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Grace Brigham

Composer / Northfield, Minnesota
Member since September 2019
Grace Brigham is a composer from Washington, D.C. specializing in choral and vocal music. She currently studies with Dr. Timothy Mahr at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, where she also plays violin and sings in various ensembles including the St. Olaf Choir. Grace's love for choral music began when she joined the chorister program at the Washington National Cathedral in 2012, where she had the opportunity to sing at numerous concerts and services of national significance. Her music is gaining increasing attention, with performances so far by Cantus, the Washington National Cathedral Choir, and many ensembles at St. Olaf College. Her piece "Discoveries" was named the winner of the Cantus 2019 Young & Emerging Composer Competition. In addition, "Discoveries" was selected for for the Cathedral Choral Society's composition masterclass with Augusta Read Thomas. Grace works as an assistant for composer Jocelyn Hagen and Graphite Publishing.

My Style

I compose primarily vocal and choral music, using both sacred and secular texts. My secular pieces frequently explore themes related to social justice, such as gender inequality, sexual assault, sexual orientation, and body image.

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TTBB a cappella and tenor duet
“Discoveries” is a recent composition premiered by the male ensemble Cantus. It was inspired by the all-girls high school I attended, National Cathedral School. From fourth grade through senior year, this school encouraged my classmates and I to have the confidence to pursue careers largely dominated by men. Many important people in my life, including myself, are doing so. For example, my sister is currently a computer science major at Georgia Tech, and my partner is pursuing architecture. While my field is not part of the sciences, I face similar experiences being surrounded by mostly men. I therefore wanted to write a piece that highlighted female scientists from the 18th and 19th centuries, when being a woman in science was obviously even harder than it is today. My aim is to both inform listeners of these scientists’ impressive accomplishments and inspire young girls to feel comfortable and confident pursuing any career they desire. "Discoveries" was also recently named one of four winners of the Cathedral Choral Society's call for scores. The piece will be performed by Artifice, conducted by Casey Cook, at an upcoming masterclass with Augusta Read Thomas in Washington, D.C.
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The Watches of the Night

SSAA choir and violin
"The Watches of the Night" is a setting of Psalm 119, verses 148-152. It was performed in May 2019 by the St. Olaf College Manitou Singers, conducted by Therees Hibbard.
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Lux Aeterna

TTBB choir, TTB trio, and solo countertenor
'Lux Aeterna' is dedicated to my late father, who passed away 15 years before I composed this piece. I purposefully chose to leave out words from the text that specifically mentioned Christianity or God, because I wanted this message of light and celebration of life to apply to those of all religious backgrounds. It was performed in May 2019 by the St. Olaf College Viking Chorus, conducted by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu.


Jocelyn Hagen
Feb 27, 2020
Grace is a bright young composer with a wonderful future ahead of her. She is also a joy to work with, and I know she would do an excellent job inspiring your singers with her heartfelt music and spirit.
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