—News and Updates—


I very pleased to have been selected as a national finalist for The American Prize in Composition—Shorter Choral Works (professional division), for 2020. Works selected include Fontainebleau and Arcturus in autumn, two movements from Stars forever, while we sleep and Dusky Gold, the fourth movement from Winter Scenes. Here's a link to the website: 

Finalists: COMPOSERS (choral music), 2019-20

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Last update: 01/26/2020


Recent and Upcoming Concerts

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—Concerts in 2020—

All the following concerts and others have been canceled for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Stay safe and stay at home. The music is temporarily silenced, but the voices will return and sing once more.

  • Vocalise, a Seattle-based women's ensemble, premieres Winter's Cloak, a work scored for a cappella women's ensemble together with the premiere of UnSeen Buds for soprano soloist and piano in its ...about to bloom concert. The concert is being rescheduled because of the coronavirus situation in Seattle with more information about that at a later date.

  • L.A. Choral Lab, a Los Angeles-based ensemble, will perform Ancient Roses (Movement I of Echoes from the Heart) in its Past Life Melodies: A Warehouse Choral Concert. The concert is being rescheduled because of the coronavirus crisis.

—Concerts in 2019—
  • Kirkland Choral Society performs the premiere of Canticles of Crimson in its Carmina Burana concerts on February 23 and 24.
  • Larimer Chorale performs Sometimes, for eternity in its Fauré: Requiem concerts on February 23 and 24.
  • Emerald Ensemble performs Autumn Equinox: The Delight Song of Tsoai-Talee in its Songs of Nature concert on July 11.
  • University Unitarian Church commissioned Winter Peace A Lullaby, to be performed Dec. 8 by its mixed chorus and handbell choir.
—Concerts in 2018—


  • Seattle Pro Musica performs Fear no more in its Sounds and Sweet Airs concerts on February 11, and March 11, 17, and 18.

  • Emerald Ensemble performs Through Love's Eyes in its Love Songs concert on February 14.

  • Opus 7 performs Weathered Days in its All Northwest concert on May 5.

  • Seventh- and eighth-grade chorus from the Montessori School of Dayton performs Summer Storm in late November. 

  • The Esoterics reprises Places, Like Music and There Will Come Soft Rains in its ADŌRŌ | The reimagined prayer | The wish within silence concerts on December 7, 8, and 9.

—Concerts in 2017
  • Third-grade chorus from St. George Parish School in Seattle WA performs Winter Circle in their Christmas concert on December 14.

  • Vocalise performs Ave Maris Stella in their Out of the Drawer! concert on October 27.

  • Kirkland Choral Society reprises Curve of Gold in their Greater Seattle Choral Consortium concert on October 14 just before the closing Festival Sing.

  • Boston Choral Ensemble performs Clear Evening in a reprise of its Cosmos concert on September 24 at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science, Boston, MA.

  • Kirkland Choral Society performs Curve of Gold in their Made in Washington concert on May 20.

  • Boston Choral Ensemble reprises Clear Evening in their Cosmos concerts on May 11, 14, and 18.

  • Utah Chamber Artists performs Alchemy in their Alchemy concert on May 1.

  • Boston Choral Ensemble performs Clear Evening in their Kaleidoscope concert on March 25. A streaming event of an HD recording of this concert occurred on April 1.


—Concerts in 2016

  • Northwest Girlchoir Fresca performs Winter Circle on their Brightest Winter Stars concert at Meany Hall, UW, Seattle on Dec. 17.

  • Seattle Choral Company together with Ancora Women's Choir performs the premiere of Wintertide in their Wintertide: A Concert Fantasy For The Holidays concert at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle Dec. 9 and 10.

  • The Esoterics performs a Skirvin/Teasdale concert (TEASDALE: Across the endless spaces) of 18 a cappella works written for The Esoterics, including 3 premieres, at various venues 12/2-12/4.

  • North Star Vocal Artists performs …stars to hold in their Night Skies concerts in various venues in and around the North Bay area in California on 5/6-5/8.

  • The Utah Chamber Artists premiers Winter Scenes in their Back & Forth concert in the Libby Gardner Concert Hall on 5/2.

Miscellaneous 2016 performances

Various national and international performances for which locations are known of Winter Circle or The Ships of Yule in Thorndon, Wellington, NZ; Salmon Arm, BC, CA; Belle Haven, VA, US; Bangkok, Bangna, TH; Belle Haven, VA, US; and Saint Louis, MO, US. Additionally, multiple performances in unspecified locations (publisher does not report chorus or location for tracking purposes) of Sometimes, for eternity; Only the Heart Will Hear; The Ships of Yule; and Clear Evening.

—F E A T U R E D   R E V I E W S—

“...a leading voice in the contemporary choral scene" – Roger Miller, Professor Emeritus, University of Utah, in Program Notes: Collage 2016 for the Utah Chamber Artists.


Music that is "...rich in imagery wrought by imaginative use of harmony and apt, sensitive text-setting. And it’s also just plain gorgeous music that speaks well for this composer’s facility with voices ...”  – Critic David Vernier, in Classics Today.


"Skirvin is a skilled and prolific composer of choral music . . . (he) excels at both expressing the texts in music and at fitting his own musical expression to the rhythm of the poetry. This is done so artfully as to seem almost effortless and inevitable." – Composer and conductor, Karen P. Thomas, from a review of Alchemy in Noteworthy, an online column from Chorus America.


Stars Forever While We Sleep on the Aeonia CD along with I am among them by Eric Banks are both "thoroughly evocative, tonal contemporary offerings beautifully rendered by (The Esoterics) . . . Each work has warmth, beauty and a sort of searchingly poetic quality handled beautifully by the choral ensemble. – Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review,."

"Working on your piece (Winter Circle) was a great experience for me and the singers. It presented good vocal and musical challenges for this age group, all the while being beautiful and captivating—they were always willing to keep working on it!" – Sara Boos, Northwest Girlchoir director, Seattle, WA.