“A Pure Heart, O God”, wins the Mississauga Festival Choir 2014 Choral Composition Contest

downloadThe Mississauga Festival Choir and its music director David Ambrose recently announced that my composition “A Pure Heart, O God” for SATB a cappella choir is the winner of their Inaugural Composition Contest for emerging composers!  The work will receive its world premiere by the MFC on May 2nd at Hammerson Hall in the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.  I’m very excited and honored to have this piece performed by the MFC on their 30th Anniversary Concert “Celebration”!

About “A Pure Heart, O God”

Written in 2012 and based on the text of Psalm 51, this piece was inspired by the words of the renowned Psalm, which begins with “Create in me a pure Heart, O God” (KJV).  The story behind the Psalm could not be more legendary, as it is a prayer of confession after King David of Isreal committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of one of his men.  The words still ring true in an age where scandalous affairs by politicians and world leaders rock headlines around the globe, and when faithfulness and responsibility in public office is often put aside in favor of personal gain.  These words are a poignant reminder of humanity’s fallen state, and gives hope for those who seek salvation and grace.

This piece was the winner of the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s 2013 Best of BC Prize in their biennial young composers competition.  The MFC will be giving its world premiere in May.

10    Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12  Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

About the Mississauga Festival Choir:

Mississauga Festival Choir is the largest community choir in the City of Mississauga – one hundred voices strong.  A true community choir, it is open to any who wish to sing, with no audition required.  Singing a wide range of repertoire, the choir strives for artistic and musical excellence under the inspiring direction of David Ambrose, always in a collaborative and cheerful atmosphere.  2013-2014 is the choir’s 30th anniversary season! Adults:$40, $35 (students/seniors), $30 (children under 12)

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