How Can I Keep From Singing?
For SATB Choir, *Children's Choir, *Audience, and Organ (or Piano)    (6:30)

Gladde Music Publcations  (#201401)
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Sally Husch Dean, Co-Chair of "San Diego Sings! Festival 2015",  writes;
"This commission has the ingredients of a piece destined to become used nationwide within the choral community.  It will speak of the power of singing together.
Brad,  you are the natural composer for this very project - and to think I thought of you for this commission without knowing your roots in San Diego,
and particularly in the choral community and in Balboa Park.  Serendipitous and organic!"

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San Diego Sings! Festival Chorus of 1000 Voices
Patrick Walders, Conductor
Jared Jacobsen, Organist
World Premiere Video!

March 21, 2015
Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park
San Diego, California























































Click on the image below to read about
~ Brad Nelson's San Diego Heritage ~
















































Watch this video
The marvelous history of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion (1915)!
This is the organ for which "How Can I Keep From Singing?" was recently composed.  The music will receive its world premiere with a 1000-voice mass choir on March 21, 2015 in a FREE concert presented by the Choral Consortium of San Diego.





















































Today's Organ Pavilion (2015) at dusk....




































































And at night...

*Practice Midi

*All voice parts are prominantly emphasized on the piano


~ Pages 4 and 5 excluded ~



And finally.... the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in all its majesty!



To be featured in an
"All-Conference Sing" at the
2016 Western Division Convention
Pasadena, California






ACDA All-Conference Sing (800+ Voices!)
Anna Hamre, Conductor
Travis Rogers, Piano
American Choral Directors Association
2016 Western Division Conference

February 25, 2016
First United Methodist Church
Pasadena, California



















Choral Club of San Diego
Encore Vocal Ensemble
Escondido Choral Arts Center Children's Chorus
Escondido Choral Arts Center Chorale
First Unitarian Church of San Diego Women's Chorus
La Jolla Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir
La Jolla Symphony Chorus
Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Choir
Pacific Coast Harmony
Pacific Women's Chorus
Peninsula Singers
San Diego Children's Choir
San Diego Chinese Choral Society
San Diego Chorus, Sweet Adelines International
San Diego Gay Men's Chorus
San Diego Mannskor, Norwegian Men's Chorus
San Diego North Coast Singers
San Diego Sun Harbor Barbershop Chorus
San Diego Women's Chorus





























































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Read this
Grant Proposal

submitted to
New Music USA
(formerly known as The American Music Center
and Meet The Composer)






























































The Pavilion in the evening....