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Welcome Table

8 members needed
SMATBB a cappella
A new work to be composed by Saunder Choi
Difficulty: 3 · Medium
Length: 4-6 minutes
MAY
1
2020
Releases on May. 1st 2020
Must be funded by Dec. 31st 2019
$250 / ensemble

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Description

I’ve been pondering lately on being the other. Immigrant, Gay, POC; and I often wonder if I will ever be truly welcome in a space. Political tensions surrounding immigration are at an all time high, with mothers being separated with their kids, children in detention cells, even legal immigrant status is threatened. As a response to this, I’ve written text that is inspired by and reflects on the civil rights spiritual “I’m Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table,” examining it from the eyes of an immigrant.

Lyrics

Am I Welcome?
Am I welcome to sit at the table and eat with you,
Drink with you, feast on milk and honey with you?
Am I Welcome?

Are they welcome too?
Are we welcome to sit together as all kinds of people do?
The poor, the hungry, the homeless, refugees?
Are they welcome too?

Are you satisfied?
Are you satisfied with the world that you live in?
Are you satisfied with your wealth, your money, your power?
That you eat and never get hungry.
Are you satisfied?

Or are you hungry?
Hungry for wealth, money, power?
Hungry for everything your privilege already gets you, ungiving and unforgiving?
Are you hungry?

Am I worthy?
Am I self-sufficient?
Able to stand on my own two feet,
and dream with you, hope with you, love with you?

Am I Welcome?
Am I welcome to sit at the table and eat with you,
Drink with you, feast on milk and honey with you?
Perhaps one of these days.


About Saunder Choi

Saunder Choi is a Los Angeles-based Filipino composer and choral artist. His works have also been performed by the Philippine Madrigal Singers, the Crossing Choir, the LA Master Chorale Chamber Singers, Sacra Profana, Tonality, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, and many others. He has been commissioned by the L.A. Choral Lab, Andrea Veneracion International Choral Festival, SYC Ensemble Singers (Singapore), Choral Arts Initiative, the Earth Choir (Taiwan), Taipei Philharmonic Choir and Women’s Choir, Archipelago Singers (Indonesia), and many others. As an arranger and orchestrator, Saunder has written for Tony-Award winner Lea Salonga, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Tim Janis Christmas Shows at Carnegie Hall, Ballet Philippines, etc. He won the 2017 Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Carol Commission competition and awarded the 1st prize in the 2014 American Prize for Choral Composition (student division). He was also a finalist for the 2012 and 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and was one of the five composition fellows at the 2016 Big Sky Choral Initiative. As a choral artist, he maintains an active singing schedule in Southern California. He regularly sings with the L.A. Choral Lab, Pacific Chorale, C3LA: Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles, and HEX Vocal Ensemble. He serves as a teaching artist for the Los Angeles Master Choral Voices Within and Oratorio Project, as well as Pacific Chorale Academy. He is currently Director of Music at Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica. Born in Manila, Philippines, Saunder holds degrees from De La Salle University – Manila, Berklee College of Music, and the USC Thornton School of Music. His works are published and distributed MusicSpoke, Earthsongs, MuzikSea and See-A-Dot Publishing. www.saunderchoi.com