Choral Works

My choral works are available for purchase through GIA Publications, Walton Music, G. Schirmer and Hewitt Hill Music. Click each title to learn more and to view perusal scores and purchase information. The CDs featured at the bottom this page contain recordings of several of the works below - click the CD cover images to purchase.


Featured Product:

Starlight: An Anthology of Works for Mixed Chorus. A collection of night-themed works for SATB choir with no divisi. Accessible to high school, collegiate and professional choirs alike, this collection features eight works commissioned by choirs in Scotland, New Zealand and the United States. Includes the following works:

Hail, gladdening Light
Starlight
The Loam
Vigil
Return Again
When You are Old
In the Dark of the End
Neither the Moon by Night

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Discography

The following commercially available recordings feature many of the works listed above.

JUST RELEASED! Features multiple works

JUST RELEASED! Features multiple works

Features 'Adam lay ybounden'

Features 'Adam lay ybounden'

Features 'Ave, maris stella'

Features 'Ave, maris stella'

Features 'The Immortal Memory'

Features 'The Immortal Memory'

Features 'As I Walk the Silent Earth'

Features 'As I Walk the Silent Earth'

Features 'Lux aeterna' and 'The Same Stream'

Features 'Lux aeterna' and 'The Same Stream'


SATB


Adam lay ybounden, one of my most widely performed pieces, provides a dark and ethereal atmosphere to an Evening of Lessons and Carols or other Christmas concert. SATB with divisi.


Alleluia, my first work to be published with GIA Publications, contains moments of darkness and profound joy. SATB with divisi.

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Amid Such Snows uses the image of a red house in the snow to illustrate the resilience of the human heart in times of adversity. SATB with divisi.

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As I Walk the Silent Earth uses imagery from Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland book series to bring a touch of warmth and a sense of community to any choral program. SATB with divisi.

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This piece explores a tapestry of texture, a lullaby that produces waves of sound relating to the life of Mary, the mother of God. SATB with divisi and soprano/tenor solos.

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The Dream I Knew sets the final portion of Yeats’ To Ireland in the Coming Times, and speaks to the need to make music as a community. SATB with divisi.


This substantial, three-movement work finds a path toward redemption after the death of one’s dreams, setting three poems by Indian wordsmith Sarojini Naidu. SATB with divisi and piano.


This work is included in Starlight: An Anthology of Works for Mixed Chorus. A perfect concert opener or accent to a service, with biting textures and vocal movement. SATB, no divisi.

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A short work with piano and fiddle accompaniment that honors the famed Scottish poet and musician Robert Burns. Perfect for a folk-themed program or Burns’ Night celebration. SATB with piano and fiddle.

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This work is included in Starlight: An Anthology of Works for Mixed Chorus. Poetry by Walter De La Mare explores the desire to be a force for good in the world. SATB, no divisi, with piano.

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Commissioned by Westminster Williamson Voices, this setting of Emily Dickinson’s timeless poem is a call for action and kindness in dark times. SATB with divisi and piano.

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This setting of the iconic poem by William Butler Yeats speaks to the call for a place of peace and to be close to nature. SATB with divisi.


This work is included in Starlight: An Anthology of Works for Mixed Chorus. The Loam is a rather unusual minimalist piece within the canon of my work. A steady bass ostinato provides a meditative atmosphere in this setting of Carl Sandburg’s poem. SATB, no divisi.

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Lux aeterna is an adaptation of the sixth movement of my large work A Child’s Requiem. This setting of the well-known Latin text is sure to provide a memorable moment in any program. SATB with divisi and piano or organ.

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This work is included in Starlight: An Anthology of Works for Mixed Chorus. Neither the Moon by Night is a setting of Psalm 121, adapted by the composer, that can function either as SATB with piano or simply treble unison with piano. The alto, tenor and bass parts are optional. S(ATB), no divisi with piano.

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A significant and challenging work, O Great Beyond was commissioned for the BBC Singers. This piece is a journey through the process of saying farewell to a loved one, whether it be from death or distance - an ecstatic and life-affirming work. SATB with divisi and soprano solo.


A surefire concert opener or closer, Our Waking Souls was commissioned by Northern Michigan University and premiered at ACDA Michigan, 2018. SATB with divisi and piano.

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Premiered in Brussels Cathedral, this fast, exciting a cappella work is both a challenge and a joy to sing. The piece sets a rare secular poem by Richard Crashaw in Latin. SATB with divisi and four soloists.

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This work is included in Starlight: An Anthology of Works for Mixed Chorus. This sombre setting of a poem by Walter De La Mare brings to mind the fleeting nature of youth and the desire to return to the dreams of childhood. SATB, no divisi and piano.

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Salvator mundi is a harmonically driven, meditative composition inspired by the painting of the same name attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, with tight harmonies and chromaticism throughout. SATB, no divisi.

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This fast, fluid work is a joyful challenge that sets a profound poem by the great Bengali mystic Rabindranath Tagore. The Same Stream ended up becoming both the penultimate work in my final PhD work Endless and the namesake for The Same Stream Choir. SATB with divisi.

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A substantial and emotionally challenging work, Songs of the Questioner provides a centerpiece to any program. In addition, the third movement, Orbits, may be sung on its own. This work is also the title track from The Same Stream’s new CD, Songs of the Questioner. SATB with divisi and piano

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This work is included in Starlight: An Anthology of Works for Mixed Chorus. Starlight is a moderately fast piece full of the awe and wonder that can only be felt when observing the night sky. It also seeks an acceptance of humankind’s smallness in the wider universe. SATB, no divisi with piano.

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This work is included in Starlight: An Anthology of Works for Mixed Chorus. This simple yet incredibly intense setting of Christina Rossetti’s poem Easter Even is sure to provide a moment of silence and veneration during any Easter service. SATB, no divisi with piano.

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This arrangement of the beloved Irish Christmas carol features two soprano soloists above, to the sides, or behind the audience. A perfect spatial accent to Christmas programs in a church or large performance space. SATB with divisi and soprano solos.

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This work is included in Starlight: An Anthology of Works for Mixed Chorus. When You are Old is a simple, moving setting of one of Yeats’ most memorable poems. Perfect for a quiet, focused moment in a program. SATB, no divisi.

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The very first work of mine to be published, White Stones was a collaboration between myself and my mother, the poet Esther Margaret Ayers. This piece is dark, but displays a degree of hope and tenderness in telling the story of a mother who comforts her young son in the dark of night. SATB with divisi, soprano and baritone solos.

 

Treble/Bass

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Commissioned for the MidwestHungerIs campain, this dark work explores the act of eating alone in various stages of a woman’s life; young motherhood, mid-life, and old age. SSAA with solos and piano.

 

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