This past weekend was the VocalEssence 2013 Essentially Choral program. I spent the weekend rehearsing and discussing my composition Missa Brevis pro Pace with the VocalEssence Chamber singers, director Philip Brunelle, assistant director Sigrid Johnson, and visiting composer-mentor Francisco Núñez, as well as the compositions by five other composers. It was a great experience which culminated in a public reading of our six pieces on Saturday morning.
I learned a lot over the weekend. I received a lot of advice, and I was able to critique my own piece as I heard it being rehearsed and performed. The result of all of this is that I have made several revisions to the work which I believe will make it much stronger.
I have also decided to take the fifth movement from the Missa Brevis and separate it into its own piece, Dona Nobis Pacem. This new work is around eight minutes long, while the Missa Brevis is now around eleven minutes long.