Two choral pieces of mine have just been accepted for publication by Augsburg Fortress, the publishing arm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). One is an arrangement of the spiritual, I've Just Come from the Fountain, the other is an original work I wrote with Adam Tice, entitled God Bestows on Every Sense. This is the first piece to be published that Adam and I have collaborated on. Looking forward to many more! A release date is scheduled for Fall, 2018. By the way, these publications will now make a total of three of mine in the Augsburg catalogue. The first was Take Up Your Cross, which continues to generate good sales.
'Tis the title of my latest choral work, which takes the folk songs, The Erie Canal; Sailing, Sailing; Shenandoah; and The Banana Boat Song, and turns them into a fun medley for TBB voices. It's a concept I conjured up a few years ago, but never got around to actually bringing to fruition until now. I think it turned out quite well. High school boys, in particular, should go for this. I'll probably send it off to Greg Gilpin at Shawnee Press and see what he thinks.
Well, I've just completed the second commissioned piece for Kelli Falls. This one, for her middle school choir, is a "rootin', tootin'" arrangement of Ragtime Cowboy Joe. Set for SATB voices and piano, this old novelty song from 1912(!) is a hoot. Come to think of it, it was published the year that the Titantic sank...For my arrangement, I altered the text a little (for instance, instead of "high-falutin', shootin', scootin'", I amended it to "high-falutin', rootin', tootin'"...a bit more PC, thank you very much); and I composed a counter-melody with my own text that sounds really cool when sung with the original tune. I think the choir will love it!