CLAY JUG was a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. 


TOTAL RAISED TO DATE:  $66,000.00 updated December 13th, 2016  5:43 pm CST

Thank you for all of your support, Clay Jug is fully funded!


Stay tuned for the release of CLAY JUG on February 10th, 2017!


In 2014, I was approached by PARMA recordings with the opportunity to create a new album featuring a selection of my choral works. In 2015, I am honored to be signed on as one of their artists and am looking forward to working with PARMA and the acclaimed chamber vocal ensemble, The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally, to make a new CD.

We are all the “Clay Jug...”

We are sturdy, strong, breakable and fragile. We hold inside us the resilience of the human spirit, (the Fenix), the ability to actively think and listen, (Thinkers, Listen!) the ‘dark night of the soul’ or that journey we have to take even though we do not know what is on the other side (Cancion de el alma). The stages of our lives (We Bloomed in Spring and Alma Beata et Bella). Breath, heartbeat, flutes, drums, MUSIC! MUSIC - this thing that is intrinsically human, that has spoken to us since the beginning of time (From the Wingbone of a Swan). 


Track Listing:

• From the Wingbone of a Swan for SATB choir, flute, cello, marimba and drum 2013
I. Prelude to Speech
II. Source
III. Paleolithic Flute
Text (English) by Edie Hill and Tim O’Brien. Commissioned by The Valborg Choir for their 20th Anniversary. Premiere: Zeist, The Netherlands 2013.

• The Fenix for SATB chamber choir, soprano solo 2000
Text (Anglo Saxon) adapted by Edie Hill from the Exeter Book
Commissioned by the Rose Ensemble under the auspices of the Jerome Foundation with fiscal sponsorship provided by The Schubert Club.
Premiere: April 27, 2000, Christ Church Cathedral, Eau Claire, WI.

• Cancion de el Alma for SATB chamber choir 2013
Text (Old Spanish) by San Juan de la Cruz
Commissioned by Classical Minnesota Public Radio for The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Premiere: St. Paul Cathedral, November 2013 broadcast live with pre-recorded interview at intermission.

• Clay Jug for SATB a cappella choir 2007
Text (English) Kabir as translated by Robert Bly
Commissioned by Cantus with a grant from Chamber Music America (9 voice men's a cappella)
Commissioned by Robert Bode and the University of Kansas City's Conservatory Singers (SATB version)
Premiere: March 10, 2007 Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

• We Bloomed In Spring for SATB a cappella choir 2014
Text (English) by St. Teresa de Avila as translated by David Ladinsky
Composed for Philip Brunelle and Plymouth Congregational Church Senior Choir
Premiere: May 2014, Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN.

• Alma Beata et Bella for SATB a cappella chamber choir 1999
Text (Old Italian) by Jacopo Sannazaro
Commissioned by the Rose Ensemble under the auspices of the Jerome Foundation with fiscal sponsorship provided by The Schubert Club
Premiere: November 12, 1999 by the Rose Ensemble, Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, MN.