Three Moods - III.
Brian McWhorter, trumpet; Kathryn Christensen, piano;

Recent news

April 2014 – A recording of Love, thricewise by the John Alexander Singers will be released on the Delos label this fall, on an album entitled American Voices.

March 2014 – The Capital Hearings’ recording of City Trees was nominated for a 2014 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award as “Best Classical Song.”  Other nominees in this category include recordings by Swingle Singers and SLIXS.

February-March 2014 – When Music Sounds was performed by the Penn State Glee Club (Christopher Kiver, cond.) at the Eastern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association and at the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar.

Upcoming performances

When Music Sounds will be performed by the Penn State Glee Club (Christopher Kiver, cond.) on April 26, 2014 in State College, PA.

Frog went a-courtin’ and The Maid of Culmore will be performed by Ensemble Companio (Joseph Gregorio, cond.) on April 26, 2014 in New Canaan, CT and on May 10, 2014 in Wellfleet, MA.

Advent Reflections will be performed by harpist Elizabeth Asmus and the Rooke Chapel Choir of Bucknell University (William Payn, cond.) on April 27, 2014 at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA).

Five Whitman Songs will be performed by Katie Schmidt, mezzo-soprano, and Jonathan Mann, piano, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on May 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

A Dedication will be performed by the 7th Grade Treble Choir of Lake Country School (Hartland, WI) on June 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM, conducted by Jacob Notch.

Works arranged by date | Works arranged by instrumentation / voicing

Advent Reflections (2013) for SATB chorus and harp
Text by Christine Schenk, CSJ
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1191
Commissioned by the Bucknell University Rooke Chapel Choir (William Payn, cond.)

An Exhortation (2013) for SAB chorus and piano
Text by Stephanie Gregoire
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1190
Commissioned by the Gettysburg Children’s Choir (Brent Talbot, cond.)

When Music Sounds (2013) for TTBB chorus and piano
Text by Walter de la Mare
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1188
Arranged 2013 for SSAA chorus and piano (Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1189)
Commissioned by the Penn State Glee Club (Christopher Kiver, cond.)

Prayers (2013) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text by John Gould Fletcher
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1187
Commissioned by The Esoterics (Eric Banks, cond.)

Frog went a-courtin’ (2012) American folk song arranged for SATB chorus a cappella
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1183
Dedicated to Olivia, Alice Parker, and Ensemble Companio

O vos omnes (2012) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text from Book of Lamentations
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1182
Dedicated to the memory of Wang Yue

Wine Songs (2012) for SATB chorus and harp
Texts from Song of Solomon and by W.B. Yeats
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1177
Arranged 2012 for SATB chorus and piano (also published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1179)
Commissioned by Choral Chameleon (Vince Peterson, cond.)

The Maid of Culmore (2011) Irish folk song arranged for SATB chorus a cappella
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1176
Dedicated to Ensemble Companio

O magnum mysterium (2011) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text from traditional Latin Christmas Matins
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1175
Commissioned by Choral Chameleon (Vince Peterson, cond.)

Look back on time with kindly eyes (2011) a canon for 12-part (SATB x 3) chorus a cappella
Text by Emily Dickinson
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1170
Commissioned by Choral Chameleon (Vince Peterson, cond.)

To Mary (2011) for baritone and piano
Text by Alfred Roberts

A Strange Sweetness (2011) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text by Wilfred Owen
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1168

Music for Springtime (2011) for woodwind quintet
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1162

City Trees (2010) for SSAA chorus a cappella
Text by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1161

Love, thricewise (2009) for SATB chorus a cappella
Texts by Witter Bynner, Emily Dickinson, and Sidney Lanier
Winner, 2009-2010 Pacific Chorale Young Composers Competition
Published in NCCO Choral Music Series; catalog no. NCMS-11-02

Three Moods (2009) for trumpet and piano

A Dedication (2009) for SA chorus and piano
Text by Emily Dickinson
Published by E.C. Schirmer; catalog no. 7538
Commissioned by the Gettysburg College Children’s Choir 

The Fullness of Peace (2008) for baritone and string quartet
Texts compiled, adapted, and written by Julie Gregorio
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1151
Commissioned by the Ives Quartet in honor of its tenth anniversary and the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth

Martes (2008) for SSAA chorus a cappella; text from Spanish proverb
Text from Spanish proverb
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1150
Commissioned by the Peninsula Women’s Chorus through the Patricia Hennings New Music Fund, Martin Benvenuto, artistic director

Exsultate Deo (2008) a canon for 24-part (SATB x 6) chorus a cappella
Text from Psalm 81
A companion piece to Josquin’s 24-part canon Qui habitat in adiutorio altissimi
Winner, 2010 Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1145

Reminiscences (completed 2008) for guitar solo
For Brian Stone
Blossoms (2006)
Storm (2005)
Autumn Ramble (2004)
Down the Mountain (2008)

Fugue (2008) for organ solo
Commissioned by Carson Cooman

Five Short Pieces (2008) for piano (children’s)

Lament for a Wayward Nation (2007) for string orchestra

Talisman (2007; revised 2009) for violoncello solo

Sudden Light (2007) for TTBB chorus a cappella
Text by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Published by E.C. Schirmer; catalog no. 7308

Two meditations (2007) for piano
On the passing of friends (2007)
Out the window (2005, rev. 2007)

In the Presence of Redwoods (2007) for orchestra
Winner, 2007 San Francisco Conservatory of Music Jim Highsmith prize for orchestral composition

Stille Nacht (2006) Christmas carol (Franz Xaver Gruber) arranged for SATB chorus a cappella

Set me as a seal (2006) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text from Song of Solomon
Published by E.C. Schirmer; catalog no. 7139

Five Whitman Songs (completed 2006) for voice and piano
Texts by Walt Whitman
To You (2005)
O you whom I often and silently come (2006)
As Adam, early in the morning (2005)
I give you my hand (2006)
As in a swoon (2006)
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1073
Commissioned by Joshana Erenberg

A Christmas Diptych (2005) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text from Gospel according to Luke
Published by E.C. Schirmer; catalog no. 6790; formerly titled An Advent Diptych

Love me sweet (2005) for soprano, violin, guitar, and violoncello
Text by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Commissioned by Lika Miyake

Requiem aeternam (2005; re-orchestrated 2006) for orchestra and SATB chorus
Text from traditional Latin Mass

Voices (2005) for voice and piano
Text by Walt Whitman
Published by  Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1043

Suite (2005; rev. 2010) for viola solo

Super montes (2004) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text from Book of Jeremiah

Passage (2004) for chamber orchestra

A Summer’s Day at the Burrow (2004) for piano, flute, and violoncello (children’s)

Alleluia (2004) for SSAA choir a cappella
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1196
Formerly published by Treble Clef Music Press

Querer es poder (2003) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text from Spanish proverb

Deed (2003) for string quartet, piano, and flute

Chocolate Chip Cookies (2002) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text from a recipe by Marcia Gregorio

Dona nobis pacem (2002) for TTBB chorus a cappella
Text from traditional Latin Mass
Winner, Top Honors, 2002 Waging Peace Through Singing Project
Published by E.C. Schirmer; catalog no. 6511
Arranged 2005 for SSATTBB choir a cappella (also published by E.C. Schirmer; catalog no. 6575)

Roulez jeunes gens, roulez (2001) French folk song arranged for SSAA chorus, piano, and body percussion
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1195
Formerly published by Treble Clef Music Press

Berceuse d’Alsace (2001) French folk song arranged for SSAA chorus and piano

Ah, vous dirai-je, maman (2001) French folk song arranged for SSAA chorus a cappella

Five vignettes (2001) for piano solo

Works arranged by instrumentation / voicing

Orchestra / chamber orchestra

In the Presence of Redwoods (2007) for orchestra
Winner, 2007 San Francisco Conservatory of Music Jim Highsmith prize for orchestral composition

Lament for a Wayward Nation (2007) for string orchestra

Passage (2004) for chamber orchestra

Chorus

SATB

Advent Reflections (2013) for SATB chorus and harp
Text by Christine Schenk, CSJ
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1191
Commissioned by the Bucknell University Rooke Chapel Choir (William Payn, cond.)

Prayers (2013) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text by John Gould Fletcher
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1187
Commissioned by The Esoterics (Eric Banks, cond.)

Frog went a-courtin’ (2012) American folk song arranged for SATB chorus a cappella
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1183
Dedicated to Olivia, Alice Parker, and Ensemble Companio

O vos omnes (2012) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text from Book of Lamentations
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1182
Dedicated to the memory of Wang Yue

Wine Songs (2012) for SATB chorus and harp
Texts from Song of Solomon and by W.B. Yeats
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1177
Arranged 2012 for SATB chorus and piano (also published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1179)
Commissioned by Choral Chameleon (Vince Peterson, cond.)

The Maid of Culmore (2011) Irish folk song arranged for SATB chorus a cappella
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1176
Dedicated to Ensemble Companio

O magnum mysterium (2011) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text from traditional Latin Christmas Matins
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1175
Commissioned by Choral Chameleon (Vince Peterson, cond.)

Look back on time with kindly eyes (2011) a canon for 12-part (SATB x 3) chorus a cappella
Text by Emily Dickinson
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1170
Commissioned by Choral Chameleon (Vince Peterson, cond.)

A Strange Sweetness (2011) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text by Wilfred Owen
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1168

Love, thricewise (2009) for SATB chorus a cappella
Texts by Witter Bynner, Emily Dickinson, and Sidney Lanier
Winner, 2009-2010 Pacific Chorale Young Composers Competition
Published in NCCO Choral Music Series; catalog no. NCMS-11-02

Exsultate Deo (2008) a canon for 24-part (SATB x 6) chorus a cappella
Text from Psalm 81
A companion piece to Josquin’s 24-part canon Qui habitat in adiutorio altissimi
Winner, 2010 Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1145

Stille Nacht (2006) Christmas carol (Franz Xaver Gruber) arranged for SATB chorus a cappella

Set me as a seal (2006) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text from Song of Solomon
Published by E.C. Schirmer; catalog no. 7139

Requiem aeternam (2005; re-orchestrated 2006) for orchestra and SATB chorus
Text from traditional Latin Mass

Super montes (2004) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text from Book of Jeremiah

Dona nobis pacem (2002 for TTBB chorus; arranged 2005) for SSATTBB chorus a cappella
Text from traditional Latin Mass
Winner, Top Honors, 2002 Waging Peace Through Singing Project
Published by E.C. Schirmer; catalog no. 6575

Querer es poder (2003) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text from Spanish proverb

Chocolate Chip Cookies (2002) for SATB chorus a cappella
Text from a recipe by Marcia Gregorio

SSAA / Treble

When Music Sounds (2013 for TTBB chorus and piano; arranged 2013) for SSAA chorus and piano
Text by Walter de la Mare
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1189
Commissioned by the Penn State Glee Club (Christopher Kiver, cond.)

City Trees (2010) for SSAA chorus a cappella
Text by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1161

A Dedication (2009) for SA chorus and piano
Text by Emily Dickinson
Published by E.C. Schirmer; catalog no. 7538
Commissioned by the Gettysburg College Children’s Choir

Martes (2008) for SSAA chorus a cappella; text from Spanish proverb
Text from Spanish proverb
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1150
Commissioned by the Peninsula Women’s Chorus through the Patricia Hennings New Music Fund, Martin Benvenuto, artistic director

Alleluia (2004) for SSAA choir a cappella
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1196
Formerly published by Treble Clef Music Press

Roulez jeunes gens, roulez (2001) French folk song arranged for SSAA chorus, piano, and body percussion
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1195
Formerly published by Treble Clef Music Press

Berceuse d’Alsace (2001) French folk song arranged for SSAA chorus and piano

Ah, vous dirai-je, maman (2001) French folk song arranged for SSAA chorus a cappella

TTBB

When Music Sounds (2013) for TTBB chorus and piano
Text by Walter de la Mare
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1188
Commissioned by the Penn State Glee Club (Christopher Kiver, cond.)

Sudden Light (2007) for TTBB chorus a cappella
Text by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Published by E.C. Schirmer; catalog no. 7308

Dona nobis pacem (2002) for TTBB chorus a cappella
Text from traditional Latin Mass
Winner, Top Honors, 2002 Waging Peace Through Singing Project
Published by E.C. Schirmer; catalog no. 6511

SAB

An Exhortation (2013) for SAB chorus and piano
Text by Stephanie Gregoire
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1190
Commissioned by the Gettysburg Children’s Choir (Brent Talbot, cond.)

Vocal solo / vocal chamber

To Mary (2011) for baritone and piano
Text by Alfred Roberts

The Fullness of Peace (2008) for baritone and string quartet
Texts compiled, adapted, and written by Julie Gregorio
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1151
Commissioned by the Ives Quartet in honor of its tenth anniversary and the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth

Five Whitman Songs (completed 2006) for voice and piano
Texts by Walt Whitman
To You (2005)
O you whom I often and silently come (2006)
As Adam, early in the morning (2005)
I give you my hand (2006)
As in a swoon (2006)
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1073
Commissioned by Joshana Erenberg

Love me sweet (2005) for soprano, violin, guitar, and violoncello
Text by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Commissioned by Lika Miyake

Voices (2005) for voice and piano
Text by Walt Whitman
Published by  Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1043

Instrumental solo / instrumental chamber

Music for Springtime (2011) for woodwind quintet
Published by Areté Music Imprints; catalog no. 1162

Three Moods (2009) for trumpet and piano

Reminiscences (completed 2008) for guitar solo
For Brian Stone
Blossoms (2006)
Storm (2005)
Autumn Ramble (2004)
Down the Mountain (2008)

Five Short Pieces (2008) for piano (children’s)

Talisman (2007; revised 2009) for violoncello solo

Two meditations (2007) for piano
On the passing of friends (2007)
Out the window (2005, rev. 2007)

Suite (2005; rev. 2010) for viola solo

A Summer’s Day at the Burrow (2004); a children’s piece for piano, flute, and violoncello

Deed (2003) for string quartet, piano, and flute

Five vignettes (2001) for piano solo

Organ

Fugue (2008) for organ solo
Commissioned by Carson Cooman

Works arranged by date

Upcoming performances

When Music Sounds will be performed by the Penn State Glee Club (Christopher Kiver, cond.) on April 26, 2014 in State College, PA.

Frog went a-courtin’ and The Maid of Culmore will be performed by Ensemble Companio (Joseph Gregorio, cond.) on April 26, 2014 in New Canaan, CT and on May 10, 2014 in Wellfleet, MA.

Advent Reflections will be performed by harpist Elizabeth Asmus and the Rooke Chapel Choir of Bucknell University (William Payn, cond.) on April 27, 2014 at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA).

Five Whitman Songs will be performed by Katie Schmidt, mezzo-soprano, and Jonathan Mann, piano, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on May 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

A Dedication will be performed by the 7th Grade Treble Choir of Lake Country School (Hartland, WI) on June 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM, conducted by Jacob Notch.

Past performances

(grouped by composition, and arranged in chronological order by of date of composition)

Five Vignettes (2001) for piano solo
Performance in Ithaca, NY by Emily Green

Ah, vous dirai-je, maman (2001) arranged for SSAA chorus unaccompanied
Performance in Ithaca, NY by members of the Cornell University Chorus (Joseph Gregorio, cond.)

Berceuse d’Alsace (2001) arranged for SSAA chorus unaccompanied
Performance in Ithaca, NY by members of the Cornell University Chorus (Joseph Gregorio, cond.)

Roulez jeunes gens roulez (2001, published 2003 by Treble Clef Music Press) arranged for SSAA chorus, piano, and body percussion
Performances and television/radio broadcasts throughout the United States and abroad by the Cornell University Chorus – Scott Tucker, cond. | Women’s Voices Chorus – Mary Lycan, cond. | USC Oriana Women’s Choir – Daniel Roihl, cond. | Gettysburg College Women’s Choir – Sharon Davis Gratto, cond. | Concerto Della Donna – Iwan Edwards, cond. | Ensemble Vocal Senior De La Salle – Robert Filion, cond. | University of Iowa School of Music Women’s Chorale – Jacquelyn Zwiefel, cond. | New Mexico Music Educators’ Assoiation All-State Treble Choir – Sharon A. Hansen, cond. | Wellesley College Choir – Lisa Graham, cond.

Dona nobis pacem (2002, published 2005 by E. C. Schirmer) for TTBB chorus unaccompanied; arranged for SSATTBB chorus unaccompanied (also published 2005 by E. C. Schirmer)
Radio broadcasts and performances throughout the United States and abroad by the Cornell Univ. Glee Club – Scott Tucker, cond. | Washington Men’s Camerata – Frank Albinder, cond. | Yale Camerata – Marguerite Brooks, cond. | Chor Leoni – Diane Loomer, cond. | Sacramento State Univ. Men’s Chorus – Don Kendrick, cond. | Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus – Joseph J. Buches, cond. | Sonoma County Chamber Singers – Robert Hazelrigg, cond. | Rutgers Glee Club – Patrick Gardner, cond. | Denver Gay Men’s Chorus – Ben Riggs, cond. | Calvary Episcopal Church Choir (Pittsburgh, PA) – Alan Lewis, cond. | Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop (Tuscany, Italy) | Rooke Chapel Choir (Bucknell Univ.) – William Payn, cond. | Baylor University Men’s Choir – Randall Bradley, cond. | Dakota Men’s Ensemble – Steven Grives, cond. | 2008 St. Olaf Christmas Festival – Christopher Aspaas, cond. | Boston Gay Men’s Chorus – Reuben Reynolds, cond. | UMKC Canticum Novum – Jeremy Mims, cond. | Penn State Glee Club – Christopher Kiver, cond. | International Orange Chorale – Zane Fiala, cond. | Augustana Choir – James Johnson, cond. | Millikin Men’s Choir – Ted Hesse, cond. | Seraphic Fire – Patrick Quigley, cond. | Battell Chapel Choir (Yale Univ.) – Christoph Schlechter, cond. | Univ. of Maryland Men’s Chorus – Stephen Holmes, cond. | Avon Old Farm School Riddlers – Bryan Zaros, cond. | Cantare! (Presbyterian College Men’s Choir) – Ron Davis, cond. | Bridgewater State University Chamber Singers – Steven Young, cond. | Canadian Men’s Chorus – Greg Rainville, cond. | New York Young Men Singing – Gene Peterson, cond | Vox Aurum – Ian Goldin, cond. | Heartland Men’s Chorus – Joseph P. Nadeau, cond. | West Chester University Men’s Chorus – David DeVenney, cond. | Riverside Choral Society – Patrick Gardner, cond. | Susquehanna Chorale – Linda Tedford, cond. | Mansfield University Concert Choir – Peggy Dettwiler, cond. | Empire City Men’s Chorus – Matthew Oltman, cond. | Weerter Mannenkoor – Tim Schulteis, cond. | HARMONIE Lindenholzhausen – Martin Winkler, cond. | University of Tennessee Men’s Chorale – Gene Peterson, cond. | Seton Hill University Una Voce (Mark A. Boyle, cond.)

Chocolate Chip Cookies (2002) for SATB chorus unaccompanied
Performance in New Haven, CT by Yale Pro Musica (Marguerite Brooks, cond.)

Querer es poder (2003) for SATB chorus unaccompanied
Performances in New Haven, CT (Yale Pro Musica – Marguerite Brooks, cond.) | Interlochen, MI (World Youth Honors Choir – Jeffrey Douma, cond.)

Alleluia (2004, publ. 2005 by Treble Clef Music Press) for SSAA chorus unaccompanied
Performances throughout the United States and abroad by the Cornell University Chorus – Scott Tucker, cond. | Finger Lakes Women’s Chorale – Doreen Alsen, cond. | Yale Camerata – Marguerite Brooks, cond. | Sonoma County Chamber Singers – Robert Hazelrigg, cond. | Voci di Sorelle – Ruth Moreland, cond. | Peninsula Women’s Chorus – Martin Benvenuto, cond. | Concerto Della Donna – Iwan Edwards, cond. | St. Bonaventure’s College Camerata – Maria Conkey, cond. | Albright Angels – Adlai Binger, cond. | University of Pittsburgh Women’s Choral Ensemble – Lorraine Milovac, cond. | West Chester University Women’s Chorus – David DeVenney, cond. | Orange County Women’s Chorus – Eliza Rubenstein, cond.

Passage (2004) for chamber orchestra
Performance in San Francisco, CA by San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble (Nicole Paiement, cond.)

Super montes (2005) for SATB chorus unaccompanied
Performances in Santa Rosa, CA (Sonoma County Chamber Singers – Robert Hazelrigg, cond.) and San Francisco, CA

Suite (2005) for viola solo
Performances in San Francisco, CA (Jodi Levitz, Charith Premawardhana, Wendy Clymer) | Italy (Jodi Levitz and Wendy Clymer) | Dallas, TX (Jen Tyler) | Gettysburg, PA (Mary Hammann)

Voices (2005) for voice and piano
Performances in San Francisco, CA by Rebecca Plack, soprano and Marilyn Swan, piano, and West Hartford, CT by Julie Gregorio, soprano and Victor Evans, piano

Requiem aeternam (2005) for orchestra and SATB chorus
Performance in Gettysburg, PA by Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra and Gettysburg Schola Cantorum (Norman Nunamaker, cond.)

Love me sweet (2005) for voice, violin, guitar and cello
Performance in Los Angeles, CA by Lika Miyake and the Pasadena Strings

A Christmas Diptych (2005, publ. E. C. Schirmer; formerly titled An Advent Diptych) for SATB chorus unaccompanied
Performances in New Haven, CT (Yale Camerata – Marguerite Brooks, cond.); Santa Rosa, CA (Sonoma County Chamber Singers – Robert Hazelrigg, cond.); and Canon Beach, OR (Choral Conductors’ Retreat Workshop Concert – Vicky Thomas, cond.); Walla Walla, WA (Whitman College Chamber Singers – Jeremy Mims, cond.) | Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, CA (John Alexander Singers – John Alexander, cond.) | Bellevue, Lynnwood, and Seattle, WA (Sacred Music Chorale – Mark Adrian, cond.)

Five Whitman Songs (2006) for voice and piano
Performances in Berkeley, CA (Debi Wong, mezzo-soprano; Elizabeth Ingber, piano) and of excerpts in San Francisco, CA (Zheng Cao, Joshana Erenberg, and Jenna Yokoyama, mezzo-sopranos; Rebecca Marques, Rebecca Plack, sopranos; Mack McCray, Marilyn Swan, Regina Schaffer, Timothy Bach, Amy Fang, pianists) | New York, NY (Julie Gregorio and Raphael Fusco) | West Hartford, CT (Julie Gregorio and Victor Evans)

Set me as a seal (2006, publ. 2007 by E. C. Schirmer) for SATB chorus unaccompanied
Performances in New York, NY (C4 – Joy Chia, cond.) | San Francisco, CA (San Francisco Conservatory Chorus – David Conte, cond.) | Claremont, CA (Claremont Chamber Choir – Charles Kamm, cond.) | Allendale, MI (Grand Valley State University Arts Chorale – Ellen Pool, cond.) | Milton, MA (Yale Alumni Chorus – Jeffrey Douma, cond.)

In the Presence of Redwoods (2006) for orchestra
Performance in San Francisco, CA by the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra (Andrew Mogrelia, cond.)

Stille Nacht (Silent Night) (2006) arranged for SATB chorus unaccompanied
Performances in San Francisco, CA by the San Francisco Bach Choir (Thomas Folan, cond.)

Two Meditations (2007) for piano solo
Performances of excerpt (Out the window) in San Francisco, CA and Oakland, CA – Regina Schaffer | New York City, NY – James Bester, piano

Lament for a Wayward Nation (2007) for string orchestra
Performance in Gettysburg, PA by Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra (Norman Nunamaker, cond.)

Talisman (2007; rev. 2009) for violoncello solo
Performances in Gettysburg, PA by Miranda Henne and San Francisco, CA by Emil Miland

Sudden Light (2007) for TTBB chorus unaccompanied
Performances in Ithaca, NY and throughout California (Cornell University Glee Club – Scott Tucker, cond.) and in New Brunswick, NJ (Rutgers University Glee Club – Patrick Gardner, cond.)

Reminiscences (2008) for guitar solo
Performances of excerpts in San Francisco and San Mateo, CA (Brian Stone); Eugene, OR (Oren Fader)

Exsultate Deo (2008) for 24-part (SATB x 6) chorus unaccompanied
Performances in CA, CT, and HI by the Yale Glee Club – Jeffrey Douma, cond.

Martes (2008) for SSAA chorus unaccompanied
Performances in Menlo Park, CA and Santa Clara, CA by the Peninsula Women’s Chorus (Martin Benvenuto, cond.)

The Fullness of Peace (2008) for baritone and string quartet
Performances in San Jose, Palo Alto, Windsor, and San Francisco, CA by the Ives Quartet and baritones Eugene Brancoveanu and Austin Kness | radio broadcast on KRCB | Excerpts arr. for piano and baritone in Ithaca, NY (Tyler Herman, baritone; Emily Green, piano)

A Dedication (2009) for SA chorus and piano
Performances in Gettysburg, PA by the Gettysburg College Children’s Choir (Sharon Davis Gratto, cond.) and the 2011 Commencement Choir (Mount Holyoke College; Kimberly Dunn Adams, cond.) | Princeton Girlchoir Ensemble (Steve Kim, cond.)

Three Moods (2009) for trumpet and piano
Performance of excerpts in Eugene, OR at the 2009 Oregon Bach Festival Composers’ Symposium (Brian McWhorter, trumpet; Kathryn Christensen, piano) | San Francisco, CA (Tucker Jessup, trumpet; Regina Schaffer, piano) | Gettysburg, PA (Zachary Hartzell, trumpet; Timothy Braband, piano)

Love, thricewise (2009) for SATB chorus unaccompanied
Performances in Costa Mesa, CA (John Alexander Singers – Robert Istad, cond.) | Tours, France [at the Florilège Competition] and Madison, WI (University of Wisconsin-Madison Concert Choir – Beverly Taylor, cond.) | Fullerton, CA (John Alexander Singers – John Alexander, cond.) | Western Michigan University Chorale (Kimberly Dunn Adams, cond.)

City Trees (2010) for SSAA chorus unaccompanied
Performance in Washington, DC by The Capital Hearings

A Strange Sweetness (2011) for SATB chorus unaccompanied
Performances in Walla Walla, WA (Whitman College Chamber Singers – Jeremy Mims, cond.) | Palo Alto, CA and Alameda, CA (Soli Deo Gloria – Allen Simon, cond.) | Brookline, MA; New Canaan, CT; and Madison, NJ (Ensemble Companio – Joseph Gregorio, cond.)

Music for Springtime (2011) for woodwind quintet
Performances in West Chester, PA and Oxford, OH (2012 annual conference, International Double Reed Society) by Quintsylvania Winds | Tahlequah, OK (Relevents Wind Quintet) | Provo, UT (Orpheus Winds Quintet)

To Mary (2011) for baritone and piano
Performance in West Chester, PA by Brian Chu, baritone and Gregory Fiorentino, piano

Look back on time with kindly eyes (2011) for 12-part (SATB x 3) chorus unaccompanied
Performance in New York, NY by Choral Chameleon (Vince Peterson, cond.)

O magnum mysterium (2011) for SATB chorus unaccompanied
Performances in New York, NY (Choral Chameleon – Vince Peterson, cond.) and Swarthmore, PA (Swarthmore College Chamber Choir – Joseph Gregorio, cond.)

The Maid of Culmore (2012) arranged for SATB chorus unaccompanied
Performances in New Canaan, CT; Bayonne, NJ; Ithaca, NY; Millersville, PA; Schenectady, NY; and Gettysburg, PA (Ensemble Companio – Joseph Gregorio, cond.) | Boston, MA (Tufts University Chamber Singers – Jamie Kirsch, cond.) | Cork, Dublin, and Galway, Ireland (Tufts University Chorale – Jamie Kirsch, cond.)

Wine Songs (2012) for SATB chorus and harp
Performance in New York, NY by Choral Chameleon (Vince Peterson, cond.) and Michelle Gott, harp

O vos omnes (2012) for SATB chorus unaccompanied
Performance in State College, PA by the Penn State Concert Choir (Christopher Kiver, cond.)

Frog went a-courtin’ (2012) arranged for SATB chorus unaccompanied
Performances in Brookline, MA; New Canaan, CT; Madison, NJ; Millersville, PA; Schenectady, NY; and Gettysburg, PA (Ensemble Companio – Joseph Gregorio, cond.) | Boston, MA (Tufts University Concert Choir – Jamie Kirsch, cond.)

Prayers (2013) for SATB chorus unaccompanied
Performances in Seattle, WA by The Esoterics (Eric Banks, cond.)

An Exhortation (2013) for SAB chorus and piano
Performance in Gettysburg, PA by the combined choirs of the Gettysburg Children’s Choir Festival (Brent Talbot, cond.)

When Music Sounds (2013) for TTBB chorus and piano
Performances in State College, PA, at the 2014 ACDA Eastern Division Conference (Baltimore, MD), and the 2014 Intercollegiate Men’s Chorus National Seminar (New Brunswick, NJ) by the Penn State Glee Club (Christopher Kiver, cond.)

Advent Reflections (2013) for SATB chorus and harp
Performances in Lewisburg, PA and Scranton, PA by the Bucknell University Rooke Chapel Choir (William Payn, cond.) and Elizabeth Asmus, harp

Much of Gregorio’s choral music can be heard here.

Recordings arranged by work (and date of release):

Alleluia

LIVE (2010) | Concerto Della Donna (Iwan Edwards, cond.)

 

 

City Trees

OPENING STATEMENT (2013) | The Capital Hearings (Dileep Srihari, dir.)

 


Dona nobis pacem
 (TTBB version)

When I Was a Young Man: More Classics for Men’s Chorus (2009) | Washington Men’s Camerata (Frank Albinder, cond.)

 

 

Vespers 2009 | Millikin University Men’s Choir (Ted Hesse, cond.)

 

 

My Spirit Sings of Wondrous Things (2008) | Choirs of St. Olaf College

 

 

Hear The Voice (2007) | Rutgers University Glee Club (Patrick Gardner, cond.)

 

 

Holiday Delights (2007) | Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (Joseph J. Buches, cond.)

 

 

Pacem (2005) | Cornell University Glee Club (Scott Tucker, cond.)

Wine Songs, premiered by Choral Chameleon in March 2012, earned praise for Gregorio’s compositional voice in an examiner.com review by Seth Gilman.  Gilman writes, “Overall, the effect of this set was of an admirable compositional restraint and parsimony. What Mr. Gregorio had to say in conceit and material was said with specificity, brevity, and wit; nothing was obscured by the temptation of a lesser composer to satisfy too many perceived priorities or impulses.”

Look back on time with kindly eyes was praised by Lauren Alfano, writing for icareifyoulisten.com, as a “particularly exciting” piece on Choral Chameleon‘s November 2011 concert, Tempus.

Out the window (from Two Meditations) received a very nice review by Thomas Deneuville. Deneuville describes the piece as “a beautiful landscape in sfumato.”

Set me as a seal
Released in E.C. Schirmer’s Fall 2010 New Issue, Set me as a seal has received several excellent reviews. It was described by Alan Lewis in the March 2011 issue of the Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians as a “lovely setting of this time-honored wedding text.” It was also selected one of Creator Magazine’s “Select 20″ anthems of 2011, praised there as “simply put, gorgeous…”. The Winter 2010-11 issue of The Choral Room likewise hailed it as “the perfect cathedral anthem. [...] Gregorio sets this popular text…with great effect.”  In the November 2012 issue of the Iowa Choral Directors Association’s Sounding Board, Thomas Holm wrote that it “deserves to be added to the repertoire. The architecture is balanced, the musical line is compelling from beginning to end, and there is a perfect tension between linear counterpoint and vertical harmony.”

A Christmas Diptych, released in E.C. Schirmer’s Spring 2008 New Issue, was chosen as one of Creator Magazine’s 2009 “Select 20″ anthems.

Dona nobis pacem
Released in E.C. Schirmer’s Fall 2007 New Issue, Dona nobis pacem received four very favorable reviews:

• one by Gregory Hall in the journal of the Contemporary Record Society (full review reprinted here about halfway down the page):
“[...] Gregorio approaches his task with the intelligence and integrity of a pre-twentieth-century composer. His is largely instinctual music; while beautifully crafted, it has nothing of the contrived about it. Its consistency as well, in an era of eclecticism that touches all music, is most admirable. [...] His feeling for modal diatonic harmony is completely natural…and because consonance and dissonance are in many ways unified in this work, Gregorio points us graciously towards new realms of harmonic development.”

• one by Alan Lewis in the November 2007 issue of the Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians:
“In a year when peace seems ever-more elusive, an ambitious setting of the three words, ‘Dona nobis pacem’ by the young composer Joseph Gregorio is particularly appealing. [...] Even in its mixed-voices version, the piece conjures up for me overtones of the Biebl Ave Maria; the harmony is lush, the lines elegant, the overarching shape (gradual growth from low and quiet to very high and very loud, then a brief dying-away) clear. [...]“

• one in the November 2008 issue of Creator Magazine, which chose Dona nobis pacem as one of its 2008 “Select 20″ anthems:
“What a great piece of choral music. [...] a wonderful addition to the repertoire. Well done. Highly recommended.”

• and a review in the Winter 2007-08 issue of The Choral Room.

Biography

A native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Joseph Gregorio is equally at home composing and conducting.  Gregorio’s compositions have been broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today and WQXR’s Choral Mix, have garnered prizes in several competitions, and have been performed in the United States and abroad by numerous and renowned soloists and ensembles at such venues as the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the National Cathedral, and the Basilica di San Marco in Venice. Gregorio was named the 2011-2012 composer-in-residence of New York City ensemble Choral Chameleon, and the 2005-2006 composer-in-residence of the Sonoma County Chamber Singers. His music is published by Areté Music ImprintsE. C. Schirmer Music Company, and the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and has been recorded by the choirs of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Concerto Della Donna, the Washington Men’s Camerata,  the John Alexander Singers, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, the Rutgers University Glee Club, and the Cornell University Glee Club.

Also active as a conductor, Gregorio is director of choirs at Swarthmore College.  He is director of chamber choir Ensemble Companio, which he founded in 2011 and which won the 2012 American Prize in choral performance.  Gregorio has co-conducted the Yale Recital Chorus and the Yale Repertory Chorus, and has guest-conducted the Cornell University Glee Club and the Mansfield University Concert Choir. He served from 2004-2006 as the assistant conductor of the San Francisco Conservatory Chorus, and was assistant conductor of the San Francisco Bach Choir from 2005-2007.

Gregorio has studied composition with Steven StuckyDavid Conte, and Richard Brodhead.  He holds a M.M. in composition with departmental honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a M.M. in choral conducting from Yale University, and a B.A. magna cum laude in music from Cornell University.  While at Yale, he studied with Marguerite Brooks and Simon Carrington, and received the Edward Stanley Seder, Richard French, and Hugh Giles prizes in choral conducting; while at Cornell, he was the recipient of the Ellen Gussman Adelson scholarship in music.  Gregorio has participated in the Oregon Bach Festival’s Composers’ Symposium and the summer program of the European American Musical Alliance.  He was a professor of music theory and musicianship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2008-2009.  He also taught music theory at Temple University from 2011-2012, where is presently a candidate for the D.M.A. in composition and the recipient of a Presidential Fellowship.

Awards

Third place, 2013 American Prize competiton (choral composition, student category)
National Composer winner, 2012-13 POLYPHONOS Competition
Winner, 2010 Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers’ Competition
Winner, 2009-10 Pacific Chorale Young Composers’ Competition
Winner, 2007 San Francisco Conservatory Jim Highsmith Competition for orchestral composition
Third place, 2006 Diana Barnhart American Song Competition
First place, 2005 San Francisco Conservatory Art Song Composition Competition
Top Honors, 2002 Waging Peace Through Singing Project

Publishers

E.C. Schirmer Music Co.
NCCO Choral Music Series
Areté Music Imprints

Links

Ensemble Companio

Blog

Gregorian Rant

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