This anthem is based on Micah 6:6-8. Verse 8 is the well-known, “What does the Lord require of you, but to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God?”
|Title||What Shall We Bring? (SSAATTBB a cappella)|
This poem is an ode to the season of autumn heralding wind and rain and the bright colors of the leaves. The composer enjoys some “word painting” including a hymn style when the text references such things as “blessing the farms” and “the farmer’s prayers.” The poet refers to an old German tradition that a prosperous harvest will find Emperor Charlemagne crossing a bridge of gold and giving a blessing to the land. The work begins with an ostinato pattern on the word “Autumn” in the men’s voices with the women’s rising above with the opening words of the poem. Then the voices exchange places. The composition closes quietly with the same ostinato pattern.
|Title||Autumn (poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)|
In this anthem a new tune seeks to portray the intensity of the familiar words.
|Title||Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed|
This anthem was commissioned by the Western Pennsylvania Conference Ministers’ Chorus in memory of Rev. Paul and Claire Halstead. The Ministers’ Chorus premiered the work in April, 2011. The anthem is based on the Scripture passages, Philippians 2:15b-16a and Ephesians 5:8-9 (both from the Contemporary English Version). Here is a vibrant call to Christians to take Christ’s message to everyone on earth– to “shine as a light to all the peoples of the world.”
|Title||Shine As A Light (SATTBB)|