Vocal - Song, Choir, other

Excuse the mess, still cleaning this up.

When I was a child

Performed by Duo Cortona
Words by Erin Bregman

Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano; Ari Streisfeld, violin. Premiered as part of the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy.

• More info
• http://www.duocortona.com/

The oldest thirst there is (2017)

Performed by Winnie Nieh and Matt Schwede
Text by Rumi (trans. Coleman Barks)

For voice and cello

Text by Rumi (trans. Coleman Barks) Winnie Nieh, soprano Matt Schwede, cello The oldest thirst there is - Rumi (trans. Coleman Barks) Give us gladness that connects with the Friend, a taste of the quick, you that make a cypress strong and jasmine jasmine.

• More info
• www.winnienieh.com


Who says words with my mouth? (2013)

Performed by Chelsea and Sophie Xuefei Zhang

For voice and piano

Poetry by Rumi Translation by Coleman Barks All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there...

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Three Lorca Songs (2014)

Performed by Jarring Sounds
Text by Federíco Garcia Lorca

For voice and guitar

I. Leave Me Here Crying (Ah!) -
II. The Giant Mirror  
III. Ditty of First Desire

Three songs written for my good friends Danielle Sampson and Adam Cockerham. Written in conjunction with the Guerrilla Composers Guild

• More Info
• www.jarringsounds.com


The Artist (2017)

Performed by Jill Brenner and Paul Dab
Poetry by David Thomas Lloyd

For voice and piano

Jill Morgan Brenner, soprano Paul Dab, piano Music: Nick Benavides Poetry: David Thomas Lloyd www.nickbenavides.com

• More info
• www.jillmorganbrenner.com


Squirrels aren't the cute little things you think they are (2013)

Performed by Amy Foote
Text by Damon

For soprano, melodica, and loop station

Performed by Amy Foote based on her (and her friend, Damon's) interactions and observations of squirrels. www.nickbenavides.com


Let Us Allow (2009)

Performed by Madeleine Biddle Bursamina, Leo Wanenchak, and Walden School participants
Text by Olivier Messiaen

For soprano, conductor, and audience

This piece is inspired by Pauline Oliveros' Sonic Meditations and a quote by Olivier Messiaen. 

If you'd like the score I'll happily give it to you. Just message me with requests. 

Lullaby (2010)

Performed by Matt Peterson and Nadya Dabuzhskaya
Text by Justin Muehlmeyer

For baritone and piano

i thank You God for most this amazing day (2014)

Performed by International Orange Chorale
Text by e.e. cummungs

For SATB Chorus

Ninth Biennial Composition Competition "i thank you God for this most amazing day" 

1st Prize Winner


A bird came down the walk (2011)

Performed by Musae
Text by Emily Dickinson

Written for and performed by Musae (www.musae.org), a women's vocal ensemble, at the Blue Skies, Bluegrass, and Beyond concert in Berkeley and San Francisco.


Bendita sea tu pureza (2010)

Performed by Liliane Cromer, Anna Maria Mendieta, Nadya Dabuzhskaya

For mezzo-soprano, harp, piano

Commissioned by the California Catholic Women's Forum and Liliane Cromer, my voice teacher, for their CD. Set to a traditional prayer.


Tota Pulchra Es (2009)

Performed by Liliane Cromer and Santa Clara University Chamber Choir singers

For soprano and SATB choir

Written for the California Catholic Women's Forum. Buy the official studio recording here: 


Pain has an element of blank (2013)

Performed by Danielle Sampson and Katy Luo
Poetry by Emily Dickinson

For voice and piano

Poetry by Emily Dickinson Danielle Reutter-Harrah, mezzo-soprano Katy Luo, piano Performed at the Hot Air Music Festival at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, March 3rd, 2013.


Tus Manos (2017)

Performed by Stephanie Webster and Jack Van Geem
Poetry Pablo Neruda

For voice and marimba (two players)

Performed by Stephanie Webster and Jack Van Geem (voice and marimba)
Poetry by Pablo Neruda Cuando
tus manos salen, y amor, hacia las mías, qué me traen volando? Por qué se detuvieron en mi boca, de pronto, por qué las reconozco como si entonces antes, las hubiera tocado, como si antes de ser hubieran recorrido mi frente, mi cintura?...

• More info
• www.sfmarimba.com

Albuquerque Academy Alma Mater (2015)

Performed by Nick Benavides and friends

For SATB Choir

Words and music by Nick Benavides (AA '06) A demo to be considered for Albuquerque Academy's Alma Mater contest.

Chaos (2010)

Performed by Nick Benavides and friends
Text by Justin Muehlmeyer

For solo singer or unison choir.