We’d like to officially welcome John Shea into the YRM “home” of composers!
John’s day job is as an associate professor of economics at the University of Maryland at College Park. He has a great passion for music as well, and has an active life as a composer and musician. He sings in his local UU choir and is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network. He has studied composition with Tom Benjamin, whom he considers a mentor in the world of choral music.
John writes appealing, tonal choral music featuring strong melodies and a variety of styles, including Latin jazz, gospel and pop. YRM is proud to publish two of John’s choral compositions:
A Mother’s Carol, for SATB chorus, bass (optional) and piano, is a jazz waltz setting of a text written by his wife, April Lee. The lyrics express a mother’s concerns and hopes for her newborn child. Click here to view the first six pages of the score.
When There is Light in the Soul, for solo voice, SATB chorus and piano, is a gospel-style waltz setting of a well-known Chinese proverb. Click here to view the first six pages of the score.
Georgeann Weaver took directly to heart the seven principles of the Unitarian Universalists when she composed “The Covenant.” This work for SATB and piano expresses the following sentiments which are applicable to many spiritual belief systems, not only to those of the UU:
• The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
• Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
• Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
• A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
• The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
• The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
• Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Peruse the first four pages of Georgeann Weaver’s “The Covenant.”
Rachmaninov’s devastatingly beautiful VESPERS continues to be one of the most famous and popular early 20th century a cappella choral works. A difficult work to sing in toto, but one of the set, “Bogoroditse Devo” has been one of the ones most commonly sung alone. Now, Yelton Rhodes has a men’s setting by the brilliant composer/arranger Steve Milloy that will move your chorus and audience alike. You’ve got to have a bass that can sing a low D for the final chord.
Bogoroditse Devo (men’s chorus). View the first two pages of the score by clicking on the link.