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
After recording all of the jazz hymn arrangements on Makes the Heart to Sing, I knew that I wanted to spend some time learning a bit about the history of each hymn tune. I immediately thought of my friend, author … Continue reading
This morning I found out that my song, “We Belong to God,” won The Hymn Society’s contest calling for new settings of Psalm 100. I’ve written about thirty psalm settings, and this one is one of my favorites (there are … Continue reading
I’m happy to be writing while looking out at trees in my mom’s backyard in upstate New York. There are so many logistics with the new album- and with upcoming tours and performances- that I am grateful for the opportunity … Continue reading
My upcoming album, Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns, is a little different than my earlier releases. It’s meant to be both an instrumental jazz trio record as well as a tool for church musicians who want to infuse new life … Continue reading