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new works & voicings

SA, TB, or SATB Chorus with piano or harp & piano

7'   |   Graphite   |   Text: Julie Kane

"Who will teach me to play / those strings that ring like bells / but cut like knives?" 

The Sallow Harp recounts a lost history: the old Irish harp tradition of playing brass- or silver-stringed instruments. Kane's poem explores the relevance of old traditions to today, even as she mourns music lost to time.

SSA or SATB Chorus with string quartet and flute

18'   |   Graphite   |   Text: Diane Thiel

The two poems of Charting the World, both written by contemporary poet Diane Thiel, share a common theme: the wonder of watching a child acquire a new language. In “The First Sea,” language opens new worlds to children, unfolding fears and dreams alike. In “Counting Two,” it’s an adult perspective that shifts as a child learns to count to two. In both poems, we travel to different worlds.

SATB Chorus, Baritone Soloist & Piano, or

SATB Chorus, Baritone Soloist & String Quartet

12'   |   Graphite   |   Text: Brendan Constantine

In Brendan Constantine’s text for The Opposites Game, a teacher asks their students to name the opposite of each word in a line of poetry by Emily Dickinson: “My life had stood a loaded gun.” When the students arrive at the last word, they confront what may be an unanswerable question: What is the opposite of a gun?

SSA or TTB Chorus & Piano   |   6.5'   |   Graphite   |   Text: Dale Trumbore

"Teach me how to swallow a fate defined by the absence of you."

For the Daughter I May Never Have contemplates whether or not to have a child in a piece that is by turns funny, poignant, and heartfelt.

SSAA or SATB Chorus  |   3'   |   Boosey & Hawkes   |   Text: Stacy Gnall  

Newly available for SATB Chorus, Flare is constantly in motion, a rhythmic race "through trees with bursting limbs" that drives toward the last line: “big brother, I am catching up to you.” This piece was commissioned by the 32 choruses of the ACDA Women's Commission Consortium.

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