The Catholic University of America

Jan. 17, 2014

Vocal Music Festival Set for Jan. 24-25


The Catholic University of America chapter of the Society of Composers Inc. presents the fourth annual New Voices @ CUA: A Festival of New Vocal Music Jan. 24 and 25.

With a collection of four concerts, this festival highlights the vocal works of 17 composers from the United States and England. The concerts feature sacred music, art and cabaret songs, chamber music, and pieces by CUA student composers. Concerts on Friday and Saturday evening will feature the newly formed Catholic University Contemporary Music Ensemble under the direction of Robert Baker, assistant professor of theory and composition.

The Concerts include:
Jan. 24, 7 p.m. Student Concert, at Ward Hall
• Amanda Bono, “Give Me Your Stars to Hold”
• Justus Parotta, “Lottie Silks”
• Juan Amaya, “Some May Say”
• Megan DiGeorgio, “Isaiah 41:10”
• Jonathan Kirby, “Memorare”
• Paul Kneusel, “I Love You, O My God”
• Matthew Yost, “Corona Divinae Misericordiae”

Jan. 24, 9 p.m. Art Song/ Cabaret Concert, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room A and B
• Michael Betteridge, “Except for Love's Sake Only: Three Songs of Elizabeth Barrett Browning”
• D. Edward Davis, “Two Songs: for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano”
• Arthur Gottschalk, “Beat: Song Cycle for High Voice and Piano”
• John C. Griffin, “This is Just to Say”
• Christopher Lamb, “Fire & Ice: for Tenor and Piano”

Jan. 25, 1 p.m. Sacred Music Concert, St. Vincent de Paul Chapel
• Doug Brandt, “Remembering That It Happened Once”
• Pete Deshler, “Kyrie Eleison”
• Brian Fennelly, “Sacred Songs”
• Thomas Fielding, “Let the Peoples Praise You, O God”
• Nathan Nokes, “O Gracious Light”
• Margaret Stoop, “Unspoken Prayer”
• Zvonimir Tot, “Credo for Mixed Choir”

Jan. 25, 7 p.m. Chamber Music Concert, Ward Hall
• Gregory Hutter, “Spirits of the Dead”
• Patricia Julien, “Mother to Son”
• Ryan Olivier, “Magis: Songs on Poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins”
• Laurence Sherr, “Flame Language”

Tickets are free for CUA students and faculty/staff with ID; $15 general admission; $10 seniors (60 and up) and students with ID; free admission for students 17 and under when accompanied by a ticketed adult; $50 general admission festival pass good for admission to all concerts; and $30 festival pass for seniors and students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online at, or at the door.

For more information, including biographies and links to the participating composers, visit




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