work details

I Am

  • Instrumentation: SATB (divisi) a cappella and soprano solo
  • Completed: September 2013
  • Duration: 5 minutes
  • Texts: "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep" (1932) by Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905-2004)
  • Video:
    • I Am (audio only)

       Seraphic Fire Recording on YouTube

    • I Am (Seraphic Fire & Molly Quinn)

      Seraphic Fire performs “I Am” by Dominick DiOrio
      Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor
      Molly Quinn, soprano

      February 17, 2016
      Trinity Wall Street, New York, NY

      Seraphic Fire's Northeast performances are generously underwritten by an Anonymous Donor; Alicia Celorio, Do Unto Others Trust, Inc.; The Clinton Family Fund, Bruce and Martha Clinton; and the Meredyth Anne Dasburg Foundation.

      For more information on Seraphic Fire, visit:
      http://www.SeraphicFire.org

    • I Am

      Dominick DiOrio "I Am" (2013)
      Dale Warland Choral Series
      For SATB and soprano a cappella - purchase the score

  • Audio:
  • Press:
  • Published:

    G. Schirmer / Dale Warland Choral Series (click to purchase)

  • Recording:

    Reincarnations: A Century of American Choral Music
    Seraphic Fire - Patrick Dupre Quigley, artistic director 
    Naxos of America / Seraphic Fire Media
    Buy the album on Amazon or iTunes
    Released September 9, 2014.

  • Program Note:

    Mary Elizabeth Frye's poem "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep" has been used time-and-time again for funeral benedictions, invocations, and other ceremonies of mourning. Strangely enough, Frye preferred to keep her authorship of the poem anonymous, and it remained this way until 1998 when newspaper columnist Abigail van Buren publicly acknowledged her.

    My musical setting begins very placidly, and takes the refrain of "I am" as a mantra for existence. The use of dramatic soprano solo is both a musical and theatrical choice, with the soloist communicating from beyond death to those still alive. The chorus is also a character in the action, at times reclusive or electric, but always with a steely presence. Most importantly, this is not a tepid music: the act of "being" is here an act of defiance, with life triumphing over the grave.

  • Performances:
    • February 15, 2014 (premiere)
      Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) State Conference
      Whitman College Chamber Singers
      Jeremy Mims, director 
      Yakima Convention Center - Yakima, WA
    • April 19, 2014
      Whitman College Music Department
      Whitman College Chorale
      Jeremy Mims, director 
      Whitman College - Walla Walla, WA
    • October 15, 2014
      Seraphic Fire
      Patrick Dupré Quigley, director
      St. Sophia Cathedral - Miami, FL
    • October 17, 2014
      Seraphic Fire
      Patrick Dupré Quigley, director
      St. Philip's Episcopal - Coral Gables, FL
    • October 18, 2014
      Seraphic Fire
      Patrick Dupré Quigley, director
      All Saints Episcopal - Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • October 19, 2014
      Seraphic Fire
      Patrick Dupré Quigley, director
      All Souls Episcopal - Miami Beach, FL
    • February 25, 2015
      ACDA National Conference - College/University Reading Session
      NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
      Dominick DiOrio, conductor; Kellie Motter, soprano
      LDS Assembly Hall - Temple Square - Salt Lake City, UT
    • March 3, 2015
      ACDA Tour Home Concert
      NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
      Dominick DiOrio, conductor; Kellie Motter, soprano
      Auer Concert Hall - Indiana University Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, IN
    • November 6, 2015
      UCM Fall Concert
      University of Central Missouri Concert Choir
      Alan Zabriskie, conductor; Agatha Holland, soprano
      University of Central Missouri - Warrensburg, MO
    • November 7, 2015
      UCM Fall Concert
      University of Central Missouri Concert Choir
      Alan Zabriskie, conductor; Agatha Holland, soprano
      University of Central Missouri - Warrensburg, MO
    • January 28, 2016
      MMEA In-Service Workshop / Conference
      University of Central Missouri Concert Choir
      Alan Zabriskie, conductor; Agatha Holland, soprano
      Osage Beach, MO
    • February 12, 2016
      Seraphic Fire
      Patrick Dupré Quigley, director
      Molly Quinn, soprano
      All Saints Episcopal - Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • February 13, 2016
      Seraphic Fire
      Patrick Dupré Quigley, director
      Molly Quinn, soprano
      Miami Shores Presbyterian - Miami Shores, FL
    • February 13, 2016
      UCM Carnegie Hall Concert / Mid-America Productions
      University of Central Missouri Concert Choir
      Alan Zabriskie, conductor; Agatha Holland, soprano
      Carnegie Hall / Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage - New York, NY
    • February 14, 2016
      Seraphic Fire
      Patrick Dupré Quigley, director
      Molly Quinn, soprano
      South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center - Miami, FL
    • February 16, 2016
      Seraphic Fire
      Patrick Dupré Quigley, director
      Molly Quinn, soprano
      St. Paul's Episcopal, K Street - Washington, D.C.
    • February 17, 2016
      Seraphic Fire
      Patrick Dupré Quigley, director
      Molly Quinn, soprano
      Trinity Wall Street - New York, NY
    • February 18, 2016
      Seraphic Fire
      Patrick Dupré Quigley, director
      Molly Quinn, soprano
      St. Clement's Episcopal - Philadelphia, PA
    • March 3, 2016
      The Willow Consort
      Danny Purtell, conductor
      The National Centre for Early Music - York, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    • May 1, 2016
      University of Maryland Chamber Singers
      Dominick DiOrio, guest conductor
      ​UMD School of Music - College Park, MD
    • May 18, 2016
      Vocal Arts Ensemble
      Jan Yngwe, conductor
      Göteborgs Universitet - Högskolan för Scen och Musik - Gothenburg, Sweden
    • July 23, 2016
      The Willow Consort
      Danny Purtell, conductor
      St. Barbara's Cathedral - Kutná Hora, Czech Republic
    • July 26, 2016
      The Willow Consort
      Danny Purtell, conductor
      Church of St. Salvator - Prague, Czech Republic
    • July 27, 2016
      The Willow Consort
      Danny Purtell, conductor
      Church of St. Martin in the Wall - Old Town / Prague, Czech Republic
    • October 21, 2016
      McGill University Chorus
      Jean Sébastien-Vallée, conductor
      McGill University - Montreal, Québec, Canada
    • October 29, 2016
      Pro Arte Singers
      Arthur Sjogren, conductor; Elizabeth Bates, soprano
      First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan - New Canaan, CT
    • November 5, 2016
      The Westminster Choir
      Joe Miller, conductor
      The New Sanctuary at Trinity Fairview - Fairview Village, PA
    • November 6, 2016
      The Westminster Choir
      Joe Miller, conductor
      Bristol Chapel - Westminster Choir College of Rider University - Princeton, NJ
    • November 13, 2016
      University of Louisville Cardinal Singers
      Kent Hatteberg, conductor
      University of Louisville - Louisville, KY
    • January 6, 2017
      The Westminster Choir
      Joe Miller, conductor
      Lakeside Presbyterian Church - Lakeside Park, KY
    • January 7, 2017
      The Westminster Choir
      Joe Miller, conductor
      West End United Methodist Church - Nashville, TN
    • January 9, 2017
      The Westminster Choir
      Joe Miller, conductor
      Independent Presbyterian Church - Birmingham, AL
    • January 10, 2017
      The Westminster Choir
      Joe Miller, conductor
      All Saints Episcopal Church - Atlanta, GA
    • January 12, 2017
      The Westminster Choir
      Joe Miller, conductor
      Florida Music Educators Association Annual Conference
      Tampa Convention Center - Ballroom A - Tampa, FL
    • January 14, 2017
      The Westminster Choir
      Joe Miller, conductor
      First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • April 26, 2017
      Northern Illinois University Chamber Choir
      Eric Johnson, conductor
      Boutell Memorial Concert Hall - Northern Illinois University - Dekalb, IL
    • May 12, 2017
      Madison Chamber Choir
      Albert Pinsonneault, director
      Christ Presbyterian Church - Madison, WI
    • May 12, 2017
      Resound Ensemble
      Luçik Aprahämian, artistic director
      Noe Valley Ministry - San Francisco, CA
    • May 13, 2017
      Resound Ensemble
      Luçik Aprahämian, artistic director
      Noe Valley Ministry - San Francisco, CA
    • May 15, 2017
      Resound Ensemble
      Luçik Aprahämian, artistic director
      Noe Valley Ministry - San Francisco, CA
    • May 29, 2017
      The Westminster Choir
      Joe Miller, conductor
      The Spoleto Festival - Westminster Choir College Concerts
      Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul - Charleston, SC
    • June 3, 2017
      The Westminster Choir
      Joe Miller, conductor
      The Spoleto Festival - Westminster Choir College Concerts
      Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul - Charleston, SC

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