Bringing People Together

“The Return” for choir and piano with words by Barbara J. Pescan:
One of the old ones stood up into the morning light and spoke to those who had come back to the river: Now we have come again to this place. It is a good thing. My life apart from you is not as strong. Yes, I have danced and I have told the stories at my own fire and I have sung to all the six directions. But when I am with you, my friends, I know better who it is in me that sings.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“This Is a New Place” opening for voice and piano with words by Libbie D. Stoddard:
This is a new place. We have never been here before, though we think we have. But it is new to us every day, even every hour: as the sun enters first through one window then another and the colors and the shadows change and move. This is a new place. We have never been here before, though we think we have. But we are new persons every day, even every hour: as life enters first one way then another and the colors and the shadows bring peace and security, anxiety and loss. This is a new place. We are new people. Let us be gentle with each other.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“Come In!” a gathering for choir and piano by Andrew C. Backus:
Come in! Make yourself at home. Come in from the cold. Make yourself a religious home. If only for these brief moments in spite of time, which soon shall bear us away from one another. Come in! Make us family. Come in from the storm. Treat us all as your very own. Come in! Make yourself at home. Sing and love life!  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“Generation to Generation” a gathering song for choir, narrator and piano with words by Antoine de St.-Exupery:
Love, like a carefully loaded ship crosses the gulf between the generations. In a house which becomes a home, one hands down and another takes up the heritage of mind and heart, laughter and tears, musings and deeds. We live not by things, but by the meanings of things. Therefore we do not neglect the ceremonies of passage: when we wed, when we die, and when we are blessed with a child; when we depart and when we return. Let us build memories in our children, lest they drag out joyless lives, lest they allow treasures to be lost because they have not been given the keys. It is needful to transmit the passwords from generation to generation.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“Christmas Eve” opening pageant and carol for two voices, choir, brass and piano with words by A. Powell Davies:
In legend upon legend and story after story, Christmas always begins not with daybreak and the coming of morning, but in the dark of night. It was at midnight that the oldest observances began. It was the darkest hour of the night, not in the glow of morning that the shepherds of the legend heard the angels sing; and of course the wise men were guided not by the sun but by a star. The legends have grown both beautiful and fanciful. Yet they have never drifted out of the darkness into a premature daylight. They have stayed close to the inner truth from which they drew their substance: the truth that one must find one’s faith not in the daylight but in the dark. Here is something that goes right back to the beginning, farther than thought can reach, back into the primordial from which we come. Here is something that journeys through the centuries, borne by the faith and courage of all humanity. Here is something that beckons to us also from the future, that belongs to the very nature of the human spirit because it belongs to the nature of life itself. It kindles a light and no matter how little a light it is, the darkness cannot put it out. It says, ‘Be not afraid; the good and the true are stronger than anything that stands against them and sooner or later will prevail.’ The darkness is vast — truly — but across it there is a path of light, a path of moving light.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample