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Wild Embers (2017)

for SSAA choir | 00:03:30

by Melissa Dunphy | text by Nikita Gill

Commissioned by Acalanes Bella Voce, directed by Bruce Lengacher.

To the Women of Acalanes High School Bella Voce on the occasion of their performance at the 2018 CASMEC. They will all tell new stories.

In memory of Giselle "Gigi" Keppel (2000-2019).

"This very simple, very clean body percussion brings a rhythmic cohesion and drive to the piece, but doesn’t add additional tonal complexity or visual distraction. "
⁠—ChoralNet


WILD EMBERS
By Nikita Gill (2017)

We are the descendants
of the wild women you forgot
We are the stories you thought
would never be taught.

They should have checked the ashes
of the women they burned alive.
Because it takes a single wild ember
to bring a whole wildfire to life.

Text used with permission of the poet.


Also available on JW Pepper.

Artwork by Nikita Gill.


Performances

  • 17 Jun, 2024: Multnomah Women's Chorus at St. Gabriel?s Episcopal Church
  • 10 May, 2024 - 11 May, 2024: Grand Rapids Women's Chorus at St. Cecilia Music Center, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 28 Apr, 2024: See Change Treble Choir at Boe Memorial Chapel, Northfield, MN
  • 28 Apr, 2024: Voix de Femmes at St. George's Episcopal Church, Glenn Dale, MD
  • 27 Apr, 2024: See Change Treble Choir at Grace Lutheran Church, Apple Valley, MN
  • 26 Apr, 2024: See Change Treble Choir at Grace Lutheran Church, Apple Valley, MN
  • 23 Apr, 2024: Nazareth University Treble Choir at Linehan Chapel, Nazareth University, Rochester, NY
  • 18 Mar, 2024: Radford University Chorale at Davis Performance Hall, Radford University, Radford, VA
  • 02 Mar, 2024: PhilHarmonia at ACDA Eastern, Providence, RI
  • 01 Mar, 2024: Radcliffe Choral Society at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA
  • 09 Dec, 2023 - 10 Dec, 2023: Grand Rapids Women's Chorus at St. Cecilia Music Center, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 29 Nov, 2023: Case Western Reserve University Chorale at Florence Harkness Memorial Chapel, Cleveland, OH
  • 20 Nov, 2023: Multnomah Women's Chorus Chamber Singers at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Portland, OR
  • 18 Nov, 2023: NYSSMA Zone 2 All State Treble Chorus at Rush-Henrietta High School, Henrietta, NY
  • 16 Nov, 2023: Le Donne at Westminster United Church of Christ, Spokane WA
  • 20 Oct, 2023: University of Illinois Chicago Treble Choir at Notre Dame de Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 10 Jun, 2023: Catrine Kirkman, Abigail Kelly, Amy J Payne at Bishopsgate Institute, London, UK
  • 13 May, 2023: Seattle Girls Choir at Trinity Parish Church, Seattle, WA
  • 13 Apr, 2023: Ridge Point High School Varsity Treble at Christ Church Sugar Land, Sugar Land, TX
  • 01 Apr, 2023: Seattle Girls Choir at 415 Westlake, Seattle, WA
  • 24 Mar, 2023: Kennesaw State University Treble Choir at Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
  • 18 Nov, 2022: Street Symphony at Downtown Women's Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • 06 Nov, 2022: Lilith Vocal Ensemble at New School of Music, Cambridge, MA
  • 06 Nov, 2022: Denver Women's Chorus at Broomfield Auditorium, Broomfield, CO
  • 05 Nov, 2022: Lilith Vocal Ensemble at Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, Cambridge, MA
  • 05 Nov, 2022: Denver Women's Chorus at Central Presbyterian Church, Denver, CO
  • 04 Nov, 2022: Denver Women's Chorus at Central Presbyterian Church, Denver, CO
  • 04 Nov, 2022: University of Kentucky Women's Choir at Otis A. Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington, KY
  • 20 Oct, 2022: Ridge Point High School Varsity Treble at Ridge Point High School, Missouri City, TX
  • 24 Sep, 2022: Sharmila G. Lash & Friends at Piedmont Piano Company, Oakland, CA
  • 01 May, 2022: Metropolitan Youth Orchestra: Nassau and Suffolk Senior Treble Choirs at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
  • 29 Apr, 2022: Baldwin Wallace University Treble Choir at Gamble Auditorium, Berea, OH
  • 27 Apr, 2022: Tennessee State University Meistersingers at Strange Performing Arts Building, Nashville, TN
  • 27 Mar, 2022: Penn Chorale/Faith Ensemble of Wharton-Wesley at Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church, Philadelphia, PA
  • 26 Mar, 2022: North Dakota All State Treble Choir at Hall D of the Bismarck Convention Center, Bismarck, ND
  • 06 Mar, 2022: EVoco Voice Collective at St. Peter's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Bayshore, NY
  • 05 Mar, 2022: EVoco Voice Collective at Trinity Episcopal Church, Roslyn, NY
  • 01 Mar, 2022: Mansfield Varsity Womens Choir at SW-ACDA Convention, Robinson Center, Little Rock, AR
  • 13 Feb, 2022: University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music Treble Chorus at Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music East Wing, Rochester, NY
  • 12 Feb, 2022: ACDA East Convention at Sheraton Grand Ballroom, Boston, MA
  • 05 Dec, 2021: UConntabile at von der Mehden Recital Hall, University of Connecticut, Mansfield, CT,
  • 09 Oct, 2021: Willamette University Chamber Choir and Voce at Hudson Hall, Willamette University, Salem, OR
  • 20 Jun, 2021: LaCappella Nuova at Arnsburg Abbey, Hesse, Germany
  • 13 Mar, 2021: Seattle Pro Musica at Seattle, WA (virtual)
  • 17 Feb, 2021: Mansfield University Concert Choir at Endless Mountain Music Festival, Wellsboro, PA
  • 01 Nov, 2020: Mansfield University Concert Choir at Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA
  • 13 Jul, 2020: Audeamus at Gettysburg College, PA (Virtual)
  • 28 Mar, 2020: Women of the Choral Arts Chorus and the Choral Arts Chamber Singers at Live! at 10th & G, Washington, DC
  • 28 Mar, 2020: Women of the Choral Arts Chorus and the Choral Arts Chamber Singers at Live! at 10th & G, Washington, DC
  • 28 Feb, 2020: Gonzaga University Concert Choir & Discantus Treble Chorus at Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, Spokane WA
  • 22 Feb, 2020: Mid-Columbia Mastersingers at Richland Players Theatre, Richland, WA
  • 18 Dec, 2019: Church of the Ascension Choir at Church of the Ascension, Montgomery AL
  • 23 Nov, 2019: Coastal Region High School Honor Treble Choir at San Mateo Performing Arts Center, San Mateo, CA
  • 23 Nov, 2019: BVS Women’s Choir at First Unitarian Congregational Society, Brooklyn NY
  • 22 Sep, 2019: Sharmila G. Lash & Friends at Piedmont Piano Company, Oakland, CA
  • 08 Jun, 2019: VOX Femina at Zipper Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
  • 30 Mar, 2019: Choir Matrix Women’s Ensemble at Austin Arts Center, Trinity College, CT
  • 04 Nov, 2018: Choir Matrix Women’s Ensemble at Fine Arts Instructional Center, Eastern Connecticut State University, CT
  • 30 Jun, 2018: North Carolina Governor’s School West Chorus at Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 24 Mar, 2018: Tonality at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, Los Angeles, CA
  • 10 Mar, 2018: Acalanes Bella Voce at Golden State Choral Competition, CA
  • 15 Feb, 2018: Acalanes Bella Voce at St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica, San Jose, CA (CASMEC)