LISTENING TO THE FUTURE
KATHERINE BEGGS, AVERY ROBERTS,
TIFFANY SHI & OLIVIA SHUE
REENA ESMAIL & SHAWN KIRCHNER
About Listening to the Future 2016
Personent Hodie by Katherin Beggs
Poor Wayfaring Stranger Stranger by Avery Roberts
The Stolen Child by Katherine Beggs
There's A Certain Slant of Light by Tiffany Shi
The Parting Glass by Olivia Shue
Josef Lieber Josef Mein by Tiffany Shi
Shenandoah by Avery Roberts
These I, Singing In Spring by Olivia Shue
Les Sihouettes by Avery Roberts
I am sixteen years old and I will be a junior at Westridge School in the fall. At the start of this program, our mentor Reena said something that really stuck with me throughout this process. She explained that when you hear an original composition, you are hearing a piece of the composer’s soul. That statement truly inspires me and my eﬀorts to convey my most true self through the music I write.
My name is Tiﬀany Shi and I just completed my sophomore year at San Marino High School. Alongside the endless support of my family, friends, and teachers, I've dabbled and played with diﬀerent types of music all my life, and there's just this really empathetic and powerful connection you see with music and audience, a sort of tangible intimacy that you can almost feel, and that's something I try my best to keep in mind when I compose -- a desire to connect with others through music and create something that wills people to really feel. I'm endlessly and incredibly grateful to the Pasadena Master Chorale as well as our mentors for this opportunity.
Avery Roberts is a senior at Pasadena High School, and a member of the Young Men’s Ensemble of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. He will begin studies Chapman University in the fall.
I am going in to 12th grade and this is my ﬁrst time composing for a choir. I was inspired by my choir teacher, Ted Masur, who always has a joyful way of composing and is such a wonderful teacher as well as my favorite poet, Walt Whitman who taught me to sing at the top of my lungs.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER MENTORS
Indian-American composer Reena Esmail enjoys working in both the Western and Hindustani (North Indian) classical music idioms. Esmail holds a bachelors degree in composition from The Juilliard School, and a masters degree from the Yale School of Music.
Family Composer in Residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. His choral compositions are performed throughout the United States and abroad in concert halls, churches, schools, and on radio, television (and YouTube!). In recent years, Kirchner has been mentored in choral arranging and music philosophy by Alice Parker.