I have been chosen to participate in VocalEssence‘s 2013 Essentially Choral Reading Session. Essentially Choral is a program in which up to seven “emerging composers” from around the country are chosen to bring “works-in-progress” (definition: anywhere from currently-being-written to unpremiered) to be publicly read and recorded by the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers (the more selective, smaller ensemble within VocalEssence).
The composers will have a chance to rehearse with the ensemble for two days prior to the reading, and there will be mentoring sessions with artistic director Philip Brunelle and composer/conductorFrancisco Núñez and professional development workshops. The program is designed to help the composer refine the specific work chosen and to develop the composer’s skills in writing for choral ensembles.
We will be working on selections from my new Missa Brevis pro Pace (2013). The whole work is too long for this program (after all, all five movements is over 19 minutes long), so we will most likely be working with movements I and IV, theKyrie and the Agnus Dei.
As you can probably imagine, I am very excited to work with such great musicians and to hear my newest work brought to life by such an excellent ensemble! The reading will take place on April 6th.