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Finding The Light

I am pleased to announce that I am writing a new choral work called Finding The Light for advance middle school/early high school choir.  Stephanie Bivins, choir director at Aspire Middle School for the Performing Arts, and Joel Thoreson, choir director at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics are co-leads on a consortium for a new choral work for a virtual performance next school year.

The text for the piece will included quotes from their students about this unique  moment in time, especially with COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement, for SSAA and SATB arrangement will be made.

With the state of the world, it can be tricky for a single group to front the money to commission a composer to write a new work for them. That is why I’m creating a consortium, so that multiple choirs can help bring to life a new work.  The cost of participating is $100. I wanted to set the price slightly more than what a group might pay for an already published piece of music.

In addition to a digital copy of the score, I will do one zoom call with your group and provide some behind the scenes sneak peeks. I want to create something beautiful that can help students make sense of the turbulent state of the world. Consortium members will be accept until  December 1st, 2020 and the piece will be delivered by January 1st, 2021.



Stephanie Lamprea: Tiny Works and Tiny Interviews!
Soprano Stephanie Lamprea livestream concert; November 20th,2020 at 2pm EST

Tiny Works and Tiny Interviews will feature songs from Stephanie’s Tiny Works for Quarantine project including a performance of Vulnerability and an interview with me

Persisting Sound Presents Vulnerability vocal music about emotional honesty and self-reflection featuring Carolyn Quick Drew Swatosh Lisa Neher Saturday, November 21, 4:00 PM PST www.persistingsound.com

*Persisting Sound: Vulnerability
Virtual Concert featuring Lisa Neher, Drew Swatosh, and Carolyn Quick; November 21st, 2020 at 4pm PST; Portland, OR

Vulnerability will feature themselves singing their composition Vulnerability and the world premiere of Dead Fires, performed by Carolyn Quick