Penitence tells a story of prayer, anguish, and forgiveness. The subject is one who repeatedly tries and fails to overcome a self-destructive habit, but with the help of God they ultimately conquer.It holds a special place for me as the first of my compositions ever publicly performed, in a recital in 2014.
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This arrangement is perfect for a young middle school choir – the two-part splits are very accessible. The beautiful melody provides a great opportunity for exploring some expression and phrase shaping. The piano part should be used to support the expressive qualities in the voices. This arrangement adapts the lyrics to refer to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and includes…
This short piece is deeply pensive and introspective. It depicts someone sitting alone at the shore of a lake on a cool summer night, staring at the water and thinking. All has the appearance of quiet and calm, but the mind is alight with memory. He thinks of mistakes he has made, opportunities he passed up, and imagines a thousand…