Works for Voice & SATB 

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Death is Nothing at All (SATB, advanced, 7:00)

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 THIS WORK HAS NOT YET BEEN PREMIERED

Death is Nothing at All is written in memory of my aunt, Kala Archer, who succumbed to breast cancer in August 2013. Kala was like a mother to me, but she was more than family. She was a friend.

The text is excerpted from a poem by Oxford professor Henry Scott Holland:

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

 


Five Baudelaire Settings (SATB, advanced, 14:00)

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Epigraph for a Banned Book (Score and Recording)

I Give This Verse to You (Score and Recording)

The Enemy (Score and Recording)

Destruction (Score and Recording)

Elevation (Score and Recording)

 


For I Believe (SATB, advanced, 4:00)

C. Alan Publications: Score and Recording

For I Believe was commissioned in memory of Jennifer Smith, a choral student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. At Jennifer's parents' request, the biblical text is:

"For I believe that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor anything in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our lord."

 


Irish Blessing (SATB, Winds, and optional Strings, 2:30)

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Irish Blessing may be performed by instrumentalists of widely varying abilities, from difficulty spanning Grade 2 (3rd parts), Grade 3 (2nd parts), and Grade 4 (1st parts). The work was commissioned to conclude a weeklong summer music camp of band, orchestra, and choral students at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, WI. Having attended and enjoyed many such camps in my own youth, I wanted to offer a concert culmination of joyful song using an Irish blessing – preferably one that actually references the Irish’s great love of music:

Lucky stars above you,
Sunshine on your way,
Many friends to love you,
Joy in work and play –
Laughter to outweigh each care,
In your heart a song –
And gladness waiting everywhere
All your whole life long!



Songs of Longing and Solitude, Book 1 (Grade 5, 16:30)

for tenor (opt. soprano) with chamber winds and percussion

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I. We Set the Pace: score and recording

II. Evening: score and recording

III. To Say Before Going to Sleep: score and recording

IV. You, Who Never Arrived: score and recording

 


Songs of Longing and Solitude, Book 2 (Grade 5, 17:30)

for tenor (opt. soprano) with chamber winds and percussion

 

THIS WORK HAS NOT YET BEEN PREMIERED

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V. Premonition (score)

VI. The Solitary (score)

VII. The Hour Strikes (score)

VIII. Quiet Friend (score)