Closer to Home (TTBB)

In this fast-paced piece, we learn to carry “home” with us even as we leave a place we once loved.

Closer to Home (SSAA)

In this fast-paced piece, we learn to carry “home” with us even as we leave a place we once loved.

Closer to Home (SATB)

In this fast-paced piece, we learn to carry “home” with us even as we leave a place we once loved.

Mother (from Longing for Home)

A long-delayed visit home, remembering what used to be, regretting not having come sooner, and finally, reassurance of a sort in the memory of her voice.

Longing for Home (Full Cycle)

The essence of home, so deeply embedded in us, calls us back to meet again in the old familiar places.

Jerusalem (from Longing for Home)

A cry of anguish echoes from the 11th century for a once-magnificent city, now in ruins, reduced to rubble.

A Letter to Marianne Moore (from Longing for Home)

An entreaty to fellow poet Marianne Moore to return to her beloved New York City with its boats, bridges, gargoyles and library lions.

Dancing Toward the Promised Land (from Longing for Home)

Miriam’s impatiently joyful finger cymbals and tambourine urge the Israelites out of Egypt to begin the long journey home to the Promised Land.

Voyager Dust (from Longing for Home)

Voyager dust, the essence of the home we carry with us, instantly recognizable by other voyagers, a promise to return…

This World is Not My Home (medium voice)

A profound grief over the loss of loved ones, in the style of an Appalachian folk song.

This World is Not My Home (high voice)

A profound grief over the loss of loved ones, in the style of an Appalachian folk song.

We Sing of Home (Finlandia)

A refreshing setting of Sibelius' “Finlandia,” with a newly written text about home. An imaginative take on a familiar melody.

Home on the Range

The melody is in unison and 2-part, and the graceful piano line keeps the motion moving forward.

Under the Silver and Home Again: Five Walter de la Mare Lyrics

This piece was commissioned by the Nebraska Music Teachers Association and
composed in the fall of 2014.

Faster (TTBB)

A fast-paced opener about boldly choosing to move forward.

Faster (SSAA)

A fast-paced opener about boldly choosing to move forward.

Faster (SATB)

A fast-paced opener about boldly choosing to move forward.

You Find Yourself Here

A fast-paced piece about learning something new and carrying it with you the rest of your life.

Goodbye, Then (TBB)

A poignant way to say goodbye in any context: the emotions are very real and palpable.

Ambletown

A touching, well-crafted arrangement of a sea chanty with a lyrical melody and guitar-like vocal accompaniment.

Where Beauty Comes From (cycle)

The patients of a children's hospital have their words turned into song.

En Paz (At Peace)

Placid and reflexive, without accent marks and dynamic contrasts or polyphonic elaborations, however the homophonic weaving of the voices comes closer to serenity than the poem suggests.

Belong

A timeless message for turbulent times.

Goodbye, Then (SSA)

A poignant way to say goodbye in any context: the emotions are very real and palpable.

Goodbye, Then (SAB)

A poignant way to say goodbye in any context: the emotions are very real and palpable.

Goodbye, Then (SATB)

A poignant way to say goodbye in any context: the emotions are very real and palpable.

Kiss (cycle)

Both passion and sensuality pervade these 4 songs.

Songs for Seven Days (cycle)

A secular cycle that uses the days of the week as a jumping off point. It uses traditional homophonic textures as well as extended vocal techniques.

Let it Matter (SATB)

A call for deep listening across cultural and class divides.

Let it Matter (SSA)

A call for deep listening across cultural and class divides.

The Longest Nights (String Parts)

A secular cycle that moves through the winter season. Accessible for high school singers but with enough musical depth for a more experienced group.

The Longest Nights (Full Score)

A secular cycle that moves through the winter season. Accessible for high school singers but with enough musical depth for a more experienced group.

The Longest Nights (Choral Score)

A secular cycle that moves through the winter season. Accessible for high school singers but with enough musical depth for a more experienced group.

I Thread the Stars

An ancient text explores all aspects of being human – pride, compassion, truth, anger, love.

America Will Be!

A theatrical work for men’s voices that focuses on the importance of listening, learning, and changing from those often forgotten around us.

Luke Mayernik

Luke Mayernik (b.1981) is a nationally and internationally acclaimed and award winning composer/organist. He won First Place at the American Guild of Organists’ National Competition in Organ Improvisation (2004), and First Place at the International Organ Improvisation Competition hosted by the Royal Canadian College of Organists (2008). In 2004, his Oratorio “In Memoriam: A Requiem Read More

Your children (are not your children) (TTBB Full Score)

A work about raising children set to a classic text by Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran.

Your children (are not your children) (TTBB Choral Score)

A work about raising children set to a classic text by Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran.

Your children (are not your children) (Piano Score)

A work about raising children set to a classic text by Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran.

Your children (are not your children) (Choral Score)

A work about raising children set to a classic text by Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran.

Your children (are not your children) (Full Score)

A work about raising children set to a classic text by Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran.

Still, Still, Still

Warm, rich harmonies and gentle voice leading make this arrangement shine.

We Are Here to Shine!

This empowering piece for treble voices is rhythmic and full of color.

I Sing of the Northland

A contemporary ode to the dramatic beauty of northern areas of Midwest America.

Shine to Spare (SSAB)

A raucous opener or closer reminiscent of a bluegrass party.

Duende

A fiery and impassioned sentiment of what it's like to be moved by art or nature.

Three poems of Emily Dickinson

A set of three Dickinson poems written as musical vignettes.

Breakable

The sand dollar is a metaphor for us and our place in the world – full of memory, journey, and a searching for home.

Where Beauty Comes From (Cycle)

Texts inspired by the patients at the Children's Hospital, with music that's thoughtful, funny, and lyrical.

I Will Howl

A quirky fantasy piece, which seems right out of Tolkien or C. S. Lewis.

1: (Easy) No divisi in voice parts, accompaniment doubles or supports vocal parts, diatonic, symmetrical phrases, textures mostly homophonic, simple rhythms, stepwise voice leading (conjunct), moderate ranges, no extended techniques, and limited sustained singing.

2: (Medium Easy) Limited divisi, voices somewhat independent from accompaniment, some chromatics, phrases may be longer or more fragmented, mostly homophonic, moderate rhythmic complexity, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderate ranges, extended techniques are simple, limited sustained singing.

3. (Medium) Limited divisi, unaccompanied, or with independent accompaniment (voice parts not doubled), many chromatics, phrases of varying lengths, more contrapuntal textures, moderately complex rhythms, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderately difficult/challenging ranges, extended techniques are potentially challenging, and some sustained singing.

4. (Medium Difficult) Abundant divisi, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, many difficult intervals (disjunct motion), difficult/challenging ranges, potentially difficult extended techniques, and a demand for sustained singing.

5. (Difficult) Adundant divis, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, extreme ranges, use of challenging or unusual extended vocal techniques, abundant sustained singing.