MY CATHEDRAL (2014) - for SATB choir
Premiere: ACDA (American Choir Directors Association) at the University of Miami Bede Chapel, Miami, FL, May 2015
Duration: ca. 4'30"
"Like two cathedral towers these stately pines
Uplift their fretted summits tipped with cones;
The arch beneath them is not built with stones,
Not Art but Nature traced these lovely lines,
And carved this graceful arabesque of vines;
No organ but the wind here sighs and moans,
No sepulchre conceals a martyr's bones.
No marble bishop on his tomb reclines.
Enter! the pavement, carpeted with leaves,
Gives back a softened echo to thy tread!
Listen! the choir is singing; all the birds,
In leafy galleries beneath the eaves,
Are singing! Listen, ere the sound be fled,
And learn there may be worship with-out words."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow