Two New Works for the Presidential Inauguration 2017
I received a commission to compose two eight-part choral works for the upcoming presidential inauguration. One will be an arrangement of the folk hymn "Beautiful Morning." It expresses real but distant confidence in the future: "In the morning, what a beautiful morning that will be when we all rise together in the morning." The other is a new composiiton called "Now We Belong." The words are by Michael Dennis Browne (Pilgrim's Hymn, among many others) written for this occasion. It gives timely expression to the undeniable reality that, "Once we were strangers / We were welcomed / Now we belong and believe in this land." It is a beautiful and encouraging poem that I can't wait to sound out.
"Longfellow Carol" to be Premiered in Japan
A group of talented musicians from Lee will premiere my new piece "Longfellow Carol" on their Japan tour. I wish I could be there to hear it! The piece is for five voices (SSATB), string quartet, piano and percussion. The text is Longfellow's famous civil war Christmas carol. The piece commissioned by this group for this tour.
Opus Award for Panis Angelicus
I am grateful to have received the Opus Award from the Missouri Choral Director's Association for my work "Panis Angelicus" for string quartet and choir. The Opus Award is given for a work that "exemplifies the highest standard of choral composition."
Enso String Quartet and Ning An Premiere Disturbing the Dust
The Enso String Quartet and Ning An gave the premiere of my new piano quintet movement Disturbing the Dust.
March 22, 2015
Missouri State University Chorale and will give the world premiere of "Panis Angelicus" for choir and string quartet.
February 17, 2015
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) will give the world premiere of "Petite Picaresque" in Squires Concert Hall at Lee University, 7:30.
December 14, 15, 16, 2014
Tennessee Chamber Chorus performs "Laudemus Cum Armonia" in their Christmas Concert in Cleveland, Chattanooga and Knoxville.
October 30, 2014
"Laudemus Cum Armonia" will be published by Walton Music as part of their 2015 catalog.
October 28, 2014
Florida Southern College Chamber Singers perform "Give Me Jesus," Beth Gibbs conducting.
October 5, 2014
Missouri State University Chorale performs "Laudemus Cum Armonia," Cameron LaBarr conducting.
May 30, 2014
Presenting original sacred music and delivering a lecture at the Alliance of Christian Musicians meeting in Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania. The title of the lecture is "Style, Culture and and Obligations of Imagination."
May 18, 2014
Dr. Cameron LaBarr directs the premiere of "Venite et Videte" in the Duke University chapel. "Venite et Videte" is an a capella SATB work. The text comes from Psalm 66.
February 21, 2014
David Tahere performs "The Virtuous Soul" and "Far Down the Ages" in a faculty recital at Covenant College.
February 19, 2014
David Tahere premieres "The Virtuous Soul" in Squires Recital Hall at Lee University, at 7:30 on a program of music by composer Alan Elkins and myself. David will also sing my song, "Far Down the Ages," and I will perform "Rhapsody and Reason." "The Virtuous Soul" is a setting of the poem "Virtue" by George Herbert.
December 15, 16, 17
"The new piece was vivid, intense and engaging." --Daniel Gawthrop
Tennessee Chamber Chorus premieres "Laudemus Cum Armonia" on their Christmas program. "Laudemus Cum Armonia" is my new a capella work based on an early carol. Performances are in the Chattannoga and Knoxville areas. Follow the link to purchase tickets.
Lee University Choral Union, directed by Dr. Cameron LaBarr, premieres my arrangement of "Give Me Jesus."
Covenant Presbyterian Church Choir, Chattanooga, premieres "Our Eternal Home," SATB and Organ, commissioned for the congregation's 25th anniversary.
Presenting a paper, "Voice Leading in George Perle's Sonatina," at the Music Theory Southeast conference at Appalachan State University.
Lee University Chorale under Dr. William Green premieres "Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord."
"Give Me Jesus," for Soprano and Piano, performed by Andrea Dismukes and John Wykoff.
"Rhapsody and Reason," a concert of music by John Wykoff, in Squires Hall at Lee University. Chattanooga's Con Brio ensemble playing my string quartet "thou like adamant," Loralee Songer and Perry Mears playing my Spring Songs, myself on the piano premiering "Rhapsody and Reason," guest composer Susan Labarre, and more.