In November, my song cycle “Nameless” was premiered by Soprano Emily Bullock and Baritone Randall Scarlata at West Chester University. They were accompanied by piano professor, Patricia Powell. I can’t imagine two voices more suited to sing it. The song cycle texst, by Mary Lou Newmark, are about mentally ill and homeless people.

It was a thrill to hear my song cycle, “Songs of Ruth”, performed at Moravian College on Feb. 20th. this 3-song cycle is based on the biblical account of Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi. The first song is Naomi, who is sad, bitter, and angry; the second is Ruth, who is resolute in her desire to stay with her mother-in-law, even though it may mean a very uncertain future; and the final song is the voice of the daughters of Jerusalem, who rejoice that Ruth has borne a son and Naomi’s status has been redeemed. Soprano Stephanie Heavens did a beautiful job interpreting the different emotions, as did accompanist Gary Garletts.

In March I was able to travel to Buffalo for the premiere of a piece commissioned by the Freudig Singers. The piece I wrote for them is called “Sing a New Song To the Lord”, which will be published by Hinshaw Music. Director Roland Martin guided the singers in a beautiful performance of this piece. They also performed my piece “Far and Away”, which was sung with great tenderness and longing, and my choral suite, “An Adirondack Day”. I was happy to see a few familiar faces and make a few new friends.

Freudic Singers Commission

I was recently commissioned to write a piece for the 30th anniversary of the Freudig Singers of Western New York.  This fine group, under the direction of Roland Martin,  has done a number of my pieces, and I have been able to attend some of their performances.  I was thrilled by this opportunity, because I got to know some of the singers and regard them as friends. The piece I wrote for them is called “Sing To The Lord A New Song”, and it will be premiered by them in March 2015. It has been accepted for publication by Hinshaw Music.

Night of Dreams

Yesterday I was treated to an absolutely beautiful performance of my piece “Night of Dreams” by the Chester County Choral Society.  It is really gratifying to see the impact that this piece still has on the audience. Many thanks to Gary Garletts for including it once again on a program, and also on their newly-released Christmas CD.  I have also been invited to another performance of this piece at Hopewell Methodist in Downingtown, and it is also being performed on Christmas Eve in Lancaster, PA.