Tickets for BYU Singers in the Salt Lake Tabernacle

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.

Recording of “Everyone Sang”

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.

Also, an updated first page!

A Sneak Preview of “Everyone Sang”

Friends, I’ve been getting recordings of some BYU Singers rehearsals lately to hear how “Everyone Sang” is turning out and so I can workshop the piece.  I’m just brimming with joy and gratitude every time I hear the progress being made!  I cannot wait to hear this in person!

They have made the broadcasts of their rehearsals public now.  These are great opportunities to see the nitty gritty of their rehearsal process.  It’s far from perfect, but it’s an open, honest, vulnerable and uncensored look into how these wonderful people work.

Here is the rehearsal from today (Wednesday, 19.Sept.2012) where they rehearsed “Everyone Sang” quite a bit.  If you want a sneak peak of what it’s going to sound like start watching around 18:42.

Some Thoughts on Living in Los Angeles

Well, I’ve been here in LA for almost three weeks now.  I thought I would take a minute or two and talk about some of the things I’m discovering/learning about living in this HUGE city.

  • I’m living in a rather quiet neighborhood on the west side not too far away from some very busy streets.  I’m surprised how calm and quiet it can become after only a block or two.
  • I love living in a place with lots of palm trees.  They are everywhere, and I mean everywhere.
  • There are so many people here in all shapes, sizes and colors.  They come in all temperaments as well.
  • I have been noticing a great disparage between the rich and the poor here.  My train travels from Culver City through West Adams to the financial district downtown so I see a lot of “haves” and “have nots” on my journey.
  • You might have noticed that I’ve been walking everywhere rather than driving.  Some people who have lived in LA might be wide-eyed in shock.  It’s common knowledge that a car is an absolute necessity in LA.  Well, that’s not an option for me right now.
  • Most of the time, when I hear someone say, “I hate LA,” it’s usually preceded by, “I’m looking for a place to live,” or “I was driving/I need to drive to/I was on the freeway.”
  • As far as public transportation here is concerned the Metro Rail is great.  I take the Expo line train to school everyday and it’s gotten me there in under 20 minutes.  I got an unlimited use, semester-long pass from USC for about $80.  Try spending that much on gas for just one month!
  • The Metro buses, however, are terrible.  They’re crowded, not very friendly towards “novice riders,” and VERY inconsistant with arrival and departure times.  They’re also very infrequent which is surprising because of how crowded they get.  In addition, they don’t cover the city very well.  Where I live I have to walk 9 or 10 block before I can find a Metro bus stop at all. Maybe I’m just spoiled by the public transport in London, but I feel that even Provo’s bus system is more efficient than this.
  • Everything is expensive.  Food especially.  I need to find a way to get cheap/free food.  Any ideas?
  • Speaking of food: Jack-in-the-Box.  Talk about a blast from my past, I haven’t seen those for almost 9 years.  Food’s still great.
  • The weather here has been amazing.  A bit on the warm side, but I like it a lot.  There’s always an amazing, soothing ocean breeze flowing through the city.
  • I’ve now been woken up by two earthquakes this week.
  • School at SC has been great.  I like all my classes, professors and colleagues.  The campus (at least where I go to class) is very beautiful and bucolic.  People here have been very friendly and I’m finding it to be a great fit so far.  I was just walking around campus the other day and thought to myself, “This is where I need to be right now.”
  • I still haven’t been to the beach yet.  I’m only a bus ride down to either Santa Monica or Venice and I still haven’t been.  Many friends and family will probably be shocked to hear this because I LOVE the beach and try to go as much as I can.  I’m planning on this Saturday and NOTHING will stop me!

This is its own city.  It’s nothing like Dublin, London, Vienna, Frankfurt, Chicago, Las Vegas, Salt Lake or even San Francisco.  I’m still understanding it.  There have been several days when I’ve woken up, walked out from my front door and thought to myself, “Whoa.  I live in Los Angeles now…how exciting!”