Lexington premiere of "The Courage for Love"

I am honored to have the opportunity to conduct the Lexington premiere of my extended work The Courage for Love with the Kentucky Bach Choir this Sunday, March 3 at 7:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church (174 N. Mill Street). Originally scored for choir, soloists, and chamber orchestra, this performance features a new instrumentation for string quintet and piano. Click here to listen to a recent interview about the piece on WEKU.

The program also includes five chorales to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the first performance of J. S. Bach's St. John Passion, plus other shorter pieces contemplating themes of love and sacrifice by Jacobus Gallus Handl, John Ireland, W. A. Mozart, and Maurice DuruflĂ©. 

Click here for tickets. We hope to see you there!

"Sing with Me" published by Carl Fischer Music

Sing with Me is now available from Carl Fischer Music!

Jubilate Deo

Jubilate Deo was commissioned by Music Celebrations International for the Beethoven Choral Festival. Using the Jubilate text, the piece incorporates various motifs from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. It was premiered on June 15, 2022 at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna under the direction of Dr. Marc Ashley Foster.

Scoring: SATB, organ, optional brass quartet
Text: Psalm 100
Duration: 5:30
Publisher: manuscript

PERUSAL SCORE: coming soon
RECORDING: coming soon

This was a fun piece to write, much like putting together a puzzle! I was thrilled and honored to receive this commission, not only due to the prestige of the festival in Vienna, but also because conductor Marc Ashley Foster and MCI President John Wiscombe have been dear friends, colleagues, and collaborators for nearly two decades.

Since the festival featured the music of Beethoven (originally to celebrate his 250th birthday, then twice delayed by COVID), Marc and John asked me to compose a piece that would “evoke” the Ninth Symphony, while still giving me the freedom to create something that sounded contemporary and original. I felt that the Jubilate Deo text (“Sing joyfully to God”) was a fitting companion to Friedrich Schiller’s An die Freude (“Ode to Joy”).

I decided to adapt (or, in some instances, directly quote) two passages from each of the symphony’s first three movements. The first two measures of the “Ode the Joy” theme from the fourth movement appear in three different places throughout the piece. I also used a portion of the “Ode to Joy” theme in retrograde to create the melody for the “Laudate nomen ejus” section.

At the Name of Jesus

At the Name of Jesus was composed in 2008 and has finally found a home at St. James Music Press!

Scoring: SATB, organ
Text: Caroline Maria Noel
Duration: 3:10
Publisher: St. James Music Press