• Choir of the West – Richard Nance, Director

the-american-prizeThe American Prize Phoenix, a two-disc set, is a compilation of works recorded by the Choir of the West over the course of four academic years, from 2006-2007 through 2009-2010. A wide variety of repertoire is represented here, including both sacred and secular works from four stylistic eras—from Renaissance motets to Taiwanese Aboriginal Folk Songs. In keeping with Pacific Lutheran University’s focus on international studies, music in ten different languages appears in this collection, and there are works by composers from the USA, Italy, Germany, England, Ireland, Finland, China, Taiwan, Sweden and Latvia. PLU student composers Jason Saunders and Philip Serino present their work in this collection, as does PLU faculty member Richard Nance, conductor of the choir. Phoenix was awarded second place in the prestigious “American Prize” competition for outstanding recording by a collegiate choral ensemble (2011).


Compact Disc – 2010

PLU Multimedia Recordings — Pacific Lutheran University

Program - Disc 1

1PhoenixPeter Hallock (b. 1924)
2Tu es PetrusGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
3Batter My Heart, Three-Personed GodRichard Nance (b. 1955)
4Praise To The Lord, The Almightyarr. F. Melius Christiansen (1871-1955)
5Singet dem Herrn, ein neues Lied (Opus 12, no. 1)Hugo Distler (1908-1942)
Five Hebrew Love SongsEric Whitacre (b. 1970)
6 - Temuná
7 - Kalá kallá
8 - Lárov
9 - Èyze shéleg!
10 - Rakút
11Dashing Away With The Smoothing Ironarr. John Rutter (b. 1945)
12Komm Jesu, Komm (BWV 229)Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
13Musica Dei donumJohn Rutter (b. 1945)
14The Sally Gardensarr. Philip Serino (b. 1989)
Canciónes por las AmericasSid Robinovitch (b. 1942)
15 - Noche de Lluvia
16 - Sensemayá
Two Songs from “Five Childhood Lyrics”John Rutter (b. 1945)
17 - Monday’s Child
18 - Sing A Song Of Sixpence
19i thank you God for most this amazing dayEric Whitacre (b. 1970)

Program - Disc 2

1A Mighty Fortress Is Our GodMartin Luther (1483-1546)/arr. W. B. Olds)
Three English Anthems
2 - O Sing JoyfullyAdrian Batten (c. 1591-1637)
3 - Lord, How Long Wilt Thou Be Angry?Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
4 - Hosanna To The Son Of DavidOrland Gibbons (1583-1625)
Celtic Origins    Michael McGlynn (b. 1964)
5 - Kells
6 - Maria Matrem Virginem
7 - Dúlamán
8 - Ocean
9My Song In The Nightarr. Paul J. Christiansen (1914-1997)
10La Otra (from “Three Spanish Landscapes)Jason Saunders (b. 1989)
4 Shakespeare SongsJaakko Mäntyjärvi (b. 1963)
11 - Come Away Death
12 - Lullaby
13 - Double, Double, Toil And Trouble
14 - Full Fathom Five
Music from the Pacific Rim
15 - Usuli Boat Song    arr. Jiang Tian Shui (contemporary)
16 - Singing Joyfully Over Mountains and
   Seas Evening to Morning
arr. Chun-Rong Chuang (contemporary)
17 - AftonenHugo Alfvén (1872-1960)
18 - Mate Saule (from Three Poems by Czeslaw Milosz)   Peteris Vasks (b. 1946)
19Saint Louis Bluesarr. Hall Johnson (1888-1970)
20Lord God, You Have Called Your ServantsJ. Aaron McDermid (b. 1974)