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Holiday Check In on Performances, Commissions, Awards etc

'Tis the season to get your works performed.  Please embed any YouTube recordings using the tool farthest to the right.  Include the link as most of us get our Choralnet in our email and the embeds don't show up.  
Any new commissions? Awards? Other music related successes?
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on December 14, 2013 12:28pm
Possible to upload Soundcloud files rather that YouTube files? Thanks.
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on December 14, 2013 12:43pm
Sure.  Just use the embed tool.
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on December 14, 2013 8:42pm
Well, it's a success, and it's somewhat music related:  I spent the fall/winter getting cataract surgery, and the results are near-miraculous.  
I had the type of cataracts where the lens looks like it's been "fractured," which resulted in seeing double and triple images in each eye.  My eyes had gotten so bad that I was told NOT to drive, and I could read/write music only with a HUGE amount of magnification.  I had the first surgery mid-September; the second on Halloween.
I now have 20/20 distance vision, and need glasses only for computer and close-up work.  I just started writing music again this week.
On the performance front, Ann Arbor Civic Chorus just performed 3 of my pieces ("Riders on the Earth," "Mipney Mah?," and "Shenandoah") on their concert last Sunday, Dec. 8.  I'm hoping to have a recording soon.
Lana Mountford
Bellingham, WA
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on December 14, 2013 9:20pm
That's wonderful news, Lana!  
Wishing you continued good health, happiness and creativity in the year ahead!
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on December 14, 2013 11:39pm
I've just started a community choir in this locality, and we made our debut last night at a local commuity event, which included a performance of my light-hearted piece 'Christmas Candles', written  for community choir and children's choir, which was very well received.
Our annual Christmas concert, with Sutton Coldfield Chamber Choir on Friday lunchtime at St Martin's Church, Birmingham will consist mainly of music by Vivaldi, Handel and Lauridsen - but will also include my arrangement of 'Rise up, Shepherd, and follow'.
'Bright was the Star', co-written by Brian Hughes and myself, will receive its premiere next weekend at Symphony Hall, Birmingham (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Christmas concerts).
And my children's piece, 'The Sleepy Shepherd Boy', is being performed next week in Portugal by the Coro Voximix E VoxOn.
I believe my overture 'The Joy of Christmas' (with choral ending) was performed in Saginaw, Michigan yesterday, but as yet I haven't had any reports of how it went!
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on December 15, 2013 9:35am
They're not yet processed for Soundcloud or YouTube, but:
The choir of Community College of Philadelphia under my direction sang my canon Or zarua (2013), my men's ATBB arr. of Holst's In the Bleak Midwinter (2007), and my gebrauchsmusik harmonization of the Ashkenazic Maoz tzur (1997) on Dec. 1 & 2. The Mak'helat Beth Sholom (Singers of Beth Sholom, Cherry Hill, NJ) also sang the same Or zarua Maoz tzur settings in concert under my direction Dec. 4.
Robert A.M. Ross <Robert Ross 11>
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on December 31, 2014 12:30pm
The performance of my men's ATBB arr. of Holst's In the Bleak Midwinter (2007) is now up on
Happy New Year to all!
Robert A.M. Ross <Robert Ross 11>
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on January 25, 2014 4:46pm
And: here is the link to my Or zarua canon from the same performances:
Robert A.M. Ross <Robert Ross 11>
on December 23, 2013 9:14am
The Edinburgh Singers performed my pieces "Balulalow" and "In The Bleak Midwinter" in their concert on 14th February (can't get the embed tool to work, sorry):
Balulalow (SATB with divisi, soprano and baritone soloists)
In The Bleak Midwinter (SATB choir, sopranos are divisi for a couple of bars but otherwise no divisi). The basses did a particularly good job on the verse where they get the tune!
If you'd like to see the score for either of these, they're both on my website at, or email me, .
(The head in front of the choir is mine, I had no idea they were filming from directly behind me!)
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on December 29, 2013 1:31pm
As a little addendum, I've been fortunate enough to have some of my pieces broadcast on radio stations in Norway and the UK over the festive season.
Here are soundcloud links for anyone who may be interested:
'Star of the East', performed in Trondheim Cathedral, Norway:


'The Sleepy Shepherd Boy', performed at RLPO Christmas Concert in Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool:


'Rise up, Shepherd', recorded by RLPO Choir & Orchestra, and played on Classic FM:


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on December 29, 2013 5:54pm
Seasons Greetings to all!  As the year ends, I am very pleased to tally 59 performances of my music in 2013 — a new record by far!  I am very thankful to the musicians and choir directors who have programmed my music, especially Jack Senzig who is responsible for six of my 2013 choral performances.
Oddly, to me at least, none of my choral works were performed this holiday season.  If any of you know of any performances of my music, please let me know!  I had thought that after the Cascadian Chorale's stellar premiere last year of Moon Man, my comic holiday carol would be performed by more choirs this year.  I will include the YouTube video of their performance below, just because it is a great way to celebrate the holiday.  You can also view the video and download the PDF on my website: 
My only new choral work for 2013 is my collaboration with Jack Senzing: We Are the Dust of Stars.  I'll include that video below, too, which is also available on my website:
My biggest composition project for 2013 is a new work for viola & piano, In the Language of Meditation, composed for violist Brett Deubner and pianist Caroline Fauchet, who will give the premiere performance at Occidental College in Los Angeles on January 30.  The three parts of the sonata are titled:
  1. Observations from a Rooftop Garden
  2. Contemplating a Mountain with Love
  3. Reflecting on a Visit with Birds
You may listen to a demo recording on my website: 
I am very excited about this new work and I would very much welcome your comments.
Best wishes to all for a wonderful 2014!!
Moon Man video:                                             We Are the Dust of Stars video:
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on December 30, 2014 4:18pm
Congratulations to everyone on your successes this year! I'm thrilled to share some exciting performances and upcoming commissions.
"Dreams of the Fallen" for solo piano, chorus, and orchestra had its world premiere at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, and pianist Jeffrey Biegel. This work features poetry by Brian Turner, award-winning poet and veteran of the War in Iraq, and explores the impact war has on an individual.  There were wonderful articles in the NY Times, Huffington Post, and Wall Street Journal about the work. 
You can listen to rehearsal excerpts here:
In addition to the Nebraska All-State Choir singing "Nyon Nyon" (Andre Thomas, conductor), I was given this STUNNING performance by the Millikin University Choir!
Upcoming Commissions:
Craig Hella Johnson and the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble (May 2014 premiere)
Salt Lake Vocal Artists. Brady Allred, conductor. (World premiere at the Western ACDA conference)
Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. James Bass, conductor. (April 2014 premiere)
Spire Chamber Ensemble. Ben Spalding, conductor. (May 2014 premiere)
Greater New Haven Community Chorus. Noah Blocker-Glynn, conductor. (June 2014 premiere)
Young New Yorkers' Chorus. Michael Kerschner, conductor. (June 2014 premiere)
I'm also thrilled that I will have performances at 5 of the 7 ACDA divisional conferences. I'll be attending in Jacksonville, Cincinnati, and Santa Barbara (hope to see some of you there)!
May the new year greet all of you with much success and beautiful singing!
Jake Runestad, composer
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on January 4, 2014 1:52pm
I've just received a very nice recording from Jaclyn Johnson of a piece I wrote for her University of Michigan Women's Glee Club, which was given its first performance in November.  This was written in response to an appeal made by Jaclyn on this forum for new music for this group.  It's quite a short piece - about two minutes in length - and is a setting of Robert Herrick's poem, 'Gather ye rosebuds while ye may'.  It's my first foray into this genre of music.  I was thrilled to receive the recording, and would like to share it here.  I may get round to uploading it to the Showcase at some stage, but in the meantime would welcome any comments!
Gordon Thornett, UK
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on January 23, 2014 6:17am
Hello everyone:
Last week while on a house hunting trip to Bend, Oregon, I received word that the Simmons College Concert Choir in Boston will be performing (premiering) two of my pieces for women's voices and string quartet, "Butterfly" and "How Can We Thank You?", in their spring concert this year.  I almost fell off the motel room chair.  Because there had been so little interest in my creations, and musical masochism made me unhappy, I gave up composing choral music more than a year ago and went back to writing (recently completed a natural disaster-themed novel that is now in the hands of pre-publication beta readers).  
But this unexpected news has given me a bit of encouragement to perhaps keep trying--after we get moved this spring and I publish my book (I'll just be using KDP--Kindle Direct Publishing).
Kind of nice to finally be able to respond to one of Jack's "check-ins".
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on January 23, 2014 6:43am
Congratulations, Julia!  How exciting!
on January 23, 2014 2:01pm
Congratulations, Julia,
I exactly know what you speak about. This is usually so long journey from creation of composision to become it alive by singers, that yo really need not only patience, but you need to know what you do and why you do just that. Go on like this :-)
(Conducter and composer from the Czech republic)
on January 24, 2014 5:53pm
Welcome back, Julia!  We've missed you. :-)  And congratulations on the performances!!!!
on January 25, 2014 11:04am
on January 25, 2014 12:23pm
Oh, Jack, you're such a sweetie!  Am super busy for the next couple of months with getting ready to move from near Bellingham, WA, to Bend, OR, soon, plus trying to do the final spit and polish on my novel so I can send it out into the world (yup, self publishing it, as it's even harder for an "unknown" author to get a novel published the traditional way than it is for an "unknown" composer to get a piece of music published the traditional way).  But as soon as we get settled (April-ish) I hope to get back into composing and check in here more often. 
Are there any composers here that live in or near Bend, Oregon?
Hope all is well with you and yours!  And thanks, everyone, for your congratulations and good wishes!
on January 24, 2014 3:54am
Excellent news, Julia.  It's always a thrill when someone decides to perform something you've written - particularly when you've almost given up on it!
Best of luck with your writing - both literary and musical!
on January 25, 2014 8:25am
Maybe I'm a bit tardy with my news, but I want the ChoralNet community to learn the story of a Christmas present from my four sons.  Two or more play with the De Pue Brothers Band (
In the year 2000, I composed a piece for SATB/organ, entitled "When It's Christmas Time," 13 years later, Alex (son #2), asked me if he could arrange the piece for the DB band!  When I heard his arrangement, I thought it was terrific; however, when I heard the whole CD of pieces surrounding mine, I was AMAZED, particularly, because of the way my sons could sing together; they are all virtuoso violinists!  When I opened the CD box, I saw wonderful art and something just as striking: the sons dedicated the CD to me!!!
During the yuletide season, more than 88 big city radio stations, SeriusXM and I-tunes were playing the DB Christmas CD.  If you wish to hear samples, please go to the web address I gave in line two of this epistle.  Wallace De Pue, Sr.
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on January 25, 2014 11:01am
It's an excellent CD Wally.  I have enjoyed listening throughout the Holiday season!
on January 25, 2014 4:17pm
Thank you, Jack!
The De Pue Brothers' Christmas CD has no chance of putting one to sleep like so many other Christmas carol CDs that I have heard.  I'm delighted to learn that you enjoyed hearing the music of my sons.  They are talking about producing another Christmas CD for next Christmas.
on January 25, 2014 12:07pm
wow Wallace-- I just checked out the De Pue brothers band... awesome stuff... Will be sharing with my 11 yr. old budding violinist-nephew....
What did you serve at breakfast at home to turn out so many fine musicians?  Thanks for letting us know.... Rich
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on January 25, 2014 4:36pm
Hi Rich!
You MADE MY DAY with your statement of having your 11-year-old son listen to my boys play the violin.  For breakfast, I
served lectures on why my sons should practice three hours per day on their violins.  Once, I had a long talk with them.
'Boys, you can throw the ball, catch the ball, tribble the ball, and hit the ball until you are 18; then you can get a job and work until you're 80.  On the other hand, you can practice three hours per day until you are 18, and play for the rest of your lives.  Which idea do you like best?'  They all made the right choice.  Wallace, Jr., plays in the first violin section of the Philadelphia Pops, and in the Philly Opera; Alexander is a two-time world champion "fiddler"; Jason is in the first violin section of the Philadelphia Orchestra; and Zachary is the concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony.  They all LOVE living. 
Your son can have work like that of my sons, IF he is willing to play the price of practicing.  Ask him what he wants to do.
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