Over my many years as a musician and director, I have put my degrees in composition to use, most often writing choral music. Currently, I have four of these choral pieces published and available for sale through SheetMusicPlus.
The Shepherds’ Song (SATB) — A lovely original Christmas piece based on the gospel of Luke. It imagines the shepherds on the hill, the appearance of the angels, and the emotional journey of that moment. Full of introspection with a sparse accompaniment, I absolutely adore this piece, and hope you will too.
Go and Tell It (SATB) — A medley of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “Children Go Where I Send Thee.” This song is a super upbeat song with a gospel flare that is sure to get hands clapping on your holiday program or Christmas service. It has a big finish which is great for a closing number.
I Will Not Stand Idle (SAT) — Written in a driving gospel style, this advent number reminds us of the work we must do to bring about Christ’s kingdom on earth while we await his arrival. It uses call and response between a soloist and the choir for the verses, and has a great syncopated bridge. The piano drives the whole thing with an accented eighth note pattern. A bass part can easily be added by doubling the soprano melody down an octave.
Other Choral Works:
Invictus (SATB) — The poem, Invictus, by William Ernest Henley, received renewed popularity after the Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman movie of the same name. This setting of the text starts in the depths using the lower register of the male voices, and drives slowly and steadily to a stunning climax. The piece uses some unison and approachable harmonies, and the divisi at the end can easily be simplified for smaller choirs. It’s a great piece for a rousing 11th hour moment in any concert. View a performance by the Bowie Senior Chorale!
Siyahamba (SATB) — With a pounding rhythmic piano part reminiscent of African drums, this arrangement of “Siyahamba” elevates the simple song into something worthy of an anthem. To date, it’s been my most popular seller!
Instrumental and Solo Pieces
Great Run, Tatum (Intermediate Piano Solo) — This short piece in ABA form is designed to teach students pentatonic runs in the style of Art Tatum in the right hand, and the left hand part develops the stride pattern.