CHORAL - ORIGINAL WORKS



A Babe Is Born, All of a May (2011)


Scoring: SATB


Commissioned: The Family of Sara Blosser Melson for Choral Arts


Premiere: Choral Arts (Seattle), Robert Bode, conductor

                 St. Joesph’s Parish, Seattle WA


Duration: 5’


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A Boy Is Born (2010)


Scoring: SATB


Premiere: Winchester Musica Viva, Kenneth Nafziger, conductor

                 Grace Lutheran Church, Winchester VA


Duration: 4’ 30”


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Afro-American Fragments (1991) [Poems by Langston Hughes] 3 Audio Excerpts

                1. Wonder

                2. When Sue Wears Red

                3. Dream Dust

                4. Song for Billie Holiday

                5. Feet o’ Jesus

                6. Fire!


Scoring: soprano solo, SATB & piano 4-hands


Commissioned: Winchester Musica Viva


Winner: 1992 Roger Wagner Center Choral Composition Competition


Premiere: Winchester Musica Viva, WIlliam Averitt, conductor

                Market Street United Methodist Church, Winchester VA, May 1991


Duration: 16’


Recordings: UMKC Conservatory Singers The Deepness of the Blue MSR 1509

                   Conspirare ...through the green fuse... Clarion CLR915CD


Published: E.C. Schirmer




Against Forgetting (1995) [Poems by Polish Holocaust Victims & Vulgate] Audio Excerpt

                1. In the dark times

                2. How can I see you, Love

                3. Written in pencil

                4. At first it seemed

                5. Never shall I forget

                6. O, the night

                7. Smoke rose in the garden

                8. I believe in the sun

                8a. Interlude

                9. Gently, Lord


Scoring: 8 solo voices [S S A Ct T T B B] & solo flute


Premiere: Frances Lapp Averitt, flute & Consort of Voices, William Averitt, conductor

                Contemporary American Theater Festival, Shepherdstown WV, July, 1995


Duration: 23’


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Ayres and Dances (1986) [Poems by Dowland]

                1. Intrada

                2. Ayre #1: Come, Heavy Sleep

                3. Dance #1: Sarabande

                4. Ayre #2: Weep You No More, Sad Fountains

                5. Dance #2: Pavanne

                6. Dance #3: Galliard

                7. Ayre #3: Go, Mighty Cares


Scoring: SATB, flute, violin, cello & harpsichord


Commissioned: WInchester Musica Viva


Premiere: Frances Lapp Averitt, flute; Robert Larkin, violin; Allen Whear, cello & Sue Marston Boyd, harpsichord                                        

                WInchester Musica Viva, WIlliam Averitt, conductor

                Market Street United Methodist Church, Winchester VA, March 1986


Duration: ca. 20’


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Bicentennial Music (1995)

                1. Opening Music

                2. Only Begotten, Word of God Eternal

                3. The Lord Bless Thee and Keep Thee


Scoring: soprano solo, choruses, organ, brass, hand bells & timpani


Commissioned: First Presbyterian Church of Columbia SC


Premiere: Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Larry Wyatt, conductor

                 First Presbyterian Church, Columbia SC, June 1995


Duration: ca. 20’


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Corpus Christi Carol (2005)


Scoring: SATB & solo cello


Premiere: unperformed


Duration: 4’


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The Deepness of the Blue (2011) [Poems by Langston Hughes]

                1. New Moon

                2. My Loves

                3. Poem [To F. S.]

                4. Drum

                5. Danse Africaine


Scoring: SATB & piano 4-hands


Commissioned: Texas Lutheran University


Premiere: Texas Lutheran University Women’s Chorus, Douglas Boyer, conductor

                 Festival Hall, Round Top Music Institute, Round Top TX


Duration: 15’


Recordings: UMKC Conservatory Singers The Deepness of the Blue MSR 1509

                  

Published: E.C. Schirmer




The Dream Keeper (2009) [Poems by Langston Hughes]

                1. The Dream Keeper

                2. Dream Variations

                3. As I Grew Older

                4. Song


Scoring: SATB & piano 4-hands


Commissioned: Choral Arts (Seattle WA)


Premiere: Choral Arts, Robert Bode, conductor

                Plymouth Congregational Church, Seattle WA &

                Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma WA, May 2009


Duration: 15’


Recording: Choral Arts Mornings Like This Gothic                                            


Published: E.C. Schirmer




From Dreams (2011) [Poems by James Joyce]

                1. Gentle lady, do not sing Sad songs

                2. Sleep now, O sleep now

                3. O cool is the valley

             

Scoring: SSA, flute & viola


Commissioned: Texas Lutheran University


Premiere: Texas Lutheran University Women’s Chorus, Douglas Boyer, conductor

                 Festival Hall, Round Top Music Institute, Round Top TX


Duration: 9’


Published: E.C. Schirmer



In the Bleak Midwinter (2011) [Poem by Christina Rossetti]


Scoring: SATB


Commissioned: The Family of Sara Blosser Melson for Choral Arts


Premiere: unperformed


Duration: 4’ 30”


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Lacrymae (2003) [Texts from Lamentations of Jeremiah] 3 Audio Excerpts

                1. Elegy 1: How doth the city sit solitary

                2. Elegy 2: How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion

                3. Elegy 3: Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us


Scoring: SATB, solo flute & string orchestra


Commissioned: The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh


Premiere: Frances Lapp Averitt, flute; The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh & strings Brady Allred, conductor

                Pittsburgh PA, October 2003


Duration: 14’30”


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Magnificat/Arise (1990)


Scoring: SATB & solo flute


Commissioned: Winchester Musica Viva


Premiere: Winchester Musica Viva, WIlliam Averitt, conductor

                Romsey Abbey, Romsey (England), June 1990


Duration: 3’


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Nunc Dimittis/Arise (1990) Audio Excerpt


Scoring: SATB & solo flute


Commissioned: Winchester Musica Viva


Premiere: Winchester Musica Viva, William Averitt, conductor

               Market Street Methodist Church, Winchester VA, March 1990


Duration: 7’


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Ocean Dance (2012) [Poem by Robert Bode]


Scoring: SATB & piano 4-hands


Commissioned: Choral Arts (Seattle WA)


Premiere: Choral Arts (Seattle)

                 St. Marks Cathedral, Seattle WA. May 2012


Duration: 4’


Published: E.C. Schirmer




O Vos Omnes (1973)


Scoring: SATB


Winner: 1978 ACDA Southern Division Choral Composition Contest


Premiere: Loyola University Chorale, Larry Wyatt, conductor

                ACDA Southern Division Convention, Atlanta GA, March 1978


Duration: 4’15”


Published: Hinshaw HMC-314 (OP) - Available from the Composer




Te Lucis Ante Terminum (2001) Audio Excerpt


Scoring: SATB


Commissioned: The Shenandoah Conservatory Chamber Choir


Premiere: The Shenandoah Conservatory Chamber Choir, Robert Shafer, conductor

                Goodson Recital Hall, Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester VA, April 2001


Duration: 3’45”


Published: E.C. Schirmer




Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (1983) [Poem by Wallace Stevens]


Scoring: soprano solo, SATB chorus & string orchestra


Commissioned: Winchester Musica Viva


Premiere: Donna Gullstrand, soprano; Winchester Music VIva & Richmond Sinfonia, William Averitt, conductor

                Braddock Street United Methodist Church, Winchester VA, May 1983


Duration: ca. 15’


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Tidings True (1986) [Anonymous Medieval English Poems]

               1. Adam Lay Ybounden

                2. The Salutation Carol

                3. Lullay, My Liking

                4. Jesu, As Thou Art Our Saviour


Scoring: SATB


Commissioned: Winchester Musica Viva


Premiere: Winchester Musica Viva, WIlliam Averitt, conductor

                Market Street United Methodist Church, Winchester VA, December 1986


Duration: ca. 12’


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Traveling Home: An American Requiem (2010)

                1a. Wayfaring Stranger

                1b. Requiem & Kyrie

                2a. Messiah (v. 1 & 2 - “He comes! He comes!”)

                2b. Dies Irae

                2c. Messiah (v. 3)

                3a. Sanctus

                3b. My Home (“O for a thousand tongues to sing”)

                4a. Lux Aeterna

                4b. Hallelujah! (“O let this feeble body fail”)


Scoring: SSAATTBB


Premiere: Choral Arts, Robert Bode, conductor

                St. Leo’s Church, Tacoma WA &

                St Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle WA, March 2011


Duration: 30’


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Two Motets for Christmas (1980)

                1. O Magnum Mysterium

                2. Hodie Christus Natus Est


Scoring: women's chorus & 3 flutes


Commissioned: Cantus Singers


Premiere: Cantus Singers & Shenandoah Flute Ensemble, James Laster, conductor

                Goodson Recital Hall, Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester VA, December 1980


Duration: ca. 9’


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Two Songs of William Blake (1970) [Poems by William Blake]

                1. Ah, Sunflower

                2. London


Scoring: men's chorus & piano


Commissioned: Gamma Delta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha - Murray (KY) State University


Premiere: Phi Mu Alpha Chorus, Lee Somers, conductor

                Recital Hall, Murray State University, Murray KY, November 1970


Duration: ca. 7’


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Veni, Sancte Spiritus (2001) Audio Excerpt                                              


Scoring: tenor solo & SATB                                                                                           


Commissioned: Murray State University Concert Choir


Premiere: Randall Black, tenor; Murray State University Concert Choir, Bradley Almquist, conductor

                Lovett Auditorium, Murray State University, Murray KY, November 2001


Duration: 6’30”


Published: E.C. Schirmer  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

The Way of Memories (1974) [Poems by James Joyce]

                1. Rain Has Fallen

                2. I Hear an Army

                3. All Day I Hear


Scoring: SATB & piano


Premiere: Shenandoah Chamber Chorus, David Stutzenburger, conductor

                Armstrong Auditorium, Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester VA, October 1974


Duration: ca. 10’


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We Are Held (2013) [Poem by Robert Bode]

              

Scoring: SATB, flute & organ


Premiere: AGO Conference Chorus, William Averitt, conductor

                Braddock Street UMC, Winchester VA, July 2013


Duration: ca. 4’ 20”


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The Wheel (2014) [Poem by Wendell Berry]

              

Scoring: SATB, flute & piano


Premiere: Winchester Musica Viva, William Averitt, conductor

                Grace Lutheran Church, Winchester VA, May 2014


Duration: ca. 5’ 15”


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