One From the Folder
#45: Friday, March 15, 2019
“Wild Embers” by Melissa Dunphy
Text by Nikita Gill
SSAA, a cappella
I met Melissa at the Composer’s Fair during the recent ACDA national conference in Kansas City. She had a number of works for SSAA ensembles, and every one of them had a purposefully-chosen poetic text that rose off the page along with the music. Her work had life and energy and feisty passion, and I wanted to program it all! Among her works, “Wild Embers” is at the top of my list for a future performance.
#44. Greetings from the ACDA National Conference in Kansas City! Click for Handout & notes from my interest session on women’s/treble repertoire.
#43: Friday, February 15, 2019
“When Love Is My Song”
by Jill Friedersdorf and Melissa Keylock
Text by Jill Friedersdorf
In honor of Valentine’s Day this week, I invite you to take a closer look at “When Love Is My Song,” for SSA choir. Jill Friedersdorf and Melissa Keylock work together for this moving selection, perfect for your three-part ensemble.
#42: Friday, February 1, 2019
“An Oiche” (The Night) by Michael McGlynn
Text: Traditional Irish
SSAA, a cappella
Greetings! The Hollins Choirs are just returning from Ireland, and I wanted to share our experience with “An Oiche,” by Michael McGlynn.
#41: Friday, January 18, 2019
“Deep Peace, Healing Light” by Leonard Enns
Text inspired by Gaelic traditions
SSA, a cappella
This lovely selection by composer Leonard Enns, “Deep Peace, Healing Light,” provides ample opportunity for suspensions, non-chord tones, and clusters, while only requiring three voice parts. This piece is ideal for concert or contest; it can also be used for funerals, retirements, graduations, or other community events where peace and/or reconciliation is the focus.
#40: Friday, January 4, 2019. “Sweet Radiant Mystery” by Catherine Dalton. Four-part equal voices, piano or handbells.
As an extended round, this piece should be a quick read, even for less experienced ensembles, and is suitable for a number of concert themes and pedagogical uses. It is so much more than “just” a round though. There is beauty found between the notes, and within each overlapping imitation. Savoring these moments creates a contemplative cloud that envelops the singer and the audience alike.
#39: Friday, December 28, 2018
“Look Down, Fair Moon” by Mari Esabel Valverde
Text by Walt Whitman
SSA div, piano
This hauntingly-beautiful work by composer Mari Esabel Valverde offers a contemplative (and accessible!) take on Whitman’s elegy for the fallen. It is ideal for concerts focusing on reflection, reconciliation, war/peace, and the social costs of violence.
#38. “A Round For Hildegard” by Luke Mayernik
Text from a traditional English carol
SSSSAAA, viola, cello, percussion
On first glance, “A Round for Hildegard” may seem a bit daunting, with a listed voicing of SSSSAAA. Do not be deterred though! At its core, it is a large round in seven parts. With strings, percussion, and handclaps, this song joyfully rings in the holiday season for your advanced or small-but-mighty women’s/treble ensemble.
#37: Friday, December 14, 2018
“Ardaigh Cuain,” arr. David Mooney
Traditional Irish words and melody
SSAA, harp (or piano)
In “Ardaigh Cuain,” David Mooney has arranged a traditional Irish text and melody into a lovely, lilting selection for women’s/treble choir and harp.
#36: Friday, December 07, 2018
“Hail, Christmas Day” by Abbie Burt Betinis
Text by John Harris Burt
SSAA, a cappella
This joyful carol from Abbie Betinis is an earworm in the best sense of the word. More than once I found myself, and my singers, bouncing down the hallway to the opening melody. It is a spry combination of mixed asymmetrical meters, and certain to keep your singers on their toes. If you are looking for an uptempo, cheerful addition to your holiday concert, you’ve found it!