A Baptismal Lullaby is a gentle church anthem designed for use at any baptismal service, though it works as a choral piece in a concert setting as well. The text is Psalm 139:9-14. “If I fly with the wings of the dove and alight beyond the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand hold me fast…”
Appropriate for talented amateur or semi-professional church choir or a high school or college chamber choir.
A Song for Peace is a short piece for choir and African djembe. Written in an African marching song style, the song is designed for a procession at the beginning of a concert program. A singer and drummer start the call, and the choir picks up the response, walking onto the stage and into place. Once onstage, the music shifts to a gentle, polyphonic hymn for peace. Texts in Tagalog and Swahili increase the sense of international fellowship.
Appropriate for choirs at almost all levels. One singer at least should be a strong soloist. The texts in Swahili and Tagalog are easily pronounced and eminently singable.
Alchemy is a concert piece for two percussionists, a study in different unpitched and pitched timbres, an ambient percussion piece that explodes in passages of fast and precise strikes.
Appropriate for professional or graduate-level percussionists or a highly attuned and experienced duo at any level.
And All for Your Love’s Sake is a choral anthem written for the Evensong or Compline service and was premiered by a talented high school choir singing Evensong at Washington National Cathedral. The text combines two beautiful evening prayers, “Guide us waking and guard us sleeping” and “Keep watch, dear Lord”.
Appropriate for a good church choir with some professional members or a talented high school or college chamber choir.
At the Manger is a mystical setting of Mary’s lullaby to the infant Jesus. The text comes from W.H. Auden’s unset Christmas oratorio, For the Time Being…
This setting follows the quiet introspection of the text, starting with a solo soprano line and expanding into an 8-part texture by the end as all of humanity shares in the Nativity.
This anthem is appropriate for a highly skilled choir with confident readers. The setting is SSAATTBB, so all voice parts should be at least steady on their own. As an unaccompanied, 8-part anthem, this piece is challenging but rewarding to any choir looking for a gentle, mystical setting for Advent or Christmas Eve.
Four Snares is a percussion quartet for four snare drums. Each snare drum is a different size and timbre, and the piece uses all parts of the drums and all types of hits to create an exciting rhythmic experience that explores the entire possible range of the snare drum. Exciting and challenging, this piece is always a favorite with audiences.
This piece is for four players on four different snare drums (piccolo, 4″, 6″, and an altered drum are recommended). It requires a tight ensemble between the four players but is appropriate for college level and beyond. This download includes a zip file that includes the score and four parts.