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.