Coping with loss of a friend or family member is incredibly difficult, especially for a young person growing up. However, I believe that music can aid the healing process and provide opportunities to express and cope with painful emotions.
Poet Alekz Thoms and I will collaborate on a choral piece that deals with grief in an honest yet hopeful manner. Because we have both lost a parent, we are aware of how raw and complex the grief process can be. Both of us have utilized music as a form of healing; I began playing violin when my father died, and Alekz used their love for visual art and choral singing to help them cope with their mother’s passing.
This piece will be for high school level SATB choir and piano, potentially with optional violin. I may arrange SSAA/TTBB versions as well, if treble and/or tenor bass choirs are interested in the piece.
About Grace Brigham
The Watches of the Night
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.
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.