MUEHLEISEN’S “BORDERS” PREMIERES AT CARNEGIE HALL TO STANDING OVATION AND CRITICAL ACCLAIM
“After a brief pause, the Great Bend Chorale from Washington, [conducted by Matthew Melendez] took the stage, along with a five-piece string group, piano, and the excellent soprano soloist Tess Altiveros to present…the world premiere of a DCINY [and Great Bend Center for Music] commission, John Muehleisen’s politically relevant work Borders.
“The theme of how we treat strangers, never more crucial than at this moment, formed the arching unifier of Mr. Muehleisen’s extended cantata, Borders. ‘Politically relevant’ music is always risky, but the choice of texts was so thoughtful in this case, with a huge cross-cultural span, that it showed the issue without being too didactic. The most effective moment, for me, was the revelation of letters from an Irish woman, starving in the potato famine of the mid-19th century, writing to her son, who presumably emigrated to the US. Here, the work of Ms. Altiveros was clear and very poignant. Two very small children, one boy and one girl, also made a significant brief utterance.”
ANNOUNCING THE RELEASE OF “A KIPLING PASSION” RECORDING ON THE GOTHIC LABEL BY CHORAL ARTS NORTHWEST, CONDUCTED BY ROBERT BODE
I’m thrilled to announce that, after over a year in the making, the recording of my most ambitious work to date, “But Who Shall Return Us Our Children – A Kipling Passion,” has 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.
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 in the two years since its premiere.
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, contact the composer via the Contact page on this website.
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
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.
- 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
- May 11 – River Moons and Snow (The King’s Trumpeter), Una Vocis Choral Ensemble, Dennis Lee, cond. (Mason City, IA)
- May 21 – Da Pacem, Lake Orion High school Choirs, Bryce Thompson, cond. (Lake Orion, MI)
- May 24 – Borders, (WORLD PREMIERE) Great Bend Chorale + Youth Chorale (DCINY), Matthew Melendez, cond. (Carnegie Hall – New York City)
- June 1 – Borders, (WEST COAST PREMIERE) Great Bend Chorale + Youth Chorale, Matthew Melendez, cond., (Shelton, WA)
- June 2 – Borders, Great Bend Chorale + Youth Chorale, Matthew Melendez, cond., (Bremerton, WA)
- June 9 – Love is…, (WORLD PREMIERE) Irvine United Congregational Church Choir, John St. Marie, cond., (Irvine, CA)
- June 29 – Aversion to Carrots, Vivat Cantus, Nicole Uphues, cond., (Weißenkirchen, Austria)
- August 2 – Sing to Me!, Midsummer Music Retreat Faculty, Loren Pontén, cond., (Walla Walla, WA)
- September 10 – Eat Your Vegetables – Set One, Catalina Foothills HS Choir, William Mattison, cond. (Tucson, AZ)
- September 15 – “Welcome Song” (from Borders), First United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir, Elisabeth Ellis, cond. (Seattle, WA)
- September 15 – “Welcome Song” (from Borders), University Congregational Church Chancel Choir, Heidi Blythe, cond. (Seattle, WA)
- October 11 – Snow, (The King’s Trumpeter), Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Loren Pontén, cond. (Seattle, WA)
- October 25 – Love is…, (WORLD PREMIERE of SATB + Trumpet Version) and Perplexed Music, Nicholls State University Concert Choir, John St. Marie, cond. (Thibadoux, LA)
- October 26 – River Moons, Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Loren Pontén, cond. (Seattle, WA)
- October 30 – “Minnie and Mattie and May” (from The Tilden Songbook), Eastside Catholic School 6th Grade Choir, Jacob Malpocker, cond. (Sammamish, WA)
- November 9 – “Singing Together” (East Coast PREMIERE), Ember, Deborah Simpkin King, cond. (New York City)
- November 10 – “Singing Together” (New Jersey PREMIERE), Ember, Deborah Simpkin King, cond. (South Orange, NJ)
- November 23 – “Aversion to Carrots” (from Eat Your Vegetables! – Set One), Kaleidoscope Singers, Zoe Peate, cond. (Steyning, West Sussex, UK)
- December 7 – Eat Your Vegetables! – Set One, Cantate Chamber Singers, Victoria Gau, cond. (Washington, D.C.)
- December 15 – “Song of the Stranger” (from Borders), University Congregational Church Chancel Choir, Heidi Blythe, cond. (Seattle, WA)
- December 15 – Invocation, Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Loren Pontén, cond. (Seattle, WA)
- December 15 (3:00 PM and 7:30 PM) – Invocation, Seattle Pro Musica, Karen P. Thomas, cond., (Kenmore, WA)
- December 19 – “Winter-Time” (from The Tilden Songbook), Eastside Catholic School 7th/8th Grade Choir, Jacob Malpocker, cond. (Sammamish, WA)
- December 21 (3:00 PM and 7:30 PM) – Invocation, Seattle Pro Musica, Karen P. Thomas, cond., (Seattle, WA)
Recent World Premieres
- May 24, 2019 – Borders, Great Bend Chorale, Matthew Melendez, cond. DCINY Concert – Carnegie Hall, NYC.
- Additional performances:
- June 1, 2019, 8:00 PM – St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Shelton, WA
- June 2, 2019, 4:00 PM – William D. Harvey Theatre, College Instruction Center, Olympic College, Bremerton, WA
- Additional performances:
- June 9, 2019 – Love Is – Poem by Rabia of Basra (female Sufi mystic and saint, c. 717–801), Irvine United Congregational Church, John St. Marie, cond.
Please contact composer for perusal scores of the works above.
Upcoming World Premieres
- October 25 – Love is…, (WORLD PREMIERE of SATB + Trumpet Version) and, Nicholls State University Concert Choir, John St. Marie, cond. (Thibadoux, LA)
- Feb 22-23, 2020 – Commission for Kirkland Choral Society, Glenn Gregg, cond.
- March 4-7, 2020 – Consolation: Requiem for Newtown (WORLD PREMIERE of Version for SSAA, piano, and chimes), Commissioned by Company West Treble Chorus, Arvada West High School, Chris Maunu, cond.
- March 29, 2020 – Commission for The Donald Brinegar Singers in honor of the conductor’s 70th birthday, Donald Brinegar Singers, Donald Brinegar, cond.
- April 22, 2020 – Commission for Wake Forest University Concert Choir, Brian Gorelick, cond.
- May 2020 – Borders, (WORLD PREMIERE of Complete Version) Great Bend Chorale, Matthew Melendez, cond., Venues TBD