Forgiven Tears

for SATB choir and cello


Duration: 7’

Instrumentation: SATB Choir and Cello

About the piece:

Winner of the 2015 American Choral Directors Association Raymond Brock Student Composition Competition.

I wanted to write a piece that was relevant in both the past and the present. Since the beginning of time, humans have done wrong and had to ask for forgiveness. Still, in today’s world, we find ourselves in situations for which we must apologize. Sometimes we do harm without even realizing it, and other times it is intended. Nonetheless, apologizing may be a very difficult thing to do, but to forgive someone may be even more arduous. Forgiven Tears explores the difficulty and frustration of forgiveness, the struggle to admit what we’ve done wrong, and the willingness to lose everything in order to clear one’s conscience.


Lamentations 2:19

Text from the Old Testament:


Arise, cry out in the night;

in the beginning of the watches pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord;

lift up your hands toward him for the life of your young children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street.


,שִׁפְכִי כַמַּיִם לִבֵּךְ–לְרֹאשׁ אַשְׁמֻרוֹת ,קוּמִי רֹנִּי בליל

Kumi roni valayla, L’rosh ashmerot—sheefchi chmaim libaech

–עוֹלָלַיִךְ נֶפֶשׁ-עַל,כַּפַּיִךְ שְׂאִי אֵלָיו; נֹכַח פְּנֵי אֲדֹנָי

Nochat p’nay aelan capaik, al-nephesh olay

.חוּצוֹת-כָּל הָעֲטוּפִים בְּרָעָב, בְּרֹאשׁ

hatophim b’raav, b’rosh kal-chutzot



February 26, 2016 (PREMIERE)

ACDA Central Division in the Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Choir: NOTUS Contemporary Choir

Director: Dominick DiOrio

March 8, 2016

Auer Hall at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music

Choir: NOTUS Contemporary Choir

Director: Dominick DiOrio

April 20, 2017

Roosevelt University

Choir: Roosevelt University Conservatory Chorus

Director: Cheryl Frazes-Hill

April 23, 2017

Illinois Holocaust Museum

Choir: Roosevelt University Conservatory Chorus

Director: Cheryl Frazes-Hill

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