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End of the Year Check-In

As the concert year comes to a close, what works of yours are getting performed?  Any new commissions for next year?  Anyone recording your pieces? Any connections made through ChoralNet and the Composition Showcase?  Don't be shy, let us know!
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on May 3, 2014 9:20am
Hi all 
writing this from Provo,  Utah. "Apple  Pie" won a competition & has it's world premiere here this afternoon by the Wasatch Chorale.  And for the first time I'm having 2 pieces done on 2 continents in the same weekend. My "Coney Island" is being done on Sunday in Sydney, Australia!
down the road---
I think my "If Ever There Is" will have a NY premiere June 7 with the Young Peoples Chorus of NY. 
Rich
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on May 3, 2014 9:52am
Hi Jack,
 
Regarding your last point, I've just emailed you a setting I did a few days ago of a poem by Linda Marcus, who had contacted me via ChoralNet. I'm hoping this may prove to be a fruitful partnership. It's a secular children's song for Christmas, and we may decide to put it on Showcase in due course.  My collaboration with Julie Myers (also via ChoralNet) has engendered a choral arrangement for Advent, which I believe has just been published by Shawnee. Earlier in the season, my setting of Brian Holmes's 'Bright was the Star' was performed in Birmingham, UK. This has not been published, but is available in Composers' Showcase.  
 
My other main compositional activity earlier this year was producing a fanfare for the opening of a national music therapy conference in February.  This was performed by ten brass players plus a timpanist from Birmingham Conservatoire, but didn't  have any choral component!
 
Oh, and I've been linking up with a a children's choir in Portugal, based at the Conservatoire at Castelo Branco. I've been working on setting an African poem with Portuguese words for them - an interesting challenge! However, I think my association with them came via LinkedIn, rather than ChoralNet.
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on May 3, 2014 12:19pm
I received it but too busy to listen at the moment. I'm sitting in a performance room at our state level solo and ensemble festival waiting for my daughter's 6 vocal events. We just made it after her state competition for French from 90 miles away.

I have a performance of a new type in the morning. I am competing in a karate tournament, my new addiction. Then on to a concert of my school students hopefully still able walk as I am nursing bruised ribs and shin from last week's tournament. The concert will include an acoustic freight train illusion that will either be an epic success or a complete train wreck.
Unfinished Melodies that Robert Ross, Linda Marcus, Ken Matelka and I wrote will be premiered in a couple weeks.

The Gifford Elementary Choir Invitational will be on May 24. We will be premiering two pieces by CCMC composers and my choir will give another attempt at Ivo Antognini's O Magnum Mysterium and Daryl Crockford's Through the eyes of the Children. The premieres are by Brian Holmes and Wallace De Pue.

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on May 3, 2014 10:00am
For the past eight months I have been concentrating solely on my first opera, Verlorene Heimat, which I started writing last August; it was premiered April 10th at Hiram College. While this is not strictly choral music,  it had two important choral scenes, - including a German Lutheran chorale...so I am mentioning it here. Upcoming projects are a commission by the Vancouver-based Orchid Ensemble to compose a piece for choir, erhu (Chinese violin),  zheng (Chines zither), and marimba that will be premiered at Hiram College on March 6th, 2015. I am also working on several short choral hymn arrangements for the small Lutheran liturgical publisher for which I write, Liturgysolutions. 
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on May 3, 2014 11:44am
My recent choral compositions, "The Prairie States" and "A Prairie Sunset," text by Walt Whitman, were performed for the South Central Conference of The College Music Society Composers Concert by the University of Arkansas-Ft. Smith Chorale, Dr. Rager H. Moore II, conductor.  Then I composed a third piece, text by Whitman, "The Prairie-Grass Dividing," which received performances with the other two works this week, first by the UAFS Chorale and then by my own Sul Ross State University (Alpine, TX) Concert Choir.  I also recently performed my own set of songs, "In the Moment," on a faculty recital at SRSU recently.  I am working on another set of art songs and several choral works at present.  Donald Callen Freed
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on May 3, 2014 12:16pm
I finally have some choral news to report.  (More of a mid-year check-in for us non-academic types!!) 
 
The Esoterics, a highly acclaimed choral ensemble based here in Seattle, is including my SATB setting of The Tree on their program titled "Sylvana:   Music of the forest, flowers & trees" with performances in Portland (today), Seattle (May 9), Bainbridge Island (May 10) and West Seattle (May 11).  In addition, last night they recorded The Tree for an upcoming CD release.  I am very pleased about all of this!  The Esoterics last performed my work more than a decade ago, when they commissioned Leo for their "Zodiakos" concert program.  
 
Also today near Kansas City, the Fine Arts Chorale is performing A Girl Born in Afghanistan, the abbreviated version of my SATB setting of excerpts from Kofi Annan's Nobel Peace Prize lecure, at the Southminster Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, Kansas.  If anyone in the Kansas City area is able to attend, please send me a report!
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on May 3, 2014 1:05pm
I have so much respect for your ability to set text. Your "Girl born.." is awesome and I posted "The Tree" to my Choir Directors' Brag Blog before I knew who you were.
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on May 3, 2014 7:32pm
I just returned from a concert of the Peninsula Girls Chorus alumnae,
who sang Let Evening Come.  I was composer in residence of the PGC some 
eight years ago; they sang a dozen pieces of mine, two of them premiers.
(PGC won the Adventurous Programming award from ASCAP/Chorus America 
for that season.)  The chorus asked to sing this piece.  Let Evening Come will
also have two performances by the Peninsula Women's Chorus later this month.
 
I Feel Cool! will be sung at the Gifford Elementary Choir Invitational in IL
later this month.  Choir members provided some of the words.  (Thanks, Jack.)
Vivace Youth Chorus of San Jose will also sing I Feel Cool!, though in a version with
their own words.  (Not every children's chorus feels cool for the same reasons.}
Vivace will also be performing Roger Bobo Plays the Tuba and The Perfect Beginning.
Roger Bobo Plays the Tuba was also on the Nov 3 concert of the Children's Chorus
of San Antonio.  There will be another performance of Roger Bobo Plays the Tuba in Los Angeles
on May 9.
 
 
Sine Nomine performed Remember in San Mateo last month.  Easter brought the
premier of a new piece celebrating the 125th aniversary of Campbell United Methodist
Church.  For this I commissioned a new hymn text by Carolyn Gillette.  Cantilena performed
Falling Rain in Arlington MA.  Rachel Weeps, a new piece commemorating the
children who died at Sandy Hook, had a couple of performances in Connecticut.
Masterworks Chorale of San Mateo commissioned Love's Horn, which will premier
at the end of May.  This is for chorus, horn, and piano, as is The Music of the
Spheres, also being performed at the same concerts.  I will tootle with them on my horn.
 
There have also been a few performances of some of my pieces for solo voice.  Two
songs for tenor and chamber orchestra will premier in San Francisco next month.
 
Brian Holmes
San Jose, CA
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on May 3, 2014 7:34pm
Life is settling down for me (finally). Besides doing serious editing and working on a website (not completed yet), I am premiering my new children's choir setting of "Swing Low" in just over a week. Hopefully I will be able to make a recording (a few days later) and share it here. I'm pretty excited about it.
 
To God the glory!
Michael Sandvik
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on May 4, 2014 4:51am
Bella Voce (Southwest MN State Univ) just performed "Hidden Love" and "Ballad of Two Knights" on texts by Sara Teasdale, with "Two Knights" repeating at commencement.  (I'll probably be the only one listening during the "sit-down" music.
 
And it looks like my recently finished "Dutch Lullaby" (aka Wynken, Blynken, and Nod) will be performed in the Fall.  A recent query on Choralnet nudged me to revisit "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say" based on the Tallis melody.  A had a TTBB arrangement, but modified it for SSAA, which caused me to make some revisions in the TTBB, which makes me think I really need to do a 6+ part mixed voice version.  Heavily influenced by Vaughan Williams, I suspect, but I just like the harmonies.
 
And I noticed that "Prayer of Dedication" (Prayer of St. Francis) sold enough copies on JWPepper that maybe it's finally getting a premiere somewhere.  Hope they enjoy it.  I think I need to put a request on my scores to let me know about performances.  Anybody else do that?
 
Lovely busy time of year.  Attended two orchestral/chamber events last week, and this weekend includes two senior recitals and a couple of choral concerts!
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on May 4, 2014 10:04am
Recently had my most popular anthem chosen for performance at a big memorial service for a departed longtime choir member. "Be Thou My Vision" is in the Showcase. The best rendition yet.
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on May 4, 2014 5:19pm
Here's my Acoustic Freight Train Illusion Project.  Not exactly composition or exciting arranging but it was a fun manipulation of timbre.  The audience and kids generate the sounds of a freight train and then the kids sing "I've Been Working on the Railroad."
 
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on May 4, 2014 5:42pm
Enormous fun! A true "lol" moment with that first train whistle. :)
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on May 5, 2014 9:48am
Two World Premieres of folksong settings of mine this spring:
 
Shenandoah (T solo; TTBB a capp) (1973; rev. 2014)
 
and
 
Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair (not the tune everyone knows!) (1991; rev. 2014; S solo, SATB div., opt harp or keyboard)
 
Awaiting/working on sound files to put up on Soundcloud.com; please stay tuned!
 
Robert A. M. Ross
Community College of Philaelphia
robertamross@verizon.net
Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
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on July 10, 2014 2:58pm
As promised: recordings of the two premiered works mentioned above!
 
Shenandoah:
 
 
Black is the Color:
 
 
And, since then:
 
Sorelle San Diego (a new women's chamber choir) premiered my Im hay'ta for women's choir in Solana Beach, CA on June 13. Here it is:
 
 
And:
 
I'm posting the 2nd performance from early June of Jack Senzig & Linda Marcus's Unfinished Melodies, whose page includes the complete lyrics for they who asked for them:
 
 
Thanks, everyone!
Robert A. M. Ross
Community College of Philaelphia
robertamross@verizon.net
Soundcloud.com: <Robert Ross 11>
on May 6, 2014 6:41am
The only thing I've got coming up at the moment is my new Compline setting, which will be premiered on 18th June as part of the Conference of the Assocation of Anglican Musicians (it's in Washington DC, but I think the performance is in Arlington, VA with a coach laid on to get people there). Anyone going to that? I can't afford the fare sadly.
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on May 6, 2014 12:46pm
Coming up very soon is NIKMAK, an SSA choral work for voices and drums, based on legends songs dances and poetry of the Mi’kmaw First Nations peoples of Nova Scotia, Canada. It was commissioned of Elise Letourneau and me by Elise Bradley, director of the Toronto Children’s Chorus, whose forty-five young singers/drummers/dancers will be performing it four times during the duration of Podium 2014. NIKMAK is Mi'kmaw for 'My kin-folk'.
 
The first and third movements of the three movement work, are based on two Kojua dances, Tu hey duk and Jukwa’lu’kw ke’ji’ju’ow, with choralography based on historic Mi’kmaw performances, while the contrasting a cappella middle movement is a setting of Mi’kmaw ‘poet laureate’ Rita Joe’s Our Home is This Country. The Toronto Children’s Chorus has a resident choreographer, and every singer sings and performs (simultaneously) on native drums. It was my first – and I think successful – attempt at co-composing.  Should be quite a blast!
 
I am looking forward to the premiere of the full A Caribbean Mass near Toronto this fall. I wrote much of this work a while back when in Carriacou, a very small West Indian island belonging to Grenada. Hint: Writing for pan (steel drums) is technically very much like writing for a string quartet!
 
Donald
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on May 6, 2014 2:06pm
Hello everyone:
 On April 17 my 'Rise Up, My Love' for SSA, Violin and Piano was performed by Coro Voximix in Lisbon, Portugal.
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on May 7, 2014 5:54am
Thanks for asking, Jack.  Besides some recent performances in Lenten and Easter worship services around the country, I have the following to report.
 
June 21st & 22nd will see the premiere of "My Mistress' Eyes," a humorous love sonnet for SATB.  It's a commission from Meistersingers in Orange County California, Brian Dehn, founder and artistic director.  I'd never met him; he called me out of the blue lsat year saying he found my music on the internet.  I don't know if it was at Composition Showcase or not, but it made me think all my online marketing was not in vain!
 
June 19 will premiere "O Sacrum Convivium," an SATB motet that offers either the traditional Latin text or my metrical-poetical English version.  That will be at St. Monica and St. James Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., Daniel Elmer, music director.  That's the parish where I'm again affiliated after a stint overseas and my first significant commission for them since 2009.  
 
For next year, the Stuttgart German-American chorus, Thomas Carter, artistic director, commissioned a setting of the O Antiphons for SATB and organ, which they have scheduled for December (actually postponed from this season to next).  It also has a poetical-metrical English text as an alternative to the Latin.  It's about 20 minutes in 8 short movements.  The whole piece (or selected movements) would suit a special concert or worship service in Advent, so I'm hoping to arrange a U.S. premiere too.  The music is not hard and it would show off a fine organ.    cheers, chris
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on May 21, 2014 9:25pm
Hi folks,
Just heard some nice news:
My "Celebrate A New Day" has been named a finalist in a compettition held by the Australian Boys Choir.
Their call for scores woas to mark their 75th anniversary this year. 
My piece, along with the other finalists, will receive its world premiere at their gala concert on August 17th in Melbourne, when they will announce the winner.
"Celebrate..." is written for 3 part treble choir.
-Rich
 
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on May 27, 2014 7:33pm
The Gifford Children's Choir directed by Timothy Keith Griffin Jr. and me premiered "The Leprechaun" by Wallace De Pue and "I Feel Cool by Brian Holmes last Saturday.  We had an alarming number of absent choir members but those present did a good job.  There should be 75 kids in this choir.  
 
Thanks to Wally and Brian for writing for our choirs.
 
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on June 2, 2014 4:06pm
I have a folder with many emails that politely tell me that my submission has NOT been selected, so it has been nice to have a few surprises
recently.  I received an email yesterday saying that my "If I Can SIng, I Still Am Free," (SATB/piano) has won the SACRA/PROFANA call for scores competition.
SACRA/PROFANA (22-voice professional ensemble) and their Summer Choral Intensive Choir (80-voice high school ensemble) will combine to give the world premiere
on July 19, 2014 in San Diego.
 
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on June 2, 2014 4:44pm
Hi Rich!
 
Congratulations on your win!  It feels good to taste victory, doesn't it?
on June 2, 2014 9:34pm
That is GREAT news Rich! Congrats!
on June 2, 2014 11:40pm
Warmest congratulations!
on June 3, 2014 5:08am
Hello everybody,
 
I haven't contributed anything here in a long while, but I have enjoyed reading about your premieres and goings on. I did want to contribute a little something now, however. A couple years ago we ran a special commissioning opportunity for choral directors and composers. There were several of us that participated, and I wanted to update you on what transpired with the two opportunities that came my way. One was with Micheal Stevens, who is the choral director at Anadarko High School in Anadarko, Oklahoma who asked me to write a piece for his chorus using a text by John Keats. I presented him with an SATB a cappella rendering of "Song On May Morning," which they premiered in April 2013. It is a challending piece for a high school choir to be sure, but they made a hearty go of it, and Michael was a pleasure to work with. It will be recorded by the Composers Choir later this month.
 
The second commission came from Dirk Maes and Voces Capituli from Antwerp, Belgium. He asked for a Latin setting of one of the Psalms, which I settled on Psalm 100. I presented to Dirk my "Jubilate Deo" for TTBB a cappella. However, he rejected it based on it being "too sophisticated" for the liturgical audiences of Europe. I suppose they're not quite ready for contemporary/cluster voicings? Oh well . . . I transcribed it for SATB and recorded it with the Composers Choir in August 2013, and it will be on a soon to be released CD from Pheonix Classical with the music of four other composers. It will also be performed this fall in the UK and on a US tour by Choristi Sanctiandree of the University of St Andrews, Scotland.
 
I also want to invite anyone in the New York City vicinity this coming Saturday, June 7th at 2:00 PM to the premiere of my "Three Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow," an art song cycle for soprano and piano. It is being presented on a concert by student, alumni and faculty composers of the MFA program of Vermont College of Fine Arts. The concert is being held at Spectrum/NYC, an art space in the City. Please see the attached link for details. (http://vcfa.edu/music-comp/news/mfa-music-composition-presents-multi-genre-concert-student-alumni-and-faculty-music).
 
My music scores and recordings may be found on my website: www.timothymillermusic.com. Have a great summer folks!!
 
Best regards,
Timothy Miller
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