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Late Winter Check In

What have you written since Christmas?  Have you been busy?
Any performances happen you can share about?
Any performances pending?
Time to encourage and inspire by sharing your successes!
Video and audio links are strongly encouraged.   New members, feel free to go back as far as you like.  Share ablout your favorite commission or performance.  In this community we take pride in each other's work so don't feel shy about self promoting.
Jack Senzig
Composers of Choral Music
Replies (13): Threaded | Chronological
on March 5, 2014 7:30am
Hi Jack:
Rachel Weeps, commemorating the victims of the Newton (CT) massacre
will premier today (Ash Wednesday) at Wesleyan University.  There will be a later performance in
April in Suffield CT.  SATB + organ.
I finished I feel cool! for the Gifford Children's Choir (under the indefatigable Jack Senzig) and
others who will join for a festival premier in May.  This piece uses words written by the
singers.  Another version of I feel cool!, written for Vivace Youth Chorus (using words they
wrote), will be premiered in May.  They will also perform Roger Bobo Plays the Tuba and
The Perfect Beginning.  
The Peninsula Women's Chorus will be joined by other choruses including high school singers
for a Treble Music festival March 22.  My piece Let Evening Come is included.  An earlier
performance of this piece by the PWC may be seen/heard here.
Sine Nomine will perform Remember in late March in San Mateo.  Bella Voce will sing
Rabbit Skunk in Queens in March, or maybe in June.
I am a few days short of finishing Love's Horn, SATB + horn & piano, commissioned by
the Masterworks Chorale of San Mateo.  The poem is by Thomas Lovell Beddoes.  The
premier will be in late May/early June, with me playing horn.  They and I will also perform
The Music of the Spheres on the same concerts.
I travel to Portland State in April to give a couple of talks on the physics of the horn for a 
regional conference of horn players.  I will also join in some performances of some of my
music for horn and chorus (Music of the Spheres and Pie Jesu) and some additional pieces
for horn and solo voice.
I am writing a piece to celebrate the 125th aniversary of my church.  It is God, in this Place,
a setting of a hymn text I commissioned from Carolyn Gillette.  Chorus, Brass, Handbells,
and Organ.  Premier on Easter.  A lot of notes to write between now and then.  
Six chorus pieces have been accepted for publication by William Thorpe.  In my spare time,
I need to get the scores ready for publication.  I am also writing some songs for tenor
and orchestra to premier in June with the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra.
A busy Spring.
Brian Holmes
Applauded by an audience of 2
on March 5, 2014 11:17am
Hi, Jack -- 
I have two more performances of "Riders on the Earth" on schedule for this spring -- one in Santa Rosa, CA (a church choir has programmed it for their Saturday Vigil services), and one in Seattle (as part of a community chorus's spring concert with a theme of travle and journey).
On a more personal (and successful) note, I'm home recovering from surgery to remove an apricot-sized brain tumor on 2/12/14 -- three weeks ago today.  One of the questions I asked the neurosurgeon before surgery was "will I still be able to compose music after this?"  He explained that since normally music "happens" in the right frontal lobe, and my meningioma was in the LEFT frontal lobe, I should be good to go.  And he was right.  I have all kinds of ideas percolating, so when I get through the initial recovery, I should be able to start writing again.  My voice, on the other hand, is totally wonky, and it's going to take some vocal rehabilitation to get that working again.  I have another 3-6 months of recovery to go, but I should be able to start composing again in a few weeks.  I have a set of arrangements of Welsh hymns I've been working on for a couple of years that I need to finish for my church choir, and a couple of Christmas things for a local choir.
Onward ...
Lana Mountford
Bellingham, WA
Applauded by an audience of 3
on March 5, 2014 12:52pm
I have completed a commission for an antiphonal work in the round. It is scored for 32 voices divided into eight choirs. The premiere will be Sunday April 27th at 4:00 in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church in Dearborn Michigan. The work is being performed by the commissioning ensemble, Vanguard Voices. The piece was designed around the space, which has balconies that are open on three sides of the second floor. The work is called Requiem Brevis. It is 12 minutes and includes the Introit, Kyrie, protions of the Sequence, Pie Jesu, Offertory and Communion of the Requiem text.
Applauded by an audience of 2
on March 5, 2014 8:51pm
Hi Jack & forum members,
I'm in Jacksonville this weekend at the ACDA Southern Conference. Francisco Nunez will be conducting a concert tomorrow (Thursday) night with the Honors Director's Chorus which will include the premiere of my "If Ever There Is" s for A cappella SATB choir. 
In the last few months I've completed :
Celebrate A New Day - for 3 part treble chorus, for which I created the text
THE SMALLEST SONG - an a cappella SATB setting of a sentimental poem by American ppoet Martha Collins
A Clear Mindight - a setting of a short Walt Whiitman poem for SATB + piano
Applauded by an audience of 2
on March 6, 2014 3:08am
Working on a commissioned setting of the Compline Service for St Mary's Schola, Arlington, Virginia;
two of my folksong arrangements are being performed by high school choirs in the next few months, one in California and one in Edinburgh;
and the KwaZulu-Natal youth choir in South Africa will be performing my "O Vos Omnes" in seven concerts between May and August (a new continent)!
Applauded by an audience of 2
on March 6, 2014 4:22am
So glad you are on the mend Lana.  What a frightening experience for you.  The best art comes from emotionally charged life experiences so you ought to be set for awhile!  I would suggest you find a text or write one that helps say how this experience has changed or affected you. 
Thanks for sharing your life with us.  I will pray for your speedy recovery.
Applauded by an audience of 1
on March 6, 2014 4:26am
Is your O Vos Omnes for treble choir?  I love that text.  Link a recording or score exerpt please.
on March 6, 2014 5:53am
Hidden Love (Sara Teasdale) is getting its second performance in April, along with the premiere (far as I know) of "Ballad of Two Knights" (also Sara Teasdale).
And I'm just finishing an SSAA accomp. setting of A Dutch Lullaby (Wynken, Blynken, and Nod) by Eugene Field.  It was back-burnered until a friend talking about singing to the babies in daycare nudged me to get it done.  Very pleased with the result, but need to stop tweaking it and just call it good.
Applauded by an audience of 2
on March 6, 2014 6:20pm
The very first school choir I ever directed sang a setting of that text (Wynken...).  Thanks for bringing back a pleasant memory.  I hope yours turns out well. Send me a perusal when you are done please.  I probably don't have the forces to handle it, but I would be interested in how you treated the text. 
on March 7, 2014 3:42am
It's for six-part choir - I think they have a good selection of guys with broken voices.
on March 8, 2014 9:36am
I emailed to your yahoo address.  Let me know if you didn't get it.  John
on March 9, 2014 1:30pm
Received this good news the other night from the Wasatch Chorale in Utah:
We are pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Ars Nova Emerging Composers Competition!
First Place: Rich Campbell, Apple Pie
Second Place: Kayla Jessop, Rhymes
Third Place: M Ryan Taylor, Tone Twisters
Winning pieces will be premiered at the Wasatch Chorale’s final concert of the season, a family concert entitled “Make Believe” on May 3, 2014.
Applauded by an audience of 2
on March 9, 2014 1:53pm
Congratulations, Rich!!  And congratulations, Kayla and Ryan!!
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