898 Hildegard (2016)

for SATB Chorus and Orchestra

Orchestra Instrumentation:
2 Flute, 2 oboe, 2 Cl in Bb, 2 Horn, 2 Trumpet in Bb, 2 Trombone, 1 bass trombone, 1 Tuba, Timpani, harp, full strings

Duration: 10 Minutes
PDF Conductor Score: $50

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898 Hildegard was commissioned by the Genesee Valley Community Orchestra to honor their founder, Sister Virginia Hogan, through the verse and melody of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). The title is borrowed from the name of a planetoid in our solar system, 898 Hildegard, thus connecting civilization’s ancient cosmos with the one that it continues to discover. I used excerpts from her chants “O Vis Eternitatis” and “O Gloriosissimi Lux Vivens Angeli,” in which the text is about eternity and angels. Then, I listened to the recordings of these chants on the Hildegard Society website (, and transcribed the performances in order to learn how these chants are presented rhythmically. After studying the intricate details of both chants, I then intertwined the original chant material with my own variations throughout, melding it together into a through-composed composition that not only displays my compositional style, but also highlights these beautiful chants by Hildegard von Bingen.

898 Hildegard was first premiered in Rochester, NY June 3-4, 2-16, and later revised for premiere by the Las Vegas Philharmonic April 1, 2017 at the Smith Center.



Remember (2012, rev. 2015)

for SATB chorus and piano

Duration: 5 minutes
PDF Conductor Score (not for duplication): $15

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Selected for performances at the 2017 Missouri State University Composition Festival
and the 2016 Hildegard Festival

This is a live performance of “Remember” (2012) by the UNLV Chamber Chorale under the direction of David Weiller; Jae Ahn-Benton, piano.

by Christina Rossetti

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann’d:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.