I create hymn texts that are theologically sound, carefully crafted, and singable, matching them expertly to tunes in the public domain. As a church musician, I know that when any one of these three elements is missing, the congregation is the first to suffer. As a convert to the Church, I want to encourage fellow Catholics to sing with all our heart, soul, and strength during worship. Singing is not meant to be confined to the choir. Our hearts, lifted in music, all belong on the altar of God.
Publicly performed hymns include:
August 15th, 2020: “O Queen of Sorrows, Weeping Rose,” written to the tune “Repton.” Performed by a cantor as the Communion meditation at the 10:00 AM Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Parish of St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull, Connecticut. Here is a partial video of the service; start from about the 7:30 mark to hear the hymn.
March 2020: “Hear, Holy Mother,” a hymn asking Our Lady’s intercession in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is an article about this piece from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport website.
January 2020: “Christ, the Word of invitation," for Word of God Sunday, commissioned by the Parish of St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull, Connecticut.
January 2019: “Fully God and fully human,” on the wedding feast at Cana, commissioned by the Parish of St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull, Connecticut.
December 2018: “Carol of Welcome,” used in Christmas services at the Episcopal-Lutheran Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, Baltimore, Maryland, and First Church of Christ, Scientist, Ukiah, California.
I am at work on a one-act libretto for a Christmas opera. To learn more, please contact me.