FEBRUARY 2016: My third release by CanticaNOVA Publications, Jesus Christ Is Risen Today, for congregation, SATB choir, two trumpets, and organ, is now available for purchase here. I can say from experience that the soaring descant on verse four sure makes for a good start to Easter Sunday!
JANUARY 2016: My vocal quartet VOX AQUARUM gave a spectacular NYC debut performance with lutenist Chris Morrongiello, in the chapel at St. Bartholomew’s, Park Avenue, as part Gotham Early Music Scene’s (GEMS) Midtown Concert Series. Additionally, we have just released our first recording, Snow Upon Snow: A Christmas Album, which features a few of my arrangements, improvisations, and an original piece “Sweet Was The Song the Virgin Sung.” Check it out on VOX’s Facebook here.
OCTOBER 2015: I am thrilled to announce that I have won the First Place Prize of the 2015 University of Michigan Competition in Organ Improvisation. There are very few international organ improvisation competitions in this country, so a competition like this one attracts a great pool of talented competitors.
Each finalist had thirty minutes alone in a room without an instrument to prepare an improvisation in two segments, consisting of:
1. A set of variations on a given hymn tune (which was SALZBURG: “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise” – I chose to play in an 18th-century German style, with the third movement being a fugue)
2. A Free improvisation on a given theme (which I chose to cast in C major as a Sonata form)
Total performance time was not to exceed 20 minutes.
Thank you for your support and good wishes!
JULY 2015: I am happy to share that I am the 2015 Winner of the Choir Master Prize offered by the American Guild Organists. Look to the October issue of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST for an article on this achievement. Also, I have been chosen as a finalist for the 2015 University of Michigan Competition in Organ Improvisation, which will take place in early October. More info to come on this shortly!
APRIL 2015: My second release by CanticaNOVA Publications, Attende Domine, for congregation, SATB choir and organ, is now available for purchase here. Check it out!
FEBRUARY 2015: Many folks have indicated interest in my new set of Seven Responsorial Psalms for Weddings. Head over to the Youtube here to take a listen!
Also, my vocal quartet VOX AQUARUM is presenting another program, this time collaborating with lutenist Christopher Morrongiello, on Sunday, April 26th, at 4pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Huntington. A lively program of Dowland and his contemporaries; as always, hope you can make it.
OCTOBER 2014: The Long Island Composer’s Alliance (LICA) has just premiered my new Trio for oboe, clarinet and cello at the Bryant Library, Roslyn, NY. The piece is an exploration of select baroque forms in a contemporary harmonic style. Please contact me if you are interested in reviewing the score.
Additionally, I am thrilled to be a founding member of the new vocal quartet, VOX AQUARUM. We have an exciting set of programs coming this fall; hope you can make one of the two listed below!
SEPTEMBER 2014: I’m happy to announce that I have won both the Third Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2014 University of Michigan Competition in Organ Improvisation. The competition was fierce, but enjoyable. Thank you baby Samantha for all of your moral support!
AUGUST 2014: I will be giving the Dedication Recital for the two new fabulous Gluck Pipe Organs at the Church of St. Patrick, Huntington, on Sunday, September 14th at 3pm. This program will also feature the premiere of two new pieces of mine, Five Preludes on HUNTINGTON for solo organ, and Panoply, arranged for two organs played by two organists (with my dear friend, Dr. Walter Hilse). Hope you can make it!
JUNE 2014: I did advance to the finals of the National Competition of Organ Improvisation, but had to withdraw once my wife went into labor. Welcome to the world, baby Samantha Rose Koraus!
FEBRUARY 2014: I have been selected as one of five semifinalists to compete in the National Competition of Organ Improvisation, which will take place on Monday, June 23rd, at the AGO National Convention in Boston. More information to be posted shortly!
SEPTEMBER 2013: Three of my liturgical pieces, Attende Domine for congregation, SATB choir and organ, I Saw Water Flowing for SATB choir and organ, and Jesus Christ is Risen Today for congregation, SATB choir, two trumpets, and organ, have been accepted for publication by CanticaNOVA Publications. Look for these pieces in CNP’s upcoming 2014 catalogs.
JUNE 2013: I am happy to share that I am the 2013 Winner of both the Fellowship Prize and the S. Lewis Elmer Award offered by the American Guild Organists. Apparently, I attained an unprecedented high score on the 7 hour Fellowship written exam! Look to the October issue of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST for an article on this achievement. Thank you to friends and family for all your support in my exam preparations!
MAY 2013: I will be directing and playing the harpsichord solo for Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto no.5” on Sunday, June 9th. My wife Debbie will be our fabulous flute soloist. Hope to see you there!
MARCH 2013: Please join me in NYC on March 23rd for a program of new music, featuring the premieres of my “Panoply” for brass quintet and organ concertante (Janet Sora, organist, with Affinity Brass), “Kyrie” for brass quintet, and “Down and Around” for viola solo (Tobias Roth, viola). The program begins at 8pm, at Advent Lutheran Church, W 93rd and Broadway. See you there!