The Lehigh University Clarinet Choir Performs, in Concert, At Night for Clarinet Choir by Jenni Brandon

The Lehigh University Clarinet Choir performs, in concert, At Night for Clarinet Choir by Jenni Brandon on Sunday May 5, 2024, at 3:00 PM. Deborah Andrus directs the Clarinet Choir and Darin Lewis is the guest conductor. The concert is in Zoellner Arts Center, Baker Hall, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem PA 18015. The concert is FREE and open to the public.

The program is:

At Night for Clarinet Choir  by  Jenni Brandon (b. 1977)

arr. Sheila Cullen

Rikudim  by Jan van der Roost (b. 1956)

  1. Maarten Jense
  2. Andante Moderato
    II. Allegretto con Eleganza, Allegro con moto
    III. Andante con dolcezza
    IV. Con moto e follemento

Lehigh University Clarinet Choir

Deborah Andrus, director

Darin Lewis, guest conductor

E-flat clarinets: Allyson Deihl ’24, Vivian Zhong*

B-flat clarinets: Adonis Cusu ’27, Grace Ditmar ’26, Matt Dolin ’24, Jyana Francois ’27, Owen Funk ’26, Jess Jones ’24, Sophia Pham ’27, Mary Pulanco*, Deborah Andrus

E-flat alto clarinet: Meara Hayden*
B-flat bass clarinets: Luke Broderson ’24, Rose Rush ’24G
E-flat contra alto clarinet: Devon Kolumber* ’22

*denotes community player

Arranged for Clarinet Choir by Sheila Cullen

Duration approximately 5 minutes

Program Notes for At Night

At Night for Clarinet Choir (4 Clarinets in B-flat and 2 Bass Clarinets) was originally written for SATB choir a cappella. The poem At Night by Amy Lowell used for inspiration in both speaks of the wind singing through the trees and the excitement of the wild wind.  The clarinets imitate this idea of the wind at the beginning and end of the piece through freely played sections. Much of the piece contains this feeling of joyful freedom, from a dance-like section to the feeling “wild, tumultuous joy” that grows and builds with excitement.   Towards the end of the piece when the clarinets come together to explore the feeling of the text “And my mind, O Star! is filled with your white light,” we feel the true wonder of a hot July night and the freedom to enjoy the onward sweeping wind.

The Clarinet Choir version was arranged by Sheila Cullen and premiered by members of the United States Naval Academy Band in 2021.  The choral version was selected as the recipient of the 2008 Sorel Medallion and was premiered in Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall by Voices of Ascension under the direction of Dennis Keene on October 29th.

About the Arranger

Sheila Cullen, a native of Marietta, GA, received a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2002 and a Master of Music degree in Music Theory in 2004. Her mentors include James Campbell, Howard Klug, Robert DiLutis, D. Ray McClellan, and Kirsten Ahnell.

A clarinetist in the United States Naval Academy Band since 2006, she performs with the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Clarinet Quartet, and Wind Trio. A strong advocate for music education in the community, she has coordinated clinics, masterclasses, and coaching sessions in wind band music, chamber music, and clarinet, as well as worked closely with the Maryland Apex Arts Magnet Program. She is a founding member of the Chesapeake Reed Trio, and has performed with the Londontowne Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, The United States Air Force Band, The United States Navy Fleet Forces Band, and is an active recording artist and adjudicator in the D.C. area. Her teaching experience includes: Adjunct Instructor, Clemson University; Faculty, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and Institute; Instructor, Atlanta Music Academy; as well as private instruction in Georgia’s 12th School District of Cobb County including Lassiter High School, Kennesaw Mountain High School, and Pope High School.

Sheila resides in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband Clint Woltering (a trombonist also in the Naval Academy Band) and their insufferable yet adorable Basset Hound Leroy.

All of Jenni’s compositions are available for purchase on her website Home – Jenni Brandon https://www.jennibrandon.com