A Path to Hope
A set of three short works drawing inspiration from the reflections of Canadian choral music educators written early in the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the Sonic Timelapse Project, a collaborative commissioning project in response to the global pandemic.
These works may be performed separately or as a set. Each movement was composed as a short response to a specific idea, emotion, or question found within one or more of the reflections as part of my own journey to finding hope in uncertain times. Each work also includes short spoken sections featuring short fragments from or inspired by the material in the written reflections.
i) Without Voice
Composed entirely for body percussion, the first movement, Without Voice, is a loose play on the morse code spelling of the word “Voiceless” and represents the struggle to find a new place or ‘voice’ again in a silent world.
ii) The Fear
The second movement, The Fear, is for the overwhelmed, anxious, and/or fearful—a song about building the strength to “face the fear” itself.
The final movement, Believe, is a brief yet potent response to the uncertainty surrounding the future and place of music of the choral community during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Path to Hope was co-commissioned by Ariose Women's Choir, ChandraTala (part of the Kokopelli Choir Association), Myriad, and the Sonic Timelapse Project.
A Path to Hope (complete set): 5'30"
i) Without Voice: 1'30"
ii) The Fear: 2'
iii) Believe: 2'
Year of composition
SSA with some divisi
TBB with some divisi