new works & voicings
SA, TB, or SATB chorus with piano or harp & piano
text: Julie Kane | 7'
"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
text: Diane Thiel | 18'
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
text: Brendan Constantine | 12'
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
text: Dale Trumbore | 6.5'
"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
text: Stacy Gnall | 3'
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.