Your children (are not your children)

SATB and 4-Hands Piano

In the early stages of writing this piece I concluded that the simpler I kept the music, the closer it would be to the intention of Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran’s amazing text about the stewardship of raising a child. In the writing I attempted to represent this by taking a melodic idea and “growing” it one note at a time until it became the entire line of text; slow, repetitive development that eventually yields what is hopefully something beautiful. Not a bad metaphor for parenthood, I think.

Your children (are not your children) was co-commissioned by the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota Music Educators Association for the 2010 Minnesota All-State Mixed Choir. It was originally scored for two four-hands pianos but I adapted it so the piece can be performed with only one piano. It is dedicated with love and gratitude to Dr. Angela Broeker.

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. 

Meditation (Whatever Happens)

SATB and Piano

One of the things I like most about a musical drone is that I always feel as if it invites me to really listen to the smaller pieces of architecture of a musical work; the microscopic details seem suddenly gargantuan in comparison to this one, constant thing that’s happening (in this case it’s the F-sharp pulsing in the piano) and we’re called on to contemplate these little things while we listen. This has always reminded me of some form of meditation, and when I combined some poems by Wendell Berry, that’s exactly what I was reminded of. I love the simple message in the poetry. It’s all love and beauty and gratitude; big things that might need to be somehow set in relief every now and then in order for us to figure out just exactly what they mean to each of us.


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. 

The Maker

SATB, Tenor Soloist, and Piano

An arrangement of Daniel Lanois's song, "The Maker," scored for tenor soloist, SATB choir, and piano. At approximately 4'55" long, the song is a beautiful testament to a person's desire for hope.

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. 

We are the Song

SATB and Piano

A lyrical piece about the connectivity between all things in nature and the strength to be brave in the face of adversity. “Though we may not have been called heroes, that does not mean we are not brave.”

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. 

The Footsteps of the Gardener

SAB and Piano

The first job I took after finishing my undergraduate degree in Vocal Music Education was as a high school choir teacher but, to date, the only grade I’ve never taught ranging from kindergarteners to graduate students is seventh (though I’ve conducted some very talented seventh graders in honor choirs over the years!). This is to say that, as a composer who is sometimes commissioned to write something that will be presented by an ensemble sponsored by an educational institution, I tend to fall back on how my music might be used to teach concepts both musical and non-musical.

“The Footsteps of the Gardener” was the first time I decided to actively knit this notion into the piece in an unsubtle way so, in a nod to educational concepts like the Theory of Multiple Intelligences or Neil Fleming’s work on learning styles as well as the music of American composer, Michael Torke, I decided to have the musical material “work out” the short Chinese proverb in a few different ways I found interesting and exciting to perform. I could list all the methods I used, but I think it might fit more with the spirit of the work’s composition to see if the singers can figure them out themselves


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. 

Your children (are not your children)

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. 

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

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. 

Where is Love?

SATB and Piano

An arrangement of one of my favorite songs from the musical, Oliver!

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. 

when god decided to invent

SATB, Soprano Saxophone, and Finger Cymbals

I thought a lot about what the creation of the world would actually be like: would it be something so vast and epic that it might be perceived with some degree of violence? Or would it be meticulously planned and lovingly, playfully executed? I chose the latter and, because of that, my “creation” music is more intimate than larger-than-life. The last chord (and what comes after it) is meant to sound “transformative.” For some reason, the ending is always the last thing I write and by the time I got there the arch of the piece was “creation-destruction-re-creation.” This final chord is the creator taking control of the creation again.

when god decided to invent was commissioned by the Flower Mound High School Jaguar Chorale (Dr. Mark Rohwer, conductor) and received its premiere May 20, 2005.  It is dedicated with love to Keith Koehlmoos and Dagan Hanson for their patience with a choir guy’s questions about saxophones.

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. 

Sleeping Out: Full Moon

SATB and Piano

I love this text because each line is a microcosm of hazy, nuanced language that results in a series of dramatic images. It was a dream to write music to because Brooke imbued everything with such a great sense of forward motion and sweeping gestures. I imagine that, had he survived World War I past the age of 28, he would have become a literary giant. Winston Churchill himself wrote the obituary:

…this life has closed at the moment when it seemed to have reached its springtime.  A voice had become audible, a note had been struck, more true, more thrilling, more able to do justice to the nobility of our youth in arms engaged in this present war, than any other more able to express their thoughts of self-surrender, and with a power to carry comfort to those who watch them so intently from afar.  The voice has been swiftly stilled. Only the echoes and the memory remain; but they will linger.
…joyous, fearless, versatile, deeply instructed, with classic symmetry of mind and body, ruled by high undoubting purpose, he was all that one would wish England’s noblest sons to be in the days when no sacrifice but the most precious is acceptable, and the most precious is that which is most freely proffered.
— Winston Churchill
excerpts from Brooke’s obituary note in the Times
April 26, 1915

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. 

Naalah (Cry of Grief)

SATB and Oboe

The human experience doesn’t change much depending on where you live, what language you speak or what historical period your life unfolded in. People suffered from the experience of having their heart profoundly broken just as much now as when Ghalib first wrote these texts almost 150 years ago. Luckily, we all wish to be healed at some point and, ultimately, have the ability and opportunity to do so of our own accord every time we are faced with adversity of any kind; it’s simply a matter of calling on it. The end of the piece (which is actually the first stanza of the final poem) is meant to be this invocation.

Naalah (Cry of Grief) was commissioned by the Flower Mound High School Jaguar Chorale (Dr. Mark Rohwer, conductor) and is dedicated with gratitude to James Griesheimer, Dagan Hanson, Brian Lenz and Moid Alwy for their extensive help in all things oboe, IPA and Urdu.  Any musical idea or phrase in this piece is deeply indebted to their tutelage and I could not have written it without their collective expertise and guidance.

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. 

Imaginary Lines

SATB and 4-Hands Piano

The text for Imaginary Lines is a combination of edited versions of Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road” and “Song of Myself.” I had initially wanted to make a version of the two texts which would empower young people to independence (after all, at some point they’re eventually headed off to "the real world”…whatever that is) . Unfortunately, it started to sound a bit selfish; just a person reveling in their newfound freedom without an appreciation for it. To that end I moved a few lines around and made the conclusion of the piece about bringing others to that amazing feeling of unrestrained optimism and opportunity instead of solely basking in it by yourself. In other words, it’s about empowerment but, ultimately, service. I feel like that’s a good message for anyone to hear every now and then and, hopefully, Whitman would agree with me.

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. 

He Was Singing

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. 

From Where I Stood

SATB and Piano

In life there are plenty of things to feel stressed about. Whether it be too much homework at once or a seemingly never-ending cascade of bills to pay (or a deadline to write a new piece of choral music) there are always things that demand our focus and, for some reason or another, make us feel like we’ll never have enough time to be successful. What I love about Millay’s text is that, at the end, she just throws her hands up at it all and forces herself to relax.


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. 

The Divine Image

SATB and Piano

From the first time I read this text, I immediately fell in love with it. The language in the poem is nearly 300 years old, but the message is eternal. The text itself is simple in structure; four words permeate the entire poem and serve as the central message: mercy, pity, peace and love. Through those four sentiments, Blake tells us where the goodness in human nature lies—our compassion—and for me, he paints a picture of Love as a beautiful woman clothed in peace, with pity on her face, and mercy in her heart.

During the months that I was writing The Divine Image, I had been listening to a lot of Brahms (his part songs in particular), so you might hear some glimpses of him every now and then.  Aside from the piano introduction (deliberately reminiscent of Die Mainacht), the gentle chromaticism and eventual optimism in the music were simply natural extensions of the beauty inherent in the poetry. 

The Divine Image was commissioned by the Praise Choir of the Lutheran Church of Hope as a gift for their amazing director Mike Horstmann.  It is dedicated with love to my parents, Alan and Susan.

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. 

A Christmas Carol

SATB and Piano (or String Orchestra and Harp)

Dickens’ masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, is a story about transformation and the chance for redemption which just happens to be set during the Christmas season. This holiday can mean many things to many different people but, in my case (as in Ebenezer Scrooge’s), it’s simply a time that serves as a reminder about how we’re supposed to be treating our “fellow-passengers” during the rest of the calendar year.

A Christmas Carol was commissioned by the Mesa High School A Cappella Choir (Germán Aguilar, Conductor) and is dedicated with love to my little sister, Caitlin.

Note: There is also a version of this piece accompanied by string orchestra and harp which is also available.

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. 

The Boy Who Picked Up His Feet to Fly

SATB and Piano

What child—or adult for that matter—has never dreamed of flying? When Ms. Kragness asked me to write a piece for her fantastic choir I could think of nothing else I wanted to write about. Although the poem is somewhat dark in nature (because of the “be careful what you wish for…” mood which concludes it), the performance should be approached with one idea in mind—fun!

The Boy Who Picked Up His Feet to Fly received its premiere on March 21, 2002 and is dedicated with love to my little brother Zach.

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. 

The Arrow & The Song

SATB and Piano

When I agreed to take on a commission for Waukee Middle School Sixth Grade Choir (Shelly Schaeufele, conductor), I was apprehensive at first. How could I adapt my own compositional voice to write something accessible enough for middle school students to sing? I thought about it for a long time and eventually decided that I would have to prove myself as a composer and call upon all my knowledge about writing “good” and “interesting” music in order to create something that I would be satisfied with. So, I found a big, flashy poem and decided to write something to match it. Unfortunately for me, a bad case of writer’s block set in and I was left stranded with an approaching deadline.

It was a few weeks later that I heard Longfellow’s The Arrow and The Song (in a choral rehearsal, oddly enough).  Right away, I was struck by one thing—its simplicity.  I immediately got my hands on a copy of the text and wrote the entire piece in three days.   Overall, the text portrays something about music and the strength of friendship—a simple, beautiful message for a simple song whose composer learned an important lesson about not thinking too hard, trusting yourself and just keeping it simple.

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.