It is a busy time of year, as we all prepare to return to school and the start-up of the church program year.
I am excited to be returning to Lafayette College for my fifth year leading the Chamber Orchestra. They are a great group of students and we have really made a lot of progress over the past few years. In addition, I will continue to be the staff accompanist, accompanying juries and recitals, and new this year, I will be accompanying the Concert and Chamber Choirs. It looks to be an exciting time.
I am also preparing to begin the church program year in my new position as Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church in Robesonia, Pennsylvania. It is a thriving community with so many things going on. I have been getting acclimated these past four months, and am really excited to dive into the program year. I have laid out an assortment of anthems I know and love, and have carefully culled the 800+ titles in the library to resurrect some choir favorites that are new to me. Stay tuned for updates!
On the composing front, look for an announcement of a new commissioning project I will be launching – Consortium commissioning opportunities, allowing ensembles and individuals to help create new works, without bearing the financial burden alone. I am very excited about this project and hope to launch it in the next few weeks.
In addition to writing several new works, I am readying several pieces for publication, including an a cappella setting of Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, and Sevenfold Amen, which I wrote for my last Sunday at St. Francis Church in Stamford, CT.
This fall I will be making a major push to try and reach out to choir directors and band directors across the country, introducing my music and myself. It will be an enormous undertaking and I ask all of you to help me. Don’t hesitate to tell your friends and colleagues. I know that I have gifts to offer; I just need to spread the word!
I will also be launching a blog series focusing on choral works, where I talk about the pieces, provide some analysis and critiques, as well as some rehearsal suggestions. I am very excited to share, not only works of mine, but also works I have had success with, and that audiences have responded well to.
As always, Musically yours