Feast Of Lights, The
A Christmas Observance for SATB Choir, Soprano Solo, Organ, and Piano  (55 minutes)
(with Flute, Oboe, Trumpet, and Violin soloists)
      *Full orchestration available

Gladde Music Publications
Choral score (GMP...) - $
Conductor's Score & Instrumental Parts (GMP...) - $
(Each movement available separately)

As an undergraduate student at the University of Redlands (CA), the composer sang in the school's annual Christmas presentation of "The Feast Of Lights".  This annual, decades-old tradition portrays a world lost in darkness until Christ comes to spread light, truth, and illumination.  Years later, the composer wrote this hour-long cantata based on the structure recalled from student days.  The musical selections and readings are based on texts which portray Christ as the light of the world.  The presentation begins in darkness and gradually grows brighter as candles are lit, paralleling a growing ebullience in the music.  A few years after its creation, the composer orchestrated the music while attending one of Robert Shaw's choral workshops in Princeton.

(See a picture of the premiere of the orchestrated version)





1. Introit


2. A Prayer For Light - (Women)


3. Break Forth, O Beauteous Heav'nly Light


4. Carol Of A Thousand Candles
5. O Come, All Ye Faithful - (with Congregation)

*Full Orchestration available:
Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons
2 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba
StriThe Feast Of Lights - Cover

10. Silent Night - (with Congregation)ngs





6. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks - (Men)


7. O Come, Let Us Sing For Joy


8. Sing Lullaby - (Soprano Solo)


9. Arise, Shine; For Thy Light Is Come