work details

You Do Not Walk Alone

  • Instrumentation: SATB chorus a cappella
  • Completed: June 2014
  • Duration: 4 minutes
  • Texts: Traditional Irish blessing
  • Video:
    • You Do Not Walk Alone

      Macalester Concert Choir
      Michael McGaghie, conductor
      Mairs Concert Hall, Macalester College
      St. Paul MN - April 2015

    • NOTUS sings "You Do Not Walk Alone"

      Recorded December 5, 2016 by Ábel Esbenshade, Robbie Rittman, and Matthew Recio.

  • Audio:
    • You Do Not Walk Alone

      Macalester Concert Choir

      Macalester Concert Choir - Michael McGaghie, conductor

  • Commission and Dedication:

    Commissioned by and dedicated to the Macalester Concert Choir
    Michael McGaghie, director

  • Published:

    G. Schirmer / Craig Hella Johnson Choral Series (click to purchase)

  • Program Note:

    You Do Not Walk Alone is a setting of a traditional Irish blessing. Its meaning speaks of those who give support in times of trial. We rely on the good graces and hope of others even in our darkest moments. My musical tapestry is one of unadorned a cappella mixed chorus, using soft dissonances and free-flowing counterpoint. The voices are sometimes asked to divide, creating a sonic wash of color and overtones. Together in song, we do not walk alone.

    This work was commissioned by and is dedicated to the Macalester Concert Choir and their director, and my good friend, Michael McGaghie.

  • Performances:
    • March 18, 2015 (premiere)
      Macalester Concert Choir Northwest Tour
      Macalester Concert Choir
      Michael McGaghie, conductor
      Agnes Flanagan Chapel - Lewis and Clark College - Portland, OR
    • March 20, 2015
      Macalester Concert Choir Northwest Tour
      Macalester Concert Choir
      Michael McGaghie, conductor
      Christ Episcopal Church - Tacoma, WA
    • March 21, 2015
      Macalester Concert Choir Northwest Tour
      Macalester Concert Choir
      Michael McGaghie, conductor
      First United Methodist Church of Seattle - Seattle, WA
    • April 11, 2015
      Macalester Concert Choir
      Michael McGaghie, conductor 
      Mairs Concert Hall - Macalester College - St. Paul, MN
    • May 16, 2015
      Macalester College Commencement and Baccalauerate Exercises
      Macalester Concert Choir
      Michael McGaghie, conductor
      Macalester College - St. Paul, MN
    • July 11, 2016
      Hendrix College Choir
      Andrew Morgan, conductor
      St. Salvator Church - Prague, Czech Republic
    • January 13, 2017
      NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
      Gabrielle Gaudreault, conductor
      Indiana Music Educators Association Annual Conference
      First Presbyterian Church - Fort Wayne, IN
    • March 18, 2017
      Oregon Chorale
      Jason Sabino, director
      Living Savior Lutheran Church - Tualatin, OR
    • March 19, 2017
      Oregon Chorale
      Jason Sabino, director
      Saint Matthew Catholic Church - Hillsboro, OR
    • March 23, 2017
      NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
      Dominick DiOrio, conductor
      Anderson University - Anderson, IN
    • April 1, 2017
      NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
      Dominick DiOrio, conductor
      Auer Concert Hall - IU Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, IN
    • April 26, 2017
      Northern Illinois University Chamber Choir
      Eric Johnson, conductor
      Boutell Memorial Concert Hall - Northern Illinois University - Dekalb, IL
    • May 6, 2017
      The Northstar Consort
      Tucker Moore, conductor
      Church of the Sacred Heart - Robbinsdale, MN
    • June 22, 2017
      NYC Master Chorale
      Thea Kono, conductor
      St. Anthony of Padua Church - New York, NY
    • June 24, 2017
      Resonance Ensemble
      Katherine FitzGibbon, conductor
      Yale Union - 800 SE 10th Ave - Portland, OR