work details

if there is

  • Instrumentation: SSA or TBB and piano
  • Completed: April 2016
  • Duration: 3 minutes
  • Texts: Traditional Scottish blessing, adapted DiOrio
  • Video:
  • Published::

    Mark Foster (SSA version): click to purchase.

    Note: This work is also available in an arrangement for TBB, in "Brothers Sing On!" the Jonathan Palant Choral Series, and can be purchased here.

  • Commission and Dedication:

    Commissioned by the Fairfax General Music Educators Asociation and dedicated to the singers of the 2017 Fairfax County Public Schools All-County Choral Festival

  • Composer's Note:

    if there is was written at the request of my dear friend Sean Cator and his colleagues in the Fairfax General Music Educators Association. The work is a rousing anthem about the power of each person to make positive change with our actions: even the smallest but most committed of our convictions can lead to a better world, and it starts with the “courage in the heart.”

    This work is dedicated fondly to the singers of the 2017 Fairfax County Public Schools All-County Choral Festival, so that they too may have a positive impact on their world.

  • Text:

    if there is courage in the heart,
    there will beauty in the soul.

    if there is beauty in the soul,
    there will be harmony in the home.

    if there is harmony in the home,
    there will be order in the nation.

    if there is order in the nation,
    there will be peace in the world.

    so let it be

                                        -- Traditional Scottish blessing, adapted DiOrio

  • Performances:
    • April 29, 2017 (premiere)
      Fairfax General Music Educators Association All-County Choral Festival
      Dominick DiOrio, guest conductor
      Hayfield Secondary School - Alexandria, VA