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2021-22 - Christopher Harris & Christine Donkin

SATB & piano, no divisi (for each work)
A new work to be composed by Graphite Publishing
Difficulty: 3 · Medium
Length: 4 minutes (for each work)

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Graphite has commissioned a diverse pair of our composers to write new pieces for choir. Christopher Harris is on faculty at Arkansas Tech University as Director of Choral Studies and Assistant Professor of Music. He is the founder of the Houston Master Singers and has served as the Assistant Director for the Houston Ebony Opera Guild. Music from Canadian composer Christine Donkin has been described by critics as “stunning”, “poignant”, and “astonishingly beautiful”, her work is promoted by several publishers and is performed all over the continent and beyond.


Christine Donkin will set the following poem:

Like Barley Bending

Like barley bending
In low fields by the sea,
Singing in hard wind

Like barley bending
And rising again,
So would I, unbroken,
Rise from pain;
So would I softly,
Day long, night long,
Change my sorrow
Into song.

- Sara Teasdale

Christopher Harris will set the following poem:

Joy Never Leaves

I am full of tears!!
Tears of joy that seem to well and flow upon the thought that I carry the promise of beauty for ashes and life anew.

A plan so delicate that no gentle hand of ours could place it all in place with grace to cause it not to break.

Birthed from faith and made with love, it grows.
Hope nurtures it and peace sustains the dwelling place as the hymn does the soul that sings of Thee.

These years which once fell for loss, now build a grateful river that runs through forests of prayer and possibility. They flow, but joy never leaves.

- Devondra Banks

About Graphite Publishing

Graphite Publishing is an online vocal music publisher of quality compositions where excellence and accessibility meet: unique yet emotional; challenging yet appealing; innovative and enjoyable to experience. Our composers write well-crafted, idiomatic music for voice.