TCWC Emerging Female Composer

I am shocked and delighted to be the winner of the 2016 Mary Bussman Twin Cities Women’s Choir Emerging Female Composer Choral Competition!  My composition, “Voices of Hope,” will be performed by the Twin Cities Women’s Choir at their Divas & Desserts concert this May.  The text for this piece was written by my mentor from DC, Rev. Karen Brau.  I am so grateful for her collaborative spirit and powerful words:

When women gather and sing
their voices deliver hope

Notes sound from homemade instruments
bodies singing stories and dreams
tones of love and sorrow

Songs of night tears
generational vocal chords
pressed to silence
by burdens of the days

Songs at daylight
rise with strong melodies
grace notes energize new births
choruses beat with hope

May these be voices
that people hear.

PKBrau
Sept 2016

Read more about the award and the upcoming concert here.

All Will Be Well

It was such a thrill conducting my piece, “All Will Be Well” this past Sunday at the Luther College Homecoming worship!  It seemed to be well-received, especially by the choir who has spent quite a bit of time with it in the last month.  I wanted to share the performance here and also on my video page, for anyone interested.  The text is an amalgamation of words from Emily Dickinson and St. Julian of Norwich:

Hope is the thing with feathers which perches in the soul and sings the tune without words and never stops at all…all will be well, all will be well, and every manner of thing will be well.

Conducting Premiere

I mentioned a few weeks back that I have the honor of hearing the premiere of a choral piece I wrote this summer, which will be performed Sunday by Collegiate of Luther College.  Well, there’s a small update, which is that I will, in fact, be conducting that premiere!  Dr. Andrew Last invited me to lead today’s rehearsal and to conduct the performance in Sunday’s worship service (10am [Central Time] at the Center for Faith and Life at Luther).  It was so fun to work with them today and to receive such positive feedback.  What I wouldn’t give to have a choir like that!  I’ve read that the service will be streamed if you’re free Sunday morning and would like to watch it live.  Otherwise, I’ll share a recording at a later date!  Thank you to all those who have given me words of congratulations and encouragement.  This is a new experience for me and is both gratifying and humbling!