"David Brunner's music is lyrical, fresh-sounding and always creative.  His music is a favorite with the choir as well as the audience!"

Lynne Gackle
School of Music
Baylor University

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UCF Celebrates the Arts a Huge Success

What a great week at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando!  On Sunday the UCF choirs presented "I Dream A World" , a concert honoring cultures and musical traditions from around the world, ending in a tribute to the American Spiritual and Gospel tradition with guest soloist Sisaundra Lewis.  A packed house and Sisaundra took us all to church!

Tuesday was the UCF Choral Invitational with six middle and high school choirs from the area with guest clinician Derrick Fox from Ithaca College.  The culminating concert featured each of the choirs with their directors, and combined in a performance of my LIVING SONG.

Friday the Chamber Singers collaborated with the University Orchestra, actors from the Prague and Orlando Shakespeare theatres, guest composer Patrick Doyle (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Thor, the Kenneth Brannaugh Shakespeare films) and conductor James Shearman in an evening of "Patrick Doyle's Shakespeare". What a week!



More than Just the Choo Choo

It was a great southern division ACDA conference in Chattanooga last week! I loved the performance of my RADIANT SISTER OF THE DAWN by Scott Martin's Creekview Cantori and the Middle School Honor Choir's excellent performance of CANTATE DOMINO, conducted by Judy Bowers. Thank you both! It was good to connect with old friends and enjoy the southern hospitality of Tupelo Honey Cafe, CampHouse coffee, Public House and the Maple Street Biscuit Company (twice!).  


A Great Day of Singing!

Just home from a weekend with the Norman Children's Chorus and singers from nineteen area elementary and middle schools in Norman, Oklahoma.  Thanks to Sandy Knudson, Artistic Director of the chorus, for her expert planning and preparation.  A great day of singing!  Plus, another stay in my favorite room at my favorite B&B anywhere.  The Chickasaw Rancher in the Montford Inn!


Ernesto Epistola's haiku

Just approved the proofs for MOMENTS, seven tiny pieces about the seasons -- little glimpses written as single line unison melodies with only a bit of accompaniment -- on haiku by Ernesto Epistola. Sparse, yet fully there. Like haiku. I wish these had arrived just a few days earlier, as Ernesto's memorial service was yesterday.


Fantastic concert in Pinellas County

How great to return to Pinellas county for this year's High School All-County Choir!  Many thanks to Kody Wallace and all who did so much to prepare for this event, master accompanist Logan Brown, dedicated teachers and enthusiastic students.  Bravo on your fantastic concert in Ruth Eckerd hall!  (Also a great blackened grouper sandwich at Crabby Bill's at Clearwater Beach!)