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CHORAL AND VOCAL WORKS

A Choral Quilt of Hope (2010) Preamble SSA or SATB and piano or organ
A Choral Quilt of Hope (2012) Full Version SSA or SATB and piano or organ
Words adapted from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Susan Suntree
Duration of Preamble: ca' 3:1/2-4'
Duration of the Full Work : ca' 14; this work may be performed in shorter segments
Published by Kenter Canyon Music (2010) (ASCAP)
A Choral Quilt of Hope

"A Choral Quilt of Hope" is a beautiful adaptation by Susan Suntree of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights document which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, on 10 December - forever after Human Rights Day around the world.; a document so powerful in its meaning and intent, it should be known in every language, in every village, town, and country. Our hope is to have this work performed in a multitude of languages and places throughout the world. The work may be sung in unison or in parts with piano or ogan accompaniment.

A Place Called Home (2007) SSAATTBB and piano.
Words and Music by Adrienne Albert
Published by Kenter Canyon Music
(2003) (ASCAP)
Score and MP3 Files Will Be Coming Soon!


"A Place Called Home" is the choral work from the last movement of my "Alaskan Symphony". Spending time with the people who live in the Kenai Peninsula outide of Anchorage gave me great joy and led to my wanting to write about their life up there, how they live among the wildlife, animals and changes of seasons. It is a place I look forward to returning to, and this piece tells about this remarkable people, their lives of unity, hope and peace.

The Cherry Tree Carol
for high or medium voice and piano.
Traditional English Carol
Published by Kenter Canyon Music
(2003) (ASCAP)
The CherryTree Carol

Commissioned by Jorge Mester, former conductor of the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra and Kimball Wheeler, Mezzo-soprano for their friend, pianist, Estelle Schlueter, "The Cherry Tree Carol" is one of the most popular of English religious folk ballads. During Medieval times, it was frequently dramatized in folk plays and pageants. A lovely, haunting melody, this song has been set in many varying ways. There are numerous verses that are sung, some of them predicting Jesus' birth date, some of His death and resurrection. A beautiful ballad for the Christmas season.

The Cherry Tree Carol
for SATB and Piano.
Traditional English Carol
Published by Kenter Canyon Music
(2011) (ASCAP)

The CherryTree Carol

A lovely, haunting melody, this setting of The Cherry Tree Carol is for SATB choir and piano. A Wonderful song for the Christmas Season, this version is not difficult and could be sung by high school and college choirs as well as community and professional choirs.

Daffodils (2013) SSAATTBB a cappella
Words by William Wordsworth
Duration: approx 4:00
Published by Kenter Canyon Music (2003) (ASCAP)
Score and MP3 Files Will Be Coming Soon!

I have composed "Daffodils" for my friend and mentor, Gregg Smith and
The Gregg Smith Singers to be premiered on March 2nd, 2013 at St. Peters Church in New York City. This beautiful poem by William Wordsworth leapt out at me after the tragedy at Sandy Hook this past winter. The poem speaks of the coming of spring, of the beauty of daffodils blooming and the hopefulness that the future will be bright.

Et In Terra Pax (2007) SATB a cappella
Words and music by Adrienne Albert
Duration: approx 4:40
Published by Kenter Canyon Music (2003) (ASCAP)
Score and MP3 Files Will Be Coming Soon!

Commissioned by
The Gregg Smith Singers for the 34th Annual Choral Music Festival in Saranac Lake, NY in the summer of 2007, the work was premiered by them in a beautiful church close to the river. I have melded the Latin text with English words to create a song about lasting peace and love in the world. A relatively easy piece with a high soprano part for high school, college, community and professional choirs.

In This Place (1994)
Words by Fred Haines
Duration: approx 2:20

In This Place

Originally performed as the third piece in the song cycle with words by my friend, Fred Haines, this tonal work reflects the continuation of life after the loss of a loved one. Reflective with some dissonance.

Let Love Not Fail (2002)
Words by Ivan Gallardo
Voice, flute and piano or organ (ASCAP)

Let Love Not Fail

Let Love Not Fail (2002) is a beautiful poem by Ivan Gallardo which he wrote for his bride-to-be, Jeannine Wagner, in honor of their marriage. I happily set his words to music, and the song was performed at their wedding in 2002. More recently, it was sung by the wonderful sopranos, Elissa Johnston, Stephanie Dreisbach, Lynda-Sue Marks Guarnieri and numerous others. It is a tender, heartfelt song which can be performed with/ without the flute, violin and piano/organ. There is also a version for alto saxophone, voice and piano. A perfect wedding song!

Let Love Not Fail (2002)
Words by Ivan Gallardo
Version for Voice, flute and/or violin and piano or organ, for alto saxophone and piano, and for voice, alto saxophone and piano(ASCAP)


Let Love Not Fail
Please see the above. Can also be sung during a meditative service.

Magnificat (2007)
SSAATB and Organ (or Piano)
Duration: approx 4:00
Published by Kenter Canyon Music
(ASCAP)
Magnificat

Commissioned and premiered by St. Bedes Episcopal Church , music director Frank Basile, in Los Angeles, CA in 2007, this lovely setting of the Magnificat was sung for their Evensong Service by a small but mighty choir of 12. Also commissioned and sung for the same program were settings of Nunc Dimitis and Phos Hilaron. These choral works are beautifully suited for small,medium to large choirs for church services or concert performances and can be performed as a set or individually. Not difficult.

Malala (2015)
SSAA a capella
Duration: approx 6:30
Published by Kenter Canyon Music
(ASCAP)
Malala

Malala, commissioned by the Cornell University Chorus, Robert Isaacs, conductor, is inspired by the extraordinary Malala Yousafzai, (born 12 July 1997). Malala was given its World Premiere by the Cornell University Chorus in Bailey Hall at Cornell University on October 31st, 2015.

Malala is the young Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. At the time of the premiere of this work at Cornell University, she is 18 years old. Malala is known mainly for her human rights advocacy for education for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan. At the time, many girls' schools were being destroyed by militants in the Swat Valley. Malala was shot by the Taliban in 2012 in retaliation for her advocacy, After she was shot, Yousafzai was rushed to the United Kingdom for medical treatment. Following her recovery, she and her family resettled in Birmingham, England where shei now lives and studies in a private girls’ school.

Malala Yousafzai's advocacy has since grown into an international movement.

This work weaves several of Malala's words spoken in public along with the inspirational vowel sounds of her name.

Meditation (1998)
SSAATB
Duration: approx 6:00
Published by Kenter Canyon Music
(ASCAP)
Meditation

Premiered by The Gregg Smith Singers, New York, NY, January 1999. Los Angeles premiere by The Wagner Ensemble, Jeannine Wagner conducting in May, 2000.
MEDITATION for SSAATB was written in 1997 in loving memory of a former Gregg Smith Singer, Carole Babich Keiser. The piece was conceived as a Lament utilizing the complex sounds of the human voice singing vowels rather than words. The only words in the piece are Alleluiah and Amen. The opening section is like a human cry or wail, followed by a solemn Alleluiah section in G minor. The last section, in C (for Carole) minor is a long Amen representing the inability to say good-bye to a loved one. .


Night

SSAATTBB; Words by William Blake
Duration: approx 5:30
Published by Kenter Canyon Music
(ASCAP) (1999)
Night

Premiered by The Gregg Smith Singers, Saranac Lake, NY, July, 1999 through a Meet The Composers grant. Most recently, beautifully performed by The Wagner Ensemble, Jeannine Wagner conducting.

Nunc Dimitis (2007)
SSAATB and Organ (or Piano)
Duration: approx 4:00
Published by Kenter Canyon Music
(ASCAP)
Nunc Dimittis

Commissioned and premiered by St. Bedes Episcopal Church , music director Frank Basile, in Los Angeles, CA in 2007, this lovely setting of Nunc Dimitis was sung at their Evensong Service by a small but mighty choir of 12. Also commissioned and sung for the same program were settings of Magnificat and Phos Hilaron. These choral works are beautifully suited for small, medium and large choirs for church services or concert performances and can be performed as a set or individually. Not difficult.

Phos Hilaron (2007)
SSAATB and Organ (or Piano)
Duration: approx 4:00
Published by Kenter Canyon Music
(ASCAP)
phoshilaron

Commissioned and premiered by St. Bedes Episcopal Church , music director Frank Basile, in Los Angeles, CA in 2007, this lovely setting of thePhos Hilaron was sung at their Evensong Service by a small but mighty choir of 12. Also commissioned and sung for the same program were settings of Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis. These choral works are beautifully suited for small, medium and large choirs for church services or concert performances and can be performed as a set or individually. Not difficult.


SONG CYCLE to texts by Edgar Alan Poe
A work in progress (2008-09)
Commissioned for Richard Bernstein, noted bass-baritone. This song cycle will be approx 15-20 minutes in length and will incorporate poems of POE's middle period. Its original form is for voice and piano for recitals. I hope to orchestrate the pieces for chamber ensemble or chamber orchestra.

Two Songs for Alto or Tenor and Piano
Texts by Fred Haines
Published by Kenter Canyon Music (1994) (ASCAP)


    In Memorium: I Cannot Bear To See
,
    Duration: approx 2:00
    In Memorium: I Cannot Bear To See

    Valentine's Day,
    Duration: approx 2:00

    In Memorium: Valentines Day
Bruce Sledge, tenor

Premiered at the Pacific Composers Forum New Music for Voice and Piano concert in May 1994. When I was asked to compose these songs for this program, I turned to Fred Haines for a number of beautiful poems. I chose to set Valentine’s Day because it flowed musically for me, was about life and its possibilities and an important counterpoint to In Memorium, the first of his poems to which I was attracted. At the time I was preparing these songs, my father was preparing to die. His poetry spoke to the unbearable pain and sadness that was in me. These songs are dedicated to my father, Sam Albert, who passed away two months before this concert.

The Owl and The Pussycat (2010)
Words by Edward Lear
Duration: approx 6:00
Published by Kenter Canyon Music (ASCAP)

   The Owl and The Pussycat

When I was a singer, I recorded The Owl and the Pussycat by Igor Stravinsky for Columbia Records with the composer present! I have always loved the song - and the poem - and decided to set this delightful poem to my own music. Premiered in March 2010 in New York City by the wonderful Arietha Lockhart, coloratura soprano and the equally wonderful Mary Au, piano on a concert titled Faces of Eve, my "Owl" is a deliciously charming tale of love and delight. Anyone who loves this poem will love my setting of it (she says "modestly":-)

Two Jenny Joseph Songs
Words by Jenny Joseph
Duration: approx 5:00
Published by Kenter Canyon Music (2002) (ASCAP)


   The Sun Has Burst the Sky (ASCAP)
   The Sun Has Burst the Sky

   One That Got Away (ASCAP)
   The One That Got Away
Wonderful, sprightly, playful songs for soprano or tenor. Lyrics by the poet, Jenny Joseph, who wrote "When I Grow Old, I Shall Wear Purple". Engaging songs to have fun with.

Upside Down Wish List (2008)
SATB with flute obligatto.
Words by Joan Ross Sorkin
Published by Kenter Canyon Music
(2008) (ASCAP)
Score and MP3 Files Will Be Coming Soon!

Wonderful, sprightly, playful Holiday Song that can be performed on most any Holiday program. An original Holiday song good for school choirs as well as professionals. Can be performed with clarinet or violin or flute or most any instrument on hand!

Weaver of Dreams (2006)
SSAATTBB and piano.
Words by Dianna Wolfe
Published by Kenter Canyon Music
(2003) (ASCAP)
Score and MP3 Files Will Be Coming Soon!

This song was commissioned by Renee Henderson, music director of the Kenai Peninsula High School Choir and has been performed in the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. A joyful song about place and dreams.

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