I originally wrote Morning Hymn for the Summer Institute of Church Music at the request of Christopher Dawes to honour Patricia Wright, and was so very fortunate to work with Pat’s friend and collaborator, poet Patricia Orr, on the text. The piece became mildly notorious as the meeting of the three Pats! My heartfelt thanks to Matthew Boutda and the choir of Leaside United Church for deciding to make a virtual choir of Morning Hymn to share with your congregation this week, and for your truly uplifting singing. Sing on!
Two more compositions are now out with Cypress Choral Music!
My contemporary Christmas carol on text by Lucy Maud Montgomery is now available in a newly-revised edition, titled In Slumber Deep (formerly known as The Christmas Night).
Also, my setting of At Thy Voice by Charles G.D. Roberts – a serene and thoughtful text suitable for concert or sacred settings.
Neither of these are completely new, but have been thoroughly edited for these newly published editions. I’ve touched up voice leading and typesetting. Take a look and listen at Cypress.
In the summer of 2019, the graduating class of St. Michael’s Choir School approached me about writing a piece for them. These students and singers commissioned, prepared, conducted, and performed the piece completely on their own initiative for a Remembrance Day service in November 2019. It was so inspiring to see their dedication and leadership on making this come to life, and I’m glad to be able to share it here.
My short anthem for SATB choir, Morning Hymn, has been published by Cypress Choral Music. The piece was commissioned by the Summer Institute of Church Music in honour of Patricia Wright, organist extraordinaire at Metropolitan United Church in Toronto and the recipient of the SICM’s 2017 Fellowship in Church Music in recognition of her lifetime achievements. Pat’s close friend and collaborator, Patricia Orr, wrote the text, and the piece was premiered in the summer of 2017 by the Institute’s choir under the direction of Evelyn Grieger.
Although intended as a church anthem, Orr’s celebratory text really makes this a suitable work for any occasion, sacred or secular.
Copies are available for perusal and purchase here.