I had the joy tonight of conducting a massed choir of 4th- through 12th-graders at Ladue Horton Watkins High School in a district choir night. The elementary kids were incredibly wonderful and well-behaved, even though I was teasing some of them.
We had a good time with the finale, Greg Gilpin’s Rise Above the Walls. This piece was commissioned by me for the Gateway Men’s Chorus, and premiered in 2010. It’s now published in several voicings and an orchestration, all through Hal Leonard. YouTube is filled with performances of the piece by various choirs.
Here’s a shot of the elementary students on stage tonight:
And here is the track of Gateway Men’s Chorus performing Above the Walls in one of the first-ever performances.