The Music from Westminster Choral Series is a collection of choral literature commissioned by or selected for performance by the choirs at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, one of the nation's foremost centers for the study and performance of choral music. Editions selected for this series will contain music for choirs at all levels and all voicings with the hope of introducing or reviving innovative compositions into the choral literature. The series will also publish materials in a wide variety of compositional genres.
Joe Miller is conductor of two of America's most renowned choral ensembles: the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir. As Director of Choral Activities at Westminster Choir College of Rider University (Princeton, NJ), he oversees an extensive choral program that includes eight ensembles.
This is a new composition on the final stanza of a Scottish translation of Luther's hymn "Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her." Balulalow is the Scottish word for "lullaby." Scored in the original language, a modern version is included for those choirs who wish to sidestep the original...Read More
"Newlyweds," from Marjory Wentworth's collection of poetry Despite Gravity, is a simple and elegant text containing many wonderful images of the beginning of a married couple's journey. Nathan Jones's arrangement paints a musical picture of these images, employing various compositional techniques that cleverly portray the excitement, security, and enigmatic future of the devoted twosome. The union of captivating prose and rich harmonic color in this stunning a cappella piece leave the listener suspended, breath bated, awaiting the tale's unresolved end....Read More
Ballade to the Moon
A secular choral performance piece for the accomplished high school or college choir. The tempo marking adagio misterioso aptly suggests its musical character. The text is a nocturne that explores observational and psychological experiences associated with love, nature, darkness, and light...Read More
My Flight for Heaven The first in a new series of original compositions commissioned or selected for performance by the choirs at Westminster Choir College. The 17th-century text is about seeking comfort in the welcome embrace of death and eternal life. Scored for SATB divisi, this is a serious choral work for the capable choir–church, high school, or college. A gorgeous, lush work. Destined to be a classic; written by a major new voice in choral composing...Read More