Stella Clara (Star Light)

The idea for Stella Clara came from Dr. David Eakin, a retired biology professor who continues to sing in the Eastern Kentucky University Concert Choir. Dave has always been very complimentary of my music. One day after rehearsal, he came up to me and said, “You know what you should write next? A setting of ‘Star Light, Star Bright’ – in Latin.” My reply was something to the effect of “Dave, this is BRILLIANT!” I immediately contacted Charles Anthony Silvestri and commissioned him to translate the original nursery rhyme into Latin, and also to write two original stanzas. My sincerest gratitude goes to Dave for his inspiration, to Tony for his beautiful poem, and to the twelve commissioning choirs (see below) for supporting the creation of this piece.

Scoring: SATB unaccompanied
Text: Charles Anthony Silvestri
Duration: 3:45
Publisher: Hinshaw Music, HMC 2542
Hal Leonard Voices of Distinction, 2018-2019


Western Kentucky University Chorale; Paul Hondorp, conductor --

DeSoto Central High School Chorale (Mississippi), Justin Wadkins
High Point University Chamber Singers (North Carolina), Marc Ashley Foster
Hopkins High School Concert Choir (Minnesota), Philip Brown
Lexington Choral Society (North Carolina), Phil and Melonie Rector
Madison Central High School Choir (Kentucky), Lisa Jury
Pearl River Community College Singers (Mississippi), LaDona Tyson
Pleasure Ridge Park High School Chamber Choir (Kentucky), Phillip Jennings
Salisbury University Chorale (Maryland), William M. Folger
Santa Clara Chorale (California), Scot Hanna-Weir
Terry High School Chamber Choir (Mississippi), Andy Beasley
University of South Alabama Concert Choir (Alabama), Laura M. Moore
Western Kentucky University Chorale (Kentucky), Paul Hondorp