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Newsletter Jan 2016

This is my second choral newsletter showcasing recent works.

Christmas Reverie/SATB

I was commissioned to write this vocal jazz piece by Electra Women’s Choir in Vancouver BC for their Christmas Concert in 2015. Hal Leonard will be publishing it but at the moment you can contact me for pre-publication orders. Originally written for SSAA it will be published in SATB.

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.

Cat #35030682, SATB with piano and optional bass, Hal Leonard, Mark Foster, US – $2.50

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Voices of the Ancients/TTB SSA

This piece was premiered by the SSA vocal group Ananta in their October concert.

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Last Night of Stars/SATB

This piece was premiered by the Vancouver Chamber Choir in the Fall. Hal Leonard will be publishing it and, like Christmas Reverie above, you can contact me for pre-publication orders.

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.


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Boots (Infantry Columns)/TTBB

This piece, commissioned by the Canadian Men’s Chorus, was premiered in Nov at their Remembrance Day concert.

The wonderful text is by Rudyard Kipling. Here is an excerpt of my composers notes from the first performance.

I was lucky enough to come across a reading of this poem by a fellow named Taylor Holmes recorded in 1915. It is rare to find poetry that when read aloud has such a profound effect on the listener. Holmes reads the poetry at march tempo and, patiently at first, gives us glimpses of the frustration experienced by the men as they soldier on. But as the poem progresses his reading becomes less and less that of the narrator and more  that of a character experiencing the ordeal. So suited to a musical setting, the poem and the reading both have a wonderful crescendo that build incessantly.  The slowly disintegrating timbre of Holmes’ voice reveal the frustration, anger, and eventual madness that many men endured. They were trapped both physically and mentally by their ordeal, a fact wonderfully alluded to in Kipling’s repeated chorus “There’s no discharge form the war”. TTBB with snare drum and marching.


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There is No Rose/SATB SSAA

A revised version of this piece was created this year and published by Cypress. It is available for SATB and SSAA and received some wonderful performances by various choirs inlcuding Elektra Women’s Choir.


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When the Earth Stands Still/SATB SSAA TTBB

This piece is to be published by ECS Publishing in September of 2016.

For prepub orders, contact

Melissa Schelich

Canticle Distributing, 1727 Larkin Williams Road Fenton, MO 63026-2024

TTBB studio recording sung by Don Macdonald.

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This piece will be premiered by the University of Western Ontario Women’s Choir in February. It is available for SSAA and SATB.

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The piece will be performed by one of the Kokapelli adult choirs in Llangollen, Wales this July as part of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

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Tabula Rasa/SATB SSAA TTBB Concert band String Orch

Tabula Rasa was beautifully recorded by the Canadian Chamber Choir and Xara Women’s Choir.

It was also arranged for Concert Band by Dr. Mark Hopkins, Associate Professor in the School of Music at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.


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The Piano/SATB

This piece was published by Cypress Publishing in September.

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Winter Sun/SATB SSAA

This piece was recorded by the Phoenix Chamber Choir.

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The Bridge Builder/SATB

This piece was featured in the G Schimer(Hal Leonard) Choral Artistry Series in Septmeber. It is part of the Jon Washburn Choral Series.

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Blues for a Green Boy/SATB

This peice was published by Cypress Publishing in September.

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