MARCH 15, 16, 17, & 18! – Sounding Light and conductor Tom Trenney to perform Ohio and Michigan premieres of Pietà.

from Sounding Light’s website: “John Muehleisen’s poignant and moving Pietà expresses how love, compassion, and mercy may become the faithful human response to tragedy and injustice. This deep, meaningful work addresses, in concentric circles, the sorrow and pain of mothers who lose their sons — the innermost being the death of Mary’s son, Jesus; next, the loss of a World War I soldier; and the outermost, our losses today and the importance of healing and forgiveness in this divided world. Lindsay Kesselman and Brian Giebler return as featured soloists as Sounding Light offers the Michigan and Ohio premieres of this inspired and important work.”

I’m delighted to have ORS’ fantastic live performance recording of my work River Moons included on this CD, along with works by Morten Lauridsen and Pacific NW composers, including Stacey Philipps, Joan Szymko, and Giselle Wyers. The CD is on the esteemed Gothic label (G-49318) and can be purchased here.

Featured Works

Looking for Advent and Christmas repertoire?

Please consider one of the following works from my catalog:

A solis ortus cardine – Variations on a 5th-c. Christmas Hymn

Alma Redemptoris Mater – Double SATB choir, a cappella

Invocation from This Night – SATB a cappella version

The Great “O” Antiphons – 7 settings for SATB choir, a cappella

1.   “O” Sapientia (O Wisdom)
2.   “O” Adonai
3.   “O” Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
4.   “O” Clavis David (O Key of David)
5.   “O” Oriens (O Rising Dawn)
6.   “O” Rex gentium (O King of Nations)
7.   “O” Emmanuel

This Night – 3 Celtic Christmas settings for SATB choir and harp

1.   Invocation
2.   The First Miracle
3.   Christmas Hail

Movements from both The Great “O” Antiphons and from This Night can be performed individually, in combination with one another, or as full sets. These works are all available from Muehleisen Music. Click here to access the order form.


Recent Performances

Upcoming Performances

  • March 15 – There Was An Old Person of Brussels, Illumni Men’s Chorale, Chris McCafferty, cond. (Seattle)
  • March 15, 16, 17, 18 – Pietà, Sounding Light, Tom Trenney, cond. – Michigan (Detroit) and Ohio (Cleveland) premieres
  • March 23 – The King of Glory, Opus 7 and St. James Cathedral’s Jubilate Youth Choir, Loren Pontèn, cond., (Seattle)
  • April 6 – Eat Your Vegetables! (Set One), Delaware Choral Society, James Wilson, cond., (Dover, DE)
  • April 26 – When All is Done, Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir, John Alexander, cond., (Long Beach, CA)
  • April 27 – Apparitions, Ladies Musical Club of Seattle

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Recent World Premieres

  • Oct. 7, 2017 – Singing Together, Opus 7, Loren Ponten, cond.
  • March 17, 2018 – Pleiades’ Path, Consonare Chorale, Georgina Philippson, poet and cond.
  • July 12, 2018 – “Humpty Dumpty’s Recitation” from Through the Looking Glass, WA State ACDA Summer Institute Commission (SA or TB choir and piano).

Contact composer for perusal scores of the works above.

Upcoming World Premieres

  • May 24, 2019 – Borders, Great Bend Chorale, Matthew Melendez, cond. DCINY Concert – Carnegie Hall, NYC.
    • Additional performances:
      • June 1, 2019 – Seattle
      • June 2, 2019 – Shelton, WA
  • June 9, 2019 – Title TBD, Irvine United Congregational Church, John St. Marie, cond.