Bring new music to life and reinvigorate your choir program this year by joining Graphite’s 2021-22 Commissioning Consortium! We’re elated to commission Graphite composers Christopher Harris and Christine Donkin for what will surely be two exquisite and gorgeous works for SATB choir and piano. These new pieces will be written for a Level 3 difficulty rating, with easily sung lines and minimal divisions, perfect for high school, college, and community choirs.
Christopher Harris is on faculty at Arkansas Tech University as Director of Choral Studies and Assistant Professor of Music. He is the founder of the Houston Master Singers and has served as the Assistant Director for the Houston Ebony Opera Guild.
Music from Canadian composer Christine Donkin has been described by critics as “stunning”, “poignant”, and “astonishingly beautiful”, her work is promoted by several publishers and is performed all over the continent and beyond.
This project will deliver both PDF scores to print for all your singers and a 9-month local premiere window. Join the consortium here!
Scores delivered by Jan. 7th, 2022
Must be funded by Dec. 17th, 2021
$285 / ensemble
Difficulty: 3 · Medium
Length: 4 minutes (for each work)
Christine Donkin will set Sara Teasdale’s ‘Like Barley Bending.’
“…So would I softly,
Day long, night long,
Change my sorrow
Christopher Harris will set Devondra Banks’ ‘Joy Never Leaves.’
“…These years which once fell for loss, now build a grateful river that runs through forests of prayer and possibility. They flow, but joy never leaves…”