christ be my light and my Redeemer.
Christ be my guide today, my guide tomorrow;
Christ in my days of joy, my days of sorrow;
Christ in the silent hours when I lie sleeping,
Safe in his holy angels’ keeping.

Christ, when I go to rest, grant me thy blessing.
Lord, keep my soul with thee now and for ever.”

– Paraphrase of Lancelot Andrews and St. Patrick

A little tip to those of you interested in commissioning your own piece: Get someone else to pay for it. Commissions are more expensive that you think and paying out of your own pocket kinda puts a downer on the whole situation. The one thing you don’t want to do is underpay the composer, because composers, monetarily, rely heavily on commissions. There are other options. You can get money from a city art council, some state art council, some local or regional organization with like-minded ideals, even the National Endowment for the Arts is possible. The easiest option is a wealthy relative, but that requires having a wealthy relative.

Anyway, it’ll be premiered sometime this April.

New Blog + Site

Hey everybody!  I’ve moved my blog over to WordPress because Blogger was giving me trouble plus WordPress has options to make it look more like a pseudo-website, with other stuff too.  It should be promising.  Lots of new possibilities.

More updates soon.

Still Here

Just started a new semester last week. Lots of new stuff (like a new apartment). Lots to be excited about, including grad school applications. It seems to be moving pretty fast, and pretty soon it’ll be over.

I sent off the manuscript for “It Came upon the Midnight Clear,” to a publisher. It should get there this week. Now, I wait . . . and wait . . . and wait . . .

In the meantime, I’m working on some other projects. I was approached by a member of BYU Singers who wanted to commission me to write a piece for her (maybe in time for her Senior Recital). We talked about possible texts, her desire for the outcome, and the intricate details of her range. We have yet to come to a firm agreement about the details of the commission, but I’m pretty much on board.

Also, I’m tossing around some ideas for choir pieces in the future. Some really great texts and sounds in my head, but that’s all they are right now, in my head. I’ve tried to get some of these things down, but just had a difficult time. One of these Saturdays.