I’m excited to announce that I am officially published with Hal Leonard! This spring has seen the debut of “I Will Lift My Eyes,” an accompanied setting of Psalm 121 with voicings for SSA and TBB. I am humbled by the vast audience that may be reached as a result of being published by the world’s largest music print publisher. I am even more humbled by the series of non-coincidences that have put the people into my life that made this opportunity possible!
To make a long story short, a friend hosted an Adjudication festival at which one of the judges heard my music and later decided to commission a piece. From there, he shared my music with Andrea Ramsey for consideration in her choral series and set up an introduction. When Andrea was looking for an original TBB piece, I worked up a draft for “I Will Lift My Eyes,” my first real attempt at a piece for men’s voices. I cannot thank Andrea enough for using her expertise of vocal ranges in published music to help me to make the necessary adjustments for her editor to approve the piece (and you should definitely visit her website to hear one of the leading voices in choral music today)!
I don’t consider any of these events to be coincidences; rather, they are all part of a greater plan for this piece to reach the right chorister or audience member at exactly the right time. Many composers have set the text of Psalm 121 and it is exciting to add my own interpretation to the list. I feel incredibly blessed to have been given this gift of composition and hope that my inclusion in the Hal Leonard catalogue will help me to reach even more listeners around the world!
Keep an eye out for my next post containing an audio recording with sheet music from Hal Leonard as well as a brief analysis of the piece.