for Large Wind Ensemble.  Duration: approx. 9″

Commissioned by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. John R. Stewart, Silent Night, Sea of Light represents the personal struggle and transition of the first time I moved away from home, comfort, family, and peace.  In relocating to a large city from a very rural area, I found myself suffering from the dichotomy of the nights I was faced with:  living in an area with unlimited opportunities but every square inch of space affected by artificial light at all times, or the peaceful evenings I was used to back home in a place of comfort where my personal goals and aspirations could never be fully realized.  Through the struggle, I came to accept that while I will call other places in my life “home”, my heart will always remain in Northern Wisconsin, and if I still can see the same constellations on occasion, I won’t ever be too far away.

Full Instrumentation:

Flute 1, 2, 3, 4
Oboe 1, 2
English Horn
 Bassoon 1, 2
 Clarinet 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
 Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1, 2
 Tenor Saxophone
 Baritone Saxophone
 Trumpets in Bb 1, 2, 3, 4
 Horn in F 1, 2, 3, 4
 Trombone 1, 2
Bass Trombone
Tuba 1, 2
Double Bass
Timpani (32”, 29”, 26”, 23”)
Percussion I (Crotales (with arco)/Water Glasses)
Percussion II (Glockenspiel/Water Glasses)
Percussion III (Vibraphone (with arco)/Suspended Cymbal)
Percussion IV (Marimba)
Percussion V (Bass Drum/Triangle/ Cymbal/ Wind Chimes)

Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble, Stephen Squires, conductor. April 22, 2015. Recording: WS Sound Productions. 

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