for SATB Choir & Organ
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.
Before I began composing, I spent my time as a vocalist. Born and raised in a Catholic household and son of a music director, I would often sing Schubert's Ave Maria for various masses or services. Even now as a music director in Charlevoix, MI, the piece is much-requested for parishioners' funerals. Even the other well-known versions — Caccini, Bach/Gounod, etc. — have been close to my upbringing, and close to my heart.
To give back to the world of sacred music, I composed my own Ave Maria for SATB Choir & Organ (piano version available). This piece was not commissioned by any specific ensemble. I simply wrote it to write it, as it's been on my "composer bucket-list" for as long as I can remember. However, I am grateful to my volunteer choir at St. Mary's in Charlevoix for workshopping it as I composed it, as well as the St. Francis High School students in Traverse City, MI, for giving it its world premiere.
"Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen."
Premiered by Dei Cantati, the students of St. Francis High School in Traverse City, MI, under the direction of Scott Carter.