Shawnee Mission East Choraliers

I went to Shawnee Mission East today to meet Tracy Resseguie (who commissioned Arise, Shine for Carnegie Hall) and to hear his Choraliers sing.

When they pulled out Leonardo Dreams as their first piece to sing, I thought “Oh no!” But when I heard them start singing, I thought “Oh my!!” They’re FANTASTIC! Tracy has a wonderful rapport with his students and motivates them to amazing heights of excellence and musicality. I’m very excited about writing for them!

Once I finish the band transcription of A Basque Lullaby, Arise, Shine will be my main project. We’re still trying to decide how to best open a program with the Lauridsen Lux Aeterna on it. We could go for a big, loud, fast exciting piece, or we could go with something that builds and builds to paint the idea of “Arise.” I’m leaning toward the latter, but we’ll see…

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  1. Dan, I don’t think we ever knew each other when we were at BJU, though I knew who you were. I graduated in 2001 and stayed 3 years for an MA in English. Addy and I worked at the Press for a year or so together.
    I just wanted to let you know what a tremendous thrill it has been for me to hear your music over the past several years. I was in the Chorale when you brought the 3 children’s songs (including Basque Lullaby) in to be sung so you could hear what they sounded like. Of course, I think we slaughtered them on first reading, but we all knew they were wonderful. I hope you don’t mind, but I kept my photocopy! And then I was still in the Chorale when “The King of Love” was published, and we sang it as much as possible.
    Since I still live in Greenville, I go to the Chorale concerts every year, and was musically stunned at hearing both A Basque Lullaby and Words sung as they ought to be. I have been a huge fan of sacred minimalism (Part, Gorecki, Tavener) and what I like to call lyrical minimalism (Whitacre, Lauridsen, Clausen, etc) since I was a freshman in college. So listening to Believing music written in this genre (and, dare I say it, using many of the genre’s conventions better than usual) has been doxological for me. One of my greatest thrills is to see believers making art well, so thank you for using His gifts in the way you have. I know I’m nowhere in the same league as Staheli, and it’s not like I’m going to PERFORM your pieces, but if you DO have a list of people you notify when you’re working on something new, would you mind adding me? I’m in Warren Cook’s church choir, so he gave us the heads up about Arise, Shine.
    I began taking notes a few months ago to write a post on your music for my blog, but it’s not quite ready yet. Would love to talk sometime, when it’s convenient for you, about your writing and your influences.
    Sorry for such a long comment and one completely unrelated to your post here. Just didn’t know the best way to get in contact with you. Best wishes!

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