Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns
Oração da Viajante (The Traveler’s Prayer)
Newly written during Deanna's artist residency at the Sacatar Institute in Bahia, Brazil, this choral piece with original Portuguese text was premiered in June 2018 by Choral Arts Initiative under the direction of Brandon Elliott. Listen to the performance below, and stay tuned for the sheet music.
Nossa Senhora Suite
Deanna recently returned from a two month residency at the Sacatar Institute in Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil doing research for her new composition/recording, the Nossa Senhora Suite. Learn more- along with how you can make a tax-deductible contribution through the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).
“We Walk in Love”
This short, original song from the Justice Choir Songbook has been sung at social justice gatherings all across the country, including at at 60th anniversary events commemorating the “Little Rock Nine” at Central High School in Little Rock, AR. Download your free-to-use copy here, and check out a recent video from the Massachusetts ACDA conference below.
- 2/08/19 - 2/10/19 Erin Bode in Omaha, Nebraska at The Jewel
- 2/13/19 Deanna Witkowski Trio in Jersey City, NJ at Saint Peter’s University
Author Archives: Deanna
As a musician, the sensation of being “in the flow” occurs when music is easily moving through me; when group interplay rises to unexpected levels; when everything happens with ease. I experience this on many occasions while playing music, and … Continue reading
As a former church music director, I know what it feels like to look at your upcoming calendar and realize that you need to quickly fill a spot or two for the Advent or Christmas season. With that in mind, … Continue reading
Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns is in three pre-nomination categories for the 2019 Grammy Awards! •Category 33: Best Jazz Instrumental Album (#287, Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns) •Category 31: Best Improvised Jazz Solo (#391, “Lord, I Want … Continue reading
My article, “Making Hearts and Voices Sing: Creating Jazz Hymns,” is now out in the September issue of Down Beat (it’s on pages 82-84). Complete with notated music examples, it offers practical tools on where to start in creating jazz arrangements of … Continue reading
I returned from my artist residency in Brazil on June 11. Since then, I’ve been going through photos, reading my “morning pages” (daily journal entries), and delving into books that I bought during my stay, like this great one on the story … Continue reading