Gladde Music Publications
Happy 80th birthday to Don!!! Unbelievable!!!
As you know, Don Harvie informed many of us of your upcoming birthday. For weeks, I've wondered what I could do to convey not only congratulations, but my deep regard and tribute for your influence in my life. I couldn't think of anything more appropriate than dedicating some of my work to both of you. I remember as if it were yesterday how you encouraged me to arrange piano accompaniments, sparking my lifelong desire to compose. Throughout my graduate studies, I learned how to write for band, orchestra, and all mediums. But I always knew I would end up where I am today - composing choral music. It began at Grossmont with you.
I left my church position a bit over three years ago. Merryl became choir director at Granite Hills High School six years ago, succeeding Ray Murphy. She has 180 kids singing in five choirs. It's the largest choral program in the Grossmont school district. I may be prejudiced, but her program is one of the best in the Grossmont district. The values that motivate her program and my composing are built on the foundation of values learned from you, not only in terms of musicianship and programming, but in terms of influencing and investing in the lives of students.
I work full time at writing. I publish with five choral publishers, but two months ago I began my own publishing company - Gladde Music Publications. I've created a website where people can see and hear all of my music. I've designed the website so that it's highly accessible. I think others might be copying this technology in the future. It is the easiest way available for choral directors to evaluate new music. If Don Harvie or someone else with access to the internet can show you my site (maybe you're online already?), I think you'd really enjoy viewing it.
In closing, I'm dedicating two choral pieces to both of you. Gladde Things is the signature piece for the creation of my new publishing company. It's being premiered next month at Houston Baptist University and at Granite Hills. When You Are Old is a more personal statement from me to you. The text by W.B.Yeats is eloquent and brings you to mind with great affection. It will be published by Lawson-Gould next year in New York. I've printed out new title pages for you that incorporate the dedications. I'm including a few additional pieces released this year. Hope you enjoy seeing them.
You will always remain in my heart with deep love and appreciation.
I encourage each of you to express gratitude to one of your
musical mentors. It may mean as much to them as they have meant to you!
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