Music has been a central aspect to religions throughout the world for the entirety of human history. For Christianity, and particularly the churches in the Anglican communion like the Episcopal church, music's place or primacy in culture and worship is no different. Whatever musics we know like the back of our hand were once new pieces that had never been heard before; what are now well-worn rituals or venerated masterworks were once the experimentations of young firebrands.
At St. David's, we are proud to support the work of musical creators who are continuing to expand the liturgical and concert repertoire. The Composer-in-Residence program honors a particular composer each year with a commission and featured performances throughout the season. The focus of the residency is on choral works, and, though compositions may be shared in concert settings, the commissioned work is always heard within the context of a liturgy, providing a touchstone to a living tradition of music within the community.
Composers-in-Residence and Commissioned Works:
2016-2017: Michael Rickelton, Into the Darkest Hour, to be premiered by the Choir of St. David's at the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, December 18, 2016. Learn more about Michael, and listen to his music, here.
2015-2016: Tariq Al-Sabir, Preces and Responses, premiered by the Choir of St. David's at the Evensong for the Feast of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., January 17, 2016. Learn more about Tariq, and listen to his music, here.