SATB divisi | Duration c. 5'45"
My setting of Alleluia reflects my own view of spirituality, as well as an appreciation for those times in life when one becomes most deeply introspective. Such darkened periods can be the result of a death in the family, trouble in the workplace, or any number of experiences that cause us to question the way of things. Spending time in that darkness, endeavoring to understand it, and learn from it, has caused me to reflect on my own experiences. Paradoxically, this makes it possible to glimpse and even grasp at the meaning of profound and deeply felt joy.
This piece was composed in honor of Jan Brodersen, director of the Marquette Senior High School choral department in Marquette, Michigan. She was, and always will be, one of the greatest mentors I have ever had. Without her guidance I would not have developed into the musician and composer I am today, nor would I have fully discovered my love for choral music.