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This majestic choral work weaves together three sources of reverential nineteenth-century poetry honoring the beauty of the aurora borealis, highlighting through text and music the beauty of this brilliant natural phenomenon. Forth From the Northern Skies was awarded the Jean-Slater Edson Prize for Music Composition in 2019.

for accompanied SATB choir with divisi

Forth From the Northern Skies

The premiere performance of Forth From the Northern Skies by the Vassar College Choir, conducted by Dr. Christine R. Howlett

Agnus Dei

for a cappella SATB choir with divisi

A monumental piece providing a beautiful a cappella setting for the religious text, agnus dei qui tollis peccata mundi, meaning, "Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world." It is suited for both choral performance and liturgical use.



song for soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, violin, and piano

Never Leave Thee

Three voices joined by a diegetic fiddle profess their undying love in this musical deconstruction and reconstitution of two devotional songs of Irish and Scottish folk tradition, Never Leave Thee and The Banks of the Roses. This piece was featured in the Mahagonny Ensemble Composer Showcase of 2019.

Never Leave TheeGeorge Luton
00:00 / 05:52

Vocals: Gileann Tan, Melanie Donnelly, Logan Pitts

Violin: Max Quill

Piano: Michael Oosterhout

Something Rich and Strange

song cycle for accompanied soprani, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone
Never Leave Thee
00:00 / 05:52

An electrifying new song cycle for five voices setting the sung texts of the plays attributed to William Shakespeare (1564–1616). This moving series revolves around circular themes of loss and regeneration.

Cup Us ’Till the World Go ’Round

Antony and Cleopatra – Act II, Scene 7

Spring Song, Winter Song

Love Labours Lost – Act V, Scene 2

Thrice Beware

Macbeth – Act I, Scene 1 and Scene 3

Good Night Unto You All

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Act V, Scene 1

Sing Willow

Othello – Act IV, Scene 3

Full Fathom Five

The Tempest Act I, Scene 2







Emily DrossellBianca Barragan, and Melanie Donnelly rehearse "Sing Willow" for the premiere of Something Rich and Strange
Cup Us 'Till the World Go 'RoundEmily Drossell, Bianca Barragan, Melanie Donnelly, Raphe Gilliam, and Logan Pitts
00:00 / 01:11
00:00 / 02:05

VI. Full Fathom Five

Raphe Gilliam solos in the final movement of Something Rich and Strange accompanied by composer George Luton


string quartet

A stately and leisurely waltz that delights in its intricate tonal chromaticisms. Appropriate for advanced educational use.


quintet for clarinet, trombone, harp, contrabass, and percussion

An aclectic band strikes up a lively revelry, alternating solos and interweaving homophony and polyphony at rapid-fire pace.

Movement I (main theme)

Movement II



for orchestra


two flutes/piccolo, two oboes/English horn, two clarinets, two bassoons, two French horns, three trumpets, two trombones, bass trombone, tuba, percussion, timpani and strings

In an explosive symphonic expression of excitement and joy, these complementary passions are embodied by intertwining themes and motives, which seek each other out to find contrapuntal resonance together. Ascent was awarded the Jean-Slater Edson Prize for Music Composition in 2019.

Movement I

Movement II

Movement III

Movement IV

for orchestra

All Who Hunger

flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, two percussionists, timpani, and strings

A lush and original orchestration of William Moore's hymn melody, Holy Manna, pays homage to the song's nineteenth-century roots in Appalachian folk music.

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