Commissions 2 2017-05-25T19:11:32+00:00

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Don’t Call Me ‘Refugee'”
lyrics based on a poem by Lamiya, a 9 year old refugee.
A choral work with a message for ALL ages.


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“Windshear” for SATB divisi, a cappella (advanced)
written in the Abenaki language

What inspires me to write this piece.
1) My deep love for the beauty of the Great North Woods. Its purity, its remoteness, its forest, its fog, its animal-life.
2) The shocking swath of destruction along the trail to Boundary Pond
3) The absence of American Abenaki Indians. How the land would have breathed and how it would have felt in the time when Abenaki Indians self preserved and were wealthy.
4) The current crisis at Standing Rock


Future Commission Vision

“Ballad of Birmingham” Duet and Choir, accompanied

Based on the poem by Dudley Randall


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“A Silver Swan” Soloist plus choir, accompanied

A story about a young transgender woman who finds herself living on the street at 18


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“When the Walls Come Down

Fusion of SATB Advanced Choral & Rap styles
Motivated by the tragic divisiveness in our beautiful country.
Current Lyrics by lyricist JB


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“Dona Nobis Pacem”
lyrics written by 6th graders in 1999.
Collaborative work for SATB Advanced Choir and Younger Treble Voices, a cappella
“You have to voice your word, in order to be heard!”


Future Commission Vision

“If They Could Speak” 

for SATB divisi, a cappella
lyrics based on poem by New York poet, Roseanne Pellicane
This poem was chosen as the keynote for the permanent
9/11 exhibit at the New York City Fire Museum to honor the 343 firefighters who were lost at the World Trade Center

Upcoming Commissions

“The Road That Has No End”

Premiere, April 30th 2017

Huntington Choral Society, Huntington, NY – Read more

2015 Commissions

For the Beauty of the Earth

commissioned by “The Silver Chords” Smithtown, NY, Carl Ferrara, Choral Director

Absolve Domine

commissioned by Alejandro Sonzogni and Pablo Rigby in memory of their dear friend, Sam Hoblit

Question or comment?

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 Why commission a piece?

• to promote the creation of new music
• to have a piece tailored specifically for your ensemble’s performance needs
• to see your name and/or ensemble listed on the title page & in the program notes for the piece (e.g. “Commissioned by The Silver Chords of Smithtown, New York, Carl J. Ferrara, director”)

If you are interested in contracting me for a commissioned work and would like a quote, visit the Commissions page on my website where you will find an online form available to provide details of the type of piece you would like.

Details such as: voicing, length, accompaniment, additional instruments, and level of difficulty will help me quote a price that we can negotiate.
Flexibility is key to funding a commission and there are many ways to pay for a commission. You may also opt for a “consortium commission”, allowing several groups to co-commission a work.

When working with me, you may have questions about Addressing Gender Pronouns and On Being a Transgender Composer Clinician