O Sons and Daughters
Premiere: November 2017 / Minneapolis / The Singers / Matthew Culloton
Instrumentation: Two-part, mixed or equal voices, and organ
Appropriate for choirs of all levels
Suitable for worship or performance
Completed in August 2009, this motet was the final installment to a cycle of motets written for the Choir of Grace Episcopal Church in Newton, Massachusetts, and its director, Dr. Linda J. Clark. I was a staff singer and Director of the Junior Choir at Grace Church from 2005 - 2009. During this time, I had the opportunity to write and premiere more than a dozen motets, solidifying my technique in the choral idiom.
In my capacity as a staff singer, I sat directly facing a series of four stained glass windows, each depicting a scene from Christ's life - birth, baptism, death, and resurrection. Each motet in this cycle is a choral meditation on one of these windows, and is written for a choir of any size and composition that can be evenly divided into two voice parts.