News

JOHN MUEHLEISEN’S WWI ORATORIO,
“A KIPLING PASSION,”
WINS THE 2020 AMERICAN PRIZE FOR PROFESSIONAL CHORAL COMPOSERS:
MAJOR WORKS DIVISION

 

I’m honored to announce that my second oratorio, But Who Shall Return Us Our Children – A Kipling Passion, has been awarded the 2020 American Prize for Professional Choral Composers: Major Works Division.

Conceived as a WWI commemorative oratorio, the work was premiered in March 2017 during the centenary of WWI and has received nearly a dozen performances since its premiere.

A recording of the work has been released worldwide and is available in a variety of formats: physical CD, digital download, and on various streaming services. Please consider purchasing the CD from one of the following organizations, without which this recording would not have been possible.

If you’d like to read more details about the work, please download the beautifully designed digital CD booklet here, with insightful program notes by Dr. Gary D. Cannon.

For a perusal score of the full work, please contact the composer via the Contact page on this website.

Featured Works

SONGS to SEE US THROUGH:
Choral works of HUMOR, HEALING, and HOPE

Looking for upbeat and positive choral works to dispel the clouds of COVID? Here’s a newly curated set of my choral works designed to bring some light and hope into our world as we emerge from the darkness of the past year. In that spirit, I offer the works below for your consideration. Keep the faith, my choral brothers and sisters, and continue your ministry of mercy by singing beauty, hope, and resilience into the world to heal wounded souls and to gladden human hearts.

HUMOR
Welcome relief in troubled times
Eat Your Vegetables! – Set One
(Joanne Gunnerson)
SATB choir and Bb clarinet

HEALING
Singing and gathering together in community
Life has Loveliness to Sell
(Sara Teasdale)
SATB a cappella

Sing to Me!
(Ella Wheeler Wilcox)
SATB div. a cappella

Singing Together
(Jill Clymer)
SATB div. a cappella

That Music Always Round Me
(Walt Whitman)
SATB div. a cappella

The Gathering (“Come in”)
(Robert Bode)
SATB choir, Audience, and Piano
with optional percussion played by singers
(tambourine, triangle, low hand drum)

HOPE
Finding hope and peace in the midst of adversity
A Psalm of Life
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
SATB div, trumpet, and piano

Hope
(Emily Dickinson)
SSA a cappella

Love Is
(Rabi’a of Basra)
SATB div. and trumpet

Making Peace
(Denise Levertov)
SATB div., soprano + tenor saxophone (one player), and piano

The Stars Still Shine
(Charles Anthony Silvestri)
SATB div. a cappella

Tides of Peace
(Henry van Dyke)
SATB div. a cappella

Performances

2021 Performances

2022 Performances

  • March 27, 2022 – Imagination! for SATB choir a cappella (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by The Donald Brinegar Singers in honor of the conductor’s 70th birthday, The Donald Brinegar Singers, Donald Brinegar, cond. (Pasadena, CA)
  • June 2022 (Multiple dates TBD) – Borders, (WORLD PREMIERE of Complete Version) – Commissioned by Matthew Melendez and the Great Bend Center for Music in collaboration with the Distinguished Concerts International New York Premiere Project, with support from the Mason County Washington Historic Preservation Commission and Sierra Pacific Industries – Great Bend Chorale and Youth Chorale; Tess Altiveros, sop; Matthew Melendez, cond.

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Commissions / Premieres

Upcoming Premieres

  • March 27, 2022Imagination! for SATB choir a cappella (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by The Donald Brinegar Singers in honor of the conductor’s 70th birthday, The Donald Brinegar Singers, Donald Brinegar, cond. (Pasadena, CA)
  • June 2022 (Multiple dates TBD)Borders, (WORLD PREMIERE of Complete Version) – Commissioned by Matthew Melendez and the Great Bend Center for Music in collaboration with the Distinguished Concerts International New York Premiere Project, with support from the Mason County Washington Historic Preservation Commission and Sierra Pacific Industries – Great Bend Chorale and Youth Chorale; Tess Altiveros, sop; Matthew Melendez, cond.
  • Date TBDAnd Music Shall Untune the Sky for choir and soprano saxophone (WORLD PREMIERE) – Commissioned by Brian Gorelick. Performing ensemble TBD.

* Please contact composer for perusal scores of works listed above.