Last Saturday (March 3), I was incredibly fortunate to have two concerts featuring my works taking place! In Hartford, the professional chorus Voce, under the direction of Mark Singleton, offered absolutely stunning renditions of “Afternoon on a Hill” and “As there are Flowers.” You can watch the performance of “Afternoon on a Hill” here. I will also be posting the recordings on my composition page very soon!
And in New Haven, the Notre Dame High School Chorus and Concert Band each performed one of my works as part of their composer-in-residence program. I’ve been working with both the chorus and band on a pair of commissions, the first being a choral setting of Psalm 23 that was premiered in December, and the second a band arrangement of the spirituals “Let us Break Bread Together” and “Were You There.” The latter received its premiere at this concert under the direction of David Roach, and my setting of Psalm 23 was reprised by the chorus, under the direction of my friend and Yale classmate Arianne Abela. Both pieces sounded absolutely beautiful. It’s been a joy collaborating with these gifted students and their innovative and inspirational teachers–I’ve learned a great deal in working with them, and I’ve enjoyed watching the students bring these pieces to life. What a wonderful opportunity for both the students and the composer!
Thanks to all the performers or those who have graciously supported these wonderful ensembles and directors!! Without you, this music would be nothing more than notes on a page.