Back in 2015, I had just started the PhD program at University at Buffalo and an opportunity arose to have Voxnova Italia sing my piece, Noli esse vana, in a workshop at UB. I wanted to make some small revisions to the piece, which I wrote in 2013 and premiered with the (now-defunct) group I was singing in at the time, Ut Re Mi.
Instead of revising the first piece, I wrote a new piece entirely, but set the same exact text as in 2013 from the Confessions of Saint Augustine. The reading session with Voxnova was very instructive and illuminating, but we didn’t get a good recording of the piece.
Luckily, my friend and colleague Jessie Downs started a group here in Buffalo called the Sotto Voce Vocal Collective. From Sotto Voce’s Facebook page: “The group aims primarily to perform works by living composers, with a focus on fair representation of early to mid-career, women, and other under-performed composers.”
At Jessie’s request, I delivered the score of the 2015 version of Noli esse vana to Sotto Voce, and joined the group as a singer too, to have it performed.
The concert took place on 15 March 2017, with Jessie conducting the group: Julia Cordani (soprano), Kristen Smigielski (alto), Jonathan Sandberg and Ethan Hayden (tenors), and myself singing bass. The recording is below. The earlier version can be heard here.