Just before Christmas break I got an email from Rosalind Hall who conducts the BYU Men’s Chorus with a proposition. In light of the recent change of ages for missionaries in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Prof. Hall wanted to record a new album of missionary hymns and wanted to commission 8 composers to write new arrangements. The entire album would be recorded during the four months of winter semester and released in time for General Conference weekend in April 2013.
I was lucky enough to be asked to participate in writing two new arrangements for the BYU Men’s Chorus. The hymns I chose were “Press Forward, Saints” (one of my absolute favorites) and “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go.” The first will be accompanied by organ and brass while the second will be accompanied by piano and cello.
I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be involved is such a noble project. It has brought back a lot of memories for me of my own mission to Ireland. It was a life-changing experience and one of the best decisions I ever made.
The most serendipitous part of this entire project is that they’re going to record my arrangements and premiere them live during the same week I’ll be on spring break from USC! How amazing is that?! They will be premiered March 22nd and 23rd. This also happens to be the weekend after “The Pure River” is premiered in Dallas at St. Andrew United Methodist Church by Chris Crook. That is going to be a GREAT week.