Kirkland Choral Society​

Bastyr Chapel

Performance of Canticles of Crimson

Feb

23

24

Scored for soprano solo, mixed chorus, and piano, Canticles of Crimson was commissioned by Kirkland Choral Society in honor of their 30th anniversary season. Poems by the American "Poet of the People," Carl Sandburg, are set in this five-movement work, which explores the realities and dreams of lovers, the cycles of life from birth to death, and the hope that love will touch our lives with a thousand beautiful memories. Renowned soprano soloist, Tess Altiveros, will sing the solo in this world premiere, making it  the second world premiere she has sung that was written by the composer.

Feb

23

24

Larimer Chorale ​

First United Methodist Church

Ft. Collins, CO

Performance of Sometimes, for eternity

Scored for chorus and solo violin, Sometimes, for eternity is an ode to those whose lives were well-lived in music. The setting is direct and accessible, employs rich harmonies, and is constructed with careful attention to voice-leading. A requiem of sorts, the piece ends with the lyric “Each dawn: a song sparrow on my headstone trilling lux aeterna. Not for me; but not minding if I'd listen sometimes for eternity.”

Emerald Ensemble

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

Seattle, WA

Performance of Autumn Equinox: The Delight Song of Tsoai-Talee

Jul​

11

Scored for a cappella chorus,  Autumn Equinox: The Delight Song of Tsoai-Talee sets the poetry of N. Scott Momaday. This setting describes the various delights the poet finds in the natural world and with which he identifies (e.g., "I am a feather on the bright sky / I am the blue horse that runs in the plain . . .") The quick tempo and constantly shifting rhythmic structure follows the poem rather than forcing the words into a predictable and regular time signature. This creates a feeling of wonder and excitement that culminates in the ecstatic proclamation, "I am alive!" 

University Unitarian Performances

University Unitarian Church 

9:30 am and 11:15 am

Seattle, WA

Performance of Winter Peace, A Lullaby 

Dec.

8

Scored for mixed chorus, handbells, and piano,  Winter Peace, A Lullaby is a calm, meditative piece, a lullaby that describes a quiet winter’s day and evening that drifts into a winter’s rest. There are no large, dramatic climaxes, only a sense of calm that comes when snow falls, the fire crackles, and the winter night is filled with crystal stars. 

Additional concerts in 2019

 

Upcoming concerts also include performances of There will come soft rains (a cappella) and Dona eis requiem (men's chorus version with piano). Dates and places may be added later for these concerts.

Sounds and Sweet Airs

Feb

11

 

Mar

11

17

18

Seattle Pro Musica

  • St, John's Episcopal Church, Olympia WA

  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood WA

  • Seattle First Baptist Church, Seattle WA

  • Faith Lutheran Church, Redmond WA

Performance of Fear no more

Seattle Pro Musica will join more than two dozen of Seattle’s performing arts organizations to celebrate William Shakespeare’s impact on Western culture. Its concert Sounds and Sweet Airs will present choral settings of poetry and prose by the Bard of Avon–including newly commissioned works by Northwest composers Jessica French, Don Skirvin, and Giselle Wyers. Scored for SATB a cappella chorus and titled Fear no more, my work is a setting of the threnody from the play Cymbeline.

Feb​

14

The Emerald Ensemble

Resonance at SOMA Towers,

Bellevue, WA

Performance of Through Love's Eyes

This concert features the beloved Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzer and Neue Liebeslieder Waltzer song cycles as well as art songs. The program includes my concert aria Through Love’s Eyes for baritone and piano, the first movement of the three-movement song cycle “Love, Madness, and Mystery” that sets soliloquies from two additional Shakespeare plays. This first movement recounts some of Shakespeare’s observations about love from several of his plays. This premiere is sung by renowned bass-baritone Scott Kovacs.

MAY​

5

Opus 7

University Congregational United Church of Christ, 8 PM

Seattle, WA

Performance of Weathered Days

 Opus 7 celebrates the musical contributions of some of our region’s most prominent choral composers. My piece, Weathered Days, received its premiere at this concert. This popular biannual event features choral works by Northwest composers, including Opus 7’s Composer-in-Residence John Muehleisen, and Opus 7’s Student Choral Composition Awards Program winners.

Montessori School of Dayton concert

Late​

NOV

Seventh & eighth-grade chorus

Montessori School of Dayton

Dayton, OH

Performance of Summer Storm

The seventh & eighth-grade chorus will be performing Summer Storm, a movement from the larger work, Four Songs of the Seasons, under the direction of Sarah Oliver. 

Dec​

7

8

9

The Esoterics

Performance of Places, like music and There will come soft rains

ADŌRŌ | The reimagined prayer | The wish within silence concert features music by Mason Bates, Joseph Gregorio, Donald Skirvin, and Christina Whitten Thomas. The Esoterics reprises Places, like music, its commissioned work from the 2016 concert, TEASDALE: Across the endless spaces. This year-end concert marks the end of the 25 anniversary year for The Esoterics and the conclusion of its year-long musical exploration of secular versions of sacred forms.

MAR​

25

Boston Choral Ensemble

First Church

Cambridge, MA

Performance of Clear evening

In this highly unusual and innovative program, BCE invites its audience to experience changes in a pattern in color through a multi-sensory concert. Presented like a gourmet tasting menu in this concert, music will ravish the ear, scratch-and-sniff cards will evoke a multitude of smells, projected images will relate to and enhance the music, and there will even be the opportunity to combine music and taste!

Alchemy

May​

1

Utah Chamber Artists

Libby Gardner Concert Hall

The University of Utah

Performance of Alchemy

Alchemy – Donald Skirvin

Rejoice in the Lamb – Benjamin Britten

Neue Liebeslieder Walzes Op. 25 – Brahms


Alchemy is described as a magical power or process of transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a substance of great value. Donald Skirvin bases his work on poems by Sara Teasdale and points out that “just as the ancient practice of alchemy endeavored to turn dross into gold, this setting of Teasdale’s poems traces a series of poetic and musical transformations along life’s journey.” Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten also employs a little alchemy by creating a litany from common place things such as animals, nature, and even letters of the alphabet.

May​

11

14

18

Boston Choral Ensemble

Charles Hayden Planetarium

Museum of Science, Boston, MA

Performance of Clear evening

We're pleased that our fourth concert this season returns to the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston’s Museum of Science for a visual and aural feast entitled Cosmos. Our music by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Randall Stroope, Robert Schumann, and others will be made visible by a series of projections on the planetarium’s dome. The concert will include the world premiere of a new work by Stacy Garrop, winner of our 2016 commission competition.

Made in Washington

May​

20

Kirkland Choral Society

Bastyr University Chapel

Kenmore, WA

Performance of Curve of Gold

KCS’ season finale celebrates the work of some of our finest local composers, including Morten Lauridsen, Melinda Bargreen, Donald Skirvin, Vijay Singh, Giselle Wyers, John Muehleisen, Reg Unterseher, and Karen Thomas. This concert also features the winner of our 2017 Young Composer Contest.

Sept

24

Boston Choral Ensemble

Charles Hayden Planetarium

Museum of Science, Boston, MA

Performance of Clear evening

CfA Solar Storm/COSMOS Choral Ensemble Planetarium Event, a one-of-a-kind, private planetarium experience, including a science presentation on solar storms narrated by Dr. Kelly Korreck, followed by a choral performance, COSMOS, by the Boston Choral Ensemble, featuring space-themed music and images.

Oct​

14

Kirkland Choral Society

First Baptist Church of Seattle

Seattle, WA

Performance of Curve of Gold

KCS will reprise its performance of Curve of Gold with Holly Boaz as the soloist. KCS is the final choir to perform in the GSCC Festival at around 8:20 PM, just before the closing Festival Sing.

Oct​

27

Vocalise Women's Ensemble

The Chapel in the Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, WA

Performance of Ave Maris Stella

Vocalise, a new women's ensemble dedicated to performing and recording living composers' works, is having its inaugural concertOut of the Boxon Friday, October 27 at The Chapel in the Good Shepherd Center. National and international composers whose music will be performed include Stef Conner, Joshua Fishbein, Donald M. Skirvin, Rita Ueda, Reg Unterseher, and Philip Wharton.

2016

DEC​

17

Northwest Girlchoir Fresca at Meany Hall, UW, Seattle

—Performance of Winter Circle

DEC​

9

10

Seattle Choral Company with Ancora Women's Choir at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle

Premiere of Wintertide

DEC​

2

3

4

The Esoterics

  • 12/2 St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Seattle

  • 12/3 Holy Rosary Catholic Church, West Seattle

  • 12/4 Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma, WA         — A Skirvin/Teasdale concert of 18 a cappella works written for The Esoterics, including 3 premieres.

MAY​

6

7

8

North Star Vocal Artists

Various venues in and around the North Bay area in California

Performance of ...stars to hold

Back & Forth

MAY​

2

Utah Chamber Artists

Libby Gardner Concert Hall

The University of Utah

Premiere of Winter Scenes

Utah Chamber Artists wraps up its celebratory season by looking ahead in a concert called "Back & Forth," May 2, 2016. Barlow Bradford, the choir, and orchestra will premiere four new works commissioned on the occasion of the ensemble's silver anniversary. Audiences will be introduced to music by internationally acclaimed composers Eric Barnum, Donald Skirvin, Dale Warland and a new piece by Utah composer Christopher Bradford, written for choir and crystal goblets.

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.