Here are the recordings of the two pieces premiered this month: “Dormi Jesu” performed by Cantorum, and “I Wonder as I Wander” performed by the Combined Choirs & Philharmonic Orchestra at BYU. I was so happy with how both of these turned out and learned a lot while writing both.
Hope you enjoy them and share them with everyone you know! Happy/Merry Christmas!
Just another reminder that Cantorum will be performing “Dormi Jesu” again tonight at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orem at 8 PM. They’re performing all sorts of gorgeous music and admission is FREE! It promises to be a great performance to warm you on a cold winter’s night.
This afternoon and tonight I had the great privilege to be at the premiere of my arrangement of “I Wonder as I Wander.” It was performed by the combined choirs and philharmonic orchestra at BYU numbering over 500 singers. It was a very humbling and surreal experience.
They performed the piece so beautifully that I couldn’t help but be moved. It was ethereal, transcendent, and full of color. They performed with full and open hearts. I had so many doubts about the orchestration. It’s the first time I heard any of my writing for orchestra performed by an actual orchestra. All my fears were swept away in the first few measures.
One of the best compliments I got was a man asking, “was there some Vaughan Williams in that string writing?” Yes! Win!
But of course, I feel super humbled to take one of my favorite Christmas hymns and have my arrangement be performed so professionally and with such love. Feeling rather overwhelmed with all that’s happened today. A great outpouring of love and compassion.