work details

An Irish Blessing

  • Instrumentation: SATB chorus and piano
  • Completed: June 2014
  • Duration: 4 1/2 minutes
  • Texts: Traditional
  • Audio:
  • Published:

    Carl Fischer (purchase the score)

  • Commission:

    Commissioned by the Texas Choral Directors Association
    for the TCDA Middle School / Junior HS Honor Choir 2015 - Dr. Andrea Ramsey, conductor

  • Program Note:

    An Irish Blessing is a setting of the poignant text "May the road rise up to meet you." This text has been a favorite of mine for a long time, and this setting brings out the hopeful and aspirational qualities of the poetry with energetic rhythms in the piano and legato sweep in the voices. Appropriate for all ages of mixed choruses from middle school and high school, to collegiate, civic, church and professional.

    This work is dedicated fondly to conductor Dr. Andrea Ramsey and the members of the Texas Choral Directors Association 2015 Middle School / Junior HS Honor Choir, for whom the setting was commissioned. I must also express gratitude to Jennifer Galligher, without whom this collaboration would not have been possible. After leaving a faculty teaching position in Houston in 2012 to accept a job at Indiana University, I am positively delighted to return now under such wonderful circumstances.

  • Performances:
    • July 25, 2015 (premiere)
      Texas Choral Directors Association 2015 Convention
      Middle School / Junior HS Honor Choir
      Dr. Andrea Ramsey, clinician
      Dominick DiOrio, guest conductor
      San Antonio Convention Center (Ballroom A) - San Antonio, TX
    • January 16, 2016
      Wisconsin Choral Directors Association Convention
      WCDA Middle Level Honor Choir
      Brett Robison, conductor
      Lawrence University - Appleton, WI
    • May 1, 2016
      University of Maryland Chamber Singers
      Dominick DiOrio, guest conductor
      ​UMD School of Music - College Park, MD
    • October 26, 2016
      Bob Jones University Collegiate Choir
      Fred R. Coleman, conductor; Ruth N. Coleman, piano
      War Memorial Chapel - Bob Jones University - Greenville, SC
    • November 19, 2016
      Tennessee All Northwest Jr. High Honor Choir
      Bradley Almquist, conductor
      West Jackson Baptist Church - Jackson, TN