work details

O Virtus Sapientiae

  • Instrumentation: SATB (divisi) and three sopranos, a cappella
  • Completed: January 2013
  • Duration: 5 minutes
  • Texts: Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
  • Video:
    • O Virtus Sapientiae

      NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble; Dominick DiOrio, conductor
      Martha Eason, Elise Marie Kennedy, and Sandra Period, sopranos

  • Audio:
  • Press:
  • Published:

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

  • Prize:

    Finalist for the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers Choral Composition Competition - 2010

  • Program Note:

    O Virtus Sapientiae is a bold reimagining of Hildegard's chant, both tune and text. "Actively quoting" the source material, my setting takes Hildegard's music as a launching point from which to imagine new sonic possibilities. Echo effects and metrical relationships are achieved with the use of three soprano soloists, positioned at North, South and West corners of the room, while the larger chorus inhabits the East. The music is meant to be experienced in the round, as the voices surround the audience and attempt to create an enactment of Hildegard's visions.   

  • Performances:
    • February 27, 2014 (Workshop)
      ACDA Interest Session - Cincinnati Central Division Convention
      NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
      Dominick DiOrio, conductor
      Sandra Periord, Martha Eason, & Elise Marie Kennedy, sopranos
      Cincinnati, OH
    • March 11, 2014 (Preview)
      "Hot Off the Press"
      NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
      Dominick DiOrio, conductor
      Sandra Periord, Martha Eason, & Elise Marie Kennedy, sopranos
      Jacobs School of Music - Auer Hall - Bloomington, IN
    • March 21, 2014 (Premiere; revised version)
      "a cappella NEXT!" presented by DCINY
      NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
      Dominick DiOrio, conductor
      Sandra Periord, Martha Eason, & Elise Marie Kennedy, sopranos
      Carnegie Hall - Weill Recital Hall - New York, NY
    • June 4, 2016
      "Nine Greek Muses"
      Six Degree Singers
      Rachel Carlson, conductor
      Rockville United Church - Rockville, MD
    • June 5, 2016
      "Nine Greek Muses"
      Six Degree Singers
      Rachel Carlson, conductor
      Hughes United Methodist Church - Silver Spring, MD