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Vocal/Choral

 

 

A Parable of Choices
(SATB a cappella)

Winner of the Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition (2017)

A Parable of Choices won the 2013 Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition.  Its text alternates between Wilfred Owen's gripping anti-war poem, The Parable of the Old Man and the Young and Genesis 22, verses 8 and 13.  The parable presents a relentlessly confrontational choice:  humility vs pride; life vs. death; peace vs. war.  Though one may see it as a rebuke of national hubris, these concepts resonate most vibrantly for me when held up to the daily decisions of life.  In our habits of commerce, travel, communication, and the like, may we move consistently toward humility, life, and peace. [Keywords: High, College, Community, Professional, Mixed, Church, School]

Alabama Gal
(Unison Choir or 2-part Flexible Voicing with Piano) 

Premiered by Randolph School 4th and 5th Grade General Music Classes (2006)

This setting combines the classic folk tune with Morte! Lamentations and The Banjo by America's first rock star (aka composer), Louis Moreau Gottschalk.  Alabama (or Buffalo or California...) Gal provides the perfect opportunity to feature an amazing accompanist while teaching students about counting 16th notes, singing arpeggiated triads, and changing tempos.  Not to mention exploring Gottschalk's wild and crazy life.  I've also provided an optional second part with limited range, perfect for boys with changing voices.  [Keywords: Elementary, Middle, High, Community, Treble, TTBB, Mixed, Flexible, School]

All Things New
(SATB with String Quartet) 

Premiered by the Nicholas Nickl Ordination Choir (2016)
Publicly Premiered by Triad: Boston's Choral Collective (2017)

All Things New was commissioned by Nicholas John Nickl to commemorate his ordination as a deacon.  It allegorizes a near universal desire to improve upon our present condition and each individual's role in infusing life on earth with the love, joy, and peace of heaven. [Keywords: High, College, Community, Professional, Mixed, Church, School]

Clarion Call
(TTBB with Concert Band or Piano)

Premiered by the Florida All-State Men's Chorus and Concert Band (2015)

Clarion Call connects Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail.  Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's end, it serves as a poignant reminder that our nation still has a lot of work to do to heal the wounds of slavery and racism.  [Keywords: High, College, Community, TTBB, School]

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
(SATB, TBB, or SSA with Piano and Congas)

SSA Premiered by the University of Tennessee Women's Chorale (2002)
TBB Premiered by the University of Kansas Men's Glee Club (2017)

This arrangement features a fresh rhythmic take on the classic hymntune. Using subtle text-painting, it presents the text in a meaningful, creative way. The piece was composed for and premiered by the University of Tennessee Women's Chorale.  [Keywords: Middle, High, College, Community, Treble, TTBB, Mixed, Church, School]

Come, Christians Join to Sing
(Unison/2pt Treble with Piano, C Instrument, and Congas)

Commissioned and Premiered by the Music Makers and Young Musicians of First Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL (2010)

Commissioned and premiered by the Music Makers and Young Musicians of First Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL for their 2010 Hymn Festival, this work weaves text and melody from five hymns into an infectious rhythmic motive.  [Keywords: Elementary, Middle, High, Community, Treble, Flexible, Church]

Der Erlkonig
(SATB with Piano, simplified accompaniment available)

Premiered by the Randolph School Concert Choir (2006)

This setting of Schubert's haunting lied uses unique choral voicings to portray the four different roles present in Goethe's poem.  The accompaniment has been simplified, but it still works with the original (assuming you have an accompanist who can play what Schubert wrote). [Keywords: High, College, Community, Mixed, School]

Green Is the Color of Its Flame
(SATB with Piano)

Commissioned and Premiered by the Huntsville (AL) Community Chorus CHamber Chorale (2018)

Commissioned for an April 2018 premiere, Green Is the Color of Its Flame celebrates spring with fanfares, flourishes, and fresh life!  Pianistic writing underscores approachable vocal lines proclaiming Henry David Thoreau's inspiring text from Walden.  Set your audience ablaze with the fire of life!  Score available following the premiere.  Contact me for details.  [Keywords: High, College, Community, Professional, Mixed, School]

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
(2pt Treble with Piano)

Commissioned for and Premiered in THE 10th Anniversary Diocese of Lexington Area Choir Concert (2014)

Commissioned for the 10th Anniversary Diocese of Lexington Area Choir Concert, this setting of the classic hymn features a fantasia-style piano accompaniment supporting ethereal, accessible vocal lines.  Marrying old (chant notation and canon) with new (aleatorism) techniques, it celebrates both tradition and innovation. [Keywords: Elementary, Middle, High, Community, Treble, Mixed, Flexible, Church]

How Long the Night
(SATB with Piano)

premiered by Curry College Sing! (2017)

Setting Samuel Silas Curry's My Helper, this composition was dedicated to the students, faculty, and staff of Curry College.  It depicts a journey from stormy waters to the safety of one's home port, crossing from strident dissonances to a welcome sunrise.  Contact me for details.  [Keywords: High, College, Community, Mixed, School]

I'm Gonna Sing
(SATB, a cappella)

Commissioned and premiered by the Roane Choral Society (2002)

Commissioned to mark the celebration of their 30th anniversary by the Roane Choral Society, this spirited setting is sure to bring down the house.[Keywords: High, College, Community, Professional, Mixed, Church, School]

Il est bel et bon
(2pt, a cappella)

This is an arrangement of the infamous chanson for two-part chorus.  A cappella and accessible, it’s a great introduction to the genre for young singers.  [Keywords: Elementary, Middle, Treble, TTBB, Mixed, Flexible, School]

Lacrimas
(SATB, a cappella)

Premiered by the University of Alabama in Huntsville Chamber Chorale at the 2011 Huntsville New Music Festival

Lacrimas weaves the familiar Psalm text, "They that sow in tears will reap in joy" into a poignant moment from St. Augustine's confessions: "And sending out tears, where I was holding them in, so that they should flow so smoothly, they spread out beneath my heart and it rests on them."  Musically, the piece develops in waves that emanate from the opening “sobbing” gesture.  Rest finally arrives in the final, optimistic, upward resolution.  The University of Alabama in Huntsville Chamber Choir premiered the work under the direction of Dr. Erin Colwitz-Dehning as part of the Huntsville New Music Festival of 2011. [Keywords: High, College, Community, Professional, Mixed, Church, School]

Masters in This Hall
(SATB w/div., a cappella)

Premiered by the Mercer Singers of Mercer University at the 2002 Southeastern Composers League Conference

This exuberant carol unfolds like gossip crossing the hills.  Whispers gradually grow into song as news of the newborn savior traverses the globe.  Premiered by the Mercer Singers of Mercer University for the 2002 Southeastern Composers League Conference. [Keywords: High, College, Community, Professional, Mixed, Church, School]

Minstrel Boy
(SATB, SSAA, or TTBB w/div. and Piano)

SATB Commissioned and premiered by the Huntsville Community Chorus Association (2009)

TTBB COMISSIONED and premiered by the University of Kentucky Men's Chorus (2013)

This dramatic setting uses voices and piano to imitate traditional Irish instruments.  A favorite of service personnel, the Irish air is perfect for tributes and memorials.  Contact me for the score.  [Keywords: High, College, Community, Professional, Treble, TTBB, Mixed, School]

Never Handle Firearms Carelessly
(Mezzo-soprano Solo and Piano)

Premiered by Fresia Schuil, Mezzo-soprano and the composer, piano (2000)

[Keywords: Solo]

O nata lux
(SATB, a cappella)

Premiered by Triad: Boston's Choral Collective (2015) 

This poignant, stark setting of the classic text was written in memory of those lost on September 11, 2001 and premiered by Triad: Boston’s Choral Collective (2015). [Keywords: High, College, Community, Professional, Mixed, Church, School]

 

Presidential Campaign Songs Medley
(SATB w/div., solos, and Piano)

Commissioned and PREMIERED BY the Huntsville Community Chorus Association (2005) 

Before there were 30-second attack ads, there were Presidential Campaign Songs!  This arrangement, commissioned and premiered by the Huntsville Community Chorus Association in 2008, is perfect for patriotic concerts during election years (and any other time when history or satire is on the program).  Featuring consistent themes of American politics (drunkenness, character assassination, patriotism, and optimism), take a tour of the best and worst of presidential campaigns. [Keywords: High, College, Community, Mixed, School]

Redemption Mass
(SATB w/div, Piano, Wind Quintet, and Percussion Ensemble)

Winner of the American Choral Directors Association Brock Memorial Student Composition Competition, PREMIERED in part BY University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, ACDA National Conference (2013)

Winner of the 2013 American Choral Directors Association Brock Memorial Student Composition Competition, this concert mass is a tuneful, rhythmic, and inspiring setting of traditional and non-traditional texts.  Premiered by the Blue Valley Northwest High School Choirs and Symphonic Orchestra on January 25, 2018, Beth Richey-Sullivan and Michael Arbucci, directors. [Keywords: High, College, Community, Professional, Mixed, Church, School]  Contact me for details.

Sinner, Please
(SATB w/div., a cappella)

Sinner, Please is an intense plea for reconciliation, but it is also a reference to the urgency of the Underground Railroad.  May this song remind us that time is fleeting and that we must make the most of what little we have. [Keywords: High, College, Community, Professional, Mixed, Church, School]

Song in the Air 
(SATB or SA with Piano)

Premiered by the Randolph School Concert Choir (2005) 

This haunting Appalachian melody captures the peaceful magic of the first Christmas morning.  Written for and premiered by the Randolph School Concert Choir, it is among my most often performed arrangements.  [Keywords: Elementary, Middle, High, College, Community, Treble, Mixed, Church, School]

Wade in the Water 
(SACB Flexible Choir with Piano)

Premiered by the Randolph School 5th Grade Choir (2005) 

This jazz-inspired arrangement features a fantastic accompaniment that is written so that no improvisation is necessary (though in this style, it is always welcome).  A cambiata part is included for boys with changing voices, and the arrangement is designed for maximum flexibility—SA, SSA, TB, SAB, SACB, and unison are all possible.  Given the history of spirituals and the continuing consequences of the injustice that surrounded their creation, I will donate half of the proceeds from this arrangement to the NAACP Legal Deffense Fund.  [Keywords: Elementary, Middle, High, Treble, TTBB, Mixed, Flexible, Church, School]

We Are the Music Makers 
(SATB, SSAA, or TTBB with Piano)

Premiered by the Randolph School Graduation Festival Choir (2011)

This accessible setting brings O'Shaughnessy's famous text to life through lush harmonies, word painting, and exciting fanfares.  Dedicated to the Randolph High School Class of 2011, and premiered by their Concert Choir in the Commencement Ceremonies.  Please know that the accompaniment looks and sounds a LOT harder than it is to play (though it’s admittedly not super easy).  [Keywords: High, College, Community, Treble, TTBB, Mixed, School]

...with music... 
(SATB, SSAA, or TTBB with Piano)

Commissioned and Premiered by the Youth Performing Arts School of Louisville Gentlemen's Ensemble, for the Inter-Collegiate Male Chorus Festival, New Brunswick, NJ (2014) 

Commissioned and premiered by Louisville's Youth Performing Arts School Gentlemen's Ensemble, under the direction of Jacob Cook for the Intercollegiate Male Chorus Festival of 2014 hosted by Rutgers University.  This work combines two previously unpublished songs by Kentucky Composer (and graduate of Louisville's Manual High School) John Jacob Niles.  Come Gentle Dark and Epitaph provide a poignant look into the composer's later views on life and death interwoven with beautiful melodies and subtle harmonic surprises.  [Keywords: High, College, Community, Professional, Treble, TTBB, Mixed, School]

 
 

Instrumental

 

The Bridge
(String Quartet)

(2002)

Conflictions 
(Brass Quintet)

(2002)

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
(Piano Solo)

(1998)

Friends' Suite
(Piano Solo)

(2000-2007)

pressing instincts
(Mallet Percussion Ensemble)

2002 SOUTHEASTERN COMPOSERS LEAGUE UNDERGRADUATE AWARD
2001 CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP OF ART MUSIC COMPOSERS FIRST PLACE WINNER

Quibbles and Quirks 
(Wind Quintet)

(2002)

Rag for Two Marimbas and Two Xylophonists
(Mallet Percussion Duet)

Premiered by Percussive Artistry (2011)

Sonata for Trumpet and Piano
(Trumpet and Piano)

Premiered by Jeff Rappold, trumpet and the composer, piano (2000)

Text

The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective:
An Ongoing Experiment in Musical Self-Governance

(Doctoral Dissertation, 2016)