Today, I began work on a new piece - one that is promising to be one of the most substantial works I have written in recent time. After reading the poetry of friend and colleague Linda Beher, I have been inspired to write an 11-movement work entitled "Guided Imagery" that will constitute some 45 minutes of continuous music, with seamless transitions between movements. The piece is scored for bass-baritone, oboe, and piano and will be premiered on the Asylum Hill Chamber Series on February 27th, 2011. I am so lucky that two of my closest friends, and two of Hartford's finest musicians, bass-baritone Marques J. Ruff and oboist Dylan Armstrong, will be joining me in this premiere.
Connecticut's premier chamber choir, Voce, Inc. recorded a CD full of compositions by Morten Lauridsen over Memorial Day weekend with the composer himself in residence. As a member of Voce and the Voce Chamber Artists, I am proud to have been a part of this recording as a singer, and pianist. The CD is both cutting edge, and a retrospective of sorts, featuring selections from each and every choral and song cycle written by the composer, and also including a handful of works never before recorded. Dr. Lauridsen collaborated in concert with Voce in 2008 and after spending just days with the choir decided his next CD had to be recorded by Voce, a young choir which he believed had potential to become a representative East Coast chamber choir to interpret his music.
I was very fortunate to conduct the ensemble Voce di Coeli, a 24 voice all-female ensemble at Hall High School in West Hartford from 2008-2011. All 3 seasons I was with the group, they performed phenomenally and we did everything from Lady Gaga to Arvo Part, Paul Simon to Jacob Handl. Since I no longer conduct them, I have put together a little "retrospective" of my time with them. In 2009, we toured Montreal singing at Notre Dame and Saint-Jean Baptiste churches. We participated in several a cappella festivals and in 2011 did an east coast tour hitting NYC, Long Island, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. While I have moved on to new projects, I'll always have a place in my heart for this great ensemble I had the chance to conduct!