Instrumentation youth choir (treble voices) and piano trio (vn/vc/pno)

Timing 3’45”

Composed 2015

Words and melodies by Leandra Bjornson, Savannah Beaulieu, Tyson Mistaken-Chief, Aimee Jacobs, Kristal Gambler, Elizabeth Kikoak, and Amanda Grace Butler

Commissioned by Northern Arts and Cultural Centre and the Gryphon Trio

World Premiere May 30, 2015, Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada. Listen Up! NWT participating students; Gryphon Trio; Rob Kapilow, conductor

Performance Note Water Dance may be performed separately, or in combination with any or all of the other Midnight Sun Songs.

Programme Notes

For the 2014/15 season, the Gryphon Trio partnered with the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre for a far-reaching instalment of the Trio’s Listen Up! project. Students in six communities throughout Canada’s Northwest Territories wrote poetry around the theme of The Elements, then worked with composers Jeffrey Ryan and Carmen Braden to develop melodies for their poetry. These melodies became the source material for Midnight Sun Songs, a collection of six songs for youth choir and piano trio composed and arranged by Jeffrey Ryan. Midnight Sun Songs received its world premiere in May 2015 at Yellowknife’s Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, performed by a 70-voice youth choir comprised of students from the six participating communities, accompanied by the Gryphon Trio and conducted by Rob Kapilow.

Water Dance is the third song of the collection, and explores Water through the many ways it manifests in our lives.


Cantar√© Children’s Choir conducted by Catherine Glaser-Climie with Evan Mounce (piano), Laura Reid (violin), and Tom Mirady (cello).

Get music

To encourage performance by youth choirs, the sheet music for Water Dance is available free of charge by using the links below.

Note that the trio parts are formatted for 10X13 part-size paper. If you choose to print on smaller paper, be sure to adjust your printer margins for maximum image size. If you prefer to purchase printed scores and/or parts, please contact me.

Full score (legal-size)
Choral score (letter-size, with piano reduction for rehearsal)
Piano part (10X13)
Violin part (10X13; includes vocal cue)
Violoncello part (10X13; includes vocal cue)