Choral Music

Sometimes It’s Quiet in the Woods

(2015) SATB chorus with piano, text by John Beeman. Imagine walking peacefully in a spectacular wilderness area. After a moment you stop and listen intently to the sounds of the forest.    “I was walking to beautiful Emerald Lake in the Caribou Wilderness near Mt. Lassen when the words just came to me.”

How Did The Rose?

(2013) SATB chorus a cappella, text by Hafiz, the 14th century Persian poet, translated by Daniel Ladinsky. Duration: 2:45. Listen to recording:

   How did the rose ever open its heart
and give this world all its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light against its being,
otherwise we all remain too frightened.



One Seed

 (2013) For children, SA chorus with piano, text by Carla Brooke

(2012) SATB chorus with piano, text by Carla Brooke
Recorded by “The First Readings Project,” conducted by J. David Moore
“O butterfly, how did you know what to do with your wings
when they first appeared…”


Fiat Lux

(2012) SATB a cappella chorus, was inspired by the world democracy movements including the Arab Spring and Occupy movements. It uses the Latin creation text from Genesis which is later juxtaposed against English words about the struggles to end repression. The Westminster Quarters bell song is also heard.
An Irish Blessing
(2010) SATB a cappella chorus, traditional Irish text. Performed by Convivium, Eric Tuan, director, on May 25, 2013 in Los Altos, California.

Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light
(2009) SATB a cappella chorus with percussion, text by Rist, translation by John Beeman
Nature’s Beauty
(2007) SATB a cappella chorus, text from a letter of Beethoven.
Ilu Finu Malei Shirah
(2004) SATB a cappella chorus
(2004) SATB a cappella chorus.
(2004) for chorus and orchestra. Read More Listen to June 9, 2006, performance by Scola Cantorum of San Francisco.
Wild Geese
(2003) SATB a cappella chorus.
A Child Wonders
(2003) for SA children’s chorus and piano.
Angel of Peace
(2002) SATB chorus with vibraphone and cello. Read More Listen to 2002 performance from the Oregon Bach Festival by the Oregon Repertory Singers, Gil Seeley, conductor.


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