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Black Pierrot - PREMIERE
A choral cycle on 7 poems by Langston Hughes for SATB with flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano & percussion
18 March 2017 at 1st Baptist Church - Columbia MO - 7 PM

Written for the University of Missouri University Singers, R. Paul Crabb, conductor, 
and the Mizzou New Music Ensemble Stefan Freund, director, 
commissioned with funding from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation 
through the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

Over Jordan 
A set of arrangements of 4 shape note tunes for SATB & piano 4-hands
Choral Arts Northwest, Robert Bode, artistic director
6 May at Plymouth Church - Seattle - 8 PM
7 May at St. Thomas Episcopal Church - Medina - 3 PM

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Upcoming 2018 ECS Publications

A Babe is Born (SATB a cappella)
A Boy is Born (SATB a cappella)
Sussex Carol (arranged for SATB with piano 4-hands)
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Recent Performances & CDs 

The Dream Keeper (excerpts)
A choral cycle on 4 poems by Langston Hughes for SATB & piano 4-hands
 Chór Wydziału Dyrygentury Chóralnej, Muzyki Kościelnej - Paul Crabb, guest conductor
15 & 26 December 2016 in Gdansk Poland

The Deepness of the Blue
A choral cycle on 5 poems by Langston Hughes for SATB & piano 4-hands
University Choir of Evansville University - Dennis Malfatti, conductor
27 October 2015 & 23 February 2016 in Evansville IN
26 February 2016 - ACDA Central Division Conference - Chicago IL

The Deepness of the Blue
A choral cycle on 5 poems by Langston Hughes for SATB & piano 4-hands
Bel Canto Company - Wellborn Young, conductor
16 & 18 April 2016 in Greensboro NC

From Dreams - East Coast PREMIERE
A choral cycle on 3 poems by James Joyce for women’s choir, flute & viola
Williamsburg Women’s Chorus - Rob Keene, conductor
Rachel Ordaz, flute & Matt Umlauf, viola
Friday, 6 May 2016 in Williamsburg, VA

From These Honored Dead 
(2013) for soprano, violin, viola, cello & piano
Laurel Thomas, soprano; Euclid Quartet; St. Mary’s College Women’s Choir 
11 September 2015 at St. Mary’s College - South Bend IN

Darkling Light (2013) for flute & piano   
Frances Lapp Averitt, flute &  David Eicher, piano  
11 September 2015 at St. Mary’s College - South Bend IN

The Deepness of the Blue
A choral cycle on 5 poems by Langston Hughes for SATB & piano 4-hands
10 & 11 October 2014 in Seattle & Tacoma
February 2015 - ACDA National Conference - Salt Lake City UT
Choral Arts - Seattle   Robert Bode, conductor

The Deepness of the Blue
A choral cycle on 5 poems by Langston Hughes for SATB & piano 4-hands
March 2015 - Tour to St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans & Nashville
Bradley University Chorale   John Jost, conductor

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The Deepness of the Blue  (CD)
3 Choral Cycles on Poems by Langston Hughes 
Afro-American Fragments
The Deepness of the Blue
The Dream Keeper
MSR Classics - MS 1509 (2013)
UMKC Conservatory Singers / Robert Bode, conductor 

We Are Held  (2014) for SATB, saxophone & organ (CD)
First recording: Epiphany (Raven OAR-966)
The Choir of the Church of the Epiphany (Washington DC) / Jeremy Filsell, conductor/organist

Afro-American Fragments (2013) for SATB & piano 4-hands  (CD)
First complete recording: Waken The Dawn (BCM+D Records)
Temple University Concert Choir / Paul Rardin, conductor 

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Recent Premieres

Where Dreams Fly
A choral cycle on 7 poems by Robert Bode for SATB & piano 4-hands
Premiere: March 2016 - Spring Texas Concert Tour & Sequin TX
Commissioned & Premiered by Texas Lutheran University Choir   Douglas Boyer, conductor

Sea Poems
A choral cycle on 4 poems for SATB & solo cello
Premiere: March 2016 - Spring Illinois Concert Tour
May 2016 - Concert Tour of Denmark
Commissioned & Premiered by Bradley University Chorale   John Jost, conductor

Away to the Skies
for soprano, solo flute, SATB & string orchestra
Premiere: December 2015 - Kamuela, HI
Commissioned by Vivian Green
 Premiere by Waimea Community Chorus  Barbara Kopra, conductor

Darkling Light (2013) 
for flute & piano   
Commissioned by Frances Lapp Averitt 
Frances Lapp Averitt, flute &  Elizabeth Temple, piano
Premiere: July 2015 - Chapel at Orchard Ridge - Winchester VA
 
From These Honored Dead (2013) 
for soprano, violin, viola, cello & piano
Commissioned by Texas Lutheran University 
Laurel Thomas, soprano; TLU Women’s Choir
Premiere: April 2015 - TLU - Seguin TX

Take My Hand (2014) 
for soprano, flute & piano
a song cycle on Poems by Robert Bode 
Commissioned by Frances Lapp Averitt
Premiere: 18 January 2015 at The Villages, FL

Alleluia, The Mother Sings (2014) 
for SATB & orchestra
All Through the Night (2014) 
for SATB, harp & string orchestra
Commissioned by The Crane School of Music - SUNY-Potsdam
Premiere: 7 December 2014 at SUNY-Potsdam
Crane Choruses & Orchestra   Jeffrey Francom, conductor

Refractions (2014) 
for flute, cello & piano   
Commissioned by and Premiered at VMTA 19 July 2014 Conference at Wintergreen VA
Frances Lapp Averitt, flute   Camilo Perez-Mejia, cello  &  Elizabeth Temple, piano

The Wheel (2014) 
for SATB, flute & piano   
Grace Lutheran Church - Winchester, VA - 17 & 18 May 2014 
Commission & Premiere: Winchester Musica Viva / William Averitt, conducting

Passion Hymns (2013) 
for SATB & organ
5 shape note hymns arranged from Averitt St. Matthew Passion   
Commission & Premiere: The Staunton Choral Society / Jesse L. Ratcliffe, music director - 17 May 2014

3 Medieval Carols 
for solo flute   
Commissioned & Premiered by Frances Lapp Averitt - 24 December 2013 

We Are Held  
for SATB, flute & organ   
Commissioned & Premiered - AGO Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference - July 2013 

Mementos (2013) 
for bassoon & piano
Commission & First Performance - Goodson Recital Hall - 1 May 2013 
Premiere Performance - IDRS Conference - June 2013
Ryan Romine, bassoonist

Ash Grove & Slane
for SATB & piano 4-hands
Premiered: March 2013 - Spring Texas Concert Tour & Sequin TX
Commissioned & Premiered by Texas Lutheran University Choir   Douglas Boyer, conductor


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Recent Publications

EC Schirmer

From Dreams (2012) SSA, flute & viola

Ocean Dance (2012) SATB & piano

The Deepness of the Blue (2012) 5 Langston Hughes poems for SATB & piano 4-hands 

Star In the East (1987) SATB a cappella

The Dream Keeper (2009) 4 Langston Hughes poems for SATB & piano 4-hands

Afro-American Fragments (1991) 6 Langston Hughes poems for soprano solo, SATB & piano 4-hands

Veni, Sancte Spiritus (2001) for tenor solo & SATB a cappella 

Te Lucis Ante Terminum (2001) for SATB a cappella 

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (1989) for SATB a cappella

A Virgin Most Pure (1989) for SATB a cappella

I Saw Three Ships (1989) for SATB a cappella

Masters in This Hall (1986) for SATB a cappella 


Trevco

Consort (2016) for bassoon trio 
Commissioned by Ryan Romine
Premiere Performance - IDRS Conference - June 2016 

Mementos (2013) for bassoon & piano
Commissioned by Ryan Romine
First Performance - Goodson Recital Hall - 1 May 2013 
Premiere Performance - IDRS Conference - June 2013

Wind Play (2002) for flute, bassoon & piano
Finalist: National Flute Association 2013 Newly Published Music Competition - Chamber Music
Published by Trevco (Tallevast, FL) 2012