Premier of God Is Gone Up

40 Days After…

St. Richard’s Schola to sing world premiere of “God Is Gone Up” by Wm. Glenn Osborne.

Ascension Festival Choral Eucharist
Thursday, May 29, 2014, 7PM.
St. Richard’s Episcopal Church
5151 Lake Howell Road
Winter Park, FL 32792
Info: 407-671-4211 or

Forty days after Easter, St. Richard’s Episcopal Church celebrates the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ with a festival choral Eucharist. Under the leadership of Director of Music/Organist, Dr. Carl MaultsBy, the St. Richard’s Schola will sing the world premiere of composer Wm. Glenn Osborne’s Ascension day anthem for choir and organ “God Is Gone Up.” The occasion marks the second collaboration between Osborne and the Schola. Last fall at the Rollins College Canterbury Club Evensong, the Schola premiered his “To Love Is to Be Breakable.” In 2006, Osborne was commissioned by the Festival Celebration Choir in Albany, NY to compose a piece, “Festival Te Deum,” which premiered in honor of that choir’s 20th anniversary. In 2008, Mr. Osborne arranged pieces for papal liturgies during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to New York City. The Basilica Choir of the National Shrine, Mary, Queen of the Universe (Orlando) has recorded two of his compositions “Salve Regina” and “God We Would Hear the Angels Sing.”

The mass setting for the Eucharist is by William Mathias.

Premier of God, Your Golden Doorway Beckons

A new composition by Wm. Glenn Osborne with lyrics by John Dalles will be premiered during the baccalaureate service of Gateway High School by the Bel Canto Choir under the direction of Chris Barletta. Further details about the event will be posted once the piece is actually written! Check back soon for more info.

This event has been replaced by the Premier of Faith Is Like a Mystic Spirit.

God, Your Golden Doorway Beckons will be premiered on May 30 (in unison) at the Graduation Mass for Holy Redeemer Catholic School. More information about that event is available here.

Premier of The Chariot

The Bel Canto Choir of Gateway High School under the direction of Chris Barletta will give the premiere performance of The Chariot by Wm. Glenn Osborne during their spring concert on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7 pm. The concert will be repeated on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 pm. Wm. Glenn Osborne will guest conduct the first performance on Monday. Tickets are $5.

A video of this first performance can now be seen here.

C. S. Lewis Evensong

111713 Evensong at Rollins Flyer FINALAt the invitation of the Canterbury Club of Rollins College, The St. Richard’s Schola under the direction of Dr. Carl MaultsBy will sing for Evensong in commemoration of Clive Staples Lewis on November 17, 2013 at Knowles Chapel on the campus of Rollins College. Included during the service will be the world premiere of “To Love Is to Be Breakable” by Wm. Glenn Osborne with text by John Dalles.

The Power and the Glory of Brass

Sovereign Brass PosterSovereign Brass Union with Wm. Glenn Osborne, organ

Thrilling music for 10 piece brass and percussion ensemble in the resonant acoustics of the Basilica space! Sovereign Brass Union is an extension of the popular Sovereign Brass, Central Florida’s premiere brass ensemble. Music from Renaissance to contemporary in a thrilling afternoon of exhilarating music! Included will be the world premier of “Rondo Fanfare” by Wm. Glenn Osborne.

All are welcome, no tickets required.
A free will offering will be taken for Catholic Charities in service to the poor.

Premier of Brass Fanfare

BNSMQU Michael Face
As part of the festivities to dedicate the new bronze statue of St. Michael at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, I have been asked to compose a short brass fanfare arrangement and setting of the hymn tune “National Hymn” that will be used for the entrance banner procession. As this is a last minute request, I’m delighted that the project is small in scope. Audio of the piece is now available here.

Fanfare on ‘National Hymn’

BNSMQU Michael Face
On Sunday, September 29, a new statue of St. Michael will be dedicated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. Discovering that there would be an additional procession of banners, music director Bill Picher asked if I would make a short fanfare arrangement of the tune “National Hymn’ to provide music for the extra procession. With only a few days to complete the project, I got to work as quick as I could.

Here’s a video from a rehearsal at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen:

RSCM Tulsa

Prelude and Fugue on themes from RSCM Tulsa 2013This past week I was able to attend the RSCM Tulsa Course with Malcolm Archer as director and Bruce Neswick as organ instructor. It was a wonderful week of music making which included the following partial repertoire list:

  • Missa omnes sancti – Malcolm Archer
  • Rejoice in the Lamb – Benjamin Britten
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in A – Stanford

Included as part of the week’s activities was a talent show on Saturday evening. After deciding to perform a piano duet with another participant, I offered to write a piece for us to play. In addition to themes from the pieces listed above, I included a musical rendition of the name of our conductor for the week: M-A-L-C-O-L-M A-R-C-H-E-R. I was a little concerned about meeting the deadline with so little free time in between and after rehearsals, but I think the piece was clearly a success, especially for all those who recognized the theme citations. The video below was recorded on my iPhone. Enjoy!