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  • SSA

    Christmas Reverie SSAA

    $1.75

    I was commissioned to write this piece by Electra Women’s Choir in Vancouver BC for their Christmas Concert in 2015.

    Hal Leonard publishes the version for SATB while the SSAA version is available through my website. . It is a secular jazz waltz and is suitable for an intermediate to advanced level group.

    The lyric is about hearing a busker on a street corner, reliving memories of favourite Christmases past, and being grateful that songs can connect us to such memories. Woven in are snippets of God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen and O Holy Night.

     


  • New choral works for 2016/17

    Selene’s Boat

    $1.75

    The SATB version is published by Hal Leonard

    The SSAA version is available here.

    Selene is the goddess of the moon in Greek mythology.

    This piece was originally written after we purchased a “Hapi”, a relative of the “Hang” drum. The sound of my early improvisations on the instrument evoked an image of something celestial so we decided that the lyrics should be about the moon. I created the Hapi part first and then wove the choral parts around it. Allison then crafted the gorgeous lyrics and I massaged them into the piece. The Hapi is a gorgeous accompaniment for choir and can be played with the hands (as it is on the youtube recording) or mallets. The piece would also work nicely with other pitched percussion such as vibraphone, marimba or even harp.

     

     

     

     


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    Ave Maris Stella

     

    Purchase from Cypress Publishing

    https://youtu.be/UAj25akmH4E


  • Christms Rev

    Christmas Reverie

    Purchase at Hal Leonard

    I was commissioned to write this piece by Electra Women’s Choir in Vancouver BC for their Christmas Concert in 2015.
    The published version is for SATB. It is a secular jazz waltz and is suitable for an intermediate to advanced level group.

    The lyric is about hearing a busker on a street corner, reliving memories of favourite Christmases past, and being grateful that songs can connect us to such memories. Woven in are snippets of God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen and O Holy Night.

    It will be published by Hal Leonard in Fall of 2016. Pre-publication scores can be ordered here:


  • last night cover

    Last Night of Stars

    Purchase from Hal Leonard

    Cat. # – 50600424 SATB Divisi, A Cappella US $2.25

    A child lies in her bed at night staring out of her high-rise window at a view obscured by a
    thick haze, her bedroom flooded with sounds from the city. One child such as this may be the voice
    that brings about the changes needed to remedy our relationship with the planet.


  • eric6

    And the Band Played Waltzing Mathilda

    I wrote this arrangement of the fabulous Eric Bogle composition for Chor Leoni Men’s Choir for their first album titled “Songs for War and Peace”. I’m also singing the solo.

     


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    When the Earth Stands Still/SATB SSAA TTBB

    Order from ECS Publishing

    TTBB studio recording sung by Don Macdonald.

    SATB studio recording done by Allison Girvan and Don Macdonald.

    I wrote this for my wife Allison Girvan’s small but advanced youth choir, Laline, the smallest of 3 ensembles that she directs. I decided to compose a song much as a contemporary songwriter would, with my own lyrics and a form based around repeating verse and chorus. This is probably one of the easiest pieces of mine to learn yet one of the hardest to perform since the long phrases require a great deal of attention to dynamics, breathing, and consistency of tone.


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