SATB and violin (8 movements, 30 minutes)
In a speech delivered during the Great Depression, Harry Hopkins affirms the importance of dignity in social welfare and the necessity of a society to care for all its members.
Boil it Down!
SATB, text by Thomas Lux (Render, Render)
The text describes the process of taking the experiences of everyday life and distilling them into something beautiful to share with the world.
The Call of Spring
SATB -or- SSAA, text by Amy Lowell (Monadnock in Early Spring)
Images of seasons and cycles of nature, evoking ideas of memory and permanence.
Medium Advanced, 5:00
Da Pacem Domine
SAATBB, traditional Latin text
A prayer that moves through intoning to beseeching, seeking peace.
SATB & piano, traditional Latin text
A setting of the Agnus Dei text with fluid harmonies and forward motion.
The Last Rose of Summer
SATBB, text by Thomas Moore (The Last Rose of Summer)
An arrangement of the traditional Irish tune with an extended wordless section
Medium Advanced, 6:00
SATB & violin, E. E. Cummings (little tree)
This setting of E. E. Cummings’ [little tree] emphasizes the speaker’s innocence.
Medium Advanced, 4:00
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel [arr.]
SATB soloists, mixed choir & piano, traditional text
A fantasy on the standard melody, with some surprises thrown in.
SATB, text by William Blake (The Sick Rose)
A troubled setting of one of Blake's Songs of Experience.
Poem of the Air
SATB & cello, text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Snowflakes)
The sky's grief is shown through the "silent, and soft, and slow" descent of snow. Features a dialogue between the cello and the choir.
SATB, text by Sandra Marchetti (Pollen)
Simple intuitive lines build into lush harmonies.
SAB & piano, text by Joseph S. Cotter, Jr. (Rain Music)
Natural imagery of rain falling on dry earth brings to mind ideas of seasons and cycles, and goes on to evoke feelings of personal renewal and perseverance.
Song of Travel
SAB & piano, text by Edna St. Vincent Millay (Travel)
Contemplative and introspective, thoughtfully resting in a small range well suited to middle school and developing voices
Medium Easy, 4:00
There Will Come Soft Rain
SATB, text by Sara Teasdale (There Will Come Soft Rain)
A reflection on war and nature, at times meditative, joyous, and sorrowful.
Medium Advanced, 5:30
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Youth Choir, Hand Percussion, & Recorders, text by Robert Louis Stevenson (Block City)
This unison piece for young singers is about the adventure of building things with your imagination.
Early Intermediate, 3:00
SSA -or- TTB, text by William Shakespeare (Sonnet 27)
A solemn meditation on love and yearning.
Be Not Afeard
TBB, text by William Shakespeare (The Tempest)
Caliban's speech from The Tempest, interpreted here as an exploration of the impermanence of inspiration.
Medium Advanced, 3:00
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