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In The Peaceful Darkness
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In the peaceful darkness of this nightUnder the evening sky and all the stars I can seeFacing Your altar and longing for your lightI say a prayer to TheeGuide me through the darkness of my soulGive me the courage to face my dark sideTeach me the kindness to forgive myselfHelp me wipe the tears I once criedIn the peaceful darkness of this nightI say a prayer to TheeI am grateful for one more day in this WorldFor the faith and goodness that always surviveI am grateful for Your unconditional loveAnd for the blessing of being aliveAmen
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Wintry and Wakeful
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I composed Wintry and Wakeful in New York City in 2015. This piece is dedicated to Chameleonic vocal ensemble. This choir, founded by Vince Peterson in 2012, is the avocational branch of the award-winning Choral Chameleon organization, also founded by Vince in 2008. This piece was premiered by Chameleonic in New York City in December 12th of 2015 in the concert “Wintry and Wakeful”, and Bill Heigen conducted it.
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Prince
I composed Prince in New York City, in December of 2019. This piece is the third track of the EP “Crimes”. The 5 pieces of this EP tell a story of 5 crimes committed by a traumatized woman over the course of her life.
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Boredom
I composed Boredom in West New York, in May of 2019. This piece is the fourth track of the EP “Crimes”. The 5 pieces of this EP tell a story of 5 crimes committed by a traumatized woman over the course of her life.
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Ocean of Illusions
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I composed Ocean of Illusions in West New York, NJ in 2017.This piece is based on a feeling of being alone in the middle of a crowd. Also, reflects a moment in which someone may feel trapped in a situation and see themselves compelled to do something that they do not want to do. There is definitely a feeling of “wasting your life” into the whole piece.
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Pain is a Virtue
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We love pain.We love being in it.We even consider pain a virtue.When a woman cries the most at a funeral, She must be the best living soul.And even if those tears are fake and pitifulWe prefer to believe in her show.We promise to never forget each other, But for now, so brief are our lives.We promise to feel the sting of loss, forever.But forever is just a blink of your eyes.You should move past your pain, If you say “forever”, don’t mean it with devotionYou should heal, move on, be sane.Because pain is no more than a useless emotion.We love pain. We love being in it.We even consider pain a virtue.Pain is my Virtue.
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Lullaby
I composed Lullaby in West New York, in May of 2019. This piece is the second track of the EP “Crimes”. The 5 pieces of this EP tell a story of 5 crimes committed by a traumatized woman over the course of her life.
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Flying in the Dark
I composed Flying in the Dark in West New York, in May of 2019. This piece is the fifth track of the EP “Crimes”. The 5 pieces of this EP tell a story of 5 crimes committed by a traumatized woman over the course of her life.
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Bubbles
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“Bubbles” was composed in New York City in 2014. The text is an attempt to compare life with a bubble. A bubble has a brief life, and during its journey can meet other bubbles, can be taken anywhere by the wind, can hover high or low, fast or slow, and all of a sudden can simply “die”. So as our lives. The message is to live your life now because it is short. The texture is varied with distinct moments of vocal representations of bubbles, male and female choirs, double mixed choir, improvisation based on real bubbles, and changes in keys, dynamics, rhythms, and tempos. The piece can also be performed without the improvisation part. Note to performers This work requires the production of bubbles at two points: between letters F and G and again at the end of the work. To produce bubbles, one may use a bubble machine, a children's toy, or anything capable of producing many bubbles quickly. In the score, directions to make bubbles are indicated with an arrow. Anyone may create these bubbles: the conductor, singers, and/or members of the audience - one person or many.
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CX Choral Song Cycle
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CX Choral Song Cycle was composed in New York City in 2013, and was officially premiered in January 26th 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.Chico Xavier was a medium and philanthropist of Brazil’s spiritism movement in the XX century. His thoughts talk about good will and charity, and they help many people to have a happier life.The original language of the thoughts is Brazilian Portuguese. I translated them to English.Each song features one or two thoughts and the vocal texture was written to enhance their meaning. The songs can be performed separately or even in a different order. What is important is to share the message with everyone in performance.
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I am my own Path
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I my own Path was composed in New York City in 2015, and was commissioned by the Metropolitan University of Denver, Colorado, USA. The text is an attempt to talk briefly about questions that we usually ask ourselves such as “Where I come from?” and “Where I am going?” when we try to understand the meaning of life. The final “conclusion” is that “Love is the creator of all things”. Despite any religion orientation, I believe that we are our own “Path”, and based on “Love” we have the power to create new things and to give meaning to our lives.
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Nunc Dimittis
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Nunc Dimittis (Now you dismiss) was composed in New York City in 2014, and was officially premiered in October 15th 2014 at Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church in New York City, USA. This piece has a public domain text from the Bible - Luke 2: 29-32 – King James Version (KJV). This text is the traditional 'Gospel Canticle' of Night Prayer, widely used at the end of liturgical services such as Compline. The harmonies are trying to express the meaning of all the words in the text.
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Pater Noster
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I composed Pater Noster in New York City in 2015. Pater Noster (The Lord's Prayer) is a venerated Latin Christian prayer that, according to the New Testament, was taught by Jesus to his disciples. This text is commonly used in sacred liturgies, and it has been set to music by many composers. The choral texture is very light, with homophonic and polyphonic moments, and the melody is mostly featured in the soprano line. Right after the choral setting, there is also a voice/piano version.
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Refuge
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Refuge was composed in West New York, NJ in 2015, and was officially premiered in February 27th 2016 at DiMenna Center of Classical Music in New York City, USA. This piece was chosen as one of the winners of “New Music for New York Composer Competition” held by Manhattan Choral Ensemble. At the day of the premiere, this piece also won the “Audience Favorite Recognition”. In other words, the audience voted for the best piece of the concert, and “Refuge” earned an encore performance and an additional prize. This setting of Sara Teasdale’s poem entitled “Refuge” evokes music as something like a refuge that allows the soul to truly speak. The harmonies are trying to express the meaning of all the words in the text.
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Set me as a Seal
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I composed Set me as a Seal in New York City in 2015. This piece was commissioned by The St. Michael’s Choir of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in New York City for their 2015 choir tour to France. This piece was premiered in July 7th of 2015 at Basilique Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d’Orléans, Orleans, France. The choral texture is mostly homophonic with moments of word painting at section B. Also, the unison parts underline the main theme.
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Soft Rains
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I composed Soft Rains in New York City in 2015. This piece was commissioned by the Metropolitan State University of Denver Women’s Chamber Choir. The original poem is entitled “There Will Come Soft Rains”, and it was written by Sara Teasdale. The poem is part of her collection “Flame and Shadow”, published in 1920. The poem imagines nature reclaiming a battlefield after the fighting is finished. It also alludes to the idea of human extinction by war. Among many music elements used to underline the meaning of the words, right at the beginning of the piece the word “soft” is articulated in different moments by each voice part. That effect gives the audience a sense of a soft rain coming and going. This piece was premiered by MSU of Denver Women’s Chamber Choir in October 2015 in Denver, Colorado. Jay Dougherty was the conductor.
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The Five Stages of Loss
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“The 5 Stages of Loss” was composed in New York City in 2014. I based the idea of this song cycle on the attempt to express each of the emotional stages that someone may experience when faced with impending death or death of a beloved one. The five stages are Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. Those emotional stages together are known as the KüblerRoss model. This model was first introduced by Swiss-American Psychiatrist Elisabeth KüblerRoss in her 1969 book, “On Death and Dying,” and was inspired by her work with terminally ill patients. I wrote one song per emotional stage, and I wrote the texts based on what someone experiencing one of those stages may feel, think, and say. In honor to all of those who are gone, I dedicate this work to all of those who lost someone in their lives. Each movement can be performed separately, and the order can be different from the order on the score. However, I would like to suggest that any performance of this work begins with the conductor announcing a minute silence in honor to all of those who are already gone. At that moment, everyone in the choir and in the audience is invited to think about any loss that may have experienced in their lives.
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The Lord has brought me Home
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I composed The Lord Has Brought Me Home in New York City in 2015. This piece was commissioned by the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Choir, San Francisco, CA, USA. This piece sounds like a hymn with a jazzy approach. Originally, it was written for SATB choir, jazz trio, trombone, and alto saxophone.
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The Willow
I composed The Willow in West New York, NJ in 2015. This piece was commissioned by Carolyn Eynon as a gift to Carolyn Eynon Singers, on their 9th anniversary. This piece was premiered by “The Carolyn Eynon Singers” in Scottsdale, AZ on February 21st of 2016.
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They that wait upon the Lord
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I composed They that wait upon the Lord in New York City in 2015. This piece was commissioned by the choir of Wesley United Methodist Church, Vienna, VA, USA. This piece features a lively beginning in which the piano part presents the theme from the middle section. The first entrance of the choir presents the main theme, and right after that, the text is underlined by unison on different voice parts. There are some moments of polyphony and key changes. The choral texture is appropriate for an operatic approach. The piano part is complimentary in activity to the voice parts, but at the same time, it has a completely independent chord progression. The overall dynamic is forte, and there is an uplifting feeling throughout the entire piece.

There is an extended version of this piece that was premiered at The David Geffen Hall - Lincoln Center in NYC on April 13th of 2019.
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