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Recent compositions:

Click here to view information about the anthem: "What Can It Mean That Jesus Is Arisen" -- Tune (KOENIG) by Robert J. Weaver and text by William A. Pasch, published by Augsburg Fortress Press, 2012. The hymn tune (described in the item below) is here expanded into a choir anthem by Bill Pasch and Bob Weaver working together. To hear a choral recording of this anthem, choose "AUDIO SAMPLE" in the Augsburg Fortress web site (linked above). One might particularly notice that the wonderful hymn tune "O FILII ET FILIAE" is echoed in the bass accompaniment of Stanza 2 -- "Stone-sealed no more, the empty tomb astounds us..."

Click to view the hymn on which the previous anthem is based with free download from Lutheran Forum, Summer 2011 Issue, together with the dedication of the hymn (and the anthem as well) to Pastor Richard Koenig and his wife, Elaine Koenig, an Associate in Ministry for the ELCA. Pastor Koenig passed away in late October, 2011. This hymn was sung at his memorial service in Connecticut.

Click here for information about the anthem: "We All Believe" -- tune (LEVERETT) by Robert J. Weaver and text by William A. Pasch (a paraphrase of the Creed) published by St. James Music Press. The anthem is a joint work by Bob Weaver and Bill Pasch. This anthem was presented as the final number in the Hymn Festival by the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists in April, 2013, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield, MA. The congregation joined in singing the final stanza of the hymn.

Click to hear about and listen to the anthem "Here Marked Not with Water Only," a new (July, 2014) baptism hymn and anthem which represents another collaboration of mine with Bill Pasch, again published by St. James Music Press. We named the tune MORELAND ROAD.

Yet another collaboration with Bill Pasch, Most Certainly True, was published in CrossAccent, the Journal of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians in 2010 (Vol. 18, No. 2, p. 34). This text, by Pasch, is a versification of Martin Luther's explanation of the Creed from the Small Catechism. The article describing this text and tune is contained in this document. Permission is given to reproduce this hymn for congregational use in accordance with the printed guideline in the hymn copy.

NEW - For the 2015 Christmas season, St. James Music Press has published my arrangement of the familiar carol "I Saw Three Ships" to a less-familiar but traditional tune. This was performed by the Franklin County Community Chorus in Greenfield, MA, in December, 2014. To hear a recording of this performance, click here. To hear a very different rendition done by a quartet as it appears on the St. James website (www.sjmp.com), click here.

NEW - Here's a link to my new composition, "O Taste and See" (SATB) - a work in progress - Sibelius sound file.

NEW - Summer, 2015 - I wrote a composition as a part of the Walden School's "2015 Create-a-Thon," a fundraising event lasting over the time of the Walden "Creative Musicians Retreat" and the "Young Musicians Program". My project I chose was to write a choral composition with 'cello accompaniment. I have (or the computer has) made a sound file to preview how the composition sounds. Please understand in listening to it that what you hear is only a computer rendition using the program "Sibelius" of a choral group singing with 'cello. The text of the piece is a poem by the Late Richard W. Bachtold, "THE OLD FARMER'S GRAPE HARVEST" from his collection called Sacred Poems. This delicious poem describes the passing of the years and the overflowing bounty of the grape harvest each autumn. The farmer wonders in the autumn whether there will be yet another spring, summer, and autumn for him to again partake in this wonderful harvest of grapes ("purple poetry" as he calls it). To hear the computer rendition of the composition in its current stage, click here.

While not "recent" at all, this setting of "Kyrie Eleison" was one I wrote in 1968. It's for 3-part (SAB) chorus. Here is a computer rendition using Sibelius of this piece. Click here to listen.

Another choral fanfare from several years ago is my "Alleluia Acclamation" for SATB. You can listen to it by clicking here.


OtherMusical Activities:

I am singing in the Franklin County Community Chours, directed by Paul Calcari. This chorus based in Greenfield, is now beginning its third year and combines a wide variety of excellent music presenting, at this point, both a fall and spring concert each year as well as numerous other presentations for activities in the community.

I also sang in the choir of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Our choir is directed by Maki Matsui. She is a graduate of Williams College as an English major with a strong component of choral and vocal singing and keyboard study. In 2013, Maki completed her masters degree in voice from UMass, and for the next year continued her graduate work in music education at UMass with additional study in choral conducting. Maki's husband, Anderson Paes is a very talented clarinet player, and we often have the advantage of his outstanding instrumental blessing in our church services. Dr. Matthew Cron is our organist. As of November, 2014, Matt has been at Immanuel for 25 years and brings a wealth of knowledge of music and a very strong organ and piano talent to our music program. He completed his PhD in Musicology from Brandeis University in 2004. Please click here to view an archive of some of the larger musical works over recent years at Immanuel Lutheran.

For may years in the Maundy Thursday evening service at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst, I had chanted Psalm 22 at the conclusion of the service while the Pastor and others participate in the stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday.  Here are recordings of three recent chants that I have improvised during the service. Psalm 22-2013, Psalm 22-2015, Psalm 22-2016.

Since we moved to Needham, Massachusetts, in September, 2016, Anne and I have been attending and singing in the choir of Christ Lutheran Church, Natick, MA.  Our Pastor, Rebecca Bourret, and our organist, Thomas Berryman, are a wonderful team in the leadership of the church.  It is a great pleasure and inspiration to worship with this congregation and to participate in the wonderful choir and the very strong music program.

Here are recordings of two solo/duet pieces I did with the Greenfield Chamber Singers, Margery Heins, Conductor, at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield a number of years ago in a concert featuring performances of Magnificats (Bach and Monteverdi). Click for a recording of Et Exultavit from Monteverdi's Magnificat sung as a duet along with wonderful English tenor, David Hampshire, and including other members of the chorus. Click here for my singing of the Deposuit from the Bach Magnificat.

On June 13, 2015, I sang in a concert of voice students of my teacher, Lois Sayers Smith, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst, MA. Here is my singing of Paratum cor meum by Heinrich Schutz. Accompanying were Diana Peelle and Steven Williams, violin, and Matthew Cron, piano.

North Hill guys' chorus - sound files for our song are available at these links: Tenor1, Tenor2, Bass1 (Baritone) , Bass2.  Enjoy.

 

 

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