Choral Works

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Three Gnostic Poems

For unaccompanied SATB choir. Three settings of poems by Fletcher LaVallee Bartholomew, meditations on the ineffable.

      Audio An Open World, 2007 (Duration: 3 min.) A Project Encore selection.

      Audio When I Land, 2007 (Duration: 5 min.)

      Audio And the Wind, 2007 (Duration: 4 min.) A Project Encore selection.

From the Odes of Solomon

For unaccompanied SATB choir. The Odes of Solomon are believed to have been written around the year 100 A.D., and include strong parallels to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Received a Commendation in the 2007 Heritage Singers Composers Competition. A Project Encore selection.

      Audio From Odes 1 & 3 of the Odes of Solomon, 2000 (Duration: 5:00)

      Audio From Ode 14 of the Odes of Solomon, 2000 (Duration: 5:00)

      Audio From Ode 17 of the Odes of Solomon, 2000 (Duration: 5:30)

Audio The 21st Century (A Girl Born in Afghanistan), for unaccompanied SATB choir, 2002 (Duration: 6:40)
Finalist in the 2003 Briar Cliff University New Choral Music Competition.
A setting of excerpts from Kofi Annan's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture.

Audio A Girl Born in Afghanistan, for unaccompanied SATB choir, 2005 (Duration: 4:00)
The abbreviated version of The 21st Century (above).

Audio For Every Love a Place, for unaccompanied men's chorus (TTBB), 2016 (Duration: 5:00)
A setting of the poem To a Friend by James Fenimore Cooper, Jr. (1892 - 1918).

Audio Beati Quorum Via, for unaccompanied SATB choir, 2003 (Duration: 2:30)
A new setting of the traditional Latin text.

Audio A Country Boy in Winter, for unaccompanied TTBB men's chorus, 2001 (Duration: 3:20)
A setting of the poem by American poet Sarah Orne Jewett (1849 - 1909). A Project Encore selection.

Audio The Fervid Hokey Poke, for unaccompanied SATB choir, 2010 (Duration: 2:45)
A setting of the hilarious prize-winning poem by Jeff Brechlin.

Audio Leo, for unaccompanied SATB choir, 2002 (Duration: 5:45)
Finalist in the 2007 Cincinnati Camerata Choral Compostition Competition. A Project Encore selection.
A setting of excerpts from Astronomica, a 1st Century B.C. Latin text by Marcus Manilius.

Audio To a Locomotive in Winter, for unaccompanied SATB choir, 2001 (Duration: 6 min.)
A setting of the poem by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892). A Project Encore selection.

Audio Moon Man, for unaccompanied SATB choir or 2-part treble choir, 2004 (Duration: 3 min.)
A humorous romp for the holidays. An adaptation of the poem by Tom Clarke. A Project Encore selection.

Audio The Promise of Liberty, for unison or 2-part chorus with optional descant and optional guitar or piano, 2009 (Duration: 3 min.)
Adapted from the poem, The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus ("Give me your tired, your poor..."). Designed to be sung unaccompanied or with piano or guitar accompaniment, in unison or 2-part harmony, with optional descant and optional audience participation. Also available for SATB (below).

Audio The Promise of Liberty, for SATB with optional descant and optional piano, 2010 (Duration: 3 min.)
Adapted from the poem, The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus ("Give me your tired, your poor..."). Designed to grow in complexity and intensity over the course of 4 verses and 4 choruses, from unison to 5-part SATB with optional descant. The conductor may also invite the audience to join in the final chorus. Also available for unison or 2-part (above).

Audio A Rainy Day, for unaccompanied SSAA women's chorus, 2001 (Duration: 4:15)
A setting of the poem by American poet John Brainard (1796 - 1828).

Audio Song of the Mountains, for SSAATB choir with piano, 2004 (Duration: 6 min.)
A setting of text adapted from prose by American naturalist John Muir (1838 - 1914).

Audio Stoke Fleming, for unaccompanied SATB choir, 2000 (Duration 3:30)
A meditation on rocks and waves written at a small hamlet on the English Channel.

Audio The Tree, for unaccompanied SATB choir, 2003 (Duration: 3 min.)
Winner of the Silver Platter Repertoire Award. Finalist for the 2011 Seghizzi International Choral Festival.
A setting of the poem by American transcendental poet Jones Very (1813 - 1880).

Audio We Are the Dust of Stars, for Treble Choir (SA) with piano accompaniment, 2013 (Duration: 3 min.)
A thought-provoking song about our connection to everything in the universe, with a joyful, humorous ending. Fun for all ages.