Conducting the BYU Women’s Chorus

I just wanted to mention that I’ll be conducting the BYU Women’s Chorus at this Tuesday’s Devotional at 11 AM in the Marriot Center. It’ll be broadcast live on BYUtv, and can be found on at byu.tv

In addition, the following Friday and Saturday will be the Fall concerts for the Men’s and Women’s Chorus.  I’ll be conducting the same piece, and the choir will be singing some fantastic literature.  Tickets are still on sale here at http://arts.byu.edu

It should be a great week and weekend!

Work, Work and more Work

It’s been a while since I posted anything.  Here’s a small update:

– Rehearsing Chorale, and assisting BYU Singers and Women’s Chorus is going well.  There’s a lot of work to do.  It’s about the same as directing Sforzando and Wasatch, but now it’s an official class I’m working with.  We’ve been making huge strides forward, and it’s exciting to see progress being made.

– Not a lot of composing recently, but that’s to be expected.  I’ve been writing compositions mostly for my 18th century Counterpoint class.  Fun class; lots of work.

– Even though I haven’t been writing anything new I have been polishing “Water Lilies” and “In Paradisum.”  Hopefully we can get these pieces performed soon.  Keep your fingers crossed!  I’ll keep you updated as soon as plans become firm.

– Been buying a lot of new music for my choral literature class.  I’m starting to go through phases where I focus on one composer and buy a bunch of their music.  I’ve gone through Eric Whitacre, Tarik O’Regan, Gabriel Jackson, Frank Ferko, and now Dominck Argento.  These last two are composers I’ve been less familiar with until recently.  Both of them are some of the strongest contemporary voices in American choral music today.  They’re leading the pack in excellent form.

– “Midnight Clear” had it’s final proof last month and is now (in theory) at the printer.  It’ll be available for sale next year.  I’ll be making a huge deal when it’s available to the public.

– This Christmas, I’ll be visiting my parents in Ukraine.  I feel cold just thinking about it, but I’m excited to see my parents again.

And now, a video of awesome music: