This is my newest Christmas composition. I wrote it for my Lincoln Chamber Singers for this year's Christmas Festival, "From Heaven Above." Because composer Jocelyn Hagen had been commissioned to write a piece based on that hymn tune to serve as the concert's finale, there were to be no other arrangements of that hymn sung
This is a tradition at Holy Communion every All Saints Sunday. This anthem of mine is melodically based on the first phrase of the great hymn "For all the Saints." The choir sings it during the reading of the names of those members of the congregation who died during the past twelve months. "We are
These are the final moments of "Black September." The words are by Matt Boresi. The music is by me (with certain passages based on the main theme from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.) The killing of the Israeli athletes and coaches has just occurred - and the narrator of the piece, Dietrich Genscher (Mike Anderle), reprises the
Here are the Lincoln Chamber Singers performing my arrangement of the Norwegian Christmas carol "Jeg er so glad" - with the first verse in Norwegian. (Thanks to goddaughter, Anneka Barrow, for some much needed tutoring on some of the finer points of the pronunciation.) After the first verse, the words are actually my own.
This is a new composition of mine that the Chamber Singers performed on this most recent Christmas Festival. It's actually an extensive reworking of an earlier work of mine, called "Weary the World." This recording is a bit distant, but it at least gives you some idea of the piece and of the lovely performance
Here is another recording of my song "Mother's Love" by Caritas: which consists of myself, Kathy, Kate Potter-Barrow, and Chip McCrary. This is from our Christmas CD "Great and Glorious Light."
I composed this song in 1998 to mark the 10th anniversary of my mom's death. I badly wanted to write something in her memory, but I think my own sense of urgency about it created a terrible case of writer's block. Then early that summer, I learned that one of the members of the Carthage
Here is the earliest recording I have of my song "Great and Glorious Light." It's with the Chamber Singers .... and the two soloists are Nick Barootian and Caleb Sjogren. It's interesting to hear how slowly I took the song back then - but despite that, the performance has its own sense of joy
Here's another fun moment from the 1999 Carthage Christmas Festival, for old time's sake. The concert opened with the Carthage Choir men singing "Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow" from the back balcony. After a brief reading, the women of the Carthage Choir answered with "Shepherds, Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep" with Jeanette Rantisi and Lydia