A cappella SATB
In Perfect Light (for a cappella SATB chorus, duration 5 mins)
A tranquil reflection on finding solace in death through images of stars in the night sky.
Though my soul will set in darkness,
it will rise in perfect light.
I have loved the stars too fondly
to be fearful of the night.
adapted from The Old Astronomer by Sarah Williams (English, 19th Century)
Absence (for a cappella SATB chorus, duration 5 mins)
An impressionistic setting of image-filled poetry searching for the divine beloved.
SATB with piano
Light Shines (SATB with piano , featuring extended solos for one soprano, one alto and one tenor, duration 8 mins.)
A secular meditation on finding hope through difficult times. Impressionistic and coloristic, this piece features textures imitating wind and raindrops, modal scales, and dramatic dynamic effects.
SATB with percussion
Fire in the Flame (SATB chorus with 3 percussionists, duration 4 mins.)
A fast, dramatic choral work about finding inspiration, life and spirit inside yourself. This piece features spatial and antiphonal effects, and is a performance excerpt from the cantata We Look to the Stars.
We Look to the Stars – Cantata for SATB chorus, percussion (3 players), harp and vocal soloists. (2 sopranos, 1 mezzo-soprano, 1 alto, 1 tenor). Duration 60 minutes, may be excerpted as needed.
Drawing on myths and writing from different cultures, this cantata is a musical celebration of the wonders of the night sky. Across history, culture, time and space—every division and divide among us—we all look at the same stars. Bringing together vocal soloists with SATB chorus and a small group of instrumentalists, We Look to the Stars embraces our universal, human connection with a journey through the night sky in song. Commissioned by Los Angeles Opera