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A house of prayer: choir & piano edition
For SATB with Piano

This is a very accessible work written for St Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church and Kurt Ala-Kantti Director of Music, on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Church and the 90th Anniversary of the Parish. The text from Isaiah 56:7, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all people” returns … Continue reading “A house of prayer: choir & piano edition”

A house of prayer: choir & string quartet edition
For SATB with String Quartet

When performing this choir & string quartet edition of A house of prayer, singers should use the original choir + piano version. This is a very accessible work written for St Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church and Kurt Ala-Kantti Director of Music, on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Church and the 90th … Continue reading “A house of prayer: choir & string quartet edition”

A house of prayer: parts set for string quartet ed.
For SATB with String Quartet

This score is a set of parts for the string quartet. This is a very accessible work written for St Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church and Kurt Ala-Kantti Director of Music, on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Church and the 90th Anniversary of the Parish. The text from Isaiah 56:7, “My house … Continue reading “A house of prayer: parts set for string quartet ed.”

Absence
For SSAATTBB with Alto Solo

Absence was composed for Pro Coro Canada, directed by Michael Zaugg, during a residency in the inaugural “Choral Art: Composers and Conductors” program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff, Alberta) in February 2018.

Vivre, Aimer, Partager – Live, Love, Share
For SA with Piano

Commissioned for Les Ensembles vocaux De La Salle and their director, Robert Filion, for use in a children’s choir for choirs from the French School Board in Ottawa. The commissioner requested a piece that would specifically draw in both Muslim and French elements, and this piece incorporates the well-known Middle Eastern song, Tala’al Badru Alayna … Continue reading “Vivre, Aimer, Partager – Live, Love, Share”

Vivre, Aimer, Partager – Live, Love, Share
For SATB with Piano

Commissioned for Les Ensembles vocaux De La Salle and their director, Robert Filion, for use in a children’s choir for choirs from the French School Board in Ottawa. The commissioner requested a piece that would specifically draw in both Muslim and French elements, and this piece incorporates the well-known Middle Eastern song, Tala’al Badru Alayna … Continue reading “Vivre, Aimer, Partager – Live, Love, Share”

Vivre, Aimer, Partager – Live, Love, Share: choir & concert band edition (Conductor’s Score and parts set)
For SA with Concert Band

This is the Conductor’s score for the choir with concert band edition. Choristers should use the choral score available from Rhythmic Trident Music Publishing. Commissioned for Les Ensembles vocaux De La Salle and their director, Robert Filion, for use in a children’s choir for choirs from the French School Board in Ottawa. The commissioner requested … Continue reading “Vivre, Aimer, Partager – Live, Love, Share: choir & concert band edition (Conductor’s Score and parts set)”

And we kissed
For SSAA

Pat Mayberry commissioned this arrangement of her beautiful song, And we kissed. This arrangement seeks to capture the nuanced emotional landscape and celebration of finding freedom in love that I felt in listening to Pat’s original recording.

Angels in the snow
For SSA with Piano

Angels in the snow was commissioned by the Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa, Jackie Hawley, Artistic Director. When setting this poem, the image that came to my mind was that of a young person gazing out at the sparkling snow with wonderment, and yet, hesitation. This thoughtful person is at a point in life where perhaps … Continue reading “Angels in the snow”

Arrow and the Song, The
For SSSAAA

Commissioned by the Savridi Singers of Calgary and their director, Erica Phare-Bergh, in celebration of their 30th anniversary. This piece incorporates bird and wind sounds amidst a forward-moving, rhythmically floating texture. Text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Au champ d’honneur
For SA with Piano

Commissioned by an anonymous patron for the Ottawa Children’s Choir. It is a French setting of “In Flanders Fields,” written for their annual Remembrance Day performance. The choir performs this each year at the National War Memorial on Remembrance Day with the Canadian Armed Forces, and it is also performed yearly on the Peace Tower … Continue reading “Au champ d’honneur”

Be music, night
For SSAATBB

Be music, night was commissioned by the Avanti Chamber Singers in 2018 under the direction of Rachel Rensink-Hoff in St. Catharines, Ontario Kenneth Patchen’s poem, “Be music night,” feels to me like an expansive fusion of prayer, blessing, and imaginative storytelling. In my mind I have the image of the narrator perhaps sharing this prayer-story … Continue reading “Be music, night”

Call yourself beautiful
For SSA with Piano

Call yourself beautiful was commissioned by the WVSD Treble Honour Choir in 2019 under the direction of Suzanne Fulton in Vancouver, BC, and premiered May 23rd, 2019. Suzanne had a vision for a “Dove campaign, in choral music,” and this piece seeks to offer that. It has the feeling of a pop anthem, and incorporates … Continue reading “Call yourself beautiful”

Carol Trilogy
For SSAA with Divisi with Piano

This setting of three traditional Christmas carols was commissioned by Elektra Women’s Choir. Each carol comes from a different place. The first, Noei Bourguignon, was written around the year 1700 in France and features old French language. It was my mother who first drew my attention to that relatively unknown carol; a gem she had … Continue reading “Carol Trilogy”

Chelsea Morning
For SSSSAAAA

This arrangement was commissioned by Elektra Women’s Choir, Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director, with a generous donation from the Aulando, Whiteside, and Van Seters families in loving memory of Chelsea Aulando, and premiered on May 4th, 2019 in Vancouver, BC. It makes use of syllables and textures that capture the bright rhythmic impulse of Joni Mitchell’s … Continue reading “Chelsea Morning”

Christmas Snowflakes
For SSA

Written as a Christmas gift for the Cantiamo Girls Choir, this piece has been performed by several women’s choirs across Canada including Les Choristes from Western University. The text is by a young American poet named Sasha Isabella Alexander. Order from: Leading Note Music Store

Commendation, The
For SATB with Treble Solo with Piano or Organ

This is a simple setting of the commendation, relying mainly on the solo voice. It is possible to have congregations join in with the “Alleluia” response. I wrote this as a gift for St John’s South March Anglican Church in Kanata, for my choirs there – the St John’s Choir and the Parish of March … Continue reading “Commendation, The”

Earth Voices (SA)
For SA with Piano

Commissioned by “Choralfest”: a festival of English School Board choirs in Ottawa. This piece uses text from a poem by Canadian poet Bliss Carman, and offers many teachable moments not just musically, but in connection with other subjects in the school curriculum as well. This is often performed as a set with “The Sun is … Continue reading “Earth Voices (SA)”

Earth Voices (SAB)
For SAB with Piano

Commissioned by “Choralfest”: a festival of English School Board choirs in Ottawa. This piece uses text from a poem by Canadian poet Bliss Carman, and offers many teachable moments not just musically, but in connection with other subjects in the school curriculum as well. This is often performed as a set with “The Sun is … Continue reading “Earth Voices (SAB)”

Gohyangui bon
For S(S)A with Piano

This piece was commissioned for Les Choralies of CEPEO and for les Ensembles vocal De La Sale, Robert Filion, director. It features a beautiful and well known Korean folk song, set as a partner song with new French text written by Marc Bissonnette and Robert Filion and new music to go with that text. This … Continue reading “Gohyangui bon”

In Flanders Fields
For SSAA

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In Song – Full Instrumental Score (Conductor’s Score)
For SSAATTBB with Vib, Vla, Bass Cl., Piano

This is the Full Instrumental score for In Song. When performing this edition, singers should use the piano/choir edition. Commissioned by Canadian Centennial Choir for their 50th Anniversary Gala; Marg Stubbington, conductor. This is a 5-movement work in French and English incorporating a Quebec Chanson by Diane Boudreau; and texts by Ernestine Northover, Robert Wadsworth Lowry, … Continue reading “In Song – Full Instrumental Score (Conductor’s Score)”

In Song: set of instrumental parts for the instrumental edition
For SSAATTBB with Piano

Commissioned by Canadian Centennial Choir for their 50th Anniversary Gala; Marg Stubbington, conductor. This is a 5-movement work in French and English incorporating a Quebec Chanson by Diane Boudreau; and texts by Ernestine Northover, Robert Wadsworth Lowry, and Marjorie Pickthall. In 2018 the Canadian Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Julia Davids, commissioned a … Continue reading “In Song: set of instrumental parts for the instrumental edition”

In Song – parts set for instrumental ensemble
For SSAATTBB with Vib, Vla, Bass Cl., Piano

Commissioned by Canadian Centennial Choir for their 50th Anniversary Gala; Marg Stubbington, conductor. This is a 5-movement work in French and English incorporating a Quebec Chanson by Diane Boudreau; and texts by Ernestine Northover, Robert Wadsworth Lowry, and Marjorie Pickthall. In 2018 the Canadian Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Julia Davids, commissioned a … Continue reading “In Song – parts set for instrumental ensemble”

In Song: choir & piano edition
For SSAATTBB with Vib, Vla, Bsn, Piano

Originally commissioned by Canadian Centennial Choir for their 50th Anniversary Gala; Marg Stubbington, conductor. This is a 5-movement work in French and English incorporating a Quebec Chanson by Diane Boudreau; and texts by Ernestine Northover, Robert Wadsworth Lowry, and Marjorie Pickthall. In 2018 the Canadian Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Julia Davids, commissioned … Continue reading “In Song: choir & piano edition”

How can I keep from singing? (mvt. 5 from In Song – choir & piano ed.)
For SSAATBB with Piano

Commissioned by Canadian Centennial Choir for their 50th Anniversary Gala; Marg Stubbington, conductor. This is a 5-movement work in French and English incorporating a Quebec Chanson by Diane Boudreau; and texts by Ernestine Northover, Robert Wadsworth Lowry, and Marjorie Pickthall. In 2018 the Canadian Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Julia Davids, commissioned a … Continue reading “How can I keep from singing? (mvt. 5 from In Song – choir & piano ed.)”

Inspiration
For Unison with Symphony Orchestra

This is an unpublished work, commissioned by the Deep River Summer Music Camp. It is for choir, senior orchestra, and beginner instruments. The text incorporates lines from poetry written by 15 different students attending the camp, and the melody created allowed for every student learning an instrument for the first time that week to perform … Continue reading “Inspiration”

Loon, Crane, Land
For SSATBB with Piano, Marimba, Vibraphone, Vibraslap

Commissioned by Orpheus Choir of Toronto, Robert Cooper, director. This piece is meant to represent a young Aboriginal voice, through the setting of poems by two young Aboriginal writers, Nicholas Bonin and Robin Horner. The music references Ojibwe clan systems through it’s evocation of loons, cranes, and the land. It employs unusual balances, dissonances, rhythmic … Continue reading “Loon, Crane, Land”

Lord’s Prayer, The
For SSAA

Excerpted from the “Versicles and Responses,” this setting uses a constant pitch that remains the same throughout the whole setting, while the harmony moves and changes throughout. Please contact to purchase.

Maid on the Shore
For SSAA

A traditional Irish song, arranged as a gift to the Cantiamo Girls Choir. The arrangement features a lament to introduce the piece, which is threaded throughout the verses in different ways to add an additional level of narrative. This is a Cantiamo favourite. Order from: Leading Note Music Store

Many voices, one song (SA)
For SA with Piano

Commissioned by the “Unison” festival, with a new text provided by Canadian poet Lynn Andrews, and French adaptation by Jessy LaPointe and Jean-Sébastien Kennedy. Order from: Leading Note Music Store

Many voices, one song (SATB)
For SATB

Commissioned by the “Unison” festival, with a new text provided by Canadian poet Lynn Andrews, and French adaptation by Jessy LaPointe and Jean-Sébastien Kennedy. Order from: Leading Note Music Store

Meadowlarks
For SATB with Piano

Commissioned by Vocal Alchemy, Jordan Van Biert, Conductor, and dedicated by the sponsor of the commission to the memory of Lynne Sterling (Dobson), 1939-1995. This piece includes a piano accompaniment that requires a very delicate and sensitive delivery, some challenging subtleties for the choir, and imitates the song of the meadowlark in places, which I … Continue reading “Meadowlarks”

Music makers
For SA with Piano

Commissioned by the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers Junior J.J’s, this is a joyful setting of this well-known text, featuring changing meters and a fun piano part.

O come, let us sing
For SA with Piano

Commissioned by the Cantiamo Girls Choir as a gift for a long-time supporter on the occasion of her retirement. This setting of Psalm 95 is musically inspired by the dedicatee’s love of dance. It incorporates the familiar Doxology “Praise God from whom all blessings flow” at the end, and employs en energetic piano accompaniment.

Pentecost
For SSATTBB

This is a fiery setting of William Blake’s poem, Pentecost, paired with an adaptation of the Veni Sancta Spiritus chant from the Liber Usualis. Written for the wonderful Christ Church Cathedral Choirs, Ottawa, directed by Matthew Larkin, it features the men’s voices in a complex texture and demands a high level of rhythmic sophistication in … Continue reading “Pentecost”

The people you love
For SATB with Tenor or Baritone Solo

Original words and music: Lynn Miles This arrangement of Lynn Miles’ beautiful song was commissioned by Tone Cluster – quite a queer choir; Kurt Ala-Kantti, conductor, and was premiered in Ottawa in 2018.

Qaujimavunga Kinaummangaarma – I know who I am
For SSA with Piano, Violin, Cello

Commissioned by Nipiit Katittut Voices United and premiered in Iqaluit by the Cantiamo Girls Choir, Inuksuk Drum Dancers, and the Gryphon Trio with Mary Piercy-Lewis conducting. Looee Arreak and I began the creation of this work together over a few days of meetings in November 2016. After this, Looee created an original song in Inuktitut … Continue reading “Qaujimavunga Kinaummangaarma – I know who I am”

Qaujimavunga Kinaummangaarma – I know who I am: set of instrumental parts
For SSA with Piano, Violin, Cello

Commissioned by Nipiit Katittut Voices United and premiered in Iqaluit by the Cantiamo Girls Choir, Inuksuk Drum Dancers, and the Gryphon Trio with Mary Piercy-Lewis conducting. Looee Arreak and I began the creation of this work together over a few days of meetings in November 2016. After this, Looee created an original song in Inuktitut … Continue reading “Qaujimavunga Kinaummangaarma – I know who I am: set of instrumental parts”

Remember, woman
For SSAA with Drum

Remember, woman was commissioned by the Savridi Singers Association and their Artistic Director, Anne Gray, and premiered on May 11th, 2019, in Calgary, AB. Anne’s vision was for a piece that would celebrate the power of the female voice, and she selected this text for a concert featuring that theme.

Rise up, my love
For SSAATBB

Written for Spiritus Chamber Choir, Calgary AB, and their director Tim Shanz. This is a setting of the famous text from “Song of Solomon” alongside text from “Ubi Caritas” and “Set me as a seal.”

Salutation to the Dawn
For SSAAA with Piano

Commissioned by Cantiamo Girls Choir, Jackie Hawley, Artistic Director, for the 15th anniversary of the Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa. It was premiered in June 2018.

Sonnet 43
For SSAATTBB

An exuberant and well-loved setting, this piece captures the feeling of infatuation, and has become a favourite with choirs across Canada; being performed by over 20 choirs across the nation in its first year alone! Order from: Leading Note Music Store

Sonnet 113
For SSAATTBB

This piece was commissioned by Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, who had performed the premiere of Sonnet 43 two years prior. This setting lilts along with a wistful, “film noir” character and requires rhythmic finesse and harmonic sensitivity. Order from: Leading Note Music Store

Strong Women’s Song
For SSAA with Drum

Commissioned by Nepean High School and Vocal Music teacher, Lee Carter but not yet premiered. This is setting of a song belonging to the Anishinaabe women who were imprisoned in the Kingston Penitentiary, who sang this song as a way of upholding and supporting one another, especially those in solitary confinement, at a time when … Continue reading “Strong Women’s Song”

Sun is mine, The (SSA)
For SSA with Piano

Commissioned for the Cantiamo Girls Choir’s Educational Outreach Program, this was the first in a growing set of pieces dedicated to school choirs in the Ottawa region and the teachers who lead them. It uses texts by Canadian poets Robert Hogg and Robert Priest, and presents many useful teachable moments, both musically and in connection … Continue reading “Sun is mine, The (SSA)”

Sun is mine, The (SAB)
For SAB with Piano

Commissioned for the Cantiamo Girls Choir’s Educational Outreach Program, this was the first in a growing set of pieces dedicated to school choirs in the Ottawa region and the teachers who lead them. It uses texts by Canadian poets Robert Hogg and Robert Priest, and presents many useful teachable moments, both musically and in connection … Continue reading “Sun is mine, The (SAB)”

Versicles and Responses for Evensong
For SSSAAA with Piano

A setting of responses for Evensong service. Advanced level.

Maple Keys
For SSA with Piano

Not available until Spring 2020