Shorter Works for Chorus & Instruments

6 – 12 minute works for chorus and various instruments, suitable for high school, college, and community choral ensembles.

 
 
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CHORAL REFLECTIONS ON AMAZING GRACE (revised, 2017)

“Choral Reflections on Amazing Grace” has been sung in numerous languages, with several optional accompaniments: Full orchestra, Brass and Organ, and String Orchestra with piano. (Another beautiful rendition can be found on the OCTAVO page, conducted by the piece’s commissioner, Dr. James Jordan of Westminster Choir College and the Same Stream Choir).

Published by GiA Music

Instrumental accompaniment scores and parts available from the composer


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CHRISTMAS CANTATA:  WE POOR SHEPHERDS (2017)

Text adapted from the Second Shepherds Play, (Medieval Drama), by the composer.  Christmas Cantata, published by GIA Publications, Chicago, for chorus, organ or piano, flute and bassoon or cello.  

A warmly humorous account of the shepherds arriving in Bethlehem to see the newborn Christ-child. Awaiting its world premiere.


Duration:  12 minutes

Orchestration:  Organ / piano, flute (or “C” instrument) and bassoon.

Scores available from GIA Publications, Chicago.

No recording.


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LAUDATE DOMINUM (2015)

Libretto by Leonard Bernstein, written in honor of him - with Traditional Latin text. – Published by GIA Publications, Chicago, winner of first prize, Astoria Symphonic Choir International Composition Competition. Commissioned by Richard Brockman and Mirra Bank of the East Hampton Playhouse.

Duration:  6 minutes

Orchestration:  String orchestra, piano and chorus

Scores available from GIA Publications, Chicago


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LET THERE BE JOY (2014)

Libretto by Laura Harrington, for chorus, piano (optional harp), and cello, celebrating the life of a young woman lost in an accident. A search for comfort in a time of grief.

Premiered by the Oratorio Society of Minnesota, Matthew Mehaffey, Conductor.

Duration:  11:30 minutes.  

Score available from the composer:  rogerwames@gmail.com


Frances Roberts, conductor – Long Island Masterworks Chorus

Frances Roberts, conductor – Long Island Masterworks Chorus

SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (2013)

Text by William Wordsworth – published by GIA Publications, Chicago, premiered by the Long Island Masterworks Chorus, Frances Roberts, Conductor, Christopher Coletti, lead trumpet of the Canadian Brass, solo.

Duration:  9 minutes

Recording:  https://soundcloud.com/roger-ames/splendor-in-the-grass

Orchestration:  Trumpet or “C” instrument obligato, string orchestra, and chorus

Scores / orchestration from GIA Publications, Chicago


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ANCIENT SONGS OF THE UNIVERSE (2012)

Libretto by Paul Rosen, commissioned and premiered by the Long Island Masterworks Chorus, Frances Roberts, Conductor.  

A celebration of ‘space and science,’ and the music of the spheres, for chorus and featured piano.

Duration:  11 minutes

Scores available from the composer:  rogerwames@gmail.com


“Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take…” Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take…” Edna St. Vincent Millay

THREE EMANCIPATION SONGS (2010 - 2016)

Poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay, commissioned by Philip Brown.

For treble voices, (SSA), piano, and optional ‘cello and viola / violin.  Three settings that explore the gender struggle, and true gender equality.  Medium difficulty.

Duration:  10 minutes.