Daughter Ecstatic

One of the warhorses of choral repertoire for the “holiday” season has always been Handel’s oratorio, Messiah. I love this piece dearly but I’ve always felt it suffered from a bit of overexposure so, when I was asked to write something for a December concert series, I jumped at the chance to update something from the old warhorse. What I ended up deciding on was a soprano aria from Handel’s piece and then tried “deconstructing” the basic elements before folding them into my own harmonic language. It begins with an ecstatic explosion of sound from the choir which eventually settles down into the recognizable melodies from the aria. The middle section collapses into a soli quartet before the choir signals the return of the original material.

“Daughter Ecstatic” was commissioned by The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists (Matthew Culloton, conductor) and received its premiere on December 4, 2010.

Beth Beauchamp

Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together.