Baritone Michael Preacely and pianist Valerie Trujillo
2022: As part of winning the National Association of Teachers of Singing 2021 Art Song Composition Award for Everything Already Lost (poetry by Jan Zwicky), but thanks once again to the pandemic, NATS waited until 2022 to present it at its National Conference in Chicago, where I got to work with the marvelous Michael Preacely and Valerie Trujillo who gave the piece a gorgeous US premiere. Huge thanks to Michael and Valerie for embracing this piece!
Baritone Tyler Duncan and pianist Erika Switzer at Cincinnati Song Initiative (photo Kate Hursh-Wogenstahl)
Then, last fall, also as part of the NATS prize, Everything Already Lost was presented by the fearless and ever-adventurous Cincinnati Song Initiative, performed by the work’s commissioners, Tyler Duncan and Erika Switzer. I had the great good fortune to be able to be there in Cincinnati for the concert (with a stop in Cleveland along the way to visit old friends and old haunts from my Cleveland Institute of Music days). Thanks to Sam Martin and the whole CSI team for doing great things for art song! Check them out!
2023: It was a joy to write for Tyler and Erika, and to work with the words of poet Jan Zwicky. I’m so proud of this piece we created together! And excited that Tyler and Erika have recorded it for their next CD, an album of art song by Canadian composers. It will be out this year (maybe spring?) so watch for it![/caption]
I think a year from now, 2023’s ‘highlights’ list is going to look a lot like 2022’s! And as always, I am grateful that every project brings the opportunity to create with a lot of wonderful talented people. Onward!