"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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Chanton, mes AMIS in Beijing!

The combined choirs of the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) performed my CHANTON, MES AMIS, written for their choral festival in Beijing, on Saturday, March 2nd. Thanks, Scott Lounsbury, for another fantastic text in a dozen languages for these singers from thirty-eight international schools -- Bombay to Bangkok, Brussels to Beirut!


Hallelujah from the Heart of God premiere

The combined choirs of Valencia, Seminole and Eastern Florida state colleges, along with my own University Chorus from the University of Central Florida, sang the first performance of HALLELUJAH FROM THE HEART OF GOD in the round sanctuary of Sts. Peter & Paul catholic church in Winter Park, Florida, February 21st.  Sincere thanks to my colleagues and friends Dianna Campbell, Alan Gerber and Robert Lamb for suggesting this commissioned work collaboration.


Summer is Over

Our summer at the “prairie house” near Chicago was full of trips into the city, favorite restaurants – new and old, visits to the Art Institute and Grant Park music festival, a performance of Bernstein’s MASS at Ravinia, conducted by Marin Alsop, a week of teaching as Composer-in-Residence at the Choral Music Experience institute at Michigan State University, and several weekends in a new favorite destination, the artsy village of Saugatuck, Michigan, on the shores of the Great Lake.  

Since the last posting I attended a weekend immersion in the poetry of Kabir and Dogen with scholars Linda Hess and Kazuaki Tanahashi at the Upaya zen retreat center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  At the invitation of Doreen Rao, it was a profound weekend of zazen meditation, gorgeous vegetarian meals, the high desert, meaningful poetry and deep silence, in preparation for starting a large-scale work on the poetry of Kabir.

Later in the summer I wrote HALLELUJAH FROM THE HEART OF GOD for three colleagues’ choirs and our biennial ChorFest, and this fall CHANTONS, MES AMIS, for the finale of the Association for Music in International School (AMIS) 2019 Honor Choir festival in Beijing, and a mixed chorus version of SPIRITUAL MUSICK, on text by Christopher Smart (as used in Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb).

Another highlight of the summer was a wheel-thrown pottery course at the Chicago Ceramic Center in the historic Bridgeport Art Center, the old Spiegel catalogue warehouse repurposed with gallery and studio spaces.  Fantastic! 


Endless Song 

Just finished ENDLESS SONG, a new melody on the text of "How Can I Keep From Singing?" for Josh Phelps and the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City.   OK, there are many, MANY arrangements of Robert Lowry's well-known tune and I never intended to create another.  But, for some reason, a new tune came to mind -- one that I liked a lot.  Josh wanted something different for this collaboration but was not expecting this at all.  Yet he trusted me on this.  The new melody and musical environment - with piano and string quartet - brings a freshness to the text that I rather like. Familiar, yet not.  (All right, Lowry's tune does make an appearance towards the end...)


Caminante at Strathmore

I was in the beautiful Strathmore Center May 29th with the Strathmore Children's Choruses for rehearsal of my new CAMINANTE, which they'll premiere June 10th. Bravo to conductors Michael Wu, Heather Fetrow, Mary Hochkeppel and accompanist Hei Jung Kim!  Love this text about walking your own path.