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New catalog acceptance, new available score, and looking ahead 

A few updates to share:

1. Several of my works are cross-listed on Project Encore, a catalog of previously performed choral music deemed to be of high quality by a panel of choral conductors. I'm pleased to announce that the most recent set of additions to Project Encore includes my piece Rise up, my love, a Hebrew setting of verses from the Song of Solomon, which IOCSF originally performed in 2012 and has since reprised in its current revised form.

2. In keeping with the spring season, a new piece of mine is available on my scores page: a setting of Horace's ode "Diffugere nives" in a style heavily influenced by Renaissance motets, but given my own spin with a little more harmonic movement and a 7/8 time signature. There has been no public performance of this one, but the skilled readers and singers of the First Readings Project have produced a very fine demo recording. The text reminds us to enjoy the pleasures of spring while remembering that our lives are fleeting and our time of enjoyment limited-- this last message unfortunately has only become more poignant with the present world situation.

3. Speaking of the present world situation, I am sheltering in place with my family like many of you, missing choral singing intensely, and thinking ahead to the time when the present crisis will have passed and we can gather together in person to make music again. I'm working on a couple of pieces whose texts speak to the fears we face now and offer hope for deliverance from those fears. More details hopefully soon.

American Prize semifinalist 

I'm honored to be able to announce that I have been selected as a semifinalist for the American Prize in choral composition for 2019-20:

https://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2020/01/semi-finalists-composers-choral-music.html

You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize

The pieces for which I was selected, As kingfishers catch fire and Ve hayah ba-'acharit hayamim (movement 3 of my "Songs in Time of Peril" cycle), are available for purchase on my scores page.

A belated summary of 2019, and a look ahead 

It's been a very busy, and very distracted, 2019, but I nonetheless have some musical highlights to share:

  • In June, IOCSF performed a revised version of my "Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away," originally written in 2012 and setting verses from the Song of Solomon in Hebrew.
  • In September, my new motet "Diffugere nives" was named a finalist in the Seghizzi choral composition competition based in Gorizia, Italy. It will be performed at the competition sometime in 2020-- I will update with exact dates when I know more-- and the First Readings Project will prepare a demo recording in March.

I've also been studying privately with a new teacher, Vince Peterson, and I feel like it's really levelling up my musicianship and command of structure and form in my compositions. I've got a couple of new pieces planned for 2020 already which I mean to send around widely: more details next year.

Happy holidays and beautiful music to all!

Video of Choral Chameleon Institute performance of my work 

On June 29, Choral Chameleon concluded its Institute in Brooklyn with a performance of twelve new choral works including my own "Ve hayah ba-'acharit hayamim," the third movement of my Hebrew cycle "Songs in Time of Peril." Their excellent performance is now up on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCrSuB65HOs

 

Enjoy!

New YouTube channel for my works 

I've started a YouTube channel with recordings of some of my pieces:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkIxjX39N9rMQW-7imQIj9A

All these recordings come with perusal scores so you can see how the music unfolds, hopefully helping you decide whether to purchase scores. I'll add more as I get more recordings of the appropriate quality. Enjoy!