Various performances of “Midnight Clear”

Over the last little while, I’ve been sent, and found, a few performance of “Midnight Clear” on YouTube.  I thought I’d share some of these with you.  All of them brought a smile to my face and I’m glad that people really seem to enjoy this piece!  Merry Christmas.

The Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA) Concert Choir:

Glendale Community College Choral Concert:

The University of the Arts Chorus:

Farewell to Provo

I’ve finally made the move out of Provo and now live in the city of angels “ready” to start my DMA program at USC (I use the term “ready” very loosely here).  A friend of mine asked me what some of my favorite moments at BYU were, and it got me thinking.  It might be the best way to talk about this transition.  There’s been a quote going around attributed to Dr. Suess (don’t know if it was him, and I don’t feel like taking the time to verify right now) that says “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Here are some of my favorite moments/times that I had at BYU in no particular order:

  • Being at the inauguration of President Samuelson as the President of BYU by Gordon B. Hinckley.  It was the first time I had been in the same room as the prophet.  It was electrifying.
  • My very first day in Concert Choir with Professor Hall.  Completely changed my life.
  • Singing the premiere of “Midnight Clear.”
  • The premiere of “In Paradisum.”
  • Our study abroad in London learning about English choral music.
  • Returning to Ireland on tour.
  • The first time I conducted BYU Singers in performance.  Will Todd’s “Ave verum corpus” in the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake.
  • Singing “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine” in the Provo Tabernacle.  I’ll never forget the audience reaction.
  • Taking Counterpoint and Independent Readings (Renaissance Music) with Dr. Bush.
  • Conducting the Men’s Chorus in the MTC.  “Choose the Right,” arranged by Rosalind Hall.
  • Climbing to the top of Squaw Peak, Y Mountain, Cascade, Timpanogas and Nebo.

As you can see, most of these best times involved the choirs in some way. That’s how important they have been in my life.  As a final gesture, I want to post one of my favorite choral pieces.  These last several years have shaped my life in a way that few other things have.  I usually can’t listen to this without tearing up . . . a lot.

Are You Singing “Midnight Clear?”

Hey friends.  If your choir is singing “Midnight Clear” this coming season please let me know.  I would love to know who is actually performing it, or at least planning to perform it.  Send me a shout out!  Also, if possible, I’d love to hear a recording of your choir singing it.

Thanks for singing!

Hope you enjoy it…

and good luck.

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Tomorrow, we’ll be leaving for ACDA in Chicago.  I cannot wait.  First, I’m in need of a four day weekend; Second, It’ll be nice to have a change in scenery; Third, going to a conference with a bunch of other choir nerds is my kind of weekend.  If you’re already in Chicago I hope to see you there!  Make sure to stop by the Hal Leonard/Walton booth and say hi to them (see if my piece is there, I have no idea if it will be).

Also, speaking of “Midnight Clear,” it is now available for sale here on JW Pepper.  I like JW Pepper because they seem like a good crew that lets you purchase single copies for your own study (as opposed to other retailers that make you buy a minimum of six copies).

Now it’s time to start packing (why do I always leave this till the last minute?).  Chicago!

SNAP DRAGON!

So, I’m on Facebook, reading the news feed when I read an entry by Ola Gjeilo (coolest Norwegian composer alive).  He mentioned that one of his new pieces is already being published and available on Hal Leonard.  Well, that got me thinking, because his piece is set to be published in the same catalog as mine, I wondered if my piece was available.  Lo, and behold:

You can find it here.

I’m just gonna go pass out somewhere after I’m done hyperventilating.  Don’t mind me.  It should be available on J.W. Pepper in the next little while or so.  More to come . . .