And I Can Sing

J.D. Frizzell Choral, Women's Voices 0 Comments

This work was commissioned by a colleague from Atlanta, Greg Smith.  Greg has always had fantastic choirs, and he had just moved to a new school a year before he asked me to write this piece.  Any poem about music is always ripe for setting– this one is no different.   With poetry by James Weldon Johnson, “And I Can Sing” …

Deep River

J.D. Frizzell Choral, Mixed Voices 0 Comments

This classic spiritual setting was a commission from one of my closest lifelong musical mentors, Lori Ziecker.  “Mrs. Z” started numerous choral programs in Gwinnett County outside of Atlanta, GA.  She is a pioneer in choral education, not only creating these choirs from nothing, but also bringing them each to high levels of excellence.  The original commission was for the …

The White Cloud

J.D. Frizzell Choral, Mixed Voices 0 Comments

The White Cloud is the first of three movements of a set entitled “A Child’s Voice”. The poetry of this set was written by American child poet Hilda Conkling, who wrote all of her poetry before the age of 12.  Uniquely innocent yet well-crafted, her words lent themselves powerfully and easily to music. Commissioned and Premiered by The Southern Chorale, …

Brother John

J.D. Frizzell Choral, Mixed Voices 0 Comments

A 20th century setting of the Mother Goose fairy tale “Brother John”.  Part of “Mother Goose Gone Mad”.  Perfect for children’s or middle school choirs.

About My Dreams

J.D. Frizzell Choral, Mixed Voices 0 Comments

I wrote About My Dreams for my cousin Hope, who has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which means she was born without two chambers of her heart.  As if it wasn’t enough that she had multiple open heart surgeries, she also survived a serious stroke.  She is a true walking miracle.  The text for this piece is from American child poet …

cruelly, love

J.D. Frizzell Choral, Mixed Voices 0 Comments

Believe it or not, I wrote this piece for a middle school choir.  Amon Eady, one of my best friends, built an amazing choral program at White Station Middle School early in his career.  He commissioned me to write a lush and mature piece for his group to perform at the TN Music Educator’s Convention, and “cruelly, love” was the …

This Is Life To Come

J.D. Frizzell Choral, Women's Voices 0 Comments

This is the middle movement of a larger work commissioned by Dr. Doug Browning and the Mississippi University for Women for the opening of their newly renovated performance hall.  I felt it appropriate to set a text by George Elliot, who was actually Mary Ann Evans.  She had to write under a male pseudonym to be published at the time.