Trinty Episcopal Church, Bloomington
Bless, O Lord, Thy Servants
Premiere: 2006 / Trinity Episcopal Church / Bloomington, Indiana
Instrumentation: SATB, optional keyboard
Text: Psalm 48, and the "Chorister's Prayer"
Suitable for choirs of all levels
Appropriate for worship or concert performance
Written in 2005, during a one-year stint in Bloomington, Indiana after graduating from Southern Mississippi. This was the first choral piece I wrote out of school. It was a deliberate follow-up to Mirabile Mysterium, which it mirrors in form and style. The text is an amalgam of the "Chorister's Prayer" and Psalm 48, with a Doxology thrown in for good measure.
It was premiered at a service celebrating the legendary Dr. Marilyn Kaiser, and her twenty years of service leading the music department at Trinty Episcopal Church, Bloomington. Both my wife and I sang under her during our time in Indiana.