music programmed for
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SATB or SSAA Chorus & Piano | 5.5' | Graphite | Text: Barbara Crooker
Barbara Crooker's text for "In the Middle" describes our need to connect in the rush of ordinary life. The piano serves as an unreliable time-keeper, ebbing and flowing as our perception of time does. The word “time” itself occurs over and over within the piece, serving as a sort of refrain, a reminder to slow down.
SATB, SSAA or TTBB a cappella | 4 min. | Graphite | Text: Dale Trumbore
"You see yourself reflected; you learn to love what you see."
This vibrant new piece is about those rare moments when a single experience reshapes you: you visit a place or meet a new person and learn something about yourself you'll carry with you for the rest of your life.
SATB, SSAA or TTBB a cappella | 4' | Graphite | Text: Dale Trumbore
Closer to Home is about the bittersweet experience of visiting a place for the last time: "It's time to go home to a life you won't outgrow. Leaving the garden, leaving the halls, leaving the woods and the river and all."
SATB, SSA or TTB a cappella | 3 min. | Graphite | Text: Samuel Daniel
Love is a Sickness takes nonsense words already in Samuel Daniel's text and adds scat syllables, creating a jazzy, swinging accompaniment to the soprano melody: "More we enjoy it, more it dies; If not enjoyed, it sighing cries, Heigh ho."
SATB, SSAA, or TTBB Chorus & Piano | 6.5' | Graphite | Text: Maya Jackson
When confronted with tragedy, we may instinctively search for hope and healing.
In the face of violent injustice, though, maybe the hope we seek can only be found
when we recognize our own accountability and ask what actions we can take
to create lasting change.
SATB a cappella with alto solo | 4' | Graphite | Text by Laura Foley
Sometimes Peace Comes sets poet Laura Foley's meditation on how it feels to experience peace: "You have stepped into / a place beyond time, / beyond sadness and form. / A wide, high plain / where in the endless, deep silence / you find out what it is, / what it is, / and your part in it."