Composition

Requiem for mixed chorus and harp (2008, rev. 2016)
The Requiem is a 30-minute concert work with texts drawn from the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer. The work also incorporates a metrical setting of Psalm 139 using the American folk hymn “Tender Thought” as well as the Irish hymn “Be Thou My Vision,” both in adaptations of harmonizations by the late British-American composer Alastair Cassels-Brown. The work may also be performed with piano, and six of the ten movements can function as stand-alone anthems.

The work received its New York premiere on Wednesday, March 16, at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. Here is a promotional video for the concert:

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Three Songs from the Arab Spring (2012)
These three songs, two from Egypt and one from Tunisia, are transcriptions for Western choirs of popular freedom songs during the 2011 Arab uprisings. “Ya Beladi” (Ramy Gamal) is a moving ballad arranged for soloists and mixed chorus which celebrates love of country despite political oppression; “Kelmti Horra” (Emel Mathlouthi) is a stirring, intense arrangement for women’s voices which reflects on freedom of speech and poverty; and “Sout al Horeya” (Amir Eid) is a rousing setting for soloists and mixed chorus of a song inspired by the people on the streets at Tahrir Square in Cairo.

Advent Antiphons (2000)
Advent Antiphons is a work for mixed choir a cappella which makes use of the Gregorian “O Antiphons” used with the Magnificat in the final days before Christmas. The piece begins quietly with unison men’s voices and builds to a soaring, joyous conclusion.

The Transfiguration (2000)
The Transfiguration is a dramatic setting for mixed choir and organ of Mark’s Gospel account of Jesus on the mountaintop. Dramatic organ chords set the stage for the disciples’ awestruck account of witnessing the miracle, and return at its conclusion, only to fade away just as the vision did.  

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