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Commissioning new music energizes performers, boosts promotional efforts, and contributes to the repertoire. If the work is published, you and/or your group's name appears on all scores sold.

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ABOUT THE LIST OF COMMISSIONS
Most of the works below are available from Yelton Rhodes Music. Please see the Works section of this website for score previews, audio recordings and ordering information.

Commissioned Works

Farther Sail!

Gay Men's Chorus of Houston (2004)
Brief festival anthem for men's chorus with piano. Text: Walt Whitman, from Passage to India. Premiere: May 2004 in Houston, and July 2004 at GALA Choruses' quadrennial festival in Montreal, Canada.

Thus Was My Love

Hampton Roads Men's Chorus (2004)
Ten-minute, 3-movement work for men's chorus with piano. Text: Sonnets by the 16th century poet Richard Barnfield. Premiere: June 2004 in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area, and in July 2004 at GALA Choruses’ quadrennial festival in Montreal, Canada.


The Mahogany Tree

Cantare, New York City (2002)
Holiday piece for men's concert ensemble with piano. Text: William Makepeace Thackeray. Premiere: December 2002, Barry Oliver conducting.

How Sweet the Moonlight

Cantare, New York City (2002)
Unaccompanied piece for 8-part men's chorus, for the group's inaugural concert. Text: Shakespeare, from Merchant of Venice. Premiere: May 2002, Barry Oliver conducting.

Love Songs

Desert Voices, Tuscon, Arizona (2002)
Two-movement, twelve-minute work for SATB chorus and string quartet/piano quintet, on poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca and Amy Lowell. Premiere: April 2002, Keith Koster conducting.

Everyone Sang

New York City Gay Men's Chorus, Boston Gay Men's Chorus & the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington D.C. (2001)
Unnaccompanied antiphonal work for three choruses, for the opening piece of an East Coast exchange concert tour. Text: Siegfried Sassoon. Premieres: March-April, 2001 at Carnegie Hall, New York; Symphony Hall, Boston; Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C.

Three Christmas Carols

Boston Gay Men's Chorus (2000)
Three concert settings of traditional Christmas carols for TTBB and organ. Premiere: December 2000, Reuben Reynolds III conducting. Recorded on the CD Gloria!

For a Dedication

Church of Our Saviour, Akron, Ohio (2000)
Three movement work for solo piano, for the dedication of a new Schimmel grand piano. Premiere: September 2000 with Richard Shirey at the piano.

The Mystic Trumpeter

Arlington Street Church, Boston (1999)
Boston Gay Men's Chorus (2000)
Originally commissioned in 1999 for SATB chorus, trumpet and piano on a text by Walt Whitman. Expanded, revoiced and orchestrated for the Boston Gay Men's Chorus, premiering in March 2000 at Jordan Hall, Boston. Recorded on the CD Eos.

Bread and Roses

Boston Women's Rainbow Chorus (2000)
A new concert setting of the famous feminist labor poem by James Oppenheim, for SSAA chorus with piano. Premiere: June 2000 at Arlington Street Church, Boston, Ellen Oak conducting.

Passage

Atlanta Feminist Women's Chorus (2000)
Work for SSAA chorus with oboe, cello and piano, in memory of Dennie Doucher. Text: SueAnne Morgan. Premiere: April 2000, Atlanta, Robert Glor conducting.